Category Archives: Unmanned Unplugged

  • Unmanned Unplugged: CAPT Brian Taggart, NOAA (Ret.), Director, Oceans Unmanned

    Posted on September 19, 2016 by auvsiadmin in News, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Retired Capt. Brian Taggart serves as the director of Oceans Unmanned, which operates the ECO-Drone program, aimed at informing the public on best practices of flying unmanned aircraft near coastal and marine wildlife. He previously served as commanding officer of NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center in Tampa, Florida, where he was responsible for the overall management [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Elizabeth Josephson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Posted on May 25, 2016 by auvsiadmin in News, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Elizabeth Josephson Elizabeth Josephson is a data manager and drone pilot for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project using unmanned aircraft to monitor seals on a remote island off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. She works for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. How did you decide to start using drones for counting the seal [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Oliver Wigmore, Ohio State University

    Posted on May 12, 2016 by auvsiadmin in News, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Oliver Wigmore Ohio State University Oliver Wigmore is a Ph.D. candidate and presidential fellow at Ohio State University’s Department of Geography, studying the changes in high-altitude Andean glaciers in South America. To help measure how rapidly they are receding, he has had to build his own unmanned aircraft, as most hobbyist systems are unable to [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Dr. Scott Branting, University of Central Florida

    Posted on February 9, 2016 by auvsiadmin in News, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Dr. Scott Branting is an archaeologist from the University of Central Florida who has been using unmanned aircraft in the excavation of Kerkenes Dağ, the largest pre-Hellenic site from Asia Minor, in modern day Turkey. What is the importance of the Kerkenes Dağ site? There are two major ways in which it is important. First, [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Joel Kaiser, Medair

    Posted on January 12, 2016 by auvsiadmin in News, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Joel Kaiser is a project manager and humanitarian professional with Medair, a humanitarian organization inspired by Christian faith that works to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. The group provides a range of emergency relief and recovery services, including health care and nutrition; safe water; sanitation; and hygiene, [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by auvsiadmin in News, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Iain Kerr is the chief executive officer of Ocean Alliance, which seeks to conserve whales and oceans through research and education. Recently, the group began using small unmanned aircraft to study the exhaled breath condensate from whales without bothering them, an effort known as Snotbot. The alliance used actor Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek” fame [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Chief Gene Saunders, Project Lifesaver International

    Posted on November 13, 2015 by auvsiadmin in News, Spotlight on Programs, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Project Lifesaver International is a nonprofit organization that is pioneering the use of unmanned aircraft to locate people with cognitive disorders in search-and-rescue operations. The program currently uses a Lockheed Martin Indago to locate individuals with Alzheimer’s and other similar conditions.   Can you describe your background and what inspired Project Lifesaver International? I was [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Isaac Chikwanha, Medecins Sans Frontieres

    Posted on October 21, 2015 by auvsiadmin in News, Spotlight on Programs, Unmanned Unplugged.

    Isaac Chikwanha of Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF, is experimenting with using unmanned aircraft to transport medical supplies and samples in the remote regions of Papua New Guinea, where access to clinics for treatment of diseases like tuberculosis is difficult. Increasing Human Potential recently talked with Chickwanha to learn how UAS could be used to [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Dr. DeEtta Mills, Florida International University

    Posted on June 30, 2015 by auvsiadmin in Unmanned Unplugged.

    The nation’s avocado supply is at risk. An invasive species has brought a fungus to Florida that has the potential to wipe out the avocado industry in that state and beyond. Increasing Human Potential recently talked with Dr. DeEtta Mills at Florida International University to learn how researchers are preparing to use UAS – and [...]

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  • Unmanned Unplugged: Rahul Singh, GlobalMedic CEO

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by auvsiadmin in Unmanned Unplugged.

    Tweet GlobalMedic, an international relief organization based in Toronto, helps communities around the world recover when disaster strikes. When a massive earthquake devastated Nepal in late April 2015, GlobalMedic assembled its team — including three UAS donated by local manufacturer Aeryon Labs. Increasing Human Potential talked to GlobalMedic CEO Rahul Singh about its partnership, the [...]

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