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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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In Menlo: Menlo Park Fire District Considers Using UAS for Situational Awareness

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

In Menlo: Menlo Park Fire District Considers Using UAS for Situational Awareness Menlo Park Fire District considers using drone quad-copter for situational awareness The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is seeking public feedback regarding its plan to purchase a remote control quad helicopter drone that will be used specifically for situational aerial observation of fires, pre-planning video of specified high hazard occupancies, and for use on technical rescues, such as water rescues in the San Francisco Bay. The topic will be discussed at...

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ABC (WALB) Georgia: UAS have a Future in Agriculture

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Advancing Agriculture, News |

ABC (WALB) Georgia: UAS have a Future in Agriculture WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports Visitors to the Sunbelt Ag Expo are checking out hundreds of exhibits, ut some sure are grabbing a lot of attention. They’re showing off drones and showing how they could change how farmers do their jobs. You can walk around many of the exhibits at the Expo the past two days, and new improved technology is a staple at many of the exhibits, but people who walk by the drone exhibits are stopping for just a little bit longer. These low-flying,...

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Aerospace Manufacturing and Design: Top Universities for a UAS Degree

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs, STEM Education and Learning |

Aerospace Manufacturing and Design: Top Universities for a UAS Degree Through its work with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test sites and with the emergence of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-authorized research initiatives, Development Counsellors International has put together a list of the top 10 universities offering degrees in UAS. The list is not ranked in a specific order, but backed by the firm’s research and knowledge of universities that offer UAS degrees, it gives an idea of the range of programs available and highlights the...

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The Atlantic: Dudes With UAS

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs |

The Atlantic: Dudes With UAS No one knows exactly how many personal drones are buzzing through our skies, but Chris Anderson, the longtime editor of Wired magazine who now heads a drone manufacturer called 3D Robotics, estimates that at least 500,000 have been sold in the United States alone. Though drones are fun to fly, the autopilot feature on newer models frees you up to, say, cheer at your kid’s soccer game while the drone records it from the air. On the horizon is facial-recognition software that will let drone users film themselves...

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CNET: Linux Foundation Fuels Open-Source UAS Efforts

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in News, STEM Education and Learning |

CNET: Linux Foundation Fuels Open-Source UAS Efforts 3D Robotics and other drone makers have joined Intel and Qualcomm in an effort to formalize the creation of open-source hardware and software for the unmanned aerial vehicles. The folks who help bring you the Linux operating system today want to bring you better drones tomorrow. The Linux Foundation, which sponsors some development of the widely used operating system, announced the new open-source Dronecode software project. Dronecode brings a formal structure and oversight to two existing...

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Associated Press: NASA UAS in National Airspace to Spot Wildfires

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Disaster Response, Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Associated Press: NASA UAS in National Airspace to Spot Wildfires NASA plans to fly small drones to spot fires in a wildlife refuge along the Virginia and North Carolina border next spring, marking the first time the agency has integrated drones into the National Airspace System for wildfire spotting on the East Coast, officials said Wednesday. NASA has previously used retrofitted Predator drones to map and gather data on large wildfires in the West. Those drones were piloted by ground crews and flew at high altitudes for hours at a...

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Associated Press: NASA UAS in National Airspace to Spot Wildfires

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Disaster Response, Environmental Protection, News |

Associated Press: NASA UAS in National Airspace to Spot Wildfires   NASA plans to fly small drones to spot fires in a wildlife refuge along the Virginia and North Carolina border next spring, marking the first time the agency has integrated drones into the National Airspace System for wildfire spotting on the East Coast, officials said Wednesday. NASA has previously used retrofitted Predator drones to map and gather data on large wildfires in the West. Those drones were piloted by ground crews and flew at high altitudes for hours at a...

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Bloomberg: USAA Seeks FAA Approval to Use Drones at Disaster Sites

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Disaster Response, Jobs + Economy, Spotlight on Programs |

Bloomberg: USAA Seeks FAA Approval to Use Drones at Disaster Sites United Services Automobile Association, the provider of insurance to military families, is seeking permission to use unmanned drone aircraft to survey damage at disaster sites. USAA requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test-fly 5-pound (2-kilogram) drones in a rural area near its San Antonio headquarters, according to an e-mailed statement from the company today. The firm said it could use drones to examine damage and evaluate claims before sending...

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Wired: Incredible Close-Up UAS Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Wired: Incredible Close-Up UAS Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland     This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano—close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, joined photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson for a last-minute trip to the eruption site in the Bardarbunga volcanic system. Sigurdsson had access to the proper permits...

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