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5D Robotics Unmanned Systems Project Engineer takes R&D concepts from prototype to design implementation, test, and flight operations. You will be responsible for the rapid design, prototyping, implementation, test, and deployment support. This position also requires deep understanding of sUAS platforms, technologies, and roadmaps for the industry. Requirements: B.S. Engineering Degree with minimum 3-5 years […] [...]
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Source: SUAS News
There are so many things that happened during the last 12 months it would be almost impossible to hit it all. Twenty Sixteen might very well be remembered as the year the wheels came off the drone cart. So let's hit the highpoint of history. Number one, DJI's Frank Wang, from the new Silicon Valley […] [...]
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Source: SUAS News
IL—Northwestern University Center for Public Safety is offering three new courses on the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), better known as drones, for traffic crash investigation and reconstruction. Small unmanned aircraft systems can play an important role in in the investigation of traffic crashes. Using a drone, investigators can obtain a comprehensive view […] [...]
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Source: SUAS News
MultiGP is proud to announce that Hobbico, one of the nation's leading hobby companies, will be holding the Hobbico Vusion Race at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, January 25th – 28th. This event features a $5,000 prize purse, sponsored by Hobbico, that will put the top drone racers against each other […] [...]
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Source: SUAS News
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England-based QuestUAV has designed a gimballed sensor to compensate for the effects of wind and turbulence that often lead to blurred images and low image overlap. Its latest system is 15 percent more efficient in capturing images for 3D models. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
On Feb. 1, Sentera will release LiveNDVI Video using the Minneapolis company's Double 4K sensor. This technology offers agronomists a fast way to make decisions based on real-time data. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
With the clear benefits that agronomists get from a birds' eye view of their crops, precision agriculture has been one of the leading applications of drones across the globe. The technology offers incredible advantages: with the data provided by drones farms of any scale can conserve resources, monitor crops, make better predictions, and save money. But […] The post senseFly to Explain the Cost and Process of Drones in Agriculture appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Dronelife
The FAA this week announced that it would reduce a proposed $1.9 million fine on SkyPan International Inc. to a $200,000 civil penalty. Under the agreement, SkyPan neither admits to nor contests the allegations made by the FAA in October 2015. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
HobbyTown, the nation's largest retail hobby franchise,has partnered with two companies to offer customers easy access to web based drone training. Two courses are available:  Basic Drone Training, Droneology by PCS Ed Ventures (PCSV)  FAA Part 107 Drone Certification Prep from Dart Drones. Basic Drone Training – For this course, HobbyTown has partnered with PCS Edventures, a leader in STEM and Drone education programs. Designed for recreational or hobbyist drone users, Basic Drone Training, is a web based course which promotes safe drone operation and explores drone technology in an entertaining and educational way. The course contains instructional videos, engaging animations, and easy to understand content. Units include essential knowledge of drone operation, flight safety, basic piloting skills, laws and regulations and more. Quizzes at the end of each unit help ensure users understanding of the material, and a certificate of completion is offered at the course conclusion. The consumer can conduct the course at their own pace and convenience. The two hour course is being offered through HobbyTown stores nationwide and on line at www.hobbytown.com for $19.99 FAA Part 107 Drone Certification Prep – For this course, HobbyTown partnered with Dart Drones, a leader in drone education. Designed [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
When drone news seems questionable, it's always a good idea to get the facts. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
In the wealthy Boston suburb of Newton Massachusetts, the first legal challenge by a drone operator to a local ordinance has been filed. Newton resident Michael Singer has filed suit against the City of Newton, claiming that the proposed ordinance is preempted by federal law and violates his rights. “On December 19,2016, Newton's city council enacted […] The post Massachusetts Drone Operator Challenges Local Law appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Poplarville, Miss.-based Pearl River Community College (PRCC) recently received a grant to start a new career-technical program that the college says will meet the needs of a 21st century industry: unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). PRCC received a $215,250 Career and Technical Education Challenge Grant through the Mississippi Community College Board to implement a UAS program. Students will earn a two-year associate in applied science degree and will have a head-start on obtaining their remote pilot certificate for commercial drone operations. “This is the start-up capital to get this up and going,” says Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for workforce and economic development. “Our goal is to start classes in August.” PRCC and aviation maintenance firm Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility at Stennis International Airport in Kiln are working together to start the program, the college explains in a press release. The PRCC board of trustees officially accepted the grant at its monthly meeting on Jan. 10 and authorized a search for an instructor. Classes will be taught at PRCC's Hancock Center in Waveland. “We'll use the airport and other places to do lab experiences,” Alsobrooks adds. Alsobrooks notes that there is only one other Mississippi community college, Hinds Community College, with a similar program. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
U.K.-based Cyberhawk has completed an unmanned aircraft vehicle application that could model how UAVs can be used to inspect, survey and monitor railway infrastructure present in populated corridors. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
A fixed-wing drone backed by DARPA soared into history books last month after achieving a world-duration flight record for drones in its class. Manufactured by Vanilla Aircraft, the diesel-fueled VA001 flew for nearly 56 uninterrupted hours at an altitude of 6,500 to 7,500 feet after being launched on Nov. 30 from New Mexico State University's […] The post Recording-breaking Drone Flies for 56 Straight Hours appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Campbell Law Review of North Carolina's Campbell University is holding a symposium next month on the legal issues of consumer unmanned aircraft systems. According to an announcement from the university, the daylong symposium will be held Feb. 3 and will offer five panels with 22 legal scholars from across the U.S. Dr. Gregory McNeal, co-founder of AirMap, will provide the keynote address. “Drones are all over the news, and many of the legal questions and concerns related to their use and oversight still need to be sorted out,” says Dean J. Rich Leonard, dean of Campbell Law School. “I applaud our Campbell Law Review for putting together such a stellar cast of experts and thought leaders for this timely and needed conversation.” The event is free for Campbell students and will be open to the public for a nominal charge. More information on registering can be found here. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
The Silicon Valley Drone Show (Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition) May 4th & 5th / Field Day 6th, is happy to announce guest speaker Rhianna Lakin will be speaking on the use of drones and social media to report on live news events and engage massive global audiences. Article Cover photo: Mt. Sinabung – Rhianna Lakin, DJI […] [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Neurala, a Boston-based software company that focuses on making robots, drones, consumer electronics, toys and smart devices more intelligent, has closed $14 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Pelion Venture Partners and included participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, SK Ventures, and Idinvest Partners through its Electranova Capital II Fund and in partnership with Ecomobility Ventures. Both 360 Capital Partners and Draper Associates also provided seed funding. Neurala, developer of The Neurala Brain and the Selfie Dronie flight app, says its customers include Teal Drones and Parrot. Neurala's neural network software uses a bio-inspired approach to mimic the way the human brain learns and analyzes its environment. This software enables a variety of smart products, including drones, to learn, adapt and interact in real time, the company explains. With The Neurala Brain, toys can learn to identify their owners, security cameras can identify specific threats, drones can learn how to diagnose problems at the tops of cell towers, and self-driving cars can be safer and learn to avoid obstacles. “The Neurala Brain was designed from the beginning to transform industries,” says Massimiliano “Max” Versace, co-founder and CEO of Neurala. “Bio-inspired brainpower can be [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
UTM, or unmanned traffic management, is one of the key enablers of the drone economy. But what is it? How does it work? Read this interview with AirMap's Vice President of Product, Matt Koskela, to find out. Let's start with the basics. What is UTM? “UTM” refers to two things. First, UTM stands for “Unmanned Traffic [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Drone technology startup Iris Automation is looking to expand and improve its advanced collision-avoidance system for industrial drones with a new round of funding. The company announced it has raised US$1.5 million to commercialize its sense-and-avoid system, and to enable drones to fly autonomously. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Drone technology startup Iris Automation is looking to expand and improve its advanced collision-avoidance system for industrial drones with a new round of funding. The company announced it has raised US$1.5 million to commercialize its sense-and-avoid system, and to enable drones to fly autonomously. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Fresh off the back of the biggest ever Drone Racing event in Dubai and with numerous leagues, competitions, and events to come, it seems like drone racing is here to stay. And like other elite sports, big-name pilots are emerging, wowing the crowds with their top-notch skills. But what does it take to fly with the best? What's the lifestyle of a top pilot like? And how can we mere mortals join those elites, traveling the world with little more than a pocket full of propellers and the hunger to win? I caught up with eight of the world's best pilots to find out more about the passion, camaraderie, community spirit, and adventures of these FPV adrenaline junkies. Hit that image with your mouse to see more: [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about drone LCD brightness and DJI's CrystalSky monitor. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. Hey Drone Girl, I am new to the drone world. I am hoping to incorporate the aerial photography into my roofing consulting business. I purchased a DJI Phantom 3 Professional and love its user-friendliness; however, I cannot seem to get a clear view of what the camera is viewing. It is taking video and stills but the view is dark. I have adjusted the brightness up all the way to no avail. I have tried using my iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy and iPad, and the results are the same. I have tried using a glare shield, which is a slight help. I was wondering if I need to purchase those goggles I see others using? Maybe I should put my head into a pillow case or box? -Bill Hey Bill, No need to put your head in a pillow case! But you're right; drone LCDs with low brightness are a serious issue. Such a serious issue, that in fact, DJI announced at CES 2017 a prototype for a new product called CrystalSky, a monitor with an ultra-bright [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
The drone industry can be fickle. While some drone companies have suffered through widely publicized failures – and consequent layoffs – in the last year, many are thriving. With new customers, new products, and new funding some drone companies are expanding rapidly: but finding the right staff to support that growth can be a challenge. […] The post Jobs in the Drone Industry: Who Gets Hired, and Why? appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Crowdfunding and drones have a very mixed relationship. Take the recent burst bubble of the Lily Drone. Despite raising over 30 million dollars, the company had to close down amid claims that what it was offering simply couldn't stand up to what the reality would turn out like. Needless to say, it's not going to […] The post Meet Nimbus, the Indestructible Racing Drone appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Skypan, an aerial photography company, is going to have to pay a hefty fine for violating the Federal Aviation Administration's drone rules. The FAA announced it reached a settlement in which Skypan will pay a US$200,000 civil penalty. [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
It's probably a no-brainer, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding the public that Washington, D.C., is a strict no-drone zone for this Friday's presidential inauguration.The Know Before You Fly campaign says unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators should check flight restrictions in effect around the Washington, D.C., area – which already has drone flight restrictions every day – ahead of the event.Specifically, all UAS (including model aircraft) operations are prohibited within a 30-nautical-mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), including the National Mall, U.S. Capitol and the White House.The area within a 15-nautical-mile radius of DCA is a Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ): No UAS flights are allowed in this area at any time without specific FAA authorization. In addition, the area within a 15- to 30-nautical-mile radius of DCA is a Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA).Both the FRZ and SFRA will include additional flight restrictions between 9 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST on Jan. 20.The agency warns that those who do follow the aircraft flight procedures may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement or security. In addition, the FAA says it may take administrative action, including imposing civil penalties; suspending or revoking airmen certificates; [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Dr. Anthony Cummings, an assistant professor of geospatial information sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas' School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South America to see how farming is impacting the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem.Cummings sat down with leaders of an indigenous community in Guyana last summer to share the idea as part of an effort to help them conserve land, UT Dallas explains in a news release. Specifically, he wanted to use drones to capture images of the Makushi people's Amazon rainforest farmland. The goal was to track and study how changes on their farming plots affect the ecosystem and wildlife over time.Cummings, who is from Guyana, then obtained approval from the community and trained residents on building and flying UAVs.“We showed them a video, put the parts on the table and said, ‘This is what you need to build a UAV,” Cummings says. “Within eight hours, we had two UAVs in our hands. They built the UAVs in the time it takes me to put one together.”Yogita Karale, a PhD student at UT Dallas, studies the images back at the university.“We are looking for changes over time,” Karale explains. “In [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
During senseFly's recent Drone Surveying 101 webinar, we dedicated over 20 minutes to an open Q&A session on survey drone technology, with answers supplied in the main by our two client presenters: Marc Cañas of Jacobs and Aidan O'Connor of ASM Ireland. In part two of this extended article (read part one), we explore more of what Marc and Aidan had to say on topics such as: absolute accuracy, BVLOS benefits, turning a DSM into a DTM, data management and more. Specifically, our presenters answer the following questions (click a question to go straight to its answer): What's the highest accuracy you've been able to achieve with the drone? Aidan, is the 2-3 cm ground sampling distance you mentioned sigma max? Were you flying with an exemption for BVLOS? If not, do you think it would have saved time and money if you had? What software do you use to go from DSM to DTM? How do you determine at what height you should fly a drone when you want to create an orthomosaic? The files are so huge on the deliverables; how do you deliver them? Aidan, what was the margin of error you had on your elevations? How does one go about actually [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Being my home, Cape Town is a very special place to me. Every day I live here I am astounded by its beauty and inspired to capture this beauty as best as I can. The ultimate goal of this video to firstly to make people proud to live here, and secondly to make people who have [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
If you want to get into FPV racing, your very first decision is what aircraft to get. If you're just starting out, you might want an aircraft that's easy to control on the racecourse, but experienced pilots will need a machine that can kick it up a notch for faster speeds and performance. To help you make that decision, we picked out seven top fliers for your review. We found these quads to be fun, fast, and competitive. Click on the image: [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
From Spektrum: The Spektrum TriCera FPV Racing Antenna is designed to provide the Cleanest Video Signal and the maximum coverage your setup allows while providing superior durability. Spektrum RC teamed up with Aerial Visual System's IBCrazy to design a FPV antenna that capitalizes near seamless Omni Directional coverage by optimizing the ratio between Gain and Axial Ratio. This gives the pilot an enriched FPV Experience with Freestyle, Proximity and Racing. Our Team spent countless hours testing the TriCera's Durability. The end product utilizes protective foam infused casing that is shaped specifically to prevent the mast from snagging on branches and gates along with a durable Semi Rigid Cable. The Cable itself is rigid enough to be extremely durable, but also retains a memory of its curve. This provides the antenna the ability to bounce back to the original position after being struck. Complete with a durable SMA Connector and SMA finger wrench for easy installation. Features: Designed, Tested and Manufacturing by IBCrazy Made in the USA of Foreign & Domestic Parts High axial ratio provides better signal quality & excellent omni directional coverage Optimized for harsh RF environments (Foliage, Indoor, Etc) Smooth orbital design prevents snags in flight Foam infused casing for superior crash-protection Semi-Rigid cable that is durable and [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Drone-as-a-service company Measure wants to expand its drone service to enterprise customers. The company announced a US$15 million series B round of funding. The funding will be used to help Measure acquire, process and deliver actionable aerial data. [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
The past 12 months have been a year of consolidation for the drone hardware world. Major drone makers including GoPro, Parrot and 3D Robotics have announced layoffs, while funding to drone-related companies has seen a drop-off. There was $55 million invested in eight VC deals for the drone industry in the third quarter of 2016, compared with $134 million invested in 12 VC deals in the third quarter of 2015. But one area that's still growing is in the software and service side of the drone industry. Measure, a drone service operator, is one of the companies leading that way. The startup today announced a $15 million Series B funding round with LionTree Advisors acting as the financial advisor. Measure's last investment round was in September of 2015. Measure is a startup that has built out a national network of licensed pilots. The pilots are trained to acquire, process, and deliver aerial data to enterprise customers for projects such as cell tower inspections, construction development, precision agriculture, disaster response and live media coverage. Its mantra is, “We don't make drones. We make drones work.” Measure's pilots flew more than 1,100 flights throughout 2016 — that's about three flights a day. Measure is part of [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Montreal, Canada, January 17th, 2017 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, is pleased to announce that Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has chosen Correlator3D™ for its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research. “We assessed photogrammetry solutions to assist our study of river shore line erosion, mangrove habitats and geospatial applications,” said Associate Professor Sr. [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Thanks to the advent of smaller and lighter cameras that can easily be attached to our multirotors, more and more pilots are getting their high-quality shots and HD video from the sky. Let's discuss lifting cameras into the sky by multirotor and how to guide your camera through the air. Be sure to also stay tuned for a future issue when we'll concentrate on the best aerial video techniques. Looking for more info? Click on the photo. [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
As thermal sensors become smaller, lighter, less expensive and more widely available on drones, more commercial drone applications are integrating aerial thermography. Drones with thermal cameras are being used for inspecting HVAC units, wind turbines, cell towers, roofs, or finding missing people. And more drone companies are making it easy to incorporate thermal imaging in drones. At the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, Autel announced a new camera for its X-Star, a FLIR Duo dual thermal and visual camera module, which can show thermal and standard, visual light images. It allows users to switch between the two in-flight, view both at the same time with picture-in-picture, or see a blended image of both, and will launch in the first quarter of 2017. Yuneec also announced its H520, a six-rotor drone for commercial applications. One of its camera options is the CGO-ET dual thermal RGB camera. But what are clients looking for in terms of data gathering? How do you handle post-processing of data? How can you build an aerial thermal imaging business? UAV Coach, which has had tremendous success in its FAA Part 107 course (I used it, and passed my own Part 107!), is now launching a course on Aerial Thermal Imaging for [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
The drone market showed incredible growth in 2016 and Drone Dispatch expects more of the same in 2017. The reasons for the unrelenting rise of drones in everyone's day to day life are far stretching and all encompassing. We are going to highlight many of the key factors contributing to the rising tide of drones [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
It was supposed to be a celebration LGBT culture, but it ended up serving as a lesson in robot etiquette. On Friday, a 38-year-old man ... [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
It is no secret that GoPro's relationship with the drone industry has been tangled at best. However, when the small-camera producer released information concerning the GoPro Karma, there were many who believed this would be a pivotal release for the company. With stocks ranging between a measly $8 to a whopping $88 per share, the […] [...]
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
[Editor's Note: Kespry's new CEO, George Mathew, was most recently the president and COO of Alteryx, a data analytics company.] This post originally appeared on https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/11/industrial-drone-platform-kespry-brings-in-new-ceo/. Commercial drone maker Kespry, which launched in 2013, announced it was bringing in industry vet George Mathew as CEO today. Mathew, who most recently was president and COO at data analytics startup Alteryx, has also had […] The post Industrial drone platform Kespry brings in new CEO appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: The drones were used to map barley fields and determine which rows needed more water.] This post originally appeared on http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/how-drones-could-become-farmer-s-best-friend. Billions of gallons of freshwater are used every day to irrigate crops, but a lot of it gets wasted on already ripe or dying plants. Now, researchers have used images captured by an […] The post How drones could become a farmer's best friend appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: Robirds aren't sold but instead offered as a service.] This post originally appeared on https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/07/is-it-a-bird-is-it-a-plane-well-it-is-a-drone-actually/. Remember that plane that landed in the Hudson which resulted in a Tom Hanks movie? That whole saga started with a flock of Canada Geese getting shredded through the plane's jet engines, destroying them. By “them,” I mean both the birds and the engines, but […] The post This flappy bird-drone keeps airports safe appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: Airmada is currently focused on the security market.] This post originally appeared on https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603334/this-robotic-box-is-home-to-a-drone/. Drones that can fly and steer themselves show promise for tasks such as carrying urgent medical supplies or making farming more efficient. But to be truly independent, they also need to launch, land, and take care of themselves on the […] The post This Robotic Box Is Home to a Drone appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: The “Snotbot” drone was created to capture images and samples of the “snot” whales exhale through their blow holes.] This post originally appeared on http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/how-drones-are-helping-scientists-study-future-whales-n706996. The sight of a 50-foot whale breaching is breathtaking. Water slides down the whale's back as it leaps above the surface, shooting spray in the air and then crashing […] The post How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study the Future of Whales appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
On Wednesday this week, President-elect Trump's nominee to head the Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao spoke to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee about her plans to tackle America's infrastructure problem. Chao, the former Secretary of Labor under President George H.W. Bush, stated during her hearing that the federal government has not kept pace with emerging technologies, including such advances [...]
Sat, Jan 14, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
If you've ever been blasted by the downwash of a drone when it flies over you, you know how much air four spinning rotors can move. But to help improve the design and flight characteristics of future drones, NASA had its supercomputers simulate what that air movement actually looks like, and it's impossibly complex.... [...]
Fri, Jan 13, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Since launching Site Scan integration with the Sony R10C camera almost five months ago, we've enjoyed seeing how our customers from the…Continue reading on 3DR News » [...]
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: 3DR News
The much-hyped Lily drone, the tiny, waterproof drone that seemingly could fly right out of your hands, has reached its end. The drone's founders, Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow, sent out an email to backers on Wednesday announcing that the company was shutting down. The company never shipped any drones, despite pre-orders opening up two years ago. Remember that @lily drone that got $34M in pre-sales? You guessed it, they folded without delivering anything. Offering refunds though. — Dave Jones (@eevblog) January 12, 2017 Here is the complete text of the email: The Adventure Comes to an End Dear Lily community, Antoine and Henry here from the Lily team. When Lily set out on the journey to create a flying camera over 3 years ago, we were determined to develop and deliver a product that would exceed your expectations. In the past year, the Lily family has had many ups and downs. We have been delighted by the steady advancements in the quality of our product and have received great feedback from our Beta program. At the same time, we have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds. Over the past few months, we have tried to secure financing in order to unlock our manufacturing line and ship our first [...]
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Kespry, an artificial intelligence platform provider, is restructuring its leadership in order to widen its mark on the industrial drone industry. The company announced George Mathew will be taking the reins from Paul Doersch as CEO and chairman. Doersch will remain a shareholder of the company. [...]
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
How cute is this amazing woman? That's my mom! I guess you could call her Drone Mom! Anyway, since she is rocking a Quad Squad hoodie in the Missouri snow, I wanted to share the love with all of you. Now through January 31, get $10 off ALL hoodies and jackets from the Drone Girl shop using coupon code “Hoodies10”. That means you can get your own “I Fly Like A Girl” hoodie, “Quad Squad” hoodie (modeled by my mom) or “We Can Fly It” raglan sweater. Visit the Drone Girl shop here. Stay warm, everybody! The post Save $10 on all Drone Girl hoodies and sweatshirts appeared first on The Drone Girl. [...]
Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
There's a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to ... [...]
Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
The same company that brought us the PowerEgg has a new innovation to share, the PowerRay. Unlike the PowerEgg, the PowerRay will not take to the skies, it is an underwater drone for fishing. It comes equipped with a 4K camera that connects via WiFi or Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device. It can […] [...]
Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
Summary: Using the georeferencing tool included in Site Scan Manager, it is possible to generate orthomosaics and DEMs accurate to their…Continue reading on 3DR News » [...]
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Damn. I feel like I'm watching the Paramount Pictures title sequence (you know, the one with the stars and the snowy mountain) come to life. Or, like, the opening sequence to a huge blockbuster movie right before it kicks off its first action scene. But I'm just watching a drone fly up the east ridge of Hübschhorn, a…... [...]
Wed, Jan 04, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
During senseFly's recent Drone Surveying 101 webinar, we dedicated more than 20 minutes to an open Q&A session on using survey drone technology, with the answers supplied largely by our two client presenters: Marc Cañas of Jacobs and Aidan O'Connor of ASM Ireland. This article details their responses in full, spanning topics such as: image overlaps, insurance, resistance to UAV technology, drone vs. LIDAR point clouds and more. Here, in part 1 of this exclusive two-part feature, our presenters answer the following questions (click a question below to go straight to its answer): What's the best overlap for stitching drone pictures? What about insurance for drones? Did you encounter any resistance within the profession to using survey drones? Can you put UAV use into perspective versus LIDAR aerial surveying? Aidan, why did you use GCPs when the eBee RTK doesn't require these? Aidan O'Connor (ASM Ireland), Marc Cañas (Jacobs), Brock Ryder (senseFly)What's the best overlap for stitching drone pictures? Marc Cañas, Jacobs: That depends on what your output is—if you're trying to get a high resolution digital ortho model or if you're just looking at imaging. What we've found is that if it's just imaging and you're not really concerned too much with the underlying data—you just [...]
Wed, Jan 04, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Sure, opting for a real Christmas tree fills your home with the wonderful smell of pine needles during the holidays. But getting its dried husk out of your home and onto the curb after New Year's can be a logistical nightmare: unless you have the ... [...]
Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Source: Gizmodo
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) last year moved its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program into its operational testing phase, working with The HALO Trust and MAG in Angola to analyse the real-world benefits that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can bring to demining activities. In our latest senseFly case study (full article), we speak with staff from the GICHD and The Halo Trust to learn about the project's findings to date. “The GICHD first mapped the benefits and challenges of using UAS for mine action operations via several online surveys that our team conducted between 2012 and 2014,” says Inna Cruz, an Information Management Advisor at GICHD and the organisation's UAS project leader. The 42 respondents included representatives of international mine action organisations and nongovernmental organisations, predominantly consisting of information-management and operations staff with combined work experience that spans more than 20 mine-affected countries. This initial feasibility study saw promising potential for the use of high-resolution UAS imagery in demining operations. “We saw that the images acquired can be used to enhance planning, recording and reporting capabilities at the different stages of the Land Release process, namely non-technical survey, technical survey, and clearance,” Cruz report. We saw that the images acquired [...]
Wed, Dec 21, 2016
Source: Sensefly
Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2015 and wrote about the mixed state of affairs in the U.S. Back then we saw only 2,500 Section 333 grants for commercial activity, and the press's narrative that ‘drones are cool' turned to ‘drones are a privacy invasion headache.' This was tempered by a proliferation of the drone conferences that had both exhibitors and vendors scrambling to attend. We also saw the outcome of the UAS Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee and the FAA's rapid implementation to put hobby drone registration in place. In January 2016, I wrote a piece titled Six Trends Driving the Commercial Drone Market in 2016 and Beyond, which articulated that, while making predictions is not an exacting science, six trends would provide key opportunities and challenge for the industry: Competition Fidelity Sensors Mobility China Incorporated Virtual and Augmented Reality In this post, I'll review those trends as well as other significant news for drone manufacturers, service providers, and investors in 2016. What rang true? Competition The biggest news all year was that the FAA Part 107 regulations are now in place. And they're not as onerous as they could have been. Hurray! We (at [...]
Mon, Dec 19, 2016
Source: Drone Analyst
Sky-Futures cloud-based drone inspection visualization and reporting software squarely targets the asset inspection sector, but will it be broadly adopted? THE FACTS: No one questions whether the founders of Sky-Futures know what they are doing. When it comes to drone inspections they have “been there, done that.” You can read about their history and where they are going in The importance of industrial experience when enabling enterprise with drone capabilities, a post written by co-founder & CEO James Harrison. I won't repeat all the facts, just the salient one. When they started in June 2009, they assessed different markets, sizing them and then trying to forecast how they would look in 5 and 10 years' time. They chose the drone inspection service market in the oil and gas (O&G) industry because of its highly inaccessible, highly hazardous and critical infrastructure, and its focus on safety and regulation. They succeeded in understanding the very specific needs of the industrial inspections market, got steady revenue stream, and have now turned to offering a software-as-a-service (SaaS) product as another generator of their future value. Their product is called ExpanseSM and is designed and built for drone-based operations management, inspections, data analysis, and reporting. WHAT'S [...]
Thu, Dec 15, 2016
Source: Drone Analyst
From identifying new archaeological features to quarry monitoring and agricultural mapping, David Kelly has worked on a huge range of projects since he founded drone service provider Capturing A World in 2014. Waypoint caught up with David to delve deeper into what an Irish UAV trailblazer gets up to. 1. Hi there David. Could you tell us a little about your journey into the world of drones? When, how and why did you first start thinking about and then using this technology? In 2014 I was working for a major drinks manufacturer with responsibility for monitoring raw material suppliers. One weekend I attended a photography roadshow in Dublin, primarily to source a new lens for my camera. As I walked in the door there was a stand selling drones. Something in my head started thinking about the work I carried out and how our suppliers were using near-infrared analysers to determine grain characteristics. I wondered what the effect would be of putting one of these analysers on a drone and flying over the field: could early issues be determined prior to harvesting? Without realising it at the time, I had stumbled across the world of precision agriculture. I wondered what the effect would [...]
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Sensefly
AeroVironment's new drone and cloud-based analytics platform squarely targets the commercial sector, but are they targeting the wrong vertical, too late in the game? THE FACTS: Earlier this month, the military and tactical unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) proudly unveiled its new QuantixTM drone and a cloud-based analytics platform called the AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS™). The combo is designed with the civil/commercial markets in mind. The drone is a hybrid design that enables the aircraft to launch vertically like a quadcopter and then transition itself for horizontal flight, taking advantage of a fixed-wing drone's aerodynamic efficiency and range. According to the company, the drone can map 400 acres in about 45 minutes, and its overall flight time is supposed to be an hour per battery. The Quantix is a key piece to a larger end-to-end solution AeroVironment hopes will meet the needs of the agriculture, energy, and transportation industries, among others. Key to AeroVironment's solution is a proprietary mobile interface that works with their secure cloud-based data storage. WHAT'S COOL AND WHAT'S NOT It's great to finally see AeroVironment come out with an offering dedicated the commercial drones market. While their Puma AE was used for aerial surveys in [...]
Fri, Dec 02, 2016
Source: Drone Analyst
We're proud to launch new features in the Site Scan Manager app and Site Scan Field app today. The new features allow you to import Ground…Continue reading on 3DR News » [...]
Fri, Dec 02, 2016
Source: 3DR News
This summer, senseFly and Skyward announced they were joining forces to deliver custom operations management software and consulting packages for senseFly drones. Why did this partnership come about and what benefits can it offer senseFly users? We spoke with senseFly's CEO, Jean-Christophe Zufferey, to learn more­. Hi Jean-Christophe. Let's kick off with why senseFly and Skyward have joined forces. What is the reason for this partnership? Hi there. Well, both I and Jonathan (Evans, Skyward's CEO) feel that senseFly and Skyward make a perfect team. Our products and services go hand-in-hand. Jean-Christophe Zufferey is the co-founder and CEO of senseFly.Both of our companies focus on serving professional drone operators, only in different ways­: senseFly manufactures proven professional drone technology, such as our eBee mapping UAVs, while Skyward has created an immensely impressive operations management platform, twinned with expert professional advice, which organisations big and small can use to run their drone operations and divisions effectively and in full compliance. Not to mention that Jonathan and I are both helicopter pilots, so we naturally find ourselves on the same wavelength! What does this partnership mean for senseFly customers? Our collaboration is about seamless integration between our platforms, the aim being to help senseFly operators to fly more [...]
Tue, Nov 29, 2016
Source: Sensefly
Two months ago, the new FAA Part 107 regulations went into effect and over 19,000 individuals have become certified as remote pilots. Two…Continue reading on 3DR News » [...]
Thu, Nov 10, 2016
Source: 3DR News
Drones have served a number of uses in recent years. We've used them to support military efforts, deliver packages, make movies, shoot real estate videos, create interactive tourist experiences, take aerial photos and more. But these drones now are being used to support the medical community with exceptional results. Australia In Australia for example, the […] [...]
Thu, Nov 10, 2016
Source: Drone Guru
DroneDeploy's new App Market fills a need for commercial drone use, but can the data quality measure up for widespread industrial use? THE FACTS: This past week, DroneDeploy introduced its new App Market, a store for drone applications from a range of companies—including Autodesk, Box, John Deere, and 13 others—as well as a variety of industry verticals. Additionally, it includes applications from Airmap, Dronelogbook, Flyte, Kittyhawk, NV Drone, Skyward, and Verifly that help pilots and businesses manage drone operations and compliance. In a nutshell, these apps enable enterprises and drone-based business service providers to automate their workflow and data integration with specialized tools built right within the DroneDeploy user interface. In one way or another, the apps enable businesses to extend the capability of DroneDeploy's automated mapping and online drone data services with apps that augment flight planning, logging, data analysis, export, and more. Apps appear in different areas of the DroneDeploy interface, depending on what they do, and you install them in your DroneDeploy account. For example, a flight planning app will appear in the flight planning interface, whereas an export or integration app may appear in the export menu. You can read about the details of this announcement here. WHAT'S COOL [...]
Wed, Nov 09, 2016
Source: Drone Analyst
Innovations will flourish on drones that target the prosumer market for a long time THE FACTS: In the 1980 book, The Third Wave, futurologist Alvin Toffler coined the term “prosumer” when he predicted that the role of producers and consumers would begin to blur and merge. Today, the term is well accepted as a descriptor for camcorders, digital cameras, and similar goods. Prosumers are enthusiasts who buy products (almost always technical) that fall between professional and consumer-grade standards in quality, complexity, or functionality. Prosumer also commonly refers to those products. Recently, a well-respected analyst mentioned that his firm thought that prosumer drones would disappear from the market in the near future. At the time, I thought this quite bizarre—because our research says exactly the opposite. I'm still shaking my head. Earlier this year, we released “Drones in the Channel: 2016 Market Report,” a research study examining drone sales and distribution channels in North America. It's the first in-depth study of drone sales that reveals the buying patterns of both consumers and professionals. The report has a detailed analysis that calls into question the commonly held and often undefined prosumer term. I'll summarize the salient points of that research and offer insights into why [...]
Wed, Oct 26, 2016
Source: Drone Analyst
Just when we thought that all the uses to which a drone can be put to have been exploited, Freefly Systems found a new use for it: surfing. Toward the end of summer, Freefly Systems released a video featuring a man on a wakeboard being pulled by the Freefly ALTA 8. The drone is seen […] [...]
Wed, Oct 19, 2016
Source: Drone Guru
SASKATOON, SK & VENICE, CA (PRWEB) OCTOBER 18, 2016 Draganfly Innovations is proud to announce that they have signed an agreement with Optical Filter Corporation, a subsidiary of Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) to integrate their miniaturized advanced hyperspectral camera system into Draganfly's UAVs. Draganfly will assist in preparing Corning's new miniaturized, fully integrated hyperspectral imaging system (HSIS) for commercial release by integrating the system onto the Draganflyer Commander. Draganfly is developing a motorized 2-axis gimbal specifically for Corning's system, and will conduct flight testing exercises in California. Corning's system combines high spectral and spatial resolution in a small form factor. It is a fully self-contained system including hyperspectral sensor, INS-GPS, and on-board computer for system management and recording of imagery and navigation data. It offers a 50% reduction in size, weight and power consumption to comparable systems. Data collected by this system can be used to identify specific vegetation species, determine relative crop health, develop irrigation strategies, and create yield optimization strategies. Flown on the Draganflyer Commander, Corning's hyperspectral sensor system will help customers obtain higher crop quality, implement sustainable farm management practices and identify opportunities to increase revenue and profit per acre. “We are pleased to work with Draganfly to show the value of [...]
Tue, Oct 18, 2016
Source: Draganfly
A monumental agreement was recently reached between Drone Racing League (DRL) and ESPN. The agreement will see ESPN broadcast upcoming DRL's first full season of drone racing episodes. The season will be composed of 10 episodes and is set to start on the 23rd of October 2016. The episodes will be aired on ESPN, ESPN2, […] [...]
Wed, Oct 12, 2016
Source: Drone Guru
One of the most common questions people ask us are “How accurate are maps and models generated with UAVs?” and “Are drones ready to be…Continue reading on 3DR News » [...]
Fri, Oct 07, 2016
Source: 3DR News
I recently attended the Inaugural Symposium for the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Their objectives for this Symposium include, “consolidating research teams while enhancing cross-disciplinary collaboration, working with our International Scientific Advisory Committee, and further building relationships with industry and stakeholder groups.” I spent two days visiting with PhD's in almost every field from agronomics to computer science to economics and there is one thing that is very clear; teamwork. The teamwork involved in a project such as this requires experts from all departments in order to make it a success. They are each performing specific research all around the world in different environments, using different equipment all working towards a similar goal. How does this apply to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS')? “Working with Draganfly has been like an R&D partner, like an extension of this grant. They are real partners.” – Steve Shirtliffe, PhD, Department of Plant Sciences Projects are stronger working together. We are the super-professionals in this industry that spend all day talking about UAS', regulations, applications, workflow, and best practices. If you want to develop a successful sustainable UAS program, you don't just want to buy a UAS, you want a partner. [...]
Fri, Sep 16, 2016
Source: Draganfly
Draganfly is the first Canadian company to receive permission for low power ADS-B Transceiver testing. Saskatoon SK, and Venice, CA – Draganfly Innovations Inc. continues to lead the UAS industry by receiving permission to test an integrated command-and-control system that utilizes automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) avionics with their UAV. Draganfly is the first UAV manufacturer in Canada to receive this approval and will be testing in both Class G and Class D airspace with approval from governing authorities. ADS-B is a surveillance technology that allows aircraft to determine positioning via satellite navigation, and simultaneously broadcasting that same position, enabling them to be tracked. This information can be received by air traffic control ground stations, similar to RADAR technology that's in use today. ADS-B addresses safety concerns relating to UAVs sharing airspace with traditional aircraft. The system is capable of real-time traffic and weather updates in 3D trajectories and can be customized based on specific missions and applications. Ultimately this is a major step in incorporating sense and avoid capabilities, and will provide UAVs with the ability to detect and avoid manned and other unmanned aircraft. This will also move the technology closer to a place where UAVs have the ability to safely [...]
Wed, Sep 07, 2016
Source: Draganfly
Draganfly has successfully received permission to be able to operate their UAVs across Canada. Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – September 1, 2016 – Draganfly Innovations is pleased to announce that they have successfully received Standing SFOCs (Special Flight Operations Certificates) for all of Canada (excluding Quebec). Draganfly is now able to conduct flight training and demonstrations as well as offer specialized flight services across the country without having to complete a site specific SFOC process. The certification was obtained for the following regions: Pacific Prairie Northern Ontario Atlantic Draganfly is proud to be seen as an industry leader in Canada and the United States in the UAV space, as the capability to obtain nation-wide SFOCs is not without its complications. “We look forward to being able to share our experience with our clients and customers,” said President and Co-Founder, Zenon Dragan, “Our SFOC knowledge is industry leading, and we can now offer more assistance to our customers whether they're looking to expand their own SFOC certification, or have us complete flight demos on site.” Draganfly is happy to offer existing customers assistance with completing their SFOC. Please contact your sales representative for more information. About Draganfly Innovations Inc. Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is [...]
Thu, Sep 01, 2016
Source: Draganfly
An injection of federal cash to support agricultural research using robots laden with sensors and drones carrying sophisticated cameras will “change the way we do farming,” according to the head of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). “The real objective of this work is to replicate what you might call the breeder's eye, so what the breeder sees in the field, using much more modern technology,” Maurice Moloney, the organization's executive director and CEO, told reporters Monday. “A breeder uses their eyes and their intuition to obtain those data … Using digitization techniques, we can put that all into a big database and then begin to predict how our crop plants will work in the field.” One of five Canada First Research Excellence Fund awards handed out this year, the $37.2 million package will fund the creation of the University of Saskatchewan's collaborative Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC). The P2IRC's Designing Crops for Global Food Security research program will involve scientists and researchers from the Crop Development Centre, the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the Canadian Light Source and other institutions. Farmers are already using “big data” to make seeding more efficient, thereby increasing yields, but the P2IRC's new program will go [...]
Tue, Aug 30, 2016
Source: Draganfly