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Domestic drones are already reshaping U.S.crime-fighting

Domestic drones are already reshaping U.S.crime-fighting | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

"We can now bring the crime scene right into the jury box, and literally re-enact the crime for jurors," he said.

"Miller can program the department's GPS-enabled, 3.5-pound DraganflyerX6 quad copter to fly two concentric circles, at two elevations, capturing about 70 photos, for about $25 an hour. He then feeds those images into online digital mapping software, which creates a virtual crime scene that he uploads to his iPad."

"Holding the iPad with one hand, Miller recently demonstrated for Reuters how 3-D digital reconstruction can serve as a road map for investigators, and, soon, for juries."

 

"Miller said the same technique can often eliminate the need to shut down highways after accidents so investigators can take accurate measurements."

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Unmanned Helicopter To Measure Radiation at Fukushima

Japan has pressed into service an unmanned helicopter to measure radiation levels within a three-kilometer radius of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where detailed studies have not been conducted since the accident last year. (...)


The helicopter covers a one-kilometer square area in two hours, and will be able to measure radiation levels over inaccessible mountains and forests.


The drone flies at an altitude between 30 to 100 meters and has the advantage of accurately determining the locations of the so-called radiation “hot spots.” Radiation data is directly transmitted from the chopper to a personal computer and plotted on a map, color-coded according to radiation levels.



Unmanned Systems Technology

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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University uses UAVs to create 3D models of monuments | Geek.com

University uses UAVs to create 3D models of monuments | Geek.com | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Grenada are working hard to create a 3D photography system that takes advantage of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to render lifelike representations of famous monuments and landmarks.


The researcher’s goal in this project is to be able to automate the process of capturing and cataloging 3D models of famous monuments without any human intervention. Considering the rapid advances in both UAV and 3D technology, the chances are good that they will succeed!


Jun. 11, 2012

By: Ray Walters

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NASA Preps Drone Hurricane Hunters, But Misses Sandy

NASA Preps Drone Hurricane Hunters, But Misses Sandy | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

It’s the first time aerial storm-tracking has been carried out by the drone, which NASA hopes will one day augment manned flights and allow researchers to measure changes in hurricane intensity for much longer periods. (...)


“Despite the fact that it was an incredibly busy hurricane season, we happened to hit the lull of season,” says Scott Braun, a research meteorologist and mission director. (...)


“Imagine right now being able to do these flights over Sandy where you’re mapping out the surface wind field, particularly in areas north of the storm which has slammed into the areas of New Jersey and New York,” Braun says.


By Robert Beckhusen

Danger Room | Wired.com

October 30, 2012

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UAV Imaging System Produces 3D Models of Historical Monuments | Unmanned Systems Technology

UAV Imaging System Produces 3D Models of Historical Monuments | Unmanned Systems Technology | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

The multiple applications of this technology are evident, as they offer an autonomous device that in just some minutes can scan a façade with as much or a higher precision than 3D scanners. It is noteworthy that this device can get close to the object up to a few inches to obtain the smallest and unreachable details.


University uses UAVs to create 3D models of monuments | Geek.com

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