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Photo of example drone

2015-Present

Drones–or more formally, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)–are aircraft without human pilots on board. They may be operated by on-board computers or by a pilot who is on the ground, in another aircraft, or other location. They often carry a payload which may be weapon-related (in the military) or may be a camera, a scanner, or other device. They can be used to assess damage in the event of disasters, in search and rescue operations, to count wildlife, to deliver supplies, and much more.

View from a drone (photo)

Project funded by DDI during 2014-2015:
“Digital Flying in Archeology”

Resources:
Overview
10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education
Drones Used in Creative Ways at Universities
More Universities Use Drones for Research, But Privacy Concerns Remain
Duke Marine Sciences Uses Drones to Document Debris on Beaches (audio)