The Surprising History of UAVs and GPS in Sci-Fi and Pop Culture

Flying robots have long been a staple of science fiction narratives, whirring and buzzing overhead in the decades before technology caught up to make them a reality. These days, fiction has become fact: we live in a world where you can build a quadrotor, UAVs patrol the skies, and everyone and their mother has a GPS…

How a Destroyed Jumbo Jet Gave Birth to GPS As We Know It

GPS, or the Global Positioning System, is a relatively young technology we already take for granted. Paper maps are practically obsolete now that we use GPS to get just about everywhere. But consider this the next time you need directions to your friend's house: It took a tragedy to bring GPS to your fingertips.

A U.S. Air Force Quadrotor Expert Explains How Their Robots Save Lives

Captain Wilfred Noel is living a geek's dream. As Deputy Chief with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Weapon Dynamics and Control Sciences Branch, he oversees 19 research programs covering everything from guidance technology to advanced munitions navigation. And he also works as an expert in quadrotor autonomy…

Here's Everything You Need to Build Your Very Own Quadrotor

Quadrotors aren’t just for Air Force personnel doing remote reconnaissance. They’re also great for airlifting pizza. And you don’t have to spend a load of cash on a ready-to-fly model — you can build a relatively simple one using some scavenged aluminum, a few electronic components from a hobby store, and open-source…

How Quadrotors Will Shape Our Future

Robots are everywhere, and soon they’ll be capable of just about anything. They don’t all have to look like Fritz Lang-esque automata, though. Some of the most impressive, innovative stuff a robot can do is being done by quadrotors — aerial robots capable of more than you might ever realize. Here are some of the most…