Drone authorizations and operations kicked into high gear in the weeks following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Customs and Border Protection will evaluate the capabilities of hand-launched systems in areas considered too high-risk for manned aircraft or ground personnel.
The use of quick, agile and easily launched drones allowed for safer and more efficient recovery operations.
Nibbler, the Marines' 3-D printed drone, can be controlled by a smartphone, tablet or radio and customized for carrying ammunition, gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance.
Trustability requires that humans can verify decisions made by autonomous systems.
Teams from Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School tested the dogfighting skills of their swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Challenges from unauthorized drones in the air over the hurricane disaster zone and telecommunications outages are complicating response efforts as Harvey churns through Texas.
DARPA wants to leverage machine learning to help self-piloting systems teach themselves to become safer.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on a platform that will let drones act as generic movable computing devices capable of communicating with each other and their controller.
By partnering with AirMap, the state will make it easier for drone operators to exchange flight information with airports about conditions in the surrounding airspace and on the ground.
Unmanned vehicles are making it easier for agencies to quickly gather more accurate data at less expense.
The Navy Special Warfare Command is testing a vehicle-mounted drone defense system designed to counter the growing threat of weaponized consumer drones on the battlefield.
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