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Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines

Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines

Researchers unveiled experiments with drones that can sense wind gusts and thermals, then use them to gain speed or altitude, just like birds do.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 28, 2018
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 22, 2018
Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Powered only by the sun, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely - all powered by clean, renewable energy.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 16, 2018
Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

A small lab-grown diamond measuring a few millimeters per side could one day enable civilian drones to be recharged in mid-flight through a laser. Thanks to the diamond, the laser beam can remain strong enough over a long distance to recharge photovoltaic cells on the drones' surface.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 9, 2018
IDTechEx TVFleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 23, 2018
Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter will perform a next set of inner urban flight tests in Singapore. The series of tests are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 17, 2018
Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Kitty Hawk's Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Cora in New Zealand, is entering into an agreement with Air New Zealand -- a partnership to one day bring the first ever air taxi service to the sky.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 28, 2018
IDTechEx TVAsia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Asia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 23, 2018
Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Bye Aerospace announced the successful completion of the first flight of the solar electric technology demonstrator prototype for its "StratoAirNet" and "Solesa" families of medium-altitude aircraft systems.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 21, 2018
Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems, with safety being the first priority.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 17, 2018
Solar-powered aircraft breaks record

Solar-powered aircraft breaks record

Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS. Zephyr S logged a maiden flight of over 25 days, the longest duration flight ever made.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 28, 2018
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 16, 2018
Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

A small lab-grown diamond measuring a few millimeters per side could one day enable civilian drones to be recharged in mid-flight through a laser. Thanks to the diamond, the laser beam can remain strong enough over a long distance to recharge photovoltaic cells on the drones' surface.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 23, 2018
Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter will perform a next set of inner urban flight tests in Singapore. The series of tests are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 28, 2018
IDTechEx TVAsia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Asia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 21, 2018
Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems, with safety being the first priority.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 22, 2018
Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Powered only by the sun, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely - all powered by clean, renewable energy.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 9, 2018
IDTechEx TVFleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 17, 2018
Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Kitty Hawk's Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Cora in New Zealand, is entering into an agreement with Air New Zealand -- a partnership to one day bring the first ever air taxi service to the sky.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 23, 2018
Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Bye Aerospace announced the successful completion of the first flight of the solar electric technology demonstrator prototype for its "StratoAirNet" and "Solesa" families of medium-altitude aircraft systems.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 17, 2018
Solar-powered aircraft breaks record

Solar-powered aircraft breaks record

Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS. Zephyr S logged a maiden flight of over 25 days, the longest duration flight ever made.