Commercial drone shipments to top 2.6 million by 2025

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According to a new report from Tractica, a growing interest in using remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, will drive commercial RPA shipments from 80,000 in 2015 to more than 2.6 million annually by 2025.

The market intelligence firm forecasts that annual revenue from commercial drone hardware sales will reach nearly $4 billion in the same timeframe. However, the more significant revenue opportunity will be in commercial drone-enabled services, which Tractica forecasts will grow to $8.7 billion annually by 2025. [Read more…]

Flying robots help train athletes

he AeroTrainer can be used differently by different athletes in different sports.

PRINCETON, N.J. — A new flying robot is being developed to help athletes elevate their performance while helping to prevent sports injuries, including concussions, cardiac incidents, and heat-related illnesses.

Borne out of a New Jersey flight academy, the AeroTrainer is an unmanned aerial video biotelemetry system [Read more…]

Autonomous robotic plane flies — indoors

For decades, researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters — robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges posed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); progress has been so rapid that the last two challenges have involved indoor navigation without the use of GPS.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Robust Robotics Group — which fielded the team that won the last AUVSI contest — has set itself an even tougher challenge: Developing autonomous-control algorithms for the indoor flight of airplanes.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the GA pilot

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By UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA OFFICIALS

Unmanned aircraft systems — UAS — are now in the public lexicon.

Everybody’s heard of UAS, but not everyone knows what they’re all about. That state of affairs underpins some widespread misconceptions about what UAS are, who uses them, and how they’ll affect the National Airspace.

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