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Climb every mountain: how UAS could help mountaineers climb Everest

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection |

Climb every mountain: how UAS could help mountaineers climb Everest UAS will be used to map the safest route up to the summit of Everest They’ve prompted conspiracy theories over Paris, may soon deliver goods for Amazon and now could help climbers scale the world’s most famous mountain. Mountaineers hope to harness drones to map a route up to the summit of Everest, following last year’s deadly avalanche that claimed the lives of 16 Sherpa guides. The initiative was revealed by New Zealand climber Guy Cotter, who said the...

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NBC News: UAS Researchers Find a New Frontier in Alaska, the Arctic

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

NBC News: UAS Researchers Find a New Frontier in Alaska, the Arctic Alaska has been called America’s last frontier — but now the state’s wild reaches are providing a key testing ground for researchers and native-owned companies exploring ways to use drones in their work. Think scientists studying gray whales and sea lions, oil company engineers exploring offshore, or Coast Guard crews doing search-and-rescue or even oil spill drills, all using drones. It’s not that anything goes up there — indeed, safety...

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Brisbane Times: Fire Fighters To Be Using UAS By The End Of The Year

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, Spotlight on Programs |

Brisbane Times: Fire Fighters To Be Using UAS By The End Of The Year One of Australia’s favourite new high-tech toys could have shaved hours off the emergency response to Tropical Cyclone Marcia, a Brisbane drone expert says. His comments come as the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services looks to start using the unmanned aircraft to respond to emergencies by the end of the year. Drone researcher Professor Duncan Campbell said the exciting new technology, versions of which were a popular Christmas gift, could have allowed authorities to...

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Salina Journal: FAA Approves Broad Use Of Unmanned Aircraft By K-State Salina

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News |

Salina Journal: FAA Approves Broad Use Of Unmanned Aircraft By K-State Salina For the past few years, the unmanned aircraft program at Kansas State University Salina has had permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly aircraft at Crisis City southwest of Salina, at Salina Regional Airport and just to the west of it, and at K-State’s research farms near Manhattan. On Tuesday, the university announced the FAA had approved three new Certificates of Authorization that allow flights throughout Kansas, including over private...

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NBC News: Eco-UAS Aid Researchers in Fight to Save the Environment

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News, STEM Education and Learning |

NBC News: Eco-UAS Aid Researchers in Fight to Save the Environment Drones are getting a green makeover as environmentalists and earth scientists put the unmanned vehicles to a variety of eco-friendly jobs, from studying wildlife and polar ice melting to monitoring water for harmful bacteria to reforesting areas that have been over harvested.  At Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Chris Zappa is planning his next mission to monitor ice melt in the Arctic, where drones will flit to places that icebreakers and manned aircraft don’t dare...

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Triangle Business Journal: N.C. State-RTI International partner on UAS technology for population research

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, News, STEM Education and Learning |

Triangle Business Journal: N.C. State-RTI International partner on UAS technology for population research RTI International and N.C. State University are teaming up to research a new use of drone technology: Population surveying. The research is about better understanding how drones could be used for statistical sampling for social science research, explains Joe Eyerman, director of RTI’s Center for Security, Defense and Safety. And it comes days after the Federal Aviation Administration made recommendations on how drones can be used...

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Dayton Business Journal: Wright State University Partners To Use UAS At Disaster Sites

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Daily Business Journal: Wright State University Partners To Use UAS At Disaster Sites  Another major local university is working with Ohio to develop drone technology.  Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness has formalized a partnership with the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center to work on first responder and emergency management training.  The National Center for Medical Readiness, also known as Calamityville, said drones could be useful in disaster training.  ”Simulating emergency...

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Conservation: Flying High, The Ethics of Monitoring Birds with Drones

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Environmental Protection, STEM Education and Learning, Uncategorized |

Conservation: Flying High, The Ethics of Monitoring Birds with UAS Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as “drones,” are quickly become useful tools for ecologists and biologists alike. They’re relatively cheap, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand US dollars, and are fairly easy to learn how to operate. They can allow researchers access to landscapes that are otherwise inaccessible and to approach animals that are otherwise unapproachable. Regulatory agencies are increasingly legislating the use of drones, but as...

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The Monitor: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, AgriLife Approved For UAS-Based Plant Health Study

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

The Monitor: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, AgriLife Approved For UAS-Based Plant Health Study   Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have received the state’s first permit to use drones to conduct agricultural research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi.  Research will begin soon in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles — UAVs, sometimes called drones — that are expected to help growers improve crop quality and yields while reducing production costs,...

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Phys.org: Study seeks to understand Amazonia’s past to ensure its sustainable future

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, Environmental Protection, News |

Phys.org: Study Seeks to Understand Amazonia’s Past to Ensure Its Sustainable Future A new international project led by the University of Exeter will investigate the Amazon’s sustainable future by studying the way that ancient societies used and transformed the environment. The study is pioneering a remote sensing data device that will be attached to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to scan beneath the canopy of the forest. Professor José Iriarte, a European leader in Amazonian archaeology, from the University of Exeter will...

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