A drone model from DJI comes with a camera, GPS positioning and other features meant for producing high-quality still images and video.

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By far one of the craziest entries for The Hackaday Prize is [Peter McCloud]‘s Goliath, an enormous gas-powered quadcopter. It weighs about 240 pounds, is powered by a 30 horsepower v-twin lawnmower engine, is lifted into the air with homemade props milled on a CNC machine. It’s a frightening build even when the engine isn’t turning. When running, it’s an awesome display of power and technology.
Goliath has had a few setbacks of late, snapping two composite props in its first attempt at hovering

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A design for a Rolls-Royce robotic ship based on the research of the EU’s Project Munin. No crew required.

Rolls Royce

A European Union-funded research project called MUNIN is looking to make international cargo shipping more energy and cost efficient, essentially turning “seafaring” into a desk job. Named for one of the Nordic god Odin’s raven sidekicks, the goal of the MUNIN project is to create autonomous ships that can sail themselves from port to port. This would reduce energy consumption by lessening lighting, eliminating fresh water production, and getting rid of an onboard crew

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If Amazon and Google are going to take their drone delivery operations public, what’s going to ensure they do it safely? Air highways and specialized drone corridors designed by NASA scientists, apparently.Even if the Federal Administration Administration isn’t sold on the idea of commercial drones flying throughout the country, NASA is.The agency has quietly been working on an air traffic control system for drones, and its head scientist says that he’s pretty sure he can make it safe for the machines to fly in low altitude airspace. In fact, he envisions specialized highways, “lanes,” and even corridors for commercial drones to operate in.”We might have highways in the sky, with a bunch of [drones] going in a similar direction,” Parimal Kopardekar, the NASA scientist leading the project, told me

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Driverless cars and aerial drones have rather stolen the limelight when it comes to autonomous vehicles. But a week-long event currently underway in Ireland shifts its gaze away from the roads and the air and onto the rippling waters around the coast of Galway, where its robotic focus is fixed on another type of unmanned machine: autonomous sailboats.The seventh World Robotic Sailing Championship kicked off today, with a series of competitions set for the ten international teams. There are challenges to test their autonomous boats ability to complete tasks like racing, sailing around markers, and avoiding collisions, although organiser Fearghal Morgan, an engineer at the National University of Ireland, Galway, told me on the phone that they looked set for a slow start; the weather was uncharacteristically calm. Even robo-boats need some wind in their sails

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