It was a test flight rather than flying with live pilots onboard.
The country's air force seems to be giving a second life to out-of-service fighter jets and converting them into modern weapons.
Scientists from Northwestern University in Illinois have created a tiny flying microchip.
The installation designed by Drew Pilcher is fully autonomous. It is a complete analogue of an anti-aircraft turret with computer vision, homing and automatic weapons preparation, but it is for fun rather than serious combat.
The device is called RoboBee X-Wing; it is only 5cm long and has a 3.5cm wingspan.
Autonomous aircraft are already extremely useful. A company called Youbionics has recently come up with a way to further increase their potential. They introduced a project called Drone for Handy, which includes the creation of aircraft with bionic arms.
The south of France is a region famous for its wine. In the near future, this fame might get to the next level as local winemakers are actively implementing innovations in their industry. Today, you can already find drones identifying sick plants, creating agricultural maps and predicting crop yields in the Fronton province.
From the outset, drones have been used for filming and entertainment, but who’s to say that they can’t be applied to more serious situations? Autonomous flying machines have a bright future in search operations, and it was recently proposed to use them to build sanctuaries in areas struck by disaster.
DJI has recently released a new cinematic multicopter. The event was not highlighted by the media, because it is impossible to buy the device: it is only rented out, as the drone comes with a service team and a truck carrying additional equipment.
How small can a drone get? A team of Dutch scientists tried to find the answer to this question. The device created by the researchers is not only small in dimensions, but can also work in a fully autonomous mode.
Canadian company Clearpath Robotics presented their latest invention: the Heron marine multicopter, which is the logical extension of Kingfisher, the company’s previous marine drone.
Drone manufacturers are currently hard at work developing mechanisms that will prevent air accidents. Chinese company DJI is no exception: their latest plan is to install special safety detectors onto their devices.