Sea urchins love to eat kelp. Kelp loves to sequester carbon. Now sea urchin farmers are removing hungry urchins from kelp fields in California, raising them in captivity to fulfill the world’s hunger for sushi, and saving the kelp to do its important work to help the climate. Last week, scientists from the Nature Conservancy stood on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Mendocino, California, watching a drone fly over the water as it mapped the disappearing kelp forests along the coast. Kelp—a type of seaweed that…

Police used drones to track down a man who evaded detection for almost two decades. View original article at BBC World News

  As described by FLIR, in this episode of the FLIR DELTA Podcast series, Randall Warnas meets up with Brendan Stewart of AeroVista to discuss the impact drone technology is having on public safety. Also from FLIR: Save 15% on a Commercial UAV Expo Show Pass Join more than 2,500 professionals at the leading commercial […] The post FLIR DELTA Series: Randall Warnas Interviews AeroVista’s Brendan Stewart appeared first on DRONELIFE View original article at Drone Life

Quietly released and speedily buried by Parliamentary wrangles over Brexit is the news that Sussex Police have exhausted all lines of inquiry  into the widely publicised drone sighting reports that caused London’s Gatwick Airport to be closed for several days last December. The county’s rozzers have ruled out 96 ‘people of interest’ and combed through 129 separate reports of drone activity, but admit that they are no closer to feeling any miscreant collars. There is no mention of either their claims at the time to have found drone…

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, no, that’s just another drone. Whether they’re snapping overhead shots, entertaining adults who are too old for toys, or delivering packages like Alphabet’s Wing, drones are seemingly here to stay. These cutting-edge flying devices are insanely efficient, constantly advancing, and can be used in infinite ways. Heck, they’re even being tested as a means of delivering first aid in medical emergencies — 2019 is wild, y’all. Of course, even with all the advantages drones present us with, we’ll be the first…

US Air Force sending its drone-killing microwave overseas for operational evaluation. Called PHASER, the system uses energy to take down enemy drones — and could be operational by 2020. View original article at Daily Mail Online

A prototype of the transforming robot Shapeshifter is tested in the robotics yard at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (via NASA/JPL-Caltech) Move over, Michael Bay: NASA is designing its own shape-shifting robots to investigate Saturn’s moons. The agency’s fleet of mini androids can roll, fly, float, and swim—then morph into a single machine capable of exploring treacherous, distant worlds. (I’d watch an entire film series based on that.) A prototype of the transformational vehicle, dubbed Shapeshifter, looks like a drone got caught in an elongated hamster wheel. But looks…

Canada’s SimActive is a relative newcomer to the drone industry.  They aren’t new to aerial mapping, however: the company was founded in 2003 by brothers Philippe and Louis Simard to assist the Canadian army in mapping the entire country of Afghanistan to aid U View original article at Drone Life

This week global airspace intelligence specialist AirMap acquired Hangar, a platform for managing drone workflows. It’s one of several recent deals that integrates solutions for enterprise operations View original article at Drone Life

The kingdom maintains that Iran was behind drone attacks on two of its oil installations this month. View original article at BBC World News