German Heron UAS hits operational milestone

 German Heron UAS hits operational milestone

The Heron UAS operated Airbus Defence and Space and the German Air Force in Afghanistan has reached an operational milestone having chalked up 25,000 flight hours in the country.

The Heron UAS is used to perform intelligence and reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan in support of the German armed forces’ ‘Resolute Support’ mission.

The UAS uses its satellite data link to perform round-the-clock monitoring of a 300,000 square km region in Northern Afghanistan, transmitting real-time video feed back to base and providing overwatch for soldiers and civilians on the ground.

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Application Note: Airborne Spectrometers Volcanic Emissions

DUNEDIN, Fla., Nov. 27, 2015 — Flying into the maws of active volcanoes, spectrometers from Ocean Optics will help scientists study the effects of eruptions on climate.

As part of the Trail by Fire project, the Flame miniature spectrometers will be flown directly below volcano plumes aboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They will take differential optical absorption spectrometry (DOAS) measurements to quantify sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels.

The Flame spectrometers will fly aboard TurboAce Matrix unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Surf shop would follow OC drone regulations

Drone demo held at Gazette offices

Shown is the DJI Pantom II drone owned by Jim Nanos of Apple Investigations. Nanos said the drone cost about $7,000 with all its components. He is using the equipment for a second business, which will provide aerial photographs and video for clients.

OCEAN CITY – While it is unknown how many will potentially be affected by Ocean City’s drone ban, the owners of the 7th Street Surf Shop have every intention of complying with the recently enacted ordinance.

According to Becky Friedel, who along with her husband Larry, runs the 7th Street Surf Shop, they have used an unmanned aviation vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, to capture images of surfers. She said their manager a lot of time practicing off the island and has turned into a “very good pilot.”

The video has become very popular, with one video getting 103,000 hits on the Internet and was shared 700 times. Friedel said they would video up and down the Ocean City beaches in the spring when no one was out. Their video, she said, has been shared by news stations and the city.

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New drone technology emerges from Queen’s Human Media Lab

Roel Vertegaal, the director of the Human Media Lab, holds up one of the ShapeDrones.
Roel Vertegaal, the director of the Human Media Lab, holds up one of the ShapeDrones.Researchers at the Queen’s Human Media Lab (HML) have unveiled drone technology that allows users to virtually construct three-dimensional structures.

HML’s BitDrone system was unveiled earlier this month at the 28th annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The BitDrones system uses self-levitating nano-quadcopter drones — drones that use four small propellers — to create complex 3D models that translate toreal-time computer designs. Roel Vertegaal, the director of HML and a professor of human-computer interaction in the School of Computing, says he’s thrilled by the progress his team has made.

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Connecticut Senator Calls For Regulations On Recreational Drone Use

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A trade group has estimated 400,000 drones will be sold this holiday season.

“Drones are literally flying off the shelves,” said Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Blumenthal said he would like to see some simple rules for drones, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

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Kickstarter-launched drone startup denies it cheated customers

As the fallout continues from the implosion of Europe’s largest Kickstarter-funded project, Torquing Group has staunchly denied that it cheated or stole from its Zano-drone customers.

“We strongly refute any allegations made that may suggest that the board of directors have misappropriated any funds,” it wrote.

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