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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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Rowlett Lakeshore Times: With Reggie’s Robots, Homebound GISD Students Can Visit Campus From Home

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in News, STEM Education and Learning |

Rowlett Lakeshore Times: With Reggie’s Robots, Homebound GISD Students Can Visit Campus From Home   Move over Sheldon Cooper! Homebound GISD students get to use robots to attend class. With a goal to provide all students a well-rounded education, Garland ISD has established a partnership that will revolutionize homebound student instruction. The district recently adopted a new Region 10 program, Reggie’s Robots, which will offer qualifying students the chance to attend class via a roving, technologically advanced device. “This...

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Slate: UAS Will Change the Way We Estimate Crowd Sizes, and That’s a Big Deal

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Slate: UAS Will Change the Way We Estimate Crowd Sizes, and That’s a Big Deal The famous social theorist Charles Tilly once said that social movements are legitimate and effective if they can demonstrate that they are WUNC: worthy, united, numerous, and committed. Movements are taken seriously, and experience success, when they are large, united, committed, and working on a worthwhile cause. Thousands of books make more sophisticated versions of that same argument, but when you really boil it down, movements matter for these four...

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MailOnline: Filmmaker Flies UAS into Massive Snow Storm to Capture Incredible Footage in Buffalo

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, News |

MailOnline: Filmmaker flies UAS into massive snow storm to capture incredible footage of buried cars, blanketed rooftops and deserted streets in Buffalo James Grimaldi filmed the winter wonderland in his Buffalo suburb Video shows a wall of snow outside his garage door Buffalo walloped by a year’s worth of snow in two days Storm was responsible for 13 deaths and dozens of accidents A filmmaker has shared fascinating aerial footage of houses and cars blanketed by deep snow at the height of a fierce storm that paralysed the Buffalo...

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Engadget: Watch an unmanned helicopter put out fires with help from a UAS

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Disaster Response, Environmental Protection, News |

Engadget: Watch an unmanned helicopter put out fires with help from a UAS Fighting wildfires is sometimes a daunting prospect with manned aircraft; pilots can’t always fly around the clock or cover every patch of land. They won’t have to if Lockheed Martin’s efforts pan out. It recently demonstrated a tweaked version of its unmanned K-MAX helicopter that can work in tandem with a quadrotor drone, Indago, to stamp out fires with relatively little human intervention. As you’ll see in the clip below, Indago serves as a...

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Arizona Daily Star: UAS New Research Tool for Wildlife, Land

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Arizona Daily Star: UAS New Research Tool for Wildlife, Land It’s black and squat, matches the size of a small trash can, and looks a bit like R2D2 from “Star Wars.” It also may represent the future of how federal agencies research the health of land and wildlife from the air. On Monday morning, an unmanned drone, with an advanced point-and-shoot camera attached, rose about 200 feet above the grasslands here, about 40 miles southeast of Tucson. Its purpose was to help researchers understand how efforts to restore some of these same...

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National Geographic: Can UAS Help Save Wildlife Around the World?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News, STEM Education and Learning |

National Geographic: Can UAS Help Save Wildlife Around the World? In the international fight against poaching, eyes in the sky could make all the difference. Unmanned drones, an emblem of modern war and now a tool of modern conservation, can stop poachers before they strike by providing live video feeds that reveal their locations. (Read “Drone Nation” in National Geographic magazine.) But drones are expensive and hard to fly, putting them out of reach of many park managers. For the Wildlife Conservation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle...

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