University of Maryland Researchers and NOAA Take Their eVTOL Out for a Test Flight
Unmanned drone systems equipped with sensors may be able to help move the scientific study of sea ice forward.
Trust Us. Trust the Computers. Trust Us and the Computers?
The future of urban air mobility depends in part on how well humans and autonomous machines can team together.
The EU’s Project to Plan, Design, and Build a Seamless UAM Travel Experience
The EU’s X-TEAM D2D project met in December 2021. The team, organized by the Scandinavian Simulation Society (SIMS), Finnish Simulation Forum (FinSim), Finnish Society of Automation and University of Oulu, during the Federation of European Simulation Societies (Eurosim) Conference, was part of The X-TEAM D2D EXTENDED ATM FOR DOOR2DOOR TRAVEL conference. The project is working…
Lithium Batteries Need Advanced Recycling; And, There’s the Rub
Flying cars will likely be powered by lithium batteries. How these batteries will be safely and economically recycled remains to be seen.
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…
The Smellicopter Uses Live Moth Antennae to "Pilot" Its Missions
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.