DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy program is developing algorithms that work at high speed in real time with off-the shelf drones.
The Douglas County, Colo., Search and Rescue Team was able to locate lost hikers in just a few hours.
The agency wrapped up second-level testing for its cloud-based unmanned aircraft systems traffic management platform.
Unmanned underwater systems are becoming affordable options for inspections of reservoir and water supply systems as well as underwater infrastructure, environmental assessment, law enforcement and port security.
The three projects will be looking at improving how drones can better fit into an already busy airspace.
A draft bill would let agencies monitor drone radio communications to determine if the aircraft is a threat and then intercept, confiscate and/or destroy it.
A small quadcopter carrying with an ultra-sensitive magnetometer sensor can detect mines and dangerous metal obstacles within coastal surf zones.
The agency is interested learning how data from drones can support bridge inspections.
Police, wildlife trackers and bridge inspectors are using high-flying cameras and sensors to save time and money.
Once technology and regulations are in place for beyond-visual-line-of-sight and multiple-drone piloting operations, unmanned aerial systems will really take off, experts say.
Equipped with stereo cameras, computer vision, onboard computers and sensors, AutoModality’s drones can sense, explore and analyze infrastructure in GPS-denied environments.
The UAS Notification Service will generate and send notifications of drone operations to other nearby pilots.
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