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Aurora Flight Sciences schedules first flight for solar-powered endurance drone

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Aurora Flight Sciences has revealed that its solar-powered endurance drone, Odysseus, will take to the skies for the first time next spring. Powered only by the sun, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform built for persistence. The device utilises advanced solar cells and is built with lightweight materials, technology the company claims could make Odysseus effectively fly for months on end. The project was organised and led by Aurora president and CEO John Langford, alongside other MIT colleagues. Commenting on the news, Langford said: “Aurora was founded by the idea that technology and innovation can provide powerful solutions to
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VIDEO: Sophisticated autonomy to provide solution for search and rescue connection issues

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Drones using sophisticated autonomy could provide the solution to unreliable GPS signals when flying in dense forest canopy, research suggests. The findings focus on rescue missions in thick tree canopy and show how autonomous flight could help these type of search and rescue assignments. In a paper being presented at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics conference next week, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology described an autonomous system for a fleet of drones to collaboratively search under dense forest canopies. The drones use only on-board computation and wireless communication and require no GPS, something they hope will help when
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