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How Drones Could Help America’s Infrastructure

How Drones Could Help America’s Infrastructure | drones | Scoop.it
Could the same technology that’s currently used by the U.S.
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We all know it's needed, But let's give BP one!

so they can check the gravel roads in Alaska (sarcasm)

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BP launches landmark drone program in Alaska $BP

BP launches landmark drone program in Alaska $BP | drones | Scoop.it
BP PLC signed a five-year contract to use drones for its oil operations in Alaska, the first large-scale, government-approved commercial use of unmanned aircraft in the U.S.
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AeroVironment spokesman Steve Gitlin said it took about a year and  A ** considerable** financial investment to win FAA approval for the BP project. So Big Company cost..... "considerable "

A small company cost probably..... "PHENOMENAL"

For the FAA to meet a deadline....."Priceless"

I didn't know the price of letterhead was so expensive!

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Crowdfunding Campaign: Self Powered UAV - Meet GreenCopter

Crowdfunding Campaign: Self Powered UAV - Meet GreenCopter | drones | Scoop.it
Aerial flights with GreenCopter will introduce a new breed of power-efficient Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). http://igg.me/at/GreenCopter/x/8044074

Via Thomas Faltin
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You think they will get the funding needed?

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FAA Has Clamped Down on Realtors Using Drones 'for Months'

FAA Has Clamped Down on Realtors Using Drones 'for Months' | drones | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating real estate agencies that use drones to take pictures of properties across the country.

Via Thomas Faltin
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I knew it was only a matter of time,  probably because of incidents like this:

Seattle woman spots drone 'peeping' outside her apartment; owner says it was taking photos of city
http://nydn.us/1morn2N

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UAVs Could Use Power Lines to Recharge

UAVs Could Use Power Lines to Recharge | drones | Scoop.it
Drones could copy our feathered friends by landing on power lines. But getting a drone to zero in on a skinny line in the air is no easy task. (This ridiculous #UAV could perch on power lines to recharge.
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Here's a power supply idea to improve flight time, However not so easy to perform.

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