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The Drone That Will Never Stop for Directions [Drones]

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Until now, MAVs found their way from A to B with one of two methods—GPS navigation or a human pilot. Problem is, both of those rely on external systems to guide the robot. For a more autonomous MAV, the quad-copter must see for itself. More »


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The Pirate Bay plans to host part of its site on GPS controlled drones

Monday, March 19th, 2012

In an effort to bypass censorship as well as heat from authorities and copyright owners, The Pirate Bay on Sunday unveiled new plans to “experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air.” The GPS controlled drones will hover over international waters and host parts of the website. “Everyone knows WHAT TPB is. Now they’re going to have to think about WHERE TPB is,” The Pirate Bay team told TorrentFreak. “We’re already the most resilient and the most down to earth. That’s why we need to lift off, being this connected to the ground doesn’t feel appropriate to us anymore.” The Pirate Bay has been the subject of a number of raids and investigations stemming from numerous claims of copyright infringement. In order to stay afloat, the service seemingly must find new and innovative ways to reach the masses. ”We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore,” the team stated on its blog. “These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.”

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America’s Killer Drones… Of the Vietnam War [Video]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
The armed drone has become a symbol of modern war. Who needs people? We have cheap(ish) robots that can spy and kill for us—and they do, around the world. But before UAVs were rocketing Afghanistan, they roamed Vietnam. More »


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America’s Newest Killer Drone Is Headed to Afghanistan—Let’s Not Lose This One! [Drones]

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

These Drones Transform into Suicide Bombs [Video]

Friday, September 9th, 2011
The US Army’s newest aerial toy is a little different than the rest of its drone brethren. Instead of providing overhead video and maybe shooting off a missile, AeroVironment’s Switchblade UAV is the missile. Portable, kamikaze death from above. More »


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NASA Autonomous Lander Hovers in Midair, in Infrared Video [Video]

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
Hovering landers or drones look as though they’re suspended in the air, because you can’t see the vortices caused by the propellers or the heat emitted by the thruster, or whatever mechanism enables the hovering. Well, here you can. And it proves that the act of hovering is anything but delicate. More »


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The Army’s Mighty Miniatures of War [Drones]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Qatar building fleet of remote control ‘clouds’ for World Cup 2022

Sunday, March 27th, 2011
When Qatar, an insanely wealthy Arab emirate roughly the size of Connecticut, won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, one of the stipulations was that its newly constructed open-air soccer stadiums would be air conditioned. Of course, this is Qatar we’re talkin’ about here, so the solution would have to be as extravagant as its insanely wealthy Arab emirate status implies. That’s why it was no huge shock when The Peninsula reported plans to cool at least some of the nine stadiums by using a fleet of solar powered “clouds,” designed and constructed by a certain Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani and his team. Dr. Ghani, the head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Qatar University, said that the aircraft (more accurately described as really, really slow drones) will be operated by remote control, made of 100 percent light carbonic materials, and will initially cost half a million dollars each. But, really, what’s a few million dollars when it’s for a good cause?

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The Quadrotor Drone Learns Several Terrifying New Tricks [Drones]

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
The last we checked in with U Penn’s frighteningly maneuverable little quadrotor, we noted that it could probably zip through your window and kill you in your sleep. Well, now it can fly through windows while they’re moving. Guhhh. More »


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Unmanned Global Observer Aims to Make Satellites Obsolete [Drones]

Saturday, September 11th, 2010
The Navy isn’t taking any chances. It’s pushing ahead with research to laser-proof its drones, just in case anyone else has the bright idea of using ray guns to down America’s robot planes. More »


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Navy Works to Laser-Proof Its Drones [Lasers]

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
The Navy isn’t taking any chances. It’s pushing ahead with research to laser-proof its drones, just in case anyone else has the bright idea of using ray guns to down America’s robot planes. More »


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Revenge of the quadrocopters: now they move in packs (video)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

In case you didn’t find the original quadrocopter chilling enough, the GRASP Lab out of the University of Pennsylvania has gone and added a bit of cooperative logic to the recipe so that now multiple little drones can work together. Also upgraded with a “claw-like” gripper that allows it to pick up and transport objects, the newer quadrocopter can team up on its prey payload with its buddies, all while maintaining its exquisite balance and agility. Skip past the break to see it on video.

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Revenge of the quadrocopters: now they move in packs (video)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

In case you didn’t find the original quadrocopter chilling enough, the GRASP Lab out of the University of Pennsylvania has gone and added a bit of cooperative logic to the recipe so that now multiple little drones can work together. Also upgraded with a “claw-like” gripper that allows it to pick up and transport objects, the newer quadrocopter can team up on its prey payload with its buddies, all while maintaining its exquisite balance and agility. Skip past the break to see it on video.

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