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Forbes: How UAS and Big Data are Creating Winds of Change for Hurricane Forecasts

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Disaster Response, News |

Forbes: How UAS and Big Data are Creating Winds of Change for Hurricane Forecasts Big data will soon be used to tame big winds. As the 2014 hurricane season kicks off, forecasters have a new tool to keep people safe and provide critical data about how storms intensify. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release a pack of so-called “Coyote” drones that can capture data from the lowest part of a hurricane—a previously unseen point where the wind meets the ocean and gathers its energy. The boundary between wind...

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Associated Press: Professors Object to FAA Restrictions on UAS Use

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in STEM Education and Learning |

Associated Press: Professors Object to FAA Restrictions on UAS Use University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month on what rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow would eliminate the ability of researchers to use small, unmanned aircraft on low-altitude flights over private property. Model aircraft have increased in...

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BBC News: UAS Finds Missing US Man in 20 Minutes

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News, Spotlight on Programs |

BBC News: UAS Finds Missing US Man in 20 Minutes   A model drone has helped locate an elderly man in Wisconsin who had been missing for three days. Search teams using dogs, helicopters and volunteers had combed the countryside around Fitchburg seeking Guillermo DeVenecia. The drone found Mr DeVenecia, who has Alzheimer’s, about 20 minutes after its operator joined the search effort. The success may put pressure on US rules limiting the use of drones in search and rescue operations. Court challenge Mr DeVenecia was spotted...

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BBC News: Can UAS Help Tackle Africa’s Wildlife Poaching Crisis? (VIDEO)

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News |

BBC News: Can UAS Help Tackle Africa’s Wildlife Poaching Crisis? (VIDEO) An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa. That dream is closer to becoming a reality thanks to rapid advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Kenyan 90,000-acre reserve specialising in protecting white and black rhinos, has teamed up with San Francisco-based tech company Airware, which specialises in drone autopilot systems. “With the blessing of...

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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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