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More Drone Tests Expected in Nevada Under Pilot FAA Program

The skies around Nevada’s largest cities are about to see more drone aircraft, after federal agencies picked the state for testing remote-controlled vehicles in urban airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation announced Jan. 15 that the …

Difficulty in Stopping Drones Highlighted by UK Airport Chaos

When drones buzzing over the runway forced London’s busy Gatwick Airport to shut down, many travelers wondered why it’s so hard for authorities to stop such intruders. Shoot them down, some said. Jam their signals, others suggested. Experts say it’s …

Drone Use Presents New Risks

Originally used for defense by the military, drones are increasingly being used by a variety of industries. With increased use comes the potential for more risks. Brandon Almond, an attorney with Troutman Sanders, discussed common risks associated with drones during …

Japan Government Focuses on Flying Car Project

Electric drones booked through smartphones pick people up from office rooftops, shortening travel time by hours, reducing the need for parking and clearing smog from the air. This vision of the future is driving the Japanese government’s “flying car” project. …

Keeping Skies Safe in the Age of the Drones

Pilotless aircraft that can drop a package at every doorstep or ferry you across town in a fraction of the time taken by the fastest subway train have been a staple of science fiction for decades. But the Drone Age …

Another Use for Drones: Investigating Car Wrecks

When police investigators tried to figure out what caused a multi-vehicle crash that killed an elderly woman in Morton, Illinois, last month, they looked to the sky for help. Like a growing number of police agencies throughout the country, the …

Drones Help Fight Fires After Dark

Kale Casey almost can’t believe what a metal bird 5 feet long, weighing 44 pounds with wings spanning 10 feet, can do to help fight a wildfire. “For eight hours a night, without getting tired, without needing a meal … …

Insurers’ Drone Use Picks up After 2017 Hurricane Season

Insurers’ use of drones to inspect property claims came into full swing in 2017, after the FAA began issuing permission allowing commercial firms to operate unmanned aerial vehicles in designated U.S. airspace. Nearly a year later, while some insurers remain …

ASU Students Use AI to Detect Wildfires

In 2017, nearly 72,000 wildfires burned more than 10 million acres nationwide, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. It cost $2.4 billion to fight them. In Arizona last year, more than 2,300 wildfires scorched nearly 430,000 acres, and the …

Best Inspection Program Incorporates Ground, Aerial Imagery

Dorado, Puerto Rico, Feb. 13, 2018–Blue roofs are visible in the town of Villa Santa in the municipality of Dorado. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey While aerial imagery offers the broadest range of images with the highest refresh rates, it isn’t usually at …