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Dec 25, 2023

Festive drone show flies straight into the record books

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A Texas-based drone entertainment firm achieved two Guinness World Records recently during a festive display involving nearly 1,500 of the flying machines.

Dec 23, 2023

Ships rerouted by Red Sea crisis face overwhelmed African ports

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CAPE TOWN, Dec 22 (Reuters) — Shipping companies sailing around the Cape of Good Hope to avoid Houthi attacks on the Red Sea face tough choices over where to refuel and restock, as African ports struggle with red tape, congestion and poor facilities, companies and analysts say.

Hundreds of large vessels are rerouting around the southern tip of Africa, a longer route adding 10–14 days of travel, to escape drone and missile attacks by Yemeni Houthis that have pushed up oil prices and freight rates.

The attacks by Iranian-backed militants have disrupted international trade through the Suez Canal, the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia, which accounts for about a sixth of global traffic.

Dec 22, 2023

“Flying dragon” robot harnesses the “crazy hose” effect to fight fires

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Japanese researchers have created and open-sourced a flying firefighting hose that levitates and steers itself to fight fires using its own water pressure as a two-part propulsion system, spraying water down onto fires and keeping operators safe.

The “flying dragon” system has two four-nozzle propulsion units built in – one at the end of the hose, one maybe 3 m (10 ft) back. Each of these can be thought of as something like a watery quadcopter – valves and swivels on each nozzle control flow and direction of thrust, allowing it to rise, balance and steer itself in the air the way a regular drone might … Well, two drones really, connected with a heavy rope and dragging a heavy tail.

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Dec 19, 2023

Watch live: SpaceX launches Starlink satellite from Cape Canaveral on Falcon 9 rocket

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Watch live coverage as SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket with 23 second-generation Starlink internet satellites. Liftoff from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station is scheduled for tonight at 11:01 p.m. EST (0401 UTC). The first-stage booster, making its third flight, will land on the drone ship ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’ about eight and a half minutes into the flight.\

Our live coverage from Cape Canaveral, with commentary by Will Robinson-Smith, will begin about an hour before launch.\

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Dec 16, 2023

Aeromao introduces the world’s first water-landing fixed-wing drone

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It features a sleek aerodynamic design, no tilt mechanisms or extra parts, eliminating failures and unnecessary weight for efficient vertical flight.

The innovative aerial solution is ideal for high-precision mapping to agriculture, ensuring efficient coverage in every flight.

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Dec 8, 2023

Rotor: World’s largest uncrewed drone helicopter enters production

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R550X can carry loads of up to 1,200 pounds, boasts a flight time exceeding three hours, and a top speed of 150 miles per hour.

Rotor Technologies Inc., a firm engaged in the development of autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, has unveiled and commenced the production of what it claims to be the “largest uncrewed civilian helicopter on the market.”

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Dec 8, 2023

The Pentagon is moving toward letting AI weapons autonomously decide to kill humans

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The use of drones capable of deciding whether to kill humans is alarming critics.

Dec 6, 2023

Watch ‘world’s most powerful’ humanoid robot withstand brutal kicks

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The Chinese firm, Unitree, claims that its upgraded humanoid robot, “powertrain provides the highest level of speed, power, maneuverability and flexibility.”

Chinese robotic systems firm Unitree marks a groundbreaking development with the upgrade of its humanoid robot.

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Dec 4, 2023

High-Power Fiber Lasers emerge as a Pioneering Technology

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Optical scientists have found a new way to significantly increase the power of fibre lasers while maintaining their beam quality, making them a future key defence technology against low-cost drones and for use in other applications such as remote sensing.

Researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA), the University of Adelaide (UoA) and Yale University have demonstrated the potential use of multimode optical fibre to scale up power in fibre lasers by three-to-nine times but without deteriorating the beam quality so that it can focus on distant targets.

The breakthrough is published in Nature Communications.

Dec 1, 2023

Billionaire Palmer Luckey Unveils A New Jet-Powered Drone — And It Looks Bonkers

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Anduril Industries says it wants to become the Lockheed Martin of the 21st century.

The fast autonomous drone, called Roadrunner, is designed by Luckey’s Anduril Industries to intercept and blow up enemy aircraft.

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