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March 24, 2015

Air Shepherd Uses Drones and Predictive Analytics to Combat Poaching in Africa

An alarming increase in poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa has led to some innovative approaches to combat the growing problem. Air Shepherd, an initiative of the Lindbergh Foundation, uses unmanned aircraft systems to monitor animals in South Africa.

March 24, 2015

UAS Utility Inspection Tested

Researchers and industry are collaborating on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to make pipeline inspection easier, safer and more economical. A recent UAS inspection covered 11 miles of Colonial Pipeline Company right of way in rural Virginia. The flight was conducted by the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech with support from Pipeline Research Council International.

March 24, 2015

UNICEF’s Voices of Youth Maps Creates a Digital Map of Climate Risk

Voices of Youth Maps is a collaboration between UNICEF and local governments to bring about positive change through direct engagement with youth groups. The global effort to create digital maps that depict everyday realities focused on natural disasters recently with a culminating presentation at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.

March 24, 2015

Datasets Added to Data.gov Ecosystem Vulnerability Theme

Five new datasets were added to Data.gov’s Ecosystem Vulnerability theme as part of the Climate Data Initiative. The datasets include the California Ocean Uses Atlas, the Environmental Sensitivity Index Threatened and Endangered Species REST Services, the U.S. Forest Service’s Forests to Faucets modeling and mapping data, the National Wildlife Chemical Effects Database, and the Threatened and Endangered Terrestrial Animal Species Richness database.

March 17, 2015

Europe Weighs in on Drone Regulation with Category Definitions

The European Aviation Safety Agency announced its regulatory approach for the commercial and civil operation of unmanned aircraft systems on March 12, 2015.

March 17, 2015

NASA Launches Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

On March 12, 2015, NASA successfully launched the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, which will help scientists better understand the magnetic fields that envelop Earth.

March 17, 2015

ESA’s Sentinel-2A Readies for Launch

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced its Sentinel-2A Earth observation satellite has completed testing and is preparing for launch on June 12, 2015. The agency plans to launch two of the optical Earth observation satellites, with a revisit every five days at the equator and every 2-3 days at mid-latitude.

March 17, 2015

Syria’s Five-Year Conflict Marked by Darkness

A series of satellite images shows the growing effects of the Syrian conflict, which has already cost 200,000 lives and displaced at least one-third of the populace. A recent analysis of the nightlight imagery between March 2011 and today indicates 83 percent of the lights going dark in that time span.

March 10, 2015

Utah Geospatial Group Acquires Google High-Resolution Aerial Photography

The Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC) purchased a license to Google’s statewide high-resolution (6-inch pixels) aerial photography, which will be delivered to members as web services and be housed in the Google Cloud Platform.

March 10, 2015

3DRobotics Receives $50 Million Investment from Qualcomm

Drone maker 3DRobotics (3DR) recently announced a Series C round of fundraising with a $50 million investment from Qualcomm, the mobile chip maker. The investment is intended to leverage the smartphone industry’s innovation and advance applications for 3DR drones.

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