Weekly Tech Roundup | Mar 13, 2020

Weekly tech roundup featuring six drone technologies

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40mm counter-drone munitions

Two Army researchers have invented novel 40mm grenade cartridges for kinetically disabling or destroying small UAVs.

The first 40mm cartridge fires shotgun-style buckshot from a newly designed cup, the second fires a stack of aerodynamic rings.

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Spring-loaded UAV launch catapult

A team of Navy scientists has recently developed an efficient launcher for fixed-wing unmanned aircraft comprised of a launch rail, carriage, pair of pulley drivers, and a cable and pulley system.

The unique advantage of the launcher lies in the geometry and functionality of the pulley drivers, which comprise axially aligned, counter opposed compression springs.

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Multi-spectrometry airborne toxin sensor

Navy researchers have developed a portable multi-spectrometry system for direct, near real-time detection of chemical and biological hazards in atmospheric air.

The system directly samples atmospheric air, including particles, aerosols, and spores, and obtains results almost instantaneously, providing actionable intelligence for a rapid response.

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Decentralized, cooperative task distribution for networked UAVs

Air Force researchers have developed a collaborative task distribution and execution system for drone networks that are directly incorporated into individual agents, making standard central base stations redundant.

The decision-making and communication system can be integrated directly into agents, such as UAVs, which allows them to observe the environment, monitor the operation of other agents, and adequately respond to the situation, which creates a decentralized, distributed task allocation mechanism.

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Reinforced snap hook with dual-direction spring latch

Navy engineers have invented a novel snap hook for launching and recovering large underwater drones.

The hook may be made of aluminum, titanium, 15-5 stainless steel, 17-4 stainless steel, carbon fiber, or carbon steel.

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Full motion video to 3D maps software

As part of a research project known as soldier-deployable geospatial technologies, Army scientists invented software that rapidly creates 2D and 3D maps from Full Motion Video.

The software generates 2D orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, digital terrain models, and 3D textured models by processing the FMV file or stream into separate cluster sets.

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