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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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AeroVironment to Acquire Arcturus UAV

AeroVironment to Acquire Arcturus UAV | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
 AeroVironment, Inc. , a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, and Arcturus UAV, Inc., a privately-held leading provider of Group 2 and 3 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and services, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AeroVironment will acquire Arcturus UAV for a total purchase price of $405 million, including $355 […]
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The US government can’t use DJI drones — but here are five it just approved

The US government can’t use DJI drones — but here are five it just approved | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Today, the DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit is announcing not one, not two, but five such drones that have been tested, approved, and are now formally available for government use — including two from formerly consumer-focused drone companies Skydio (based in California) and Parrot (based in France).
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Images of a Chinese UAV helicopter on a Chinese warship –

Images of a Chinese UAV helicopter on a Chinese warship – | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
An image of a Chinese helicopter drone has appeared online. https://twitter.com/RupprechtDeino/status/1278606836124524545 It appears to be for a Type 075 and Type 055 destroyer, the latter of which is a a class of stealth guided missile destroyers meant for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. The 075 is an amphibious assault ship. The new…
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Maria Fire-Drones Induce Pause in Helo Operations

As of 6am on November 1, the Maria Fire has grown to 8,300 acres with zero percent containment, having and entered some oil fields at night. Two drones wer
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Drone comments on the Maria Fire are at 1:45 in the video
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Fishing Drone Raid Update - Guest: Gary Mortimer

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'Firework' Drones Swarm the Sky, Setting New World Record

'Firework' Drones Swarm the Sky, Setting New World Record | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Intel launched 500 of its "Shooting Stars," small quadcopters outfitted with LED lights, as part of the company's fake-fireworks drone program.
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Drones planting trees in burned wildlands | BBJ Today

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands | BBJ Today | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
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This is a great way how drones can help with forest restoration after wildfires. The drones can plant 150 times faster the number of seedlings as compared to an experienced tree planter. The drones can also find spots on the ground that will be better conditions for the seedlings to grow. The drones do this by using mapping data and swarms of drones to replant target areas within hours.
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The case against Huawei, explained

The case against Huawei, explained | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
ARM has announced it will cutting ties with Huawei, on the heels of similar breaks from Google and Microsoft, a huge problem for China’s biggest phone manufacturer
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This is a nice overview of the tech-related trade hostilities that are manifesting the the tech world.  More expensive/less available drones and robotic technologies are but one aspect of this, but understanding the risks here are important to long-term planning.
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Drone Photography in Whale Research

Drone Photography in Whale Research | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Randy Jay Braun and Stacy Garlington We have all seen fascinating aerial photographs of massive whales as they navigate through the waters of the world’s oceans. Since the release of the DJI Phantom quadcopter drone in 2013, humans have a completely capable and unexpected new tool to view and study such creatures in their natural marine habitats. …
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China built a stealth amphibious assault drone for island warfare, and it could be headed to the South China Sea

China built a stealth amphibious assault drone for island warfare, and it could be headed to the South China Sea | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The vehicle can lurk dormant for months before springing into action when activated remotely, potentially making it ideal for surprise attacks.
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The Interior Department's Drone Program Keeps Growing

The Interior Department's Drone Program Keeps Growing | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
In fiscal year 2018, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) increased its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) usage by 108% year-over-year. In total, the federal agency conducted 10,342 UAS flights across more than 25 types of missions in 42 states and U.S. territories during the year. This is up from 4,976 flights in 2017, which …
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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 …
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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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Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers

Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
It's obviously important to Australians to make sure their koala population is closely tracked — but how can you do so when the suckers live in forests and climb trees all the time? With drones and AI, of course.
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San Francisco’s sky is on fire and we flew a drone through it

San Francisco’s sky is on fire and we flew a drone through it | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The West Coast of the US is ablaze, turning skies an eerie shade of orange. The Verge captured photos of the apocalyptic landscape in San Francisco via drone as wildfires raged nearby.
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The Dronegenuity Mega-Guide to Drone Photography

The Dronegenuity Mega-Guide to Drone Photography | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
We designed this guide for both experienced photographers and those of you who are new to drone photography.  We'll cover some basic background items, how
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A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Beta Technologies' Alia, which debuted Friday, draws inspiration from the ultra-efficient Arctic tern. The craft may one day transport organs for transplants.
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London's Heathrow Airport appears to have worked out how to jam drone signals to stop climate-change protesters from shutting down its airspace

London's Heathrow Airport appears to have worked out how to jam drone signals to stop climate-change protesters from shutting down its airspace | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A video posted by the campaign group Heathrow Pause shows activists about to launch drones near the West London airport. But when they try, none work.
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Drones planting trees in burned wildlands | BBJ Today

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands | BBJ Today | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Vanessa Hawkins’s insight:
This is a great way how drones can help with forest restoration after wildfires. The drones can plant 150 times faster the number of seedlings as compared to an experienced tree planter. The drones can also find spots on the ground that will be better conditions for the seedlings to grow. The drones do this by using mapping data and swarms of drones to replant target areas within hours.

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Objects of Despair: Drones

Objects of Despair: Drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Drones satisfy our desire for transcendence. They tempt us to believe that we can rise above the particulars of our historic situation and perhaps even abandon the limits of subjective consciousness.
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Drones Optimize Notre Dame Firefighting Efforts

Drones Optimize Notre Dame Firefighting Efforts | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Jason ReaganJason is a longstanding contributor to DroneLife with an avid interest in all things tech. He focuses on anti-drone technologies and the public safety sector; police, fire, and search and
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Wireless Drone Charging, WITHOUT LANDING!

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UPS just beat out Amazon, FedEx, and Uber to make America's first revenue-generating drone delivery

UPS just beat out Amazon, FedEx, and Uber to make America's first revenue-generating drone delivery | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
UPS, partnered with Matternet, just moved crucial medical supplies via drone in WakeMed Raleigh's medical campus.
Jonathan Feeneys insight:
While i doubt this will diminish the lower tier jobs in UPS too much, anything that competes with unskilled labor makes me feel like it creates unintended pressures in our societal landscape.
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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.
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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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