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07/01/2016

Reporting from InsideUnmannedSystems.com, Vicki Speed offered a snapshot of the first planned implementation later this summer of drones autonomously flying urgently needed medical supplies to remote sites in Western Rwanda, Africa. 20 hospitals and health care centers will start receiving blood shipments. A California-based robotics company, Zipline, is organizing the project. Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo noted, “We’ve built an instant delivery system for the world, allowing medicines and other products to be delivered on demand and at low cost, anywhere.”

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06/29/2016

Anthony Cuthbertson reported a surprising development on Newsweek.com that will be of immediate interest to flight sim fans and any who follow new developments in artificial intelligence (AI). U.S. Air Force and University of Cincinnati experts teamed with industry to develop AI software for a $35 programmable computer system, the Raspberry Pi (RP). This low-cost Hobby grade board is widely used to teach programming. A doctoral graduate at the University of Cincinnati built a flight sim application for RP called ALPHA. ALPHA went up against retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee in a series of simulated battles, beating Lee in every single engagement. Photo courtesy of Lisa Ventre, Univ. of Cincinnati.

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06/24/2016

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot by Boston Dynamics, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm). SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini has remarkable agility and can squeeze through relatively tight spaces, as is shown in the video.

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06/23/2016

With the release of relatively unrestrictive commercial drone regulations by the FAA, drone development firms have flocked to North Dakota to test, fly and refine prototypes for use in a wide variety of still emerging applications. At the Grand Forks Air Force Base, an instructor prepares to discuss the SandShark UAV. Photo courtesy of Tim Gruber, NY Times.

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06/21/2016

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

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