There's a lot happening this week: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is “unbolting its doors,” in the words of the Pentagon; BBC News talks to FARO about police capturing crimes scenes in 3D (there's a neat video!); AUVSI's president and CEO talks to MarketWatch about drone technology and what he hopes will sway lawmakers.
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This week, the Internet is abuzz over the FAA's approval of the first commercial drone use over land. The FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska—the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation over land.
Autodesk partnered with 3D Robotics to fly UAVs at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. in April during SPAR International 2014. Images captured by the UAVs were processed using Autodesk ReCap 360. Watch the video and check out the resulting images.
This week's most interesting news could be a significant step toward relaxing the FAA's ban on commercial drone use. The administration said Monday it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography. However, many films have already been putting drones to work despite the ban.
Bob Dahn, president of NSPS in 2012, was a recent guest on NPR radio show "The Colin McEnroe Show," based in Connecticut. The show called "Navigating Our World: Maps to GPS" focused on the creation and use of maps throughout history and how GPS affects map usage. It also included guests Michael Blanding, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and Hiawatha Bray, a journalist for the Boston Globe.
Hope everyone had a great long weekend. We'll start this week's roundup with a quirky one: Martha Stewart expounds on her love of UAVs in Vanity Fair this month. She says she owns a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition and uses it to survey her property. She recommends readers buy it! In other links, Autodesk partners with the National Park Service and other vendors to begin an incredible survey of the historic USS Arizona; and there's an interesting discussion from an Australian site about proving the benefits of BIM.
Since AUVSI's annual conference was just last week, this week's roundup is all about drones. A fascinating piece in The Atlantic profiles "drone art" with a Japanese dance troupe known for incorporating advanced technologies into their performances; a Wall Street Journal blogger writes about the benefits of investing in the "drone revolution;" and the Houston Chronicle discusses how energy companies are improving safety conditions using drones.
This week, read about how USGS used LiDAR to find clues to a 1872 quake that blocked Columbia River; Time magazine offers a detailed look at Google's LiDAR-powered self-driving car; and drones are being banned from some U.S. national parks.