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By Pitching in to Help Storm Victims, Drones Earn New Respect

Among the drone owners involved in recovery efforts are the members of SWARM (Search With Aerial RC Multirotor), a volunteer group of UAV pilots focused on search and rescue, who sent volunteer crews to both Texas and Florida. Founded by California artist and UAV pilot Jim Bowers (whose alter ego is Demunseed on YouTube), SWARM is working under an emergency COA (Certificate of Authorization) to fly what the Red Cross calls Neighborhood Damage Assessments. A COA allows drone flights at locations, times and altitudes that aren’t normally permitted. Though SWARM had not deployed before the storms, the group quickly dispatched its members to Florida as Hurricane Irma departed the area.

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Watch the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mobile Command Center in action as they monitor IRMA damage using Predator Drones.

The crew that controls the predator and surviellance on it are inside the National Air Security Options Center at Naval Air station Corpus Christi including the cockpit.
Crews used the drone to take before and after photos of the damage.
“We are using the radar to map out some of the geographic points on infrastructure in florida right now for FEMA,” Roddy said.
“Whether it’s trees, damage to certain infrastructures like power plants and hospitals,” Durham said.
The vital information they gather is sent to ground crews.

Drone Delivery Nets. This is a drone delivery idea might just work.

This giant net catches drone deliveries

Could these nets be the mailboxes of the future?

Posted by Futurism on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Japan Post mulling plan to transport parcels between post offices in mountainous areas, to remote islands, by drone.

Japan Post is considering using drones in step with the government’s pro-growth plan under which drone use is eyed for parcel delivery in mountainous regions in 2018 and in urban areas in the 2020s.

“We are aiming to fly drones between post offices in mountainous areas and remote islands,”

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Go fetch! Drones help Swiss rescue dogs find missing people.

Capo, a golden retriever wearing a bright orange rescue harness, runs with his handler in tow towards a body sprawled in the high grass as a giant drone whirrs overhead.

The scene was part of a simulated dog rescue operation this week aimed at highlighting the rapidly growing use of drones to help speed up and expand such searches in Switzerland.

The exercise took place on Wednesday, the same day as a massive landslide on the Piz Cengalo mountain in the Swiss Alps that left eight people missing and triggered a search-and-rescue mission where dogs and drones were deployed.

“The main benefit is to gain more time, to be more efficient and to be faster to find the missing person,”

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Iceland to use drones to search for tourists in the event of a volcanic eruption.

Over the past 11 months, the Icelandic Met Office has twice raised its Katla Volcano alert level to yellow, signaling “elevated unrest.”

For four days this summer, Icelanders watched with concern as a series of strengthening earthquakes peaked at magnitude 3. Natural reservoirs of glacial melt under the ice cap burst and flooded the Mulakvisl River near Vik.  There are also risks from ash, lava and poisonous gases spewing out of the volcano.

The country’s emergency text message system has tested well. For areas with weak phone signals, the plan is to search for travelers with drones.

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Drones are Speeding Hurricane Harvey Response by 800%

All the commercial and residential properties that Hurricane Harvey has devastated will need to be rebuilt. A lot of the money needed for rebuilding will come out of the pockets of insurance companies.

The FAA has expedited approval for drone operators in Texas. By August 31st, the agency had provided clearance to 43 operators.

Insurance companies intend to take full advantage of drones. Over the next few weeks, hundreds of drones will make thousands of weekly trips to flooded areas to record the full extent of the damage done.

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Georgia Tech is teaching drones to dogfight in swarms.

Teams from Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School met in the barren hills of Camp Roberts — a training base for the California National Guard — last January to test their dogfighting skills. Or, rather, to test the dogfighting skills of their swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Each team sent 10 propeller-driven Zephyr drones skyward with instructions to attack any enemies encountered. Although the drones were physically identical, they used different autonomy logic and collaboration and communications software that had been developed by the two teams.

“The ability to engage a swarm of threat UAVs with another autonomous swarm is an area of critical research for defense applications,” Don Davis, division chief of GTRI’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Branch, told Georgia Tech News.

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