Matthew Schroyer

Drone & data Journalist, building sUAVs for community intelligence, founder of DroneJournalism.org. Social network analyst, communications, Drones for Schools program development for a National Science Foundation grant at the University of Illinois. Writes on MentalMunition.com. Tweets @matthew_ryan

What’s it like to explore the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with a drone?

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One of the most attractive features of drones and other remote technologies is being able to access dangerous, even inhabitable, locations. Some projects take drones into more dangerous places than others. For the past three years, The Weather Channel’s Philip Grossman has an interesting side project; piloting a drone above and through one of the…

PSDJ Comments on FAA Rule Interpretation on Model Aircraft

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During the monthly meeting in July, the board of directors of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists decided to take action and formally comment on the Federal Aviation Administration (of the United States) interpreting rules for model aircraft. Our full comment, contained below, explains our reasons for commenting on behalf of our membership. Essentially, many…

Drone lawyer: First Amendment right to photograph extends to drone journalism

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Originally posted on DroneJournalism.org, the website for the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. Tuesday, Pedro Rivera, a Connecticut-based photographer and drone journalist, filed a Federal lawsuit alleging he was impeded from his First Amendment right to monitor police, and that police threatened his job at a television news station. According to Rivera’s lawsuit, Hartford police…

A discussion on deploying drones for international development

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Last month, Deutsche Post DHL transported six kilograms of medicine from a pharmacy in Bonn, across the Rhine River, to its headquarters. This wouldn’t have made international news, except that DHL accomplished this with an unmanned aircraft system — commonly known as a drone. This came less than a week after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos claimed his company…

Crazyflie nano quadrotor packs development and fun into tiny package

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At the National Science Foundation grant where I work, EnLiST, we’ve been tinkering with various different drone platforms which could be easily deployed in classrooms for valuable STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) lessons. Although we’re focused on STEM education, it’s not hard to see how some of these drones can be used in a…

Drones, journalism, and the peak of inflated expectations

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It’s a story that’s been repeated time and time again with emergent technology. Researchers publish some new breakthrough, and the press grabs hold of the news release and begins extrapolating stories about how the new tech could revolutionize our lives. Expectations build as ideas bounce within the media echo chamber, pitchmen evangelize audiences at the…

Innovation despite strict regulation at SUSBExpo

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It’s not very often you get the chance to watch the birth of a multi-billion dollar industry firsthand. But if we are to believe the Association for Unmanned Vehicles and Systems International (AUVSI) economic report, which estimates the unmanned aviation industry should reach $82 billion by 2025, that’s exactly what happened at the first-ever small…

Velodyne Presents Successful Implementation of HDL-32E LiDAR on UAV at sUSB Expo in San Francisco

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Velodyne will present its latest successes in the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) equipped with real-time, 3D LiDAR sensors during the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition (sUSB Expo) on Friday July 26, 2013. During the two day event, taking place at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco, Velodyne’s Wolfgang Juchmann will…

Turkey drone journalist: “I have been witnessing very bad things”

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When Jenk, a young man from Turkey, first received his small aerial photography drone four weeks ago, he had no idea he would be using it to film a major political upheaval. He flew his drone daily. Then, in early May, Jenk (full name withheld at his request) learned that his government intended to demolish…

Turkish police shoot down unmanned aircraft above protest

Over the past two weeks, thousands of protesters have rallied at Gezi in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, against the government’s plans to raze the public park and turn it into a commercial zone and military barracks. Police have responded with tear gas, water hoses, and batons. The sudden explosion of political dissatisfaction has shocked the usually…