A new world record for the longest distance flown by a self-powered multicopter has been set, according to European drone company, Quaternium. The manufacturer’s flagship drone – its HYBRIX-20 – is reported to have notched up four hours and forty minutes of uninterrupted flight, making it the longest recorded flight carried out by this type of drone.
Author: Andrew Maxwell
Chinese 3D printing outfit MakeX has been making waves again with its latest mobile innovation. Following the success of its previous crowdfunded releases – notably the M-One 3D Printer, three years ago, and more recently, the M-Jewelry – the Migo is set to take 3D printing to a whole new level.
As the world slowly steps into the era of driverless cars, unmanned freight trucks and other forms of automated transport, the principal cause of hesitation has been concerns over safety.
For the past two years, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California has been dedicating its efforts towards research in autonomous drone technology. The lab’s achievements in vision-based navigation, which were funded by Google, were put to the test late this fall, in a race between one of its unmanned drones and a professional drone pilot.
The latest drone simulator to become available on Steam takes flight simulators to a whole new level of realism. ‘DRL Simulator’, launched by the Drone Racing League recently, is just about as close as one can get to the real experience, short of actually flying a real drone.
Once just a niche interest, pursued by hobbyist and technology enthusiasts, 3D printing technology has now reached a point where it pervades the spectrum of industry, with an impressive range of applications, from medicine to retail.