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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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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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FAA To Appoint Rulemaking Committee For Micro Drones – UAV Expert News

FAA To Appoint Rulemaking Committee For Micro Drones – UAV Expert News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it

The FAA has again called on industry stakeholders to help develop rules for drone flying, this time for “micro” unmanned aircraft systems that would be allowed to fly over people. The agency is assembling an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PDF) that will have about five weeks to come up with recommendations for the size and makeup of drones considered safe for flying in the presence of non-operators, and how their operations would be regulated. The micro-drone concept was part of the FAA’s proposed rule from a year ago to allow flights over “any person” if the drone weighed no more than 4.4 pounds and was made of easily broken materials to avoid injuries. The micro category was dropped from ensuing drone proposals, and on Wednesday the agency said it wants to take “a more flexible, performance-based approach” to revisit the idea. Twenty-six organizations (PDF), including those representing general aviation, air carriers and drone manufacturers, are invited to join the committee, which has until April 1 to submit its recommendations.

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Ready or not, FAA forms committee to propose micro UAS rules

Ready or not, FAA forms committee to propose micro UAS rules | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
UAS attorney James Mackler questions whether the FAA will be able to expedite rules for micro UAS which will be recommended by a newly formed committee.
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Drones Increase Heart Rates Of Wild Bears. Too Much Stress?

Drones Increase Heart Rates Of Wild Bears. Too Much Stress? | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Scientists studying animals in their natural habitats can now just send in a drone with a camera, rather than trudging through rough terrain. But a new study finds that the drones don't go unnoticed.
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This article connects to conversations we've been having in our neighborhood - we want to use sUAS as a platform for research, but it's important to remember that the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (writ large) is in effect.  Our observation of wildlife with sUAS will affect the wildlife we're observing.  How it affects them is not understood.

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