NASA imagines a drone of your own

Dave_VosForget getting the latest, greatest cell phone. The next indispensable tech tool may be a drone of your own. And daily life may never be the same.

“I see a time when every home will have a drone. You’re going to use a drone to do rooftop inspections. You’re going to be able to send a drone to Home Depot to get a screw driver,” said Parimal Kopadekar, manager of NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.

And this won’t happen in some long-distant future. “This is in five or 10 years,” Kopadekar said Wednesday.

Kopadekar gave a keynote talk at a conference on Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management hosted by NASA and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The conference, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., runs through Thursday.

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Aerial photographer Vincent Laforet shows the visceral power of cities in the Air Project

The sun sets over a darkened Manhatten skyline in Vincent Laforet's image of New York during a 2004 blackout.The sun sets over a darkened Manhatten skyline in Vincent Laforet’s image of New York during a 2004 blackout. Photo: Vincent Laforet/The New York Times

Aerial photographer Vincent Laforet, who is capturing the bright lights of big cities at night for his AIR Project, says the aviation regulations in Australia are the tightest he’s ever encountered.

“We’ve never heard of so many rules. It makes flying in the US feel like the wild West. We could only fly over the harbour when sunset hit – so from 5.08pm to 5.36pm, and then we had to go to a different altitude and location.”

Laforet takes to the air in a $3 million helicopter and harnesses himself and his cameras – a Canon 5DS and 1DX.
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Sinclair to get $750K UAS lab

Sinclair Community College is installing a $750,000 simulation laboratory for unmanned aerial systems as part of its larger development efforts downtown.

The community college says its $5 million center downtown devoted to testing and evaluation of unmanned aerial systems will now include a laboratory with five simulator units for students, using Synthetic Aperture Radar, or SAR.

The simulator is produced by Israeli company Simlat Ltd., said Deb Norris, vice president of workforce development for Sinclair.

“This kind of technology doesn’t exist nationally,” Norris said, adding it comes through a trade program the school has sought to capture more business interest from Israel.

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New company using drones to help farmers, others

New company using drones to help farmers, othersDo a Google news search for “drones,” and you’ll get about 10 million results.

A study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International shows the economic impact of the integration of drones into the National Airspace System will be more than $13.6 billion over the next three years, more than $82.1 billion by 2025.

Brent Rouse saw an opportunity.

“I’ve flown remote-controlled fixed-wing airplanes as a hobby for about a year, and started to look more into drones because you can’t read the Internet or read a newspaper without seeing something about drones,” said Rouse, founder of Indiana Aerial Solutions.

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‘Roundabout Expo’ showcases Lincolnshire’s creative industries

AERIAL ACTIVITY: Michael Kheng and Simon Weir of Kurnia Aerial Photography with one of their drones.

A dozen creative industries ranging from a drone photography operation to telecomms and high-tech printing firms have literally taken the show on the road in Lincolnshire.

The businesses pitched up on Thursday, July 30 on the Tritton Road roundabout in Lincoln to showcase their products and range of creative skills.

With the iconic new Lincoln Tank Memorial as a backdrop, the ‘Roundabout Expo’ was being staged to highlight the importance of the sector to the county’s economy.

It was the brainchild of the small team of Lincoln Marketing Agency staff at the nearby Sparkhouse Studios, who staged the event.

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