Hummingbird UAV Sets New Record

Hummingbird UAV Sets New Record

Postby Markus Waibel on 28 May 2008, 17:47

The semi-autonomous UAV developed by Boeing just broke the endurance record, flying for 18.7 hours without refueling. Seems the it can adjust rotorspeed in mid flight to save on fuel - don't know how it stays in the air doing that though. :)

http://www.robotliving.com/2008/05/22/hummingbird-sets-new-record/
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Re: Hummingbird UAV Sets New Record

Postby Markus Waibel on 28 May 2008, 18:01

According to a CNN report, military demand for unmanned drones is sky-rocketing. If you want to see why, check out this newly declassified video of "The Reaper" (Warning: Quite disturbing.): http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/05/23/drone.wars/index.html?eref=rss_tech#cnnSTCVideo
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Re: Hummingbird UAV Sets New Record

Postby Markus Waibel on 28 May 2008, 18:06

As a contrast to the Predator and Reaper military UAVs, check out this video of - much cheaper, less violent, but maybe just as annoying - personal spy planes: http://www.livescience.com/interplayer/nextstep/?movie=nxtp-drone
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Re: Hummingbird UAV Sets New Record

Postby ewa on 06 Jun 2008, 01:39

Watching the video on personal spy planes:

It makes it so easy to invade people's privacy. I wonder how this could ever be controlled? It's not difficult to tape a camera onto a plane...

I really liked the real-estate photography application, there's definitely money in that: Aerial photos of properties.

Someone should design a plane that will follow me while I'm snowboarding, that's a video I would enjoy.
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Re: Hummingbird UAV Sets New Record

Postby abey on 06 Jun 2008, 15:11

working on it... :)
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