GeoTEd-UAS helps to Map TNC Nature Trail Project in Community of Oyster

On Friday, April 20 the GeoTEd-UAS team led by Virginia Space Grant Consortium and faculty and students from Thomas Nelson and Eastern Shore Community will participate in student service learning UAS mission to support a community project. Students and faculty with gain hands-on experience mapping with drones and the use of a thermal imagery camera while conducting some missions on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Students from UAS and GIS classes will participate.

 The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Virginia Coast Reserve and the community of Oyster are working together to design, implement and maintain a shoreline nature trail along the eastern tip of the village. The Eastern Shore Community Foundation is providing funding for the trail, which will allow public access and recreation with unobstructed views of southern barrier islands off the Virginia Coast. The trail project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2018.

The student service learning project is part of the GeoTEd-UAS project in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

Thomas Nelson Community College Offering Flight Technician Career Studies Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare participants to skillfully fly and maintain an sUAS and to earn the FAA Part 107 certificate. Knowledge of the safe and legal operation of an unmanned aircraft (drone) and the collection of imagery for customers is on the forefront of employer demand for many new and emerging fields. This program develops these competencies and allows participants to succeed in this challenging and demanding field.

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Virginia Plays Prominent Role at AUVSI

Virginia’s position as a leading state for the unmanned industry was further highlighted and promoted this week at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle System International “Xponential” event in Dallas.  Governor Terry McAuliffe and members from his administration, along with the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV), touted the Commonwealth’s vast array of autonomy-related assets and business-friendly regulatory environment.