Flirtey, the pioneer of the commercial drone delivery industry, announced today it has been granted a critical patent for the safe and precise drone delivery of packages. This key patent describes a combination of hardware and software that enables the delivery of packages by a drone, potentially lifting the package to pick it up, holding it securely and lowering it once at the point of delivery. Read more
Swiss-based scientists are developing computer vision algorithms to help drones ‘see’ and understand their environment. Matthew Stock reports. Continue reading
The agency has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which includes code for everything from drones, to data and image processing, to health and medicine, to propulsion. All software is completely free and without any royalty or copyright fees. Continue reading
A US-based student has developed an algorithm that helps drones fly through trees at 30 miles per hour without crashing.
UK (Next Media) – The UK killed two British citizens fighting with ISIS in Syria in a drone strike last month, the first time Britain’s prime minister has authorized the killing of British citizens in a drone strike abroad.
Budget airline easyJet is testing automated drones to perform safety inspections of grounded aircraft. The drones scan the aircraft for signs of damage following incidents such as lightning or bird strike, and quickly identify any issues, so the amount of time the planes are out of action is substantially reduced.
PORTO ALTO / LISBON, PORTUGAL (REUTERS / BRAINFLIGHT PROJECT) – An impressive example of mind control – a drone in the air, flown using the power of human thought.
IN FLIGHT,OFF THE COAST OF THE UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES NAVY) – This is the first time an unmanned aircraft has been refueled in flight. This the latest first for the U.S. Navy’s X-47B test aircraft. In 2013 it was the first UAV to take-off and land on an aircraft carrier.