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How Drones Could Advance Polar Science and Navigation (Once They Work Out the Kinks)
February 02, 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has attached a delegation to this year’s Deep Freeze. The Coast Guard, just like any American in any public park these days, is fascinated by all the drones flying around, and wondered: How the hell can we make these things useful?

Deep Freeze 2016: Another year, another journey
February 02, 2016

This blog is the first in a series of posts following the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as they journey to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze 2016. Follow their journey.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Enable Tactical ISR
May 28, 2015

The U.S. Department of Defense's fleet of unmanned aircraft systems enables tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) - without endangering military personnel and at a lower cost than manned aircraft.

AeroVironment Receives FAA Section 333 Exemption For UAS Operations In The United States”
April 09, 2015

Under the new policy, the FAA will grant a certificate of waiver or authorization for all flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS operator that has already received a Section 333 exemption. The COA allows the exempt UAS operator to fly anywhere in the U.S. without the need to acquire a COA for every flight—a major change from the previous approach.

An Inside Look at Drones
November 17, 2014

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, are controversial surveillance tools that can lead to talk of government spying. But experts at a half-day symposium at Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo last week said drones are also used to save law enforcement lives and to provide environmental and agricultural benefits.

Total Number of Plug-In Vehicles on American Roads Doubles in a Year
July 14, 2014

EDTA recently released sales data for the U.S. electric drive market, showing that the total number of plug-in vehicles on the road has doubled since this time last year. 222,590 plug-in vehicles have been sold since mass market roll-out in late 2010. That number reflects 99 percent growth over the 111,962 sold thru June 2013.

NBC News: Robots, Drones and Subs: Where Should the Military Invest?
February 25, 2014

Unmanned systems have an incredible amount of potential.

CNN: North Dakota Testing New Drone Technology
February 10, 2014

"You can operate these aircraft for a fraction of the cost of what a manned aircraft unit would cost an agency." The UAS-es help "increase situational awareness" for officers in the event of a criminal pursuit, a flood or even a traffic jam. The aircrafts also provide "a perspective that deputies on the ground would not easily get," says Frazier.

Connecticut Fire Department Employs Drone at Quarry Fire
February 03, 2014

It was initially feared the fire was near explosives that might ignite, but a drone was flown over the site to take photos.

Charged EV’s: DC Fast Charging Billing Models
January 20, 2014

An increasing number of drivers are depending on public charging to extend the useful range of their vehicles.

Pentagon Issues 25-Year Unmanned Systems Roadmap
January 03, 2014

The DOD plans to spend $3.7 billion on research and development, procurement and operations and maintenance of UAS this year, increasing to $4.8 billion in 2015. It plans to spend $21.6 billion over the course of its five-year future years defense program (FYDP

Nissan LEAF® Owner Surpasses 100,000 Miles
December 16, 2013

Today, state of Washington resident Steve Marsh officially became the first Nissan LEAF owner in the US to surpass 100,000 miles. Amazingly, it took Marsh only 31 months to achieve this feat. In celebration of the odometer clicking over to show 100,000, Marsh met in Tumwater, Washington with representatives from Nissan, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and other EV drivers in the area who showed up to congratulate him.

42% Of US Households Could Be EV Drivers
December 13, 2013

Analysis indicates that a large fraction (42 percent) of households with vehicles could potentially use the types of EVs currently on the market.

What are the Top Ten Civilian Uses of Drones that Don’t Impinge Privacy?
December 05, 2013

Geospatial vendors in the United States wait rather impatiently as the Federal Aviation Administration works on regulations that will allow the use of drones or unmanned aerial systems for commercial applications. Given the growing interest, and the ability for these tools to address new areas of application, it’s fitting to survey the top markets, the advantage, and the sensors that provide new insight in a wide area of application.

National Geographic: 5 Surprising Uses for Drones
December 02, 2013

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on CBS television Sunday, revealing to viewers of 60 Minutes that his company is testing drones that could deliver packages in as little as half an hour after an online purchase. With the help of buckets, the drones are designed to handle loads of up to five pounds, which account for about 86 percent of Amazon deliveries.

UAS Maps Lost Pyramids In The Andes
October 29, 2013

Using a small, hand-launched, Unmanned Aircraft Sytem (UAS) equipped with a downward facing camera and a sophisticated autopilot system, archaeologist Mark Willis documented the site of the Pyramids of Zuleta as it has never been seen—from extremely low altitude and at high resolution. This was a challenging task as most of the pyramids are located in the bottom of steep constricted canyon inhabited by Andean Condors.

Using Drones To Monitor Changes In The Environment
October 21, 2013

Some of those researchers are tracking wildfires, ozone concentrations, oil spills, volcano ash, changes in sea ice and sea lions.

Using Drones To Thwart Elephant Poachers
October 19, 2013

Drones are the latest weapon conservationists are using to fight elephant poachers in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.

SCI-TECH: Drone-Assisted Archeology
October 13, 2013

It’s a true revolution for archaeologists and helps them save a lot of time.

“Before we had this kind of technology, everything was done by hand,” says Sebastien Freudiger, who is also working on the project. “Each wall was drawn by hand, each layer was drawn by hand. Now, this new technology enables us to do all of that on a computer.”

It takes the drone just ten minutes to take all the snaps needed. They are then processed by computer and transformed into highly precise 3D data.

Battery Innovation Center Opens at Westgate –Crane Technology Park
September 09, 2013

Center secures 12 corporate and academic members to begin projects aimed at accelerating the battery market

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 30, 2013) The Battery Innovation Center (BIC), launched by Energy Systems Network, opens today at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane making Indiana a “hub” for advanced battery testing and development.

The BIC will leverage Indiana’s public and private sector assets in advanced battery technologies to create a center of excellence that will meet the research and development, rapid prototyping and contract manufacturing needs of industry, academic and military customers. After receiving $15.6 million in economic development bonds from the Greene County Council, construction began on the 32,000 square foot facility last August. The building was designed by American Structurepoint and built by Keystone Construction Corporation.

Popular Science: Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2013-2014 Plug-In Car, With Specs
August 14, 2013

It's a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing. Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.

Unmanned Aircraft Proponents See Future Beyond Battlefields
July 10, 2013

Flying over London’s Tower Bridge and the Thames River, dozens of small unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with lights flew in formation displaying the iconic Starfleet Academy emblem in the night sky.

The demonstration, which took place in March, was an advertisement concocted by Paramount Pictures and Ars Electronica, an Austria-based company, to promote the recently released Star Trek Into Darkness film.

The light-hearted promotion stands in contrast to the images of war that UAVs often conjure and is an example of a growing interest to use unmanned aircraft for non-military purposes.

Nissan To Add Electric Vehicle Quick Charging At More Than 100 U.S. LEAF-Certified Dealerships
July 08, 2013

In an effort to speed the expansion of electric vehicle charging and build consumer awareness of the capability of the all-electric Nissan LEAF, Nissan will support installation of more than 100 DC quick chargers at LEAF-certified dealers in 21 key markets nationwide.

How Drones Will Fight Poachers To Save Endangered Species
May 08, 2013

The World Wildlife Fund wants to thwart international crime with robots.

Telecom-Equipped Drones Could Revolutionize Wireless Market
April 30, 2013

“Each one of our small unmanned aircraft can operate somewhat like a miniature and very low-cost communications satellite at 400 to 500 feet above ground,” Gitlin said. “It’s basically like a flying Wi-Fi hot spot.”

From Battle to Birds: Drones Get Second Life Counting Critters
April 26, 2013

The U.S. military and law enforcement agencies have seen on the domestic use of the robotically piloted planes known as drones. Working on the sidelines of this debate, the U.S. Geological Survey has been trying to find a second life for retired military drones in the areas of environmental and wildlife management. Instead of watching the battlefield, these drones are watching birds.

How to Charge Millions of Electric Cars? Not All at Once
April 25, 2013

PROPONENTS of electric vehicles like to talk about a not-too-distant future when plug-in cars become ubiquitous, with millions being driven by their owners on the daily commute. Now imagine the end of a workday in that not-too-distant future, when many of those millions of cars are back in their owners’ driveways or garages, plugged in for battery recharging, all at roughly the same time.

UC Berkeley Perfecting “Good” Drones at “Drone Lab”
April 24, 2013

Berkeley drone lab working on robots for good.

Much hoopla, fear and knee-jerk reactions follow the mention of drones in the Bay Area, but not all drones are the scary weapons used in the war on terror. Researchers at UC Berkeley are at this moment working on "good" drones, according to SF Weekly.

Best Selling Nissan in Portland: LEAF Electric Car–Due to Electric Highway?
April 23, 2013

We've already asked whether the Tesla Model S sells more units than the equivalent BMW, Audi or Mercedes--and now Nissan is outselling regular vehicles with its Leaf. Not Corollas or Ford Focus countrywide, of course--but apparently every other Nissan vehicle in March, in Portland, Oregon.

FBI Used Drones In Hostage Rescue
February 05, 2013

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on the technique used by the FBI to save a 5-year-old boy from his kidnapper in a bunker.

Idaho Power Uses Drones to Find Salmon in the Snake River
February 01, 2013

BOISE -- The state legislature is currently debating some issues that deal with drones, including whether Idaho may become a testing site and how privacy issues will be handled. Drones are small-unmanned remotely controlled aircraft, and some are even used for biology research.

Each fall, Idaho Power uses aircraft, usually helicopters, to survey Chinook Salmon nests on the Snake River and make sure the company's projects aren't negatively impacting the threatened species.

Coming Soon: Your Own Personal Drone
January 21, 2013

The recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a treasure trove of new ideas for investors. Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore was there, and in the following video, he reports back on one of the most fascinating forward-looking technologies he saw. Would you believe ... your own personal drone?

Air&Space Smithsonian: Drones for Hire
January 01, 2013

Though there is enormous potential for drone use in emergency situations, infrastructure inspection, and ecological monitoring, many buyers still aren't sure exactly what they need. "The industry is pretty immature," says Embry-Riddle's Currier of the current offerings at AUVSI. He compares it to the early years of auto manufacturing, when motorists had hundreds of brands, and no company dominated. "It's hard to tell which is a production-ready aircraft by just looking at it," says Roy Minson, a vice president at AeroVironment Inc., a leading producer of unmanned aircraft, including the Raven and another fixed-wing, the Puma AE, both of which are popular with the military. But the company is spending millions to refine a multi-rotor it calls the Qube, aimed at civilian firefighters and officers who need an easy way to get a camera overhead and transmitting video within minutes.

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