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ISIS drone offensive

Iraqi troops are coming under attack by waves of small consumer drones dropping small grenades with lethal precision — a scenario anticipated in Swarm Troopers. Read about how ISIS turned small drones into deadly weapons, and what happens next my feature for BBC...

Morphing solar quadcopter

A low-cost, robust solar-powered quadcopter which converts into a fixed-wing configuration after take-off could provide farmers with a valuable tool for precision agriculture. Rather than paying for surveys by manned aircraft, farmers will be able to use the  4-kilo...

Chinese Drones Swarm Ahead

At a recent air show, a Chinese state company showed off a video of their latest work in military swarming drones — claiming a world record of 67 drones in a swarm, with images including a ‘saturation attack’ on an enemy missile launcher. Does this...

Artificial Intelligence to beat Top Guns

APLHA, and artificial intelligence system developed by Psybernetix Inc, is the most capable automated fighter pilot yet. Originally developed as a ‘Red Force’ controller flying enemy aircraft in simulations, it is now being re-engineered as a ‘Blue...

Boeing plans urban drone battlestations

Boeing has patented an idea for drone base stations which could be covertly installed in urban areas to recharge and re-arm small drones, as well as providing them with satellite communications . End result: a few dozen small drones could be operated from the other...

Marine General Wants Swarms on the Beaches

Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, who leads the Marine Corps combat development arm, has laid out plans for swarms of drones to be the first ashore, keeping Marines out of harm’s way. “Instead of Marines being the first wave in, it’ll be unmanned robotics … sensing,...