Drones are relatively cheap technologies for military use, but they potentially leave open opportunities for cyber criminals and perhaps even cyber warfare.
The light-weight, low-cost tensegrity-based robots carry cameras and sensors and can survive being dropped from a drone.
The disaster relief program for U.S. first responders would give selected partners access to DJI hardware and software during and after major disasters.
The Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless will accelerate the integration of drones into the national airspace and enable new features, such as flying base stations for rapidly deployable wireless connectivity.
To decrease its reliance on small unmanned aerial systems manufactured by Chinese firm DJI, the Department of Defense is looking to help establish a domestic manufacturing base for lightweight drones.
The company plans to expand its use of unmanned aircraft to make deliveries to hospitals and other campus settings.
The Chinese manufacturer's Government Edition platform was created specifically for use by government agencies requiring advanced security.
Low-cost drones not only pose a risk to public safety, but they can be instruments of foreign intelligence gathering, experts say.
The Interior Department is testing an autonomous underwater vehicle to help manage oil spills in the Arctic and the Defense Department wants drones to locate and track submarines.
A video walking tour shows the mine where teams honed underground navigation and exploration technologies for unmanned systems.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved key commercial unmanned aircraft projects and expanded drone research and integration programs.
A drone platform allows dispatchers to automatically send a unit to emergency locations to give responding rescue teams real-time situational awareness as they approach an emergency site.
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