A beachgoing father flying a hobby drone avoids the potential for an unwanted shark encounter, package delivery drone parachute validation, and the North Dakota Department of Transportation gains FAA permissions for expanded drone operations.
New robotic assistants called 'Astrobees,' developed by NASA to assist in the operation of the International Space Station (ISS), are equipped with a sizeable payload of cameras and sensors to allow the robotics to understand their environment and move about in space.
Researchers at Cornell University have presented evidence that inexpensive stereo camera setups could provide nearly the same accuracy as the expensive LiDAR systems that are currently used in the most common approaches to developing autonomous driving technology.
In this week’s roundup from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, which highlights some of the latest news and headlines in unmanned vehicles and robotics, North Dakota invests in the UAS industry, a new camcopter UAS joins up with search and rescue teams, and New York State trains students for drone public safety operations.
In another example of how unmanned technology can serve animal conservation, researchers used drones equipped with thermal infrared (TIR) cameras to monitor spider monkey populations in the Los Arboles Tulum residential development, outside Tulum, Quitana Roo, Mexico.