Posts by Dave Clarke

a gun intended to bring down airborne drones

Are UAVs a Blessing or a Curse for the U.S. Military?

Terrorists are using cheap drones, like the ones you can buy at Walmart, to attack high-value targets.

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A lithium mine dug deep into the Earth's surface.

eVTOLs Need Lithium Batteries

Flying cars will likely be powered by lithium batteries. How these batteries will be safely and economically recycled remains to be seen.

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drone flying in nuclear power facility

Drone Alone: Advanced Air Mobility Advances Pilotlessly

During the EnRicH 2021 European Robotics Hackathon, the San Antonio, Texas-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) successfully demonstrated an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that fully autonomously explored and mapped the interior of the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant located in Zwentendorf an der Donau, Austria. The Zwentendorf plant is the world’s only nuclear facility that has been fully built but never activated. This makes…

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illustration of drones over city

U-Space – The EU’s Evolving Plan for UAVs and UAM

The Single European Sky Air Traffic Modernization Research (SESAR) Project is working to develop policies to facilitate the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. SESAR will define, deploy, and develop technologies to create an air traffic management system throughout the European Union (EU) for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including drones and air taxis. First…

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small drone with moth antennae attached to it

UAVs May Be Unmanned, But They Soon May Not Be Un-Mothed

Scientists have created a smellicopter, which pairs live antennae from a moth to an autonomous drone for potential use in navigating hazardous environments where robots cannot be used.

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A model of the Three Graces by Antonio Canova

Charting New Territory with UAV Photogrammetry

There are many emerging uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), from firefighting to emergency rescues, military operations, and even cloud-seeding to produce rain. Photogrammetry may be one application that has, until now, flown under the radar of the UAM industry and public awareness. What is photogrammetry? The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASSPRS)…

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