Drones: A Hands-On Technology Exploration


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Learn about drone use cases, the technology, practice and policy, Duke’s emerging drone program, and get hands-on flight time.

Drones are one of the most important new technologies to come along in a generation. Low cost systems with advanced flight controls have made it possible for someone with little experience to successfully operate these aircrafts. Innovating in the skies was once territory reserved for deep-pocketed corporations but access to this technology is changing all of that. Scientists, entrepreneurs, photographers, filmmakers, surveyors, and public safety officers all have an amazing new toolset to change their industry and open new opportunities. But first, they need to understand how this technology can work for them and how to navigate various drone regulatory bodies.

In this class we will discuss the various possibilities drones offer and showcase examples of how these systems might help you, including an exploration in video use cases from a seasoned veteran. We will discuss policies surrounding drone flight both nationally, locally and at Duke as well as how to begin the path toward your commercial operators license (Part 107). The class will end with a hands-on flight lab where students will have an opportunity to not just look at a drone, but to fly one!

Please note: the first session will take place at the Innovation Co-Lab; the second session will take on the Cohan Field and involves a hands-on flight lab. We will meet at the Cohan Field for the second session. You must attend the first session to be eligible to participate in the flight lab.

Subjects: drones



Status Archived
Date Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location TEC - Classroom
Leaders Estlin Haiss, Chip Bobbert II
Enrolled 5 of 20
The TEC (Technology Engagement Center) Classroom is in the Telcom Building. To get there, just walk down the stairs from Perkins/Bostock like you’re heading towards CIEMAS. When you get to the road halfway down, make a right and Telcom is the building ahead of you to the left. The Technology Engagement Center is the first floor, so just enter in the front of the building. The classroom is to the right of the entrance, adjacent to the center circular room. http://maps.duke.edu/map/?id=21&mrkIid=2765

Additional dates

One additional date: Thursday, 3/28/2019, 12:00pm - 2:00pm