Drone Squadron to Take Earth Monitoring to New Heights

By John Selker, , Chad Higgins, and Michael G. Wing  14 September 2015

Scientists will soon be able to call on a community fleet of unmanned aircraft systems to perform environmental studies.

One of the hottest technology trends of the past few years has been the emergence of the small remotely piloted aircraft commonly known as drones. Buzzing quadcopters have taken the Internet by storm with breathtaking aerial videos of their attempts to deliver packages, beer, and even marriage proposals—but they also have immense potential for Earth science by offering scientists an airborne platform to monitor the environment.

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