Rise of the Drones
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Rise of the Drones
Investigating the future of unmanned aerial vehicles.
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This Drone Is Going To Find Bigfoot

This Drone Is Going To Find Bigfoot | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

To catch an unlikely creature, you need an unlikely drone: quiet enough to escape notice, sturdy enough to carry NASA-grade cameras and long-range enough to sweep vast swaths of potential Sasqautch stomping ground. “The disadvantage of helicopters is obviously they’re noisy,” says Meldrum. “A fixed-wing aircraft has the disadvantage of not being able to hover.”

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They would spend months at a time scanning undisclosed locations with high Bigfoot potential, hoping not only for irrefutable video, but to make contact. “You know, putting out a transmitter in a banana that can be passed through the gut and while it’s internal serve as a tracking device,” says principal investigator Jeff Meldrum. “Those kinds of things.”

 

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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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