All posts by Jeff Salmon

RMS Republic

Underwater Drones Search for Czar’s Lost Treasure

Continuing with our series (part one and part two) on the role that geospatial technology plays in treasure hunting, we come to the mysterious tale of the RMS Republic. Launched in 1903, the Republic was a part of the White Star Line, and, foreshadowing its sister-ship the Titanic, it sank six years later, 50 miles...

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Treasure Hunting with Geospatial Tech: Part One

Geospatial tech is increasingly being called upon in the search for treasure. Let’s look at some examples, and maybe you, too, could discover hidden riches! Pangaea #155 As the wind keens and the snow piles up outside my door I retreat into my cozy home for some arm-chair treasure hunting. I start with the Travel Channel’s...

An Inside Look

The New FAA UAS Registration Recommendations The UAS Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee has recently published its recommendations. For an insider’s look, we talked to Altavian’s John Perry, a member of the committee. Unmanned & Unlimited: Could you give us your take on the process? As a representative of MAPPS and as a...

Z-Boat 1800 on a riverine hydrographic survey utilizing side scan sonar.

Aqua Bots

Above: The Z-Boat 1800 on a riverine hydrographic survey using sidescan sonar. Unmanned & Unlimited Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) get the lion’s share of media coverage, which is just not fair. Hardworking unmanned marine platforms, both surface and subsurface, have a lot to offer in the hydrographic surveying and inspection space. As a big bonus...

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Top of the Crop: Best of Pangaea 2015

As we end the year 2015, it’s interesting and informative to look back and see what you, our readers, found most interesting. Using metrics gleaned from our newsletter platform, I picked the top five issues for… Best of Pangaea 2015 Surprising UAS Section 333 Exemptions UAS continue to be a hot topic as the FAA...

Multicopter Profiles

The eXom, RiCOPTER, Aibot X6, and Trimble ZX5 SenseFly’s eXom Inspection and close-in mapping sUAS I first saw sensFly’s new eXom sUAS at the ILMF conference in Denver early this year. It’s billed as an inspection and close-in mapping platform, and I thought, “Inspection? That’s interesting” and moved on. Turns out the team at senseFly...