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Engadget: Watch an unmanned helicopter put out fires with help from a UAS

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Disaster Response, Environmental Protection, News |

Engadget: Watch an unmanned helicopter put out fires with help from a UAS Fighting wildfires is sometimes a daunting prospect with manned aircraft; pilots can’t always fly around the clock or cover every patch of land. They won’t have to if Lockheed Martin’s efforts pan out. It recently demonstrated a tweaked version of its unmanned K-MAX helicopter that can work in tandem with a quadrotor drone, Indago, to stamp out fires with relatively little human intervention. As you’ll see in the clip below, Indago serves as a...

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Arizona Daily Star: UAS New Research Tool for Wildlife, Land

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Arizona Daily Star: UAS New Research Tool for Wildlife, Land It’s black and squat, matches the size of a small trash can, and looks a bit like R2D2 from “Star Wars.” It also may represent the future of how federal agencies research the health of land and wildlife from the air. On Monday morning, an unmanned drone, with an advanced point-and-shoot camera attached, rose about 200 feet above the grasslands here, about 40 miles southeast of Tucson. Its purpose was to help researchers understand how efforts to restore some of these same...

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National Geographic: Can UAS Help Save Wildlife Around the World?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News, STEM Education and Learning |

National Geographic: Can UAS Help Save Wildlife Around the World? In the international fight against poaching, eyes in the sky could make all the difference. Unmanned drones, an emblem of modern war and now a tool of modern conservation, can stop poachers before they strike by providing live video feeds that reveal their locations. (Read “Drone Nation” in National Geographic magazine.) But drones are expensive and hard to fly, putting them out of reach of many park managers. For the Wildlife Conservation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle...

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The Town Talk: Louisiana Abuzz with Growing UAS Business

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News, STEM Education and Learning |

The Town Talk: Louisiana Abuzz with Growing UAS Business To Paul Charbonnet, co-owner of Baton Rouge-based Atmosphere Aerial, drones represent freedom, the filmmaker’s creativity loosed, camera views and angles restricted only by imagination. The bird’s-eye view writ large. “The unlimitedness of the shot is just incredible,” Charbonnet said. The devices can fly closer to buildings or actors than a helicopter and at a fraction of the $10,000 daily rate for a helicopter. Atmosphere Aerial is one of a growing number of firms the...

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Salina Journal: K-State Salina Official Touts UAS Possibilities

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs, STEM Education and Learning |

Salina Journal: K-State Salina Official Touts UAS Possibilities A growing industry that’s expected to be a big job producer is still revving up in Kansas, but educators at Kansas State University Salina are convinced there are immense possibilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  The evolution of government rules and regulations is among the holdups, said Mark Blanks, the university’s UAS program manager, but the regulations are changing. “Things the (Federal Aviation Administration) might have said ‘no’ to are now ‘maybes,’...

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The Telegraph: UAS On Your Doorstep: UK Start-Up Trials Delivery Service

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

The Telegraph: UAS On Your Doorstep: UK Start-Up Trials Delivery Service Leaving your keys at the office could be a thing of the past as a UK start-up trials its drone on demand delivery service, which could rival Amazon in the future. BIZZBY, based in London’s TechCity, has developed a fully autonomous drone equipped with a secure storage box capable of holding items weighing up to 500g. It can fly up to 400 feet into the air, avoiding collisions with birds and other obstacles thanks to several sensors. New service BIZZBY SKY summons a...

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Yahoo Tech: UAS Saves Window Washer

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Yahoo Tech: UAS Saves Window Washer It turns out UAS can be used for more than wedding videos, champagne delivery, and Martha Stewart’s amusement. On Tuesday, a window washer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was 10 floors up the side of a skyscraper when his lift malfunctioned. As the English news blog 7 Days in Dubai reports, police were called to the scene and deployed a drone to help him. According to one of the officials who came to his aid, the window washer attempted to leave the faulty platform he was working on and was holding...

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LA Times: The ‘Drone Loan’ and Other Surprising Items at College Libraries

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs, STEM Education and Learning |

LA Times: The ‘Drone Loan’ and Other Surprising Items at College Libraries   At the Colgate University Library you can check out the book “Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution” by Richard Whittle, the book “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam” by Akbar Ahmed, or skip the reading and just borrow a drone. “Colgate University’s library is among several around the country that offer what are known as ‘drone loan’...

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The Atlantic: Here Come the Swarming UAS

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs, STEM Education and Learning |

The Atlantic: Here Come the Swarming UAS Since the dawn of entomology (more or less), scientists have been pondering the question posed so eloquently in “High Hopes,” a song Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn wrote for the 1959 movie A Hole in the Head, starring Frank Sinatra: Just what makes that little old ant think he’ll move that rubber tree plant? Stephen Pratt, an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, knows the answer as well as anyone. He runs Pratt Lab, where researchers study...

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Bloomberg Businessweek: Using UAS to Make Peace, Not War

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News |

Bloomberg Businessweek: Using UAS to Make Peace, Not War Amin Rigi says drones should be used to save lives, not spy or kill. The Iranian, who has a bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering, is launching RTS London to manufacture flying robots that drop life preservers to drowning people. His selling point is speed: A video shot on the Caspian Sea shows his prototype reaching a swimmer in 22 seconds, four times faster than a lifeguard. Preorders have poured in from 25 countries since Rigi, 27, posted the one-minute demonstration video on...

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