Elizabeth Basha, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of the Pacific wants to use drones to recharge batteries on wireless sensor networks, particularly sensors that track potential structural damage on bridges. Continue reading “Recharging Bridge Sensors With Drones”
NC State students from three different departments joined together in a year-long competition to create drones capable of assisting firefighters.
The drones will be able to use infrared sensors to find people in a burning building, locate the origin of the fire and detect impending dangers to firefighters. Continue reading “NC State researchers develop drones to assist firefighters”
Here in central Texas, drought has become the norm. Currently the lakes around Austin, the state capital, are at 38% capacity. These lakes provide drinking water for more than a million people, as well as water to industries, businesses and the environment. Continue reading “3DR Drones in Action: Moss Monster Attacks Texas Drought (VIDEO)”
An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution. Continue reading “Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms”
When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to an intellect shaped by experience and intuition? Continue reading “Are Drones the Future of Firefighting?”
Disaster prevention authorities want to use the latest in drone technology to help protect residents of the Peruvian countryside from inclement weather. Peru’s countryside could become a safer place for residents with the help of unmanned aircraft. Continue reading “Drones could help protect Peruvians from landslides, cold snaps”
Most of us have become accustomed to the amazing imagery of the world available on Google’s Street View, but a new site promises the same kind of virtual tourism from the aerial perspective of drones. Continue reading “Interactive Map Site Lets You Travel the World Through the Lenses of Drones”
The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones. Continue reading “Drones are newest hurricane research tools”
Research facilities at multiple agencies and Universities are testing how drones can collect meteorological data around the world that would ultimately help in forecasting. More importantly, they could sample the atmosphere in hard to reach, remote locations where weather data is impossible to get. The seemingly never ending Atlantic and Pacific Oceans would be a great place to start.
Archaeologists spend much of their professional lives in holes, digging deep underground to discover the remains of ancient communities and cultures. But now, some of them are taking to the skies—with a little help from drones. By outfitting these unmanned craft with thermal cameras, archaeologists have discovered a new and affordable way of seeing what’s underground while flying high above it. Continue reading “Aerial Drones Reveal Hidden Archaeology”