Updates

Blue Whale Photogrammetric Measurements

MaRRS Lab lead engineer Julian Dale, PhD student KC Bierlich, and Dr. Dave Johnston travelled to Santa Barbara and Monterey, California in August to work with researchers from Stanford University, West Chester University, and Saint Louis University. Together, they tagged and collected drone based aerial imagery of blue and humpback whales off the coast off of California. By comparing

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Dolphin Photogrammetry

Lead Engineer, Julian Dale, travelled to Scotland earlier this summer to work with Aberdeen University’s Paul Thompson and Barbara Cheney on their long-term bottlenose dolphin study. Julian flew our LEMHex (hexacopter) over pods of bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth to obtain clear images of dolphins in order to take body measurements. UAS photogrammetry techniques can be useful to study bottlenose dolphin health. Paul and Barbara

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MaRRS Facility Opens!

This past February, the team – both people and aircraft! – became reunited under one roof. Housed in the iconic Duke Marine Lab Boathouse, the facility remodel, which combines work stations, classroom and meeting space, and an engineering workshop, was made possible through a $310,434 Facilities Grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Mallows Bay

At the end of World War I, the U.S. Navy had excess logistics ships and the decision was made to scuttle over 100 of the ships, averaging 280 feet in length, and push them into a small area on the east side of the Potomac River called Mallows Bay. Ecological disaster, right!? Well, in this

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Airborne Archaeology

Between July 4th and July 8th, 2016, Everette “Rett” Newton of Duke’s Unoccupied Aerial Systems Facility collaborated with the Vulci 3000 project in an attempt to uncover artifacts from the ancient city.  Vulci 3000 is a program headed by Duke’s Dr. Maurizio Forte and Dr. Nevio Danelon. This multidisciplinary project aims to uncover information on

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Surveys for sea turtles, seabirds and sharks underway

The marine UAS facility has been really busy the past week. Now that Hurricane Joaquin is a memory and the rains mostly moved on, we are flying missions to assess how well we can detect various species of marine vertebrates and how conditions of water depth affect this detectability. Working with researchers at the NC

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Section 333 Exemption Granted!

Things around here are really ready for takeoff. We received word from the FAA that our Section 333 petition was granted, along with a blanket 200ft COA. This really open up the skies for us locally, and we are excited to kickstart some projects in the very near future!

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Duke Launches New Facility for Use of Drones in Marine Science

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University has opened a new research and training facility for the use of unmanned aircraft systems – commonly referred to as drones – in marine science and conservation. [bctt tweet=”.@DukeMarineLab opens new facility for the use of drones in marine science and conservation. #drones4good”] The Marine Conservation Ecology Unmanned Systems Facility

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Outcomes of the 2015 Facilities scoping workshop

We are excited about releasing our report and executive summary arising from our 2015 Facilities Scoping Workshop for Unmanned Aerial Systems in Marine Science and Conservation. The workshop provided a forum to assess current challenges and discuss ideas and initiatives to advance adoption of UAS technologies. The workshop had a diverse agenda and an equally diverse group

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