Drone Conference Underway in Anchorage
Attendees explore arctic applications for unmanned aerial vehicles
ANCHORAGE - When you hear the word "drones," what do you think of? Probably a military aircraft that is unmanned and armed.
Anchorage is hosting a three-day conference on drones that is bringing together people from all over the country. But the types of drones they are talking about are small, unmanned flying machines that most often have a video camera – not a gun.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is co-hosting the conference that's brought in experts from all over the country.
The camera carrying drones can be used for a number of purposes in a state where it's difficult to get around.
“[To] assist in determining what the consequences might be of a massive earthquake in the Anchorage area, you could go out and evaluate the conditions of bridges and roads, then you know how to deploy your scarce assets of structural engineers and so forth,” said Ro Bailey, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute
Researchers say the unmanned aircraft can be valuable for scientific research in Alaska.
The conference continues through Thursday, September 27 at Embassy Suites. For more information, click here.