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Atlanta Blackstar: UAS Technology Used to Speed Up Network Connectivity After Hurricanes

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Atlanta Blackstar: UAS Technology Used to Speed Up Network Connectivity After Hurricanes BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,– With a week to go before the June 1 official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has started to test drone technology to help speed up network and connectivity restoration in the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters. The drones would undertake aerial surveillance of communications infrastructure, effectively eliminating the need for workers to conduct dangerous or risky...

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PopSci: Watch a UAS Save Texans from a Flash Flood

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Disaster Response, News |

PopSci: Watch a UAS Save Texans from a Flash Flood   Were it not for a volunteer and his drone, four people may have been swept away for good in floodwaters of Johnson County, Texas this past weekend. Drone operator Garrett Bryl twice used his DJI Inspire quadcopter for rescue work, working alongside the Joshua County fire department. It’s a great example of the good that drones in the right hands can do. The floods came suddenly, as storms overnight created ideal conditions forflash flooding in North Texas. Bryl’s drone,...

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International Business Times: Robot Round-Up: Cattle Herding with UAS Takes Off in Australia

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, News, Uncategorized |

International Business Times: Robot Round-Up: Cattle Herding with UAS Takes Off in Australia   The cattle in Queensland, Australia, are now under attack from drones in a robot round up. With cattle properties 1.5m hectares in size, which can take three months to muster (or herd, to non-mustering folk), graziers are turning to technology to locate and move their herds in outback Queensland. “We believe this new technology is going to bring more efficiency. As the technology gets better we think we’ll be able to send the drones...

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NPR: Eyes in the Sky: Foam UAS Keep Watch on Rain Forest Trees

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Environmental Protection, News |

NPR: Eyes in the Sky: Foam UAS Keep Watch on Rain Forest Trees A couple of toy planes are out to catch illegal loggers and miners in the Amazon. It’s an awesome responsibility. Every year, illegal logging and mining in the Peruvian Amazon destroy tens of thousands of acres of rain forest. The deforestation in remote parts of the jungle is difficult to detect while it’s going on. But now there’s a new way to keep an eye out: with a pair of drones. Carlos Castaneda, the coordinator of the Amazon Basin Conservation...

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Jesse Casana, University of Arkansas

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Unmanned Unplugged, Unmanned Unplugged |

Jesse Casana, University of Arkansas Jesse Casana has extensive experience using UAS for research and exploration purposes, domestically and abroad. He recently worked with John Kanter of the University of Florida on archaeology projects using unmanned aircraft. Increasing Human Potential recently had the opportunity to talk to Jesse and learn more about his most recent projects and research. Earlier this year, you and your team used UAS to conduct an archaeological survey in the New Mexican desert. While there, you found remnants of an...

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WDBJ 7: UAS Takes Bedford Fire Department to New Heights in Search and Rescue

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

WDBJ 7: UAS Takes Bedford Fire Department to New Heights in Search and Rescue From now on when the Bedford Fire Department gets called to help with a rescue, the first piece of equipment they send may arrive by air. The department has purchased its very first drone.  The tool gives firefighters an aerial view and allows them to quickly respond in locations that may be hard to access in a large truck. “This can go places where we can not go,” explained Bedford Fire Department First Lieutenant, Matt Scott.  “It’s...

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City Lab :A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Passengers Navigate Public Transit

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, Spotlight on Programs |

City Lab :A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Passengers Navigate Public Transit Technology has the potential to improve accessibility by offering directions and guidance, but some remain skeptical. A blind person is traveling on the subway. The train they’re riding on pulls into a stop, the doors open and the person exits. Waiting there on the platform, to help guide them through the station, is a robot. “Making a robot do that, there are some challenges, but it’s not as challenging as it used to be,” said Aaron Steinfeld after...

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News 9: Oklahoma Weather UAS Could Provide Tornado Warnings

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in News |

News 9: Oklahoma Weather UAS Could Provide Tornado Warnings New research here in Oklahoma is designed to give people more of a heads-up before severe weather strikes, making storm season safer. Part of the work is happening at the University of Oklahoma. What if a drone – or unmanned aerial vehicle as the forecasters prefer to call them – could mean much earlier warnings or warnings where there are now none? OU meteorology professor Phillip Chilson and researchers at the National Weather Center are using hobbyist-style remote...

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Factcoexist.com: Could UAS Circumvent Syria’s Efforts To Block Humanitarian Aid?

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Factcoexist.com: Could UAS Circumvent Syria’s Efforts To Block Humanitarian Aid? In the Middle East, drones usually mean death and destruction. But the Syrian Airlift Project, led by one U.S. Air Force pilot, is looking to use them to save lives. If Amazon wants to deliver your books and laundry detergent refills by drone, then why can’t we use drones to deliver things that matter, like food and medicine? In the ongoing civil war in Syria, the Syrian government has used food deprivation as a weapon of war, and has prevented aid...

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Fox Business: US Gives Farmers Approval to Spray Crops from UAS

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, News |

Fox Business: US Gives Farmers Approval to Spray Crops from UAS   A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), said Steve Markofski, a spokesman for Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., which developed the aircraft. Smaller drones weighing a few pounds had already been approved for limited use to take pictures that help farmers...

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