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.
Tuck Mapping Solutions enjoys a well-earned reputation as an innovator in the geospatial data collection business. The Big Stone Gap, Va., mapping firm was among the first to improve the accuracy of airborne LiDAR by installing the scanner in a helicopter for lower and slower operations. Tuck Mapping also led the industry in co-mounting an aerial camera with a LiDAR in one helicopter for simultaneous capture of imagery and elevation data.
In the January 2020 issue of POB, find out how surveying and monitoring played a key role in Long Island Rail Road's much-anticipated main corridor track addition. Also in this issue, learn about emerging trends for drones in 2020.