A prototype version of the Speeder, a jet turbine-powered flying motorcycle, has aced its first flight test. The machine, built by California-based Jetpack Aviation, could eventually reach top speeds of over 480 km/h.
US-based firm Aevum has unveiled a massive drone called the Ravn X that is designed to act as an autonomous, airborne launch system for small satellites.
The flight involved a specially designed drone equipped with an ‘apparatus’ that both monitored the donor organ and maintained it, as well as a mesh network for control and a backup systems.
Single unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) directed by joysticks, radio controllers, and mobile phones are already accomplishing a variety of useful tasks. But using multiple drones requires multiple human operators, and this presents a coordination problem.
Facebook's Aquila internet drone recently completed its second full-scale test flight, and this time the aircraft had a smooth landing.
With the goal of tackling rush hour traffic around the world, the companies have essentially created a car paired with a drone that can swoop down, pick it up and transport passengers far above the traffic below.
Airbus is currently working at short-range, electrically powered helicopters, closer in form to a toy drone. With electrically-driven ducted fans, they could be quiet enough to hop across city centers, and Airbus claims they will be as cheap to use as a taxi, thanks to the savings that come with the ride-sharing culture.
Technology has come a far way. Meet the Pouncer drone, the game changer designed to provide food aid to areas affected by natural disasters as well as those afflicted by conflict. And the most ingenious part? It’s edible.
Amazon has opened the doors to its Prime Air drone lab in Cambridge, one of the lynchpins in its ambitious plans to start remotely delivering packages by air in the UK.
Plane-like drones could someday beam 1Gbps to 10Gbps Internet down to Earth. Google has yet another Internet-in-the-sky program in the works. This one is called "Project Skybender," and it aims to outfit drones with millimeter wave transceivers—radios that work in a slice of the spectrum that could be used in next-generation "5G" networks.