Democratizing The Sky: Toward Civilian Drone Use | A Public Lecture By Frank Sedlar

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In anticipation of The Drone Project, InterAccess presents Democratizing the Sky, a free public lecture by engineer Frank Sedlar.

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:30pm

As the age of the drone is rapidly ushered in, the only real precedent we have for drones is in a military context. Yet the drones poised to become integrated into our skies are a far cry from the weaponized devices used in modern warfare. As a result, it is increasingly important to expand our thinking of drones beyond a purely militaristic imagination. Conceiving the drone not as a platform for bombs but as a means for democratizing the sky has become a pertinent objective for producers in this arena. It is the civilian use of drones that will allow open access to the sky, a domain that has historically remained out of reach for the majority of humanity. This talk will consider small, inexpensive, and readily available consumer drones as a means to access the sky for artistic, cartographic, and urban purposes, along with the current state of the drone in each of these categories.

Frank Sedlar is an engineer studying the convergence of the world’s urban populations with the effects of climate change, particularly flooding, in megacities around the world. He is currently a Fulbright Fellow to Indonesia were he is working with and the DKI Jakarta Government to coordinate an Urban Drone Research Program. Additionally, Frank is the founder of Empyrean Labs, a company specializing in drone mapping and surveying in remote areas around the world. His work can be found at

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