Photo: DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming, the program seeks to enable rapid development and deployment of breakthrough capabilities to the field. DARPA is continuing its pursuit of these goals through awarding Phase 1 contracts to teams led by Raytheon BBN Technologies (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the Northrop Grumman Corporation (Linthicum, Maryland). Credit: DARPA.
Photo: The PLANET approach for large-scale cooperation of highly heterogeneous networked systems (credits: Capitán Fernández Jesús, Martínez de Dios José Ramiro, Maza Alcañiz Iván, Fabresse Felipe Ramón, Ollero Baturone Aníbal)
Photo: DARPA’s SideArm research effort seeks to create a self-contained, portable apparatus able to horizontally launch and retrieve unmanned aerial systems (UASs) of up to 900 pounds. Aurora Flight Sciences recently tested a full-scale SideArm technology demonstration system that repeatedly captured a Lockheed Martin Fury UAS accelerated to representative flight speeds via an external catapult. (credit: DARPA)
Photo: MIT researchers have developed a system that enables small, safe, aerial drones to read RFID tags in large warehouses at a distance of several meters, while identifying the tags’ locations with an average error of about 19 centimeters. (credit: MIT)
Photo: New hybrid gas-to-electric drones from MIT spinout Top Flight Technologies offer an order-of-magnitude increase in range, payload size, and power over battery-powered counterparts. The drones may pave the way for package delivery and human flight. Courtesy of Top Flight Technologies.
Photo: (A) The fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) used, a SkyWalker 2014 with a wingspan of 1,900 mm. The image shown is being published with the consent of the subject (B) The UAS can be totally disassembled in a few minutes for easy transportation with one single Allen key (C) The downward pointing camera lens is protected against dust and mechanical stress by a neutral glass filter glued to the fuselage. (credits: Jan R. K. Lehmann, Torsten Prinz, Silvia R. Ziller, Jan Thiele, Gustavo Heringer, João A. A. Meira-Neto and Tillmann K. Buttschardt)
Photo: On 28 June 2017, the UNICEF Innovation team tests an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), also known as a drone, carrying a cargo payload box, which can potentially carry humanitarian supplies at Kasungu Aerodrome in central Malawi. The Government of Malawi and UNICEF are launching a drone testing corridor to assess potential humanitarian use of UAVs. The corridor is the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use. The launch of the UAV testing corridor follows a pilot project in Malawi in March 2016 on the feasibility of using drones for the transportation of dried blood samples for early infant diagnosis of HIV. (credit: UNICEF)
Illustration Photo: DJI Agras MG-1S is an octocopter designed for precision variable rate application of liquid pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides, bringing new levels of efficiency and manageability to the agricultural sector (credit: DJI)
Illustration Photo: Crooked River High Bridge was built in 1926. It spans the Crooked River gorge in central Oregon, USA. (credits: Tjflex2 / Flickr Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Illustration Photo: Aerialtronics Commercial Drones Tap IBM Watson IoT to vehicles to bring powerful cognitive capabilities to any location including the inspection of cell towers (credits: Aerialtronics / ibmphoto24 / Flickr Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Photo: IBM today announced that its inventors have been granted a patent for transferring packages between drones during flight. The invention described in US Patent No. 9,561,852: In flight transfer of packages between aerial drones helps to extend the range of drones that are delivering packages from a warehouse to a customer's home. (credit: IBM)
Photo: Samples of small isolated regions where some are isolated parked cars (true positive) while others are false positives (credits: Nassim Ammour, Haikel Alhichri, Yakoub Bazi, Bilel Benjdira, Naif Alajlan and Mansour Zuair)
Photo: Data Capture at multiple resolutions: Earth orbiting satellite, light aircraft, Remotely Piloted Airborne Systems (RPAS) and field surveyors (credits: Conor Cahalane, Daire Walsh, Aidan Magee, Sean Mannion, Paul Lewis and Tim McCarthy)
Picture: Difference between the raw video stream (a) and the augmented with the proposed AR tool (b) for distinguishing buildings in reconnaissance missions. A blue circle surrounding the targets has been superimposed on both images to mark the true position.
(C) TurboAce X88 octocopter with autopilot computer interface (credits: Yeyin Shi , J. Alex Thomasson, Seth C. Murray, N. Ace Pugh, William L. Rooney, Sanaz Shafian, Nithya Rajan, Gregory Rouze, Cristine L. S. Morgan, Haly L. Neely, Aman Rana, Muthu V. Bagavathiannan, James Henrickson, Ezekiel Bowden, John Valasek, Jeff Olsenholler, Michael P. Bishop, Ryan Sheridan, Eric B. Putman, Sorin Popescu, Travis Burks, Dale Cope, Amir Ibrahim, Billy F. McCutchen, David D. Baltensperger, Robert V. Avant Jr, Misty Vidrine, Chenghai Yang)