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Best of 2013: Top 13 Stories

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments by

It’s time for the top posts of the year! Here, in descending order, are the top newsletter stories from 2013, according to number of views each had. Missed one? Just click on the photo or title to go to the original post.  And as we send the last newsletter of 2013, we want to thank [...]

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Niagara Falls: a new perspective

Aug 07, 2013 3 Comments by

Combine a GoPro camera with a stable, maneuverable quadcopter and you can see the world from a brand-new perspective. This great video has footage of Niagara Falls captured by a DJI Phantom and GoPro Here 3, and it is breathtaking, mesmerizing and will take your stress level from level 10 to at least a 4. [...]

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Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

Jul 29, 2013 14 Comments by

Andy Johnston must take his RC modeling very seriously … why else would he spend over 3 years building a true-to-scale, rotary Bentley engine spending another 2 years building an Avro 504K from plans, specifically for the engine?  The 9-cylinder powerplant has cast-iron liners that are 1mm thick, aluminum finned barrels and a total of [...]

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Self-assembling Multi-Rotors!

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments by

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated an amazing capability for small robots to self-assemble and take to the air as a multi-rotor helicopter. Maximilian Kriegleder and Raymond Oung worked with Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at his research lab to develop the small hexagonal pods that assemble into flying rafts. The true accomplishment of this research is [...]

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FPV Heron Crash

Jul 17, 2013 5 Comments by

  Even remotely piloted vehicles can have a bad day at the field. In this YouTube video posted by German tabloid The Bild, an Australian RQ 7 Heron offers a first person view of a 2010 taxi accident with a C-130 in Afghanistan.  According to Bild a junior officer put the Heron into auto start and then was unable [...]

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X-47B carrier landing video!

Jul 11, 2013 4 Comments by

Yesterday the U.S. Navy made history with the first UAV landing on an aircraft carrier, when the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator touched down on the USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. Amazing video!

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Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper

Jul 09, 2013 4 Comments

In this video, a hexacopter captures video footage of the SpaceX Grasshopper as it reaches 325 meters (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. Part of a program that intends to test how rockets could return to Earth intact for a vertical landing on the launch pad instead of burning up [...]

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The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

  In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.

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