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Monospinner: Designing The World’s Simplest Controllable Drone

The Monospinner, developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, is the mechanically simplest, controllable, flying machine in existence. It has only one moving part (the rotating propeller),...
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THOR Transformer Drone can fly like an airplane and spin like a seed

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology & Design introduced a new kind of flying robot called THOR: Transformable Hovering Rotorcraft. THOR manages to achieve very high structural efficiency by using...
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The Engineering Genius Behind This Freeze-Proof Arctic Drone

The wide-open spaces of the Arctic are a dream for drone science. A maneuverable eye in the sky has made unmanned aircraft a go-to method for counting sea lion populations, mapping ice...

Engineers at MIT are Miniaturizing the Brain of a Drone

In recent years, engineers have worked to shrink drone technology, building flying prototypes that are the size of a bumblebee and loaded with even tinier sensors and cameras. Thus far, they...
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New Drone on Mission to Plant 100,000 Trees a Day

One Australian engineer is enlisting technology to fight the battle against deforestation. Dr. Susan Graham has helped develop a pair of drones that can help mitigate some of the damage by...
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MIT’s New Drones Can Autonomously Fly and Drive

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are hoping to build drones that match the agility of airborne drones with the battery life of a land-based drone."The ability...
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These Drones Use Wi-Fi To See Through Walls

WiFi signals are everywhere these days. Unmanned aerial vehicles are expected to become a part of our near-future society. For this experiment Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara used two drones....
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Underwater Drones Powered by Seawater Batteries

The long range of airborne drones helps them perform critical tasks in the skies. Now MIT spinout Open Water Power (OWP) aims to greatly improve the range of unpiloted underwater vehicles...
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MIT Engineers Design “5 Day Flight” Disaster Support Drone

A team of MIT engineers has come up with a comparably low-cost UAV design that can hover for extended durations to provide wide-ranging communications support. The researchers designed, built, and tested a...
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Voliro Hexacopter with Tilting Rotors can Fly in any Orientation

Designed and built in nine months, the prototype is a regular-shaped hexacopter, but each of its six props can tilt a full 360 degrees, allowing a staggering 12 degrees of freedom...