Monthly Archives: January 2015

Insurance Underwriting of UAV Uses

The UAV market continues to expand with many examples and uses multiplying by the day (some currently legal and some illegal in the United States).  SwissRE has a good article and white paper on it. The white paper goes into … Continue reading

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Variety of UAV Uses in Agriculture

There was a good article recently about the diversity of uses of UAVs in Agriculture.   Outside the obvious remote scanning with multi-, hyper-spectral, thermal and ground penetrating radar are other ideas that were mentioned. Targeted aerial spraying is another application, … Continue reading

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Compressing Large Datasets from UAVs (and Other Aerial Platforms)

In my posts on a possible future with many UAVs flying capturing data across rural areas and then choosing to process themselves or send out processing to other companies/agencies, it brings up a problem of storage with huge images and … Continue reading

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Agriculture Interests Wait for UAV Approval from the FAA

The Grand Forks Herald had a story this past Saturday on how farmers and ranchers are in a waiting game, waiting for FAA approval before they can use UAVs on their own land.  Currently only research flights are being flown … Continue reading

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UAVs at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show is busy this year promoting UAVs, or Drones in their vernacular.  This BBC summary of the show focuses on battery life and the selfie culture with social media right now, not on commercial, aerial survey aspects. … Continue reading

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NCAR & UC-San Diego Expanding Geo/Bio-science Data with NSF Grant

The National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of California at San Diego have a National Science Foundation Grant to improve visualization between different, disparate data-sets.  The project is known as WASP (Wavelet-enabled Progressive Data Access and Storage Protocol). … Continue reading

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Grand Forks, North Dakota Sheriff’s Department Gets UAV Donation

The sheriff’s department of Grand Forks County, North Dakota has received a donation of two Dragonfly UAVs.  The department has been leasing them from the Dragonfly company, but they donated the $34,000 UAV that is effective on June 1, 2015. … Continue reading

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