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Rapid adaptation of deep learning teaches drones to survive any weather | Science Daily

Researchers have devised a deep-learning technique for drones to deal with unpredictable wind conditions. 

Engineers at Caltech have created a deep-learning technique that enables drones to adapt in real-time to wind conditions that are novel and unknown. Research describing Neural-Fly was published on May 4 in Science Robotics. It was evaluated using its Real Weather Wind Tunnel, a unique 10-foot-by-10-foot array of over 1,200 small computer-controlled fans. The device, dubbed Neural-Fly, employs deep neural networks to learn how to adapt to aerodynamic forces like gusts and turbulence. Following a flight route, the error rate of the drones is around 2.5 to 4 times less than that of drones equipped with matching adaptive control algorithms. 

Researchers at the CAST Real Weather Wind Tunnel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have created Neural-Fly, a drone capable of detecting and responding to changing wind speeds. The team has shown that a drone’s flight data can be transmitted to another drone, creating a knowledge base for autonomous vehicles. Test drones were subjected to winds of up to 12.1 meters per second, or around 27 miles per hour, or a Beaufort six. 

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220505085644.htm  

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This Company Just Unveiled The World’s Largest Autonomous Commercial Drone Deployment | Forbes

DIB systems enable businesses to pre-stage equipment on-site for remote autonomous operations that can be scheduled or performed on demand. 

Percepto, the makers of award-winning autonomous robotics technology, today announced the deployment of hundreds of drone-in-a-box (DIB) systems to serve Florida Power & Light, the country’s biggest power utility (FPL). This agreement represents the world’s biggest commercial autonomous drone initiative. The two pioneers want to use it to change FPL’s 11 million customers’ critical infrastructure resilience. Autonomous drones launch from and return to networked landing boxes in DIB systems. These technologies enable businesses to pre-stage equipment on-site for remote autonomous operations that may be planned or performed on-demand. They also automate procedures and provide massive amounts of high-resolution data in an unrivaled quantity. 

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnzoldi/2022/04/26/this-company-just-unveiled-the-worlds-largest-autonomous-commercial-drone-deployment/?sh=46fd5818432c 

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Air Force positions autonomous drones, networked weapon systems as top priorities | FedScoop

Skyborg is an Air Force initiative that intends to allow unmanned systems to act as robotic wingmen for human aircraft. The Autonomy Core System was validated last year during large-scale Orange Flag exercises using General Atomics’ MQ-20 Avenger drones. Last May, the program completed the previous flight tests of Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs at New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range. 

Air Dominance Systems of the Future will comprise a sixth-generation fighter plane and unmanned platforms. The human aircraft would serve as “essentially a play-caller” for the combat drones, much as a football coach would for his team. Kendall said that the bulk of US combat aircraft sent to the Indo-Pacific region in the future should be unmanned.  Source: https://www.fedscoop.com/air-force-positions-autonomous-drones-networked-weapon-systems-as-top-priorities/

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Ukraine Army Is Using ‘Terminator Drones’ to ‘Scare Russians’ Into Retreat | Newsweek

A Ukrainian advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that the Ukrainian military is employing the use of so called “Terminator Drones”

This clever, creative solution that our soldiers have found not to waste ammunition, not to waste artillery shells [is] … take a commercial drone, with a camera, and camouflage it to look like something out of the worst Terminator movie,” said Novikov

The advisor noted that when Russians spot a Skynet drone, they run back to base out of fear, which in turn leads Ukrainian intelligence directly to the larger Russian position.

 Where do you run to? You run to your mama. Because you don’t have your mama, you run to your base. And that way, they lead us to their bases and no camouflage works against that, and then our artillery just shoots at the base … And we don’t waste any shells.”

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-army-using-terminator-drones-scare-russians-retreat-1696192

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Can drones make NYC safer? Israeli company, Brooklyn partner pitch idea to mayor | Times of Israel

An Israeli based company and its Brooklyn partner want to fight NYC crime with the help of drones.

Israel’s Blue White Robotics, and Brooklyn’s EasyAerial were two companies featured in the “NY + Israel =  Safer, Smarter Cities” event

The companies expressed excitement in talking to NYC Mayor about the implementation of Drones in NYC in high crime areas. The company stated that already have had 6 contracts with the US Air Force, Their drones are being used by US Customs and Border protection, as well as the Israeli Defense force. Source: https://www.timesofisrael.com/can-drones-make-nyc-safer-israeli-company-brooklyn-partner-pitch-idea-to-mayor/