First-person-view drone flying is the closest thing to being a bird

First-person-view drone flying is the closest thing to being a bird

by James Trew Just moments ago, I was flying like a hawk. It wasn’t a dream, or even virtual reality. It was a real, immersive experience fully under my control. Moments later, I’m very much on the ground, poking at some dense, tangled shrubbery with a stick. I had been operating a tiny camera-equipped mini-quadcopter, via video goggles that beam the drone’s eye-view right into your peepers. It’s known as […]

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Feds, partners to ‘geo-fence’ drones out of wildfire areas

Feds, partners to ‘geo-fence’ drones out of wildfire areas

Goal: Stop dangerous intrusions that can impede firefighting efforts Drone over wildfire To address the growing problem of unmanned aircraft systems impeding wildland firefighting efforts, the U.S. Department of the Interior and industry partners said Monday they have activated a prototype warning system that provides real-time alerts and geofencing alarms to prevent drone pilots from interfering with firefighting operations. “This pilot project makes initial wildfire location data publicly available to […]

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Drones Take Flight as Part of New Landfill Monitoring Efforts

Drones Take Flight as Part of New Landfill Monitoring Efforts

Officials in Boise, Idaho, are taking to the air to inspect their landfill. But it’s not with traditional aerial photography. Instead, Ada County has acquired FAA approval to utilize a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) or drone to collect high-resolution, 2-D images of its landfill on a more consistent basis. Previously, it used manned flights to get aerial photos once or twice a year. “We knew we could fly cheaper, […]

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