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National Geographic: Can UAS Fight Illegal “Pirate” Fishing?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News |

National Geographic: Can UAS Fight Illegal “Pirate” Fishing? Aquamarine waters and an abundance of marine life make Glover Reef off the coast of Belize a popular diving spot. But soon the azure sky above this barrier reef may be filled with the buzzing of drones, sent to combat the illegal fishing that plagues the region. An estimated 20 percent of all fish hauled in around the globe are caught illegally, through a combination of fishing in restricted areas, subverting quotas and seasonal limits, and using banned gear. The fish...

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Policy Innovations: Can UAS Save Namibia’s Wildlife?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News |

Policy Innovations: Can UAS Save Namibia’s Wildlife?     In the span of less than two years, Joe Noci and his wife, Gisela, went from working in the aeronautical drone industry in South Africa to building conservation drones out of their home in Namibia. Their SurVoyeur drones, which the Nocis design and build from scratch, have proven to be effective anti-poaching tools. As a result, Joe now finds himself on the front lines of anti-poaching work in Namibia. Protecting Nambia’s national parks is a daunting challenge....

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Gizmag: Students Develop UAS to Locate Survivors via Their Mobile Phones (VIDEO)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News, STEM Education and Learning |

 Gizmag: Students Develop UAS to Locate Survivors via Their Mobile Phones (VIDEO) These days, most people are inseparable from their mobile phone, with the device being one of the essentials along with keys and cash or cards that people don’t leave home without. A project at EPFL’s Mobile Communications Laboratory is looking to take advantage of this fact by developing a drone that would help rescuers search for victims of natural disasters by locating their phones. When a mobile phone’s Wi-Fi is switched on, the device...

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E&T Magazine: Hurricane Tracking UAS Designed by Students

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Disaster Response, News, STEM Education and Learning |

E&T Magazine: Hurricane Tracking UAS Designed by Students   Nasa has announced the winners of a competition to design a new UAV for tracking and collecting data on hurricanes. This year’s University Aeronautics Engineering Design Challenge called on university students to design a new UAV that can exceed the flight limitations of the systems currently used to gather storm data throughout the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, which runs June 1 to November 30. Accurate predictions of storm formation and growth require several days of...

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Directions Magazine: UAS Mapping of a Landslide

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Disaster Response, News |

Directions Magazine: UAS Mapping of a Landslide At the end of May 2014, UPVISION, a Czech unmanned aerial vehicle and mapping company, conducted a UAV survey of a landslide on Highway D8, currently under construction near the city of Litomerice, in the northern part of the Czech Republic. UPVISION’s president, Jakub Karas, explains more about the unique mapping mission using the company’s hexacopter. At the end of May 2014, UPVISION, a Czech UAV company, conducted a UAV survey of a landslide on Highway D8, near the city of Litomerice,in...

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The Fiscal Times: How UAS Could Help America’s Infrastructure

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

The Fiscal Times: How UAS Could Help America’s Infrastructure     A Michigan-based company, SkySpecs, has already partnered with a wind energy company in Texas to start testing drone inspections on thousands of turbines across the Lone Star State. “We want to remove these guys who are dangling from ropes to inspect the turbines and put UASs in the skies instead,” Danny Ellis, president of SkySpecs, said. Currently, wind turbine inspectors have to climb to the top of a 200-foot structure and examine the giant blades one at a...

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Motherboard: This Crash-Proof UAS Can Fly Through Forests and Disaster Wreckage

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Disaster Response, News |

Motherboard: This Crash-Proof UAS Can Fly Through Forests and Disaster Wreckage How do you make a drone that can navigate through a forest? By putting it in a cage, then letting it bump into whatever it wants. Some UAVs may soon land on powerlines, deliver cars, and save lives, but flying through the unpredictable wreckage of a disaster area has been, until now, too dangerous for your average hexacopter. An article in the Journal of Field Robotics describes the first tests of the GimBall, a drone that appears pretty indestructable, even...

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CBS Denver: UAS Used To Protect Elephants And Rhinos From Poachers

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News |

CBS Denver: UAS Used To Protect Elephants And Rhinos From Poachers   A Colorado man is teaching African park rangers to fly drones to combat poachers. Chris Miser, the owner of Falcon Unmanned, has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund in an effort to protect elephants and rhinoceros. “Thousands of elephants are dying each year” said Miser, “and we are just hitting a tipping point with the rhinos.” Miser’s line of drones, which he calls “Falcons,” are tethered to a bungee cord and tossed into the air like a sling shot. The...

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The New York Times: Unarmed UAS Aid U.N. Peacekeeping Missions in Africa

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

The New York Times: Unarmed UAS Aid U.N. Peacekeeping Missions in Africa   GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The call came after 8 in the evening, from peacekeepers posted in a remote corner of the country’s restive east. The troops sensed suspicious movement nearby. Venturing out into the forest at that hour was far too risky. Would ground control send a drone to have a look? From here, a remotely piloted aircraft set off, its owl eyes designed to peer through the darkness and send back a live picture of what was happening on the...

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Popular Mechanics: UAS on a Wire: UAS Could Perch on Power Lines to Recharge

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs, STEM Education and Learning |

Popular Mechanics: UAS on a Wire: UAS Could Perch on Power Lines to Recharge   Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have a big problem: their limited battery power. But researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are developing a way to extend the range by having drones act like birds. If a drone can land on a power line, the thinking goes, then it can exploit the electricity running through power lines to recharge. The key is getting the UAV to land right on a skinny line, which, given the slim margin...

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