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by on November 3, 2019
To understand the health of a forest, conservation workers typically hit the ground and survey the land acre by acre. It can involve trudging through the woods with hiking boots or snowshoes, looking for gaps in the forest canopy that need restoring. But this summer, the Nature Conservancy’s Minnesota branch found an easier way to survey the large swaths of forest that comprise some of the over 60,000 acres it manages in the state.   The conservancy began using a drone to aid its reforestation e...
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by on October 20, 2019
There are many thoughts and theories on why people are seeing great whites more often in places like California, and outside of there being an actual uptick in shark population, it makes sense that technology has simply made us more aware of them.   When it comes to tracking animals like great whites, researchers have employed different methods but mainly rely on tagging and tracking the movements of specific individuals. Of course, this limits data to only the animals that have had interaction ...
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by on October 10, 2019
A UCLA student-led study found that drones can be used to determine whether ships are following pollution regulations. The drones could help enforce air pollution requirements by examining ships’ emissions through a sensor package, according to the study, which was published in August. Specifically, the drones would check if cargo ships are burning clean fuel – fuel which has a maximum of 0.1% sulfur concentration. The sensor package is similar in shape to a box, said Anthony Rosas, a recent UCL...
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by on September 25, 2019
Terra Drone Angola has successfully demonstrated how drones can be used as a surveillance and reconnaissance tool for oil spill incidents. The pilot project, at an offshore oil field in Angola, was conducted for a major oil and gas operator in West Africa. Offshore oil spills are a cause of great concern due to economic losses and their adverse impact on the environment and marine ecosystem. To launch an effective response to oil spills, rapid preliminary survey assessments are necessary, and ac...
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by on September 7, 2019
Founded in Malaysia in 2010 by Anuar Abdullah, Ocean Quest Global is an environmental organization at work in seven countries through Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. After years of research, Ocean Quest has created its own techniques, methodology and material for coral reef rehabilitation, which are based on the idea that coral can be restored on a large scale, in an all-natural and non-invasive way. The organization is actively adopting new technology to greatly speed-up the process, and a...
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by on August 27, 2019
Following up with a study we featured last year, the results are now in; and the new study reveals that reef manta rays form social relationships and actively choose their social partners. Research published by scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation, Macquarie University, the University of Papua, and the University of York is the first to describe the structure of social relationships in manta rays. To identify social structures, the researchers used aerial drones and underwater cameras...
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by on January 9, 2019
Meituan Dianping, China’s largest on-demand food delivery company, announced today at CES that it has signed three new major partners for the development of its autonomous delivery open platform. They are Nvidia, Italian automotive design company Icona, and French automotive supplier Valeo. This is the first time Meituan Dianping, which went public four months ago in Hong Kong, has attended CES, where it exhibited its Meituan Autonomous Delivery (MAD) platform. Valeo will provide engines and ...
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by on January 4, 2019
Adding drones and augmented reality together changes the way humans interact with drones, says IEEE member Todd Richmond, offering hands-free control over real-time drone operation. Before jumping into how drones and augmented reality mix, let's look at drones themselves. A drone uses sensors to make decisions -- for example, direction, speed, etc. -- and those sensors feed algorithms to make those decisions. The reality for the drone is it presumably has a task along with a desire, at the ri...
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by on December 21, 2018
Bell hopes to complete the first flight of a multicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it is developing for cargo transport this week. Targeting both military and civilian third-party logistics applications, Bell is currently developing the technology, known as Autonomous Pod Transport (or APT), in two sizes: the APT 20 (which can carry up to 20-pound/nine-kilogram loads), and the APT 70 (which can transport loads weighing up to 70 pounds (32 kilograms). Continue https://www.verticalmag.co...
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by on December 18, 2018
The Spanish Armed Forces, through the DGAM (Dirección General de Armamento y Materiales), has acquired two Alpha 800 UAV helicopters from Alpha Unmanned Systems. The Alpha 800 is a tactical 14 kg gasoline powered helicopter that provides three hours of continuous flight with a 3 kg payload and 30 km of operating range. It is equipped with the lightest and strongest airframe in its class and a military-grade autopilot with high precision GPS and sensors, according to the company. The Alpha 800...
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by on November 30, 2018
As more aerial drones are used for public safety and first response applications, the key for public support will be education and transparency, a survey suggests. With recent natural disasters such as wildfires in California and hurricanes hitting the Southeastern U.S., the public continues to be exposed to aerial drones being used by public safety agencies to help with search and rescue operations, security monitoring, and other applications. A recent survey sponsored by Cape, which deve...
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by on November 29, 2018
Mobile Recon Systems has announced a new unmanned multi-rotor air vehicle (UAV) capable of lifting more than its own weight. This model, called “Dauntless”, is designed to set new records for what multi-rotor UAVs can carry. At 78 pounds, the Dauntless has easily lifted an additional payload of 100 pounds as a tethered quadcopter. It is designed to lift over 200 pounds as an octocopter, with a generator-powered flight time of several hours. “Drones have proven to be great for videography. But...
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