DroneswithCamera https://electronicsnearme.online Electronics Near Me, Hot TV Releases, Car Audio Home Theater Video Gadgets, Music Soundbars, Intelligent Home Security Systems, Unlocked Cell Phones Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:52:47 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 https://i2.wp.com/electronicsnearme.online/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/cropped-cropped-Elactronics-160-x-160-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 DroneswithCamera https://electronicsnearme.online 32 32 124510076 This transforming drone can be fired straight out of a cannon – The Verge https://electronicsnearme.online/this-transforming-drone-can-be-fired-straight-out-of-a-cannon-the-verge/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:52:47 +0000 https://www.electronicsnearme.online/this-transforming-drone-can-be-fired-straight-out-of-a-cannon-the-verge/ Drones are incredibly useful machines in the air, but getting them up and flying can be tricky, especially in crowded, windy, or emergency scenarios when speed is a factor. But a group of researchers from [...]

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Drones are incredibly useful machines in the air, but getting them up and flying can be tricky, especially in crowded, windy, or emergency scenarios when speed is a factor. But a group of researchers from Caltech university and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have come up with an elegant and oh-so-fun solution: fire the damn thing out of a cannon.

The engineers’ creation is called SQUID, short for Streamlined Quick Unfolding Investigation Drone, and it looks rather like one of those whistling Nerf balls. It’s under a foot long (27 centimeters), weighs 18 ounces (530 grams), and has four spring-loaded rotor arms that snap into place in less than a tenth of a second after the drone is launched.

To get SQUID airborne, the researchers fire it out of a modified pneumatic baseball pitching machine, which gives it an initial speed of around 35 miles per hour. In a research paper, the team note that SQUID’s rotors start running around 200 milliseconds after launch and that the quadcopter is “stable and hovering” in less than a second. That’s fast.

Launching a drone ballistically is definitely quicker than doing it from a standstill, but the other big advantage SQUID has is flexibility. A ballistic launch means SQUID can be fired from moving objects, as the researchers demonstrate by firing it from the back of a pick-up truck at 50 miles per hour.

This sort of launch scenario has all sorts of useful applications. Emergency responders and military units could launch drones to surveil the area without stopping, for example. Ballistic drones could also be good for space exploration, with “daughter rotorcraft” launched from landers and airships. “A rotorcraft greatly expands the data collection range of a rover, and allows access to sites that a rover would find impassible,” write the researchers.

As noted by coverage in IEEE Spectrum (where we spotted SQUID), this isn’t the first ballistically launched drone ever made. But earlier examples, like this LOCUST unit from Raytheon, used fixed-wing instead of multi-rotor designs, which have a greater range and stability but are less maneuverable and can be harder to fly.

The SQUID design looks like a winner, though, and its creators say they are now exploring larger prototypes and “mission-specific versions for Mars and Titan.”

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These Are the Best Drones for Photography — and You Can Buy Them All on Amazon – Travel+Leisure https://electronicsnearme.online/these-are-the-best-drones-for-photography-and-you-can-buy-them-all-on-amazon-travelleisure/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:52:45 +0000 https://www.electronicsnearme.online/these-are-the-best-drones-for-photography-and-you-can-buy-them-all-on-amazon-travelleisure/ These Are the Best Drones for Photography That You Can Buy on Amazon | Travel + LeisureTravel + LeisureTravel + LeisureCloseDown TrianglePreviousCloseTravel + LeisureTravel + LeisurePreviousNextNextNextPreviousPreviousPreviousPreviousPreviousPreviousPreviousPreviousDown TrianglePreviousellipsisMailiphoneImage zoomImage zoomImage zoomImage zoomImage zoomImage zoomCloseTravel + LeisureCloseClose [...]

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Drone firm in talks in Uganda on medical supply delivery deal – Physician’s Weekly https://electronicsnearme.online/drone-firm-in-talks-in-uganda-on-medical-supply-delivery-deal-physicians-weekly/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:52:45 +0000 https://www.electronicsnearme.online/drone-firm-in-talks-in-uganda-on-medical-supply-delivery-deal-physicians-weekly/ By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) – A drone service firm is in talks with the Ugandan government on a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public health facilities, an executive told [...]

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By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A drone service firm is in talks with the Ugandan government on a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public health facilities, an executive told Reuters on Friday.

A deal could see Uganda join a small number of other African countries, such as Ghana and Rwanda, that have deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help public health logistics.

Uganda’s public hospitals often face shortages of essential supplies, such as blood, drugs, syringes, gauze and gloves, sometimes due to unreliable transport through the gridlocked capital or along poorly paved or dirt roads in the countryside.

John Goslino, business manager at Flexdrone, told Reuters the drone services firm launched by a Ugandan and a German aimed to start a delivery service in March if talks were successful.

He said the service had already secured approval from the Information and Communications Technology Ministry and they were awaiting an endorsement from the Health Ministry.

“We are trying to provide the products that are needed by the patient and the health worker who is working in the village when that person needs it,” Goslino said.

Most smaller public health facilities in Ugandan do not have proper facilities to store blood and supplies often need to be transported across long distances in an emergency. Ugandan media have in the past reported deaths due to delayed blood deliveries.

Goslino said his firm had partnered with Ugandan start-up firm Sysimo Technologies to develop a mobile app for the on-demand delivery service.

Flexdrone planned to deploy drones capable of carrying 5 kg each but could use bigger drones as demand grew, he said.

A similar service led by Zipline, a California-based robotics company, was launched in Ghana. Rwanda has been operating a similar service since 2016.

(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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Italy confirms military drone crashed in Libya – DefenseNews.com https://electronicsnearme.online/italy-confirms-military-drone-crashed-in-libya-defensenews-com/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:52:44 +0000 https://www.electronicsnearme.online/italy-confirms-military-drone-crashed-in-libya-defensenews-com/ ROME — An unarmed Italian Air Force Reaper drone has crashed in an area of Libya marked by fighting in the country’s civil conflict. After reports of the incident began to circulate on the internet [...]

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ROME — An unarmed Italian Air Force Reaper drone has crashed in an area of Libya marked by fighting in the country’s civil conflict.

After reports of the incident began to circulate on the internet Wednesday, the Italian military general staff confirmed that “contact was lost with an Italian Air Force drone, which subsequently crashed in Libyan territory.”

The drone was “following a flight plan previously communicated to Libyan authorities,” the general staff said in a statement.

The online reports out of Libya originally asserted the aircraft was a Turkish drone operating on behalf of forces loyal to UN-recognized leader Fayez al-Sarraj, and shot down by forces fighting with General Khalifa Haftar.

Photos of the crashed drone, taken near Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli, were then released, showing Italian insignia on the wings.

“An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the event,” said the Italian general staff.

Added an Italian defense source: the photos showed wings intact, which would imply that the drone was perhaps not shot down.

The fact that the drone crashed miles inland in Libya suggested the drone was being flown on a surveillance mission, although the general staff stated the Reaper was flying in support of Operation Mare Sicuro, an Italian mission to monitor people trafficking in the Mediterranean.

Italy operates both upgraded Predator A drones as well as Reapers, all unarmed, from its Amendola air base in southern Italy, as well as from Sigonella air base in Sicily, which is also used by the U.S. as a base for Global Hawks.

The drone fleet has been deployed in the past to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Africa, and notably in Libya during the 2011 NATO air operations there.

The Italian drone that crashed in Libya was flying in the middle of a drone war currently being waged between Haftar and Al-Sarraj’s forces.

General Haftar has been using Chinese Wing Loong II drones operated by pilots from his ally, the United Arab Emirates, since he began his attempt earlier this year to storm Tripoli.

That assault prompted Turkey, an ally of Fayez al-Sarraj, to send Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones, mounting air strikes on Haftar’s forces.

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Questions hang over Gatwick Airport after low level drone near-miss report – The Register https://electronicsnearme.online/questions-hang-over-gatwick-airport-after-low-level-drone-near-miss-report-the-register/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:52:44 +0000 https://www.electronicsnearme.online/questions-hang-over-gatwick-airport-after-low-level-drone-near-miss-report-the-register/ Whither the £4m drone detection system? Police? Security? Bueller? Two airline pilots reported a near-miss with a drone while just 30 seconds from touchdown at London Gatwick airport earlier this year, an official report has [...]

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Whither the £4m drone detection system? Police? Security? Bueller?

Two airline pilots reported a near-miss with a drone while just 30 seconds from touchdown at London Gatwick airport earlier this year, an official report has revealed.

Both the captain and first officer (FO) of an Airbus A320 landing at Gatwick in the evening of 8 July this year saw the errant drone, which the first officer said he recognised as a DJI Inspire quadcopter.

A report from the UK Airprox Board (UKAB), a reporting organisation for pilots concerned about near misses with other aeroplanes, said the captain exclaimed “drone” as he saw the unmanned vehicle “directly in front of the aircraft, slightly to the left at a range of about 100m.”

The drone passed the left hand side of the Airbus at a distance of 20m, the pilots reported. Worryingly, the drone appeared to be directly in line with the centre of the runway – and by sheer chance the airliner was slightly off to the right.

“The crew believed that if the autopilot had still been engaged, and they were on the centreline, there was a very high probability that they would have struck the drone,” said the UKAB, thanking “providence” that the drone didn’t hit the Airbus or get sucked into one of its engines.

Drone detection system?

The immediate question that occurs to El Reg is why didn’t the much-vaunted drone detection systems deployed around Gatwick after that infamous drone incident in December 2018 pick up this quadcopter?

Gatwick Airport did not engage with The Register’s questions. A PR representative refused to say whether arriving flights were halted for safety, though the pilots told air traffic control about the drone and later filed a report with Sussex Police.

The A320’s first officer told the UKAB that he is a drone enthusiast and recognised the craft as a DJI Inspire. At a height of 350 feet above the runway and allowing for the inevitable margin of error in a fast-moving, high-workload situation, the drone would have been about a (nautical*) mile and a quarter from the runway’s touchdown zone – or, put another way, just over half a mile from the airport boundary fence.

Annotated image showing key ground features for the Gatwick drone airprox

Background image via Google Earth. Click to enlarge

If someone was flying a drone in this area, next to an airport car park at 6pm on a summer’s evening and on the final approach path to the main runway, it should not only have been visible to the naked eye from the ground but also triggered airport security to track down the craft’s operator, yet there is no evidence this happened.

From the bare facts in the UKAB summary, there is little to cast doubt on the Airbus pilots’ report; both would have been focusing on a safe landing, looking ahead through the cockpit windows instead of being focused on instruments. Both saw it pass their aircraft. While the FO may have been mistaken about the precise type of drone, if he was confident enough to positively ID the make and model and it was seen by the aircraft captain as well, that is compelling evidence in support of the idea that something was being flown there.

It is a crime to fly drones near airports. A Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said: “It is illegal to fly drones close to airports without permission and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment. Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations. The rules for flying drones are designed to keep all airspace users safe.”

The rules on where and when one can legally fly a drone can be found at www.dronesafe.uk

If Gatwick airport security – and, presumably, Sussex Police – were unable to either see this reported drone or catch its operator, and one of the systems deployed to stop a repeat of the December 2018 shutdown had been removed, then hard questions must be asked of airport management about the £4m-£5m they reportedly spent on anti-drone measures. If someone was able to fly a drone across the path of a landing airliner without being caught or even identified, that money has been wasted. ®

* Commercial aviation measures distances in nautical miles, visibility in metres and km, heights and altitude in feet, speeds in nautical mph (knots) and weights in kilograms and tonnes.

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