Hope For Environmental Drones Is Still Up In The Air

Law360, New York (April 3, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT) -- Unmanned aerial systems, or drones in common parlance, hold obvious utility for environmental applications. The Federal Aviation Administration itself recognizes their utility for "aerial photography, surveying land and crops, communications and broadcast, monitoring forest fires and environmental conditions, and protecting critical infrastructures."[1] Small, maneuverable drones loaded out with Summa canisters have been used for low-altitude air sampling and stack testing. Swap the canister for a lightweight, high-resolution or infrared camera and the same drone can execute a variety of environmentally relevant surveillance measures, such as assessing damage to vegetation from invasive species.

In the basic site investigation context, a drone might...

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