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Drones help scientists map glaciers to monitor world water supply

Drones help scientists map glaciers to monitor world water supply

About five km high in the Peruvian Andes, drones are helping scientists map glaciers and wetlands with 10cm precision and gauge how climate change will affect the people who rely on those glaciers for water supply.

The strategy provides a ground for research teams that are investigating water security in other areas of the world with much larger populations, including India and China.

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Drone FAA Regulation News

Today the FAA announced a registration statutory requirement now that applies to all aircraft. Aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
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DJI Introduces Company’s First Agriculture Drone

DJI Introduces Company’s First Agriculture Drone

Shenzhen, Nov. 27, 2015 – DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial vehicle technology, Friday announced the launch of a smart, crop-spraying agricultural drone.

The DJI Agras MG-1 is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials. It can be rinsed clean and folded up for easy transport and storage after use.

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UAS Task Force Outlines Recommendations for Registration

UAS Task Force Outlines Recommendations for Registration

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration released the initial Task Force recommendations for the registration of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). In October, PrecisionHawk was selected by the Department of Transportation to serve on the UAS task force along with a diverse group of 24 other entities in the manned and unmanned space. The goal was to develop recommendations for a drone registration process that increases safety standards and could be tied into the final rule for sUAS.
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DJI is removing mandatory no-fly zones from its drones

DJI is removing mandatory no-fly zones from its drones

One of the leading manufacturers of consumer drones is loosening the control it has over whether the craft can take off in restricted areas, such as near airports. breaking free of legacy it
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How a Flying iPhone Secured Investors - The pitch that had the Sharks fighting for a chance to buy in.

Last week, a young aerospace engineer presented a $300 iPhone/Android drone on prime time’s hit entrepreneurship program, Shark Tank, and had the investors clambering among themselves for a chance to buy in. Founder of startup company xCraft, JD Claridge, and his partner Charles Manning, a veteran software developer, have created a product that can turn any iPhone or Android smartphone into a self-navigating drone. Equipped with four propellers and a plastic shell, the apparatus can be attached to the mobile device and sent hovering above.

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Comment on FAA's UAS Registration Requirements by 11/6/2015

If you have a problem with the way the FAA is requiring UAS systems to be registered, with a N Number and a four month process to add a new system to your 333, please comment now!

Clarification of Applicability of Aircraft Registration Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Request for Information Regarding Electronic Registration

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2015-4378-0022
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4 Reasons Your Business Needs Aerial Video

4 Reasons Your Business Needs Aerial Video

This is for the businesses looking for new ways to excite people about their story. For the engineer that wants to showcase his latest project, the architect completing an amazing feet, the marketing director interested in aerial cinematography…this post is for you.
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Drone action urged

With a million drones expected in consumer hands by Christmas, a $1.9 million fine now sought by the FAA from one drone operator, and a growing mountain of sighting reports from pilots, members of a House committee with jurisdiction over civil aviation vented frustration and urged action during an Oct. 7 hearing.
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Former NTSB Board Member Goglia: Unreasonable UAS Rules Promote Culture of Non-compliance

Within a week of the FAA’s heralding its milestone “achievement,” 1,000 so-called 333 exemptions to allow commercial use of unmanned aerial systems or drones, the agency issued a press release decrying what it calls the huge increase in drone sightings by pilots. According to the FAA, “pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014 to more than 650” by the beginning of August this year. Aside from the fact that the FAA is encouraging reporting, as are aviation groups such as ALPA, which could account for the increase in sightings, the data itself is largely unvetted, with no FAA analysis that I’ve seen of any potential safety impact to the manned aircraft from any of these individual sightings. So, in my opinion, the value of this data for safety purposes is conjectural, at best.
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