PrecisionAI 400x275Precision AI, a computer vision and robotics company dedicated to sustainable farming practices, has announced closing $20 million in equity and grant funding. The seed round was co-led by At One Ventures (founded by GoogleX co-founder Tom Chi) and the Industrial Innovation Venture Fund of BDC Capital. The new financing will support the company’s work on a disruptive precision farming platform that deploys swarms of artificially intelligent drones to dramatically reduce herbicide use in row crop agriculture.

 

KrogerDeliveryDrone400x275The Kroger Co. and Drone Express have announced a pilot program to offer grocery delivery via autonomous drones, expanding the retailer’s ecosystem to provide customers with “anything, anytime, anywhere.” The pilot program will take flight this spring in the Midwest, the companies said in a statement.

 

IngenuityFlying400x275NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has a new mission. Having proven that powered, controlled flight is possible on the Red Planet, the Ingenuity experiment will soon embark on a new operations demonstration phase, exploring how aerial scouting and other functions could benefit future exploration of Mars and other worlds.

 

ExynDrone400x275Exyn Technologies, which develops autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied industrial environments, has announced it achieved the highest documented level of aerial autonomy. At Level 4A Autonomy, Exyn’s drones are capable of free-flight exploration of complex spaces, with the complete determination of flight path at 2+ meter/second flight speeds, and with higher data collection in larger volumes.

 

XAGDronesAustralia400x275XAG Agricultural Drone has announced joining a program to examine the effectiveness of drones on precision spraying and revegetation to help curb the spread of the African Lovegrass (ALG) exotic weed. The ALG weed originated from South Africa and was introduced to Australia in the 20th century. It can rapidly take over a pasture and render the land worthless by wiping out native plants and animals. The ALG invasion not only degrades the natural ecosystem but threatens the livelihood of farmers because livestock cannot survive without palatable grasses to eat.

 

MarsHelicopterCloseup400x275Two companies that provided key components for the Mars Ingenuity helicopter, which this week conducted its first historic flight on Mars, have congratulated the NASA team for its success. Both maxon precision motors, which provided motors for the helicopter, and SolAero Technologies, provider of solar panels, offered statements of support for the NASA team.

 

IngenuityMarsCopter400x275NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA's Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. PDT).

KnightscopeVicor400x275Knightscope, which develops advanced physical security robots, has announced it selected Vicor to power its future fifth-generation of autonomous security robots. Victor develops high-performance power modules for use in industrial equipment, automation, robotics, UAVs, vehicles, satellites, and aerospace and defense applications.

AskaFly400x275NFT Inc. has announced it is taking pre-orders for the ASKA, an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for consumers. The vehicle is priced at $789,000, and interested buyers can begin the sales process with a $5,000 deposit (fully refundable, held in an escrow account) to secure their place on the preorder list.

 

Based on data from the Ingenuity Mars helicopter that arrived late Friday night (April 9), NASA decided to reschedule the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first experimental flight to no earlier than April 14. The flight was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 11.

uAvionix 400x275Montana-based uAvionix, which develops communication, navigation, and surveillance solutions for unmanned aircraft systems, has announced that its ping200X Mode S ADS-B OUT Transponder for UAS has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) certification from the FAA. The ping200x is designed for low-size, weight and power (SWaP) avionics, and is now certified for use on civil and defense manned and unmanned aircraft, the company said.

Geosun ACEINNA400x275ACEINNA, which develops inertial-based guidance and navigation systems for autonomous vehicles and automated machines, has announced that Geosun, a developer and manufacturer of lidar-based navigation systems for drones and remotely operated vehicles, has selected ACEINNA to supply the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors for the system.

WiBoticPowerPad400x275WiBotic, which develops autonomous charging and fleet energy management systems for robots, has announced it received the CE Mark approval for two of its wireless charging systems. The marks demonstrate that products traded in the European Economic Area meet rigid safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. The approvals extend on the company’s prior approvals under similar U.S. FCC regulations.

 

ABB GasLeak400x275ABB has announced updates to its ABB Ability Mobile Gas Leak Detection System, HoverGuard, aimed at pipeline networks for industrial and domestic gas to detect leaks faster and more reliably.

AGM Velodyne 400x275Velodyne Lidar has announced a multi-year agreement with AGM Systems to produce an unmanned aerial vehicle system and application for the collection, processing and analysis of mobile mapping data.

 

Wisk AirTaxi 400x275Wisk, an urban air mobility (UAM) company developing an all-electric, self-flying air taxi, has announced it is progressing with its Transport Trial to advance autonomous passenger transport under the New Zealand Government’s broader Airspace Integration Trial Programme (AITP). Wisk said it is working towards rolling out the implementation phase later this year.