Making Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone Operations Commonplace
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its first guide aimed at supporting the industry to make unmanned aircraft (drone) flights beyond the visual line of sight of the operator an everyday occurrence. This would significantly change how unmanned aircraft are used in the UK.
Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom
Queensland turned on the sun for the official launch of Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom - The Hivve at Bracken Ridge State High School in Brisbane.
Tidal lagoon project makes the most of natural resources
A tidal lagoon is a 'U' shaped breakwater, built out from the coast which has a bank of hydro turbines in it. Water fills up and empties the man-made lagoon as the tides rise and fall. The system can generate electricity on both the incoming and outgoing tides, four times a day, every day.
UK car preparing for solar challenge
Solar Team Great Britain, which is developing a solar race car and aims to be the first British team to win the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, has completed a data-collection mission to generate real-world-conditions information on the 3,022km race route from Darwin, Australia to Adelaide.
New developments with electric aircraft
There was extensive coverage of manned and unmanned electric aircraft at the recent "Electric Vehicles Land Sea Air" in Stuttgart Germany with considerable questioning by a fascinated audience.
Energy harvesting for electric vehicles
Energy harvesting is the production of electricity from ambient energy. Usually the objective in electric vehicles is to increase range and safety. Range is increased in two ways. Either a very powerful form of energy harvesting such as shock absorbers or regenerative braking adds significant amounts of energy to the traction battery or wireless sensors and actuators improving safety also save many kilograms of wiring this also increasing range significantly.
1st unmanned seaplane takes off from water & lands on it autonomously
The Flying Fish unmanned aerial vehicle UAV vehicle, takes off and flies over the waves at distances of tens to thousands of meters
Wave energy device
Anaconda is a 200 metre long rubber tube that works on bulge wave theory - first documented by medical experts who looked at how blood was pumped around the human body.