Cape Henlopen students use drone to take stunning aerial photos

Photo by: Melissa SteeleCape High photography teacher Jason Fruchtman reviews drone controls with his students. Pictured are (l-r) Fruchtman, Annabell Sadler, Sara Desmond and Brianna Gabbard.

Jason Fruchtman’s photography students are taking their skills to new heights.

Students are using state-of-the-art technology to operate drones and take amazing panoramic photos high above Cape Henlopen High School.

“It’s really cool, a whole new perspective of how the area looks,” said junior Sara Desmond.

Sara is one of 20 students in Fruchtman’s class, which has been working with two Inspire drones over the past two months.

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Researchers Are Scanning Forests With Lasers to Monitor Their Health

Researchers Are Scanning Forests With Lasers to Monitor Their Health

It looks like a work of art, but the image shown above is the 3D structure of an actual forest, reconstructed from sophisticated laser scans that scientists now hope can be used to quickly check a forest’s vital signs. Kinda like a tricorder IRL.

A research team based in Hungary and Vienna is fine-tuning an aerial laser scanning technique known as LIDAR to monitor the health and biodiversity of protected natural areas across Europe. The principle here is quite simple. During an aerial fly-over, a short pulse of infrared radiation is sent from a laser system to the ground. An echo of that pulse is scattered back and captured by a sensor, which uses the degree of scatter to reconstruct the shape of the landscape below.

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Local middle schoolers are piloting the future

Aptakisic Junior High eighth-grader Rachel PotulaWhen he came to Aptakisic Junior High to build drones for some kids, Donald Miller found the same kinds of enterprising minds that got him into the rapidly growing market in the first place.While setting up the school’s first unmanned aerial vehicle, the founder of MadLab Industries told students about how a flood and a farmer changed his career path. Upon hearing the story, seventh-grader Justin Kuncheria had a question:

“Did you get paid?”

“Oh yeah, we got paid, of course,” Miller responded.

From there, some of the kids’ minds took off like a quad-copter.

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What it feels like to fly a drone with your brain

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Vint Cerf has lived a life significantly more interesting than the average person, and Thursday was no exception. Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet as the co-creator of TCP/IP technology, has stayed abreast of the cutting edge of technology even at age 71.

At the Global Conference on CyberSpace, held at the Hague, Cerf tested technology from the Dutch organization SURFnet that lets a person control a drone’s movements with his or her brain. Cerf wore a headset that scanned his brainwaves to determine his intent.

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City of Richmond bans drones and remote-controlled planes

The City of Richmond has banned drones and other remote-controlled aircraft from parks and school grounds.

The City of Richmond has banned drones and other remote-controlled aircraft from parks and school grounds. (CBC)

The ban includes remote-controlled planes and power kites

The City of Richmond, B.C., banned the use of all remote-controlled aircraft, including drones and power kites, in city parks and school grounds.

“We recognize obviously there’s been a great explosion in types of powered small crafts that are out there flying around in the air, and so the bylaw simply extends to cover all types of crafts,” said City of Richmond spokesperson Ted Townsend.

City council voted in favour of the ban at a meeting Monday night.

Unmanned aircraft have caused controversy in recent years. In July 2014, a drone was captured flying dangerously close to YVR. The previous month, a drone from a movie set crashed in downtown Vancouver.

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