Tag Archives: Drones

Why don’t drones use small versions of commercial aircraft engines?

by By Greg Nichols, ZDNet

Faster, lighter, and better range. Why microturbines are the future of unmanned flight.

Ever wonder why drones don’t use the turbine engines you see under the wings of commercial airplanes? Soon they will.

There’s a race underway to bring tiny turbine engines to market to satisfy the next frontier in the drone sector: long-range, high-speed UAV that can actually carry a decent amount of cargo.

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FAA threatens $25,000 fine for weaponizing drones

by Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch

It’s perfectly natural for a red-blooded American to, once they have procured their first real drone, experiment with attaching a flame thrower to it. But it turns out that this harmless hobby is frowned upon by the biggest buzzkills in the world… the feds.

Yes, the FAA has gone and published a notice that drones and weapons are “A Dangerous Mix.” Well, that’s arguable. But they’re the authority here, so we have to hear them out.

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Cardboard delivery drone has a one-way ticket

by Nick Lavars, New Atlas

Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days

In developing regions where lack of road infrastructure is problematic for those in the business of moving goods, drones are already having an impact. But also problematic is the fact that the people sending drones off to do the courier work kinda need them back again. A new cardboard drone being funded by DARPA won’t concern itself with such limitations, with the ability to deliver vital goods and disappear soon after the job is done.

Back in 2015 we learned of a typically futuristic DARPA program called ICARUS, which stands for Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems. As the title suggests, the name of the game is to develop small, single-use aircraft that can be deployed from larger aircraft, carry supplies to isolated locations and evaporate thereafter.

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Awesome new ‘drone in a box’ system can launch, land, and recharge itself autonomously

by Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends

A bit like a twenty-first century “jack in the box,” a bold new all-in-one drone solution takes the form of a box, which opens up to act as a launch pad for a drone, capable of carrying out autonomous missions, before returning to its home to have its batteries automatically swapped out.

It’s the product of excellently-named startup Airmada, and promises to take the current meaning of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the next level. Continue reading Awesome new ‘drone in a box’ system can launch, land, and recharge itself autonomously

The Pentagon’s Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You’ll See Today

by Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics

Ejected from a fighter, the tiny drones collaborate to accomplish their mission—with not a single human involved

An arm of the Pentagon charged with fielding critical new technologies has developed a drone that not only carries out its mission without human piloting, but can talk to other drones to collaborate on getting the job done. The Perdix autonomous drone operates in cooperative swarms of 20 or more, working together towards a single goal. Continue reading The Pentagon’s Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You’ll See Today