1,000 drones took off to light up the night sky of the traditional Lantern Festival in Guangzhou, China. The drones flew in various formations such as Chinese characters of ‘Blessing,’ ’Lantern Festival,’ and the map of China. The performance set a Guinness World Record with the biggest number of drones involved.
Micro drones in future could well be biological in origin, according to the researchers of the American company Draper. The company has developed a tiny backpack for dragonflies. With the electronics in the backpack dragonfly can be remotely controlled as if it were a drone. DragonflEye engineers declared that the project is quite relevant, and first units could be developed in next 12 months.
2017 is shaping up to be a critically important year. Professionals in oil & gas, construction, precision agriculture, process & utilities, mining & aggregates, lawenforcement/emergency response/search & rescue as well as civil infrastructure are all lookingat drone technology in a completely different light, but that doesn’t mean adoption is going to be a simple or easy task.
For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.
At NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, researchers recently used this technique to explore the aerodynamics of a popular example of a small, battery-powered drone, a modified DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter.The Phantom relies on four whirring rotors to generate enough thrust to lift it and any payload it’s carrying off the ground. Simulations revealed the complex motions of air due to interactions between the vehicle’s rotors and X-shaped frame during flight.