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VIDEO: Drone footage captures Paradise devastation

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A drone has been used to capture the devastation caused by wildfires in Paradise, California. The UAV has given viewers around the world an understanding of the scale of damage, not accessible from the ground. The images show how a district which, until a few weeks ago  was inhabited by 27,000 people, has been completely destroyed. According to the report from BBC News, 50 people have so far died from the catastrophe and 100 people remain missing. It goes on to describe how officials dealing with the incident have said it will need a complete rebuild. Watch the footage captured
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VIDEO: UK university team returns from drone volcano mapping trip

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A team of scientists and engineers from the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol have returned from Guatemala where they have been teaching local scientists how to use drones to map a volcanoes. Supported by the World Bank and the British Embassy in Guatemala, the team have been assisting volcanologists at the Guatemalan government agency responsible for monitoring volcanoes. The local scientists took part in a four-day workshop led by Dr Rick Thomas from the University of Birmingham’s School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science and were trained in safe flight protocols, data acquisition and image processing using quadcopters and 3D
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VIDEO: Sophisticated autonomy to provide solution for search and rescue connection issues

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Drones using sophisticated autonomy could provide the solution to unreliable GPS signals when flying in dense forest canopy, research suggests. The findings focus on rescue missions in thick tree canopy and show how autonomous flight could help these type of search and rescue assignments. In a paper being presented at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics conference next week, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology described an autonomous system for a fleet of drones to collaboratively search under dense forest canopies. The drones use only on-board computation and wireless communication and require no GPS, something they hope will help when
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