AT&T in what they claim is a first is supplying critical communications capability (data, voice, text) via their Flying COW (Cell on Wings). This is essentially a LTE cell site on a drone and it is being deployed to reconnect residents after the hurricane disaster.
The Flying COW is providing wireless connectivity to customers in an up to 40-square mile-area. It flies 200 feet above the ground and can extend coverage farther than other temporary cell sites.The system is ideal for providing coverage in remote areas.
Video courtesy of AT&T
Using an innovative drone that can both fly and swim, the first combination aerial and underwater bridge inspection was successfully conducted on the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans on June 18, 2017, through a collaborative effort that included the Delaware River Bay Authority (DRBA), Rutgers University-New Brunswick (RU-NB) and SubUAS LLC.
This hybrid unmanned vehicle, known as the Naviator, was developed at Rutgers School of Engineering with Office of Naval Research (ONR) funding. The Naviator was also used to conduct demonstration air/water flights from a 100-passenger car ferry vessel at the Cape May Ferry Terminal on June 19-20, 2017.
An Australian engineer is hoping to use drones to plant 1 billion trees every year to fight an unfolding global catastrophe.
Deforestation and forest degradation make up 17 per cent of the world's carbon emissions — more than the entire world's transportation sector, according to the United Nations...
The New Zealand America’s Cup team crushed the Oracle Team USA in the Cup final – and they did it with the help of a drone.
The New Zealand Herald reports that the team signed up professional kite surfer Nick Bowers as a performance analyst about 2 years ago. Bowers was not only an extreme athlete, but a drone designer – and it was his use of the drone that gave the team a significant edge in designing their craft.
Bowers was working as a video production engineer in Wisconsin, specializing in drone footage, when he was recruited by the team to run their entire video program – including drones. He designed a drone fast enough to keep up with the boat and able to fly right alongside. The footage he obtained allowed Team New Zealand to improve the catamaran’s hydrofoils, displaying their function in a way that no other video could.
Drones have been used before to analyze performance in boat races, but most are unable to keep up with the boat, deal with strong winds, or to fly low enough over the water to get a view of the boat from underneath. Bowers has built a drone that can go from 0-85 kmph (about 0-52 in mph) in a second. It can withstand significant wind. And with a special wide angle lens he can achieve cleam, professional footage...
Volcanologists and engineers from the University of Bristol and University of Cambridge in the U.K. recently deployed drones to collect measurements from directly within volcanic clouds that were previously inaccessible.
During a 10-day research trip, the team carried out many proof-of-concept flights at the summits of both Volcán de Fuego and Volcán de Pacaya in Guatemala. Using lightweight sensors on fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), they measured temperature, humidity and thermal data within the volcanic clouds and took images of multiple eruptions in real time.
A new record has been set in long-distance drone delivery. On May 5, 2017, a Nevada UAS Consortium (Team Roadrunner) set the record flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over 97 miles to Austin, Texas using cellular connectivity.
Launched from a central Texas urban location, the UAV flew a preplanned route through the National Airspace System (NAS) using a combination of a mobile command and control (C2), a visual observer team, and stationary visual observers (VO) located across the flight route were equipped with enhanced radios and cell phone communications which allowed the UAV to be flown using a cellular communications link until it successfully landed and delivered its package in Austin, Texas.
From now through Dec. 3, visitors to New York City can now attend a new drones exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan.
Free with museum admission, the temporary exhibit will offer “historical artifacts, model airplanes, rare videos and immersive installations exploring the earliest attempts to employ unmanned flying machines to the advanced systems of the 21st century and beyond,” including a prototype of Amazon Prime Air’s delivery drone, according to the museum’s description.
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