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Interest Groups Simultaneously File Three Lawsuits Challenging FAA’s UAV Interpretation

AP: Three lawsuits have been filed today challenging the FAA interpretation that effectively blocks commercial UAV operators as well as FPV flyers of any kind.

The lawsuits were filed by the AMA, the COGR and various commercial operators groups.


It has been widely reported that the interpretation had to be challenged in court within 60 days of its issuance, which would have been August 25th.

This is great news for commercial operators and hobbyists alike who operate in the USA. Rather than be subjected to blanket bans on operation, interest groups will have an opportunity to argue for their operating rights in court.

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algorithm to help drones monitor their own health in real time and alternative path find while on mission

Boeing sponsored research at  MIT where Agha-mohammadi and pals have developed a new algorithm based on Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDP) that allows self monitoring of the vehicles health status in real time and alternative pathfinding, accessing recharging stations and landing zones if needed during mission execution.  The paper will be presented the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, in Chicago. Original article can be found here:    

       http://www.mit.edu/~aliagha/Web/pubpdfs/2014.Ali.Ure.ea.IROS_package.pdf

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LOHAN spaceplane mission relocates to Spaceport America

The forces of bureaucratic darkness have obliged us to relocate the planned launch of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America in New Mexico.

You can read the whole epic saga behind the decision right here, but suffice it to say we're heading down to Kickstarter next week to raise cash to cover the extra costs of finally getting the Vulture 2 in the air.

Have a look at the preview here and give us your thoughts. If you're interested in backing our audacious ballocket flight, you can sign up at the top of  preview for en email alert when the campaign kicks off.

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New NGB Filters and Higher Resolution Camera at Event 38

We've been hard at work improving our popular NGB filter glass over the summer and the latest design is finally in! This design cuts off higher wavelength NIR light around 770nm. That reduces the amount of light crossing over to the Green and Blue channels which are also sensitive to NIR light, especially at higher wavelengths. The results are better than we could have expected! Check out my full post on Droneyard for more info: 

http://droneyard.com/2014/08/19/latest-vegetation-stress-filters-now-available/

Filters are available now, as are pre-converted and ready for flight SX260s and S100s with CHDK.

There are discounts available for resellers and OEMs, so please contact us before making an order!

And in addition to that, we're now offering the 20.3MP APS-C Samsung NX1100 as a regular option on the E384. The option includes a 20mm pancake lens and a hatch cover system to protect the lens for belly landings. More info on the NX1100 addition, including a sample mosaic, here.

Let me know what you think. We have lots of exciting projects in the pipeline to be announced shortly as well and we can't post everything here, so check out Droneyard.com for the latest!

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NMSU, FAA pursue sought-after drone research

I am the Sr. External Pilot on the Aerostar UAS. Here is a link the the article that the local news paper wrote about our program...

Here is the sUAS link.

http://www.suasnews.com/2014/08/30551/nmsu-faa-pursue-sought-after-drone-research/

Here is the local news paper link:

http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_26318186/nmsu-drone-test-center

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