Category Archives: Government

Lidar Drones are Being Used to Protect Scottish Forests

Lidar drones that can see through the forest canopy are being used to protect native Scottish plants threatened by invasive species. From an article by Kenneth Macdonald at the BBC The drones use Lidar (light detection and ranging), which works … Continue reading

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Drone Flights Over People – The FAA is too Resrictive

The FAA is working to standardize drone flights over people, which is great news for commercial operators. From a Skyward blog by Matt Fanelli. 4/25/19 In my last article, I gave a quick summary of the notice of proposed rulemaking. … Continue reading

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Indonesia Using Lidar UAV to Respond to Earthquake

For the first time ever, Light Detection and Ranging technology (LiDAR) is being used to create maps for post-disaster recovery efforts in Indonesia. Terra Drone Indonesia, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is using drone-mounted LiDAR technology … Continue reading

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Zipline Uses Drones to Deliver Medicine

I just watched a short interview on Squawk Box with the CEO of Zipline, Keller Rinaudo who is using drones to deliver medicine in Africa and soon North Carolina. Truly impressive mission and operation. They are making an important difference … Continue reading

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TRB AFB80 Summer Meeting has Announced the Agenda

TRB AFB80 is the standing committee focused on Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction relating to highway transportation. We will be meeting in Daytona, Fl July 21 – 24, 2019 at the Daytona Hotel. The Transportation Research Board … Continue reading

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Digital License Plates for Drones Are Coming

Mariah Scott, the President of Skyward testified before Congress last September making the case for remote identification of drones which can be likened to digital license plates. From the Skyward website. There’s just one problem. Without a system for universal … Continue reading

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Cape Drives FAA Approval of First COA with BVLOS

For some reason this major news item was not picked up by the UAS industry. This is a potential game changer and it says to me that if you can prove your case for BVLOS, as Cape did, that the … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi Area Selected for NASA Drone Study

Officials from NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management project selected Corpus Christi as one of two nationwide test sites. From an article in Caller Times, Alexandria Rodriguez. “This area has a diverse geographic landscape. We are looking at the downtown … Continue reading

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Tu Duc Tomb First Vietnamese Site in Open Heritage

The tomb of Emperor Tu Duc of the Nguyen Dynasty has become the first Vietnamese site to be featured in Google’s Open Heritage database which is a theme in Google’s Arts and Culture project. What could be found on Open … Continue reading

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ICESat-2 Laser Scanning Satellite Needs Your Data

I guess this one belongs in the crowd sourced data folder. NASA is looking for volunteers to help ground truth and calibrate their laser scanning satellite ICESat-2 by measuring tree heights with your smart phone. NASA launched a laser-powered planetary … Continue reading

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