eXtension-Sponsored UAS meeting ‘Hugely Successful’


Fifteen people attended a meeting of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) user generated community January 28 & 29 in Dallas, TX. The primary purpose of the meeting was to organize and create an Unmanned Aerial Systems Learning Network. The meeting focused on establishing a leadership team. The group also began creating a rough draft of a learning network proposal and areas of focus for the learning network.

“This was a very productive meeting with numerous action items identified,” said Craig Wood, eXtension Associate Director.

“This emerging learning network has several interesting activities in the works for 2015. Be sure and watch as those are developed thought the coming year,” he said.

The learning network will be lead by Wayne Woldt, University of Nebraska, Dharmendra Saraswat and Jim Robbins, University of Arkansas, Victor Villegas, Oregon State University, and Dennis Hinkamp, Utah State University.

The group identified four general areas of focus for 2015:
General education about UAS targeted toward Extension professionals, first-time users, and experienced users,
Regulation. Educate FAA officials on appropriate agricultural uses and assist in developing regulations regarding agricultural use as well as working with other regulatory agencies.
Systems/Platforms includes platforms and hardware, sensors and data management.
Collaboration. Collaborate with Industry from an aircraft, software, and sensors standpoint. Work with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle System International. Work with other organizations such as American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, National Association of Agricultural Applicators, and AmericaView just to name a few.

To join the Unmanned Aerial Systems user community go to: https://people.extension.org/communities/1708