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Category: Drones

Mars Helicopter fails first attempt at fourth flight

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter was unable to take off for its fourth test flight on Mars on Thursday due to technical difficulties, however NASA is confident the fourth flight can be completed on Friday. According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in southern California, data received back from Ingenuity on Thursday morning shows it did not

NASA’s Mars helicopter flies further and faster than ever in third successful flight

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has officially flown further and faster than ever before, with its third successful flight test on Sunday exceeding parameters of the flight tests on Earth. Ingenuity’s third flight test saw it soar five metres high, the same height as its second test, before flying a total of 50 metres downrange, just

New FAA drone rules officially come into play

New rules allowing small automated drones to fly above the heads of humans and at night have officially come into place, following an earlier announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration to introduce such regulations. The new regulations over the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as autonomous drones, in the same area as

First of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance drones takes flight

The Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have completed inaugural flight tests ahead of their delivery to Japan. Defence prime Northrop Grumman announced it successfully completed the first test flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk last Wednesday (15 April). The UAV was procured by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2014, and is expected to

Opinion: For the good of the industry, let’s cool down the hype on eVTOLs

Finnish-Australian technologist Sami Mäkeläinen shares his insight into the vastly hyped world of eVTOLs and flying cars, and cautions that reality may just fall flat on science fiction. New technologies are undoubtably exciting. Sometimes, however, the excitement shared in the concept of new technologies does not translate well into reality, and the idea of what

IAI invests in counter-UAS technologies

Israel Aerospace Industries has announced that it is entering into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi-based military contractor EDGE to deliver a cutting-edge counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS). IAI will be working closely alongside EDGE’s subsidiary SIGN4L, which specialises in electronic warfare, to manufacture the systems. It is expected that the C-UAS will include

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