Published:  December 12, 2015

Volume 2, Issue 4 of the HDIAC Journal contains articles covering four of HDIAC’s eight technical focus areas (TFAs), including Homeland Defense & Security (HDS), Cultural Studies, Medical, and Alternative Energy (AE). The HDS article focuses on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a Wi-Fi communication system that can be utilized in remote areas or disaster situations. The Cultural Studies article is a technical inquiry highlight on using UAVs for pipeline surveillance. The Medical article is about The Drinkable Book, which is an alternative to purification tablets for water sterilization. The AE article describes how biofuel production can be increased using yeast.

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Technical Inquiry Highlight: Pipeline Surveillance Using UAVs

HDIAC received a request for technical information and analysis on cultural research addressing oil pipeline surveillance using unmanned aircraft vehicles in Nigeria. Background Information The U.S. Department of Defense spent more than $3 billion on…

Alternative Energy: Increased Options for Biofuel Production Using Yeast

Although biofuel production has intensified in the last decade, liquid fuels derived from oil remain the largest contributor to transportation. [1] Thus, biofuels have yet to make a significant dent in mitigating climate change, which…

Communicating in Remote Areas or Disaster Situations Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Introduction A reliable communication infrastructure is crucial for an efficient and successful emergency response system. As stated in the Disaster Resilience Framework (work-in-progress) developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the United…