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Federally Supported Project Using Drones to Boost Wheat Yields

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $3.4 million in funding for research into the development of new wheat varieties that are adapted to different geographical regions and environmental conditions. Specifically, one [Read More]

University-Utility Partnership Goes Big on Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus and Kansas-based power company Westar Energy say they are increasingly using drone technology to advance electric utility inspection and maintenance methods. With a focus on increasing reliability for customers, improving employee safety and reducing costs, [Read More]

Commercial Drone Pilot Training Kicking off at Kansas State Polytechnic

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 12, 2016

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is expanding its unmanned aircraft systems program (UAS) to now include a weeklong course centered on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new Part 107 regulations. The course, designed to prepare professionals for remote pilot in [Read More]

Kansas State Polytechnic Teams With HiddenGenius.com to Improve Drone Safety

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 17, 2016

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus has joined with a Kansas-based company to launch three technology competitions, including one to find ways of improving the safety of drones. Kansas State Polytechnic says it is working with HiddenGenius.com, an online community that [Read More]

Colleges Cross Over UAS and Emergency Management Education

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 12, 2016

Two Kansas-based universities – Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU) and Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus (KSU) – have teamed up to cross their respective emergency management and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) fields of study for students. According to a news post from KWU, [Read More]

Air Force Veteran Takes the Helm of Kansas’ New UAS Position

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 05, 2016

The state of Kansas has named its very first director of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS): Bob Brock, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Brock, who retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, will oversee the establishment [Read More]

K-State Polytechnic Now Offering UAS Training for Students, Companies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 23, 2015

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus says it has become the first U.S. entity to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) commercial flight training to both students and outside companies. The Section 333 [Read More]