Unmanned aerial vehicles catching cities’ interest, including Richland

Unmanned aerial vehicles catching cities’ interest, including Richland

by BY GEOFF FOLSOM Tri-City Herald The first thing a drone-flying enthusiast tells a group assembled to learn about the hobby is not to call them drones. Ryan Gribble of Kennewick prefers to call them unmanned aerial vehicles. The name drone congers up images of a plane firing missiles with its pilot behind a remote control thousands of miles away, he said. “We don’t necessarily want that associated with our […]

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Drone flight above the Baja California region after blanca hurricane

Drone flight above the Baja California region after blanca hurricane

by Delair-Tech’s drones have facilitated the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE) inspection after the Blanca Hurricane. Last week, tropical storm Blanca approached the southwestern coast of the Baja California Peninsula. Fortunately the storm weakened to a tropical storm when it reached the coast of southwestern Mexico and the southern Gulf of California. Nevertheless, the Federal Electricity Commission, Mexico’s dominant electric company, required Delair-Tech’s drones to assess the extent of […]

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Drone imagery helps map flood risk

Drone imagery helps map flood risk

by The use of aerial surveys from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has proved effective in mapping flood risk for the Environment Agency at the River Mole in Surrey. UAVs – commonly known as drones – are growing in popularity as a method of conducting surveys and inspections in hard-to-reach areas where high quality data and modelling is required. In response to the storms which hit the River Mole – a […]

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California’s commercial drone industry is taking off

California's commercial drone industry is taking off

As the largest American maker of consumer drones, 3D Robotics Inc. sees big opportunities in selling mini-helicopters with cameras, sensors and whirling propellers that buzz like angry hornets. The Berkeley company expects to sell thousands of the pizza-sized drones — for about $1,000 each — at home and abroad this year. Tech-savvy customers want them for capturing wave-shredding surfing runs in the Pacific, monitoring oil and gas pipelines in remote […]

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