Tag Archives: drones

Promising mobile technologies find methane leaks quickly

On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, the first independent assessment of moving gas leak detectors at well sites. The organisers of the contest – Stanford University‘s Natural Gas Initiative and the Environmental Defense Fund …

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How sophisticated instrumentation helped a drone maker accelerate motor system testing

The Yokogawa WT1800E Power Analyzer is being used by Atmos UAV to optimise the range, efficiency and safety of Marlyn, the world’s first drone to combine Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) and forward flight in a fully autonomous flight. Like a fixed wing drone, Marlyn is capable of high-speed …

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‘Spidey senses’ could help autonomous machines see better

What if drones and self-driving cars had the tingling “spidey senses” of Spider-Man? They might actually detect and avoid objects better, says Andres Arrieta, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, because they would process sensory information faster. Better sensing capabilities would make it possible for drones to …

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ABB helps improve safety and profitability of oil and gas pipelines with drone-based gas leak detection

Leaks in gas distribution and transmission pipelines present serious safety risks and result in lost revenue and profits to producers.  The ABB Ability mobile gas leak detection system is a digital solution that for the first time, enables drone deployment in the identification of gas leakages. The new solution is being …

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FLIR Systems acquires Aeryon Labs

FLIR Systems has acquired Aeryon Labs, a leading developer of high-performance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the global military, public safety, and critical infrastructure markets for $200 million. Aeryon’s vertical takeoff and landing quad-copter airframes integrate multiple sensors, including FLIR thermal technology, to provide users with immediate high-resolution intelligence, surveillance, …

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QuadSAT secures £700,000 seed funding

QuadSAT, the drone-enabled antenna testing company, today announced it has closed its £700,000 seed round, led by Vaekstfonden, the Danish Growth Fund, with participation from Seraphim Capitaland existing investors. The investment will enable QuadSAT to bring its innovative drone platform to the satellite communications industry, initially focusing on maritime and aeronautical applications. QuadSAT’s …

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Sensor solutions for detecting and defeating drones

From 19 December to 21 December, a series of reported sightings of drones around Gatwick caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled and an estimated 140,000 passengers to be stranded. In a similar incident on 8 January at Heathrow, sightings of a drone temporarily halted flights. Here, Oleg Vornik, chief …

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Thermal-sensing cameras detect protected nightjar nests

Thermal-sensing cameras mounted on drones may offer a safer and more cost-effective way to locate nests of the elusive European nightjar in forestry work and construction areas, according to new research presented at the British Ecological Society‘s annual meeting.  Ecologists from Cardiff University recently conducted a pilot study in Bryn, …

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Researchers create first sensor package that can ride aboard bees

Farmers can already use drones to soar over huge fields and monitor temperature, humidity or crop health. But these machines need so much power to fly that they cannot get very far without needing a charge. Now, engineers at the University of Washington have created a sensing system that is …

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Drones, sensors and blockchain for water quality control in the Volga river to promote trustworthy data and transparency

In Russia, approximately 70 per cent of drinking water comes from surface, while the rest comes from groundwater. Twenty-five per cent of the world’s fresh water is located in Russian territories. Unfortunately, water pollution is a major issue in this country, with more than 10 million Russians currently lacking access …

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