Illustration of a drone flies along a coastline to collect data from deployed sensors. By mainstream open-source or commercial flight controllers, a flight path consists of a sequence of way-points that the drone visits and makes turn at, so they are also called turning points (red solid points). More turning points means more energy consumption of the drone since more flight time and distance to cover, however, it also means closer the drone can fly to sensors to collect data. Fewer turning points consumes less drone energy, but cost sensors to use higher power to transmit data due to the longer distance. The best trade-off with limited drone and sensors energy must be found. (credits: Runqun Xiong and Feng Shan)
Photo: Xcel Energy, a leader in using drone technology to inspect energy infrastructure, will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly unmanned aircraft beyond the operator's line of sight when it begins surveying transmission lines near Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Northern Plains UAS Test Site)
Photo: Detection of weeds between and within crop rows using UAV Imagery (credits: Ana I. de Castro, Jorge Torres-Sánchez, Jose M. Peña, Francisco M. Jiménez-Brenes, Ovidiu Csillik and Francisca López-Granados)
Danielle Bryant, right, an oceanographer from the Naval Oceanographic Office, establishes a satellite connection to the Glider Operations Center at NAVOCEANO before launching the seaglider unmanned underwater vessel from the Military Sealift Command oceanographic survey ship USNS Henson. The vessel is designed to collect physical oceanography data in deep water. Henson is underway off the coast of Fortaleza, Brazil for Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station 2010 conducting survey demonstrations with the Brazilian Directorate of Hydrograph and Navigation. Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station is an oceanographic surveying and information exchange program between subject matter experts with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.
Illustration Photo: The senseFly eBee flies over the Duke University Marine Lab. (credits: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Malcolm Connolly (left) and Chris Fleming of Cyberhawk, an aerial inspection and surveying company, use an Intel Falcon 8+ system during the inspection of an operating gas terminal in St Fergus, Scotland. Unmanned aerial vehicle systems reduce employee risk, increase speed and accuracy, and save money that would be lost during a potential production closure. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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)