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Tree planting App launches crowdfunding campaign

Tree planting App launches crowdfunding campaign

A Kickstarter campaign to empower everyday people to become a part of the global effort against climate change was launched in New Zealand this week. TreeTime, a new tree planting ...
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A turning point in tropical forest monitoring

A turning point in tropical forest monitoring

Brazil is a nation of superlatives. It is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and home to the largest rainforest, the largest freshwater preserve, and a quarter ...
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Nine SuperDoves for next Rocket Lab launch

Nine SuperDoves for next Rocket Lab launch

Editors Update: Rocket Lab successfully launched on 28 October 2020 (see a video of the launch below). Planet’s next scheduled launch of Flock 4e’, a total of 9 SuperDoves on ...
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Automatic modelling of tree species

Automatic modelling of tree species

A group of international scientists from New Zealand and Singapore is collaborating on a three-year project, funded by MBIE, to use data science and remote sensing to automatically model and ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 40

ForestTECH News Issue 40

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. As detailed, plans for the ForestTECH 2020 event running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 November 2020 are well on track. As anticipated, ...
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New drone technology promises a 5-minute recharge

New drone technology promises a 5-minute recharge

Twelve months ago, ultra-fast charging (UFC) pioneer, StoreDot, achieved a world first with its partner BP by successfully fully-charging a two-wheeled electric vehicle in just 5 minutes. Today, the company ...
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GDC drones prove worth

GDC drones prove worth

Drones have become a valuable asset for the Gisborne District Council. with three machines proving their worth several times over. Use of the drones has grown extensively over the three ...
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The Ban on Chinese Drones, Part 2: What Happens Next?

The Ban on Chinese Drones, Part 2: What Happens Next?

In all likelihood the use of Chinese-made drones and Chinese-made drone components by federal agencies will soon be banned. An amendment, which Representative Mike Gallagher, Republican from Wisconsin added to ...
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Australia re-enters the space race

Australia re-enters the space race

Update: The rockets successfully launched on Saturday 19 September 2020. South Australia’s west coast will roar with the sound of rocket launches this week, as start-up Southern Launch begins its ...
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Automated harvesting with robots in the forest

Automated harvesting with robots in the forest

FPInnovations is moving full speed ahead with its automated-harvesting project to usher in a new era of forestry machinery with an eye to one day operating fully autonomous machines. Much ...
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Aerial tree planting systems being showcased

Aerial tree planting systems being showcased

ForestTECH is this region’s most popular annual independent forestry technology series. This year, in addition to advances being made in remote sensing and forest inventory, for the first time, one ...
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OneFortyOne announces CEO appointment

OneFortyOne announces CEO appointment

OneFortyOne is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Giles Knopp as Chief Executive Officer, effective 21 September 2020. Prior to this announcement Andy has been a key member of ...
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Australia’s new drone laws require registration

Australia’s new drone laws require registration

Drone owners in Australia will soon need to register their aircrafts under laws first introduced back in 2019. With drones increasing in popularity in recent years, Australia’s aviation regulator, Civil ...
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Boost for technology to detect wildfires

Boost for technology to detect wildfires

Inventors of a system which can detect bushfires in minutes will share in more than AU$5 million from the Morrison Government to roll out the technology here at home and ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 39

ForestTECH News Issue 39

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. A lot can change in a month. At the time of our last issue, New Zealand celebrated being 100 days COVID-19 free and, ...
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UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has ...
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Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled

Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled

For the first time since the annual ForestTECH series started back in 2007, this year’s event will involve two separate themes over the two days. ForestTECH 2020 runs in Rotorua ...
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Funding for VR Forestry planning tool

Funding for VR Forestry planning tool

UBC Faculty of Forestry, in partnership with FPInnovations and spatial analytics platform provider LlamaZOO, has been awarded $300,000 in funding to further develop and commercialize TimberOps, an immersive visual analytics ...
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Linda Sewell steps down from OFO

Linda Sewell steps down from OFO

OneFortyOne Plantations announced this week that Linda Sewell has announced her resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective 28 August, 2020. In a statement released from the Board ...
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Argentina to launch new forest monitoring satellite

Argentina to launch new forest monitoring satellite

Argentina had planned to put into orbit a satellite with new precision technology, to monitor felling of its native forests round the clock and accurately measure forest carbon stocks in ...
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Monitoring National forest change in cloudy environments

Monitoring National forest change in cloudy environments

One of the primary uses of satellite imagery for many applications is to monitor change across landscapes. Randomly scattered cloud across images is one an obvious nuisance that frustrates this ...
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