What restrictions apply to flying RC and UAV planes in India at very low altitudes?
We are working on a UAV and will soon get to the testing phase. We intend to fly at a maximum altitude of 300-400 meters. I wanted to know as to what restrictions apply to the airspace in India (specifically Delhi) with respect to flying UAVs as well as the altitudes from which they apply?
We will also be testing autonomous capabilities. Do we need to get any licenses for this?
3D Printing for Scale Airplanes
OK, I could have gotten a lot more attention by titling this post “3D Printing Bombs” but I did not want the FBI coming to the MAN office. With today’s amazing new technologies seeming to be absolutely like magic, I decided to try out one of the several new 3D companies that offer services online. The one I chose was Shapeways.
Terrifying New ‘Insect Drones’ May Soon Be Buzzing Our Skies…
Nature has perfected something that us humans simply stumbled upon. In doing research and development of drones, engineers were struggling with one major problem: how to make drones be able to dodge and fly around objects, move with extreme agility, and navigate the elements that Mother Nature produces.
Well, Mother Nature herself had the answer to their problems. Engineers soon realized that she had perfected flight, in the form of insects, which were ‘engineered’ vastly different than what man had produced thus far: they had flapping wings, whereas man had always made it’s flight possible with ‘fixed-wing’ aircraft.
A new jet-powered drone might be the most complex flying machine ever built using 3D printing.
The drone, which made its debut at the Dubai Airshow earlier this month, looks nothing like your average 3D-printed toy plane. It has a 9-foot-long (3 meters) wingspan and an aerodynamic design that gives it a futuristic appearance.
But about 80 percent of the sleek, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is designed and manufactured using 3D printing methods, according to Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys, the companies that developed the drone. The UAV weighs just 33 lbs. (15 kilograms) and can fly at speeds exceeding 150 mph (241 km/h). [The 10 Weirdest Things Created by 3D Printing]
New technology makes drones safer, smarter
Geneva: Researchers have developed a new technology that enables drones to mimic human sense of balance to recover stable flight from any position and land autonomously in failure situations.
It will even be possible to launch drones by simply tossing them into the air like a baseball, researchers said.
Drones will be safer and smarter, with the ability to identify safe landing sites and land automatically when necessary, they said.
“Our new technology allows safe operation of drones beyond the operator’s line of sight, which is crucial for commercial use of drones, such as parcel delivery,
More and more drones are skittering through rural skies, taking snapshots of the fields and providing farmers with various data about the soil and crops. Are they really necessary or just the latest gadget craze?
Ryan Kunde sits in his home on the outskirts of Sebastopol in southern California, sipping Pinot Noir. It comes from his own DRNK Winery, with its 100-metre cave burrowed alongside vineyards and a golf course. At 33, he’s the fifth generation of the Kunde family, well known in the Californian wine industry for producing high-quality wine for over a century. He runs the business with his wife Katie and her parents, Dale and Nancy. “Hence the label,” he chuckles. “DRNK – for the four of us: Dale, Ryan, Nancy, and Katie”. However, Kunde is the first in his family to delegate some responsibilities to an assistant. “Spidey is great. He really helps me to sample the vineyards much, much better,” he says.
CES 2015: Best Drones We’ve Seen so Far: Nixie, Zano, Micro Drone 3.0, Inspire 1, and Ghost
Drones are all the rage at this year’s International CES 2015 and are gearing up to burst the myths and negative connotations associated with the device.
We take a look at some of the coolest drones to come out of CES 2015.
Touted as the first wearable camera that can fly, Nixie can be worn as a bracelet and once it takes off into the air it can automatically click a selfie for you!
“A camera that comes with you everywhere… and can fly. With a gesture, Nixie takes off, captures the moment, and comes right back,” notes the description.
Nixie’s makers are still tinkering away with the technology and the drone is not yet ready for release.
Workhorse, the discreet competitor of Amazon and Google
In this drone race, two contestants stood out. Amazon which kick-started drone delivery and Google which is taking the lion’s share by offering a Cloud to supervise commercial drones flights. But be careful not to forget the most discreet ones.
Workhorse, a truck manufacturer located in Loveland, Ohio, unveiled yesterday its octocopter for delivery. Designed to work with the company’s electric trucks, it uses a similar battery to theirs. The goal of the drone is to avoid the drivers to make a detour for an isolated delivery. This system would enable to cut the delivery costs per parcel.
During the test, the drone could reach a maximum speed of 90km/h and had a 30min battery life. A partnership with Panasonic will allow the development of new technology batteries extending the flying time to 45 minutes. It can carry a payload up to 4.5kg.
Billion-dollar drone company DJI is expanding from consumer and camera drones into the agriculture industry.
The Chinese firm’s latest model is a crop-spraying drone, which it claims is “40 times more efficient” than manual spraying, despite having just 12 minutes of flight time.
It will be released in China and Korea where hand-spraying is more common.
DJI made $500m (£332m) in drone sales in 2014 and some analysts predict the firm will hit $1bn in sales this year.
The Agras MG-1 has eight rotors and can carry up to 10kg of crop-spraying fluids per flight.
The foldable device is also dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials, the firm says on its website (in Chinese).
Farmers around the world have used drones for some time but generally for monitoring their crops and livestock.
192 Future Uses for Flying Drones
The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities.
My first idea was to use it for special effects at a concert or major indoor event. But a device like this could also be used for spot advertising – creating momentary images on the sidewalk or parking lot; subliminal advertising – suggesting a variety of products or services inside graphic images; emergency rescue – displaying a series of arrows to help someone lost in a forest; or image masking – to disguise someone’s body and facial features to prevent them from being monitored.
This line of thinking started me down several dozen new paths almost instantly.
Drones can be low flying, high flying, tiny or huge, silent or noisy, super-visible or totally invisible, your best friend or your worst enemy.
We can add lights, sound, cameras, microphones, sensors, robotic arms, wave cancellation technology, or wave enhancement technology.
Simply adding a robotic display will enable us to fly in and have a private video conversation with someone on the other side of the world.
Flying drones can also roll along the ground, stick to the side of a building, float in a river, dive under water, jump onto a building, climb a tree, or attach themselves like parasites to the sides of trains, ships, and airplanes.
One moment they can be hovering in front of you and the next they can fly off at the speed of sound, disappearing into the clouds.
Combining all these capabilities, attributes, and special features into one single device will open up a world of possibilities unlike anything before in all history.
Join me as we step into the magical world ahead being unleashed with this amazing new technology – flying drones.
1. Earthquake Warning Networks
2. Hurricane Monitoring Swarms
3. Tornado Warning Systems
4. Hail Preventer/Sound Cannons
5. Avalanche Preventer/Sound Cannons
6. Impending Flood Alert Systems
7. Tsunami Forecasting Systems
8. Forest Fire Preventers
Flight in 2030: Super quiet Progress Eagle concept plane has three decks, generates its own power and boasts a 314-ft wingspan
- Futuristic AWWA-QG Progress Eagle concept aircraft was dreamed up by Barcelona-based designer Oscar Viñals
- The aircraft has solar panels on its wings and carries a wind turbine that can generate electricity while it is in flight
- The three deck aircraft would have the capacity for more than 800 passengers along with beds and offices for crew
- Mr Viñals claims the aircraft would be 75 per cent quieter than current airliners and produce zero carbon emissions
Ten-Engine Electric Plane Prototype Takes Off
A team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping.
During a recent spring day the engineers took the GL-10 to test its wings at a military base about two hours away from NASA Langley. The remotely piloted plane has a 10-foot wingspan (3.05 meters), eight electric motors on the wings, two electric motors on the tail and weighs a maximum of 62 pounds (28.1 kilograms) at take off. This photograph captures the GL-10 prototype taking off in hover mode like a helicopter.
Avoid traffic jams like a champ with the Aeromobile 2.5 flying car prototype
Would you buy a flying car? How about one from Slovakia?
This Eastern European country isn’t known for its car industry, which might explain why it birthed such an outlandish vehicle.
The Aeromobil 2.5 made its first test flight this week, a culmination of more than two decades of development. Aeromobil co-founder and chief designer Štefan Klein started with the 1.0 back in 1990, and hopes to begin selling the 3.0 production model (rendering above) soon.
One would need to be quite the marksman to shoot a drone out of the sky with a conventional rifle. Firing a bullet with a diameter of only about 7mm and hitting an airborne drone from several hundred feet away is obviously no easy task. But a new rifle unveiled earlier this week is a game changer for individuals and organizations looking to protect their privacy and safety by warding off snooping drones, and it doesn’t even fire a single bullet.
Ohio-based nonprofit research and development firm Battelle this week unveiled a device it calls the DroneDefender, which it says is “the first portable, accurate, rapid-to-use counter-weapon to stop suspicious or hostile drones in flight, providing critical security protection at home and abroad.” While it’s not a weapon in the conventional sense, it represents a huge step in the fight against unwanted drone activity.
There’s a fight against unwanted drone activity?
While the term “drone” has recently had its scope extended to include a wide range of simple radio controlled quadcopter aimed at recreational use, not all drones are fun little gadgets. Drones are used regularly as invasive tools intended to spy on individuals or even top-secret business operations. Beyond that, military, governments and law enforcement are targeted by spy drones on reconnaissance missions.
THE TESLA DRONE CONCEPT BOASTS 30MP CAMERA, 4K VIDEO, 60 MINUTE FLIGHT TIME, & ELIMINATES NEED FOR A GIMBAL
A U.K. based designer, Fraser Leid, has just released some details on his latest concept, the Tesla Drone. Reid made a special effort througout the design process to avoid conventions when it comes to modern UAV/drone design, as you’ll see in the photos. One of the most notable differences is Leid’s approach to the propeller design. Rather than sticking with the typical quadcopter propeller system, Leid thought outside of the box by designing a drone which uses only two propellers.
The two Carbon GlideLite propellers can fly the drone while they are in a vertical or horizontal configuration and, the propellers smartly work together to keep the Tesla drone steady mid-flight, which eliminates the need for a gimbal.
“If the operator requires the drone for slow, wide-angled panoramic videos, the propellers in a vertical configuration will allow the drone to move slowly and steadily. If the operator needs the drone for fast-paced, low-angled action video’s, the propellers in a horizontal configuration will make the drone nimble, quick and easy to handle at faster speeds, while also steadying the camera.”
DJI’s experimental drone will help prevent collisions
DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically for developers to help them test new sensors, processors and other tech. The bare-bones looking craft will fly for 20 minutes with a 2.2 pound payload or longer using an extra battery. The company said it “includes everything needed to fly with minimal assembly and no need for tuning or programming.”
Are Drones the Future of Firefighting?
Tokyo’s drone squad will deploy 10-foot drones armed with nets to police the sky
n an effort to enforce no-fly-zones across the city, Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department is launching a drone squad. According to Japan Today (via Popular Science), the squad will patrol no-fly-zones and “will search for the operators and order them to ground the drones.”
If an operator fails to comply, police will scramble large drones up to 10 feet long armed with cameras and nets to take down the unwanted machines. There’s no word yet on whether said tactics will be accompanied by a perfectly-timed blast of The A-Team theme tune, though—we can but dream.
Despite the humorous name, the drone squad will take on some serious issues in Toyko. “Terrorist attacks using drones carrying explosives are a possibility,” a senior member of the police department’s security bureau told the Asahi Shimbun website. “We hope to defend the nation’s functions with the worst-case scenario in mind.”