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Rules & Regulations: A history of drone laws in the United States

Rules & Regulations: A history of drone laws in the United States

Editor’s Note: In May 2020, the American Bar Association held its 34th Land Use Institute—an annual forum aimed at educating attorneys, planners, and government officials about recent developments in the law regarding zoning, permitting, property development, conservation, and environmental protection. With the increasing use of drones to address many of these questions, as well as […]
My Blue Valentine: A cold day and a hard choice

My Blue Valentine: A cold day and a hard choice

Pilot Report As a pilot, the most important decision you will ever make is whether or not to go flying in the first place. When you commit a machine to the air, the only absolute guarantee you have is that it will return to the ground, and where, when, and how are variables that you […]

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Precision Agriculture: A Day on the Farm

Drones are often touted for their ability to benefit farmers through precision agriculture, but solving real-world problems requires a more carefully considered approach—and spinning propellers only represents a small fraction of the work to be done. Even within the professional uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) industry, there is a tendency to regard precision agriculture applications as […]
USAF Security Drones

USAF Security Drones

The 60th Air Mobility Wing, 60th Security Forces Squadron, in conjunction with  Easy Aerial, a commercial provider of autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions, has developed and deployed the first automated drone-based monitoring and perimeter security system for a United States Air Force (USAF) installation. The Smart Air Force Monitoring System (SAFMS) free-flight drone-in-a-box solution, along with […]

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DroneSeed Replants Burned Forests

DroneSeed Replants Burned Forests

Seattle-based DroneSeed uses sUAS to reforest areas devastated by wildfires. Their 8-foot-span drones fly in groups of up to five drones, using preprogammed routes and dropping “seed vessels” into areas where they have the best chance of growing back. Each sUAS can carry as much as 57 pounds of seed vessels. DroneSeed CEO Grant Canary […]
911 Drone Deployment

911 Drone Deployment

Archer Unmanned Air Systems (Archer UAS), technology company with a 911-integrated drone deployment system, has announced a partnership with RapidDeploy as part of its Lightning Partner Program. Archer’s lifesaving drone deployment software, Archer First Response Systems (AFRS), will be integrated into the RapidDeploy SaaS platform, enabling 911 agencies to better locate victims and dispatch time-sensitive, […]

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LiDAR Mapping a Gold Mine

LiDAR Mapping a Gold Mine

When Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, Georgia, wanted to open more of its areas to public tours, they asked Inspired Intelligence, a family owned and operated drone business in Buford, Georgia, to help. Inspired Intelligence CEO and founder Nir Pe’er explained, “Besides drone technology, we also used new, amazing cutting-edge technology called LiDAR. We were […]
Autel Robotics & DroneSense Create Public Safety UAS

Autel Robotics & DroneSense Create Public Safety UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems manufacturer, Autel Robotics, and DroneSense, the leading drone software platform for public safety, announced a partnership that will allow UAS teams to utilize the full suite of DroneSense capabilities tailor-made for the needs of public safety operators with their Autel EVO Series aircraft. “Autel has developed the EVO II Dual with Public […]

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Flying Under the Midnight Sun – High Arctic drone operations

Flying Under the Midnight Sun – High Arctic drone operations

“This is a crevasse minefield!” yelled Louise. In flat light I was skiing in front, trying to pick the safest way forward. Bumps of blue glacier ice were all around me. My ski tails would settle, leaving behind holes of blackness. Louise moved left to avoid one of my holes. Dave also stepped left into […]
Drone Mapping Versus Terrestrial Laser Scanners

Drone Mapping Versus Terrestrial Laser Scanners

In the drone industry, it is taken nearly as gospel that small uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) will allow people to do their jobs better, safer, and faster than whatever the traditional method happens to be—especially when it comes to public safety. However, if you are making decisions that have financial consequences or lives on the […]
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