HAPSMobile Receives Test Flight Approval from NASA’s Airworthiness and Flight Safety Review Board

HAPSMobile Receives Test Flight Approval from NASA’s Airworthiness and Flight Safety Review Board

HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), has received a limited flight release from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), Airworthiness and Flight Safety Review Board to conduct a test flight of the HAWK30 aircraft in restricted airspace. AFRC is responsible to ensure ground and […] HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), has received a limited flight release from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), Airworthiness and Flight Safety Review Board to conduct a test flight of the HAWK30 aircraft in restricted airspace. AFRC is responsible to ensure ground and […] Read More

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FirePoint C3 Challenge Invites Student Teams to Submit Their Best Designs to Build the Army’s Next-Generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle & Win $35,000

FirePoint C3 Challenge Invites Student Teams to Submit Their Best Designs to Build the Army’s Next-Generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle & Win $35,000

The FirePoint Innovations Center at Wichita State University today announced registration is now open for the first-ever FirePoint C3 Challenge, inviting university students from around the U.S. to submit their best designs for the Army’s future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) intended for next-generation combat and defense. To enter, teams must first register and then submit an Intent to Compete by October 18th. The […] The FirePoint Innovations Center at Wichita State University today announced registration is now open for the first-ever FirePoint C3 Challenge, inviting university students from around the U.S. to submit their best designs for the Army’s future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) intended for next-generation combat and defense. To enter, teams must first register and then submit an Intent to Compete by October 18th. The […] Read More

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Yuneec Mantis G

This new release offers 30-minute flight times, 4K resolution, and the ultimate in stability. Here’s the scoop from Yuneec: The new Mantis G is the perfect upgrade for your Instagram Story, your vacation video, or your afternoon with friends. Open it up, turn it on, and watch it take off: Now it’s easy to create photos and videos from a whole new perspective. With the new integrated gimbal, you can produce smooth videos in full HD and 4K resolutions – not to mention extremely sharp photos. A single battery charge gives you over 30 minutes of flying time, and the Mantis G’s PX4 flight controller ensures you’ll have no shortage of fun while flying and a nearly legendary degree of stability. Mantis G – next-level content creation! The post Yuneec Mantis G appeared first on RotorDrone. This new release offers 30-minute flight times, 4K resolution, and the ultimate in stability. Here’s the scoop from Yuneec: The new Mantis G is the perfect upgrade for your Instagram Story, your vacation video, or your afternoon with friends. Open it up, turn it on, and watch it take off: Now it’s easy to create […] The post Yuneec Mantis G appeared first on RotorDrone. […] Read More

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Navy Drone Finds Corrosion

“Topside Drone” is a development of a corrosion/anomaly detection sensor payload and processing scheme, outfitted to a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) UAV. The technology will inspect and detect material defects, corrosion, warping and other conditions plaguing naval vessels. The drone flies around the area of inspection and takes photographs and measurements for evaluation to determine if corrosion exists—and the severity. TechSolutions—the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global’s rapid-response science and technology prototyping initiative—is the sponsor for this developing technology. “Corrosion is there all the time; elements like rain and seawater are constantly corroding a ship,” said Lt. Rouben Azad, a student at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, who attended the demonstration. “I have been on ships where it is difficult for the human eye to identify corrosion. Through infrared imagery, the Topside Drone inspection technology can identify corrosion from 80 feet away.” Topside Drone features complementary payloads for data collection. A LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) payload uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances to an object. A LiDAR scan accurately captures the geometry of everything in line of sight and is used to create a digital model of the ship. A second payload of visible/infrared camera captures images that orient geometrically to the digital model. The images are then algorithmically inspected for corrosion using computer vision. In addition to enhanced identification capabilities, Topside Drone will reduce the maintenance demand for Sailors. The post Navy Drone Finds Corrosion appeared first on RotorDrone. “Topside Drone” is

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Parrot Anafi FPV

Parrot’s popular Anafi drone is now available with built-in FPV capability! Here are the details from Parrot: Anafi FPV is designed for explorers but also for dreamers. The camera experience is a new paradigm for aerial photographers and videographers, providing a unique “cocoon” for immersive photography and in-depth image controls. The full array of Anafi’ smanual camera settings are available in FPV mode – full sensations guaranteed. Photographers can enjoy total immersion in the on-screen image, exploring new techniques for shot composition – then seamlessly toggle into deep image controls to fine-tune photos and videos. Manual settings such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation – and advanced features such as an image histogram and “zebra” exposure assistance overlay – are customizable and easily displayed by opening the settings using the button on the Cockpit glasses. Two new flight presets join ANAFI’s exciting menu of options, designed to help pilots of every level capture stunning videos with ease. Available in FreeFlight 6.6, the new additions allow ANAFI FPV pilots to expand their creativity at the tap of a touchscreen.   Cinematic preset With the Cinematic preset, you can capture smooth and dramatic footage that looks like you’re behind the controls of a glider. The horizontal axis of the 4K HDR camera is locked to the tilt of the drone, and footage shows every majestic bank and turn in your flight.   Racing preset While the Cinematic preset is built for stable and fluid motion, the Racing preset will get

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