Reno’s Economy Boosted by Drone Entrepreneurs

rowStartup Row, Reno’s newest strip of high-tech companies, fosters entrepreneurs whom develop software and manufacture drones. Tour one of the offices and you’ll think you’ve walked into somewhere in Cupertino rather than Northern Nevada. The FAA sanctioned UAS test site, along with location, low taxes, and sparse regulations, have transformed Reno into a hub for modern drone entrepreneurs.

Workers with a solid education background and talented skillset will be required to power Reno’s emerging drone industry. That’s why the University of Nevada, Reno partnered with an Australian drone company, and opened a research facility in downtown Reno. “The university is starting to work with Mr. Mike Kazmierski, president of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, to make sure students are trained in specific skills or even the languages needed by companies looking to settle in Reno.” – Dionne Searcey, NY Times

Eliminating the stigma of being the “second-tier Vegas” is something city officials are working on diligently. Drones are playing a major role in making that vision a reality.

Content from this post came courtesy of the NY Times article Reno Rolls the Dice on High-Tech.

Preliminary Conference Program Now Available to View and Download

The ASPRS UAS Technical Demonstration and Symposium preliminary program can now be viewed or downloaded (Full and SHORT versions) on the Conference Program page. A full event agenda including speakers, sessions, and exhibitor information is available.

Conference Registration Now Available for Attendees and Exhibitors

Conference registration is now available for all attendees and exhibitors of the ASPRS UAS Technical Demonstration and Symposium. Registration has been consolidated into one easy-to-use link for all registrants.

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Additionally, there is a new Exhibitor Registration page dedicated to providing exhibitors all of the necessary information about the conference.

A Brief Note from the Symposium Chair

logo_planeGood news – the Program Management Office in Nevada indicates strong optimism that the COAs for the live flight demos will be approved. The live flights will utilize the new test course to be established at the test site in conjunction with this symposium. The surveyed test course will remain to be utilized for ongoing UAS testing and quality control.

See you in Reno!

Becky Morton
Symposium Chair

SenseFly’s New eBee Mapping Drone has Built-in RTK

ebeeSensefly’s eBee RTK could be a game-changer. Jean-Christophe Zufferey, C.E.O. of senseFly claims “The eBee RTK offers surveying and engineering professionals the very highest positional accuracy, without the need for ground control points.” From flight planning to post processing (including GNSS corrections), the system is designed to be a complete out-of-the-box solution.

SenseFly’s 3 reasons to choose the eBee RTK:

  1. Survey-grade accuracy – Accuracy of 3 cm without the need for GCPs
  2. Fully integrated workflow – eBee’s flight planning and control software eliminate the need of third-party software
  3. Compatible with existing base stations – The eBee RTK is compatible with most leading brands of base station, working seamlessly alongside a surveyor’s existing portfolio of instruments.

Availability and pre-order information can be found at senseFLy’s website.

Story and Photo Courtesy of sUAS News 

First Civil Aviation Drone Test Flight this Summer in Nevada

nevadadronetestBeginning this summer, the skies in rural Nevada will be filled with identifiable flying objects. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles will take flight in Nevada as part of the FAA’s effort of testing the new technology.

“Nevada’s FAA test sites are officially open for business,” said Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, which has spearheaded the state’s efforts to become a test site, the first step in gradually opening U.S. airspace to unmanned aerial vehicles.

The ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium and Demonstration  is a UAS conference that will integrate an FAA designated test site into its program.

Story and Photo Courtesy of sUAS NEWS

Nevada Gets a Head Start on Drone Technology

nevadaheadstartThe state of Nevada has a head start over most areas in the country. The expected $900 billion dollar UAS industry could create thousands of jobs.

“David Strohm is the director of operations for Sensurion. The company makes unmanned-aerial vehicles or UAV’s, commonly referred to as drones. The unmanned-aerial system is the natural evolution, and we have to embrace it,” Strohm said, “Detect and avoid is something the FAA wants.”

Dozens of companies have already lined up to participate in testing for the FAA and hundreds more are interested. “The goal is to make Nevada the cornerstone of the UAV industry, and we are well on our way to doing that,” said James Fleitz from Bowhead.

The ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium and Demonstration  is a UAS conference that will integrate an FAA designated test site into its program.

Story and Photo Courtesy of  sUAS News

Nevada Test Site

FAAFact Sheet – FAA UAS Test Site Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving steadily ahead to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the largest, most complex air traffic systems in the world. The agency’s activities must address the needs of a diverse aviation community while ensuring current users both in the air and on the ground remain safe.

The FAA has selected six UAS test site operators that will allow the agency to develop research findings and operational experiences to help ensure the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace as we transition to a system featuring NextGen technologies and procedures.

While the selection of these test sites will not allow immediate access to the national airspace system for commercial and civil purposes, data and other information related to the operation of UAS that is generated by the six test site operators will help the FAA answer key research questions such as solutions for “sense and avoid,” command and control, ground control station standards and human factors, airworthiness, lost link procedures and the interface with the air traffic control system. This data will help the FAA to develop regulations and operational procedures for future commercial and civil use of the NAS.

Background

In the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Congress directed the FAA to establish a test site program to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. In selecting the test sites, the legislation mandated that the FAA, in consultation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense, consider geographic diversity, climatic diversity, location of ground infrastructure and research needs in choosing the sites.

The FAA solicited public input on how to select the sites. In March 2012, the FAA published a Request for Comments in the Federal Register, and in April, the FAA hosted two webinars to solicit additional public input. This outreach effort helped to develop the process.

On February 14, 2013, the agency solicited proposals from public entities, including state and local governments and eligible universities interested in operating the test sites. The FAA received complete submissions from 25 entities in 24 states.

State of Nevada Test Site

Nevada’s project objectives concentrate on UAS standards and operations as well as operator standards and certification requirements. The applicant’s research will also include a concentrated look at how air traffic control procedures will evolve with the introduction of UAS into the civil environment and how these aircraft will be integrated with NextGen.  Nevada’s selection contributes to geographic and climatic diversity.

More info available through the FAA Website

ASPRS

asprslogoWhat is ASPRS?

Founded in 1934, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is a scientific association serving over 7,000 professional members around the world. Our mission is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies.

ASPRS: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has officially incorporated the tag line “The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society,” as part of the ASPRS identity. This tagline is representative of the Society’s “New Vision,” as it makes the changes necessary to better position its focus for the future.

In announcing this action, ASPRS President Tom Lillesand pointed out that, “Our Board of Directors took unanimous action to adopt a tag line on March 31, 1998 at the Society’s annual meeting. Subsequent to the annual meeting, the Board thoroughly considered alternatives and explored the legal implications of this action. The intent is to preserve the legal name of the Society while providing a better expression of who we are and what we do as an organization.”

“We are extremely proud of our historical roots in imaging science and technology in the form of photogrammetry and remote sensing, and we intend to maintain and build upon our emphasis in this area. However, our membership is focused on imaging not only in the sense of primary data acquisition, but also with respect to the extraction of information from image data in a decision support context,” said Lillesand. “We want to make clear that ASPRS represents a scientific and professional home for a broad array of individuals whose interests span the entire spectrum of geospatial information sciences, technologies, and applications.”

Lillesand stated that “The new tag line is an important expression of ASPRS’s vision for the future. We are attempting to move geospatial information science, technology, and application forward as a holistic enterprise – one that recognizes the interdependence among the academic, public, and private sectors in this whole arena. We want to simultaneously maximize the scientific, societal, and commercial benefits to be realized from geospatial information into the next century. We believe our new tag line helps express the breadth of this vision.”

Who are our members?

ASPRS members-individuals from private industry, the government, and academia are analysts/specialists, educators, engineers, managers/administrators, manufacturers/product developers, operators, technicians, trainees, marketers, and scientists/researchers. Employed in the disciplines of the mapping sciences, our members work in the fields of Agriculture/Soils, Archeology, Biology, Cartography, Ecology, Environment, Forestry/Range, Geodesy, Geography, Geology, Hydrology/water Resources, Land Appraisal/Real Estate, Medicine, Transportation, and Urban Planning/Development.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN ASPRS MEMBER?

  • 12-month subscription to Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE&RS), the official peer-reviewed journal of ASPRS
  • Professional Certification
  • Networking Opportunities
  • 25%-40% Discounts on ASPRS Publications
  • Discounts on all ASPRS Conferences (Annual and Specialty)
  • Access to National Job Fairs
  • Invitations to Technical Committee and Division Meetings
  • Invitations to Region specialty conferences, technical tours, workshops, and social activities
  • Eligibility for over $18,000 in National and Regional awards, scholarships, and fellowships.
  • Opportunity to enroll in group insurance programs (Life Insurance, Dental Plan and Cancer Expense Plan).

Definitions

Photogrammetry is the art, science, and technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment, through processes of recording, measuring, and interpreting images and patterns of electromagnetic radiant energy and other phenomena.

Remote Sensing techniques are used to gather and process information about an object without direct physical contact.

Geographic Information System (GIS) is an information system able to encode, store, transform, analyze, and display geospatial information.

To find out more about ASPRS, contact us at:

ASPRS: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210
Bethesda MD 20814-2160

tel: 301-493-0290;
fax: 301-493-0208;

or visit our home page at
http://www.asprs.org

 

Hotel Information

Experience Luxury at Downtown Reno’s Resort Casino Eldorado Reno!

Relax in one the newly remodeled luxurious hotel rooms and suites. New Rooms feature sleek, high-quality furniture in rich, dark woods; all new eye-catching lighting to brighten the overall ambience; new carpet in a striking black and gold pattern that adds a modern flair; and plush side chairs to add an extra touch of warmth to the fresh new style. King rooms now have a sleeper sofa for added comfort and convenience. The rooms also feature fine linen bedding with triple sheeting, HD televisions and ergonomically designed desks with a convenient data port for charging personal electronic devices.

Experience timeless luxury and friendly, personal service in the heart of Downtown Reno. Escape to the Eldorado Resort Casino, named “Best Rooms and Suites” by Casino Player Magazine, where every detail has been considered in order to provide you with the stay of a lifetime. Lose yourself in the nonstop excitement and elegance of the luxurious Reno resort casino. Choose from nine award-winning Reno restaurants, including the world-renowned La Strada and Roxy. Dine on homemade pasta from the in house pasta shop, delicious baked goods made fresh daily in the bakery or checkout a Broadway-style performance in the heart of Downtown Reno in the showroom.

Conference Rates

Room Type Sun 10/19 Mon 10/20 Tues 10/21 Wed 10/22
Tower/Deluxe Room Rate $55.99 $55.99 $55.99 $55.99
Luxury Room Rate $65.99 $65.99 $65.99 $65.99

To receive the discounted conference rate, please call the Eldorado’s group reservations department at 800-648-5966 and use the special group code YASPRS.

Please book by midnight on Friday, September 19,2014. Reservations received after this date will only be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

Hotel Location

The Eldorado Resort Casino is located just minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

From I80:

  • Take exit 13 toward Downtown Reno
  • Turn south on N Virginia St

From From the Reno-Tahoe International Airport:

  • Take US-395 N towards I-80/Reno/Sparks/Truckee
  • Merge onto I-80 W
  • Take exit 13 toward Downtown Reno
  • Turn south on N Virginia St