Weekend Roundup


Jump 20C vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft. Photo: Arcturus UAV.

This week’s latest in the unmanned systems and robotics industry includes NASA-inspired biomedical robotic devices, Canada’s plans to use UAS to monitor ships and subs, and an update on the drone carrying radioactive material that landed on the office roof of Japan’s prime minister. 

The Federal Aviation Administration, this week, approved 65 more commercial UAS exemptions this week including AUVSI members ADM Crop Risk Services and Topcon Positioning Systems. This brings the total number of exemptions granted to 224 out of over 900 requests. 

Today also closes the comment period on the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Click here to read AUVSI’s comments on the NPRM

Arcturus UAV is pitching a new iteration of its Jump 20 vertical takeoff and landing UAV, called the Jump 20C, to the Department of Defense. (Flightglobal

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development projects that widespread use of self-driving taxis could cut the number of cars needed to perform the same number of trips as manned taxies by 90 percent. (TV News Montreal)

Exelis has launched a sense-and-avoid system, called Symphony RangeVue, that can give UAS operators aerial surveillance information from the Federal Aviation Administration in real time. (UPI)

The Canadian government plans to test using a small unmanned aircraft to hunt for submarines and ships. (Defense World)

NASA’s Robonaut project is inspiring other roboticists to make intelligent biomedical devices. (Machine Design)

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department is searching the hard drive of a drone found on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office roof for information on the drone’s flight path. The UAV contained a small amount of radioactive cesium. (The Japan Times)

Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle hacked into a medical robot, exposing the potential security issues with the technology. (MIT Technology Review)

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority is working with Hope Technik to make a waterproof UAV that can monitor offshore oil spills. (Petro Global News)

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