Protecting the Ocean: NOAA’s New Drone Program Helps Improve the Collection of Crucial Oceanic Data

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This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has significantly ramped up its use of drones for studying the ocean, providing us with another example of drones being used for good in the world.


In March, NOAA established an Unmanned Systems Operations Program to support the rapid expansion of unmanned systems—both aircraft and marine systems, collectively referred to as unmanned systems, or UxS—throughout the agency.

The following month, NOAA published the results of an extensive survey of right whales conducted with the support of UAS. And then this month news has come out about its use of autonomous marine drones to collect oceanic data on fish, seafloor, and weather.

Read today's article to learn more about NOAA's new drone program and the work being done with drones to protect the ocean.

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