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IDTechEx TVAsia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Asia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Aug 28, 2018 Singapore
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.
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Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Aug 23, 2018 United States
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.
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Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace

Aug 21, 2018 United States
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.
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Solar-powered aircraft breaks record

Solar-powered aircraft breaks record

Aug 17, 2018 United States
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.
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UK's leading drone training professionals launch membership package

UK's leading drone training professionals launch membership package

Aug 17, 2018 United Kingdom
Rusta's 'Alumni' membership will be available from midday today and will offer exclusive benefits and discounts across a whole range of drone training services.
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IDTechEx TVAerospace Material Advancements

Aerospace Material Advancements

Aug 13, 2018
IDTechEx Analyst, Dr Richard Collins gives a brief overview on the aerospace materials industry, covering composites, light weighting, metal alloys, nano-carbons and additive manufacturing.
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Graphene skinned plane unveiled

Graphene skinned plane unveiled

Aug 8, 2018 United Kingdom
The University of Central Lancashire has unveiled the world's first graphene skinned plane at an internationally renowned air show.
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Controlling drones via voice channels

Controlling drones via voice channels

Aug 3, 2018 Germany
The future is airborne. Drones may soon become the key to relieving the burden of traffic on our streets, optimizing deliveries, and improving the safety and efficiency of firefighting. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before the technology reaches the maturity required for large-scale commercial roll-out.
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Seafaring robots break new ground

Seafaring robots break new ground

Jul 31, 2018 Australia
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have broken new ground while trialling aerial and underwater robots at sea, which would allow greater monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Remotely piloted aircraft completes transatlantic mission

Remotely piloted aircraft completes transatlantic mission

Jul 20, 2018 United Kingdom
A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force, Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK and became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight.
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IDTechEx TVUltralight all-electric personal aerial vehicle

Ultralight all-electric personal aerial vehicle

Jul 18, 2018 1 United States
OPENER has revealed BlackFly; the world's first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing extreme short/vertical take-off and landing aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle with simple controls requiring no special skills to master and operate safely.