New Jersey-based Atlantic Cape Community College has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to measure the effectiveness of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to monitor and map agriculture crops.
Specifically, over the next two years, Atlantic Cape will conduct a series of research flights at the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Chatsworth – a substation of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of Rutgers University.
The research gathered will aid the college’s aviation studies department to design courses and programs focused on using UAS to collect geospatial and aerial imagery data.
According to Atlantic Cape, students will benefit from the following:
- Exposure to aeronautical research;
- Participation in data collection;
- Participation in pre-flight planning;
- Preparation of weather reports; and
- Post-processing of collected geospatial data.
Since Atlantic Cape launched a special topics class on UAS in January 2014, the college has acquired four UAS for demonstrations.
The college has previously collaborated with the Atlantic City Police Department to demonstrate the uses of drones and how they can be used in law enforcement, homeland security, beach patrols and sea rescues.