The VAMUdeS Team Crowned Champion of AUVSI SUAS 2018

The VAMUdeS Team Crowned Champion of AUVSI SUAS 2018

The 2018 SUAS Competition was held June 13th to June 16th, 2018. A total of 69 teams competed (35 domestic, 31 international), 63 submitted Technical Design papers, 51 presented Flight Readiness Reviews (FRR), 51 teams attended, and 47 were able to get airborne. A total of $70,700 was awarded to teams. This was the first year to have interop-only ODLC submission (no paper or USB drive).

The VAMUdeS team (Miniature Aerial Vehicle of the University of Sherbrooke) proudly sponsored by XOAR was crowned champion of the international competition AUVSI SUAS 2018. For a third consecutive year, a world premiere, VAMUdeS brings back the coveted trophy of the first position at the AUVSI-SUAS International Competition! With XOAR’s ultimate propulsion system, including XOAR Titan Brushless Drone Motors and XOAR PJP-T-L Carbon Fiber Precision Pair Drone Propellers, the VAMUdeS team flew fully autonomously and captured waypoints within a few feet, avoided obstacles in the shape of stationary cylinders and moving spheres, located roughly 1 m^2 targets in a search zone, most within 20 feet, and dropped a water bottle within 17 feet of a target location. The VAMUdeS team also won two awards, one of which being Best in Mission and the Cyber Security Award for fixing a bug in the automated scoring system.

VAMUdeS Team

Xoar propellers VAMUdeS Team

Xoar propulsion system VAMUdeS Team

XOAR congratulates the VAMUdeS team once again for an amazing performance and crowning champion of of the international competition AUVSI SUAS 2018.

Check out the VAMUdeS team on facebook.


About the Competition
The AUVSI SUAS Competition is designed to foster interest in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), stimulate interest in UAS technologies and careers, and to engage students in a challenging UAS mission. The competition requires students to design, integrate, report on, and demonstrate a UAS capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote sensing via onboard payload sensors, and execution of a specific set of tasks. The competition has been held annually since 2002.

The competition is held at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) Webster Field in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. This is the site of the UAS Test & Evaluation Directorate.

Autonomous Aerial Missions.
The competition focuses on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) performing autonomous missions. Many of the tasks require autonomy to be eligible, and others receive more points for autonomy.

Competition Components.
The competition has 3 major graded components: a Technical Journal Paper which describes the systems engineering approach and the UAS design, a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) where teams describe their mission readiness and what testing gives them confidence, and a Mission Demonstration where the team is evaluated on performance.

Mission Tasks. The competition has a series of tasks that should be completed by the UAS system built. The competition changes these tasks year-to-year to reflect the forefront of the UAS industry. The tasks are joined to form a simulated real-world mission. The 2017 competition mission is search-and-rescue of a lost hiker. Example tasks:

Interoperability. The UAS downloads mission details, uploads aircraft telemetry in real time, and uploads mission deliverables to an external judge-provided system.
Autonomous Flight. The UAS autonomously takes off, flies within boundaries, navigates a series of waypoints, and lands.

Obstacle Avoidance. The UAS autonomously avoids obstacles, which can be stationary or moving.
Object Detection, Classification, Localization. The UAS takes pictures of a search area, detect objects of interest, classifies its characteristics, and provides a GPS position.

Air Delivery. The UAS autonomously drops a payload object so that it lands undamaged at a provided GPS position.

Xoar Carbon Fiber Precision Pair for DJI Inspire 1

Xoar Carbon Fiber Precision Pair for DJI Inspire 1

Eric and Alex from Drone Gear conduct professional video reviews on multi-rotor gears and accessories on their website DroneGear.tv and youtube Channel and this time there is no exception, Eric and Alex gave us a professional and honest review about our latest – Carbon Fiber Props for DJI Inspire 1. They shared their thoughts on our props and the difference between our and the stock DJI Inspire 1 props.

These 13 inches props were fitted on the Inspire 1 with DJI’s new X5 pro camera.

Check out the video below and many other reviews on their youtube channel – Drone Gear. Subscribe to their channel if you like them and show your support to the drone community!



Drone Gear

Xoar Precision Pair for DJI Inspire 1

DJI Inspire 1 and Xoar Propeller

If you are interested in getting our props for your DJI Inspire 1. Please click the follow links to get them on through our authorized reseller on ebay and Amazon.

Drone University USA & XOAR on TV & Radio

Drone University USA & XOAR on TV & Radio

Drone University USA was actively involved with TV, radio and newspaper interviews educating the general public on drone safety, the FAA, sUAS registration, the future of sUAS/drones in December 2015. They have done tremendous work to represent our industry in the future with accurate and straight forward facts to be reported to the public. Our partner Nick from Drone Cowboy is a part-time instructor was featured in the interviews with the media demoing flights with Xoar Props.

Xoar Propellers

Drone Cowboy

Click the links below to watch and read.

KTVU FOX 2- SF Bay Area

KCRA NBC 3- Sacramento, CA

KTXL FOX 40- Sacramento, CA

KOVR CBS 13- Sacramento, CA

KMAX Good Morning 31- Sacramento, CA

San Jose Mercury News

Chad Benson Radio Show

EHang184 – World’s First Human-size Autonomous Aerial Vehicle

EHang184 – World’s First Human-size Autonomous Aerial Vehicle

World’s first electric human-size autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV), EHang184, was unveiled at CES 2016 at Las Vegas.

EHang184 is capable of carrying one passenger up to 220 pounds for up to 23 minutes at sea level with its 14.4-kWh battery pack, which takes four hours in triple mode or two hours in fast charge to a full charge. The whole vehicle weights 440 lb (200 kg), can carry up to 264 lb (120 kg), has a maximum speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) and can reach a maximum altitude of 11,480 ft (3,499 m).

It features a carbon fiber/epoxy composite body and an aerial aluminum alloy frame. Eight motors with eight carbon fiber propellers divided in four group of two, each pair mounted on the top and bottom of one of four foldable arms.

A 12-inch touchscreen tablet display is the main instrument in the cockpit which allows the passenger to select the flight destination. The drone has gull-wing doors and a trunk for small luggage.

Safety is key on EHang184 with its fail-safe system. Even with one propeller malfunctions, it can still land in the nearest possible area safely. EHang also claims a 24-7 flight control center monitors each flight and can intervene in emergency situations.

EHang184 is a great start to the future of autonomous aviation, but it will require the Government, FAA and the commercial manufacturers working together to set the future in the right direction.

ehang184-2

ehang184-3

Xoar PJP-T-L Carbon Fiber Multirotor Propeller Video

Xoar PJP-T-L Carbon Fiber Multirotor Propeller Video

Be the first to check out Xoar’s latest video of the Precision Pair series – PJP-T-L Carbon Fiber Multicopter Propeller for low Kv motors. It offers a ultra thin hub with reduced weight to maximize efficiency of Low Kv Motors for your Multirotor Aerial Application and Multi-axial Platforms. Click the link to learn more about these new multicopter propellers.

Video created by Nick Swartzendruber @ Drone Cowboys. http://www.DroneCowboys.com

Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike

Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike

Latest news on Malloy Aeronautics’s Hoverbike at Paris Air Show 2015, it is partnering with a Maryland-based defense company to develop a hoverbike for the US military. Working with Survice Engineering Co., the UK aeronautics company will set up shop in Maryland as part of “an ongoing research and development contract.” The duo will also work with the US Army Research Laboratory on the project that aims to create “a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV).”

While developing for the military will play a big role in the future of the technology, Malloy was keen to emphasize that there’s still a lot of potential for the use of the tech in humanitarian applications. For example, multiple Hoverbikes could be loaded into troop carrier aircraft (the vehicle is designed to fold up for easier transport), dispatched to disaster zones and tasked with delivering vital supplies, or even autonomously removing people from danger.

Source: Malloy Aeronautics

Mooney – An Aviation Legend Is Back

Mooney – An Aviation Legend Is Back

Mooney Aviation Company, Inc (formerly the Mooney Aircraft Company), founded by Albert Mooney and his brother Arthur in 1929, has gone through a very rich history. After going through many years of ups and downs, Mooney Aviation got acquired by Soaring America Corporation in 2013 headed by President Jerry Chen who is looking to lead the aviation industry for the legendary brand.

Mooney’s history of innovation includes designed and produced the first pressurized single-engine, piston-powered aircraft (M22 Mustang), first production aircraft M20J 201 to achieve 200 mph on 200 hp, first single-engine power-control certified (FADEC) aircraft M20L Porsche in the United States and much more.

Mooney also has great achievements in the aviation history by setting 132 world speed records, designed and produced the fastest transcontinental flight in a single-engine, piston-powered production aircraft, and routinely cruising at altitudes and speeds similar to a twin-engine turboprop.

Mooney now has a manufacturing facility in Kerrville, Texas, which occupies 270,000 square miles with a base of more than 100 employees. They also have a research and development facility in Chino, California is leading the development of the all-new Mooney M10 series aircraft. There are currently more than 70 employees which more than 50 of them are engineers. And a sales and marketing office based in Beijing China to coordinate overseas events.

1-14122H14632127
Mooney’s Manufacturing headquarter at Kerrville, Texas.

1-14122H14FL50
A M10 model with a Xoar Tri-bladed prop in research and development phase.

AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition

AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition

The 2015 AIAA/Cessna Aircraft Company/Raytheon Missile Systems Design/Build/Fly Competition Flyoff was held at TIMPA Field in Tucson, AZ on the weekend of April 10-12, 2015. This was the 19th year the competition was held. Of the 100 entries this year, 84 teams submitted written reports to be judged and were eligible to participate in the flyoff. Sixty-five (65) teams attended the flyoff, all of which completed the technical inspection. Over 650 students, faculty, and guests were present. The weather was excellent allowing for non-stop flying. Of the 262 official flight attempts, 121 resulted in a successful score with 56 teams achieving a flight score (a new record!). Twentythree (23) teams successfully completed all three missions. The quality of the teams, their readiness to compete, and the execution of the flights continues to improve each year.

The contest theme this year was a Remote Sensor Delivery and Drop System. The first mission was a Ferry Flight with no payload to see how many laps each team could fly in 4 minutes. The second mission was a Sensor Package Transport Mission with a 5 lb internal payload with the time to fly three laps as the score. The third mission was a Sensor Drop Mission in which the externally carried payload (12” whiffle balls) were dropped on each lap with the score being the number of laps with a successful drop. A ground mission was also required consisting of a timed loading of the payloads for mission 2 and 3. As usual, the total score is the product of the flight score and written report score. More details on the mission requirements can be found at the competition website: http://www.aiaadbf.org.

First Place went to the University of Ljubljana, the first time an international team has won DBF, Second Place went to University of California Irvine and Third Place went to Georgia Institute of Technology. A full listing of the results is included below. The Best Paper Award, sponsored by the Design Engineering TC for the highest report score, went to Georgia Institute of Technology with a score of 98.50.

The 6th Beijing International Modern Agricultural Exhibition (CIMAE) 2015

The 6th Beijing International Modern Agricultural Exhibition (CIMAE) 2015

The 6th China (Beijing) International Modern Agricultural Exhibition (CIMAE 2015) was held at the National Agriculture Exhibition Center (CNAEC), Beijing, China, from 19-21 April 2015. The event attracted over 30,000 visitors and showcase 428 exhibits from 10 countries – USA, Japan, Germany, Israel, Canada, Korea, Russia, Belarus, Norway and Austria.

Xoar AreoTech was one of the 428 exhibitors at the CIMAE 2015 to present the aviation systems of UAV, Drones, and Multicopters for Agricultural purpose specializing in heavy duty payload applications. See below for some snap shots of Multicopters, UAV, and Drones for the Agriculture industry.

multicopter

drone

multicopter

Website: http://en.cimae.com.cn/

Xoar working with Johnny Beavers & 7LineMedia

Xoar working with Johnny Beavers & 7LineMedia

We’re excited to announce that Xoar is working with Johnny Beavers & 7LineMedia. Can’t wait to do many cool things together!

Johnny Beavers is an entrepreneur and a founder of 7LineMedia LLC. (est. 2007), a leader in Aerial Cinematography utilizing technologically advanced UAV platforms. Pairing this technology with technique, Johnny has helped set the bar for this rapidly growing field.

Johnny’s feature film work includes “FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS” (Voltage Pictures 2015), “GRUDGE MATCH” (Warner Brothers 2014), “THE EXPENDABLES 3” (Lionsgate 2014), “FARMLAND” (Allentown Prod. 2014), “SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY” (Spark Pictures 2013) and television production with ABC, BBC, AMC, PBS, FOX SPORTS, PGA TOUR, TRAVEL CHANNEL, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HISTORY CHANNEL, and ANIMAL PLANET.

Website: http://www.johnnybeavers.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/7linemedia
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/7linemedia
Instagram: https://instagram.com/johnny_beavers/