Army partners with University of Illinois on autonomous drone swarm technology

Army researchers are working with the University of Illinois Chicago on unmanned technology for recharging drone swarms.

The university has been awarded a four-year, $8 million cooperative agreement “to develop foundational science in two critical propulsion and power technology areas for powering future families of unmanned aircraft systems,” according to a statement released by the Army Research Laboratory.

“This collaborative program will help small battery-powered drones autonomously return from military missions to unmanned ground vehicles for recharging,” the Army added. “The university is developing algorithms to enable route planning for multiple teams of small unmanned air and ground vehicles.”

ARMY DEVELOPING DRONES THAT CAN CHANGE SHAPE MID-FLIGHT

The military is looking to make the process of recharging vast drone swarms as efficiently as possible by using fast, recharging batteries and wireless power transfer technologies. This, researchers say, will let multiple drones to hover over an unmanned ground vehicle and recharge

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Ultra Safe Nuclear Seeks to Deploy Next Generation Micro Modular Reactors in Idaho and Illinois by 2026

The Micro Modular Reactor (MMR™) system from Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation is a 4th Generation nuclear energy system that delivers safe, clean, and cost-effective electricity and heat.

The Micro Modular Reactor (MMR™) system from Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation is a 4th Generation nuclear energy system that delivers safe, clean, and cost-effective electricity and heat.

SEATTLE, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation ( USNC ) is proposing to partner with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and U.S. Industry to deploy Ultra Safe Nuclear Micro Modular Reactors ( MMR ™) in the U.S. for the purpose of demonstrating secure power, heat, and experimental capabilities leading to deployment and global export of USNC’s advanced U.S. nuclear energy technology. The USNC-led team seeks to demonstrate integrated energy systems (IES) with renewables and other clean energy technologies at INL, and to provide training and experimental capabilities

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Facebook users in Illinois may qualify for a $400 settlement check

  • Illinois Facebook users may be eligible for up to $400 after a settlement was reached involving the website’s facial-tagging feature.
  • Facebook originally tried to settle for $550 million, but a judge bumped the number up to $650 million. 
  • In order to qualify, users must have lived in Illinois for six months and have a profile before 2017.
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Some Facebook users in Illinois are eligible for up to $400 after a settlement was reached involving Facebook’s tagging feature, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

In July, Reuters reported that Facebook agreed to pay $650 million after a lawsuit was filed alleging the company violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act. The law states “[no] private entity may collect, store, or use biometric identifiers or information without providing prior notice to and obtaining a written release or consent from the subject,” according to Bloomberg Law.

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