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US Navy to Test Mobile Lasers Against Drones

The US Navy has granted Raytheon $11 million to create a laser weapons system for vehicles, with the purpose of defeating enemy drones.

Raytheon will begin by mounting a short-range weapon on a Humvee (HMMWV). In the field, lasers are expected to be deployed on future Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

uthorities say some components of the system have already been tested, demonstrating detection and fire control functions, with the tracking of UAVs of all sizes.

Testing will begin against targets using a 10kW laser and will move steadily to a 30kW laser. 

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Amazon to Begin Drone Delivery…in India?

An Indian newspaper is reporting that India will be the “launch pad” for Amazon drone delivery. Sources are reporting that drone delivery could begin as early as October. India might be a logical place to test the Amazon Prime Air service in action due to lack of regulations prohibiting commercial use of UAVs.

Read excerpts from the article below:

India, not US, will be the launch-pad for Amazon’s plan to deliver packages using drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, according to two people aware of the development. The US-based e-tailer will debut its drone delivery service with trials in Mumbai and Bangalore, cities where it has warehouses, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

“It could be as early as Diwali,” said one of the sources. Amazon said in a statement that it does “not comment on what we may or may not do in the future”. Amazon’s Prime Air is an octocopter, a drone fitted with eight rotors. Most recently, Amazon had said it is developing vehicles that weigh less than 25 kg and travel at over 80 kmph. The drone will carry a payload of up to 2.26 kg, which covers 86% of products sold on Amazon.

Seattle-based Amazon, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, is challenging Flipkart for leadership of India’s online retail market. If Amazon uses drones to deliver even one package, it will be a huge publicity coup for the US-based firm, helping it upstage Flipkart just when sales will spike because of the festival season.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said it was not aware of any such plan by Amazon. Drone operators in India said they don’t obtain permits from DGCA for purposes such as aerial photography, surveying sites and wild life protection.

While the feasibility of operating drones in India exists, it is not without challenges. “Many companies in India have thought about this. But all are worried about the safety aspect,” said Pritam Ashutosh Sahu of Bangalore-based Edall Systems, which builds drones and also trains students on the technology.

Image courtesy of indiatimes.com

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Hot Drones Startup: SkySense

SkySense wants to make charging your drones as simple as landing.

In September 2013, Andrea Puiatti launched SkySense, to develop the SkySense Charging Pad. The idea is to facilitate automation of drone operations by taking humans out of the “power equation.” He wants drones to charge themselves.

Puiatti believes that providing large, durable charging pads that can work indoors and outdoors, will allow commercial use drones to stay airborne longer, without having to return to homebase to have a human plug it in.

1Why Charging Pads Make Sense

Envision those innovative precision farmers, wanting to keep their drones out in the field for hours at a time, travelling long distances and capturing key images that will help make important agriculture decisions. But the battery on their drone lasts less than a half hour.

A portable landing pad, only a few square feet wide, has been placed in strategic locations. When the drone lands on the pad, the direct contact immediately begins charging the drone’s battery. In a matter of minutes, the drone takes flight and resumes its work.

Along with agriculture, SkySense sees real use for their pads in fields such as mining and energy, security and surveillance, and construction and inspection efforts.

Puiatti says the company is talking with big, medium, small drones manufacturers willing to integrate SkySense technology into their products.

SkySense Charging PadSkySense Charging Pads

SkySense has developed two models: Eagle and Dragonfly.

Eagle Charging Pad

Eagle is waterproof, with a landing area large enough to accommodate mid-sized and heavy UAVs in the outdoors. It’s been designed to be resistant to UV solar radiation as well.

Landing Area Size: from 500mm x 500mm up to 2000mm x 2000mm Height: 20mm Input: AC 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz Output: DC 24V 40A Plugin: LiPo 3-6 series

Dragonfly Charging Pad

With a smaller landing area size, this gold-plated charger caters to smaller UAVs and can be installed indoors and outdoors.

Landing Area Size: from 50mm x 50mm to 450mm x 450mm Height: 10mm Input: AC 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz Output: DC 12V 2A Plugin: LiPo 1-3 series

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Hot Drone Startups: DreamHammer

Okay, it’s not really fair to call a 14-year old business a “startup”. However, Nelson Paez’s company is quite different today than it was in 2000.

Below is DreamHammer’s dream of bringing the same UAV controls they’ve built for military operations of drones to commercial operations in the future.

DreamHammer sees a future fast approaching in which drones are an everyday part of business. If the company has its way, entire fleets of drones and robots – whether an air vehicle, a space vehicle or a ground or surface vehicle – will use one inter-operable operating system.

DreamHammer logoDreamHammer Origins

DreamHammer began in 2000 by providing global identity management systems and IT security consulting to Fortune 500 companies like Blue Cross of California, Lockheed Martin and Best Buy.

In 2004, DreamHammer transitioned from commercial to military customers. By 2008, it had a contract backlog of $70 million and netted 15% on annual revenue of $9.9 million.

Ballista, Controlling Unmanned Vehicles of All Kinds

At the end of 2008 with talk of in-sourcing jobs and military budget cuts, CEO Nelson Paez consulted with Industry, Congressional, DoD and Intelligence leaders about their biggest challenges. The result was a universal unmanned control product called Ballista.

In short, Ballista is an intelligent control platform that allows government and commercial organizations to integrate unrelated unmanned drones and robots from different manufacturers into one system. A single user can manage multiple drones simultaneously.

Built on an open software platform which allows for autonomous and simultaneous control of multiple unmanned vehicles across all domains – space, air, sea and land — Ballista can be run from nearly any computer including a tablet or a phone.

Ballista is quickly being recognized as the world’s most advanced unmanned systems software and is currently being used by the U.S. government and key drone makers.

DreamHammer Mission: Help Drones & Robots Work Together

DreamHammer has their eye on the pending explosive commercial opportunities for unmanned vehicles.

“The key to the future of drones and robots will be their ability to work together,” said Nelson Paez, CEO of DreamHammer.  “Until now, there has been no way to tie them together. DreamHammer provides the industry with the ability to provide apps on drone and robotics platforms. The growth could potentially surpass the mobile and PC markets over the next 10 years as unmanned systems become adopted commercially and globally.”

DreamHammer intends to build on what Ballista has done for the military and bring it to the commercial sector.

“Our software is so intelligent and easy to operate, a user who previously required extensive training to manage one drone can now manage multiple drones or robots simultaneously. All to achieve a single task or coordinated mission,” said Paez.

Nelson Paez DreamHammer CEOMeet Nelson Paez, DreamHammer CEO

A native of Los Angeles, Nelson Paez has been the CEO of DreamHammer since starting the company in 2000. He’s long been a guy fascinated by the convergence of science and technology. He taught himself computer programming at 10 years old and studied science at California State University at age 13.

After several years as a Defense contractor and computer engineer, Paez left the government sector to bootstrap DreamHammer.

Paez continues to provide visionary, strategic and tactical leadership for DreamHammer, building strategic relationships worldwide and overseeing corporate administration, product development, marketing and sales for the company.

DreamHammer Fast Facts Headquarters: Santa Monica, California Other offices: Arlington, Virginia, San Diego, California, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Washington D.C. 2012 Revenue: $6 million Funding: Raised first external funding in 2012 Twitter: @dreamhammerinc var featureBoxVar = "";

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How to Stabilize Your DJI Phantom Footage for $10

Tired of too much shake-shake in your DJI Phantom aerial footage?

Also known as the Jello Effect, the key for reducing this less-than-desirable cinematographic output is to disconnect the vibration coming from the DJI rotors from the camera.

In this video from Human Resources, you’ll learn a pretty simple solution for getting rid of Jello Effect from your drone footage.

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