ARL and UH OVPRI Host Drone Education Open House

 

Good Friday turned Great for over 100 attendees of the UH Drone Boot Camp. UH ARL, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation, hosted a basic introduction into the world of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for the general public. Hawaii Governor David Ige opened the event, followed by short welcomes by UH President David Lassner and ARL Director Margo Edwards.

 

Governor David Ige, UH President David Lassner, and ARL Director Margo Edwards await their introductions.

 

After an adrenaline-pumping 25-minute drone racing exhibition, 60 registered participants, ranging from 9 to 70 years old, took part in a basic tutorial that discussed protocols for safe UAS operations, and provided reference materials for understanding airspace regulations. FAA Part 107 certified trainers worked with participants to help them set up and fly their own UAS around the field at Les Murakami Baseball stadium. Attendees without their own UAS could try their hand operating micro drones in the stadium concourse. 

 

Drone Racer rounding the bases.

Exhibition tables from UH Manoa engineering laboratories, commercial vendors, and federal agencies showcased how they use UAS in a variety of applications ranging from computer science research, education, environmental management, and infrastructure inspections. Read more about the event at UHNews