Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.
As the first issue of the year goes out, we’re reminded that COVID-19 still has a big part to play in 2021. At the time of publication, Perth has just entered a 5-day lockdown, as mutated strains of the virus create headaches for the teams attempting to stop the spread. New Zealand has just had a community case and Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne all had partial lockdowns in December. Small outbreaks may be the post COVID-19 normal for some time to come.
On a positive note, however, both the New Zealand and Australian economies are quickly bouncing back and international trade is expected to grow in 2021.
For this newsletter, ForestTECH News, we’re pleased to announce that we now have 50 tech videos that have been uploaded to the Video Showcase section of the newsletter which you can access. This highlights a wide range of new technologies and innovations within remote sensing and forestry and inventory management. The latest videos were shown at ForestTECH 2020 late last year. If you have a video that would be a good addition to this particular section, please send it through.
Scientists are constantly researching new uses for timber. We are seeing wooden skyscrapers, see-through wooden ‘windows’, 3D printing with wood and now, potentially, wooden satellites. Weird? Check out the story below.
In further stories this month, we have Remsoft who have partnered with Locus and Consortech to automate data integration, the approval in the US for the first company to use drones without onsite operators and the controversial blacklisting of DJI drones in America.
Remember, you can also send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider community.
Stories this issue:
- NOAA Awards Black Swift Technologies Contract to Develop GPS-Denied Navigation
- ForestTECH’s Video Showcase section hit 50 videos
- FAA approved first company to use drones without human operators on-site
- Wooden you know it – wooden satellites
- DJI blacklisted by US Department of Commerce
- Integrating forest operations planning into the cloud
- Mechanical planting trials show promise
- Dawn Aerospace licensed to fly NZ’s first spaceplane
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