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Today
ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: ZTO) (“ZTO” or the “Company”), a leading express delivery company in China, today announced that it successfully completed its first trial delivery using a drone in an industrial park in Zhejiang Province. The drone, developed by a domestic drone producer and custom designed for ZTO, flew 14.0 kilometers (8.7 miles) from ZTO's sorting facility […] [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about whether it is legal to publish drone photos. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. I have a question. My husband and I have devoted time and considerable cash to starting a legal, licensed drone photography business. Our local newspaper is publishing drone photography done by another unlicensed hobby pilot. Is this not illegal? This is an interesting question, and one we might not have the answer to unless we get more information. First off, I want to say this is not legal advice and you should always ask a lawyer, but I'll offer my opinion. The key question is — did money exchange hands? If yes — meaning the local newspaper paid the photographer for the aerial images that they published — then what happened here was in fact illegal. But if no money exchange hands, then there's nothing illegal here, as long as they follow in accordance with recreational hobby drone rules such as staying outside of the 5-mile radius of an aircraft and remaining within visual line of sight. If that's the case, then the pilot flew the drone under recreational or hobby drone guidelines and simply “donated” [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Earlier
The government of the U.K. said on Saturday all drones larger than 250 grams—slightly more than half a pound, for all you ignorant Americans—will ... [...]
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
A dramatic move forward for drone electronic conspicuity. Well done TBS, this is an affordable game changer. This is a much cheaper option than ADS-B. Where it sits within UTM's I'm not sure. “TBS FLARM Buddy” adds the capability to see all your formation-flying UAV friends on the radar. It's an invaluable tool for anyone […] [...]
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Looking for a cheap way to get your GoPro in the air? The $150 Force1 F100 GoPro RC Quadcopter Drone is an introductory drone for pilots who already own a GoPro. It's essentially a low-cost toy drone, but it has a mount for a GoPro. The drone can also do 360 flips , and it has about 12 minutes of flight time and comes with an extra battery. The drone does require some level of setup. Since the drone can interchange with your own camera, the drone has modular landing gear, which you'll have to install if you opt to include a GoPro. Of course, as with all things, you get what you pay for. The mount is not a 3-axis gimbal, so the video is not going to have that silky, smooth look that drones these days commonly produce. (Think all the way back to the days of the Phantom 1.) The drone itself is significantly less stable than more expensive camera drones. As for the quality of the video itself — that depends on what type of GoPro you have. The most frustrating thing about this drone was pairing the drone with the controller, which takes some effort. Many toy drones just have an [...]
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Drones with obstacle detection and collision avoidance are becoming more prevalent in both the consumer and professional sectors. This year, we have quite a few drones with collision avoidance technology. In 2016, UAVs with obstacle detection technology using various sensors first started making an appearance. This obstacle detection and avoidance technology started with sensors detecting... [...]
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Source: DroneZon
Lord Callanan the UK Aviation Minister from the Department for Transport today launched the new proposals for drone legislation in the UK. Launching the proposals from the Sky-Futures Training Academy in Morton-In-Marsh, Gloucester with support from Sky-Futures and Mid and West Wales FRS (MAWWFRS), the key message from Lord Callanan was that “Our measures prioritise […] [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
UK drone pilots will soon have to register their drones and sit safety awareness tests, as the Department for Transport seeks to better regulate growing drone use and react to increasing safety concerns. The proposal would put UK regulations for hobbyist pilots beyond what is currently in place in the United States. Owners of drones […] The post UK Announces Registration & Safety Tests for Drone Pilots appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
AirVuz Productions recently traveled to Peru to work on several projects. While there they a trip to Rainbow Mountain and this was our view from the top! Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Montana de Colores, is best seen while taking one of the Ausangate Treks. Ausangate Mountain is considered a holy mountain by […] The post Video of the Week! Rainbow Mountain, Peru! appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
This is a modified version of a story originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the whole story here. The winner of the best drone video ever on Instagram may be…Jeff Bezos? Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos recently joined Instagram, and his first ever post was shot by a drone. The drone video shows the Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket production facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Blue Origin is an aerospace manufacturer founded in 2000 by Bezos that is developing technologies to send people to space at relatively low costs. New Glenn is the company's reusable orbital launch vehicle , expected to make its initial launch test before 2020. Manufacturing facility for the heavy-lift New Glenn launch vehicle is coming along nicely. #BlueOrigin #ReusableRockets #LaunchLandRepeat #GradatimFerociter A post shared by Jeff Bezos (@jeffbezos) on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:55am PDT Bezos's Instagram video begins with an aerial view, then pans in towards the building, ending with a photo of Bezos sitting on the roof holding a sign that says “ROCKET FACTORY COMING SOON.” Bezos in February said he was “hopeful” that Blue Origin will begin offering trips for paying customers next year, adding that “I'm super optimistic” there will be a large market for such 11-minute thrill rides [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
So here it is, the study that is going to cause so much trouble in the UK. The Department for Transport, the Military Aviation Authority and British Airline Pilots' Association commissioned a study into the effects of a mid-air collision between small remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, commonly known as a drones) and manned aircraft. […] [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
ARPAS-UK welcomes the Department for Transport's publication released on 22nd July 2017, and is pleased to have participated in the consultation process directly, with its own response and consolidated members' views, as well as through its membership of the UK Drone Industry Action Group. ARPAS-UK believes that the report address the major issues facing the […] [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
By Philip Avery, Managing Director of Navtech Radar There's no denying it, drones are here to stay. Once limited to military use, drones are now easily accessible to anyone and could easily fall into the wrong hands. In today's current climate of increased national threats, we need to work fast to keep up with modern risks. [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Leading commercial drone manufacturer MMC has introduced their One-Stop Rental Solution for industrial drones in India and Asia. The company plans to expand the program across the globe, opening centers in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, and South Africa. MMC is the industry leader in providing innovative commercial and industrial drone solutions [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Yet another widely reported drone strike has been de-bunked, with DNA testing proving the flying object to have been a gray-headed flying fox – a bat. A July 11 report by the pilot of a SOCATA TB-10 Tobago aircraft that he had collided with some object during final approach at Parafield Airport in South Australia […] The post Whose Batty Now? Drone Strike De-bunked appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
The Chaffee County, Colo., board of county commissioners is seeking members to serve on its drone advisory board, which was formed to “provide advice and assistance on all authorized operations and activities in connection with the county's UAS program.” According to a notice from the county, the board of county commissioners is accepting letters of interest for those looking to serve on the Chaffee County Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Board. It will comprise no fewer than seven and no more than eleven voting members, including the chairman. The county says membership should be representative of “all UAS interest groups and communities within the county.” Specifically, the county is seeking members from each of the following areas: Member of the Buena Vista airport board; Member of the Chaffee County/City of Salida airport board; Government representative; Representative of the local economic development entity; Representative from the education community; Business-sector representative; and Citizen representative. Letters will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26. More information can be found here. The post Wanted: Members for UAS Advisory Board in Chaffee County, Colo. appeared first on Unmanned Aerial Online. [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR), the media giant's drone division, is the first organization to get a Part 107 waiver for flight over people for “closed-set motion picture and television filming.” CNN was required to demonstrate safety to the FAA before receiving the waiver, which “allows CNN AIR to operate a diverse range […] The post CNN Gets First Closed Set Waiver appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
The Harvey County Sheriff's Office in Kansas is crediting a thermal camera-equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with tracking down an elderly man who went missing earlier this week. According to a local report from The Hutchinson News, Corporal Brandon Huntley was dispatched at 11:16 p.m. on Tuesday to look for the 91-year-old man, whose car had been spotted at his former residence. After a failed ground search in the area until 12:40 a.m. with two other officers, Huntley reached out to Deputy Matthew Stovall, and the two of them – both trained to operate the drone – deployed Harvey County's own UAS at 1:15 a.m. After two flights (following a battery swap), the team successfully located a hot spot on their ground control station. The search crew and a medical unit then headed to the location and found the man, who was “dehydrated with possible injuries,” the report says. Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay told The Hutchinson News that the drone was “critical to saving that guy's life … no doubt about it.” The sheriff's office recently held a news conference on the new drone; the coverage can be found on their Facebook here. The post Kansas Sheriff's Office: Drone ‘Critical' in Saving Life of Missing [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
SkySafe, a San Diego based startup, has received $11.5 in Series A funding round that was led by Andreessen Horowitz. The round comes with a seat on the board for Andreessen general partner Lars Dalgaard. In addition, SkySafe has received a $1.5 million contract with the Department of Defense, providing mobile counter-UAS systems to Naval […] The post SkySafe Raises $11.5 Mill for Counter-UAS Technology; Secures DoD Contract appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
From Kyosho: DRONE RACER glides above the ground with pistol-grip transmitter control. Unlike existing drones that are difficult to control, the sensational DRONE RACER is controlled like an R/C car with a pistol-grip transmitter. Takeoff and auto-hover with one-touch control using ultrasonic sensors that remove the frustration of learning complicated flying techniques. Intermediate and Beginner mode speed settings (Easy mode / Active mode) are available so you can experience the fun of drone flying at your own pace. Control with a pistol-grip R/C system. Includes the latest 2.4GHz Syncro KT-231P pistol-grip transmitter featuring advanced aircraft-like instrument panel. Flying height adjustment switch is installed on the base of the transmitter grip. Dogfight only 35cm above the ground. Speeds over the ground just like a hoverboard. Newly developed drone technology. The DRONE RACER is equipped with advanced ultrasonic sensors, 6-axis gyroscope (3-axis angle speed sensors, 3-axis acceleration sensors), barometric pressure sensor and four fast response mini coreless motors. Speed switching function provides a choice between “Easy Mode” and “Active Mode” and delivers direct intuitive flight control. LHFC (Low Height Flying Control) Altitude is automatically maintained with ultrasonic and barometric pressure sensors. Altitude setting of 35cm or 60cm can be selected with a switch on the R/C system and one-touch control [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
U.K.-based Martek Marine has been selected by UNICEF and the government of Vanuatu, an archipelago nation in the South Pacific, to demonstrate how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can carry out vaccine delivery. According to the company, Vanuatu comprises 83 islands (65 of which are inhabited) separated over 1,600 kilometers. The nation faces considerable logistics challenges when it comes to delivering vaccines due to the climate, topography and lack of infrastructure. The trial aims to assess technologies that can help reduce the vaccine supply-chain disruption and enhance service delivery – without requiring a massive investment. It will also provide the opportunity to explore and understand the wider application and potential of UAVs in the region over the long term, says Martek. Martek will self-fund the trial, which will take place on Efate Island on Aug. 21-25. “The opportunity to deploy our unique capabilities for the good of the people of Vanuatu was an opportunity we had to grasp,” states Paul Luen, CEO of Martek. “Our proven [beyond visual line of sight] expertise and the manned aviation standards which we operate our business to make us an ideal long-term delivery partner. We're certain we'll deliver UNICEF and the Vanuatu government a reliable UAS cargo delivery service [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
MIT Researchers Develop Mini Computer Chips for Mini Drones Researchers at MIT are designing smaller, more efficient computer chips to “miniaturize the brain of a drone.” Recreational quadcopters and most standard hobby drones have a lot of data to process. The computer chips required to simultaneously handle stabilization, flight, and the recording and streaming of... The post Mini Computer Chips for Mini Drones appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about drone racing and getting that Star Wars speeder bike look in your videos. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. So, here's what I picture: me, sitting in the forest, first person goggles on, flying my drone through the trees like a speeder in Return of the Jedi. Should I go the racing drone route? High quality recorded video isn't important to me, and I'm confident that I could build it, that's why I was thinking racing, but there's just too many options! Thanks, Matt Matt, this is the most beautiful reader email I've ever gotten!! You have a vision and I like it! Definitely it sounds like you want some racing footage, and the more Star Wars-inspired, the better. But first of all, I hope you've seen this video. It is one of my favorites, and it should get you pretty hyped! The cameras on racing drones do tend to have lower quality footage, but it sounds like that doesn't matter to you. There are tons of drone racing sets out there. The Blade Inductrix is insanely popular among indoor FPV pilots. If you're looking for a more badass drone, [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
CNN's Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR) unit has received a Part 107 waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for closed-set drone operations, meaning the major news channel will be able to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people for motion picture and television filming. CNN says it has become the first organization to be granted a Part 107 waiver of this kind. It already holds a Part 107 waiver to fly UAS over members of the public for media coverage, including newsgathering and reporting (another first-of-its-kind waiver, the organization notes). This latest approval also builds on CNN's closed-set filming authority previously granted as a Section 333 exemption. Specifically, the new Part 107 waiver allows CNN AIR to operate a range of drones over “uncovered people who are participating in filming operations.” “We are delighted the FAA has approved CNN's application for closed-set filming authority under Part 107,” comments Greg Agvent, senior director of national newsgathering technology and CNN AIR. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the FAA to move UAS forward for newsgatherers and filmmakers and for the commercial UAS industry at large.” Back in 2015, CNN was selected by the FAA as one of the first three industry [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
July 20, 2017 – BEND, Ore. Emerging trends and technologies shaping the unmanned aircraft systems industry in Oregon will highlight the state's first UAS Summit & Expo, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend. The Oregon UAS Summit & Expo is free. Industry-related suppliers and vendors who attend the event [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
INTRODUCTION: One of the challenges that natural gas companies face has to do with delivering gas energy efficiently, safely and profitably. The world is moving away from the use of fossil fuels and toward the use of clean and renewable energy such as solar and wind energy. The move will be slow until the cost [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Fifty U.S. airports will soon be allowing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators to apply for automated authorization to fly in controlled airspace. According to an announcement from AirMap, which provides an airspace management platform for drone operators, 50 airports will be rolling out a Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) before the end of 2017 (with all airports to follow next year). The company explains that airspace authorization requests are normally “subject to long waiting periods of up to 90 days and labor-intensive manual approvals.” However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) brought together 12 companies (including AirMap) to figure out how third-party companies can assist the agency with automated authorization. Now, according to AirMap, the LAANC will enable UAS pilots “to apply for instant, digital approval to fly in U.S. controlled airspace using the same applications they use for flight planning and in-flight situational awareness,” such as the AirMap app. The company notes that LAANC commenced earlier this year when the FAA published its UAS facility maps, which showed areas and altitudes near airports where drone operators would be able to fly safely and thus “improve the quality” of their airspace authorization requests, the agency said in April. Writing for Forbes, AirMap co-founder Greg [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Unlike an RC car that will simply crash into a wall if you lose control, an expensive drone can potentially fly for miles after it stops heeding your remote's commands. But while a shotgun can blast your treasured robot out of the sky before causes any trouble, this ... [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
DJI Dominates Dronestagram Best Drones Pics But It's Talent Over Gear The 2017 Dronestagram International Drone Photography Contest has come and gone with thousands of entries of spectacular shots from around the world. Props to Dronestagram and its sponsors (National Geographic, Lowepro and others) for the ability to judge winners. There are too many amazing shots for... The post DJI Dominates Dronestagram appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
From MaxAmps.com: Dramatically increase the battery life on your Fat Shark Headset by upgrading to our MaxAmps 2800mah 2S Fat Shark Battery. Custom made battery tray insert is specifically designed to fit stock battery location making it simple to install. Features: 2800mah capacity 2S 7.4 volts True 100C rating Lifetime warranty 5C fast charge capable 100% waterproof Built today with factory fresh cells We install the right angle DC barrel connector and JST-XH balancing tap for you Specs: 108mm x 37mm x 15mm, 128g This battery upgrade and tray insert will fit most Fat Shark headset models including the HD2, Dominator V3, and Attitude V3. It will work with previous models like the Predator line as well. Note: This product comes standard with the battery and tray insert. If you already have the tray insert and want additional batteries, simply deselect the tray insert from the drop-down menu. With Battery Tray Insert – $59.99 No Battery Tray Insert – $49.99Visit MaxAmps.com The post MaxAmps LiPo 2800 2S 7.4v Fat Shark Battery Upgrade Kit appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
New UAS Analytics Platform A Collaboartion between Trimble and Propeller Aero A new collaboration for an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) analytics platform has been announced. Trimble, a leading provider of advanced location-based solutions, and Propeller Aero, a global provider of hardware and software solutions that help worksites adopt drones, have teamed up for this new project. “Propeller combines ease of use... The post New UAS Analytics Platform appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
U.S. Air Force Tests New Counter UAS Program The U.S. Air Force has announced that its 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron has teamed up with a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab to teach airmen how to pilot drones and use them to train coalition forces on how to react to them on the battlefield. “This... The post Air Force Tests New Counter UAS appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
As the drone industry takes off, there is another industry taking off with it — the anti-drone industry. San Diego-based startup SkySafe, which creates technology to disable drones from flying where Skydio's customers don't want them to, announced that it won a $1.5 million contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide mobile counter-drone systems to Naval Special Warfare units. The company will be rolling out demos and tests over the next year and hopes to have its systems in place with the DoD by 2018. SkySafe is able to detect and selectively control individual drones, largely via radio waves. Its systems are not available to the general public, but the company works with “qualified public safety customers.” Courtesy SkySafeDrones that can be purchased for a few hundred dollars have been increasingly causing problems at major events. They have crashed into cyclists during races, and in 2015, a DJI Phantom drone crashed near the White House. Just last month, a drone crashed during a Padres game at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. And in an event much like Thursday's anticipated Warriors parade, a drone crashed into a woman, knocking her unconscious during Seattle's 2015 Pride Parade. The drone operator was [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
UAV solutions to be showcased at Intergeo Legal issues, international market analyses and best practices will take center stage at the Interaerial Solutions Expo (IASEXPO), which will take place Sept. 26–28 in conjunction with Intergeo 2017 in Berlin, Germany. At IASEXPO, the international UAV sector will be demonstrating the potential for civil and commercial UAV applications. IASEXPO... The post UAV solutions to be showcased at Intergeo appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
The cut and fill analysis is a routine, but crucial activity: it provides the information needed to effectively grade and level a jobsite and prepare it for construction. An accurate cut and fill helps you save time and money, reduce risk, and better manage resources on-site. Calculating a cut and fill properly, however, has long been a time-consuming process, with significant time spent in the field performing a topographic survey and back in the office analyzing the data. While drone surveying has significantly reduced time on-site, calculating cut and fill volumes has still been needlessly complex: it requires using multiple tools and specialized earthworks software. We set out to fix that, and today, we're excited to share the results: you now have the power to calculate cut and fill volumes directly within Site Scan, without having to export your drone data into other platforms. If you open Site Scan, with the tap of a button you can get precise, actionable volume measurements. See examples of both cut and fill calculations—including a 3D viewer of your volumes—in action: Cut Quickly and accurately measure your stockpile, view it in 3D, and determine how much you need to cut in seconds Fill The best fit [...]
Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: 3DR News
The Great New York State Fair will be adding a drone film competition to their many offerings in 2017. The NYS Fair runs from Wednesday, August 23 through Monday, September 4. The NYS Fair Drone Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering filmmakers and companies around the globe to tell their stories with [...]
Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
From Dromida: The KODO FPV makes it easy for anyone to enjoy First Person View flight. This all-in-one pack comes with the essential gear you need to experience FPV out of the box. Put on the goggles, add your smartphone, connect it to the Wi-Fi camera and download the free app. See the world of FPV unfold right before your eyes. Perform flips on command with one button-push of the MR200 2.4GHz radio system. Stay airborne with the longlasting LiPo battery and USB fast charger. The KODO FPV combines convenience and completeness, for the ultimate in First Person View flight! Features: Wi-Fi® FPV camera – Fly FPV with half the latency of other drones in this class. Download the mobile app to complete the FPV experience FPV goggles – Add your Android or Apple smartphone and immerse yourself in the action Auto-flip – Perform flips on demand Long flight times – Spend more time in the air MR200 2.4GHz radio with smartphone holder and sun shade LiPo battery and USB charger AA batteries Extra blades Specifications: Diagonal: 106 mm (4.2 in) Weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) Requires: Devices for Android or Apple, app (download free from Google Play Store or App Store) #DIDE0016 – $89.99 Visit Dromida.com The post Dromida KODO FPV RTF Pack appeared first on [...]
Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
See the World in a Different Light Equipping your drone with a thermal-imaging camera is exactly the same as mounting an ordinary visible-light camera, with one crucial difference: the wavelengths of the photons its sensor detects. Apart from that, everything else works exactly the same, even though you are seeing the world in a whole new way. To understand the pictures produced by a thermal-imaging camera, let's first take a moment to understand how we perceive visible light, either with a conventional electrooptical (EO) camera—military-industrial-complex jargon for a video or digital still camera—or even our own eyes. We see the world around us when our retina absorbs photons either emitted or reflected by an object in the environment. Objects that emit visible light include the sun, lightbulbs, and computer screens, and objects that reflect light include every material substance in the universe. An EO camera works in exactly the same manner, substituting an electronic sensor for our retinas. Click here: The post Intro to Thermal Imageing appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Once the domain of large military UAS, signals intelligence on small drones is becoming a reality. VStar Systems has created a small, light, affordable sensor for search-and-rescue missions and counter-UAS operations. [...]
Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
All the power of the DJI Phantom in a foldable package The first thing you see when opening the box is that this bird is all preassembled and ready to go. Charge the battery and controller, download the app, and you are off and flying. The Mavic is constructed really well and when the arms snap into place they feel solid. Click on image for more: The post DJI Mavic Pro Review appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a new crew member—an adorable robotic ball capable of recording video while moving in zero gravity. Dubbed “Int-Ball,” the device will free astronauts to do more important work, while providing ground controllers with their own set of eyes. ... [...]
Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
While the self-pollination device offers a high return on pollination efficiency, it has a low barrier to being implemented and can easily be deployed by modifying readily available materials like an off-the-shelf mega-copter or drone. [...]
Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
When you process your drone photos into orthomosaics, 3D models, and other data products, you want to get the best results every time. A few factors affect the quality of a processed job: camera quality, flight mode, number of photos, and the type of deliverable you'd like to process, for example. With this in mind, we've thoughtfully designed every aspect of Site Scan to deliver the most precise, actionable data possible. That's why we're excited to introduce one of the biggest improvements to Site Scan yet: we've integrated Site Scan with Pix4D, a leading photogrammetry engine, to help you create more accurate and detailed data products than ever before. Site Scan is already integrated with the Autodesk ReCap processing engine, so now that Site Scan processing is also powered by Pix4D, we're offering an industry first: multi-engine photogrammetry processing for your data products. With multi-engine processing and Site Scan's Sony R10C camera, our customers are achieving accuracy levels within a tenth of an inch of terrestrial LiDAR. Also, with the improved processing engine in Site Scan, now you can generate a topo with a contour interval down to 5 inches, which is comparable to terrestrial LiDAR. Now, with Pix4D integrated in Site Scan, you [...]
Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Source: 3DR News
GPSdome Ltd., a cyber company, announced that it has performed successful airborne tests of its cyber device for protection against GPS jamming and spoofing. The tests were conducted jointly with Bluebird Aero Systems Ltd., which specializes in UAVs. [...]
Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine