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UAS Plot Upriver Elk Herd’s Size

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News |

Skagit Valley Heraldt: UAS Plot Upriver Elk Herd’s Size Looking out over the town of Hamilton in the upper Skagit River valley from a hillside on state Department of Natural Resources land, a team of federal unmanned aircraft operators and local researchers scouted for elk. They couldn’t see elk themselves from that high up, but they knew they were there. Using radio monitors, they noted the general location of collared animals before sending a former military drone over the landscape to capture video footage. The three-day survey over a...

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Business Looking up for Unmanned Aircraft at Detroit City Airport

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Detroit Free Press: Business Looking up for Unmanned Aircraft at Detroit City Airport In a small backroom in a hangar at Detroit’s Coleman A. Young International Airport, entrepreneur Jon Rimanelli hopes his new business will soon take flight. Rimanelli’s Detroit Aircraft develops and builds unmanned aircraft systems, popularly known as drones. Unlike large fixed-wing military drones often seen on the nightly news, Rimanelli’s craft are small, almost toy like, often no more than two or three feet across, and are designed so far mainly...

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Prepare for UAS That ‘Perch’ on Power Lines to Recharge, Never Have to Land

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs |

Washington Times: Prepare for UAS That ‘Perch’ on Power Lines to Recharge, Never Have to Land Imagine a world where drones never have to touch the ground after takeoff. That’s what MIT PhD. candidate Joseph Moore did, and now he’s on the cusp of creating a drone that can “perch” on power lines just like birds to recharge its batteries. Mr. Moore gave Business Insider a demonstration of the technology he’s perfecting by using a glider as proof of concept. In short, if a drone is equipped with the a magnetometer it should be...

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Realtors and Soybean Farmers Agree: UAS Rules are Overdue

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Advancing Agriculture, Jobs + Economy, News |

WashPo: Realtors and Soybean Farmers Agree: UAS Rules are Overdue Beer delivery drones and tacocopters: For businesses, it’s a future that can’t come soon enough. The only thing holding them back? An old Federal Aviation Administration ban on the use of commercial drones in U.S. airspace. Pressure has been building for months for the FAA to develop clearer regulations on small drones — the little quad- and octocopters that most hobbyists can operate freely today, but not companies. Now, more than two dozen industry groups are...

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The Week In UAS: Rescuing A Puppy

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in News |

 Popular Science: The Week In UAS: Rescuing A Puppy In January, a drone helped firefighters at a quarry in Stony Creek, Connecticut. After that incident, the fire department acquired its own Phantom Vision drone. Last week, that drone helped save a puppy. A 1-year-old beagle pup named Harley got stuck in the cattails of a cold and muddy swamp, and was lost there for almost 24 hours. Firefighters in wetsuits and galoshes tried searching for him on foot, but were unsuccessful. While it was difficult to make out Harley’s fur from the...

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UAS Swarm Over Downtown Dayton Fire

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Dayton Business Journal: UAS Swarm Over Downtown Dayton Fire It was sort of a shock for me to hear the now-familiar buzz of a quadcopter as I stepped out of my car last night. Like everyone else downtown, I was stunned at the enormous column of smoke rising from the factory district near downtown just after 5:30 p.m. yesterday evening, as the former Harris-Thomas Industries Inc. building on Harshman avenue burned. But as reporters arrived on the scene, so did a crowd, and some of them happened to be carrying the tiny, four-propped devices...

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UAS Hunts Atlantic Fish

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs |

SavannahNow: UAS Hunt Atlantic Fish     Off the coast of Georgia last week, researchers and pilots from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the ability of a small unmanned aircraft — a drone — to conduct fish population surveys. “It’s a proof of concept mission,” said Joe Smith, leader of menhaden sampling for the National Marine Fisheries Service lab in Beaufort, N.C. Smith had been planning an Atlantic coast survey of the fish with traditional aircraft but found the price tag steep at an estimated...

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South African Drones Aim To Ease Johannesburg’s Congested Traffic

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News, Spotlight on Programs |

International Business Times: South African Drones Aim To Ease Johannesburg’s Congested Traffic After years of traffic problems have earned Johannesburg the unfortunate distinction as one of the world’s top 10 congested cities, two local media outlets will turn to drones to track the South African city’s traffic as part of concept project, the companies announced Monday. Kagiso New Media and Jacaranda FM will use the unmanned aerial vehicle for 15 days in the morning rush hours between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and the evening rush hour...

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Students Teach Robotics to Area CEOs

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in News, STEM Education and Learning |

Baltimore Sun: Students Teach Robotics to Area CEOs Antonio Harrell signed up to design and build competition robots at Dunbar High School because, he says, he “didn’t have anything else to do.” Three years later, the 18-year-old senior has gotten so good at engineering robots, he’s teaching Baltimore’s business leaders how to use them. “He did a great job. Well, he did better than I expected he would do,” Harrell said Sunday after Eliot Pearson, AOL’s principal software engineer, finished...

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Humanitarian UAS to Deliver Medical Supplies to Roadless Areas

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in News, Spotlight on Programs |

Guardian: Humanitarian UAS to Deliver Medical Supplies to Roadless Areas When Domino’s sent two pepperoni pizzas on a 10-minute drone flight last summer in a publicity stunt to demonstrate how takeaways may be delivered in the future, Andreas Raptopoulos reacted with scorn. “This is total nonsense. Why the hell would you do that? The public risk to transport a pizza around when you can do it perfectly well with all of the infrastructure you already have there? Why don’t you use the same technology to save somebody’s...

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