Ukrainian women have started learning a crucial war skill: how to fly a drone (NPR)

NPR: Ukrainian women have started learning a crucial war skill: how to fly a drone. “Ukrainian women have played a crucial part in their country’s resistance to Russia’s full-scale invasion. Now, a new school is training women to play a vital new role. The Female Pilots of Ukraine is the country’s first school dedicated to solely teaching women — both civilians as well as those serving in Ukraine’s security forces — how to fly drones.”

Institute for the Study of War: Russia’s use of Iranian-made drones is not generating asymmetric effects the way the Ukrainian use of US-provided HIMARS systems has done and is unlikely to affect the course of the war significantly.

Institute for the Study of War: Russia’s use of Iranian-made drones is not generating asymmetric effects the way the Ukrainian use of US-provided HIMARS systems has done and is unlikely to affect the course of the war significantly. . “The deputy chief of the Main Operational Department of the Ukrainian General Staff, Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov, stated on October 6 that Russian forces have used a total of 86 Iranian Shahed-136 drones against Ukraine, 60% of which Ukrainian forces have already destroyed.”

Defence Procurement International: Ukraine’s Army of Drones crowdfunding campaign

Defence Procurement International: Ukraine’s Army of Drones crowdfunding campaign. “Ukraine is taking its drone war against Russian forces to unimaginable heights with a new crowdfunding campaign for an Army of Drones. The campaign aims to raise money to procure thousands of drones to monitor the more than 2,470 km long frontline in Ukraine and provide an effective response to Russian attacks.”

Unseen Japan: Japanese City Pioneers New Drone-based Warning System

Unseen Japan: Japanese City Pioneers New Drone-based Warning System. “The drones made by ACSL, a Tokyo-based robotics firm, are controlled over 4G LTE broadband. Upon receiving an alert from the J-Alert system, the drones are programmed to fly at an altitude of approximately 50 meters (approximately 164 feet)…. As they overfly the beaches of Sendai’s coastal Miyagino and Wakabayashi wards, they blast an alert siren, accompanied by a pre-recorded voice alert: ‘Tsunami keihō happyō. Tadachi ni hinan suru koto’ (‘A tsunami warning is in effect. Evacuate at once.’)”

New Scientist: Drone swarm that 3D prints cement structures could construct buildings

New Scientist: Drone swarm that 3D prints cement structures could construct buildings. “Drones working together can create large 3D-printed structures made of foam or cement. The experiments are paving the way for a future where swarms of drones could help construct extremely tall or intricate buildings and other structures like bridges without the need for support scaffolding or large construction machinery.”

Engadget: Snap reportedly gives up on its selfie drone just four months after its debut

Engadget: Snap reportedly gives up on its selfie drone just four months after its debut. “It’s been less than four months since Snap unveiled a selfie drone called Pixy, but it seems the company is already giving up on the device. CEO Evan Spiegel told employees that Snap is halting further work on Pixy amid a reprioritization of resources, according to The Wall Street Journal.”

From the Workshop to the War: Creative Use of Drones Lifts Ukraine (New York Times)

New York Times: From the Workshop to the War: Creative Use of Drones Lifts Ukraine . “Ukraine still uses advanced military drones supplied by its allies for observation and attack, but along the frontline the bulk of its drone fleet are off-the-shelf products or hand-built in workshops around Ukraine — a myriad of inexpensive, plastic craft adapted to drop grenades or anti-tank munitions.”

The Next Web: Here’s how you can help build Ukraine’s drone army

The Next Web: Here’s how you can help build Ukraine’s drone army. “Earlier this month, Ukraine launched a campaign to assemble the world’s first ‘Army of Drones.’ It called on the international community to donate funds towards new drones or to ‘dronate’ their own recreational and commercial drones. That’s because Ukraine’s military doesn’t have an official drone unit, so drones supplied and funded globally will play a critical part in protecting the country against Russian occupation.”

Ukraine-Russia: Hidden tech war as Slovyansk battle looms (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine-Russia: Hidden tech war as Slovyansk battle looms. “‘Right now, we have two big battles,’ says Dmytro Podvorchanskyi, a soldier with Ukraine’s Dnipro 1 Battalion. ‘The first is an artillery battle,’ he says, ‘the second is a battle of technologies’. Dmytro is fighting that second, largely unseen war. He leads a unit of just 10 soldiers who form Dnipro 1’s drone intelligence unit.”

Exclusive: How a 15-year-old Ukrainian drone pilot helped destroy a Russian army column (Global News)

Global News: Exclusive: How a 15-year-old Ukrainian drone pilot helped destroy a Russian army column. ” As the Russian army made its move on Kyiv in late February, the Ukrainian defences enlisted a drone pilot to pinpoint a column of military vehicles approaching the capital from the west. The civilian who took on the task sent his drone up in a field near his house and found the Russian convoy. Ukrainian artillery destroyed it and the drone operator was quietly saluted as a hero. He’s also 15.”

Ukraine war: Eurovision trophy sold to buy drones for Ukraine (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine war: Eurovision trophy sold to buy drones for Ukraine. “Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band which won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have sold their trophy for $900,000 (£712,000; €838,000) to raise money for the war in Ukraine. The crystal microphone was auctioned on Facebook, with the aim of buying drones for Ukraine’s military.”

War on the Rocks: The Dubious Prospects For Cargo-Delivery Drones In Ukraine

War on the Rocks: The Dubious Prospects For Cargo-Delivery Drones In Ukraine. “A frenzy of drone experimentation is already underway in Ukraine. Faine Greenwood has collected more than 400 references to drone usage in Ukraine, primarily for surveillance, journalism, targeting, and documentation. Ukrainian forces have also demonstrated the ability to use small drones to drop grenades and other small explosives on Russian troops — a use case that, technologically speaking, is almost identical to airdropping aid.”