Category Archives: Research

UK Small RPAS Mid-Air Collision Study Published

Airliner cockpit for impact testing (left) and computer reference model

The Department for Transport, the Military Aviation Authority and British Airline Pilots’ Association commissioned a study into the effects of a mid-air collision between small remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, commonly known as a drones) and manned aircraft. Continue reading

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