New York unmanned aircraft systems test site goes live

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FAA announced the Griffiss International Airport unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in Rome, New York—the fifth of six—is now operational. FAA granted the Griffiss team a two-year Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to use a PrecisionHawk Lancaster Platform UAS. The…

UAV technology aids in collecting invaluable data

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The work of a computer scientist at Aberystwyth University has helped capture images of Greenland glaciers for the purpose of building digital elevation maps and gathering glaciology data for research. Dr Neal Snooke, a lecturer at the Department of Computer…

Robotic Raptors to the Rescue

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BY EMMA BRYCE The ability to fly may be one of birds’ most enviable qualities, but it also makes them much more difficult to corral, even when it’s for their own good. While appropriate fencing may keep some land creatures…

International Micro Air Vehicle Conference 2014

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The Micro Aerial Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab) of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is proud the present the 2014 International Micro Air Vehicle Conference (IMAV 2014), now offering the possibility of attending the conference by live stream free-of-cost. The live stream will…

New enclosure ensures SMAP UAV research keeps on flying

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A new enclosure for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) testing gives the Systems Management and Production (SMAP) Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) new capabilities to test software and hardware while not violating Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules.…

NMSU, FAA pursue sought-after drone research

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By Lindsey Anderson LAS CRUCES >> A single white trailer sits near runway 4-22 at the Las Cruces airport, the antenna on top chatting with the 21.5-foot-long Aerostar A drone parked on the tarmac outside. This is where New Mexico State…

DoD wants plug-and-play UAS

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PAUL RICHFIELD Plug-and-play could be the key to a Department of Defense effort designed to set common technical guidelines for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) control systems and the software programs that drive them. At the core is NATO Standard Agreement…

Draw the line on drones

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Chicago got around to regulating aircraft over the city in 1919, only after a dirigible crashed through a skylight of the Illinois Trust and Savings Bank at LaSalle and Jackson, an accident that left 13 people dead. We would be…

Widespread Commercial Drone Flights ‘Years Away’

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Andy Pasztor WASHINGTON—Widespread use of commercial drones is likely to take significantly longer than many proponents of the budding industry anticipate, according to U.S. and Canadian aviation regulators. That blunt message was delivered by high-ranking aviation safety officials from the…