MIT Researchers Develop Miniature Brains for Miniature Drones

  MIT researchers are working to create miniature brains for miniature drones – designing a computer chip specifically for the purpose. “Standard computer chips for quadcoptors and other similarly sized drones process an enormous amount of streaming data from cameras and sensors, and interpret that data on the fly to autonomously direct a drone’s pitch, […]

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New Hampshire DOT Brings in sUAS for Routine Bridge Inspection

As part of a routine bridge inspection, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will be supplementing imagery by using a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). According to an announcement from the NHDOT, the inspection will take place at the Vilas Bridge over the Connecticut River in Walpole, N.H./Bellows Falls, Vt. Built in 1930, the […]

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UW-Madison Master’s Program Focuses on Data and Drones for Environmental Issues

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has established a new master’s degree program on using drones and satellites to solve environmental problems. Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI), an option within the Nelson Institute’s Environmental Conservation M.S. program, will integrate Earth observation technologies and “big data” analytics with professional leadership. The 15-month program combines hands-on, in-person training with […]

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Bzzz! How Much Do Drone Noises Tick People Off?

Researchers at NASA have released the results of a study determining how annoying the noise of a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) really is to people. By having human testers compare the noise generated by consumer drones to that of cars, the researchers did, indeed, find a greater annoyance level for sUAS, but they plan […]

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