Researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, applying what they observed about insect wings, have developed a hybrid origami drone that can be stiff or flexible depending on the circumstances.
In the aftermath of the brutal gang rape and murder case in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, the Centre had announced the allocation of the Nirbhaya Fund to be used exclusively for projects addressing women safety.
“Currently, there are no professional courses for drone-making in India. I had to learn by watching videos on the Internet,” 25-year old Karle says.
Apart from developing a road map, the task force would also lay down implementable recommendations for central and state governments, industry and research institutions.
DGCA’s draft regulation on drones is a beginning. But it sidesteps important issues.
Ressearchers at MIT have created a drone system that can run on the basis of estimating obstacles over intricate maps.
Going forward, commercial drone usage would increase in emerging sectors like insurance, telecom and delivery with a rise in drones as a service model.
GoPro has suffered from decreasing sales in the holiday season, and has announced that it would stop manufacturing drones.
Officials from the Indian Railways have said that drones shall be used for railway maintenance, surveillance and management.
Recent incidents of unmonitored drone activity in the US have shown that the technology needs to follow regulations, so that unskilled operators don’t defy no-fly zones and legal principles.
In another step towards a technology overhaul, GAIL has said it will hire drones to monitor pipeline networks across the country, which can help detect leaks and cracks, along with raising safety standards.
In a drone race that pitted a world-class pilot against Artificial Intelligence (AI), the human pilot emerged faster although the AI flew the drone more smoothly and consistently.
In a petition on online platform Change.org, aeromodellers say that these rules will “render their hobby and sport impossible and unsustainable”.
Drones are fast becoming an essential tool for more law enforcement agencies, changing how officers carry out everyday tasks and bringing air surveillance to departments with limited budgets.
E-commerce players like Amazon and Flipkart will be able to make airborne delivery of products to customers in India using drones enabled by technology being developed by the country’s aviation sector