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Drones Help Count Orangutans in Borneo: A Technological Leap for Conservation
sUAS News | 04/15/2024
For conservationists to evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions and protection activities, it's essential to know how many orangutans survive today.
Elevating Firefighting Strategies: Drone Surveillance Takes to the Skies in New South Wales
dronelife | 04/02/2024
Australian drone operator Ninox Robotics recently announced a joint operation with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service to fly long-range drones for surveillance of bush and grass fires
The Flourishing of Drones in Agriculture
Commercial UAV News | 03/26/2024
The agricultural drone market is not only already a leader for drone technology, offering unparalleled benefits across diverse sub-industries such as crop farming, livestock management, fishery, hunting, and forestry.
Drones Saving Island Ecosystems: An Interview with Island Conservation
dronelife | 02/07/2024
An international non-governmental organization is using drone technology to help eradicate invasive species, reinvigorate reef systems, reduce coastal erosion and reintroduce native species whose populations have dwindled.
Drones Take to the Trees: Scientists Develop New Tool for Rainforest Research
sUAS News | 01/22/2024
A drone capable of collecting data on rainforest biodiversity. Such a design requires special features, such as a claw-like mechanism, wings and a sense of touch. Physical additions cannot be done without AI, says Associate Professor Salua Hamaza.
Reno Partnership Aims to Equip Fire Department with Drones to Conduct Life-Saving River Search and Rescue Operations
sUAS News | 10/24/2020
Under the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program earlier this week, Iris Automation conducted a live drone flight demonstration for the City of Reno Fire Department of its Casia onboard Detect-and-Avoid collision avoidance system, which enables safe beyond visual line of sight drone operations.
Deep Science: Alzheimer’s screening, forest-mapping drones, machine learning in space, more
TechCrunch | 10/23/2020
This column aims to collect the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter, including a startup that's using UAV drones for mapping forests.
Multi-agency Drone Task Force Deploys in the Aftermath of California Wildfires
sUAS News | 10/06/2020
A multi-agency task force of public safety drone teams has been supporting local agencies and residents impacted by California wildfires with high-resolution aerial imagery of damaged areas.
Skyward Granted Waiver to Conduct Drone Inspections Near Big Hollow Wildfire in Washington
AUVSI News | 09/24/2020
Skyward, a Verizon company, has been awarded a temporary waiver from the FAA that allows its pilots to fly the Percepto Sparrow drone from their homes to inspect critical communications infrastructure near the Big Hollow wildfire in Washington.
Embry-Riddle, Verizon Partner to Use Drones for Marine Mammal Rescue
ERAU News | 09/04/2020
In an effort to safely and humanely rescue marine mammals, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has partnered with marine biologists and a Verizon drone-management platform to monitor animals in distress using unmanned aircraft systems. 
Shell and Baker Hughes Venture Going Big on Methane-Hunting Drones
Shell announced recently that in July it inked a deal with Baker Hughes' drone venture company, Avitas, to expand drone-monitoring services at its unconventional assets in the Permian Basin.
New hybrid quad-rotor UAS is being used on fires this summer
Fire Aviation | 09/03/2020
Bridger Aerospace has been operating an unmanned aerial system (UAS) on wildfires this year that first went into production in 2019 built by L3 Latitude Engineering.
Drones dropping “Dragon Eggs” are Colorado’s latest aerial assault weapon for wildfires
The Colorado Sun | 08/28/2020
Aerial ignition to fight wildfires used to be done by helicopters. Now, as part of an increasingly progressive firefighting strategy honed by the Bureau of Land Management and adopted by the Forest Service and National Interagency Fire Center, drones are handling airborne firebombing and more.
Drone on the farm: As rainfall becomes scarce, farmers irrigate crops via unmanned aerial vehicles
Tennessee Tribune | 07/10/2020
Nathan Zecks Mazvazva, a 25-year-old farmer in Zimbabwe, owns nearly 500 acres, growing green beans to green peppers. Simply put, technology—more specifically, drones—is making his livelihood more cost efficient.
Keeping Drones Out of the Wild
Sierra Magazine | 06/27/2020
Park officials grapple with unmanned aircraft in natural areas, admit recreational drone operators who violate rules are difficult to catch.
The Arctic Eats Helicopters, So Russia Is Sending Drones Instead
Forbes | 06/21/2020
Russian defense firm Rostec is partnering with a small Latvian startup to make tiltrotor drones for dangerous Arctic operations.
How Drones Help Simplify Wind Turbine Site Development
North American Windpower | 06/19/2020
One solution for reducing time and costs associated with visually inspecting individual wind turbine sites prior to development is to use an unmanned aerial vehicle when conducting the in-person field review.
Flash Forest Drones to Plant 40,000 Trees a Month in Canada | 05/21/2020
A Canadian startup plans to use its drone technology to plant 40,000 trees on land north of Toronto this month. By the end of the year, as it expands to other regions, it will plant hundreds of thousands of trees. By 2028, the startup aims to have planted a full 1 billion trees.
SCE to use drones for inspections in some High Desert areas
The Victorville Daily Press | 05/04/2020
As part of its Wildfire Mitigation Plan, Southern California Edison will use drones over parts of the High Desert to inspect power equipment.
Rwanda Launches Anti-Malaria Pesticide Spray Using Drones
KT Press | 03/10/2020
Rawanda has launched a major fight against malaria that will use drones to totally whip out mosquito lava before they get a chance to nest into adult insects.
Your virtual crow’s nest: Drones in commercial fishing
National Fisherman | 03/05/2020
Fishermen have always relied on the understanding of the elements to guide them: the water current, its temperature, the direction of the wind and its humidity are important information used to locate fish. Now, drones are bringing some fishfinding technology back above the water.
Farming with Drones Beyond the Visual Line of Sight
Inside Unmanned Systems | 02/21/2020
Unmanned aerial vehicles have found use in agriculture for decades, with unmanned helicopters spraying pesticides on rice fields in Japan back in the 1980s. Now, to have drones reach their full potential in farming, research is increasingly pushing toward beyond visual line of sight operations.
US orders temporary grounding of non-emergency UAS fleet operations
Aerospace Technology | 01/30/2020
The US Department of Interior has ordered the temporary grounding of non-emergency unmanned aircraft systems fleet operations.
DroneUp to provide Alaska with public drone services
GPS World | 01/14/2020
DroneUp LLC and the State of Alaska have signed a Participating Addendum for the NASPO ValuePoint contract for unmanned aerial vehicle services.
UAVs and Christmas Trees: New Research to Help NC Growers Benefit From Drone Technology
NC State News | 12/17/2019
High-tech tools meet holiday tradition in North Carolina this winter, thanks to a new research partnership that will explore how drone technology can help Christmas tree growers more efficiently measure and manage their unique crop.
FAA Approves Rare Permit to Replant After Wildfires
UAS Weekly | 12/13/2019
The privately held startup DroneSeed obtained an additional amendment to its already unprecedented FAA Part 333 exemption that enables them to operate their seed-planting drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight in forested and post-fire areas.
Eye in the sky – the role of drones in oil spill management
Offshore Technology | 12/02/2019
Having eyes on the ground, quickly, is essential to any effective disaster management plan. Having them in the air, however, looks set the be the next big thing in the offshore oil and gas industry.
National airspace should be redesigned around drones, Interior official says
FEDSCOOP | 09/11/2019
Airspace under 400 feet should be redesigned so federal, state and local governments can take full advantage of drones, the director of Interior's Office of Aviation Services said recently.
'Dragon' drones: the flame throwers fighting wildfires with fire
The Guardian | 09/04/2019
Aerial ignition with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft has long been a key component of fighting fire with fire, but the vast majority of missions still feature a human pilot in the sky.
Now, whether by sky drops of flammable ping pong balls or the full-on force of a flamethrower, a growing number of US government agencies, including the Department of the Interior and the forest service, are turning to unmanned aircraft to battle fires by setting them first.
Four steps to extend drone use in research
Nature | 08/20/2019
Drones are revolutionizing environmental research; however, drones could do much more. Scientists need to work with regulators and software developers to improve laws and data products.
Oneida Indian Nation using drones to protect land
Utica (NY) Observer Dispatch | 08/18/2019
The Oneida Indian Nation recently announced that it has formed a partnership with the Syracuse-based nonprofit NUAIR (Northeast Unmanned aircraft systems Airspace Integration Research) to use drones to monitor, observe, manage and protect its lands and other environmental resources.
Drones deployed to monitor Brazil forest growth | 06/14/2019
Measuring the height of Brazil's towering rainforests can be a tall order. But an international team of researchers say they are working together to turn unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, into efficient, low-cost data collectors that can monitor the progress of forest restoration.
Survey: State DOTs Increasingly Embracing Drones
Unmanned Aerial Online | 05/20/2019
A May 2019 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) underscores the rapid deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by state departments of transportation (DOTs), as well as the growing demand for a workforce to operate them.
Fire fight: using military drone swarms to tackle civil emergencies
Air Force Technology | 05/08/2019
Defense researchers are examining ways that emergency responders could use next-generation technologies – particularly those that have been developed for use on the battlefield – to help prevent the deadly spread of wildfires and save lives at home. To this end, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has kickstarted the first-of-its-kind "hackathon" project in collaboration with the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, known as the "Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack."
What Excites Me About AeroVironment Stock
Motley Fool | 04/11/2019
There's plenty to be excited about after AeroVironment reported results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter. AeroVironment, a leading developer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, reported 38% revenue growth and a gross margin of 40%, both a year-over-year improvement.
Grand Forks launches collaborative effort to monitor flooding with UND, local UAS sector
Grand Fork Herald | 04/08/2019
The city of Grand Forks began working this past weekend with several entities from the local sector for unmanned aerial systems to monitor flooding in areas that will either experience high water levels or in areas the city is less familiar with.
Interior Department Releases 2018 Unmanned Aircraft Report
ExecutiveGov | 04/02/2019
The Department of the Interior saved $14.8 million in 2018 as it expanded its fleet of unmanned aircraft systems to support operations across the U.S. The department released its UAS Program 2018 Use Report April 1 that details the agency's spending and aircraft use during the year.
Using Drones to Improve Flood Forecasts
WeatherNation | 04/01/2019
Scientists from the Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State University deployed a small unmanned plane that took high-resolution images of rising waters of the Yalobusha River around Greenwood, Mississippi, during a major rainstorm in late February, and beamed them back in real time to NOAA weather forecasters.
Drones change the way advocates protect the environment | 03/21/2019
Unmanned aerial vehicles, also called UAVs or drones, have recently become so affordable and easy to fly that they are winding up in the hands of more environmentalists. Pipeline opponents and watchdog groups are perfect examples.
Bipartisan law pushes use of drones for fighting wildfires
FedScoop | 03/12/2019
President Trump signed a bipartisan bill into law Tuesday that pushes federal agencies to explore increased use of drones in managing and fighting wildfires.
House Passes Bill Expanding Use of UAS and Location Data in Fight Against Wildfires
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/01/2019
The House passed legislation February 26 promoting the use of drones and other advanced technology to improve government response to wildfires.
DroneSeed Partners with The Nature Conservancy to Restore Oregon Rangelands Using Unique Drone Swarms
UAV Coach | 03/01/2019
DroneSeed—a drone company that uses drone swarms to accelerate reforestation by planting and protecting trees—is in the news again, this time with plans to help restore rangelands affected by invasive species in Oregon.
UAS swarms to restore Oregon rangelands
Shephard News Media | 02/26/2019
DroneSeed has signed a contract with The Nature Conservancy to support the replanting of native species with advanced technologies in sagebrush habitat, the company announced on 20 February. The contract will see the use of UAS swarms to restore the Oregon rangelands affected by invasive species and re-seed native plants and endangered species, such as the sage-grouse.
NJ Surveyors Harness the Power of Drone Technology | 02/21/2019
Surveyors are harnessing the power of drone technology by focusing on at-risk riparian areas of northern New Jersey. In fact, images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles have become part of the documentation for a FEMA program that saves Pompton Lakes residents hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on flood insurance premiums.
University of Connecticut engineering students work to build firefighting UAS
AUVSI News | 02/21/2019
With help from mentors from Sikorsky, three University of Connecticut (UConn) engineering seniors are working to build and program an autonomous firefighting UAS to battle fires without a pilot's guidance. Once the UAS is complete, it will be equipped with a thermal imaging camera to identify a fire, object avoidance technology to steer clear of any obstacles, and a softball-sized fire-extinguishing ball that will be dropped over the flames.
How Can Drones Be a Part of Successful Disaster Response Operations for Public Safety Departments?
Commercial UAV News | 02/18/2019
In the exclusive interview, Commercial UAV News reporter Jeremiah Karpowicz caught up with Christopher Todd, executive director of the Airborne International Response Team, to find out how things have changed for Airborne Response, what kind of real-world differences he's seen drone technology make, what type of insights will be explored at both the LA and Miami UAs disaster conferences, plus much more.
State agencies use drones for inspections, training
The Oklahoman | 02/17/2019
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality isn't the only state agency that has adopted drone technology, but their use isn't yet widespread and state officials don't yet have standardized procedures or purchasing rules. An Oklahoman analysis shows at least nine agencies own at least one unmanned aerial vehicle.

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