Drones Are Taking Off in Utah

SKULL VALLEY, Tooele County — The huge plume of nitrogen gas appears as an otherworldy deep purple cloud on the screen of the drone operator’s remote control console.

The gray, browns and greens of the desolate test site — the same western desert location that once hosted American and Russian officials for the decommissioning of nuclear missiles in the Cold War era — instead appear in vibrant fluorescent tones thanks to thermal imaging software that can also help detect the presence of toxic gases and chemicals.

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Deseret News Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:48