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Associated Press: Michigan State Police Seek OK to Use UAS Statewide

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy |

Michigan State Police Seek OK to Use UAS Statewide   Michigan State Police have asked for authorization to use an aerial drone to photograph vehicle crash scenes and give a bird’s-eye view of other emergency situations across the state. The agency hopes to get permission next month from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a small, $158,000 remote-controlled helicopter that state police pilots have been training to use for more than a year, The Detroit News reported (http://bit.ly/1yY0GIW ). The drone, for example, would reduce the...

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The Washington Post: The Exciting Potential for Sensors and UAS to Combat Global Hunger

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, Uncategorized |

The Exciting Potential for Sensors and UAS to Combat Global Hunger                         In 2013, I made my first trip to Ethiopia. Knowing a bit about the country’s economic circumstances, I fully expected the grim poverty that I’d later encounter. After all, like millions of Americans, I watched the devastating famine there unfold on television in the 1980s. At the same time, Ethiopia has made great strides since then. Ethiopia halved the number of its undernourished people...

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Associated Press: Georgia Sheriff’s Department Eager to Use UAS

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, News |

Georgia Sheriff’s Department Eager to Use UAS Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Sharif Chochol briefly left his office last week before returning with a pair of black briefcases. Inside were two members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office: drones. “If it was up to me, we’d already be using them,” said Chochol, who refers to the devices as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles because the word “drone” is often associated with military-type operations. “I’m just waiting to get final FAA approval...

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Betanews: AUS For Good-Transporting Transplant Organs, Detecting Landmines, and Wiping Out Fog

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy |

AUS For Good — Transporting Transplant Organs, Detecting Landmines, and Wiping Out Fog The humble drone has something of a poor reputation. If it’s not seen as a tool for surveillance, then it’s a silly toy for those with too much time on their hands to strap a GoPro to and record aerial footage. More recently Amazon has trialled fast deliveries by drone, but a new competition aims to show the incredible things than can be achieved with the unmanned devices.  Drones for Good is an international competition which offers a...

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Government Technology: First Responders Learn How UAS Can Save Lives

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Government Technology: First Responders Learn How UAS Can Save Lives Flying overhead, a drone often can see what a firefighter cannot. On Saturday, volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel from 10 Scranton, Pa., departments learned how the technology can help save lives. The free educational seminar was held at Marywood University by DARTdrones, which won the regional TecBridge Business Planning Competition last year. The flight school for drone pilots offers training, consultation and repair services. Drones, which are unmanned aerial...

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Springfield News Sun: Clark State Gets Permission to Fly UAS

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, Spotlight on Programs |

Clark State Gets Permission to Fly UAS Clark State Community College has received permission to fly a drone over parts of Springfield to collect photos and other data as part of the college’s new precision agriculture program.  The college announced Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has issued it a Certificate of Authorization to operate a drone over designated farm fields owned by the city and leased by local farmers. The drone will be based at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and must remain at or below 400 feet above...

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Fox News Latino: Florida Keys to Use UAS for Mosquito Control

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Environmental Protection, News, STEM Education and Learning |

Fox News Latino: Florida Keys to Use UAS for Mosquito Control The Florida Keys, in the extreme southeast of the United States, will practice mosquito control with the aid of drones, which for the first time were approved for the task by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, local media said. Starting next February, two unmanned aircraft equipped with cameras will be used to spot the kind of stagnant waters where mosquitoes breed. According to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, this area of Monroe County has approximately 45...

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Fox News: How UAS and Insects Merged In Ways That Might Surprise You

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in News |

Fox News: How UAS and Insects Merged In Ways That Might Surprise You   Hornets, wasps and termites are pests to many households in America, but in 2014, they inspired robot technology in ways that could make them pests on an entirely different level to adversaries. Here are three interesting programs that are building tiny intelligent flying and crawling robots – that all mimic familiar creatures, by the way – that made news this past year. Micro drones on a MAST Mission Is it a wasp? Is it a spider?  Is it a fly? What may...

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The Telegraph: France’s La Poste Develops UAS to Deliver Parcels

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News |

The Telegraph: France’s La Poste Develops UAS to Deliver Parcels La Poste, France’s national postal service, is developing a six-rotor drone able to deliver parcels – notably medical supplies – as far as 12 miles away to isolated parts of the country The French post office has launched a programme to use drones to deliver parcels in all weathers up to 12 miles away. La Poste, as France’s public postal service is called, said a series of test flights over the past three months by its subsidiary, Express Internationale...

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Associated Press : Wilmington Police Use UAS to Survey Crime Scenes

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Associated Press : Wilmington Police Use UAS to Survey Crime Scenes Wilmington police have begun using a small drone to survey crime scenes, sometimes in place of a helicopter. Police tell WDEL Radio (http://bit.ly/1BPnWuo ) the department purchased the drone about eight months ago, and it has flown several times. Master Sgt. Adam Ringle says police have been using the drone to take aerial footage of homicide or crime scenes where they were not able to get images before. Police say the drone saves money, time and manpower by allowing for a...

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