• How to use drones responsibly in Kakadu

    Indigenous-led guidelines are necessary for conservation technology.

    Drones have transformed conservation and land management over the past decade, making it easier than ever to collect ...

    Ethics December 3, 2021
  • Magazine

    How do mass drone displays work?

    The Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony showed the spectacular potential of drones to join the party. ...

    As Australia burned through 2019’s devastating Black Summer, a Change.org petition circulated calling for the cancell...

    Features July 24, 2021
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  • Video: COVID-monitoring drones

    Australian researchers build drones to remotely monitor health signs.

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  • Swift by design, drone by nature

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    Agility and perception the keys to navigating tight spots

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    Two novel ways of delivering the goods.

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    News June 19, 2020
  • New solution to weighty issue

    Using drones to learn more about large cetaceans.

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  • Orca will change US battle-readiness

    Looking ahead to the era of the XLUUV.

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    NASA builds drone-management software as numbers grow.

    Modelling suggests that within a year or so there will be about 400,000 commercial drones operating in the US, alongs...

    Robotics May 27, 2019
  • Drone, self-driving vehicle energy savings overstated, reports find

    Two studies find autonomous transport less efficient than predicted. Andrew Masterson reports.

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    Drones help researchers track jellyfish swarms.

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