Category Archives: Research

Insitu’s RoboFlight Academy

Spencer Honald, left, an incoming senior at The Dalles High School, and college senior Julian Rogers were mentors at last week’s RoboFlight Academy,

A pile of eight gutted Ironman toys sat on the gym floor last week at Insitu’s RoboFlight Academy, held at Henkle Middle School in White Salmon. The remote-controlled flying toys had been stripped of their circuit boards and motors, which were put to better use in a variety of made-from-scratch drones by the 25 mostly Gorge area teens enrolled in the weeklong program, which just finished its sixth year. Continue reading

World’s First Multiple Aerial-Ground Manipulator

The projet proposed by the Tele-MAGMaS international team, coordinated by Antonio Franchi (CNRS researcher at LAAS, RIS team), has been one of the five projects selected in Fall 2016 by a panel of international experts for the Kuka Innovation Award 2017 where they demonstrated a world’s first prototype of Multiple Aerial-Ground Manipulator System (MAGMaS) at the Hannover Fair, on April 2017. Continue reading

DARPA Test-Flies Autonomous Small Quad-Copters

Phase 1 of DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program concluded recently following a series of obstacle-course flight tests in central Florida. Over four days, three teams of DARPA-supported researchers huddled under shade tents in the sweltering Florida sun, fine-tuning their sensor-laden quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the intervals between increasingly difficult runs. Continue reading

Drones and WiFi for 3D Through-Wall Imaging

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have given the first demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using ordinary wireless signal. The technique, which involves two drones working in tandem, could have a variety of applications, such as emergency search-and-rescue, archaeological discovery and structural monitoring. Continue reading