Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind include drone firm in Offshore Wind Challenge participants

Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind have selected three startups for the Offshore Wind Challenge. The startups will focus on innovations in marine mammal monitoring through data collection, real-time transmission, and analysis. The advancement of their technologies will support the responsible development of the offshore wind industry off the coast of Massachusetts, and well beyond. The Challenge, run by Vineyard Wind and Greentown Labs with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), received more than 60 applications from around the globe. After a highly competitive recruitment and deliberation process, the partners are pleased to announce that the following three companies
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WATCH: Percepto’s commercial drones first to parachute to safety with industry compliance

Percepto has announced that its on-site autonomous drone, the Percepto Sparrow, is the first on the market to offer an ASTM 3322-18 standard compliant integral parachute after completing more than 50 successful test flights. The achievement builds upon the drone’s existing safety features. The parachute feature is compliant with FAA standards and will expedite further the approvals for flying over people and beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) for Percepto’s Fortune 500 customers.  FPL is the first utility in the US to gain BVLOS approval, and Percepto’s customers were also the first to gain BVLOS approvals for autonomous drones
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AeroVironment expand Puma capabilities with new smart battery and bungee launch system

AeroVironment has confirmed the launch of two new Puma product line enhancement options that reinforce the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and expanding the operational capabilities of its family of tactical UAS. The newly announced product enhancement options are a result of AeroVironment’s collaboration with front-line users to develop innovative solutions that enable customers to proceed with certainty in ever-changing operational environments. Available for Puma LE, the optional Puma Smart 2500 Battery allows operators to achieve an extended flight time of up to 6.5 hours. The increased endurance provides operators with greater time on station, maximizing Puma LE’s multi-mission capabilities
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DJI seeks to spark inspiration in classroom with new RoboMaster

DJI has unveiled the RoboMaster EP Core, an all-in-one classroom solution that includes an educational robot with excellent hardware capabilities, supplemental teaching materials and a competition database to introduce students to AI, engineering, programming, robotics and more. EP Core is the first product of DJI Education, a new branch developed to provide students with learning opportunities in the STEAM, robotics and engineering field. Built to help instructors teach in an engaging, hands-on way, EP Core is equipped with high-performance mechanical accessories like robotic arm, gripper, mecanum wheels and armors which can be programmed and controlled for a variety of fun
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SatCom capability added to swarming command and control system

Blue Bear has confirmed the addition of a new Satellite Communications (SatCom) capability to its CenturionTM  Multi-Domain Fractionated Swarming Command and Control, (C2) System. CenturionTM allows users to control single, multiple or swarms of drones, from anywhere in the world, using a single command centre, or via multiple, localised, field deployed locations. Centurion can be installed on fully mobile field deployable vehicles, such as Blue Bear’s MMCS, which has recently been upgraded with the Satcom capability. Therefore, CenturionTM can now be deployed anywhere in the world to control any UxVs. Utilising Blue Bear’s SmartConnectTM technology, any UAV, UGV, USV, UxV
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Cranfield Airport deploys drones to conduct automated inspections

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been used to inspect the runway at Cranfield Airport remotely for the first time. The flights make use of ‘drone-in-a-box’ technology with the aim of enabling routine inspections to take place with UAVs that can be automatically deployed, recovered and recharged without the need for an on-site pilot. In the future, drones could be used to inspect other areas such as perimeter fences and take place regularly – for example, in the morning before the Airport opens, and in the evening after closing – to detect damage or the presence of foreign objects which can
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One in three employers plan on making redundancies in next three months

One in three (33%) of UK employers “expect to cut jobs over the next three months” according to new market research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In partnership with the Adecco Group UK & Ireland, CIPD found in its quarterly Labour Market Outlook that exactly one third of employers intend to make redundancies in the next three-month period. This number has shown a steep increase of 11% since the last quarter. This comes alongside very little chance of pay rises, irrespective of industry or position, with 40% of firms expecting to freeze pay for at least
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