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PHYS.ORG: Researchers Use Unmanned Aircraft To Inspect Energy Route In Rural Virginia

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

PHYS.ORG: Researchers Use Unmanned Aircraft To Inspect Energy Pipeline Route In Rural Virginia   The first Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech test flight using a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft to inspect an energy pipeline route—with a piloted chase plane following behind to ensure safety beyond the ground observers’ sight line —was completed last week. The flight was a step toward making aerial inspections of energy pipelines safer and more economical, researchers say. The flight lasted about 90 minutes and covered...

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Discovery News: Lifeguard UAS Seven Times Faster Than Humans

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Discovery News: Lifeguard UAS Seven Times Faster Than Humans We humans — as, you know, land-based mammals — are not very good swimmers. Let’s check the numbers: Sailfish and marlins have been clocked at speeds of up to 70 mph. Marine mammals like the dolphin can get up to a healthy 40 mph. Olympian Michael Phelps’ fastest swim speed? About 6 mph. That means even the strongest beach lifeguards — fighting tides and surf — take a long time to get to offshore swimmers in distress. But thanks to a frankly excellent idea currently being...

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Associated Press: Kansas State Researches Using UAS To Protect Crops

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Associated Press: Kansas State Researches Using UAS To Protect Crops Kansas State University is researching how to use drones to detect invasive insects and emerging diseases in wheat fields. The $1.74 million three-year project will initially target the Russian wheat aphid and wheat stripe rust, also commonly referred to as “yellow rust.” The research partners are Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture,...

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CNET: UAS’s Newest Mission? Disaster Relief

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, News, Spotlight on Programs |

CNET: UAS’s Newest Mission? Disaster Relief When aid workers arrived after Typhoon Haiyan hit Southeast Asia in 2013, they brought something new to help the areas battered by rain and gale force winds: unmanned aerial drones. One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6,000 people dead, and it destroyed vast swaths of roads — making it impossible for aid workers to reach people stranded in remote locations. So a few organizations started using drones to survey the landscape. The images they...

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Cronkite News: New FAA UAS Regulations Could Lead to More Use In Real Estate

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Jobs + Economy, News |

Cronkite News: New FAA UAS Regulations Could Lead to More Use In Real Estate Fresh-cut grass and dirt swirl around a box as a small white craft slowly rises from it. As it flies around a city park in Tucson, Doug Trudeau points out that he’s the first person to obtain an exemption specifically for real-estate marketing from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone. Trudeau’s unmanned aircraft has a camera mounted on it, so the real-estate agent can take aerial photos of the properties he’s trying to sell. Trudeau had seen...

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Baltimore Sun: Heat-Seeking UAS Tracks Koalas

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Baltimore Sun: Heat-Seeking UAS Track Koalas    An Australian university is using heat seeking drones to monitor the population of koalas and to aid their...

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KLAS-TV Las Vegas: Las Vegas Host International UAS Day

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Featured, News, Spotlight on Programs |

KLAS-TV Las Vegas: Las Vegas Hosts International UAS Day     8 News NOW Las Vegas was a key participant in the International Drone Day Saturday. About a hundred people came out to the desert near Boulder City to operate and view drones flying across the skies. “Worldwide I think we’re going to have a couple thousand drones in the air,” said David Oneal, who helped organize the event. “It’s probably the most hobby drones and semi-commercial drones in the air, on the planet, at one time today.” The drone market is...

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Orlando Sentinel: Real-Estate Agents Eager For UAS Rule Change

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Orlando Sentinel: Real-Estate Agents Eager For UAS Rule Changes     Video of Orlando-area neighborhood rooftops, backyards and docks — even in exclusive enclaves — could become public fodder on real-estate sites under federal plans to loosen drone restrictions. Even though the Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing commercial-drone use are about two years away, some real-estate agents are already hiring companies to shoot footage of some of their listings with unmanned aerial vehicles. “Real estate changes so much...

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Michigan Radio: Could UAS Detect Leaks At Oil And Gas Sites?

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Michigan Radio: Could UAS Detect Leaks At Oil And Gas Sites? Some people think drones could help detect pollution and dangerous leaks from the oil and gas business. The technology is taking off, but federal regulations could hold back the use of these drones. Inside a former bowling alley in Pittsburgh, the future of environmental protection could be taking flight. Dick Zhang is CEO of Identified Technologies, a startup that makes small drones. “We can fly up to 40 miles an hour; that’s the safety envelope for our operations,” he...

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PC World: Fukushima Disaster Spurs Japan To Mass-Produce Its own UAS

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

PC World: Fukushima Disaster Spurs Japan To Mass-Produce Its Own UAS   Japan has robot chops aplenty. Honda has the world’s most sophisticated humanoid robot, Japanese industrial robot makers are among the best, and the country’s space agency landed a robot probe on a speeding asteroid and returned samples to Earth. But when it comes to drones, Japan is almost a nonentity in a rapidly growing market. The odd made-in-Japan drones show up at tech trade shows in Tokyo, but these are usually for research purposes and are exhibited by...

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