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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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Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Rather than have drones waste energy carrying their own power, LakeDiamond wants to charge them by firing lasers through diamonds at their solar cells.
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BlackFly – Anyone can Drive this personal VTOL without Pilot License

BlackFly – Anyone can Drive this personal VTOL without Pilot License | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
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While this thing will tank in short order, this idea is likely a persistent one: can anyone simply jump into one of these new generations of "air cars" and go wherever they want?  Regulation will surely come, but how quickly and to what extent?
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Episode 14: The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 w/ Michael Huerta, Former Admin of the FAA by InterDrone

We invited the Former Administrator of the FAA, Michael P. Huerta, on the podcast to take a deep dive into the current FAA Reauthorization Act that just passed. The new legislation eliminates Section
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Chula Vista Police Using Drones To Respond To 911 Calls

Chula Vista Police Using Drones To Respond To 911 Calls | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Thanks to drone technology police in Chula Vista are kicking off a program that gives law enforcement a bird's eye view.
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Terra Drone Acquires Significant Stake In Inkonova

Terra Drone Acquires Significant Stake In Inkonova | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Japan-based Terra Drone acquires significant stake in Inkonova, a Swedish aerial robotics for underground mining startup.
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Analysis- FAA Reauthorization Act and Airports | JDA Journal

Analysis- FAA Reauthorization Act and Airports | JDA Journal | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Everything that you need to know about the FAA Reauthorization Act and Airports
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Drones are mostly here seen as threats under this reauthorization.....Great.
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FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passes with New Provisions for Drones

FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passes with New Provisions for Drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the Senate passed the highly anticipated FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 with an overwhelming majority. A large portion of the bill covered small UAS flights within the National Airspace System (NAS) and some major changes were included. The Section 336 protection, which prevented the FAA from regulating model aircraft was repealed, closing the hobbyist loophole. The FAA has stated in the past that Section 336 presented a roadblock in its plans to have every drone adopt a universal remote ID system. Now with its removal, recreational users must register their drone and pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test. This was seen as necessary as step towards building a Universal Traffic Management system where both drones and traditional aircraft can be tracked effectively. The FAA has been mandated to create another pilot program, this time for Counter-UAS technology and accurate incident reporting. Law enforcement will soon be enabled to report on illegal drone use by inputting
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FAA Targets UAS Violators for Enforcement

FAA Targets UAS Violators for Enforcement | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
FAA targets UAS Violators for enforcement. Drone pilots are now are more likely to face serious civil penalties, even for first-time offenses.
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LiBackpack: versatile mobile lidar solutions (complete with machine-learning classification)

LiBackpack: versatile mobile lidar solutions (complete with machine-learning classification) | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Want one lidar? Want two? Prefer to hold the lidar like a torch sometimes? Greenvalley has you covered.
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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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Robots in the field: Farms embrace technology

Robots in the field: Farms embrace technology | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
EAST MEON, England (AP) — Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler i
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Mapper is Using Uber-Precise Road Scanners to Help Develop Autonomous Cars for the Future

Mapper is Using Uber-Precise Road Scanners to Help Develop Autonomous Cars for the Future | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The California company can provide self-driving firms with crucial up-to-date map data thanks to its in-house-built equipment.
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Building A Simple AI Chatbot With Web Speech API And Node.js 

Using voice commands has become pretty ubiquitous nowadays, as **more mobile phone users use voice assistants** such as Siri and Cortana, and as devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home have been invading our living rooms.
These systems are built with speech recognition software that allows their users to issue voice commands. Now, our web browsers will become familiar with to Web Speech API, which allows users to integrate voice data in web apps.
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The 2018 Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes, Presented By Chase, Partners With Intel, The Global Leader In Drone Innovation, To Join Creative Team And Integrate 100 Drones Into...

The 2018 Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes, Presented By Chase, Partners With Intel, The Global Leader In Drone Innovation, To Join Creative Team And Integrate 100 Drones Into... | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
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Our alumni are on it!  Check out their work come Xmas time!
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DJI Demands Withdrawal of 'Misleading' Drone Strike Video

DJI Demands Withdrawal of 'Misleading' Drone Strike Video | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Last month, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) published an article and video showing what happens when a drone collides with an airplane
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This online community expands visibility for female drone pilots

This online community expands visibility for female drone pilots | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Women Who Drone is an online community that aims to educate women about joining the UAV industry through online lessons and workshops. The group’s Brand Ambassadors are FAA-certified drone pilots whose photos are licensed through a Getty Images partnership.
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PEER and HICoP file lawsuit to compel FAA to comply with National Air Tour Management Plan for National Parks (2000)

PEER and HICoP file lawsuit to compel FAA to comply with National Air Tour Management Plan for National Parks (2000) | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
PICTURES FROM A RECENT PUBLIC MEETING ON THE BIG ISLAND 'We have 40 years of complaints': Group files lawsuit against FAA National Parks Air Tour Management Act Federal Aviation Administration and National Park Service Plan due 2004- lawsuit to order Plan within 24 months I-Legal Background In 2000 the Congress enacted National Parks Air Tour Management Act (Public Law 106-181, 49 U.S. Code § 40128)(NPATMA). This legislation was passed in response to public outcries about noise from aircraft being operated over National Parks. NPATMA required the FAA to issue an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) when whenever a person applies for authority to conduct a commercial air tour operation over the park where such a plan is not in effect." NPATMA instructs the FAA to issue said plan, or voluntary agreement, WITHIN 24 MONTHS. Currently the FAA has only done the following: Voluntary Agreements Currently, voluntary agreements are being pursued at the following national park units: Badlands
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Chinese armed drones now flying over Mideast battlefields. Here’s why they’re gaining on US drones

Chinese armed drones now flying over Mideast battlefields. Here’s why they’re gaining on US drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
U.S. sees pressure to loosen restrictions on its drones and their missions.
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FAA Reauthorization Call To Action - before it's too late

FAA Reauthorization Call To Action - before it's too late | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The RC hobbyist has been abandoned and ultimately disenfranchised by a system and Federal Aviation Administration that has proven itself to be ineffectual in safely integrating UAS into the National Airspace System. Airmap, AMA, AUVSI, Amazon, DJI, Google, PrecisionHawk, et al. are apparently more interested in moving product and denying reality than in safeguarding the …
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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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