UAV for Spatial Data Updating
Most of you are familiar with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. They can be used as a platform for observations or to collect data. A small UAV, weighing less than 2 kg, can be carried by men in the backpack and deployed quickly with sensors to collect digital imagery, gas particle sensors, or full-motion video. In such applications GIS is used in flight planning, data collection, visualization, and data analysis. In February 2012, Congress mandated US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to open airspace to drones, something that has never been done before. Full article and video here.
Also, the first civilian photogrammetric UAV flight was conducted over Singapore recently.