ISIS builds quadcopter “bomber” with DJI drone and badminton supplies

 SEAN GALLAGHER

On the morning of February 23, Iraqi forces moved through Al-Buseif, Iraq as they began their assault against the Islamic State (IS) held Mosul Airport. All the while, a quadcopter drone buzzed overhead. Sara Hussein, a reporter with Agence France-Presse covering the assault on Mosul, reported via Twitter that the Iraqi Army had brought down the weaponized drone, and her driver managed to take pictures of it after it was grounded.

AirMap and senseFly partner to advance safety for commercial drones

New partnership delivers robust airspace intelligence and unmanned traffic management solutions to senseFly’s largely autonomous commercial drones

AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones, and senseFly, the world’s first choice producer of mapping drones, today announced that they have partnered to deliver AirMap’s airspace services to senseFly’s eBee fixed wing drones and albris quadcopter.

AirMap’s airspace platform services will be directly integrated into senseFly’s eMotion flight and data management software, providing professional operators and their drones with critical information and tools to enable safe missions. Continue reading

KD Interactive Soars into 2017 American International Toy Fair with Aura, a Gesture-Controlled Flying Robot Sure to Disrupt the Toy Drone Category

Also from KD Interactive, the Next-Generation of its Best-Selling Smartwatch for Kids, Kurio Watch 2.0, and Upgraded Android Kids’ Tablet, Kurio Next

Demonstrations of Aura and New Kurio Products Will Be Given Daily During Toy Fair, February 18th to 21st at the Javits Center in New York City, at KD Group’s Booth #5929

KD Interactive introduces Aura, a gesture-controlled drone that uses patented Gesturebotics(TM) technology powered by Locorobo. Using a wearable glove controller, kids can pilot the robot using hand motion wearing the glove. Aura can roll, climb walls and fly around the room.

KD Interactive introduces Aura, a gesture-controlled drone that uses patented Gesturebotics(TM) technology powered by Locorobo. Using a wearable glove controller, kids can pilot the robot using hand motion wearing the glove. Aura can roll, climb walls and fly around the room. Continue reading

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Growing Use by U.S. Military Boosts Demand for Satellite Communication

The military market is a key influencer of satellite technology evolution, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Transformation team

The U.S. military’s rising use of advanced weapons such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones has given a huge boost to the market for satellite communication (SATCOMM). These aircrafts require non-traditional communication technologies such as SATCOMM to fly, navigate and engage in combat in remote locations, and their relevance in modern warfare ensures a steady demand for military satellite technologies. Continue reading

Infrared-equipped DJI drone helps locate missing skiers and snowboarders

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In a first in western Canada, an infrared-equipped drone was used to rescue four people stranded in darkness, in waist-deep snow, on a recreational skiing mountain in British Columbia. It happened overnight Monday-Tuesday, with a DJI Matrice equipped with a FLIR Vue Pro camera operated by two men from a Kamloops company called Hummingbird Drones.

“We’ve been training with Kamloops Search and Rescue for well over a year,” co-founder and CEO Robert Atwood told TDC in a phone interview. “And the feeling of exhilaration was unlike anything either of us had every experienced – and we’ll likely remember for the rest of our lives.”

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Microsoft: Aerial Informatics and Robotics

The Aerial Informatics and Robotics (AIR) group is building intelligent and autonomous flying agents that are safe and enable applications that can positively influence our society.

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