UAV092 Smith College Takes Drones to the Public

 

Smith College:  Drones in the BackyardSmith College presents drones to the local community, a droner gets tased, and surveillance drones at London airports.

Commercial Drones in Our Backyards and Communities: How New FAA Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Could Impact the Pioneer Valley

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts conducted a presentation introducing the public to unmanned aircraft. The free March 4, 2015 event featured three speakers from the College, a display of small UAVs, and even an indoor flight demonstration.

Speaking for Smith College were:

The audience had an opportunity to learn what drones are and the many good uses to which they can be put, including Smith College research to map coral reefs in Belize. The current regulatory environment was explained, including the impact on academic institutions and the community at large.

After the event, we recorded an interview with Paul Voss and Jon Caris which includes how academic research is treated as a commercial operation, the anticipated Air Lab, student interest in unmanned aircraft, and NPRM concerns and issues.

Links

Picker Engineering Program

Research by Smith College Students and Faculty – Including mapping coral reefs in Belize.

Commercial Drones in Our Backyards? – The event webpage.

Event Flyer [PDF]

@AIR_lab on Twitter, the Aerial Innovation and Robotics Lab

Academic Safety Code for Small Airborne Objects on Institutional Property – The SAO Safety Code was developed by researchers in science and engineering from colleges and universities across the United States. It is intended to guide non-commercial teaching and research activities as well as the common recreational uses of model aircraft, kites, and other SAOs on college and university campuses.

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