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This is media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in the water.  Check out our weekly blog!  
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Air & Aquatic Robot Research Blog

Air & Aquatic Robot Research Blog | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
CSUCI's unmanned systems research team blog
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Welcome to our curation page for PIRatE Lab's "AARR" work to better integrate cheap robotic technology into coastal monitoring and resource management.  Our consortium of faculty, professionals, and students are developing new tools to assess the health of our ecosystems and effectiveness of our management efforts in the coastal zone.  In addition of developing these instruments themselves, we are focused on developing and training the next generation of coastal scientists who will be professional, responsible  and adept users of these technologies.

 

Herein we collect a range of stories about:

 

- design, construction & operation of aerial & aquatic robots

- the future of unmanned & autonomous platforms

- examples of the application of these robots

- open source technologies

- the burgeoning maker space movement (a key tech driver)

- organizations supporting or promoting use of UAVs & ROVs

- efforts to professionalize Remotely Piloted Systems

- legal issues surrounding UAVs (aka drones)

- the wider impacts of UAV and ROV systems on our society

 

A few quick acronyms we often slip into:

 

AUV: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

ROV: Remotely Operated Vehicle

RPS: Remotely Piloted Systems

UAS: Unmanned Aerial System

UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (aka "drones")

 

ESRM: Environmental Science and Resource Management

CSUCI: California State Univeristy Channel Islands

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Drone Market Growth Incremental not Exponential According to Industry Report

Drone Market Growth Incremental not Exponential According to Industry Report | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
In an industry filled with as much excitement and promise as the drone space, it can be hard to separate they hype from the reality. Every year, Skylogic Research's annual report acts as a reality check for the hype merchants and chronic optimists with its accurate bottom-up assessment of the state of the industry. The 2018 Drone Market Sector Report by Skylogic Research LLC. indicates that the UAS space is maturing, but still finding its ground as fleet sizes remain small and most enterprise adoption only just getting started. Three quarters of businesses and public agencies report drone programs as young as two years old. That being said, professional use of drones is growing. Skylogic finds that almost three-quarters of all drones weighing over 250 grams are purchased for professional purposes—either governmental or business. This is up from last year. Smaller businesses are also seeing some growth in revenue with a three-point gain from 2017 to 2018, but small drone-based service
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Not surprising.  All those estimates of insane growth in the industry for the previous many years were just crazy.
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Film Club: ‘Drone Racing Dreams’ - The New York Times

Film Club: ‘Drone Racing Dreams’ - The New York Times | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A short film about finding adventure, passion and community in an emerging extreme sport.
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Smart Replies constitute ten percent of all emails sent on Gmail

Google's AI-generated email responses comprise a significant percentage of use on the Gmail platform.
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UAS Software For Hurricane Florence Response

UAS Software For Hurricane Florence Response | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Airborne Response teams up with Edgybees and UgCS to provide UAS software for Hurricane Florence Response.
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3DR and Yuneec Announce Joint Venture Based on Dronecode Platform

3DR and Yuneec Announce Joint Venture Based on Dronecode Platform | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The new venture, 3DR Government Services, offers a secure, complete UAS solution for U.S. government customers. Berkeley, Calif. – September 5th, 2018 – 3DR and Yuneec, two founding members of the Dronecode software consortium, today announced a U.S.-headquartered joint venture to bring products based on the Dronecode platform to market. The joint venture, which will …
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senseFly Unveils eBee X Mapping Drone

senseFly Unveils eBee X Mapping Drone | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
senseFly, a Parrot company that makes fixed-wing drones, has launched the eBee X, which is capable of up to 90 minutes of flight and comes with a broad range of camera options. Part of the Parrot Business Solutions portfolio, the new drone is designed to boost the quality, efficiency and safety of an operator’s geospatial data collection, …
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Drone video shows thousands of sharks migrating off Florida coast

Drone video shows thousands of sharks migrating off Florida coast | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Every year around this time Florida waters become slightly more "sharky." A recent video by Hydrophilik shows thousands of sharks, more than likely blackti
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DJI’s new Mavic 2 drones have upgraded cameras and zoom lenses

DJI’s new Mavic 2 drones have upgraded cameras and zoom lenses | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are on sale, starting at $1,449 and $1,249, respectively. They’re big upgrades over the original Mavic Pro, and they offer far more advanced options than the Mavic Air.
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IR InformIR Blog: Less Expensive Thermal Imagers Never Meant Less Training

IR InformIR Blog: Less Expensive Thermal Imagers Never Meant Less Training | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A blog about thermography, thermal imaging, and infrared cameras.
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Raglan drone company Aeronavics helps save rhinos | The Waikato Story

Raglan drone company Aeronavics helps save rhinos | The Waikato Story | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
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Altitude Angel - Introducing Flight Reporting in Mission Planner

Altitude Angel - Introducing Flight Reporting in Mission Planner | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Rupert Benbrook, Chief Evangelist at Altitude Angel Altitude Angel are proud to support the open-source Mission Planner (a popular ground-station controller) and ArduPilot community. For over a year now, we have been providing our class-leading airspace and ground hazard data to Mission Planner users so that they can make better informed and safer decisions about where to fly their …
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Artificial intelligence researchers confront the potential negative impacts of their research

Artificial intelligence researchers confront the potential negative impacts of their research | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Academics and scientists are suffering the same loss of public trust as other major institutions.
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Augmented Reality and Drones: A Powerful Combination - AppReal

Augmented Reality and Drones: A Powerful Combination - AppReal | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Augmented reality is transforming the drone industry, and other industries in the process. Here, we look at some of the opportunities for development.
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State Farm Granted Florence Response FAA Drone-Use Waiver

State Farm Granted Florence Response FAA Drone-Use Waiver | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The insurer will fly drones over communities impacted by Hurricane Florence to aid early damage assessment and response.
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'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' adds robots. Help?!

'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' adds robots. Help?! | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
New episodes of American Horror Story on FX Wednesdays at 10pm ET.
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High school football going high tech: Bishop England, Berkeley use drones in practice

High school football going high tech: Bishop England, Berkeley use drones in practice | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Bishop England and Berkeley High football teams are using drones to take aerial videos of practices. The teams say the technology is improving their play on the field.
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This is an easy way to help your team/field-based sport by taking it to the another level.
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Self-Deploying Drone Pilots may be Problem for Hurricane Response Efforts

Self-Deploying Drone Pilots may be Problem for Hurricane Response Efforts | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Why training and coordination is needed for effective integration of UAS into disaster management By Christopher Todd MIAMI – Last year’s hurricane season was a benchmark year for the role of drones in emergency management.  Harvey, Irma, and Maria all had varying characteristics that served well to showcase the benefits that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) …
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Great article and very good summary of the issues involved in emergency response post-disaster for UAV pilots.  We need to get such a registry here in California!
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David Sanger on the perfect weapon

David Sanger on the perfect weapon | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The longtime New York Times national security reporter talks about his new history of cyberwar, why we need a public debate, and how cyberattacks make nuclear war more likely.
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Denver Police Department Shelves Drone Program Amid Public Concerns

Denver Police Department Shelves Drone Program Amid Public Concerns | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
While the Denver Fire Department continues to use UAVs to fight fires, the Denver PD will end its drone program.
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The Pentagon’s latest budget is its largest counter-drone budget ever

The Pentagon’s latest budget is its largest counter-drone budget ever | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
To protect its force now and into the future, the Pentagon is set to fund nearly 100 counter-drone technology programs.
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Anti-drone tech is starting to get more robust legs underneath it.
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The U.S. Is Building a Drone Base in Niger That Will Cost More Than $280 Million by 2024

The U.S. Is Building a Drone Base in Niger That Will Cost More Than $280 Million by 2024 | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Rogue Abram GHD 2.0
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Don't you hate it when people say "wow, what we could do with $280 million"...but man, what we could do with $280 million!
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Advanced AI is reinventing how farmers grow your food

Advanced AI is reinventing how farmers grow your food | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A sophisticated form of artificial intelligence known as deep learning could help make agriculture more efficient and environmentally friendly. 
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3DBear Introduces Kids to 3D Printing and Augmented Reality

3DBear Introduces Kids to 3D Printing and Augmented Reality | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Everyone agrees that it's important for children to learn new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, and virtual reality. The challenge lies in finding the best way to teach those skills to young students.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Please add 3DBear to your list of things you have to try this year.

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Plane Thief Said He Trained on Games, Didn’t Plan to Land

Plane Thief Said He Trained on Games, Didn’t Plan to Land | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The man who stole a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Friday night didn’t have a pilot’s license but still managed to perform complex maneuvers in the air.
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Our simulators are getting good...but really?!?

This is behind a paywall so the relevant comments for our pilots to be aware of are here: 

The Horizon Air ground worker who stole a twin-engine airliner and took it on a wild ride over Puget Sound said he had experience on personal flight-simulators he called “videogames” and never intended to land the plane. 

 Some of rogue pilot Richard Russell’s own statements to air-traffic controllers could provide clues to law-enforcement and aviation officials investigating how he managed to perform aerobatic maneuvers in a sophisticated plane. Mr. Russell, who stole the 76-seat turboprop from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night, didn’t have a pilot’s license, according to the airline. But during radio communication with air-traffic controllers who were urging him to land, Mr. Russell, 29 years old, repeatedly referred to his experience with computerized flight-simulator programs. 

Government and industry air-safety experts said Saturday that the references suggested he had access to personal desktop simulators—perhaps depicting the same Bombardier Q400 model he stole on Friday—that can realistically replicate the performance of aircraft systems, airborne maneuvers and even instructions from air-traffic controllers. Such simulator software is widely available for purchase and can be run on normal home computers. 

According to an unofficial audio recording of Mr. Russell’s radio communication with controllers on Friday, a controller talking on the open channel said that “he is just flying around” and that Mr. Russell could use some help controlling the aircraft. Mr. Russell quickly responded, “I don’t need that much help. I’ve played some videogames before.” At another point, he said, “I know how to put the landing gear down.” He then added, “I really wasn’t planning on landing it.” 

Mr. Russell’s seeming familiarity with at least some of the controls—he specifically mentioned the system that regulates cabin pressure—suggests a strong understanding of cockpit layout and aircraft operations. But his level of flying skills, including engaging the plane’s autopilot and performing maneuvers that would be daunting even for an experienced Q400 pilot, nevertheless surprised some experts.
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Interactive 360 degrees aerial map shows which structures burned in the Carr Fire

Interactive 360 degrees aerial map shows which structures burned in the Carr Fire | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The City of Redding has released an interactive 360 degrees aerial map that shows the vast devastation of the Carr Fire. Market Street, Keswick (Courtesy: Redding Geographic Information Systems) Aerial photos were collected as part of a m
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