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Flying 'Gimball' Brings New Impact to Drone Rescue Technology

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November 4, 2013
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Swiss-based researchers have devised a spherical flying robot that can withstand multiple collisions and continue to transmit live video footage in hard-to-reach environments. The lightweight Gimball doesn't require unwieldy sensors and its inventors believe it could be used to help with search and rescue missions. Jim Drury has more.


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Harvard Scientists Demonstrate First "Flight of the Robobee"

Harvard Scientists Demonstrate First "Flight of the Robobee"

Reuters (May 3, 2013) — Scientists at Harvard University have demonstrated the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot drone. Called Robobee, the machine was designed to mimic flying insects for use in a number of fields including environmental research and search-and-rescue operations. Rob Muir has more.
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Flying Car for the Masses Set for Take Off

Flying Car for the Masses Set for Take Off

Reuters (May 23, 2013) — New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car. Unlike its current flying car, which is designed for pilots, the new design incorporates autonomous functionality, a move the company says will open up the skies to everybody. Ben Gruber has more.
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Jellyfish Power Prepares for Lift Off

Jellyfish Power Prepares for Lift Off

Reuters (Dec. 4, 2013) — Drone developers are increasingly attempting to mimic the flight mechanics of birds an insects for the next generation of miniature, autonomous aircraft, but one researcher in New York, has found inspiration in the sea rather than the air. Leif Ristroph of New York University is developing a drone that replicates the pulsating motion of the jellyfish as an alternative drive system for future drones. Sharon Reich has more.
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Ecologists Using Drones in Fight Against Illegal Loggers

Ecologists Using Drones in Fight Against Illegal Loggers

Reuters (May 21, 2012) — A new aerial surveillance system to protect forests and endangered species in remote parts of the world is being pioneered by a pair of ecologists in Switzerland. The researchers have designed and built their own flying drone that can capture evidence of illegal activity on film.
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