NASA in corporate with an MIT startup named Airware working for drone operating system and automated drone air traffic control system.
The industry for flying helicopter drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will soon be getting serious and moving away from being an enthusiast hobby, as big players such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) are now getting involved.
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You only need a few number of quadcopters to fly. 2011 saw the world’s first pure electric helicopter fly in France and then the world’s first pure electric multi-rotor volocopter fly in Germany. 2012 saw the world’s first pure electric flying boat in the air in Finland, a fun product, now being sold as a “flying jet ski”. A saleable amphibian, hybrid electric aircraft has been seen in the air over Norway and it is now being readied for production. UK organisations are helping Boeing to make a fixed wing unmanned aircraft that stays aloft for five years, the airframe and ultra-lightweight motors having lessons for manned aircraft design.
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Divers scoured the bottom of Lake Conroe in the hope of recovering a controversial $250,000 police drone crashed into the water Friday.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the remote-controlled helicopter drone, which was bought in 2011 with a federal grant, suffered a malfunction and went down during an exercise over the lake.
The drone is equipped with a camera and an infrared scanning device and is used by MCSO for emergency management, missing-person recovery and operation overwatch, for example filming above SWAT team activities, spokesman Brady Fitzgerald said.
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The skies over America are about to get a lot more crowded.
As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares new guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, an entire industry-in-the-making is champing at the bit to start using drones for commercial ventures, from selling real estate to dusting crops to baby-sitting oil rigs.
“This market’s going to be huge,” said Ken Loo, a Sunnyvale mechanical engineer who used a 3-D printer to create his own UAV and hopes to one day become a drone consultant. “The possibilities are endless; I know so many people getting into this field now so that they can pounce once the FAA comes up with its rules.” Continue reading Look up: The commercial drone market is about to take off