Weekend Roundup



This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, an Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company, has successfully demonstrated a helicopter UAS in the presence of its Board of Directors. During the 10-minute flight, a variety of the helicopter’s capabilities were demonstrated, including Attitude Control Attitude Hold (ACAH) mode, Position Control, and low speed flight in forward, backward and sideward directions. (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)

Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) recently held a speed taxi trial of an indigenously developed landing gear for the Rustom 2 UAS being developed for the Indian Army. According to a press release, via the Times of India, the low speed taxi trial and high speed taxi trial were held at Chitradurga in Karnataka, India. (Times of India)

The city of Redding, California has released an interactive 360 degrees aerial map that shows the devastation caused by a major wildfire currently burning in the state. UAS were used to capture the aerial photos. (KRCR-TV)

Bosch has announced predictive road-condition services for automated vehicles. According to the Drive, Bosch will use road-weather experts from Finnish weather forecasting firm Foreca to help predict road conditions. (The Drive)

​In collaboration with the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce Block Party & Street Fair, K2 Unmanned Systems will host a public demo of its Knight Hawk UAS in Huntington Beach, California on Tuesday, August 14. Released earlier this year, Knight Hawk is the first American made Law Enforcement tactical drone. (K2 Unmanned Systems)

UgCS, along with public safety and disaster response UAS experts Airborne Response, has developed a “comprehensive search capability” for UAS. Using the UgCS platform, remote pilots will be able to conduct search and rescue operations more effectively, UgCS says. (UgCS)

A man named Adam Woodworth has built a giant version of an old LEGO helicopter model that is actually a quadcopter UAS. The scale model, which is actually built out of foam instead of LEGO, is capable of flying. (Business Insider)

Local Motors by LM Industries has announced the deployment and launch of operations of its autonomous, electric, 3D-Printed shuttle at the University at Buffalo. According to Local Motors, the vehicle, known as Olli, is the “world’s first co-created, self-driving, electric vehicle, designed to reinvent the future of urban mobility and sustainability.” (Local Motors)