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UNICEF’s New Drone Delivery Could Help Africa With HIV Testing 

UNICEF’s New Drone Delivery Could Help Africa With HIV Testing  | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

UNICEF and the Malawi government have launched a pilot program to test whether unmanned aircraft can help families test their children sooner. The pilot program will last through the end of the week, with delivery drones traveling between hospitals and villages in the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, in different weather conditions and at different times of day. March 14, the drones successfully completed a 10-kilometer (six mile) route, carrying simulated HIV tests to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe in 20 minutes. A slot in the center of the drone carried the dried blood samples, which are not infectious.

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Small Drones Could Enhance Local Weather Forecasts - UAS VISION

The Earth’s atmosphere has layers like a cake, and it follows that forecasting the weather is more accurate if information is coming from a lot of sources and from all of those layers. That is why we have weather satellites, high-flying drones and weather balloons all operating at different altitudes. Scientists at Oklahoma State University are developing new drones that will help forecasters operate at all different levels and should increase the quality of computer models that are tracking local weather patterns. Atmospheric measurements provided by radar, weather balloons and towers are good for forecasting a few days ahead, but not so good at predicting dynamic, hour-to-hour weather changes. Speaking via Skype, aerospace engineer Jamey Jacob says that can be extremely important in places prone to sudden, violent storms. “Oklahoma is a really good example because even that we are already a very weather-dynamic state, Oklahoma only has two balloon launches a day, one at dawn and one at dusk, from a single location in the state and that is where all the weather forecasting information comes from. So that data is really sparse and it’s difficult for meteorologists that are developing these forecasting models to get very good idea about how that weather is changing from these very limited number of data points,” said Jacob. Small weather drones Scientists at Oklahoma State University — where Jacob is director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute — are developing small, affordable weather drones that can spend hours in the air taking measurements from many points. The goal — as Oklahoma University meteorology professor Phillip Chilson explained via Skype — is to give researchers an inexpensive way to better understand storm physics and improve the accuracy of computer model-based forecasting. “Part of what is going to drive the price down is the scope of the measurements. Whereas some of these larger platforms are focusing on almost transoceanic flights or things of this variety, we are really focusing on the lower atmosphere and so our platforms can by design be much smaller,” he said. ‘Atlas’ The spherical drone called Atlas can fly, hover, roll on the ground and take to the air again, which makes it ideal for flying in stormy weather. In addition to taking measurements, it can send real-time video of storms, and help search and rescue missions. “Our real goal is to try to develop systems that really, I do not want to say replace but there may be that possibility of replacing weather balloons, but currently augmenting them, so increasing the capabilities,” said Jacob. Researchers say there are still many engineering challenges to be met, such as how to make the weather drones automatically stay away from other air traffic. They expect a drone capable of sampling the lower atmosphere may be available in about two years. Source: VOA News
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UAV Drone Delivers to a Ship at Sea

UAV Drone Delivers to a Ship at Sea | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Maersk Tankers says that it has completed the first drone delivery to a vessel at sea as part of a test to see whether or not drones can become a part of the supply chain. The company says the test delivery took place near Kalundborg in Denmark and involved a drone dropping a small parcel …
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Shark Hunting UAVs in Australia

Shark Hunting UAVs in Australia | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

High-Tech UAVs developed by Australia’s first astronaut and a philanthropist whose friend was killed by a shark are to patrol NSW’s coast, spotting great whites and other man-eaters. The unmanned aerial vehicles, called ‘Little Rippers’ and worth $250,000 each, will begin a trial on the state’s shark-infested north coast within days after being unveiled.

UTS are delivering software to identify sharks from UAV

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This is all very good but once the copter takes footage of a shark, how and where is the imagery processed, and then how long does it take for the information to be relayed to SLS patrols surfers. If I was a shark I would be on to second course by then.  UTS should consider on-board processing of the imagery followed by the deployment of a flare into the water. This would reduce the time between identification and evacuation - the true nirvana of shark spotting. 
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UAS Learn to Navigate Forest Trails in Switzerland - UAS VISION

UAS Learn to Navigate Forest Trails in Switzerland - UAS VISION | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
In Switzerland emergency centres respond to about 1,000 to calls about hikers lost or injured in the forests annually, according to the University of Zurich. But research the university has completed, in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, may help speed up the search …
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Puck LITE - New Featherweight 16-Channel Sensor

Puck LITE - New Featherweight 16-Channel Sensor | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Aiming at the burgeoning market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Velodyne LiDAR has unveiled its new Puck LITE — at 590 grams, the world’s lightest 16-channel LiDAR sensor. With a 30-degree vertical field of view and a range of 100 meters, Puck LITE builds on the success of Velodyne’s VLP-16 LiDAR Puck. Puck LITE matches the features and …
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India Air Force Detects Terrorists with Thermal Imaging - UAS VISION

India Air Force Detects Terrorists with Thermal Imaging - UAS VISION | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
In a statement, the Indian Air Force has revealed that “a group of terrorists were detected by the aerial surveillance platforms as soon as they entered the Air Force Station at Pathankot”. “The infiltrators were immediately engaged and contained within a limited area, thus preventing them from entering the Technical zone where high value assets …
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Intelligent Energy Hydrogen Fuel Cells for UAS

Intelligent Energy Hydrogen Fuel Cells for UAS | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Intelligent Energy, the energy technology company, announced that it has developed a prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell powered range extender for drones. The range extender offers longer flight time and fast re-fuel capabilities, addressing two of the biggest challenges for manufacturers of battery-powered drones. Intelligent Energy will unveil its prototype of the fuel cell …
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Drones Are Now Delivering Bugs To Farms To Help Crops

Drones Are Now Delivering Bugs To Farms To Help Crops | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

Michael Godfrey, an agricultural science student at the University of Queensland, in Australia, has developed a flying vehicle that spreads a beneficial bug, the Californicus mite. By sending down the insects to a field of crops, he claims to be able to kill other, unwanted bugs and save plenty of time and money in the process.

"The idea [is] to use natural predators or diseases to control agricultural pests. [We can] mitigate chemical use, which is not only harmful for the environment but also costly," he says in an email.

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Coroner's call for tree checks by drones raises concerns

Coroner's call for tree checks by drones raises concerns | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

On Thursday Coroner Philip Byrne cleared the Bendigo Council of any wrongdoing and said the arborist in charge had been conscientious, but recommended changes to tree management plans for councils, including possible aerial checks using drones.

 
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Coroner urges use of drones to check trees for danger signs

Coroner urges use of drones to check trees for danger signs | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
A tree that lost its branch and killed a four-year-old girl should have been inspected from above the ground months earlier, a coroner has found.
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Partners to Work on NASA UAV Traffic Management Project

Partners to Work on NASA UAV Traffic Management Project | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The University is developing the software that will serve as the communications “bridge” between an unmanned autonomous vehicle and NASA’s traffic management system to navigate in a system that includes airspace design, corridors, dynamic geofencing, severe weather and wind avoidance, congestion management, terrain avoidance, route planning and re-routing.
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Sydney company Ninox Robotics wants to use unmanned drones to target pests for destruction

Sydney company Ninox Robotics wants to use unmanned drones to target pests for destruction | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA’S feral rabbits and foxes may soon be under stealth attack from the sky.
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This is a great use of this technology.

 

The target for the uav / robotics industry will necessarily be to work to get the cost of deployment down. The market perception is that UAV technology such as this will provide a substantial cost benefit over traditional means. Sadly, the benefits in safety are often lost when clients realise there is little cost saving. 

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steve batchelder's curator insight, August 10, 2015 10:15 AM

This is a great use of this technology.

 

The target for the uav / robotics industry will necessarily be to work to get the cost of deployment down. The market perception is that UAV technology such as this will provide a substantial cost benefit over traditional means. Sadly, the benefits in safety are often lost when clients realise there is little cost saving. 

christopher cyril's curator insight, August 10, 2015 12:38 PM

This is a great use of this technology.

 

The target for the uav / robotics industry will necessarily be to work to get the cost of deployment down. The market perception is that UAV technology such as this will provide a substantial cost benefit over traditional means. Sadly, the benefits in safety are often lost when clients realise there is little cost saving. 

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Victoria trials satellite scans to detect water leaks from space

Victoria trials satellite scans to detect water leaks from space | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

Victoria's 17 water corporations partnered with Utilis to pilot the use of satellites to detect underground water leaks. Using a sample area North of Melbourne, the experiment detected 18 faults in just four days.

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This is an area that Uaviation is keenly interested in. we have adapted radiometry and plant health indexes into an index for detecting the probability of underground pipe leaks. The difference being we can detect from 65 metres altitude whereas the Alos-2 satellite detects from 650 000 metres! Horses for courses?
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Drone to Collect and Test WATER Samples

Drone to Collect and Test WATER Samples | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

The drones are capable of flying to a programmed GPS position, collecting a sample from a specific depth, testing the sample onboard and sending the data remotely.


Amphibious drones are being developed to collect and test potentially dangerous water samples from difficult to access watercourses. 

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Droneboarding - Snowboarder Towed by a Drone

Droneboarding - Snowboarder Towed by a Drone | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Aerones, an unmanned aerial vehicle developer from Latvia has invented a new sport by towing snowboarder with a drone -enter the world of droneboarding. The Aerones has the lifting force of 37 kilograms (81.5 pounds), and it can easily tow a kiteboarder, skateboarder, snowboarder, longboarder or any similar type of board sport activist. “This is another …
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New Microchip Shrinks Radar Cameras to Palm Size

New Microchip Shrinks Radar Cameras to Palm Size | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a chip that allows new radar cameras to be made a hundred times smaller than current ones. With this NTU technology, radar cameras that usually weigh between 50 kg and 200 kg and are commonly used in large satellites can be made to become as …
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Drone crashes in middle of ceremony at Australian War Memorial

Drone crashes in middle of ceremony at Australian War Memorial | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority launches an investigation after a recreational drone crashed during a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

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This is an opportunity for CASA to support the commercial RPAS industry by showing that it has teeth (and will use them). 

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Hydrogen powered drone FLIES OVER 2 HOURS WITH PAYLOAD!

Montreal, Canada: EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leader in advanced PEM fuel cell systems for aerospace applications, has demonstrated the world’s longest mul...
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Search and Rescue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

A team of mechanical and aerospace engineering students designed and built an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to support search and rescue missions in state pa...
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Drones for Solar PV Operations and Maintenance

Drones for Solar PV Operations and Maintenance | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Accelerating deployments of solar photovoltaics (PV) around the world are placing increasing emphasis on cost-effective operations and maintenance (O&M) practices that can enhance lifecycle plant economics. Particularly for large utility-scale systems—which comprise approximately 45% of global cumulative installations and can exceed several hundred MW, spanning tens of thousands of modules and thousands of acres—a range …
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Coroner recommends more thorough inspections with Drones

Coroner recommends more thorough inspections with Drones | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The Victorian coroner clears the City of Greater Bendigo over the death of a four-year-old girl killed by a falling tree branch.

Mr Byrne made a number of recommendations relating to the management of trees, including the use of drones to monitor trees from above, and that all councils establish a tree management database to better monitor tree health.

He found all inspections of trees should include an above-ground and below-ground component, looking at root systems, to establish if further action be taken.

Mr Byrne noted traditional methods of above-ground tree examinations were costly at about $200 per tree, but noted that new technologies, such as drones, could help with monitoring problem trees.

He also noted councils should be aware of climate change when considering tree management, namely "the likelihood of more frequent major storm events and stronger wind events than in the past".

"Winds coming from other directions, particularly the east, and swirling, have also been anticipated," Mr Byrne said. 

"Under such scenarios, older trees are likely to experience greater forces from wind and storm events and from different directions than they have experienced and adapted to in the past."

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CASA Safety Video - Travelling safely with lithium batteries

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has produced this short educational video to help inform travellers how to carry lithium batteries safely in their...
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Flirtey (Not Amazon) Performs First Legal Delivery by Drone in U.S. - Commercial UAV Expo

Australian company Flirtey just made the first legal long-distance delivery by drone in the US.

In rural Virginia last Friday, the company’s drones brought a payload of medicine to a remote pop-up health clinic. The clinic, which serves more than 3,000 patients on a single weekend every year, has difficulty supplying all the medications its patients require. The nearest pharmacies are 35-miles away on the map and take 90 minutes to reach by car. The trip can be completed significantly faster by air.

NASA flew the medicine to a local airport using their own unmanned aerial vehicle. From there, Flirtey’s drone completed the last mile of the delivery, making three separate trips to carry ten pounds of cargo.
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Sense and avoid for any drone? here now!!

eBumper4 makes your drone easier to fly and harder to crash. Now available for the DJI Phantom 2 and the 3D Robotics Iris+.  

Sense and avoid technology is considered the ultimate technological goal for full integration of UAVs into controlled and open airspace, but developments until now have been primarily focused on the large UAV market. Larger systems have a longer endurance and can therefore fly through more airspace, plus they are more of a threat to other aviation, the public and critical infrastructure.

“Commercial drones are no longer just a product for the enterprise or government, but are quickly emerging as a mainstream venture for the everyday consumer,” Panoptes says. “With dozens of options already on the market, finding an affordable drone has become fairly simple, but the cost of replacing one or repairing damaged property from a collision can easily double your investment.”

 

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