Keyword: Unmanned aerial vehicles

Briefs: Energy
This fuel cell could power a variety of transportation modes such as unmanned underwater vehicles, drones, and eventually electric aircraft.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The flexible antenna was designed for active aeronautical satellite communications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Dangerous “butterfly” landmines can be detected using low-cost drones and infrared cameras.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New autonomous robotic devices can survey hazardous or difficult-to-reach sites faster than humans.
NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
The interface enables one person to accomplish tasks that previously required two sets of hands.
Briefs: Aerospace
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Briefs: Aerospace
Autonomous quadcopters can be trained using simulations to increase their speed, agility, and efficiency.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
“Smellicopter” uses a live moth antenna to avoid obstacles and seek out smells.
Briefs: Aerospace
The algorithms enable drones to quickly switch between hover and forward flight.
Briefs: Aerospace
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: Aerospace
Wire-connected drones may complement or replace the fixed base stations of cellular communications networks.
Briefs: Motion Control
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Briefs: Automotive
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
NASA Spinoff: Imaging
NASA's UAS traffic management expertise leads to advances in drone navigation.
Briefs: Aerospace
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The learning approach allows swarms of unmanned vehicles to optimally accomplish their mission while minimizing performance uncertainty.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Aerospace
This capability will optimize performance of the vehicle through different phases of flight.
Briefs: Aerospace
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
Facility Focus: Unmanned Systems
See how "APL" is developing ways to ensure the safety and performance of autonomous systems.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This method detects power line faults using a drone.
Briefs: Motion Control
The gyroscope is smaller than a grain of rice — about 500 times smaller than the current state-of-the-art device.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.