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Drone Aid

DroneAid is currently being transferred to The Linux Foundation. DroneAid uses machine learning to detect calls for help on the ground placed by those in need. At the heart of DroneAid is a Symbol Language that is used to train a visual recognition model. That model analyzes video from a drone to detect and count specific images. A dashboard can be used…

Small Vertical Lift Air taxi

In the news this week there are legal fights about technology rights related to small vertical takeoff aircraft. Well we decided to link to some of the companies so you could see what is going on. Living in central Florida the news of the first small inter-city transportation network in the US sounded kinda futuristic, but it actually happened and…

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Aerial drones were originally built for the military. But over the past decade, both consumer and commercial use has exploded. Drones are now being used to fight fires, take pictures, and even deliver packages. These unmanned aerial vehicles have also entered the arena of electronic sports. On May 1, Wings Over the Rockies: Exploration of Flight in Englewood hosted a…

AFTER SLAMMING TRUMP, LAWMAKERS SILENT ON BIDEN DRONE EXPORT POLICY

WHEN THE TRUMP administration announced last July it was loosening decades-old restrictions on military drone exports, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came out swinging. Progressive Democrats pounced and introduced legislation to reverse the decision. The new policy, they correctly warned, opened the door for sales to authoritarian countries like the United Arab Emirates that Democratic and Republican…

CPD launched secret drone program with off-the-books cash

The Chicago Police Department started a secretive drone program using off-budget cash to pay for the new technology, the Sun-Times has learned. Details of the police department’s drone program were included in an email sent last summer by Karen Conway, director of police research and development. In the email, Conway told other high-ranking police officials that the department’s counter-terrorism bureau…

Marines eye tactical resupply drone prototypes

The Marines are one step closer to finding ways to transport vital supplies to Marines on the move via drones. In 2020, the Corps sought prototype drones that would be able to carry a 60 pound payload on a 20 km roundtrip. After evaluations at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, the Corps picked Periscope Aviation and Malloy Aeronautics to build competing drones under the…

Pentagon orders small Israeli drones for indoor special operations

JERUSALEM — The Pentagon has awarded Israeli company Xtend a contract to deliver dozens of small unmanned aerial systems for use indoors and in urban environments by special forces in the Navy, Marine Corps and Army. The U.S. Defense Department ordered the Skylord Xtender in partnership with the Israeli Defense Ministry on behalf of the former’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support…

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