Politico Highlights Launch of the Alliance for Drone Innovation in Leading Transportation Newsletter
Politico's leading transportation newsletter, Morning Transpiration, highlighted the launch of the Alliance for Drone innovation in today's morning tip sheet. "Former Obama DOT and FAA official Jenny Rosenberg is the executive director of the Alliance for Drone Innovation, the successor group to the Drone Manufacturers Alliance that now includes a range of drone makers, suppliers and software developers of recreational and commercial unmanned aircraft. The coalition 'will seek to preserve the role of the [FAA] and Congress in regulating the National Airspace System for drones, creating a reasonable regulatory framework for the smallest ‘micro’ drones, and fostering technological solutions that eliminate the need for static technology mandates,' according to a news release."
Alliance for Drone Innovation to Provide Voice for Personal and Professional Drone Makers, Innovators, and Flyers
New Group to Harness Broad Stakeholder Support for Safety, Innovation, and Expansion of the Drone Economy
The Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) (droneinnovation.org), a new policy-oriented coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, and software developers of personal and professional drones, has commenced operations to represent the interests of individuals, businesses, governments, scientists, academics and others who fly unmanned aircraft in the United States. Jenny Rosenberg, former Department of Transportation Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, serves as the group’s Executive Director.
Homeland Preparedness News reports on a new collaboration on thermal imaging for commercial drone cameras. "FLIR Systems, Inc. recently announced that DJI would integrate FLIR thermal imaging sensor technology into its new DJI Zenmuse XT2 drone camera and join the ‘Thermal by FLIR’ partner program, which aims to support thermal innovation. 'The arrival of the DJI Zenmuse XT2 with a FLIR sensor signifies an important technological advancement for drone operators who need both a visible camera and the superpower benefits of thermal imaging in one product,' James Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR, said."
DroneDJ reports on three drones that are being used to monitor the Antarctic Ice Shelf. "Three drones, called Seagliders, have been positioned underneath West Antarctica’s Dotson Ice Shelf to monitor the ebb and flow of ice autonomously during the Antarctic winter. The drones are part of a larger system designed by a team of scientists from the University of Washington and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to study how the Antarctic ice shelf is affected by climate change."
GCN reports on the growing number of state transportation departments that are using drones to improve operations. "Of the 44 state DOTs responding, 35 said they had deployed drones, and 20 of those are flying them on a daily basis. Fifteen states said they’re researching whether to deploy drones on a daily basis and for what purposes...State transportation departments are adopting drone technology largely for infrastructure inspection, but the technology can also be used to get an aerial view of traffic or analyze car accidents."
Jason Caughey of Firehouse interviews two firefighters who are utilizing drones in their training programs to improve firefighter performance. "The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, aka drones) in addition to our video-recording system added to our ability to document and train our members on exterior operations, and in our world, the importance of wildland events. With the success of our video recording of structure fire events, we thought we could have the same impact on other areas of our training. To do this, we reached out to Nick Siemens, director of the Fire Science program at our local college, Laramie County Community College. Siemens had been utilizing drones in different aspects of his college program. His influence has aided us in the development and utilization of drone video in other areas of our training program."
Engadget reports on a new outdoor lab at the University of Michigan that can test robotic aircraft outside without safety risks. "The University of Michigan's autonomous vehicle testing grounds are no longer limited to earthbound machines. It just opened M-Air, a 9,600 square foot, four-story facility designed for testing autonomous aircraft outdoors. The complex lets researchers test drones in realistic lighting and wind conditions, but includes netting that prevents wayward drones from smacking into people or other aircraft. The addition enables the kind of experiments that would previously have required permission to fly outside."