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Drone to Fly Autonomously Inside Fukushima Reactor

A drone is being developed to survey the interior of reactor buildings at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. The unmanned aircraft will use lasers to detect and avoid obstacles in flight and will be able to land to replace its batteries in the absence of an operator.
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Alaska researchers study sea otters with unmanned aircraft

Watching marine life to gather data about behavior and abundance can be tedious and time-consuming for researchers, but recent studies indicate unmanned aircraft may offer a way around such obstacles.

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists conducted two field studies to see if cameras at various altitudes can take high-resolution photographs of beaches at low tide and hover above sea otters without disturbing them.
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DJI's experimental drone will help prevent collisions

DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically for developers to help them test new sensors, processors and other tech. The bare-bones looking craft will fly for 20 minutes with a 2.2 pound payload or longer using an extra battery. The company said it "includes everything needed to fly with minimal assembly and no need for tuning or programming."
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Canada Wants to Train Everyone to Use Drones in Their Everyday Jobs

Across the globe, drones are being used to map how diseases spread, survey farmland and even deliver pizza. While American regulators have been slow to come up with a rulebook for the evolving industry, Canada has emerged as a leader in commercial drone use—from oil sands monitoring in Alberta to becoming the the testing ground for Amazon’s aerial delivery service.
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AirMap Is A Sky Atlas For Drone Users

Bought a drone, and want to fly it legally, but have no idea where to do that? A new map created by drone hobbyists and enthusiasts aims to be an atlas, laying out the legal landscape for piloting unmanned vehicles. Called simply AirMap, the project is a collaboration between Ben Marcus, who created the NoFlyZone registry for people who don't want drones buzzing around their houses, and Gregory McNeal, a professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine. Available now in beta form, the AirMap takes user input and regulation changes into account, creating a durable map of which sections of sky are currently safe and legal for drones to fly in.
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Motorcycle-racing fans get rare drone's eye view

Motorcycle racing fans attending Friday’s EnduroCross race at Orleans Arena saw camera angles of a sporting event they’ve never seen before on their smartphones thanks to a Las Vegas-based company that produced images from a camera mounted on a drone that flew above the action.
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PrecisionHawk Signs UAV Research Agreement with FAA to Address Extended Visual Line of Sight

PrecisionHawk will work with the FAA to develop aircraft standards and operational procedures for extended line-of-sight to identify a pathway for safe integration of drones into the National Airspace System
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How drones are facilitating relief efforts in Nepal

One of the biggest challenges in getting disaster aid to places like Nepal has always been how reach areas that have been cut off by destroyed roads or rubble. But now aid workers have a new tool to help: drones.
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FAA Continues to Modify UAS Approval Process to Expedite Integration

By the end of 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had approved less than 15 Section 333 exemptions authorizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. Roughly three months later, that number has jumped to over 130 Section 333 exemptions approved. The surge in approvals can be attributed to recent changes in the FAA’s approval process as well as increasing pressure from the White House and industry to speed up UAS integration. A few of the recent changes implemented by the FAA include introduction of a “blanket” COA, reliance on a “summary grant” process, and dialing back of certain prerequisites to approval.
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Is it Time for a Drone Ambulance?

In the event of an emergency, first responders are the most crucial part of making sure everyone involved gets out quickly and safely. Sometimes traffic, one way city streets, construction, and other forces out the emergency responders control hinder how quickly they are able to arrive at the scene, which is not a positive outcome for anyone involved. Consider a remote controlled drone. This type of machine can circumvent any type of obstacle it may come across on the streets in order to get to a situation as quickly as possible.
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