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Computerworld: Amazon’s Efforts to Test UAS for Package Delivery Gain Support

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News |

Computerworld: Amazon’s Efforts to Test UAS for Package Delivery Gain Support The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which represents the nascent commercial drone industry in the U.S., has thrown its considerable weight behind a bid by Amazon to test drones for use in the online retailer’s proposed Prime Air package delivery service. The Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 permits private drone use, but commercial entities like Amazon are barred from using or testing...

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The Daily Beast: Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By UAS

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News |

The Daily Beast: Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By UAS Drones have been used to photograph everything from football games to fireworks displays. Now, scientists hope that robots can revolutionize the study of animal migrations. Imagine a drone skimming above the ocean waves, steered by scientists on a research ship in the distance. As it approaches a pod of sperm whales surfacing after a long dive, it homes in on a single animal and touches down on the cetacean’s broad back. An automated device attaches a suction-cup tag to the whale’s...

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VentureBeat: MIT Students Figure Out How to Make Delivery-by-UAS a Reality

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs, STEM Education and Learning |

VentureBeat: MIT Students Figure Out How to Make Delivery-by-UAS a Reality The same day that Amazon announced a trial run of its delivery by drone service in India, a couple of MIT researchers released a new study that shows how to keep delivery drones running efficiently — and it’s funded by Boeing. A team of researchers have developed what is essentially a health kit for drones, to help avoid in-flight failures and breakdowns. The first algorithm allows an in-flight drone to monitor fuel level and the condition of parts like propellers...

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National Journal: Watch a UAS Dump Water on Someone for the Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs |

National Journal: Watch a UAS Dump Water on Someone for the Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO) Flying robots have now joined the fight against ALS. In a video posted online Wednesday, drone enthusiast Austin Hill lets one of the remotely piloted machines dump ice water on his head to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. The drone-powered bucket spill amounts to one of the most creative spills of water for the viral awareness campaign that has raised millions for research to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s...

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Tech Times: Virginia Tech drone test site now fully operational

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in News |

Tech Times: Virginia Tech drone test site now fully operational A test site for unmanned drones located at Virginia Tech to conduct research into integrating such aircraft into U.S. airspace has been opened, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced. The Virginia site joins five other research efforts in cities in New York, Texas, Nevada, North Dakota and Alaska. Although located at Virginia Tech, the newest site will handle testing in areas of Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland, the FAA said in a release Wednesday. “We have...

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KITV Hawaii: Stunning UAS Video Reveals New Image of Big Island Damage (VIDEO)

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News |

KITV Hawaii: Stunning UAS Video Reveals New Image of Big Island Damage (VIDEO) Stunning video was taken by drones over the Puna area that gives a closer look into the damage left behind by Iselle. Primefootage took to the skies as they documented the damage and the work being done by the Big Island community. What looks at first like a big tree as the unmanned aerial vehicle rises up turns out to be an endless row of trees blocking the roads and damaging homes. These drones are a big hope to folks like Richard Kaleohano, Jr. who got together...

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Quartz: A Revolutionary UAS-Based Delivery Network is Being Tested—in Bhutan

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, News |

Quartz: A Revolutionary UAS-Based Delivery Network is Being Tested—in Bhutan     It’s one of the world’s first drone-based delivery networks, but it’s not in the Silicon Valley. It’s in Shangri-la. A Silicon Valley startup is piloting a low-cost drone-based delivery project in the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan that could save lives in far-flung rural communities—and perhaps pioneer the system globally. Bhutan has only 0.3 physicians per 1,000 people, according to the World Bank data, which is lower than larger...

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Forbes: How UAS and Big Data are Creating Winds of Change for Hurricane Forecasts

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Disaster Response, News |

Forbes: How UAS and Big Data are Creating Winds of Change for Hurricane Forecasts Big data will soon be used to tame big winds. As the 2014 hurricane season kicks off, forecasters have a new tool to keep people safe and provide critical data about how storms intensify. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release a pack of so-called “Coyote” drones that can capture data from the lowest part of a hurricane—a previously unseen point where the wind meets the ocean and gathers its energy. The boundary between wind...

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Associated Press: Professors Object to FAA Restrictions on UAS Use

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in STEM Education and Learning |

Associated Press: Professors Object to FAA Restrictions on UAS Use University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month on what rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow would eliminate the ability of researchers to use small, unmanned aircraft on low-altitude flights over private property. Model aircraft have increased in...

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BBC News: UAS Finds Missing US Man in 20 Minutes

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News, Spotlight on Programs |

BBC News: UAS Finds Missing US Man in 20 Minutes   A model drone has helped locate an elderly man in Wisconsin who had been missing for three days. Search teams using dogs, helicopters and volunteers had combed the countryside around Fitchburg seeking Guillermo DeVenecia. The drone found Mr DeVenecia, who has Alzheimer’s, about 20 minutes after its operator joined the search effort. The success may put pressure on US rules limiting the use of drones in search and rescue operations. Court challenge Mr DeVenecia was spotted...

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