HAMBURG, Germany — microdrones has released a video demonstrating a new water rescue tactic it hs developed that uses drones. The company says it may revolutionize lifeguard rescue operations all over the world.
The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, has partnered with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to provide training on the safety and security of UAS to the law enforcement community throughout the State of Florida.
The educational workshops are designed to train law enforcement officers on proper techniques for responding to unauthorized or unlawful UAS flight operations. [Read more…]
The FAA’s new regulations went into effect Aug. 29 for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more popularly known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft. [Read more…]
The new FAA rule governing commercial operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft — means more businesses and innovators will be able to fly, unlocking the “tremendous economic benefits of the new technology,” according to the top official of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). [Read more…]
A new story at Mashable reports that researchers in Australia have found that most drone accidents were caused by technology issues, rather than human error.
Led by Graham Wild, a senior lecturer in aviation at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the researchers reviewed a sample of 152 global drone event reports between 2006 and 2015. The most common cause of accidents was a loss of communication or radio signal between the drone and controls, Wild told Mashable Australia.
The researcher also told Mashable that far more drone accidents occur, but few are reported. And when they are the reports don’t have sufficient details.
“It’s not mandated that you report all these details as it would be if you were flying at a general aviation airport,” he told Mashable. “A lot of the stuff with drones is literally just voluntary and sometimes people put in the bare minimum.”
Read the full story here.
Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus has joined with a Kansas-based company to launch three technology competitions that seek ways to improve the safety of flying drones, help pilots pass their color vision test, and aid NASA’s search to find life in the solar system.
Andrew Schmertz, a blogger at the Huffington Post, says in a recent post that the very thing that GA fears could actually save general aviation: Drones.
Also known as unmanned aerial systems and remotely piloted aircraft, drones are not only enticing kids into aviation, but also adults, who once they’ve gotten a taste of flight, want to try it in a “real” airplane. “And that’s the “a-ha” moment,” he says in the post.
Check it out here and let us know if you agree.
You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals?
That’s the idea behind a project in Paul Kry’s laboratory at McGill University‘s School of Computer Science.
Kry and a few of his students have teamed up to program tiny drones to create dot drawings — an artistic technique known as stippling.
It’s no simple feat. Programming the aerial robots to apply each payload of ink accurately and efficiently requires complex algorithms to plan flight paths and adjust for positioning errors. Even very slight air currents can toss the featherweight drones off course. [Read more…]