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Photos of the Day: The PD-100 Black Hornet pocket helicopter

July 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops....

This Army helicopter can fit in your pocket

July 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox...

Hotspot: Unmanned submarine sets sail for testing

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles...

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

July 15, 2014 4:12 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than...

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Drone lighting

July 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers at MIT and Cornell University hope to change that by providing photographers with squadrons of small, light-equipped autonomous robots....

The Grim Reaper flies ... with help from a drone

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have seen the viral video making its rounds — the mythical entity otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, the personification of Death, flies around, scaring the s*** out of unwitting bystanders. Is the Apocalypse nigh at hand? Is the Angel of Death here to claim human souls? Well, not quite....

July 2014: Opto & Displays

July 1, 2014 5:01 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While Hollywood often focuses on technology that’s not quite available in the real world, sometimes what’s depicted on-screen eventually makes its way into the market or even into a military convoy. Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood follows the evolution of the display technology seen in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report as it moves from just an idea on a screen to a real-life communication tool.

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Watch these drones fight to the death

June 30, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the world of drones, there exists an underground fight club where different UAVs go head to head trying to destroy each other. Alright, that’s a little dramatized, but the drones really do battle each other in a BattleBot-style arena. Marque Cornblatt, co-founder of the group Game of Drones, says it’s all about aerial combat and going drono a drono for victory....

Engineering Newswire: The most advanced autonomous vehicle ever designed

June 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week, in Washington D.C.,  Carnegie Mellon University researchers will demonstrate one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. A vehicle capable of navigating on urban roads and highways without human intervention....

Crimes to crops: Drone display shows potential use

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned aircraft the size of a push lawnmower was launched shortly after a report of a person being held at knifepoint. With red, green and white lights flashing below its rotors, the drone slowly circled the scene and relayed sharp images to those watching from afar on a digital screen....

You can borrow a drone at this library

June 23, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The newly renovated University of South Florida library will have lots to offer students returning for the fall semester. There will be brand new furniture, a modern Smart Lab, and aerial drones to check out along with the books. No, really. In touting the school library’s recent renovations ...

This drone is made from chocolate

June 18, 2014 3:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Yes, someone actually built a chocolate quadcopter. And no, the DoD hasn’t investigated potential military applications (that I know of). A flying treat like this probably wouldn’t survive harsh environments (greater than 20°C) or soldiers’ stomachs, but it could redefine the “candygram”....

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Photos of the Day: Building a chocolate drone

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An intrepid DIYer built a quadcopter made of at least 40% chocolate. The best part is: This chocodrone actually flies! The unnamed artiste filmed the creation process – and the ensuing flight – using a GoPro Hero 3. She coats the wings in a thick layer of cocoa and uses molded chocolate for the lower frame....

What board-level technologies will be game changers in the near future?

June 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Market Disrupters for our July issue. Our own ECN IMPACT Awards have inspired us to look deeper into the world of market disrupters. For our August issue, we're asking you, the experts, to tell us what the next big thing is when it comes to board-level technologies.

Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying to the farm

June 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by Johnny Clark, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields. In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials — along with members of industry and academia ...

Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

Removing the barriers to successful autonomous unmanned aircraft

June 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by National Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

While civil aviation is on the threshold of potentially revolutionary changes with the emergence of increasingly autonomous unmanned aircraft, these new systems pose serious questions about how they will be safely and efficiently integrated into the existing civil aviation structure, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report identifies key barriers and provides...

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Precision Guidance: Company developing autonomous Black Hawk helicopter

June 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

One of the biggest announcements from the recent Unmanned Systems expo in Orlando, Florida was the news that Sikorsky Aircraft is developing an autonomous version of the Black Hawk helicopter. The optionally piloted UH-60A Black Hawk leverages the company’s Matrix technology — a major research program for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft....

Drones are newest hurricane research tools

May 29, 2014 2:58 pm | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane's winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts - but it's nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding....

Engineering Update 60: The most secure drone in the world

May 29, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

DARPA has been developing a program called High Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which uses software to thwart all manner of cyber-attacks on drones. The project originated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington, and according to the program manager for DARPA, the software is allegedly mathematically invulnerable to large classes of attack....

Would you use a drone to walk your dog?

May 23, 2014 4:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, right? We’ve seen drones be used for a number of interesting applications including, but not limited to, delivering packages, deterring poachers in vast animal reserves, and even for target practice. However, this is the first usage of a drone as a way to walk pets.

Photos of the Day: The small UAV trend

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have transformed warfare as we know it. One of the biggest trends is the idea of light or small UAVs, including AAI Corporation’s RQ-7 Shadow, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven, and the Desert Hawk....

Light UAVs serve both military and civilian missions

May 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Modern weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made headlines in the United States after the first remotely executed air-to-ground missile strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province in February 2002. Seemingly more mundane, and thus, less covered by the popular press, are the many observational and communication applications....

Photos of the Day: AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014

May 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014, in sunny Orlando, Florida, was a veritable bonanza for cool aerospace and military hardware. Here’s some of the cooler unmanned systems I came across in my meanderings....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: API Technologies wins for Power Sources and Conditioning Devices

May 15, 2014 12:48 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The TPS75 Tactical Power Supply from API Technologies (Orlando, FL) is a tactical, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), 75 Amp, DC power supply specifically designed for powering RF and mobile networks, C4ISR applications, and unmanned systems. Other features include ...

Smithsonian to fly drones for 'Future' festival

May 15, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is getting some competition from the Smithsonian Institution in testing personal delivery drones for the future. Smithsonian magazine is hosting its second "The Future is Here" festival this weekend and plans to test fly drones and a human jetpack near the National Mall....

Solar-powered UAS provides “silent operation”

May 13, 2014 3:51 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a flying Prius with all the blather of a mime and you’ve got the Silent Falcon sUAS. This solar-powered small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) was one of the cooler wares on display at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida....

News media challenge ban on journalism drones

May 7, 2014 10:32 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a dozen media organizations challenged the U.S. government's ban on the use of drones by journalists Tuesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration's position violates constitutional free press protections for news gathering...

Navy readies UAV for summer sea trials

May 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Naval Air Systems Command | News | Comments

The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.The program’s test team will conduct various test events with the X-47B over the next few...

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