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Boeing unveils Loyal Wingman military combat drone. Watch the X-47B Fold Its Wings. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below One day, fighting drones may replace manned fighter jets. But before that happens, drones will have to live alongside manned planes as the Pentagon integrates autonomous aircraft into the fleets. It's already begun. This weekend the U.S. Navy released footage of the X-47B unmanned aircraft taking off and landing on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. That we've seen before: The drone became the first to complete that feat in May 2013. What's remarkable this new footage is that it's so mundane.

Something that is very cool: Toward the end of the clip you can see the unmanned plane fold up its wings. If you want to know lots more about the meeting of manned fighters and unmanned planes, check out the Popular Mechanics feature: Are Pilots—or Robots—the Future of Naval Aviation? Via Gizmodo. This supersized drone will fly you to work (or anywhere) The 184 doesn't just look like a drone; it acts like one. Passengers will only have minimal controls: take off, pause flight and land. The drone's autonomous flight controls do the rest. All you need to do is push a button -- that's if you can pry your white knuckles off the seat long enough to press them. Naturally, you have to tell it where you want to go (via a smartphone app, of course), but once you do, it'll fly you there automatically. To stop you getting uncomfortable while the quad delivers you to your destination, the 184 also comes with a few creature comforts.

There's air conditioning, a 4G data connection, storage big enough for a backpack and even a (dual color) reading light. We've seen other attempts at drone-like personal flying vehicles, but those usually are more of the homebrew variety (or the borderline insane). The obvious question is, given the amount of hobby-size quadcopters unable to stay in the sky, how safe is the four-foot-tall 184? Autos - Meet Transwheel, self-balancing parcel-delivery drone. The use of flying drones, for all their well-documented virtues (amazing aerial photography, for one), is a fraught topic.

News reports carry tales of drones flying too close to commercial airliners, drones spying into bedroom windows and drones carrying – and firing – handguns. And as legislation managing their civilian use tightens, there seems little doubt that public contempt for the machines is coming to a head. This growing discontent is unfortunate for companies such as, which in 2013 announced an ambitious plan to employ autonomous multicopters to deliver parcels. The Seattle-based company's proposed Prime Air service, the legality of which it is presently a topic of discussion with the US Federal Aviation Administration, would offer sub-30-minute parcel delivery via multicopter.

But a young industrial designer from Israel may have come up with a clever compromise. Scientist created drones that fly autonomously and learn new routes -- ScienceDaily. Drones say goodbye to pilots. With the goal of achieving autonomous flight of these aerial vehicles, the researcher José Martínez Carranza from the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) in Mexico, developed a vision and learning system to control and navigate them without relying on a GPS signal or trained personnel. Mexican José Martínez, structured an innovative method to estimate the position and orientation of the vehicle, allowing it to recognize its environment, hence to replace the GPS location system for low-cost sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and camcorders.

The main idea was to avoid the use of GPS and opted for the use of video cameras on board of the vehicle for visual information and applying an algorithm to locate and orient the drone during its flight to use such information. The project for which funding was obtained is called "RAFAGA: Robust Autonomous Flight of unmanned aerial vehicles in GPS-denied outdoor areas. " UAE dangles US$1 million in prize money to encourage Drones For Good. The word "drone" is synonymous with autonomous military aircraft that hail down death and destruction from on high.

But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is looking to highlight the humanitarian potential of the technology with its Drones For Good competition. Entrants include vehicles that detect landmines, plant trees and service slums all in the hunt for the industry's most prestigious (and probably only) prize, with the inaugural first place winner set to be announced next week to take home US$1 million. Opening to UAV enthusiasts all over the globe back in May 2014, the Drones For Good international competition called on ideas with the potential to advance drone technology that provide actual solutions to actual problems.

Organizers asked that entrants be able to demonstrate a functioning prototype, which could then evolve into a real-world solution within one to three years. All finalists are being flown to Dubai for the final presentation on February 6 and 7. Share. Vampire bat-inspired drone can fly and crawl. Robot drones that can both fly and move about on land would vastly improve their usefulness by increasing the areas in which they could operate. Adding wheels of sufficient size to handle most terrains, however, would adversely increase both the weight and size of such a drone. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), building on their earlier developments, have created a drone that uses wings incorporating movable tips, allowing it to both walk and fly.

The DALER (Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot) drone was actually inspired by the vampire bat that uses the tips of its wings like legs when moving around on the ground. Similarly, the DALER has wings that can be used as both wings and legs (whegs). By studying and emulating the behavior of the vampire bat, the team created a wing covered in soft fabric that folds into a smaller space when on the ground and rotates around a hinge attaching the whegs to the body. Source: EPFL Share. Raw: Boeing Completes First Unmanned F16 Flight. Factsheet 1: Civil unmanned cargo aircraft | Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft. Characteristics of unmanned cargo aircraft Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) can be used for both civil and military purposes.

Civil UCA are, in their simplest form, almost identical to manned aircraft, but with the crew taken out and special guidance and control equipment put in. But UCA can be much more, as is shown by the following examples: Duty length of a crew is not an issue, so UCA can have a cruising speed that is optimized to consume as little fuel as possible.

The optimal speed will mostly be around 450 km/h, so a trip from eastern China to Paris will take one day. All in all, UCA with a cargo capacity of 2 to 20 tonnes, a range from 1000- 10,000 km and a cruising speed of about 450 km/h seem to offer the best near-term potential. Applications UCA cannot compete with large manned cargo aircraft like the Boeing 747F, in which 50% of total air cargo is transported (CargoMap, 2013). Examples of what can be done with UCA are: Scientists developing remote-control cyborg moths. A moth in the NCSU flight-assessment rig We've been hearing a lot about the development of tiny flying sensor-equipped robots, that could be sent into areas such as disaster sites to seek out survivors or survey the damage.

However, why go to the trouble of designing those robots from scratch, when there are already ready-made insects that are about the right size? That's the thinking behind research being conducted at North Carolina State University, which is aimed at converting moths into "biobots. " Led by Dr. Using this setup, the researchers have been able to determine which signals are responsible for which flight maneuvers. According to Bozkurt, this work will include "developing an automated system to explore and fine-tune parameters for controlling moth flight, further miniaturizing the technology, and testing the technology in free-flying moths.

" A paper on the latest research was recently published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Source: North Carolina State University. Cargo UAS set to deliver. With the number of multi-rotor drone concepts competing for a narrow market share, you really need a unique selling point if you want to get your project off the ground. In the case of the developers of the Cargo Unmanned Air System (UAS), their point of difference is to claim a massive 60 kg (132 lb) lift capacity for their proof of concept, with the promise of an eventual production unmanned aerial vehicle that can carry payloads of up to 400 kg (880 lb) with automated "sense and avoid" capability. The UAS team envisage that items such as mail and parcels, food and water, or even medical supplies and emergency equipment could all be delivered more quickly and securely than is possible with ground transport. The aircraft's design includes basic landing skids for simplicity, whilst its open frame platform provides greater safety for ground crews to load and unload payloads from the rear of the vehicle.

The UAS prototype airframe without wing coverings and outer skin Share. Turning the Police State Inside Out. Filming Cops with a DJI Phantom 2 Drone! June 13, 2014 Tom Zebra is no stranger to filming the police. Just recently Tom was arrested for filming the police and when he got out of jail, he immediately went back to filming, only to get arrested for it again!

This time Tom has acquired a DJI Phantom 2 Drone fully equipped with a 14MP camera with 1080p HD video capability and live first person view. Below is the video of Tom Zebra recording the police for the first time with the new drone. He is expecting feedback from the police department soon. Now for the first time ever, accountability from above! Comments comments. Dassault achieves world's first formation flight of combat drone and manned aircraft. The formation flight lasted almost two hours Image Gallery (4 images) Dassault Aviation announced that last month it came a step closer to making science fiction reality when it conducted a formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. The flight off the coast of the south of France took place on March 20, and for almost two hours the nEUROn kept station with the other planes as they flew over the several hundred kilometers out over the Mediterranean.

According to Dassault, this was the first time an unmanned combat aircraft achieved formation flight. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have come a long way in the past couple of decades, but they still have some trouble areas that keep them from becoming really practical. Measuring 9.2 m (30 ft) long and boasting a wingspan of 12.5 m (41 ft), the nEUROn is the first large size stealth platform designed in Europe. Source: Dassault About the Author. Triton UAV completes initial flight testing. The MQ-4C Triton test aircraft makes its approach for landing March 13 at Palmdale, California, marking the conclusion of initial flight testing (Photo by Alan Radecki) Image Gallery (2 images) The Triton UAV's initial flight test program, which kicked off with the unmanned aircraft's first flight last May, has been completed.

Now cleared to fly at various altitudes, speeds and weights, the Triton is on track to be introduced into the US Navy fleet in 2017. Based on the Global Hawk UAV, the MQ-4C Triton is designed to carry a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor payloads and will be used by the US Navy as an adjunct to the Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. With a range of 2,000 nautical miles (2,300 miles/3,700 km), the Navy says the UAV will cover more than 2.7 million sq mi (6.9 million sq km) in a single mission.

A second test aircraft is now being prepared for flight, before both are ferried to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Details of successful first test flight of Taranis UCAV demonstrator revealed. The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) and BAE Systems this week announced details of last year's first test flight of the Taranis unmanned combat demonstrator aircraft, which BAE bills as the "most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers. " The 15-minute test flight took place at an undisclosed location outside of the UK on August 10, 2013 as part of a project to show the UK’s ability to create a unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) capable of surveillance, targeting, intelligence gathering, deterrence, and strikes in hostile territory. View all One of Britain’s most closely guarded military secrets, Taranis has been sheathed in secrecy from the start with access to it and its technology strictly limited.

Even getting a good look at it has been difficult as BAE explains that many aspects of the craft’s technology, shape, design, and even finish, remain classified, as does any exact information on its performance. The video below features the Taranis test flight. Source: BAE Systems. AirMule unmanned VTOL aircraft flies towards full mission demonstration. If you saw The Dark Knight Rises, then you no doubt remember the very cool-looking Batwing aircraft in which Mr.

Wayne flew over the streets of Gotham. Perhaps you thought that while it was pretty impressive, there was no way that anything like it could work in real life. Well hey, guess what? The Batwing-like AirMule VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) prototype aircraft recently demonstrated its ability to fly autonomously, bringing it one step closer to carrying out a full mission demo. The AirMule is made by Israel's Tactical Robotics Ltd., and can be flown either by remote control or using its own autonomous control system – there's no onboard human pilot. Among other things, it's intended for the evacuation of wounded personnel in war zones while under anti-aircraft fire. In its current form, it weighs 770 kg (1,700 lb), can carry a payload of up to 640 kg (1,400 lb), has a potential top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph), and can reach a maximum altitude of 12,000 ft (3,658 m). Nevada company launches silent Sky Sentinel UAV airship. The Sky Sentinel is a small UAV airship that can remain aloft for 18 hours and provide silent surveillance of a wide area at altitudes up to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) Image Gallery (4 images) UAV’s, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, tend to face two issues – not being able to stay on station for long periods, and carrying enough of a payload to be useful.

Nevada outfit Airship Manufacturing is introducing a new line of UAV airships, called Sky Sentinels, that promise larger payloads with greater endurance, as well as being adaptable, modular, and economical to operate. And they do this without any wings. As a UAV, these lighter-than-air vehicles offer large payload modules, multiple sensor attachments (as many as eight per payload module), significant electric power, and endurance measured in days rather than hours.

Since US FAA regulations currently do not allow a UAV to be operated commercially, Mr. About the Author Post a CommentRelated Articles. Domino's DomiCopter takes pizza delivery airborne. Sticky spy UAV turns things upside down with ability to land on walls and ceilings. FAA grants Arlington Police Department permission to fly UAVs. Swedish engineers launch hackable mini-drone. X-47B completes first sea trials. TechJect’s Dragonfly micro UAV flies like a bird and hovers like an insect.