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The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are co-organizing the first ever "Experts Meeting on Humanitarian UAVs" on...
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It's unfortunate they can't make it. To be clear, I don't work at Matternet Inc (the Matternet project began in 2011 with a team of 18 co-founders).

I am working across industry, academia, gov, NGOs and non-profits in New Zealand.

I will send you an email with more details. It'd have been great for me to have been aware of is earlier and perhaps join.

Now that New Zealand also has a seat in the Security Council, it brings a heightened opportunity I believe to highlight advances in the demilitarization of the technology and the rapid adoption of humanitarian uses and incentives for open innovation.

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Good on ya Google! Love the fixed wing incorporating vertical take off.
 
Introducing Project Wing from Google[x], a new approach to delivery using self-flying vehicles. 
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A surf pole with a nice squid hook will bring it home!  You need to hover much higher for delivery.
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Heading to this next week in Perth, Australia. Will anyone else in this circle be there?
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I wish! Perth would be great! 
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Hello all, 

Thanks for accepting me to the group! 

I'm just having fun capturing footage for hobby purposes while the FAA and everyone figures out their rules... 

I'm going to post my most recent footage, but let me know if showcasing videos is acceptable in the community and I will avoid posting any more flight vids if so.

Thanks! 
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+Mark Rosser  I'll shoot you a PM with the details. Nobody else is really catching on in this market yet, so I don't want to make it too easy on them to copy what I'm doing.
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A video camera strapped to the nose of an unmanned aircraft first shows only a spinning, sunlit horizon in the barrens of southern Jordan. Then the camera swoops, low and slow, over a hilltop whose surface recalls photographs of the lunar battlefields of World War I Europe.
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Owners of FireFlight Unmanned Aircraft Systems, based in Oklahoma City, delivered three aircraft to the Possum Kingdom East Volunteer Fire Department last month.
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Search and Rescue Teams from around the top of New Zealand's South Island met in the Molesworth Station at the weekend for a LandSAR exercise. The teams were using unmanned aircraft systems as part of their live scenarios. Tasman regional SAR committee chairman John King said UAS had been raised ...
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Hi Victor....just a brief discussion at this point to see whether we have some common ground to publish within. Many thanks!
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At long last, we round out our trilogy of public safety demonstration videos built around two days of training exercises with the Eugene Fire Department, arranged by our friends at Rising Tide Innovations. We saved the best (or at least the hottest) for last: a burning building. Here it is!

Now, technically, the building itself isn't burning, because it's a training facility made of reinforced concrete covered in heat-resistant tiles like the belly of the space shuttle – but you could have fooled us, based on the amount of smoke pouring out and the number of firefighters moving inside to extinguish the blaze.

There was a lot happening in this scenario, and it was over very quickly. We only had time to put RQCX-3 “Raven” up twice before it was all over. However, during those precious few minutes, we were able to show what the drone could do.

First, with her FLIR thermal imaging camera, Raven was able to see through the smoke – which can sometimes be a misleading indicator of where a fire is actually located inside a structure – and provide an accurate picture of where the heat (and, therefore, the fire) was most intense.

Second, we were able to monitor firefighters working on the roof of the structure and look for places were it might be in danger of collapsing. Being a fireproof building, it wasn't actually going to collapse, but it was an important test because many firefighters are killed every year when they fall through the roof and directly into a fire.

All that you saw in the video. What you didn't see was that the firefighters working inside the structure were given a mission besides putting out the fire. They also had to find several “survivors” located inside the building. In this case, “survivor” means badly scorched mannequin, but you get the idea.

If we had more time, it would have been interesting to get some video form inside the building and talk to the firefighters about how they conduct a search in such harrowing circumstances.

Then, after the exercise was complete, Captain Markus Lay (whom you met in the video) threw down a challenge for Techinstein and Raven: read the license plate on a truck parked in a neighboring yard.

There were several chain-link fences as well as some railroad tracks between our ground station and the target – so this wasn't the most permissive electromagnetic environment for FPV flying – but both pilot and aircraft came through like champs.
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OSCE to use UAV for monitoring activities.   Flights commenced last week.
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It's not clear if the drones directly helped save any lives, but this is clearly the future of disaster relief.
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New 250 build.flys on rails and is pretty fast
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Good use of drones by Easyjet
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Learn how archaeologists are discovering the most ancient of artifacts utilizing the most high-tech of tools.
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Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.
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Humanitarian UAV Network webiste
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Thanks Victor.
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Popular Science sat down with drone company Arch Aerial to chat about how drones are changing the way some sports are filmed. 
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