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Sarah Mueller

The Delaware Department of Transportation Drone Team is using the new technology to enhance public safety. Members briefed Gov. John Carney on the program Monday.

Drone racing coming to the Monster Mile in June

Apr 26, 2017

You're going to see a lot more drone racing at the Monster Mile. 

The International Drone Racing Association has signed a three-year partnership with Dover International Speedway, which takes effect during the next tripleheader race weekend in June.

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The recent Nor’easter that blew through the region is the type of storm that can have a serious impact on Delaware's coast.  Last weekend,  a pair of University of Delaware students were out on Broadkill Beach getting measurements needed to paint a more precise picture of just how much of an effect it had.


As Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes reports, it’s part of a project to map and understand parts of Delaware’s coast. 



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Less than a week after a Nor'easter swept through Delaware, two University of Delaware students were taking measurements of a beach with robots to understand how the storm changed the shape of the coast.


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New regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration have helped to clarify who can use drones – and how – for commercial purposes, but business use of unmanned aircraft systems has yet to soar in the First State.

Delaware is entering what is generally considered the height of the Atlantic hurricane season – where the state and the region are more likely to see major, damaging storms.

Recently, Delaware’s Broadkill Beach was the site of a week-long mapping project where scientists and industry professionals used autonomous kayaks and drones in an effort to improve tracking future storm damage along coastlines.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media Science Reporter Katie Peikes tells us more about their work.

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With tethered drones soaring arcing and hovering overhead, business and government officials and Delaware Technical Community College students got a close-up look Monday at how the technology of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) could create a new generation of business enterprise in the First State.

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As robots become more advanced, scientists are taking advantage of their capabilities to explore places that are hard for humans to get to, like the ocean depths.

Using robots, University of Delaware's marine scientists have been able discover a lot about ocean environments.

They’ve taken them to Palau to discover long lost World War II planes, Antarctica to follow Adelie penguins, and also Delaware’s coastal waters to track sand tiger sharks.

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Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration began requiring recreational drone owners to register their vehicles.