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Drone Co-habitation Services operates a Phantom 3 commercial multi-rotor unmanned aircraft


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Business Applications of Drone Technology: Innovation and the Use of Unmanned Aircraft

December 2017

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Selected Book Titles
Representative Journal Articles
Conferences, Papers, Proceedings
Current Legislation
Associations /Organizations
Drone Use Outside the U.S.
LC Subject Headings


Image (left): Drone Co-habitation Services operates a Phantom 3 commercial multi-rotor unmanned aircraft.
Photograph by Dominic Hart.
Courtesy of NASA.
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-120, October 13, 2016

"Keeping the skies safe; Drones club." The Economist. Apr 23, (2016): 70.

Article cites the dangers that drones present suggesting that "better technology and tougher enforcement of the rules is needed for the safe operation of drones."

"Welcome to the Drone Age; Unmanned aerial vehicles." The Economist, Sep 26, (2015): 79-80.

Article discusses the practical uses of drones and the expansion to include land surveying, monitoring crop growth, craters of active volcanos, mapping of ancient ruins and earthworks and 3D models of landscapes or buildings.

"Taking flight." The Economist, June 10, (2017): 3-14.

Comprehensive survey of the industry to include technology, commercial applications, future uses, brain scan (discusses biomimicry applications to drone design), and regulation.

Fombuena, Arnau. "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Spatial Thinking". IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, September (2017): 8-18.

Article examines UAV's, RPASs and RS (Remote Sensing) technologies and the number of educated students who are enrolled in related studies. Further, article discusses the business opportunities that insure UAV operators, both commercial and recreational which provide on-demand insurance for UAV's with an App.

Huang, Yo-Ping. "Structure from motion technique for scene detection using autonomous drone Navigation." IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Systems, vol. PP, no. 99 (2017): 1-12.

Article examines the ability of autonomous drones to perform scene detection at low altitudes to supplement satellite imagery.

Karpowicz, Jeremiah. "7 commercial drone predictions for 2017." Commercial UAV Expo, Brussels 20-22 June 2017. Unpaged report prepared for the Commercial UAV EXPO. External Link [PDF format: 2.15MB / 10 pp.]

Report prepared for the Commercial UAV Expo the article details developments and applications in the commercial drone industry and leveraging the technology with a prediction that fewer companies will result in de facto standards. In addition to search and rescue applications, the use of drones will be critical in areas such as construction, aggregates and mining.

Mori, Kyoichi. "Underwater drone for bio-logging of sperm whale." Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, August 6-9, 2017.

Discusses the use of drones equipped with cameras to conduct bio-logging to observe the behaviors of sperm whales.

Wang, Jingjing et al. "Taking drones to the next level." IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, September 2, 2017: 73-82.

The article examines the protocol architectures and wired networks used for drones and their challenges.

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