Category Archives: Admin

Going Green Business Challenge – A YGP Initiative

I have been thinking about how to provide the Younger Geospatial Professional’s group with a high impact project that would have a universal appeal and that the group could get excited about working on. I have an idea that I … Continue reading

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Remote Identification Rule Proposed by FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a proposed rule for remote identification. That would continue the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, into the nation’s airspace by requiring them to be … Continue reading

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Checklists are Key to Safety of Drone Operations

Standard aviation practices are based on one key principle: people are flawed. A lot can go wrong due to human error. Faulty memory, unreliable senses, or a momentary lapse of attention can spell disaster in traditional aviation. That’s why checklists … Continue reading

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DARPA is Testing Military Drone Dragnet Program

When the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – DARPA tested an “Aerial Dragnet” system for tracking drones over urban terrain last month, Echodyne lent a helping hand. Echodyne — a Kirkland, Wash.-based startup backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates … Continue reading

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USGS NGP Releases New Lidar Base Specification

The USGS NGP Lidar Base Specification version 2.1 is now available. Some notable changes include: Defining the project area as the lidar acquisition project boundary plus a 100-meter buffer Applying the specification to the extent of the defined project area … Continue reading

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FAA National Drone Safety Awareness Week

About Drone Safety Awareness Week – November 4 – 10, 2019 The FAA has developed what they are calling a Stakeholder Playbook 2019 to highlight FAA national drone safety across the U.S. and encourage all stakeholders to engage. The Federal … Continue reading

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Aviation Partnership Demonstrates UAV Traffic Control

Over nearly a week of testing — a week that followed months of preparation and involved five types of aircraft, four aircraft software systems, more than 30 engineers, pilots, and operations experts, and 141 flights — the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation … Continue reading

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ARE Corp. Granted Permission for UAS Flights Over People

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued ARE Corp. a Certificate of Waiver, allowing certified remote pilots to safely fly a parachute-equipped sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) over people. ARE is one of nine organizations to be granted an operational … Continue reading

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Levandowski Criminally Charged – Theft of Trade Secrets

Lidar News provided a number of posts beginning in October 2017 involving Anthony Levandowski and his involvement in a Waymo vs. Uber patent lawsuit. The case was eventually settled in Waymo’s favor. The judge in  the case recommended that the … Continue reading

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Protecting Personal Privacy of Geo-location Data

James Van Rens, Senior Vice President with RIEGL USA and Strategic Advisor for Government and Industry Relations for the RIEGL International Group, recently participated in the 9th meeting of the United Nations Global Geographic Information Management group. Discussions were held on the issue … Continue reading

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