Alaskans are accustomed to winter storms, but this one was a doozy: it shut down all sea traffic and left the town of Nome without sufficient fuel to make it through the winter. A fuel tanker was dispatched from Vladivostok, Russia, to provide relief to the isolated community, but thick sheets of ice stood between the ship and Nome's 3,500 residents. As the tanker wound its way through the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea, a Coast Guard icebreaker led the way, guided by a tiny flying robot small enough to fit into a backpack. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—better known as a drone—was relaying 3D maps of the ice conditions to the two ships, as well as to researchers at the University of Alaska, so they could look for ridges in the ice that might rupture a hull.
The CBC Radio program, The Current, features an episode - Drone Journalism: Is Canada ready? During this 27-minute discussion, Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with Canadian journalists about the advancements, benefits, regulations and challenges surrounding the adoption of unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology as a tool to cover news stories throughout the world. The Aeryon Scout™ is highlighted in the program (at approx. 18:48 minutes) as being a UAS that can be used easily by a single operator.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Aviation Services (OAS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) regarding the operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) weighing 55 lbs (25 kg) or less engaged in public aircraft operations below 400 ft. (122 m) AGL.
The Aeryon Scout is featured in the article "Drones. Peace, Fire, Shipping, and…Traffic Jams?!" . This article highlights how UAV technology can be used in a variety of applications - public safety, utility assessment/inspections, disaster & emergency response, as well as search & rescue.
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Aeryon Map Editions are bundled offerings that provide an end-to-end aerial surveying and GIS solution. This new package combines Aeryon sUAS – Aeryon Scout™ and Aeryon SkyRanger™ – with Aeryon's integrated camera payloads and Pix4Dmapper software for highly accurate geo-referenced image processing, and powerful 3D visualization and editing features.