A century after it saw the first tanks roll across it, Salisbury Plain is playing host to the largest military robotic exercise in British history. Over the next four weeks, the Autonomous Warrior exercise will test over 70 different types of robots under simulated combat conditions.
Researchers at Stanford University have modified teeny flying robots so that they can squat down and move objects 40 times their weight. The FlyCroTug bots could haul debris from disaster zones, or lower cameras into crumbling ruins. Or even open doors.
Although there are presently numerous consumer underwater drones on the market, one that really caught our eye was Chasing Innovations’ Gladius Advanced Pro. Now, the company has announced the smaller, lighter and cheaper Gladius Mini, which actually has some extra features.
Airbus’ Zephyr program has claimed another record, with a production model unmanned solar-powered aircraft touching down after more than 25 days in the air. That voyage is the longest flight ever made by any aircraft, and was achieved on this particular vehicle’s maiden voyage, no less.
DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program has successfully wound up its Phase 2 flight tests, putting its drones and algorithms to the test in three primary scenarios – all without human assistance or control.
A look at cargo-carrying drones from Volans-i, a start-up backed by Y Combinator and Lightspeed Ventures.
DediBot has created quite a buzz in Shanghai this week with the launch of something it’s calling the Fly Elephant. The prototype is no ordinary multi-rotor drone, but features an extruder that can be used for rapid prototyping of large structures.
We’ve been keeping a keen eye on the progress of the Workhorse SureFly, and now the stage is set for its big debut. The two-seat octocopter is preparing to make its first test flight, after receiving official approval from the local authorities to lift off at CES in Las Vegas next week.
Dubai has kicked off trials of the Volocopter two-seater aircraft. The all-electric 18-rotor vehicle took to the skies for the first time over the city on Monday as the city looks to establish what would be world’s first self-flying taxi service.
The Flying Missile Rail could extend the air-to-air capabilities of older fighters like the F-16 and F/A-18.