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Come fly with me

Posted by Margaret Barber at

Flying cars came a bit nearer with the news that a German company, e-Volo are preparing for the first manned flight of their new machine, the Volocopter. Something of a cross between  a drone and a helicopter, the Volocopter 2 seater model takes off vertically just like a helicopter, but unlike other aircraft, it runs on battery packs. Currently the copter can only fly for 20-30 minutes on a charge, but the engineers are working to extend flight times to over an hour and they also want to design a larger version that could carry four to six people.  As...

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Dublin Fire Brigade researches drone use in emergencies response

Posted by Margaret Barber at

In what is probably going to be a common thread as Emergency services everywhere seek to capitalise on what drones can offer in terms of safety and response speed, Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed on its Twitter account that it was researching the use of drones in emergency situations. It is believed members of the DFB will soon receive training in how to use the craft. http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/fire-brigade-set-to-introduce-drones-for-emergencies-31269360.html  

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Fire Detecting Drone

Posted by Graham Dick at

Have a look at this report of a drone made by Carnegie Mellon University's robotics institute.  It navigates a ship's passage ways autonomously before finding and mapping a fire's location.  The report is here.  

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Make sure you fly responsibly

Posted by Graham Dick at

Focus is growing on drone flying, both for commercial use and for recreation.  With the rapidly increasing numbers of drones and recent high profile incidents, the authorities are starting to focus much more on incidents of unlawful flying. Have a look at this BBC report which addresses this.  

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Alex Momont's Ambulance Drone

Posted by Graham Dick at

Intriguing view of the near future perhaps?  Mind you i'm not quite sure the tech is really with us yet to ensure the device's "safe" landing in a crowded public environment like a city - lets face it thats where the bulk of the population reside.  So we have a platform - what's its missing is the brains to operate autonomously.  If you want to find out more follow this link to Alex's website.

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