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What Do You Think When You Hear Unmanned Aircraft System?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in News |

AUVSI: What Do You Think When You Hear Unmanned Aircraft System?  

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Ocean AUV Making Waves in Research World

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Disaster Response, News |

USA Today: Ocean AUV Making Waves in Research World   Ocean drones making waves in research world Two California companies are developing unmanned watercraft to study the ocean. The ocean drones can stay at sea for months to gather scientific data, patrol borders and protect endangered reefs. (April 21) Video provided by AP...

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Fukushima Gets Visitors

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

 Voice of Russia: Fukushima Gets Visitors     Fukushima had special visitors drop by— drones remapped the surrounding territory in abandoned villages and towns that had been severely affected by the disaster. The nuclear meltdown has left the towns in the area and close by in ruins. President of Drone Adventures Adam Klaptocz told the Voice of Russia in an exclusive interview that one of the villages had “an eerie sense of peace” to it and that the project took two days to complete. It has been three long years since...

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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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