The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and industry partners demonstrated the flying capabilities of a unique rectangular-shaped quadcopter during a visit from DOD officials at APG Jan. 10. Continue reading
A new research project funded by DARPA, the United States military’s experimental technology arm, has developed an autonomous drone made out of cardboard that can fly twice the distance of any fixed-range aircraft because it’s disposable. The drone only goes one way. Continue reading
DARPA’s technology portfolio comprises about 250 paradigm-challenging programs across dozens of fields, from quantum metamaterials and machine learning to neurotechnology and unmanned system autonomy. Throughout the year, the Agency produces updates about newly launched efforts, promising results, and major program accomplishments. Continue reading
Six collaborative research groups from the University’s various schools and colleges have been awarded more than $230,000 in state revitalization funding for their projects in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Projects include energy mapping of buildings, autonomous navigation and the development of regulations and policies to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles into communities. An additional $100,000 was also made available to support these projects via shared facilities and capabilities. Continue reading
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $975,000 to Kansas State University for work that incorporates unmanned aerial vehicles in the process of breeding better wheat varieties. Continue reading
Three months after Alphabet, Google’s parent company, delivered hundreds of Chipotle burritos with drones in Blacksburg, the company says the experiment was a “complete success.” But that’s about the extent of what the tight-lipped tech giant is willing to discuss.
There are still important problems to be solved in autonomous robotics, and simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) is one of them. A recently published paper tries to tackle this problem and contributes to give even more autonomy to mobile robots. Continue reading