Keyword: Unmanned Air Vehicles/​Systems (UAV/​UAS)

Unmanned Systems

NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
A NASA microphone that detects unseen air turbulence is lofted to high heights aboard a stratospheric glider.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This fuel cell could power a variety of transportation modes such as unmanned underwater vehicles, drones, and eventually electric aircraft.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The flexible antenna was designed for active aeronautical satellite communications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Energy
The material sets the stage for new forms of electric power in the future.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Briefs: AR/AI
Dangerous “butterfly” landmines can be detected using low-cost drones and infrared cameras.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid 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.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
An algorithm runs onboard a vehicle, providing important real-time data to aid in steering the craft.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Autonomous quadcopters can be trained using simulations to increase their speed, agility, and efficiency.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2021

A microwave radiation sensor offers 100,000 times greater sensitivity...Nature-inspired sensors help autonomous machines to see better...New accelerometers aid the development of Electric Vertical...

Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

Articles: Unmanned Systems
In-air UAV docking, digital communication via touch, and a computer-vision monitor for diabetes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
“Smellicopter” uses a live moth antenna to avoid obstacles and seek out smells.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Briefs: Software
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.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A survey of over 170 experts assessed the opportunities and challenges that drones, robots, and autonomous systems could have for urban nature and green spaces.
Briefs: Transportation
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.
Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Could ‘Smellicopters’ Someday Support Search-and-Rescue?

Our second INSIDER story today highlights an innovative combination of autonomous drones and live moth antennae: The “Smellicopter.”

Blog: Imaging
UW doctoral student Melanie Anderson explains how to make an autonomous 'Smellicopter' to navigate toward smells.
Briefs: Communications
Wire-connected drones may complement or replace the fixed base stations of cellular communications networks.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.