Drones 101: An Illustrated Introduction To Flying Data Collectors | February 29, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 9 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 9 | p. 35
Issue Date: February 29, 2016

Cover Stories: Drones swarm to science

Drones 101: An illustrated introduction to flying data collectors

By Sarah Everts and Matt Davenport
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: robotics, drones

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For all the unique challenges and advantages flying robots bring, the story of drones borrows from several familiar tales. It’s a story about companies shrinking the size and price tag of electronics. It’s about scientists and engineers developing lighter and more compact sensors. It’s about military technology gliding peacefully into civilian life. For a primer on the various types of drones being harnessed for scientific research, C&EN turned to two experts: Michael G. Wing of Oregon State University, who’s building a catalog of small research drones, and Greg Crutsinger, who works for the drone developer 3D Robotics helping schools and students adopt these flying tools.

Credit: William Ludwig
Illustration of drones
Credit: William Ludwig
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