5 ways drones could affect US food supply _ herding cattle and counting fish to …

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ASU using drones to photograph campus buildings.

Bill Smith, executive director of marketing and communications for the university, said his office uses unmanned aviation — or drones — to capture images from the air. “The drone, from a photography standpoint, allows us to capture images of buildings that saves the university costs because we’re not having to hire someone else to do it,” he told The Jonesboro Sun. “It’s mostly for internal historical record, but we’re letting some of those images go out to the public.” Smith is the go-to guy when it comes to flying the drone, mostly because of experience and interest. He also served on the Arkansas Air Museum Board. “I did some RC stuff in the past when it was aircraft instead of helicopters and quadcopters, and I’ve dabbled back and forth with getting a pilot’s license,” he said. “I’m the only one who flies our drone, because we want to be very careful. I don’t fly at night, I don’t let the aircraft get out of my line of sight, and I don’t fly too high.” For Smith, erring on the side of caution is a matter of best practice.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently added further guidelines for drone use. “We’re not going to push those limits,” he said. “We are fortunate that we shot most of our footage before the FAA started really cracking down on drone use.” “There really are a lot of pictures you can take with the GoPro attachment,” he said. “When we knocked out the press box wall, we were able to get some great images from 30 feet in the air that we just couldn’t have gotten any other way.” “For last fall’s alumni magazine, we featured an aerial photo taken in the 1920s alongside an aerial photo from about the same spot now,” he said. “Things that used to require an airplane, we’re now able to do a lot more cost effectively with unmanned aviation.” “Drones have really become a political football with interest groups, business, politicians and others arguing with the FAA over how to handle the regulations,” Smith said. “Right now we’re dealing with suggestions, but we’ve cut back on flying our drone.” “We borrowed their drone to test it out, but the College of Agriculture has one, too, because there is potential for drones to have a huge economic impact on farming,” he said. “That’s one of the problems with the FAA regulations, though, because they’re treating unmanned aircraft the same as an airplane.

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