Lest it goes unnoticed, BSEE, the Coast Guard, NOAA and the EPA are working on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor oil spills. The agencies participated in a test run of the technology in early March. The goal is to allow a drone to track spill sheens and send real-time information back to the spill command center. The agency says there will be a full public demonstration at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Savannah, Ga., May 7, 2014.
Makes sense. Information is critical in a spill. Anything that can help avoid putting live pilots into the air reduces risk and spill cleanup costs. And after all, private industry is moving quickly to explore the possibilities of drones. Didn’t Google make headlines recently when it said it was looking into delivering your packages by drones? Facebook just said it wants to use drones to offer better connectivity (That should generate a million “Likes”).
Here’s my only gripe – This should the most exciting stuff in the world. So why is the YouTube announcement so dull?
We want Droids, lasers and explosions. Can’t someone call George Lucas to send over his special effects guys to jazz this up?