Tag: NASA

NASA Wants to Put Drones to Work on Mars

By Carl Engelking | August 3, 2015 4:49 pm
A prototype built to test Extreme Access Flyer systems in different environments. (Credit: NASA/Swamp Works)

A prototype built to test Extreme Access Flyer systems in different environments. (Credit: NASA/Swamp Works)

NASA plans to fly drones where Federal Aviation Administration rules no longer apply.

Engineers at Swamp Works, part of NASA and the U.S. military’s Office of Naval Research, have designed and built a drone that could someday scout Mars, moons or asteroids in our solar system. Called Extreme Access Flyers, these space-worthy drones could help scientists gather data in places your traditional rover just can’t reach. Read More

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Delivery Drones Allowed to Fly in the U.S. Starting Next Month

By Carl Engelking | June 24, 2015 2:57 pm
A Flirtey hexacopter carries a package in Australia, where the company calls home. (YouTube screengrab)

A Flirtey hexacopter carries a package in Australia, where the company calls home. (YouTube screengrab)

Here in the United States, it seemed like legal red tape would stall the launch of delivery drones for years, but the wait is over sooner than expected.

On July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration will allow unmanned aircraft to deliver medical supplies to a free clinic during research flights in West Virginia. That occasion will be the first legal drone delivery on U.S. soil, and represent another big step forward for the U.S. drone industry. Read More

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NASA’s 10-Rotor UAV Hovers Like a Helicopter, Flies Like an Airplane

By Carl Engelking | May 4, 2015 3:00 pm
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The GL-10 can take off vertically and transition into traditional winged flight in mid-air. (NASA Langley/David C. Bowman and Gary Banziger)

NASA has rolled out what looks like the B-52 of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Last week, NASA engineers successfully tested the Greased Lightning GL-10, which is a battery-powered, 10-rotor remotely piloted aircraft that can perform a useful trick: It takes off and lands like a helicopter, but can also transition to conventional flight in mid-air. Shifting from hover to wing-borne flight has long flummoxed aerospace engineers, but the GL-10 looks like a big step in the right direction. Read More

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