Air Force Seeks Drone Defense Technology

The United States Air Force has released a request for proposal (RFP) for a portable commercial device that can be used to stop small drones. The device would help the Air Force defend potential threats from sm... Read More...
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MIT Researcher’s Autonomous Drone Avoids Trees at 30 MPH

An MIT researcher built a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, or drone) that can fly itself while avoiding obstacles in its path. Andrew Barry, a PhD student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), says, “Everyone is building drones these days, but nobody knows how to get them to stop running into things.” Popular recreational drones can’t fly themselves because the required equipment, such as Lidar sensors, are too big to fit on their small frames. To get around this, Barry came up with an efficient algorithm that saves time and space by processing only the necessary information.
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The Wait for FAA Drone Safety Proposal

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been slow to regulate the use of drones for commercial purposes, but a September 2015 deadline set by Congress in 2012 is approaching. To be fair, the FAA has been ... Read More...