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Innovation
Bat-Inspired Sound Location Tech Could Allow Drones to Fly Solo
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Innovation
Bat-Inspired Sound Location Tech Could Allow Drones to Fly Solo
Inspired by bat’s ears, researchers at Virginia Tech have created a device capable of pinpointing sound location more accurately than other tech — or our ears.
April 24, 2021

Inspired by bat’s ears, researchers at Virginia Tech have created a device capable of pinpointing sound location more accurately than other tech — or our ears.

Drones
Drone Light Show Creates Scannable QR Code In the Sky
drone light show
Drones
Drone Light Show Creates Scannable QR Code In the Sky
A drone light show staged in celebration of the “Princess Connect! Re:Dive” video game ended with the drones forming a scannable QR code in the sky.
April 24, 2021

A drone light show staged in celebration of the “Princess Connect! Re:Dive” video game ended with the drones forming a scannable QR code in the sky.

AUVs
Underwater Gliders Could Soon Run off of the Ocean’s Changing Temperatures
underwater glider
AUVs
Underwater Gliders Could Soon Run off of the Ocean’s Changing Temperatures
California company Seatrec wants to bring their temperature-harnessing generator technology to underwater gliders.
March 13, 2021

California company Seatrec wants to bring their temperature-harnessing generator technology to underwater gliders.

Drones
Giant Rocket Launching Drone Will Take Satellites to Space
drone launches satellites
Drones
Giant Rocket Launching Drone Will Take Satellites to Space
The world's biggest drone is designed to launch satellites into orbit while airborne.
December 6, 2020

The world's biggest drone is designed to launch satellites into orbit while airborne.

Volcanoes
Dropping Drones into Volcanoes Can Help Us Predict Eruptions
predict volcanic eruptions
Volcanoes
Dropping Drones into Volcanoes Can Help Us Predict Eruptions
The ratio of sulphur to carbon dioxide being released can be an indicator of imminent volcanic eruptions. Researchers are using drones to gather that data.
November 8, 2020

The ratio of sulphur to carbon dioxide being released can be an indicator of imminent volcanic eruptions. Researchers are using drones to gather that data.

Coronavirus
Disinfecting Drones to Spray Stadium After NFL Games
disinfecting drones
Coronavirus
Disinfecting Drones to Spray Stadium After NFL Games
Are the disinfecting drones set to fly over Mercedes-Benz Stadium after Atlanta Falcons games useful or just another example of hygiene theater?
October 7, 2020

Are the disinfecting drones set to fly over Mercedes-Benz Stadium after Atlanta Falcons games useful or just another example of hygiene theater?

Wildfires
Predator Drones Are Using AI to Create Faster Fire Maps
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Wildfires
Predator Drones Are Using AI to Create Faster Fire Maps
The National Guard has used drones to create forest fire maps since 2017. New AI upgrades could make the maps in minutes, not hours.
October 5, 2020

The National Guard has used drones to create forest fire maps since 2017. New AI upgrades could make the maps in minutes, not hours.

Drones
Delivery Drone Breaks Flight Record for Transporting an Organ
delivery drone
Drones
Delivery Drone Breaks Flight Record for Transporting an Organ
A MissionGO delivery drone carried a human kidney a record-breaking 10 miles, demonstrating how the devices could facilitate organ transplants.
September 25, 2020

A MissionGO delivery drone carried a human kidney a record-breaking 10 miles, demonstrating how the devices could facilitate organ transplants.

Drones
Walmart and Zipline Launch a 1-Hour Drone Delivery Service That Will...
drone delivery service
Drones
Walmart and Zipline Launch a 1-Hour Drone Delivery Service That Will...
Walmart's drone delivery service will deliver wellness products to customers within a 50-mile radius of their headquarters in Arkansas.
September 18, 2020

Walmart's drone delivery service will deliver wellness products to customers within a 50-mile radius of their headquarters in Arkansas.

Drones
Amazon Drone Delivery Gets Approval to Launch from FAA
Drone Delivery
Drones
Amazon Drone Delivery Gets Approval to Launch from FAA
Prime Air, Amazon’s drone delivery service, has secured a key FAA certification, clearing it for the next phase of testing in the U.S.
September 2, 2020

Prime Air, Amazon’s drone delivery service, has secured a key FAA certification, clearing it for the next phase of testing in the U.S.

Transportation
First Autonomous Air Taxi Terminal to Open in 2020
air taxi
Transportation
First Autonomous Air Taxi Terminal to Open in 2020
Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang plans to build the world’s first air taxi terminal in Hezhou, China, before the end of 2020.
April 27, 2020

Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang plans to build the world’s first air taxi terminal in Hezhou, China, before the end of 2020.

Public Health
Ghana Uses Drones to Speed Up Coronavirus Testing
Speed Up Coronavirus Testing
Public Health
Ghana Uses Drones to Speed Up Coronavirus Testing
In Ghana, Zipline is helping speed up coronavirus testing by using drones to deliver test samples, and it wants to bring the service to the U.S.
April 21, 2020

In Ghana, Zipline is helping speed up coronavirus testing by using drones to deliver test samples, and it wants to bring the service to the U.S.

Drones
New Tech Could Finally Change Drone Regulations for the Better
drone regulations
Drones
New Tech Could Finally Change Drone Regulations for the Better
FAA drone regulations require pilots to have a visual line of sight of their aircraft, but new detect-and-avoid systems could change that.
March 1, 2020

FAA drone regulations require pilots to have a visual line of sight of their aircraft, but new detect-and-avoid systems could change that.

Below the Surface
The Fleet of Underwater Drones Probing Earth’s Interior
underwater drones
Below the Surface
The Fleet of Underwater Drones Probing Earth’s Interior
The Earth’s interior may be the last wild frontier, but not for long. These underwater drones are scanning the ocean to create a 3D model of its internal dynamics.
January 24, 2020

The Earth’s interior may be the last wild frontier, but not for long. These underwater drones are scanning the ocean to create a 3D model of its internal dynamics.

Uprising
Tree-Planting Drones Restore Charred Forests
tree-planting drones
Uprising
Tree-Planting Drones Restore Charred Forests
This Seattle startup is bringing new life to charred forests by releasing swarms of smart, tree-planting drones equipped with seeds, mini seedbeds, and cameras.
January 11, 2020

This Seattle startup is bringing new life to charred forests by releasing swarms of smart, tree-planting drones equipped with seeds, mini seedbeds, and cameras.

Drones of the Future
This Nail Gun Wielding Drone Looks Terrifying, But Could Save Lives
This Nail Gun Wielding Drone Looks Terrifying, But Could Save Lives
Drones of the Future
This Nail Gun Wielding Drone Looks Terrifying, But Could Save Lives
According to OSHA, one in five workplace deaths in 2017 were in construction. Can nail gun drones help save lives?
October 17, 2019

According to OSHA, one in five workplace deaths in 2017 were in construction. Can nail gun drones help save lives?

Innovation
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
Innovation
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
“Whether you live in the developed world or the developing world, the further you travel outside of a major city,...
By Kaitlin Ugolik
June 29, 2019

“Whether you live in the developed world or the developing world, the further you travel outside of a major city, the harder it is for you to access the medicine you need to stay healthy and alive.”