VIDEO: Businesses Explore Use Of Digital, Thermal Cameras On Drones

In splashes of pink, blue and yellow, the room around David Dvorak and Kaci Lemler comes into focus on a nearby screen. The view originates from a thermal camera — one of three cameras mounted on a nearby unmanned aircraft. Combining the cameras for a flight earlier in March took some creative engineering for Dvorak and…
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Study Uses Bird Collision Data To Calculate Risk Unmanned Aircraft Pose To National Airspace

Birds running afoul of airplanes is nothing new to aviators, but these animals may hold the key to predicting the risk small unmanned aircraft pose to the commercial airspace. Researchers proposed drawing a parallel between the expected influx of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, and birds flying in airspace in order to estimate…
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Expert: Unmanned Aircraft Could Help Solve Growing Demand For Produce

The world’s population has tripled since John Nowatzki was born more than five decades ago, but acres of farmland needed to feed it continues to shrink. The pressure is on for farmers to produce more crops on less land, and unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, may be the tool to help them meet that…
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UND Gets Federal OK To Collect Data With Unmanned Aircraft For Commercial Purposes

UND can now take pictures and video from unmanned aircraft for commercial use, but federal officials aren’t ready to let the school to get into the business of unmanned flight training just yet. The university submitted a petition in August asking the Federal Aviation Administration to grant it permission to collect data using the aircraft,…
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Unmanned Aircraft Research Committee Changes Name To Reflect Evolving Industry

A UND committee tasked with evaluating unmanned aircraft systems research projects has changed its name to give the public a better idea of its evolving role. Upon approval from interim UND President Ed Schafer, the group’s name will no longer be the UAS Research and Compliance Committee but rather the Committee on UAS Research Ethics…
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