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News 10 Miami: Unmanned Aircraft Flying into Tropical Storm Edouard

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, News |

News 10, Miami: Unmanned Aircraft Flying into Tropical Storm Edouard Most South Floridians are closely watching the low-pressure system currently centered over the northwestern Bahamas.  However, there something else going on over the Atlantic that is extremely interesting. A NASA Global Hawk took off Thursday night from Wallops Island to fly across the Atlantic — about 2,700 miles to collect data over and around Tropical Storm Edouard. The NASA-led project called the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel is demonstrating the ability of...

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Global News: RCMP Use UAS to Find Family Lost in the Woods

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Global News: RCMP Use UAS to Find Family Lost in the Woods RCMP say a drone was used to help locate a family that got lost in the woods. On Saturday at 4:30 p.m., two adults and their 17-month-old child entered the woods off the Highway 107 extension. The Dartmouth family got lost and called police around 8:30 p.m. Sgt. Linda Gray with Halifax District RCMP tells Global News that police tried using sirens to pinpoint where the family was but did not have any luck. “They had tried to get a track with the K-9 unit but they weren’t able to...

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Bloomberg: UAS Take Flight as Namibia Combats Elephant Poachers

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News |

Bloomberg: UAS Take Flight as Namibia Combats Elephant Poachers Namibia will deploy as many as eight drones to support the army’s efforts to combat poaching of elephant and rhino in remote national parks beyond the reach of its police force. The southwest African country’s anti-poaching unit started using three of the unmanned craft about two months ago in national parks and conservancies and will assess how effective they have been in the coming six months, Environment and Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga said in a telephone interview in...

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ABC: Local Student Makes Waves with Lifesaving UAS (VIDEO)

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Spotlight on Programs, STEM Education and Learning |

ABC: Local Student Makes Waves with Lifesaving UAS (VIDEO) Merewether High School student Daniel Smith has been developing a major work in his Design and Technology subject for his final year of school. Inspired by his involvement in the Stockton Surf Life Saving Club, Daniel developed the idea of using an unmanned aerial vehicle (commonly known as a drone) to fly out over water and drop a flotation device to swimmers in danger. “Being a surf lifesaver, I’ve noticed that response time is critical. Seconds count, especially if...

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Phys.org: Archaeologist ‘Digs’ Using UAS for Fieldwork in Armenia (VIDEO)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Phys.org: Archaeologist ‘Digs’ Using UAS for Fieldwork in Armenia (VIDEO) A Purdue University archaeologist is utilizing drone technology to capture details and data from Bronze Age field sites in Armenia. “Drones are a new tool in archaeologists’ toolkits,” said Ian Lindsay, an associate professor of anthropology who has been excavating in the South Caucasus region for 15 years. “It’s a good alternative to kites, balloons or sitting in the bucket of a crane with a camera trying to visually document...

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The Independent: Nasa Building Air Traffic Control System to Handle Google and Amazon Delivery UAS

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

The Independent: Nasa Building Air Traffic Control System to Handle Google and Amazon Delivery UAS Small, cheap drones are proving increasingly popular for both hobbyists and technology companies alike, but while the technology itself is ready to fly, controlling the airspace – and avoiding crashes – is a trickier proposition. Last week, Google unveiled Project Wing, an experimental drone delivery program that sent half-helicopter, half-airplane drones buzzing around remote farmland in Australia. But how would this system work in...

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The Independent: Nasa Building Air Traffic Control System to Handle Google and Amazon Delivery UAS

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, Spotlight on Programs |

The Independent: Nasa Building Air Traffic Control System to Handle Google and Amazon Delivery UAS Small, cheap drones are proving increasingly popular for both hobbyists and technology companies alike, but while the technology itself is ready to fly, controlling the airspace – and avoiding crashes – is a trickier proposition. Last week, Google unveiled Project Wing, an experimental drone delivery program that sent half-helicopter, half-airplane drones buzzing around remote farmland in Australia. But how would this system work in...

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Fortune: For One Student, Dreams of UAS-based Advertising Take Flight

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

Fortune: For One Student, Dreams of UAS-based Advertising Take Flight Raj Singh, a student at Drexel University, has raised $1 million to attack a brand new section of the aerial advertising market. Raj Singh’s moment of revelation came in November of last year, when Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos hawked a line of package-delivering drones to Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes. Nine months later, the 19-year-old college freshman is the founder of DroneCast, the only U.S. company, he claims, that does drone-based advertising. “Right when it was...

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Computerworld: Amazon’s Efforts to Test UAS for Package Delivery Gain Support

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Jobs + Economy, News |

Computerworld: Amazon’s Efforts to Test UAS for Package Delivery Gain Support The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which represents the nascent commercial drone industry in the U.S., has thrown its considerable weight behind a bid by Amazon to test drones for use in the online retailer’s proposed Prime Air package delivery service. The Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 permits private drone use, but commercial entities like Amazon are barred from using or testing...

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The Daily Beast: Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By UAS

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Environmental Protection, News |

The Daily Beast: Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By UAS Drones have been used to photograph everything from football games to fireworks displays. Now, scientists hope that robots can revolutionize the study of animal migrations. Imagine a drone skimming above the ocean waves, steered by scientists on a research ship in the distance. As it approaches a pod of sperm whales surfacing after a long dive, it homes in on a single animal and touches down on the cetacean’s broad back. An automated device attaches a suction-cup tag to the whale’s...

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