Fair or not, surveying professionals have long been labeled as staunchly independent.There is little doubt of the pride that prevails throughout the profession, but so too does the demand for savvy business techniques, perhaps no more so than today.
Flights would be limited to daylight, visual line-of-sight operations
February 15, 2015
“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Superstorm Sandy devastated the northeastern United States in October 2012, leaving death and destruction in its wake. According to a report by the National Hurricane Center, Sandy led to at least 147 deaths and caused more than $50 billion in damage.
As unmanned aerial systems (UAS) become more prevalent in the skies, the United States is engaged in spirited conversation about their impact on the constitutional guarantees of privacy and free speech. Over the next 10 years, tens of thousands of these vehicles could be safely darting in our national airspace, providing a wealth of valuable services to homeowners, ranchers, farmers, journalists and businesses. Many of these vehicles will be equipped with remote sensing technology enabling the identification of individuals. This technological leap forward brings with it challenges to our concept of “privacy” and “free speech” our society has not yet faced.
Buckle up. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are ready to take off for the surveying and geospatial professions.
At the AUVSI’s Unmanned System’s conference this summer, manufacturers taxied around the exhibition floor with the newest technology. On Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, investors—such as former Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson—are fueling up startups. In Washington, the FAA and other government agencies are navigating policy and privacy issues.