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With possible wars looming, the Marine Corps of the future will be smaller, help defend Navy ships, and rely more on drones.Marine Commandant Gen. David Hilberry Berger, speaking at the Heritage Foundation as reported by DefenseOne, says the service needs to change to the times, away from the infantry-heavy ground force that patrolled Iraq and Afghanistan. The Marines will operate in smaller units reminiscent of how U.S. special operations forces operate, spread across the battlefield and connected by secure communications and datalinks.
To obtain real-time data , Sofar flipped the existing monitoring model on its head. Instead of deploying relatively few very expensive sensor-laden buoys, Sofar shipped out hundreds of cheap, light-weight vessels that could roam the oceans at a “For the first time, we can close the data gap in the oceans.”
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When cartographers first started mapping the world’s oceans,inhabited the places where sailors had yet to explore. Today, just off the continental shelf in the Pacific, we still don’t know much about what’s going on. Just , the seafloor plunges to more than 2,500 meters (1.6 miles) deep, a point at which it’s often too expensive to measure conditions.
One strategy has been to build expensive floating sensor stations, each one dangling with as many sensors as possible, to send back data from offshore. But the(pdf)—often $50,000 or more per buoy, and nearly as much in annual maintenance—makes this prohibitive for all but government agencies and large corporations. Of course, satellites peer down from space, but they’re limited in how precise they can be from so far away. That leaves ships and coastlines vulnerable.
Los Angeles Fire Department wants to double its drone fleet
It's not just law enforcement finding success with drones. The Los Angeles Fire Department's Battalion Chief Richard Field told TechCrunch that he intended to double the drone fleet just five months after a partnership with DJI began. On top of the existing 11 drones, the new ones would provide help to "specialized resources," such as crews who deal with hazardous materials, urban search and rescue and swift water rescues. Existing units provide clearer viewpoints on blazes and help create maps for wildfires.It's not certain how soon the LAFD might grow its fleet, but he referred to it as the "next iteration" of the program.
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Today, the startup Sofar Ocean Technologies opened up access to athat promise detailed measurement of the wind, weather, and currents across the Pacific, and eventually all the world’s oceans. Sofar has taken the (pdf): borrow off-the-shelf hardware from the consumer electronics world, harden it against the elements, and then launch into an inhospitable environment. CubeSats, miniature satellites assembled from relatively cheap components often have already conquered near-Earth orbit. But the oceans are still nearly vacant. While the vacuum beyond our atmosphere seems harsh, it’s nearly placid compared to ocean storms, ship collisions, and corrosive saltwater capable of sinking all but the sturdiest craft.
UK introduces mandatory drone registration and pilot test
There have been calls for more regulation of drone flights in the UK, especially since drones caused chaos last Christmas at the country's second-busiest airport. Now, the UK's Civil Aviation Authority is requiring operators to register their drones. The registration system is a way to connect drones to their owners, both to return drones which get lost and to ensure that operators are flying their drones responsibly. The registration is cheap, at just £9 ($12), but operators will need to take an online education course and test as part of the process.
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“This is by far the largest privately owned weather network in the ocean,” says Tim Janssen, an engineer and oceanographer who founded Sofar, located in San Francisco’s Pier 50, Shed B.
But it’s not the biggest overall. That honor belongs to the international Argo network, led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of more than, spread across the world’s oceans and designed to map temperature and salinity in the upper 2,000 meters (6,560 ft). The Argo data, while comprehensive, only comes in every 10 days or so and is limited when it comes to surface weather.
DJI wants to let anyone with a smartphone monitor nearby drones
The new app will be released in 2020The tracking technology will be made available to the public via a smartphone app, DJI said. Using only Wi-Fi, a person could use the app to identify a nearby drone’s identification number, as well as location, altitude, speed, and direction of the drone. The application could be made available in 2020, pending regulatory approval. The Chinese company said the purpose of the new technology was “enhanced safety, security and peace of mind.
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To obtain real-time data, Sofar flipped the existing monitoring model on its head. Instead of deploying relatively few very expensive sensor-laden buoys, Sofar shipped out hundreds of cheap, light-weight vessels that could roam the oceans at a fraction of the cost of their predecessors. After Spotters, Sofar (which recently received $7 million in venture capital, according to PitchBook) plans to build an enormous fleet of autonomous, solar-powered surface craft called(based on its underwater version, Trident) that can be dropped by ship or aircraft anywhere in the open ocean. They’ll stream real-time data as well as video.
The company is targeting shipping lines, weather forecasters, government agencies, militaries, and even big wave surfers. With weather observations comparable to land, a host of new applications opens up. Satellites can calibrate using global surface data to improve forecasts. Weather routing makes ships more efficient since waves, wind, and currents all have profound effects on resistance in the water (and fuel bills). Precise forecasts could cut fuel use by 10% or more, Sofar estimates. Surfers chasing the world’s largest swells need better real-time wave readings as they hit coastlines around the world, and Sofar says it is already working with big-wave luminaries Grant Washburn and Kai Lenny.
The challenge, says Carl Gouldman, director for NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System, will be accessing and integrating data from low-cost, autonomous sensor platforms into the world’s weather and ocean models. Calibrating and refining this new data source will lead to big benefits, but years of work lie ahead.
Eventually, Sofar hopes the cost of deploying its sensor network will be so low it’s possible to cover the world’s ocean, even areas such as developing countries and island communities where nothing exists today. “We’ve worked to get away from the hardware problem and make it a data problem,” says Janssen. “For the first time, we can close the data gap in the oceans.”
US may permanently ground civilian drone program over China fears .
The US Interior Department's decision to halt a civilian drone program might not be so temporary. Financial Timessources claim the department plans to permanently end use of nearly 1,000 drones after determining there was too high a risk of the Chinese government using them for spying purposes. While there reportedly isn't a final policy, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would once more limit uses to emergency situations like firefighting. Normally, the drones would be used for less urgent situations like mapping terrain and tracking resources.