Category DRONE USES

The USA Marines Want an Super-Portable Kamikaze Drone

This Organic Precision Fires drone could strike targets over 37 miles away.

The U.S. Marines want a flying drone that could both reconnoiter the nearby landscape, complete its mission by exploding dead on target, and is small enough to be carried by an individual Marine. The new Organic Precision Fires drone system would be extremely useful if small units of Marines find themselves cut off from friendly forces and unable to call in for air and artillery support.

After nearly two decades of chasing lightly armed guerrillas with ample air and artillery support on call, the U.S. Marines are gearing up for the possibility of big power warfare...

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Military-Grade Killer Drones Are Beginning to Hit the Market

The battlefield drone can be operated by one man, drop its own precision-guided munitions.

The recent explosion of the consumer drone market has had far-reaching effects, the deadliest being their adaptation to weapons of war. Now, military-grade killer drones operable by a crew of one or two and capable of carrying precision-guided microbombs are starting to make their way into the global defense market. One of the first is Velvet Wasp, the drone that can carry anything from bombs to first aid supplies.

Developed by UK defense contractor SR, Velvet Wasp is a 37 pound drone with a carbon fiber frame. The drone can be packable but ideally is carried around by a vehicle...

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ESA seeks “missing link” between drones and satellites

For years, high-altitude unmanned aircraft and airships that can loiter on the edge of space have been under development, but who will use them when they come online? One major prospect is ESA, which sees these High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites as the “missing link” between drones and satellites

High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites are platforms that float or fly at high altitude like conventional aircraft but operate more like satellites

For years, high-altitude unmanned aircraft and airships that can loiter on the edge of space have been under development, but who will use them when they come online? One major prospect is ESA, which sees these High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) as the “missing link” between drones and satellites that can remain on station longer than the former while pro...

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Honda’s Disaster Relief Robot May Be a Lifesaver of the future

When future disaster strikes, the helpful hand swooping your way may be more machine than man. Honda R&D researchers detailed their latest disaster relief prototype robot, the E2-DR, in a paper entitled, “Development of Experimental Legged Robot for Inspection and Disaster Response in Plants.”

The robot stands a little over 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs just over 187 pounds. Adding to its weight is a 1000-Wh lithium-ion battery with 90-minute operational stamina. E2-DR displays 33 degrees of freedom, and can rotate its body 180 degrees. Honda swapped out conventional communication cables for optical fiber alternatives, in an effort to keep size to a minimum.

Honda specifically designed E2-DR with a 25-cm (9.8-in) “thickness,” so it can fit through 30-cm (11.8-in) gaps...

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Drone Captures Hurricane Maria’s Devastation in Puerto Rico Aerial View

Hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico last Wednesday but communities across the Caribbean are still reeling from its wrath. The commonwealth lost all electricity and most communications after violent winds and rains washed away power lines, cell towers and roads. At least 16 people have died, and many more individuals are left without homes, drinking water, or ability to contact or find loved ones.

The sweeping destruction is almost impossible to fathom, which is why AFP photographer Ricardo Arduengo shot it from above with a drone. It’s how he captured this apocalyptic scene just west of San Juan where a stretch of four-lane highway lay in ruins after a nearby river washed it away. “It was shocking,” says photographer Ricardo Arduengo...

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Like this Hobby Drone Becomes an Awesome Military Sniper

What is it, how does it work, and is autonomous war using AI drones such a good idea?

There’s a new kind of killer drone. Called TIKAD, it isn’t like any lethal drones you’re seen before. Because unlike the effective-yet-cumbersome MQ-9 Reapers, these multicopters can carry a sniper rifle, a grenade launcher, or a machine gun—the inevitable convergence of hobby drones and military weapons.

Big drones like the Reaper and its predecessor, the Predator, are controlled from thousands of miles away, orbit at five or ten thousand feet, and watch everything happening below. They strike with laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, which are precise but hardly surgical, causing collateral damage and loss of life...

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These Australian Coast aerial pics are Incredible from a Drone’s-Eye View

The man behind the account is Gabriel Scanu, a 20-year-old photographer from Sydney, Australia, who captures some seriously wanderlust-inducing photos with a drone.

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Flame-Throwing Drones Are Being Used To Clean Power Lines of rubbish in China

This Chinese company’s idea is practical; it looks incredibly cool.

Incredible new pictures show that a power company in Xiangyang, China has a creative solution to the problem of garbage hanging on power lines: flame-throwing drones. The drones are deployed to fly up alongside hard-to-reach stretches of wire and burn off garbage like plastic bags with giant plumes of flame.

Shooting fire at a power line may seem dangerous, but it’s a whole lot less dangerous than a human being pulling stuff off a wire 30 feet up in the air.

The photos have a pretty dystopian aesthetic The unmanned eight-bladed copters look more than a little like flying, flame-shooting spiders. But not to worry, these drones are used for improving our infrastructure, not destroying it.

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Lockheed’s Catapult-Launched Drone Called Fury Lingers 15 Hours Over the Battlefield

Lockheed is developing a new drone promises to be a long-endurance, high-altitude friend for troops on the ground, acting as an eye in the sky or a communications relay.

Fury, which looks a little like a pumpkin seed with bat wings, can operate for more than 15 hours at altitudes up to 15,000 feet. An in-house project funded on the company dime, Lockheed’s new drone is designed to give ground troops or warships their own surveillance or communications platform. The 17-foot-wingspan drone doesn’t need a runway to operate. Instead, it’s launched from a truck or deck-mounted catapult and can be recovered by flying it into a recovery net.

Lockheed Martin expects Fury to be useful in a variety of roles...

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The Marines Are Testing a Glider Drone Made of Plywood

TACAD is expected to carry a load around 700 pounds

A new drone concept could lead to a cheap and disposable way to resupply Marines in hostile territory. TACAD, or TACtical Air Delivery, can deliver quarter ton payloads at ranges of up to 70 miles. The drone could even be used in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situations, sending food and aid precisely where it’s needed.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, an arm of the Corps that develops new equipment, is studying TACAD as a means to resupply troops on the battlefield. TACAD is designed to be pushed out the cargo ramp of an aircraft at high altitude—say, a Marine KC-130 transport tanker. TACAD has a glide ratio of 15:1, meaning for every foot of vertical travel it glides fifteen feet horizontally...

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A little drone with a Big future

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Mini drones may be kind of fascinating to some of us, but the things are notoriously difficult to keep hovering in one place, plus they’re not known for shooting great video. Chinese startup Ruiven claims to be out to change that, however, with its new Kudrone. The tiny quadcopter shoots at a maximum resolution of 4K, it can pivot 360 degrees to shoot panoramic stills, plus it’s equipped with GPS.

To start a flight, the Kudrone is simply thrown up in the air. It can then be controlled manually via an iOS/Android smartphone app, in which users see a real-time 720p video feed from its onboard camera. Communicating with the phone using Wi-Fi, it has a range of 100 ft (30 m)...

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The 10 Coolest Drones at the World’s Biggest Robot War Games

Drones are coming—by land, air, and sea

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Unmanned Warrior is the world’s biggest robot war game, currently taking place for two weeks off the coast of Scotland. It was proposed by First Sea Lord Admiral George Zambellas to give airborne, surface, and underwater drones from various suppliers a chance to show off their prowess. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, an exercise involving 30 warships and submarines from 18 nations. But for the newly inaugurated robot portion, the U.S. is a strong presence, with teams from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

As robots continue packing increased capability in smaller, lower-cost packages, these exercises are a glimpse into the future of naval warfare...

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