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Drones

Coverage of ways unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are changing how state and local government collects data on physical infrastructure, maps jurisdictions via GIS and monitors public safety from the sky. Also includes stories about efforts by private-sector companies and education institutions to improve how drones can better help government deliver services.

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A bipartisan group of senators urged the Biden administration to reconsider its hesitancy to transfer advanced armed drones to Ukraine, describing the technology as critical for eroding Russian battlefield advantages.
Three companies were awarded a total of $260,000 from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform to advance technology in the areas of bridge construction, electric vehicles and drone-operated deliveries.
Following the addition of 11 classrooms to its Phillipsburg campus, a New Jersey community college has dedicated labs for GIS, photogrammetry, maintenance and repair, building and teaching people how to fly drones.
Sewer Equipment has donated a new search and rescue drone equipped with thermal imaging to assist the Dixon Fire Department in locating victims. The donation follows the August drowning death of the company's engineering manager.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the unsupervised flight of drones within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site airspace, otherwise known as the New York Drone Corridor.
Police officials have decided not to pursue approval to use lethal armaments on its robot. The department currently has a robot fitted with a percussion actuated nonelectric disrupter, which can fire lethal shotgun ammunition.
A program at Norman Public Schools gives high schoolers a chance to earn drone certifications as well as credit toward an aviation degree, including multiple semesters of college coursework in a variety of fields.
Police officials in the Bay Area city are asking to use robots fitted with military-grade percussion-activated non-electric disruptors — used to disable bombs. But the devices could also fire lethal shotgun ammunition.
Students at Chippewa Falls High School are using thermal and visual drones to study the school's facilities and carbon footprint, then using the resulting data to suggest ways for reducing energy consumption.