Last week, The Department of Campus Safety notified community members of a drone operation occurring on Wednesday, April 14 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. on the Quad.
According to Campus Safety, “This drone operation is part of an educational experience and complies with Keene State College’s operational policy. There is no cause for concern.”
Christopher Buckley, Director of Campus Safety, and sent out the notification. He said, “I don’t have any details about why it’s being flown, I don’t know anything about the terms specifically, I just have to approve the request to fly it and send out a notification email to community members. All I know is that it’s being flown as part of a class run by Professor Davis.”
Sasha Davis, a professor in the environmental studies, geography and sustainability program (ESGS) at KSC. Davis said, “We actually have two drones here in the department of environmental studies, geography and sustainability. We use them for different kinds of research projects that our students are collaborating on. The drone operation on Wednesday was more of a demonstration for one of the more introductory level courses in geography.”
These drones are used for all different kinds of projects. Davis said, “We’ve been using them for a few years now for different types of projects. A couple of the projects we’ve been doing most recently is one we’re we do air quality monitoring and the drone is really useful for that because we can see exactly what kind of pollutants there are at different elevations. Also, another project is looking at different parts of the City of Keene for where solar panels could be best installed in different areas of the city. Basically looking at solar potential by seeing what kind of space is available pointed in the right direction towards the south.”
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