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Associated Press: Michigan State Police seek OK to use aerial drone statewide

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

Michigan State Police seek OK to use aerial drone 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...

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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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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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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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San Jose Mercury News: UAS Helps Conservation Group with the Threatened Sandhill Crane

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

San Jose Mercury News: UAS Helps Conservation Group with the Threatened Sandhill Crane Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Actually, it’s tens of thousands of birds and a single drone, an unmanned flying machine with a wingspan the size of an extra-large pizza. And on a recent afternoon, while the birds land, flit and flutter in the plowed cornfields and watering holes of the California Delta, it’s not Superman we see but a drone hovering 125 feet overhead, whirring like a weed-whacker, its attached camera...

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Associated Press: FSU Offers Certificate Program in UAS Operations

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News, STEM Education and Learning |

Associated Press: FSU Offers Certificate Program in UAS Operations TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University is offering a drone certificate class, which officials say is the first of its kind in the state university system. Thirty-five students have registered to study the applications of unmanned aircraft systems, beginning in January. The deputy director of FSU’s emergency management and homeland security program tells the Tallahassee Democrat that state and federal officials support FSU training for drone operators. David Merrick...

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Quartz: The 17 Best UAS Videos That Gave a Whole New Perspective to 2014

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, News |

Quartz: The 17 Best UAS Videos That Gave a Whole New Perspective to 2014 Drone photography came into its own this year. Quadcopters with cameras got better and cheaper, turning more people into drone hobbyists and professional aerial videographers. Drones were used for cityscapes, nature walks, concerts, real estate listings, disaster surveys, Olympic sports—even self-portraiture, as selfies taken from the air became known as “dronies.” With so many drone videos out there, picking the best of the year is a difficult task. To make our...

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Property Casualty 360: New Robotic Technology Aids in Fire Investigation

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Disaster Response, Jobs + Economy, News |

Property Casualty 360: New Robotic Technology Aids in Fire Investigation   Close-up video and photographs of the electrical service panel and smoke detectors located in the basement were also obtained by the robot. Images showed the electrical box on the first floor as mostly intact with no surrounding burn patterns to suggest it was the origin of the fire.  Investigation of the basement showed burn patterns around a work area where interviews with employees confirmed that they had been working prior to the fire and had disposed of items in...

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Popular Science: View The Ruins Of Chernobyl By UAS

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News |

Popular Science: View The Ruins Of Chernobyl By UAS Dangerous, dirty, but certainly not dull With all the symbolism of man’s hubris turned to dust, in 1986, the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl melted down. The scale of the devastation was vast. A whole town, abandoned, was left to the elements. And in the decades since, the Ukrainian city of Pripyat has become a strange, modern ghost town. With a drone in hand, a 60 Minutes crew visited the site, capturing the ruins from the ground to the sky. With all the symbolism of man’s hubris turned to...

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