Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released their finalized rules for use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) in US airspace. In response, Studio M has begun formulating a new set of rules for use of our drones by students, staff, and faculty. The new regulations take effect at the end of August 2016. […]
This summer, I worked with Dr. Mike Dorcas and his herpetology lab on using drones to study turtle populations. Using Studio M’s customized Phantom UAV, we conducted extensive assessments of the usability and effectiveness of drones in gathering data on freshwater turtle populations. Here’s a brief update on the project so far.