US states’ drones inspect bridges, help predict avalanches

In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures, reports Lindsay Whitehurst for the AP.

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SALT LAKE CITY — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state, according to a survey obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release Monday, reports Lindsay Whitehurst for the AP. Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

May 20, 2019-Unmanned aerial systems have now found a place in agencies in all 50 states now that Rhode Island has come on board. The UAS aircraft are utilizing technology that out performs the human eye in detecting issues in structures, roadways, and even mountains to predict avalanches. As technology improves, drones will continue to have increased utility across myriad industries.

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