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UAViators (pronounced You-Aviators)

Our Mission is to bridge humanitarian and UAV communities internationally. We do this by supporting a global volunteer network of professional, civilian and responsible hobbyist UAV pilots who facilitate information sharing, coordination and operational safety in support of a broad range of humanitarian efforts. Thanks to our collaboration with Air-Vid, we have access to an additional 500 vetted pilots in 50 countries. We also want to be pro-active in educating new civilian pilots rather than wait for mistakes to be made. Our objectives are thus four-fold: provide coordination support, facilitate information sharing, enable safe UAV operations and establish clear standards for humanitarian use. Our proposed strategy for 2014-2015 is available here.

To get started:

  1. Please sign up (the private site has member-only features).
  2. Complete your profile and Start Here to make the most of your membership.
  3. If you're a pilot, please fill this out to join the Rapid Response Roster.
  4. To request or share aerial imagery of disaster areas, go to Ops.
  5. Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the List-Serve.
  6. Read the Code of Conduct.

Problems signing in? Please contact Patrick Meier.

Global Forum

Google Already Developing UAV’s for Disaster Response

                                                                                                          GoogleX is building and flying UAVs in the Australian outback. Codenamed Project Wing, Google’s super stealthy initiative was just announced to the public via The Atlantic in this exclusive article. The hybrid UAV delivers small packages by hovering in place (pictured above) and lowering it’s payloads using a thin line connected to the UAV itself. Once the package nears the ground, it…

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True Autonomy...Will make it all feel good!

Team(s) from all the reading and listening I see several reoccurring themes that I think, when overcome, will propel drone operations further and faster.  So, for academic discussion I'll throw these out for comment... 1.  Get out beyond Line of Sight.  Until we break the need to have the operators in proximity of the UAS (for launch/recovery, piloting, sensor operations) linked via handheld device, we are severely restricting how/where we can provide humanitarian support.  Satellite…

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Official UN Policy Brief on Humanitarian UAVs

The UN has just released an important policy brief on UAVs. Summary and link to full report here. The report specifically references the Humanitarian UAV Network in its recommendations: "Humanitarian organizations should engage in initiatives like the Humanitarian UAV Network, that aim to develop and promote good practices and guidance and that can serve as advisors and provide surge capacity."

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Morleh sokargbo updated their profile
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Patrick Meier replied to Tim Haynie's discussion True Autonomy...Will make it all feel good!
"Thanks for sharing, Tim.

1. Agreed, main challenge in re BLOS is likely to be regulation. Some countries only allow VLOS (at least for now).

2. Agreed, I call it the Fisher Price Principle : )

3. Agreed, colleagues and I recently flew 3 eBees sim…"
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JK is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
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Patrick Meier posted a discussion
                                                                                                         
GoogleX is building and flying UAVs in the Australian outback. Codenamed Project Wing, Google’s super stealthy initiative was just announced to…
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Austin Blue, James Graf and Allister Stefan joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Tim Haynie replied to Patrick Meier's discussion UAV Search & Rescue Challenge
"I did and if it's the one I'm thinking of, they had the drones in small domes with acoustic sensors that could launch and recovery the UAS for recharging. Clever. I live in Colorado and we wrestle with avalanches every year...and we mostly know wh…"
Tuesday
Tim Haynie posted a discussion
Team(s) from all the reading and listening I see several reoccurring themes that I think, when overcome, will propel drone operations further and faster.  So, for academic discussion I'll throw these out for comment...1.  Get out beyond Line of Sigh…
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Patrick Meier replied to Patrick Meier's discussion UAV Search & Rescue Challenge
"Thanks for sharing, Tim. I recall coming across a project in Switzerland that was looking to use UAS's for avalanche rescue. Have you seen this initiative?"
Tuesday
Tim Haynie replied to Patrick Meier's discussion UAV Search & Rescue Challenge
"Been kicking around concepts to use UASs for avalanche beacon detection and using spectral cameras to go after lost hikers."
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Tim Haynie replied to Patrick Corsi's discussion Drone used to bust illegal fishing operation
"Patrick, I have been in conceptual discussions with some guys about using autonomous boats able to launch autonomous UAVs (for closer inspections of suspected activities) that can operate 24/7 over the Internet. Great drone application, by the way,…"
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