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NASA drones will study downtown Corpus Christi area this summer

NASA drones will study downtown Corpus Christi area this summer

That may be the words uttered from NASA's Mission Control Center in Corpus Christi this summer at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation.Officials from NASA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management project selected Corpus Christi as one of two nationwide test sites. "This area has a diverse geographic landscape. We are looking at the downtown areas of Corpus Christi," said Dr. Marcus Johnson, NASA Deputy Project Manager. Downtown Corpus Christi also provides the challenges of maneuvering around tall buildings — especially when wind is factored in, Johnson said. 
Surf Life Saving Australia extends drone operations this summer

Surf Life Saving Australia extends drone operations this summer

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and Westpac have teamed up to deploy 51 drones around Australia during the nation's beach-going months.The drones are intended to provide aerial vision and surveillance to help spot rips and swimmers in distress, and could in future drop buoyancy devices to swimmers, the pair said.Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) President Graham Ford said the drones will be "hugely beneficial"."There is no better time than now to welcome new technologies that can help us protect more Australians," he said.The drones will be located throughout the New South Wales and Queensland coasts; at St Kilda and Frankston in Victoria, as well as a mobile unit; Semaphore Beach and Christies Beach in South Australia; at Frederick Henry Bay in Tasmania; at Cottesloe, Fremantle, Meelup, Smiths Beach, Secret Harbour, City Beach, Trigg, and Mullaloo in Western Australia; and one unit in Darwin.
Sunflower Labs is building a drone surveillance system for high-end homes

Sunflower Labs is building a drone surveillance system for high-end homes

Tucked away high in the residential hills of suburban San Carlos, California, is a three-bedroom home with its own autonomous aerial security system. The house is no different than any other residence on the quiet street full of well-manicured lawns and spacious views of the Pulgas Ridge Preserve. But it just happens to be the personal home of former Evernote executive and Sunflower Labs CEO Alex Pachikov. He’s turned the house into a prototype home for the Sunflower system, which uses a series of motion and vibration sensors in conjunction with an autonomous drone to monitor all activity, down to measuring the footsteps on the grass outside his front door.
Airbus moves Zephyr flight testing to Australia

Airbus moves Zephyr flight testing to Australia

Airbus Defence has officially opened the operating base for its Zephyr drone in Wyndham, Western Australia. The high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS), the development of which was originally started by UK-based defense firm Qinetiq in 2003, has been moved to Australia after being flight tested in Arizona, USA, where during August it logged a maiden flight of 26 days, the longest duration un-refuelled flight ever made.
Hailing the future taxi: Drone-car mashup model takes flight

Hailing the future taxi: Drone-car mashup model takes flight

A scale model of a flying drone-car drove and hovered across an Amsterdam exhibition hall Tuesday, providing a glimpse of what could be the future of urban mobility.
First ever global drone standards aim to regulate the ‘wild west’ of airspace

First ever global drone standards aim to regulate the ‘wild west’ of airspace

Drone makers and operators will be forced to step up their standards to meet new regulations aimed at taming the "wild west" of airspace. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) unveiled the rules today ahead of the introduction of a new bill to govern drone flights in the UK. They are expected to be finalised in 2019. The rules, which form a voluntary code of practice, are the first set of international standards for drones.mISO drone expert Robert Garbett said: "Most drone makers are doing everything they can, but some don't use existing materials. They may not come from an aviation background, for example.
The biggest threat to drone innovation is a group you’ve never heard of

The biggest threat to drone innovation is a group you’ve never heard of

A little-known but highly influential group of attorneys from across the country will soon meet in Detroit and could change our skies forever. They claim their draft model legislation concerning drones will help protect privacy. However, their actions could have far-reaching effects on innovation, safety and future drone operations. The state-appointed members of theUniform Law Commission (ULC) aim to promote uniformity by proposing model legislation for consideration by legislatures across the country.
Drones for Good: Oceans Unmanned

Drones for Good: Oceans Unmanned

Capt. Brian Taggart, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Institute (NOAA) (ret.) has spent a career flying all types of aircraft – manned and unmanned – to gather aerial data for conservation.  Now, he heads the Oceans Unmanned project, an organization developed to use drones to support conservation, education, and protection of oceans.  Oceans Unmanned, says Taggart, is “Bringing Tech to Ocean Protection.”
Drone used to map Schoharie limo crash scene

Drone used to map Schoharie limo crash scene

At approximately 1:45 p.m. Monday, NTSB officials cleared the area near the crash site, asking all TV media satellite trucks and other equipment to leave, in order to conduct an aerial survey of the scene using a drone controlled by an NTSB pilot.
Police drone finds girl, 16, who called 999 to report rape

Police drone finds girl, 16, who called 999 to report rape

High risk missing girl contacts police states she been raped & is still with the offender. Describes location thought to be huge old industrial complex surrounded by 8ft fence. Our #thermal #drone makes the find in mins. Officers guided in. 1 in custody and child safeguarded.
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