An international team led by University College London (UCL) uses gas sensor drones, spectrometers, and sampling devices that open and close automatically to help predict volcanic eruptions more accurately.
Counting penguins is a difficult job. Research scientists need two full days to map the location of 300,000 nesting pairs of Adélie penguins on Antarctica’s Cape Crozier, using helicopters and hand-flown drones. Additionally, the flight windows for these labor-intense surveys are constrained by harsh temperatures, freezing rain, and snow. Now, with special software and autonomous drones, they can cut down the survey time of wildlife to a mere three hours.
A researcher makes drones smarter, team-oriented, and situationally aware as part of an NSF-funded project to allow UAVs, taking into account various situations, to track themselves and each other.
A groundwater tracking drone is used by the University of Rhode Island researchers to monitor salt ponds. Leaking septic systems, damaged underground infrastructure, excessive fertilizer use, and other land uses can contaminate groundwater. However where that water and the contaminants end up if the million-dollar question. URI researchers have now turned to drones to help answer it.
A group of universities and startups in Japan have tested the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize plastic waste in drone photos.
In partnership with Intel, a team of researchers from the University of Zurich has enabled autonomous drones to fly complicated maneuvers using only onboard sensors and AI.
Drones help researchers from Oregon State University study blue whales’ foraging strategy at the ocean’s surface in New Zealand.
A study from Booz Allen Hamilton in partnership with PrecisionHawk concludes there has not been any unauthorized data transfer from DJI drones, that were previously used by the US government, to the Chinese drone maker or government. You can download the executive summary of the report here.
Check out this video, in which three different drones strike an airplane in tests for the Hungarian Hub in Aviation, Legter.hu. Two of the drones that are sacrificed in the test are Phantoms from DJI. The airplane that was used is an Antonov An-2. Some of the drone collisions took place mid-flight which is believed to be a word’s first.
In the Gulf of Maine, researchers use an APH-22 hexacopter drone to collect data and measure juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna. The purpose of this pilot study was to see if a drone could keep up with the fast-moving tuna and take high-resolution photos that would capture individual fish and schools.
We know that drones can be used for many different purposes to benefit our society. In this article, we’re taking a look at using drones to collect water samples in Brazil. Caio Cavalhieri, a student at the Instituto de Pesquisas Technológicas in São Paulo, Brazil used small off-the-shelf DJI drones to collect water samples and he published a research paper on his findings.
As we all know drone technology is advancing rapidly. One of the best-known examples is perhaps from Skydio with the introduction of the Skydio R1 drone two years go and more recently the Skydio 2 drone. These unmanned aircraft fly almost completely autonomously and avoid obstacles like no other drone can do. Today, however, the engineers from the ETH Zürich show us a tilting, rotating and omnidirectional drone. You’ll have to see it to believe how this drone can move through the air.