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University of California, Berkeley engineers are working on cooperative systems to control robots through complex environments. In this demonstration, a ground station uses computer vision to guide the group’s new 13-gram H2Bird ornithopter robot through a window.

The ground station, whose view we see in the second gif, uses real-time motion tracking over a live video stream to send steering guidance to the H2Bird micro air vehicle. With that information, the robot can successfully maneuver through a tight window frame. Their paper on the work is available here.

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Flying Robot Rockstars

KMel Robotics presents a team of flying robots that have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs. The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit using a deconstructed piano action. And there are bells. Lots of bells.

Many thanks to Lockheed Martin and Intel Corporation for their support.

See this show and more live at the USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 26 & 27 in Washington, D.C.
http://www.usasciencefestival.org/
Lockheed Martin in the founding and presenting sponsor of the festival.

KMel Robotics (www.kmelrobotics.com)
Video Produced and Directed by Kurtis Sensenig (www.kurtisfilms.com)
Music Arrangement and Sound Design by Dan Paul (www.danpaulmusic.com)

[see quadrotors perform the james bond theme]

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Portugal Shows off its new drone….

I wish i wasn’t serious

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Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS)

Unmaned autonomous helicopters on demand via an app on your tablet? Check.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) demonstrates the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS), which gives helicopters the capability for unmanned flight. AACUS consists of software and sensors that can be applied to a variety of rotary wing aircraft, and will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with the ability to rapidly support forces on the front lines, as an alternative to convoys, manned aircraft or air drops in all weather and possibly hostile conditions, with minimal training required by the requestor.

First video of the US Army flying truck in action

Advanced Tactics has released the very first video showing the Black Knight Transformer flying through the desert.

Black Knight Transformer is designed to cruise at up to 150 mph in the air on autonomous medical evacuation and resupply missions. On the ground, the transformer can be driven just like a normal truck. Say hello to the flying truck of the future.

Flying. Tanks.

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Drone Glider Finds Swirling Undersea Storms That Help Melt Ice Sheets

Using the undersea gliders above, scientists have uncovered swirling submarine storms that move hot and cold water around near Antarctic ice sheets.

Setting the six-foot-long properless vehicles loose in the Weddell Sea west of Antarctica, an international team of researchers hoped to collect data about how much these submarine eddies impact polar ice melt.

The gliders move down through the water column by pumping water in; they rise back toward the surface by pumping water out. Using this simple principle, they dive up to 3,280 feet below the ocean’s surface to collect temperature, salinity, pressure and oxygen readings at different depths. When the vehicle surfaces periodically through its two-month cruise, it transmits the data it has collected back to the mother ship.

Using this information, the scientists learned that giant invisible eddies spinning off of currents swirl the ocean’s water around, transporting warmer water at lower depths toward the ice.

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Drones approved for use by FAA for farmers in ND - The drone empire begins

BY MARIELLA MOON -

North Dakota will soon get a glimpse of a future where farmers can monitor their crops using small, flying drones. That’s because the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the state the go-ahead to start using its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site.

Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator states:

These data will lay the groundwork for reducing risks and ensuring continued safe operations of UAS. We believe the test site programs will be extremely valuable to integrating unmanned aircraft and fostering America’s leadership in advancing this technology.

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Drones in Sports

From Robohub:

UAVs, or drones, have been making their presence known in sports for some time now, mostly for aerial filming of open air games and races. But they are starting to show up for other uses in sports now, too.
The Portuguese football club S.L Benfica used a drone to hand out shirts during their game two months ago. And just two weeks ago, ESPN reported about how drones have penetrated sport events, both as a way to offer a new perspective of events to viewers, and also as a tool for coaches to capture data in order to analyze and improve their teams’ performance.

[read more at robohub, video courtesy of ESPN]

Factory worker with a Radioplane OQ-2, the first mass produced drone in the US, for target practice purposes.

The photoshoot was ordered by USAAF  1st Motion Picture Unit Captain Ronald Reagan. The girl in the picture is non other than Norma Jean Baker, which you might happen to know by the name of Marilyn Monroe.