A display (non-flying) version of an Iranian “Saegheh” drone based on the US RQ-170 Sentinel. [credit: Iran TV ] Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division staged what Iranian state media described as “massive drone drills” on March 14, including coordinated offensive operations with dozens of flying-wing drones based on the Lockheed RQ-170 Sentinel, captured by Iran in 2011, and Iranian copies of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. During the exercise, called “Towards al-Quds” (al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem), a total of about 50 drones—including “Saegheh”…

South African aircraft company Passerine have unveiled their new cargo carrying drone, which they’ve called Sparrow. The craft would set companies back a whopping £30,000. View original article at Daily Mail Online

Extended drone no-fly zones have come into force around airports, but the technology isn’t all bad. View original article at BBC World News

The hot duck has nothing on the Bionic Bird. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a drone? Well, folks, it’s all of the above. Perfect for drone enthusiasts who are growing bored of the current market offerings and want to play with something new, the Bionic Bird will reignite your passion for flying. Check it out in action: It’s equipped with two flexible wings to conquer the skies instead of the four propellers found on traditional drones. It’s designed to look and fly like…

Professional drone racing is coming to Twitter for the first time this summer. Organizers hope the streaming deal with the social media platform will help the growing sport to further broaden its audience. The post Professional drone racing is flying onto Twitter this summer appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Knowing in what absolute direction your robot is pointed can be crucial, and expensive systems like those used by NASA on Mars are capable of calculating this six-dimensional heading vector to within around one degree RMS, but they are fairly expensive. If you want similar accuracy on a hacker budget, this paper shows you how to do it using cheap MEMS sensors, an off-the-shelf motion co-processor IC, and the right calibration method. The latest article to be published in our own peer-reviewed Hackaday Journal is Limits of Absolute…

Remember that viral video of the dog wearing a GoPro camera on its neck and dashing gleefully toward the ocean? If you’ve forgotten it, here it is again: Now imagine this video, but the dog is a dick, and the GoPro is affixed not with a collar but with a cock ring. That’s the idea behind the Cock Cam, “the world’s first cock ring with a camera” created by UK-based sex toy company Julz. The Cock Cam is “a revolutionary sex toy that allows you to record all…

A French inventor took to Kickstarter to raise funds for an insect-inspired winged drone called MetaFly. More than 1,850 people have pledged over $187,500 to bring the drone to market. The post Be prepared to bug out over this insect-inspired winged drone appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

[Tim Schumacher] got a Crazepony Mini quadcopter and has been reprogramming it “bare metal” — that is to say he’s programming the STM32 without using an operating system or do-it-all environment. His post on the subject is a good reference for working with the STM32 and the quadcopter, too. If you haven’t seen the quadcopter, it is basically a PC board with props. The firmware is open source but uses the Keil IDE. The CPU is an STM32 with 64K of program memory. In addition, the drone sports…

The US Air Force celebrated the successful test flight of its new stealth fighter drone, the XQ-58A Valkyrie releasing a brief 15-second clip that captured this milestone maiden flight. The post U.S. Air Force completes first test flight of new Valkyrie combat drone appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends