Tag Archives: drones

Three technologies revolutionising the agricultural industry

The Rusmoloko Farms, in the Russian district of Ramensky, is equipping its dairy cows with virtual reality (VR) goggles, showing the animals green, sunny meadows in an effort to boost their mood and increase milk production. At the moment, VR for cows is just an isolated experiment, but there are other …

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World first study with drone vision systems now separates living from the dead

Autonomous drone cameras have been trialled for several years to detect signs of life in disaster zones. Now, in a world first study, researchers from Adelaide and Iraq have taken this a step further. Using a new technique to monitor vital signs remotely, engineers from the University of South Australia …

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QuadSAT to develop SOMAP compliant UAS antenna testing with ESA

QuadSAT, the drone-enabled antenna testing company, has announced its collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) testing solution to comply with industry-wide antenna performance protocol, SOMAP (Satellite Operators’ Minimum Antenna Performance requirements) and the type approval test requirements for other satellite operators. QuadSAT, with technical …

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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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