Posts by Dave Clarke

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Novel Uses of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles

Urban air mobility (UAM) is coming. Advanced air mobility (AAM) is coming. Uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) are here now. The following UAV manufacturers and component providers are preparing to use UAVs in novel ways to shape the skies today and create a sustainable, cost-effective, uncrewed tomorrow. Precision Crop Spraying Regina, Saskatechwan, Canada-based  Precision AI has developed an artificial…

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Is Sand the New Lithium?

The answer to powering Advanced Air Mobility may be shifting in a desert nearby. If you’ve ever walked barefoot on the beach on a hot day, you know you literally feel the heat. Heat is stored energy, stored energy that could be used to power homes, offices, cars (maybe even flying ones?!). Perhaps best of…

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Before They Buy eVTOLs, People Need to “Buy Into” eVTOLs

Public awareness of advanced air mobility (AAM) is not keeping pace with the achievements of eVTOL manufacturers.

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5 Things to Know About Drones Now

Governments are using drones of various sizes in all sorts of different ways. This is just the beginning.

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Advanced Air Mobility — By the Numbers in 2023

The latest statistics for the rapidly growing uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) market.

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Recharging Your eVTOLs – Midair

Swapping batteries midair, or more precisely, as NASA engineers describe their plan, “Energy Augmentation Concepts for Advanced Air Mobility Vehicles,” (EACAAMV) is a scheme devised by eight NASA scientists to recharge (if that’s the right word) eVTOLs in midair. Kapil Sheth, Nhan Nguyen, Seth Schisler, Todd Stinchfield, Corey Ippolito (NASA Ames Research Center), David Pike…

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