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This is a 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 subtidal Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) .  Enjoy!!  
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FAA's B4UFLY App Getting a Makeover

FAA's B4UFLY App Getting a Makeover | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY, the FAA’s mobile app that helps recreational drone operators learn where they can and can’t fly. The current B4UFLY App will continue to be available to the public until the new app is deployed. The data reflected in the current app will continue …
Tyler Kacereks insight:
Kittyhawk, a drone software company has partnered with the FAA and the B4UFLY app to develop a new app with more features.  Until the new app is released the original B4UFLY app will still receive updates but no new features.
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China Plans to Launch Airworthiness Certification System for Drones

China Plans to Launch Airworthiness Certification System for Drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) plans to launch a risk-based airworthiness management system for drones by the end of 2019.
Tyler Kacereks insight:
China is looking to certify drones and have a certification scale based on flight risk factors loosely based on manned aerial vehicles.
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U.S. DEA: Border Wall or No, Drone Drug Smuggling Likely to Increase

U.S. DEA: Border Wall or No, Drone Drug Smuggling Likely to Increase | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Part of the White House argument for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with Mexico has been that a barrier will impede the flow of drugs into the United States, but that argument does not sit well with the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is concerned smugglers will likely find ways of avoiding a wall …
Tyler Kacereks insight:
This news article from last month emphasizes the problem of drones being used to transport drugs over the United States and Mexican border.  The majority of illegally imported drugs come through legal points of entry in vehicles.  
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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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Digital Global Systems to Showcase Advanced Anti Drone Technology at NCS4 UAV Innovation and

Digital Global Systems to Showcase Advanced Anti Drone Technology at NCS4 UAV Innovation and | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
BELTSVILLE, Maryland, May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Global Systems to Showcase Advanced Anti Drone Technology at NCS4 UAV Innovation and Technology Forum.
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Police drones are saving lives – here's how a UAV helped rescue a car crash victim

Police drones are saving lives – here's how a UAV helped rescue a car crash victim | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Lincolnshire Police's drone unit says its thermal search and rescue craft may have saved a man's life after he was found in a 6-foot deep ditch.
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Silicon Valley Start-Up Raises Millions for UAV Risk Management Platform - Unmanned Aerial

Silicon Valley Start-Up Raises Millions for UAV Risk Management Platform - Unmanned Aerial | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Palo Alto, Calif.-based SkyWatch, a data analysis, risk assessment and risk reduction platform for the drone industry, has raised $2 million in a seed round led by F2 Capital, Verizon Ventures and Kaedan Capital. SkyWatch says it will use the financing to continue building its platform – enabling drone service providers to track important safety …
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Mysterious case of the missing drone: Army aircraft disappears from Arizona, found in Colorado

A short-range Army drone vanished during a training flight in southern Arizona, only to reappear nine days ‒ and 600 miles (965 km) ‒ later in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The $1.5 million military equipment was stuck in a tree.
Jeff Wittemans insight:
Always remember to keep line of sight, otherwise your UAV might end up in a tree in Colorado.
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China Seizes U.S. Underwater Drone From International Waters, Pentagon Says

China Seizes U.S. Underwater Drone From International Waters, Pentagon Says | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
U.S. officials say an unmanned underwater vehicle was seized by a Chinese ship on Thursday, about 50 nautical miles from the Philippines, before the Navy ship operating the drone could retrieve it.
PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 17, 2016 11:29 AM
With the caveat that this is technically a AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) and not an aerial "drone" (...more on that when our polling data on public interpretation is published), this craziness has got to stop.  China's interest in provocation seems designed to stoke distrust and tension in the South China Sea.  The report on the 3,200 ac of new land created by destroying/filling in coral reefs and shoals can be seen here: http://amti2016.wpengine.com/chinas-new-spratly-island-defenses/
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Top 5 Drones with Cameras

Top 5 Drones with Cameras | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Top 5 Drones with Cameras include the five best quadcopter drones with high-quality cameras. They are arranged according to price.
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Snotbot's Sea of Cortez Whaling Expedition - Drone Business Center

Snotbot's Sea of Cortez Whaling Expedition - Drone Business Center | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
"We can help conserve this animal with a $3,000 drone and a few drops of snot." The Snotbot is the brain child of Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance, a non-p
PIRatE Labs insight:
Snotbot has been evolving.  Now, these guys are simply using off-the-shelf platforms tweaked slightly (often our lab's solution) to get them the samples/data they need.

Cool beans.
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Xiaomi "Flying Bomb" the new nickname for cellphone companies drone

Xiaomi "Flying Bomb" the new nickname for cellphone companies drone | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Its not a glittering start for Xiaomi, at a press launch one of the two new quadcopters experienced some sort of failure. Falling back to earth in a crashing rather than calculated manner. Social media in China lit up with less than flattering comments. “quality fails”, “a lack of safety” and, “cheap goods no good” “If…Read more →
PIRatE Labs insight:
Poor quality builds = poor quality units.  Constantly running down the cheap street leads to folks who launch products that can't stay up in the air.  Remind me again how spending money for something that crashes right out to the gate (or on flight three or four) or is unfixable when a minor defect happens is a good deal?  Bad for your pocketbook in the long-term.  Bad for sustainability issues.  Bad for birthing a new industry.
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Science Channel To Air DRONED This Summer - sUAS News

Science Channel To Air DRONED This Summer - sUAS News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Science Channel will show the world through a different lens when DRONED premieres this summer. The series, which is shot on location in countries that include Bahamas, Mexico, Barbados, Canada and the U.S., will follow drone build teams and their clients while exploring the impact drones are having as viewers get a front row seat to a technology…Read more →
PIRatE Labs insight:
This looks to be an interesting show, exploring drones from increasingly diverse perspectives.
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PA Drone Case Could Be Landmark Testing FAA Control

PA Drone Case Could Be Landmark Testing FAA Control | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A court case involving local authorities, a drone enthusiast and his neighbor could set a precedent for how local law enforcement deals with drones.
Tyler Kacereks insight:
A drone user is being sued by by an ex police officer and current police dog trainer.  The allegations against the drone enthusiast are for taunting and causing kenneled dogs to cause harm to each other.
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UAS Magazine – The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone sets new flight time record

UAS Magazine – The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone sets new flight time record | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
MetaVista Inc., a South Korean company specializing in hydrogen power, flew a quadcopter drone for nearly 11 hours by pairing its technology with an Intelligent Energy fuel cell module. It's believed to be the longest flight time of its kind.
Tyler Kacereks insight:
The longest liquid hydrogen fueled drone flight.  It is unclear whether or not the drone was carrying the fuel or if it was on the ground from the pictures.  Still an amazing feat with only 390 grams of liquid hydrogen for 10 hours 50 minutes.
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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) …
PIRatE Labs insight:
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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New Solar UAV to Maintain Flight for One Year

New Solar UAV to Maintain Flight for One Year | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew)A new solar electric unmanned aerial vehicle, which has the potential to fly for up
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A Massive U.S. Drone Base Could Destabilize Niger — and May Even Be Illegal Under Its Constitution

A Massive U.S. Drone Base Could Destabilize Niger — and May Even Be Illegal Under Its Constitution | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The U.S. is building a $110 million drone base in Niger that threatens to undermine the country's economy and its fragile political system.
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Unmanned Aerial Taxi to Supply Full Connectiviy

Unmanned Aerial Taxi to Supply Full Connectiviy | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew)More and more traditional aircraft makers have been developing unmanned or pilot-optional versions of their

Via Annabel B.
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Scientists made robotic bees to one day study the ocean

Scientists made robotic bees to one day study the ocean | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
What's better than a robot inspired by bees? A robot inspired by bees that can swim. Researchers led by a team at Harvard University have developed a tiny, 175-milligram (about two feathers) device with insect-inspired wings that can both flap and rotate, allowing it to either fly above the ground or swim in shallo
PIRatE Labs insight:
Pretty cool, but they have been making these for a few years and they aren't quite ready for mass production yet.
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The FAA gave the first ever go-ahead for a drone to fly at a major airport

The FAA gave the first ever go-ahead for a drone to fly at a major airport | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
It's the first waiver granted for flight in Class B airspace since the FAA came up with commercial drone rules.
Spencer C Seales insight:
FAA grants permission for drone flight at airport in Berkeley for a 3-D mapping project. This demonstrates the usefulness of drones and their unique ability to perform certain jobs.
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Drones & SoCal Wildfires

A great example of the type of situation where drone hobbyists increasingly try to fly their platforms and where authorities are pushing back: wildfire i
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Here is a great example of the type of situation where drone hobbyists increasingly try to fly their platforms and where authorities are pushing back: wildfire in the wildlands-urban interface. This situation was the Lake Sherwood Fire in Thousand Oaks, California. The fire broke out around 15:30 on Wednesday, Thursday July 13, 2016. Thousand Oaks is a town with more than 127,000 residents and a very tech savvy community. U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley is currently authoring legislation in the House to make such flights punishable by fines of up to $10,000 per incident.
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DRONE VOLT deploys the SPRAY HORNET for the eradication of the Asian hornet - sUAS News

DRONE VOLT deploys the SPRAY HORNET for the eradication of the Asian hornet - sUAS News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
DRONE VOLT, manufacturer and French leader in civilian drones for professional applications, launches, in collaboration with an expert in the fight against the Asian hornet, drone SPRAY© HORNET by DRONE VOLT. This drone is designed to locate and destroy the Asian hornet nests or other dangerous nests of wasps, with the least possible harm to…Read more →
PIRatE Labs insight:
Interesting.  The issue we have had with trying to design an air sampling advice (or to disperse liquids) is the prop wash.  It looks like the approach these folks have taken is to list the emission nozzle high enough that they are mostly out of the primary prop wash zone.  One suspects that this causes stability issues, especially in more windy conditions.
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Precise positioning system for UAVs

Precise positioning system for UAVs | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Australian firm Klau Geomatics is now producing PPK (Post Processed Kinematic) GNSS positioning systems for drones and light manned aerial mapping systems. The system provides accurate camera locations for mapping from UAVs, which reduces the need for surveyed ground control to produce accurate DTMs and orthophotos from photogrammetry. PPK is similar to RTK GPS but…Read more →
PIRatE Labs insight:
Love to get one of these guys to play with.
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