Novel ways of surveilling pipelines for inspection. Designing fixes remotely, and making decisions efficiently.
The above image is a satellite photo of New Hampshire, published on Google Maps. Under proposed legislation in that state, this image would be illegal, punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
I write more details about this bill on sUASNews.com. Here's a snippet:
Joining a chorus of states seeking to limit the use of unmanned aerial systems (commonly referred to as “drones” in the media), New Hampshire has written up legislation that would end aerial photography of any kind.Neal Kurk, a Republican and longtime legislator in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives, introduced HB 619 on January 3.The bill would make it a class A misdemeanor to “knowingly creates or assists in creating an image of the exterior of any residential dwelling in this state” with an aerial system, which would carry a maximum fine of $2,000 and up to one year in jail.
The law would make no exception for property owners who willfully have taken pictures of their own property, or have contracted a commercial service to take photos of their own property.
Law enforcement, however, would still have tremendous latitude to obtain aerial photos.
I know we've been talking a lot about wearables so far... and implantables... but these are all just different points of view in a smart world right? Check this flyable out!
And yes- before you rush off and check- I've already made sure that "flyable" is a real word!
This suits my research focus ever so nicely...
I've written on luggables, wearables and implantables... flyables are just the icing on the cake.
For more on AUV Australia visit here. The annual conference is on right now and covers:
"This conference will focus on Aviation & Aerospace applications both Military and Civilian as well as presentations highlighting applications of Terrestrial and Marine unmanned systems in the resources. International speakers will join Australian presentations with delegates including AUVS-Australia and AUVSI members."
NASA unmanned challenge would focus on sense and avoid, among other hot drone issues. For more see article here."The purpose of this exploration or Request For Information is to:
- Determine the unmanned aircraft community's level of interest in competing in this Challenge,
- Gather feedback on the draft rules (see below for a link)
- Identify potential partners interested in (a) providing a venue for the flight competition, as well as assisting NASA in managing and executing this Challenge which may include qualification of potential competitors."
Research and development of open source civilian UAV technology. It's easy as 1, 2, 3!
More about this award winning UAV here taken from a write up in the Sydney Morning Herald.
"An unmanned aerial drone was able to find a dummy of a missing bushwalker with no human intervention in what CSIRO believes is a world-first for a non-military drone.
The Outback Rescue Challenge, a competition for developers of “unmanned airbourne vehicles” (UAVs), was held at Kingaroy in Queensland from Monday to Wednesday.
CSIRO researchers say the performance this week by amateur group Canberra UAV means drones could be assisting rescue workers in as little as five years."
See: http://www.canberrauav.com/ for more.
REMOTE-CONTROLLED drones that can record video footage are being sold in large retail stores, alarming privacy experts who say they could be used to spy on people.
The drones sell for as little as $350, making them increasingly popular with the general public, and worrying those who believe the technology has the potential to be a peeping Tom in the sky.
Associate Professor Kevin Heller from the Melbourne Law School says the idea that private citizens can buy drones and record footage directly onto smartphones had serious privacy implications.
Each and every one of us is living in a sci-fi novel, and this spills into real life into a million different ways ... like the way that Hollywood location scouts and real estate agents now routinely use unmanned drone aircraft. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have gone from military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to simply becoming a routine movie industry tool. The FAA isn't too sure about how to deal with the drones of Hollywood.
British soldiers in Afghanistan are now using the smallest drones ever deployed in a theater of warfare, the BBC is reporting.Read More