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Yuneec Mantis Q review

Back in August of 2018, Yuneec officially hopped on the portable UAV bandwagon and released a folding camera drone. The Mantis Q, as it’s called, is effectively the company’s answer to DJI’s wildly popular Mavic line, and as such, it’s equipped with a flurry of fun features that the company hopes will coax you away […]

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NASA’s ‘Refabricator’ lets astronauts recycle 3D-printed tools to make new ones

Christmas has come and gone, but that hasn’t stopped the International Space Station from gifting itself a pretty awesome new gadget to usher in 2019 in style. Called the Refabricator, it’s an integrated recycler and 3D printer that was just installed onboard the ISS. It is designed to turn recyclable plastics into 3D printable material. […]

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NASA declares Mars rover Opportunity’s record-setting mission over after 15 years

NASA has officially called it quits on its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, eight months after last hearing from the lander. The space agency has been attempting to make contact with the rover since communications went dark following an intense dust storm in 2018. Having issued more than 1,000 recovery commands, this week NASA announced that […]

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Caltech’s bird-inspired robot uses thrusters to help stay on its feet

[embedded content] With their delicate and gangly legs, birds aren’t necessarily the first animal you’d think of when designing a new robot that looks to nature to create effective walking abilities. But birds, with their ability to flap their wings, possess a method of stabilizing themselves that’s not available to many other animals. That’s what […]

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Own a drone? New rule means you have to change the way its ID is displayed

Starting next week, drone owners will have to make sure they have registration numbers showing on the outside of their machines. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which decides such matters, posted the new rule in an official document on Tuesday. When the drone registration program first launched in 2015, the FAA allowed the ID […]

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U.K. company sets a record for world’s largest 3D-printed rocket engine

Orbex Between SpaceX’s reusable, vertically landing rockets, trips to the far side of the moon, and some halfway serious talk about asteroid mining and Mars colonies, we’re living in an exciting age for boundary-pushing. high-tech space travel. The latest illustration of this? A U.K. startup, Orbex, which recently debuted the world’s largest 3D-printed rocket engine. […]