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Local
6:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Santa Cruz's new tech frontier: drones

A drone hovers near the beach in Aptos.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Some of the biggest players in the world of drones will be meeting two weeks from now in Santa Cruz.  They’re coming for the Drones Data X Conference.

I met the event’s founders, Philip McNamara and Doug Erickson, outside a coffee shop in downtown Santa Cruz.   McNamara is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four companies.  He recently moved here from Ireland by way of Berkeley.

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Local
10:32 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Drones Show Potential Use in Disaster Response

PSI's Instant Eye UAV hovers over the ground at Camp Roberts.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The FAA recently approved permits for the first commercial use of drones.  So later this summer, two drones will be used to survey ice floes and migrating whales in the Artic; as well as, support emergency response crews monitoring oil spills.  The potential use of drones beyond the battlefield was made clear this week at an event hosted by the Naval Post Graduate School

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