drone

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.

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