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Testing Search-and-Rescue Drones that May Soon Save Lives

Testing Search-and-Rescue Drones that May Soon Save Lives

I had always envisioned that drone technology could be used in first-responder situations, but for that to really happen, the technology had to mature a little more. In late 2014, at the brink of the release of the Phantom 3, I realized that now the time was right to put the ball in motion and […]
Drone News Video: SnotBot Helps Whales

Drone News Video: SnotBot Helps Whales

Just as its name implies, the SnotBot drone deals with a pretty disgusting thing: specifically, whale snot. Before you get grossed out and move on, it’s worth hearing how the Ocean Alliance uses the mucous collected by SnotBot to gather whale genetic information and monitor health and wellness. In this video, the Roswell Flight Crew […]

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Drones & Conservation: Monitoring Arctic Sea Ice

Drones & Conservation: Monitoring Arctic Sea Ice

Flying the Ptarmigan hexacopter in challenging conditions Springtime in northern Alaska is the right time for a whale hunt. Vast sheets of sea ice crumble together into huge masses that grind into the ocean floor, anchoring it for a time. To get to open water to hunt whales, Inupiat whaling crews will break miles of […]
UAS for Search and Rescue

UAS for Search and Rescue

Looking through the Trees When an autistic 11-year-old on his bike went missing with his dad’s rifle this past August, Alaska State Troopers had a problem. They couldn’t activate their normal search-and-rescue protocols because a gun was involved; they didn’t want to take a chance of putting search crews in danger. They instead called the […]

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Drones & Conservation: DartGun!

Drones & Conservation: DartGun!

South Africa’s Super Drone Advanced drones armed with double-barrel dart guns—that sounds like a scifi movie if ever I heard one. But it’s true—and not in a sinister way. In fact, such helpful drones could actually be coming to the United States very soon. The aptly named DartGun is the latest development from Haevic, a […]
Aerial Videography: Antarctic Adventure

Aerial Videography: Antarctic Adventure

Just a quick peek at a fantastic article on flying a drone in Antarctica. Adventure photographer and drone pilot Gavin Garrison talks about the challenges of flying over an iceberg-laden waters. Here is a little excerpt from that article that will appear in the March issue of RotorDrone Magazine. In late 2016, I was driving north […]

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Sea Otters Study with a Drone

(Photo by Brent Paull) The beach was clear of ice and snow, and the gray rocks and gravel were drying in the warm sun. Nearby grass was showing hints of green, early for this Alaska spring. Drifting on its back in Kachemak Bay, near the town of Homer, Alaska, a sea otter ate morsels of […]

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Can UAVs Save the Elephants?

Can UAVs Save the Elephants?

Here is a great story from Air & Space Magazine (July 2015) By mark Betancourt. Sentinels in the sky are hunting the poachers. Biologists predict that within 10 years, rhinos and elephants could be extinct in the African wild because of poaching. Wildlife rangers patrolling millions of acres of land are mostly helpless to stop […]
Can Drones Save the Planet?

Can Drones Save the Planet?

It’s perfectly clear — rotordrones and multirotor craft are here to stay. Turn on the TV and in no time you’ll see news mentions discussing the pros and cons of this still- evolving technology. Rotordrones and various other multirotor designs are a curiosity for most folks and too often are shown in a negative light. […]
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