UAV technology is merging its way into everyday life at an increasing rate. Construction firms, fire departments, and police stations are just a few of the professional outfits discovering how drones can help them do their jobs more efficiently. With increased demand for drones in the workplace comes improved technology. This week’s Drone Review features stories from around the globe that showcase both the improvement of UAV tech and the implementation of drones in the workforce.
A team at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is developing systems that enable glider drones to autonomously seek out thermals that drastically increase endurance. (Popular Science)
In a demonstration, a newly unveiled robotic flight system developed by U.S. aerospace firm Aurora Flight Sciences autonomously flew a manned airplane through several basic maneuvers. (Unmanned Systems Technology)
Police equipment maker Taser International is in discussions with police officials about a concept for a taser-equipped drone. (Wall Street Journal)
Popular Mechanics rounds up the “coolest” drones from the Unmanned Warrior military exercises.
Chinese educational robotics firm Makeblock is raising funds on Kickstarter for Airblock, a modular programmable multirotor drone. (New Atlas)
U.S.-Israeli robotics firm Roboteam is developing an unmanned ground vehicle that can also fly. (Press Release)
A group of Australian entrepreneurs is developing drones with computer vision systems that allow for highly accurate delivery of packages. (ABC)
Thales announced the launch of Pathmaster, an advanced unmanned mine countermeasure system. (Press Release)
NASA began flying drones beyond the line of sight of the pilot as part of an ongoing project to integrate drones into the national airspace. (Recode)
Amazon was granted a patent to develop a miniature voice-controlled drone assistant, potentially for law enforcement applications. (GeekWire)
Clearpath Robotics and ARGO XTR announced the release of the Warthog, an amphibious all-terrain unmanned ground vehicle. (Unmanned Systems Technology)
An essay in the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems proposes a tree search algorithm as a means to developing a conflict avoidance system for drones operating in dynamic environments. (Sage Journals)
In a presentation at the 2016 International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, Stefano Mintchev and Dario Floreano proposed a pocket-sized drone for search and rescue operations. (École Polytechnique)
The Dedrone counter-drone system was uxsed in Las Vegas during the recent presidential debate. (Fortune)
The University of Maine at Augusta is preparing to offer the state’s first unmanned aircraft training course. (WLBZ2)
Drone conservation organization Air Shepherd is seeking to use drones to counter individuals who have been poisoning elephant water supplies, a new form of poaching. (Huffington Post)
A team from the University of Leiden is using drones to map archaeological sites in the Caribbean. (Press Release)
An underwater drone is being sent to investigate sonar contacts of interest in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines 370 aircraft. (Associated Press)
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to develop a program to use drones for search-and-rescue. (Palm Beach Post)
The Nevada Highway Patrol used a drone to take aerial photos of crime scenes. (KTNV)
A paper posted on Cornell University’s arXiv.org looks at how to utilize drones and wireless sensor networks to monitor endangered species.
If you’re wondering what to do with your drone this Halloween, you could dress it up as an Angel of Death. (Gizmodo)