Mini indoor drones have become an incredibly popular gift in the last few years since they’re both cool and inexpensive. For a while they’re great fun to fly around, until the inevitable collision with a wall, piece of furniture, or family member. Often not the most structurally sound of products, a slightly damaged quad can easily be confined to a cupboard for the rest of its life. But [Peter Sripol] has an idea for re-using the electronics from a mangled quad by building his own RC controlled paper aeroplane.
[Peter] uses the two rear motors from a mini quadcopter to provide the thrust for the aeroplane

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Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020. The miniature, drone-like chopper could boost our understanding of the planet.

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The employees are resigning due to the ethical concerns they have over Google’s expertise being used in military technology that could lead to the loss of human life.
Almost a dozen employees have resigned in protest over the project, reports Gizmodo. The controversial project is known as Project Maven and is run by the Defense Department. Maven aims to use machine learning to speed up the time it takes computers to analyze drone footage to identify people and objects. The employees are resigning due to the ethical concerns they have over Google’s expertise being used in military technology that could lead to the loss of human life

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The dumbest thing this week is Uber’s flying car concept of the future. The braintrust at Uber envisions a world of skyports, on rooftops or on the ground that will handle 200 takeoffs and landings per hour. That is 4800 per day at a maximum. The record for the number of total takeoffs and landings for any airport was set last year at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airport with 969 takeoffs and landings in a twenty-four hour period. Yes, Uber wants to put the world’s busiest airport in a parking lot or something

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NASA has revealed that the Mars 2020 mission will include a remote-control “marscopter” along with the rover. If the tests of the tiny dual-rotor helicopter are successful, it will be the first atmospheric flight on another planet.
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