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Sep 01, 2015

State fire crews too ‘overwhelmed’ to test drones

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Don't expect drones to fly over the largest fire in state history. At least not for a while."We've been so overwhelmed by just the ongoing suppression effort," said State Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark.

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Aug 20, 2015

Big data drilldown part 2: Sensor and data collection technologies advance

"This is the decade of big sensing."

That's how Peter Breunig, general manager of technology management and architecture at Chevron IT, described the state of the industry in his opening keynote speech at the 2014 Rice University's Oil & Gas High-Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop. His remarks appear in a news article on the university's website.

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Jun 18, 2015

Royal Navy warship uses drones to net £98m heroin haul

A drone aircraft was used by a Royal Navy warship to spy on drug smugglers, leading to a series of raids in which heroin with a street value of £98 million was seized. Six boats carrying narcotics were boarded off the east coast of Africa and their cargoes seized by an international task force which included British frigate HMS Richmond.

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Jun 04, 2015

A New Approach; NSW Opens UAS School

Late in the morning, the sun beats down on a small group of structures in the middle of a field in Camp Roberts, Calif. More than a dozen men gather around a tent at the back end of the site as Senior Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Travis Bramwell speaks to them. As he speaks, a man kneels beside him and refuels a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial system.

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Feb 13, 2015

Next Generation ScanEagle Engine

Orbital is pleased to announce that the Orbital designed and developed, Insitu ScanEagle propulsion system has recently passed the United States of America, Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) Federal Aviation Regulation section 33.49 reciprocating aircraft engine endurance test (“FAR 33.49”).

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Sep 23, 2014

Researchers Are Saving Sea Cows, Rhinos, And Other Animals With Drones

Neil Smith, Insitu Pacific Ltd. Marine researcher Amanda Hodgson holding an aerial drone. Studying ocean animals can be a tough gig. By simply observing them you change their environment. You can try to get as close as possible by boat, but you run the risk of stressing the animals out or scaring them off. Alternatively, you can get in a plane and observe them from the air — but flying can be risky, and you can't get very close to the animals because of the noise.

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