U.S. Army Evaluates One of a New Breed of Tethered Drones

U.S. Army Evaluates One of a New Breed of Tethered Drones

PARC hexrotors were stored on the assembly floor last summer during a visit to CyPhy Works in Danvers, Mass. (Photo: Bill Carey) The U.S. Army will evaluate a tethered six-rotor drone capable of streaming high-definition video from up to 400 feet above ground level for days at a time. The CyPhy Works’ Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) System is one of a new breed of small drones designed to […]

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Virginia invests in drone research and education, cites jobs potential

Virginia invests in drone research and education, cites jobs potential

By Matt Leonard The Old Dominion University Research Foundation and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) are flying high after receiving funding from the National Science Foundation to start courses at Virginia community colleges to study unmanned aerial systems. The $899,477 in backing was announced July 20 in a joint statement from the offices of Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D). The funding will go toward education […]

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The Truth About Drones in Mapping and Surveying

The Truth About Drones in Mapping and Surveying

According to 2015 statistics from the US Department of Labor , there are 44,300 surveyors in the United States. But mapping is practiced by a larger population of cartographers, topographers, photogrammetrists, civil engineers, and geographers – it’s not exclusive to the surveying industry. The American Society of Civil Engineers lists more than 150,000 members in 177 countries, and the Imaging and Geospatial Society has 7,000 supporters. All of these disciplines […]

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