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Book and Pay for your DroneCon 2018 Ticket in the next 24 hours and receive a MASSIVE discount! 3-day Passes for R2000 1-Day Passes for R1000 16-18 May 2018 @ Vodaworld. Email gisela@dronecon.co.za for Payment Details & More Information. South Africa's drone industry is rapidly expanding across all industries, including mining, agriculture, security, telecommunications, emergency response, wildlife protection, search […] [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: SUAS News
With November 2017, Wingtra brings our users a game changing software update. “The latest flight planning improvements will make a big difference for our customers. Especially those, who rely on WingtraOne for complex mapping and surveying missions in difficult terrain” – says Armin Ambühl, CTO of Wingtra. And that is true – extended flight planning possibilities, simplified operations and […] [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: SUAS News
A drone piloted by NASA's artificial intelligence has taken on a DRL FPV pilot, with interesting results. If futurists are to be believed, most of our jobs are under threat from the rise of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. The ironic thing is that some of the first to go could be drone pilots; a […] The post Watch: NASA's AI Drone Takes on DRL Pilot appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Dario Neuenschwander victorious in the FAI Drone Racing World Cup 2017, ahead of Germany's Andreas Hahn and France's Thomas Grout Junior pilots dominate, with three under 18s in the top five – an Air Sports World Cup first The 2017 World Cup attracts more than 430 different pilots from 37 countries Switzerland's Dario Neuenschwander hurtled […] [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Can drones help solve the gap in gender equality? Here's the argument for how drones can help make that change. Drones are egalitarian and accessible — you don't need a degree to fly them, they can be purchased at a relatively low cost from Amazon, and they can be used in a variety of industry. Yet there are still massive differences in the narrative of drones when it comes to men vs. women. Drones aimed at children are gender-biased. They often end up in the “boy toys” section, and drones targeted at girls are marketed with things like Barbies. One of the world's largest drone races is being held in one of the world's most unfriendly countries toward women. And it's not uncommon to see drone conferences where the speaker lineup is all-male. But that's about to change. Thought leader, entrepreneur and drone expert Dr Catherine Ball gave a speech at this year's TEDxMelbourne about how teaching girls about science and technology is important and is the critical gap to equality in not only how we view girls but how we think about ourselves as humanity. Watch it below: Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes — but humans won't be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, put their work to the test recently. Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by artificial intelligence (A.I.) against a professional human pilot. […] [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Where are America's drones flying? If you guessed techie or art hubs like San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York, you're wrong. The Federal Aviation Administration made its drone registration database publicly available earlier this month — and the data mined from it is pretty surprising. States with low population densities are more likely to have high rates of registered drones — which makes sense when considering that drones are easiest to fly in open, non-crowded areas. The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College released an analysis of the FAA's drone registration database this week. The database includes every drone registration through Oct. 31, 2017. Here are some of the report's most interesting findings: The most popular non-hobbyist drone is the DJI Phantom 4, followed by the Phantom 3, Mavic and Inspire. All of those drones are made by DJI. 70% of all drones registered are made by DJI. Next in line is Intel, though that could be attributed to Intel-made drones that are also flown by Intel. 6,638 Intel Shooting Star and Shooting Star 2 drones are registered in Mountain View, Calif., which is the headquarters of Intel. Intel uses the drones for aerial light shows, including a recent show to [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Earlier
Between FAA reorganization, Congressional reauthorization of the agency and the Trump administration's drone pilot program, two veteran aviation attorneys see reason for optimism that 2018 will be a better year for the UAS industry. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Intelsat General's high throughput satellite technology was successfully tested earlier this year with a General Atomics Predator. But company president Skot Butler believes HTS will also benefit the commercial UAS industry. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
we needed an autonomous autopilot for the aircraft capable of navigating the same flight path six times a day, ten days in a row, and you want the aircraft over the same points at the same time, according to the Tennessee Space Institute. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
DJI has introduced an enhanced version of its DJI Goggles, targeted at drone racers, aerial enthusiasts and RC hobbyists. DJI has also developed an external OcuSync Air Unit and external camera module, which can be mounted on drones to provide operators using the Goggles RE with a real-time first-person view (FPV) of low-latency, high-quality video, the company says. According to DJI, the new DJI Goggles RE (Racing Edition) take on a completely new look, including a redesigned black visor and headband and red leather padding for increased comfort. The DJI Goggles RE provide access to flight setting adjustments, gimbal control and flight data. Users do not need a separate signal reception, and when they connect a third-party controller to the Goggles RE, they can directly fly racing drones with an F3, F4, KISS, Naze or any other supported flight controller. Compatible with Mavic Pro, Spark, Phantom 4 series and Inspire 2 drones, the DJI Goggles RE inherit all the features of the original Goggles and play video in a variety of different formats, including MP4, MOV and MKV. On a full charge, DJI Goggles RE are fully operational for a maximum of six hours, the company notes. When paired with the DJI OcuSync Air [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
It's that time of year again – time to review what you can (and cannot) do with a drone for Thanksgiving dinner prep. That's right, there are YouTube videos on how to hunt a turkey, cook a turkey, and even make mashed potatoes and gravy. Unless you are trying to create a humorous marketing […] The post Thanksgiving Dinner With a Drone – and Other Questionable Cooking Advice appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
DJI has today launched a new pair of FPV goggles, DJI Goggles Racing Edition (RE). The RE goggles offer a slight upgrade on the original set, with significant tweaks designed to appeal to FPV racers. DJI Racing Edition Goggles As we've seen from a number of DJI product announcements recently, the differences between DJI's RE […] The post DJI Launches Racing Edition FPV Goggles appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
An experienced agriculture mechanic, Mark Hewitt of Hewitt Precision Insights is no stranger to delving deep into technology. However, when he discovered drones, he saw enough potential to build a business around them, and he now provides detailed aerial insights to crop growers across Minnesota. Waypoint caught up with Mark to learn more. Hi there, Mark. Let's start by exploring your journey into the world of drones. When, how and why did you first start thinking about and then using UAVs? Sure. My journey into drone use really started on the farm I grew up on; we were always working to be more productive off the land that we farmed. My journey into drone use really started on the farm I started out after high school as an agriculture mechanic, where I got to work with a lot of technology. When I started, we were still putting aftermarket yield monitors on combines. After working for different dealers as a mechanic, I became “the technology guy” in the shops. It was obvious that was where my passion was. I started working on variable rate application equipment and quickly saw the value that it brings to growers. Then, I moved to a company using satellite imagery [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Attendees of the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show will have an opportunity to witness a Cincinnati-based technology developers newest electric transport vehicle in action, a hybrid octocopter capable of transporting two people. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
UAV Expert NewsNew Drone Racing Edition Goggles From DJI DJI Releases New Drone Racing Edition Goggles From hobbyist to professionals, DJI has done a great job of developing products and product lines specific to the different aspects of the unmanned industry. Now the company is finally giving the FPV drone racing community what they want, goggles specifically designed for drone racing, aerial enthusiasts and RC... New Drone Racing Edition Goggles From DJIKelley Roberts. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
It is virtually impossible to go online today without coming across any number of great innovations promoted on a variety of reward-based crowdfunding sites. From travel accessories to board games, it seems everyone is eager to promote or support (“Back” in CF jargon) the “next big thing.” While crowdfunding is an incredible tool that has [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
UAV Expert NewsBug Bounty Hunter Reveals DJI SSL Bug Bounty Hunter Reveals DJI SSL, Firmware Keys Have Been Public For Years There is two sides to every story. Yesterday we posted DJI's response to the Data Security Issue. Today we want to show you another opinion, which we found on ZDNet. The following article discusses how a researcher has discarded $30,000 to ensure... Bug Bounty Hunter Reveals DJI SSLPress. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
To mark growing demand for maritime RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) services and the rapid expansion of business, Martek Marine has established a dedicated Martek Aviation division. The new Martek Aviation division is strategically focussed on pioneering unmanned maritime aviation services, after a successful track record of 25 years improving commercial maritime safety. Maritime RPAS applications […] [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
These three ready-to-fly micros from Rage RC are the perfect gift for drone enthusiasts of all ages. They're small enough to be flown indoors, yet sophisticated enough to keep experienced pilots engaged. Whether you choose the Jetpack Commander with 6-axis gyro control, the NanoCam with altitude hold and auto takeoff and landing or the tiny yet agile Pico X, you can be confident you're getting a high-quality drone that's ready to fly and equipped with a 2.4GHz transmitter. Keep reading for more information and videos! JETPACK COMMANDER RTF This unique aircraft is easy to fly, yet small enough to fly around the house. Its built-in 6-axis gyro control system provides amazing stability, and it has features like Auto Take-Off and Landing and Altitude Hold. The Dual Rate feature enables you to increase the speed and agility of the aircraft as your skills progress and you can even fly 360-degree flips in any direction. The Jetpack Commander a set of combat streamers to test your flying skills against your friends, a stunt hoop, and a helipad for practicing on-target landings. To order the $49.99 Jetpack Commander, CLICK HERE! NANOCAM ULTRA-MICRO FPV DRONEThis full-featured flying machine fits in the palm of your hand! This video [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
This Thanksgiving weekend we wish all of our readers the blessings of family and friends, good food and health, and fair skies and smooth landings. We are incredibly grateful for you and this wonderful sport we share. The post Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Getting Started With Aerial Photography Many drone pilots will begin the process of moving from just flying drones to flying drones with some purpose, and there are two directions you can go. For sports and enjoyment, many will head toward drone racing, while others will want to document their flight through photography or videos. We will save drone racing for another day, so in this article, let's talk about what you will want to look for in a drone to document your adventures from the air. The post Aerial Photography 101 appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
The drone under discussion in the FAA notice appears to be the same as the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 which is designed by Vienna based Schiebel Group. Below is the notice from the FAA followed by a release from Schiebel discussing the Camcopter s-100 from the FAA For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […] The post FAA Seeks Public Comment on Drone Design Standards appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
A review of recent police-drone news: India Illegal sand quarries are a major problem in some regions of India. Unregistered sand quarries rob local governments of tax revenue, leading police officials launch drones to stop the bandits. The Karimnagar Police Commissionerate recently deployed an eye-in-sky flying camera to uncover an illegal sand dump cleverly hidden […] The post From India to Alaska: Drones Enhance Police Operations Across the Globe appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
From Rage R/C: The Jetpack Commander RTF is a unique, fun aircraft that is easy to fly, yet small enough to fly around the house. The built-in 6-axis gyro control system provides amazing stability, features like Auto Take-Off and Landing and Altitude Hold assist in learning to control the Jetpack Commander. The Dual Rate feature enables you to increase the speed and agility of the aircraft as your skills progress and you can even add 360o flips in any direction to your flying repertoire. For play value, the Jetpack Commander includes fun features such as a set of combat streamers to test your flying skills against your friends, a stunt hoop for showing off your agile flight abilities, and a helipad for practicing on-target landings. You can even use the included sticker sheets to customize the Jetpack Commander and make it your own. The Jetpack Commander is a RTF (Ready-To-Fly) aircraft, so it arrives factory-assembled with everything needed to experience the fun of RC flight – indoors, or outside in calm conditions. In addition to the previously mentioned built-in features that make the Jetpack Commander easy and fun to fly, it also includes a 2.4GHz 4-channel transmitter and a USB charger for [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Sparrow I uses PerceptoCore, the company's patented processing module for drones. This technology is already being used in leading defense industry drones and is available for the first time for commercial use with the release of Sparrow I. [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Government Video Expo, the mid-Atlantic region's premier event, is designed for video, broadcast and AV professionals. This event features a full exhibit floor with over 100 exhibitors and numerous training opportunities. Plus, it will also feature free seminars, keynotes, networking opportunities and five new educational pavilions. Attendees include TV producers, general managers, directors of operations, communications and public affairs officers, and numerous other media-related professionals from major government, law enforcement and media organizations including A&E Networks, ABC News, Air Force Television, C-SPAN, CBS News, CNN, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, FOX News, Library of Congress, NASA, National Geographic Channel, NATO and more. The post 2017 Government Video Expo is Partnering with RotorDrone appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
A participant of DJI's recently introduced bug bounty program, an initiative rewarding those who discover issues that could affect the security of DJI's drone software, has released a detailed story of his personal debacle with the program, which he says he walked away from due to the “rabbit hole” he ended up getting into. In an 18-page report, Kevin Finisterre – who DJI, in its own statement in response to the report, refers to as a hacker – explains, “Why I walked away from $30,000 of DJI bounty money.” In August, not long after the company came under fire by the U.S. Army, which said it would “halt use of all DJI products” due to “increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities,” DJI announced its new bug bounty program, which would reward $100-$30,000 for researchers who find and share DJI software issues that could compromise users' data security or affect flight safety. Finisterre says DJI's press release explaining the program “left a lot to be desired with regard to defined boundaries,” so he reached out to the company to ask for clarification regarding finding issues with servers. In the two weeks he waited for a response, Finisterre claims he was able to uncover server data [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
UAV Expert NewsCreepy UAV Looks Like A Human This Creepy UAV Looks Like A Human, Does Backflips Space.com posted a creepy video of a human-like robot performing amazing acrobatic feats, from backflips to half-turn jumps. The eerily humanoid robot, called Atlas, is 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) tall and weighs 165 pounds (75 kilograms), and uses Lidar and stereovision to navigate in its surroundings, according... Creepy UAV Looks Like A HumanPress. [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
UAV Expert NewsUAV Detects Methane Gas This UAV Detects Methane Gas In Natural Gas Lines, Tanks, Gas Wells and Landfills Martin Instrument and Microdrones have partnered and announced the release of a new professional aerial methane detection solution, the mdTector1000 CH4. It's the newest fully integrated aerial methane inspection package for the microdrones multi-rotor UAV, built for professionals responsible for methane gas infrastructure. “For... UAV Detects Methane GasPress. [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
The Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Air Resources Laboratory is combining Black Swift Technologies' (BST) SwiftCore flight management system (FMS) with UAV Factory's Penguin BE drone in support of a joint research project with the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI). ATDD, located in Oak Ridge, Tenn., focuses on research on air quality, climate and boundary-layer processes both nationally and globally. Air quality research objectives include improving the understanding of air-surface exchange processes and increasing the predictive capabilities of air quality models. According to BST, which is based out of Boulder, Colo., this project represents the first integration of its SwiftCore autopilot FMS with UAV Factory's Penguin BE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an electric-propulsion drone with a 3.3-meter wingspan. Dr. Steve Brooks, an associate professor at UTSI's department of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering, says the Penguin UAV can “enable airborne measurements of hyperspectral and thermal imaging to assess surface fluxes of sensible and latent heat.” “Yet we needed an autonomous autopilot for the aircraft capable of navigating the same flight path six times a day, 10 days in a row, and you want the aircraft over the same points at the same time,” Brooks [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
UAV Expert NewsDJI Responds To Data Security Issue DJI Data Security Issue Response Following its official statement on the recent ICE Report, DJI has released another statement this time regarding a data security issue. The company has announced that is investigating the reported unauthorized access of one of DJI's servers containing personal information submitted by our users. As part of its commitment to customers' data security,... DJI Responds To Data Security IssuePress. [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
Pix4D is partnering with Kokusai Kogyo Corporation (KKC)—the leading geospatial consulting company in Japan–to deliver a i-Construction-compliant drone mapping and photogrammetry solution for the Japanese market. i-Construction is a set of government-defined regulations to govern the collection and processing of drone data. In August 2016, KKC released a 3D geospatial analysis cloud service (KKC-3D). Our partnership will [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
The following guest post was submitted by my friends over at AirVuz. Do you have a friend or loved one who's looking for a drone or some drone accessories under the Christmas tree this year, or stuffed into their stocking? According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), more than 2.5 million drones are in our skies today, with an estimated 7 million drones in the air by 2020. Clearly, whether for fun or for commercial use, drones are becoming a regular fixture in our day-to-day lives. So, if you're looking for gift ideas for the drone enthusiast in your life, AirVūz, the world's largest online community for drone videos and photography, has created the ultimate holiday gift ideas list. From small items to entry-level drones, the list offers a wide range of gift ideas to fit just about any budget. Stocking Stuffers ($5-$10 + small items) ● Spare drone props (DJI Phantom 4, DJI Mavic), $8 – for a pilot who already has a Phantom or Mavic drone but could always use some extra props. ● Battery straps for FPV racing drone, – the perfect gift for the first-person view (FPV) pilot who loves drone racing. Drone [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
So, you've decided to get yourself a drone for Christmas ah?! What a great idea! A drone is a fantastic option either for yourself or as a gift, and I'm sure you really deserve it. Just curious… You already know how to buy one, right? Drones can be expensive gadgets and the last thing you [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
The next question in our Ask Drone Girl series has to do with the Part 107 license. But it has nothing to do with how to get one — but rather IF you should get one. Turns out there are pros and cons to having a Part 107 license — besides the obvious one of making money. What are the advantages to having a FAA drone license versus recreational use other than making a profit? Are you allowed to fly the drone in more areas? While having a Part 107 license is essential if you want to use your drone to make money, there may actually be some negative things that come with having the license. For the uninitiated, the Part 107 license is like a driver's license for commercial drone pilots. To get one, you must pass a written test proving knowledge of the airspace. Once you have one, you must also agree to a strict set of rules, including that you will not fly in controlled airspace, won't fly over people, won't fly after dark, etc. — all unless special permission is obtained. And if you want to make money off your drone, whether it's teaching someone else, selling your [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
In the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it recently approved the first unmanned aircraft operation of its kind to help restore cellular service. The agency OK'd AT&T to deploy its Flying Cell on Wings (COW) drone, which flies up to 200 feet in the air and provides LTE coverage for an area of 40 square miles. AT&T explained in February, following tests above a field outside Atlanta, “Here's how it works. The drone we tested carries a small cell and antennas. It's connected to the ground by a thin tether. The tether between the drone and the ground provides a highly secure data connection via fiber and supplies power to the Flying COW, which allows for unlimited flight time. The Flying COW then uses satellite to transport texts, calls and data. The Flying COW can operate in extremely remote areas and where wired or wireless infrastructure is not immediately available.” According to the FAA, the Pulse Vapor 55 drone, which looks like a mini helicopter, exceeds the 55-pound weight limit required to operate under the FAA's Part 107 rules; therefore, the agency issued a special exemption and an emergency Certificate of Authorization to AT&T, which [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it is seeking public comment on proposed airworthiness criteria for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), FlightScan Corp.'s Camcopter S-100. According to an announcement from the agency, a Federal Register notice asks for public input on proposed design standards needed for the drone to fly safely in national airspace. The FAA says the ultimate goal of this and other projects is to grant FAA airworthiness certification to “fully functional, ready-to-operate” drones. Notably, the S-100 is the first unmanned aircraft to have its certification basis published, the agency points out. The Camcopter S-100 is a vertical takeoff and landing drone that looks much like a traditional helicopter. It is powered by a liquid-cooled rotary engine and has a maximum takeoff weight of 440 pounds, including a maximum payload of up to 110 pounds. The drone's main purpose is to conduct surveys of power transmission infrastructure, the FAA says. According to the Federal Register notice, the aircraft would operate beyond the visual line of sight of the pilot. FlightScan applied for FAA certification of the S-100 by using the special class provisions under Part 21.17(b) of FAA regulations in June 2015. Since then, the agency says it [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
With governments loosening restrictions and an increasing number of drone operators getting BVLOS permits, drone flights are becoming more efficient by the day. With this development, the drone industry's next big challenge will be how to efficiently handle the thousands of images that drone inspections create. As a company that helps drone operators optimize their [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Is a drone on your Christmas list this year? Black Friday is offering LOADS of drone deals this year through stores including DJI and B&H Photo Video. You'll save $100 on the wildly popular DJI Spark, more than $100 on my favorite pick, the DJI Mavic Pro, and you could even walk away with free extras like batteries, memory cards, landing pads and more. Here are some of the deals you need to know about, sorted by drone, and then broken down by where to buy it: Black Friday drone deals: DJI Spark The DJI Spark is DJI's smallest drone and perhaps its smartest, able to lift off from the palm of your hand and make a decision of where to fly based on your body movements. The drone is so wildly popular, it was even named one of Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2017. The drone typically retails for $499, but it's way cheaper if you buy it on Black Friday. Great for: Beginners, Students, Travelers, and People who love taking selfies and group photos. Buy the DJI Spark from DJI's store: Purchase the DJI Spark directly from the DJI Store, and you'll save $100. The DJI Spark in its standard package will be [...]
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
It has been a dream for three years. To finally return to a volcanic eruption. To get back there with proper gear, proper experience and courage. And drones. Ever since the Holuhraun eruption I fought with myself – back in the days I was not prepared. I did not have the right gear (yes, sometimes [...]
Sat, Nov 18, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Is there any technology that can't be subverted for nefarious ends? It seems that whatever technology we come up with, someone out there will find a way to use it for criminal purposes. Drones have been no different and the problem is perhaps even worse when it comes to our wonderful flying friends. Criminals have […] [...]
Sat, Nov 18, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
Hundreds of fines have been issued by police in Bordeaux, France this summer as the result of a pilot program utilizing drones to monitor traffic. Cheaper and quieter than helicopter surveillance, drones provide near equal capabilities for capturing video and images of motorists committing infractions. Also, the birds eye view of roadways provides a more objective view than parked patrol cars are capable of, making it a Although the drones can detect aberrations in driving behavior, they don't have the ability to detect speeding yet. A stationary camera or a patrol officer will still be necessary for that, but once an infraction has been detected a car or motorcycle cop can be dispatched to pull over the motorist in question. Not everyone is excited about the police-use of drones for surveillance. Lobbying group 40 Millions D'Automobilistes' Executive Director Pierre Chasseray stated that between the speeding cameras and the drones, it is too much for motorists to take in. "Just think, instead of encouraging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, we now have to look at the side of the road for speed cameras and now in the air for drones," said Chasseray. In the United States, Police drones [...]
Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Hard-nosed commercial operators might not recognize Aerotaine's Skye helium-filled drones as a UAS, but that's more than likely one of the reasons CevitasNow of Ohio received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly them over crowds. On September 14, The FAA granted a waiver for CevitasNow to fly the Skye with no location limitation, allowing it to operate anywhere in uncontrolled airspace. With this waiver joins Civitasnow joins CNN among the few who are authorized to fly UAS over crowds. The restriction is taken seriously by the FAA as even systems five pounds and smaller can do a lot of damage to a person standing underneath if they fall from any significant distance. The chances of that happening multiply with use over crowds, and often the drone is flying to low too the ground to deploy a parachute in a reasonable time frame to mitigate impact forces. The Skye's blimp-like design alleviates concerns about causing harm. It essentially is its own parachute. If the rotors fail it will simply float gently to the ground acting as " [a] floating beach ball." as the FAA put it. Form factor appears to be the driving force behind the issuance of [...]
Tue, Nov 14, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
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Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Today, we're excited to share some big news: we've partnered with Autodesk to integrate Site Scan with BIM 360™, the leading project management tool for virtual construction managers and field teams. With this one-of-a-kind partnership, made possible through the Autodesk Forge platform, it's easier than ever for entire project teams—including project managers, engineers, subcontractors, superintendents, and more—to access drone data and use it in their day-to-day work. According to Andy Leek, VDC Director at Paric: “Site Scan makes it easy for us to collect and process accurate drone data. Now, with this BIM 360 integration, we can easily share it across our entire project team can get the full benefit this data provides. Site Scan has become the complete drone data platform for BIM 360 users.” This gives Site Scan users three new capabilities: 1. Overlay up-to-date design files: Pull your CAD and PDF design files from BIM 360 into Site Scan and overlay them onto your orthomosaics, so you can compare design to reality and spot mistakes. If a design file changes in BIM 360 it will automatically update in Site Scan, giving you the confidence that you're viewing the most up-to-date overlays at all times. 2. Share drone data with your team: Push [...]
Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Source: 3DR News
This Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4k review looks closely at the drone, CGO3 4K camera, ST10 controller and Steady Grip. Also included are Q500 4k stunning aerial footage and camera settings. Just as important we look at what comes with the quadcopter and the latest Yuneec Q500 4k price. The Q500 4k Pro first came on... [...]
Sat, Nov 11, 2017
Source: DroneZon
Sometimes a unique camera move can produce fascinating footage without the need for special effects or weeks of post-production. For its short film, ... [...]
Fri, Nov 10, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
DJI released new software and two industrial-class drones at its AirWorks user conference in Denver this week, answering to the needs of the growing enterprise segment of the drone market. FlightHub, a web-based drone management application, allows for the monitoring of multiple drones during operations. The DJI Wind 4 and Wind 8 are the latest additions to DJI's line of commercial-use drones. The new airframes are foldable, portable (relatively), and made custom to order. FlightHub responds to the increasing need for drone-specific fleet management software by providing a platform to manage live operations in the fields of inspection, construction, and disaster relief. Operation directors and teams will be able to view the real-time telemetry data of their entire fleet in one place and will have the ability to stream up to four simultaneous video streams. The software also comes with flight logging features to help service providers analyze performance and remain in compliance with regulations. DJI made special note that all flight logging would be stored on a secure 'US-based' server. Users will also be able to replay entire flights, track maintenance, and manage teams by role and permissions. The main feature of the Wind 4 and Wind 8 [...]
Thu, Nov 09, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
A drone's battery is truly a crucial component. Care for it well and you will both prolong its life and optimise the coverage of every UAV mission you fly. But treat it poorly and, one way or another, your operation's performance is likely to suffer. Waypoint spoke with senseFly's expert team of support engineers to nail down what great battery care looks like. Charging your drone battery When you receive a new drone battery, if you plan to use it right away, charge it up to 100%. If not, it's optimal short-term storage level is 70% (intelligent charging units, such as the senseFly SmartCharger, enable this kind of charging precision). 1-2 days before your battery's first operation, charge it up to 100%. Then, when your flights are over, charge your battery again to 70% until its next use. If you notice a significant drop in your drone's available flight time after fully charging one of your batteries, do not continue to use or charge that battery. Such a reduced power capacity can indicate an internal fault. Immediately after flight, your UAV's battery may be hot. To avoid potential damage, wait until the battery is cool enough to hold in your hand before charging it again. If [...]
Wed, Nov 08, 2017
Source: Sensefly
The unmanned aerial vehicles, quadcopters and/or aerobats we all call “drones” have become so commonplace that you can pick one up in a drug store along with your toilet paper and candy. I have big dreams of flying a fancy one, but today my quest begins modestly.... [...]
Wed, Nov 08, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
I believe three of the biggest misconceptions in the drone industry is how fast it will grow, which sectors will grow, and which ones will lag. No one disagrees that drones—both consumer and professional—represent a new and emerging market. Drone market forecasts abound. We currently track 73 independent companies that provide market forecasts, and each of them projects growth for the drone or unmanned aerial system (UAS) sector that is nothing short of phenomenal. Some of these, however, are questionable, because, at the time they were written, there were no historical sales or reliable market survey data on which to create a proper forecast. We wrote about this problem back in 2015 here. Still, today we still see a big gap between current forecasts and actual purchases, services, and business adoption. In this article, I'm going to take a look at some of the data collected in our latest report on the drone industry—data we think is important to you and answers the question: “Why don't we see widespread adoption of drones in my industry just yet?” Business use defined As part of our 2017 Drone Market Sector Report, we conducted a survey to identify the business users for drone-based projects and which industries [...]
Wed, Nov 01, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
President Donald J. Trump has tasked U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao with the launch of a new initiative to work with select state and local governments to test and validate advanced operations with the drones. The results from the program, The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program will be used to speed up the safe integration of drone flights into the NSA. The program will also focus on fully-realizing the benefits of unmanned technology on the economy. The initiative will allow companies to work with federal, local, state, and tribal governments to work with each other to develop rules that satisfy all stakeholders and expand the current limitations to allow for businesses to create new safe use cases for UAVs. The details on the actual implementation of the program are sparse, but the DoT has plans to evaluate at least five applications for unique projects with local municipalities. “The beauty of this program is that the White House is allowing everyone from cities to states to tribal authorities to apply,” Greg McNeal, co-founder of drone startup AirMap told Fortune in an email. “States and cities will apply to open the airspace for operations that they're most interested in, [...]
Thu, Oct 26, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
In a panel this week in Las Vegas, participants in the FAA's Focus Area Pathfinder Program, a research initiative for BVLOS and safe flight over people, spoke about the most recent achievements in extending the range of UAV flights allowed by the FAA. Each of the participants described the process they employed for collecting data and establishing safety protocols to help the FAA in its task of making smarter regulation that fits the reality on the ground. Greg Agvent, Senior Director of CNN Air, has been building out the processes that earned CNN the first waiver issued by the FAA allowing for the operation of a small UAS over crowds. Agvent and his team at CNN have logged over 200 missions and 1000 individual flights as part of the Pathfinder Program. Reports of their operations have led to the issuing of multiple waivers that can now be used as the basis for future requests by other news organizations and other professional pilots. Agvent was joined on the panel by Allison Ferguson PHD, Director, Airspace Safety Research PrecisionHawk, who with her team has been designing test cases and collecting data to advance the range the FAA permits for drone flights. They [...]
Thu, Oct 26, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Who doesn't love a good 3D model? Simple to explore with the click of a mouse, these 360-degree overviews can provide professionals with a better understanding of an area or structure of interest—in an instant—not to mention, they're just great to look at. On Sketchfab.com—the world's largest platform for publishing, sharing and discovering 3D content—more than a million users have made their 3D work available for society's viewing pleasure. And while senseFly has its own channel, sketchfab.com/senseFly, senseFly operators around the world have been uploading their 3D models to the site for years for others to view and enjoy too. From quarries, to villages, to glaciers, senseFly drone mappers have flown it all. Below are some of the most popular Sketchfab 3D models derived from senseFly-collected drone data (or UAV data). We selected these particular models by filtering out the “most liked” and “most viewed” models on Sketchfab tagged with either “eBee” or “albris” (senseFly's fixed-wing and multirotor drone brands). In most cases, these drone's images were processed using Pix4D photogrammetry software. Quarry Quality User: capturingaworld Platform: eBee Description: A 3D mesh of a roadstone quarry. The firm's eBee drone, running on eMotion 2 flight planning software, captured 428 images of the quarry, which were then [...]
Tue, Oct 24, 2017
Source: Sensefly
The DJI Assistant 2 software contains extras settings and utilities for all DJI equipment such as drones, gimbals and cameras. With the DJI Assistant 2 Mavic, you have options to upload flight data, black box information, calibrate your vision sensors and upgrade your firmware. There is also a DJI Assistant 2 Simulator for testing flight... [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Source: DroneZon
The Los Angeles Police Department approved a test program to deploy drones alongside its officers on Tuesday, with the Police Commission voting 3-1 to roll out a year-long “small Unmanned Aerial System” program.... [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
It's understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires—providing a unique perspective of a ... [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Today, we're excited to share introduce new updates to Site Scan. These updates help Site Scan fit even more seamlessly with your existing workflows and help you get actionable insights from your drone data, making it easy for you to get actionable insights from your drone data. Here's what's new: 1. Enhanced PDF Exports Overlaid PDF design file on an orthomosaic Exporting PDFs of your drone maps is one of Site Scan's most popular features. Today, it gets even better: we've added two new overlay options to your PDF exports. First, you can view ground control points on your exported map, so you can easily locate them when out in the field. Second, if you want to use our PDF Overlay feature to view your design files in Site Scan, you can now export those overlaid files as well, with the click of a button. 2. Improved Elevation Model We've added a legend to the elevation model, making it easy for you to see what elevation range each color corresponds with. This helps take the elevation model one step further, giving you detailed information to help you grade and prepare your jobsite. As one of our customers from Arcadis, a global engineering consultancy, said: “I find the elevation [...]
Wed, Oct 11, 2017
Source: 3DR News
All drone parts and components are vital for you to enjoy a smooth safe flying experience. Knowing the parts of a drone will give you extra confidence as a drone owner. You will know which components to inspect on a regular basis and the drone parts which are easy to replace or upgrade. Knowing your... [...]
Wed, Oct 11, 2017
Source: DroneZon
After piloting manned aircraft for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for most of his career, Matt Pickett of Oceans Unmanned gained a new passion for operating UAS upon retirement. Using unmanned systems to protect our oceans inspires him, Matt says, and gives him hope that future generations can solve our planet's environmental challenges with help from technology. Waypoint caught up with him to learn more. 1. Hi, Matt. Why don't you start by telling 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? I worked for twenty years as a manned aircraft pilot for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flying a wide variety of environmental missions—from LiDAR mapping missions to polar bear surveys in the Arctic. After I retired, based on my experience with aviation and scientific field work, NOAA contracted my company, Oceans Unmanned, to investigate whether it was feasible to use UAS to meet NOAA's airborne data collection requirements. We originally had two AeroVironment PUMA platforms, which showed us the potential for UAS-based environmental research and monitoring, and then the commercial off-the-shelf market exploded with very capable, easy-to-use, inexpensive [...]
Wed, Oct 11, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Multispectral imaging camera sensors on agricultural drones allow the farmer manage crops, soil, fertilizing and irrigation more effectively. There are huge benefits both to the farmer and to the wider environment by minimizing the use of sprays, fertilizers, wastage of water and at the same time increasing the yield of crops. Multispectral camera remote sensing... [...]
Tue, Oct 10, 2017
Source: DroneZon
UAV lidar and photogrammetry imaging applications are increasing rapidly. This is not surprising as using GPS enabled UAVs for aerial surveying is very cost effective in comparison to hiring an aircraft with photogrammetry equipment. Because UAVs are relatively inexpensive, many organisations will have their own fleet, allowing for rapid surveys over large land areas... [...]
Mon, Oct 09, 2017
Source: DroneZon
Drones and airports usually don't mix, but perhaps that's about to change. This past summer, there was a small black quadcopter buzzing above the runways and around the control tower at Front Range Airport outside of Denver, Colorado, capturing high-resolution images without disrupting the day-to-day operations of the airport. This was yet another sign that drones—with their safe, automated flight paths—can be successfully integrated into controlled airspace, presenting big opportunities for surveying and engineering firms eager to make use of them at airports across the country. Look no further than Kimley-Horn, a large design and engineering consultancy, who collaborated with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to perform this one-of-a-kind drone survey at Front Range Airport. The goal: fast, detailed as-built survey and pavement inspections at Front Range Airport “We needed an as-built survey of the entire airport, including our 200 foot control tower, along with precise inspections of the runways to spot any cracks or deformations,” said Dave Ruppel, Airport Director at Front Range. “We normally don't have this kind of information available to us, and we thought that drones would be able to quickly and easily help us collect it.” While commercial drones have been flown at a US airport before, this would be [...]
Mon, Oct 09, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Guest post by Zacc Dukowitz, Director of Marketing UAV Coach In this article we're going to take a look at some of the data collected in the new report from Skylogic Research on the drone industry—data we think is important to you and answers the question: “Where are drone-based service providers making money?” The report defines Service Providers as those individuals or companies that offer drone-based imaging or sensing services for outside hire (as opposed to Business Owners, who “use or purchase drone-based imaging or sensing services”). Let's dive in. PRIMARY SERVICE AREAS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS Skylogic's report found that the top three primary service areas for commercial drone work are: Aerial Photography / Videography; Surveying / Mapping / GIS; and Real Estate. However, as indicated in the pie chart below, the first area (i.e., Aerial Photography / Videography) takes up the lion's share not just of those three, but of the entire services scene, with 41% of the entire chart, while the following category (Surveying / Mapping / GIS) only receives 13%. A note on the data: Respondents were asked to indicate the primary and secondary commercial product or services they offer. They could pick one primary and up to three secondary services. Skylogic intentionally had [...]
Fri, Oct 06, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
If you have any interest in electric rideables such as hoverboards or electric skateboards, then chances are you've heard of Halo Boards before. The company has been featured in major publications and vertical such as CNET, the NY Times, TechCrunch and Mashable. They've been around since 2005, during which time all sorts of wheeled contraptions […] [...]
Tue, Oct 03, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
We have just released the results of our latest market research on the drone industry. The 2017 Drone Market Sector Report examines worldwide drone sales, service providers, business users, and software services. The research is the result of a three-month project sponsored in part by Airware and DroneDeploy. The online survey portion of the research garnered over 2,600 respondents representing more than 60 industries worldwide. Our analysis yields 10 key insights that summarize the current state of the industry, plus views of the overall market growth and drone use by vertical. Among the many insights in the report, three are especially worth highlighting: The U.S. market is flooded with service providers and remote pilots, with very few making enough money to sustain a full-time venture. The data shows that 85% of service providers make less than $50,000 per year, and 79% perform only one to five operations per month. More consumer drones are being used for commercial work than ever before. Survey data shows that more than two-thirds (68%) of all drones weighing over 250 grams are purchased for professional purposes—either governmental or business. DJI dominates the industry with a 72% global market share for drone purchases across all price points. In North America (U.S. and [...]
Tue, Sep 19, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
There's a construction boom taking place across Qatar, and Arcadis is helping make it possible. The global engineering consultancy, which has over 27,000 employees based in 350 offices across the world, leads infrastructure development projects across Qatar, helping the country meet ambitious construction goals for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and for its 2030 National Vision. Arcadis recently had the opportunity to put drones to work on a project of a massive scale: Contract 2 of the Orbital Highway in the city of Doha, a 14-lane road with 5 vehicle lanes and 2 dedicated truck lanes going in each direction. The Orbital spans 46 kilometers in total, and construction will be finished in 2018. Arcadis was the lead designer of the Orbital, but their emerging drone operations presented a new business opportunity for this project. Their client, Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC, a joint venture company between Qatari Diar and Vinci Construction Grands Projets), wanted fast, accurate volumetric calculations for the earthwork spread throughout the entire roadway. “Our main deliverable for this project was volumetric calculations,” said Paul Kawuma, Innovation and Infrastructure BIM Manager at Arcadis. Putting drone surveying to the test Arcadis is a pioneer of using drones for engineering purposes in Qatar, [...]
Mon, Sep 11, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Now that you can process your drone data with ground control points (GCPs), you can achieve horizontal and vertical accuracy down to 0.25 inches. It's important to know exactly how precise your georeferenced deliverables are, so today we're introducing ‘checkpoints', which are now available in Site Scan. Checkpoints aren't processed along with regular GCPs: they're independent points that allow Site Scan to automatically determine the accuracy of your georeferenced data products. To set checkpoints, users can simply click a tagged GCP until it turns into a red checkmark Checkpoints are a part of our Lightning GCP workflow, which is the fastest way to enter and tag ground control points in the cloud. You can turn a GCP into a checkpoint by just clicking on it, and Site Scan will automatically use that point to measure the accuracy of your deliverables. Ultimately, your accuracy figure will represent the distance, horizontally and vertically, between the checkpoint before and after it was processed. If you use ground control points in your workflow, this is a crucial capability: now, you can know exactly how precise your drone maps and models are. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please fill out our contact form [...]
Thu, Sep 07, 2017
Source: 3DR News
When Yuneec first started making a name for itself it caught many of us who were following the drone industry off-guard. DJI was already an established name in both consumer and industrial market segments. Their product the result of a long development process. Their technology so clearly ahead of the competition that it didn't even […] [...]
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
Drones have been a revolutionary technology, giving practical access to the sky for a whole class of individuals and businesses that would never have the money for full-sized aircraft. The film industry has taken to professional drones like ducks to water. These days even low-budget indie movies are rife with sweeping aerial shots. We're also […] [...]
Mon, Aug 28, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
This summer, senseFly announced Always On, a new service package designed to keep professional drone operators flying. What inspired this new service package and how can eBee Plus drone operators benefit from it? Waypoint spoke with the company's Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Jean-Thomas Celette, to find out. Hi Jean-Thomas. Can you please start off by explaining what Always On is about? Yes, of course. Always On is a new service offering that is available as a bundle option alongside every new eBee Plus drone purchase. The service guarantees that operators will be able to run their business with minimal disruption and at a fixed cost. We guarantee this by providing free replacements within 48 hours, with services and spare parts included. Always On customers basically get a professional-grade, market-leading drone and software, packaged with the kind of professional-grade service level that we've come to expect with large professional machinery, vehicles and IT equipment. What inspired senseFly to develop this offering? Well, we try to listen carefully to our customers and to industry professionals who are interested in adopting drone technology, in order to properly identify their needs and concerns. In doing this, we saw that large corporations and smaller companies alike would sometimes [...]
Thu, Aug 24, 2017
Source: Sensefly
This paper examines the benefits and cost savings of conducting a drill pad footprint analysis by Starscream Aerial Services, using the Draganflyer X4-P drone and photogrammetry Pix4D post-processing software in contrast to traditional methods. With the Draganflyer system, capturing aerial data with the correct image overlap required and processing the data is very simple. We design the flight using automated flight planning software, then point, click, fly, and process the data. For inspection of equipment, the Draganflyer system was flown to capture high resolution photos of flare stack tips and other tall structure equipment.. The immediate benefits are crew safety and a dramatic savings in time. High resolution aerial photography is used for structure inspection and the resulting highly detailed 3D computer models provide the team with updated site information, topography, and where needed, volume calculations. View the PDF [...]
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Draganfly
We just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations.” This is the fifth and final in a series of white papers intended to share lessons learned in specific industries and how to maximize the value drones can deliver in those industries. This year, we built on the analysis we did for the 2016 “Truth About” papers by incorporating real-world experience gained from businesses and drone pilots operating under the Federal Aviation Administration's Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (aka FAA Part 107). In this new report, we validate how first responders are sending unmanned aerial vehicles into high-risk or remote emergency situations before putting first responders at risk while helping victims more efficiently. We detail best practices for how police, fire, emergency response, and search & rescue agencies can implement drones into their operations. Learn both the strategies and roadblocks to the successful use of drones in this industry, including: Which licenses are required for employees flying drones How to pick the right drone for your specific operation The importance of a roadmap for training and drone maintenance How to deal with the public in a safe and transparent manner When to outsource drone work Here [...]
Thu, Aug 03, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
Amelia Earhart Day honors the incredible life of the famous aviation pioneer and author. Born 120 years ago today, Earhart paved the way for so many advancements in the aviation industry. She received the US Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization that provides professional opportunities for female pilots. The group was founded in 1929 by 26 licensed female pilots for the mutual support and advancement of women pilots. She was an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment as well as a member of the National Woman's Party. She was a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor to women students. Her disappearance while attempting to circumnavigate the globe resulted in one of the largest search & rescue efforts in history. She's pictured here standing in front of the Lockheed Electra. [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017
Source: Draganfly
We just announced the start of our 2017 Drone Market Sector Research, which promises to be the most comprehensive study of drone market trends and usage to date. The online portion of this research seeks to get your opinions about buying and using small unmanned aircraft systems—otherwise known as drones This independent research is being underwritten by Airware and DroneDeploy and is designed to uncover fresh insights on which drone industry sectors are thriving (and which aren't) and how businesses are using drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations. Why are we doing this? Because we believe the consumer and commercial drone market needs it. Our observations: We see a lack of objective information on the drone industry. We find there's an absence of credible market-based research. We see little understanding of the difference between large industry forecasts and actual buyer adoption rates. The survey will explore: Who's buying what types of drones from which makers at which prices and for what use? How large are drone-based service providers and how and where are they positioning themselves to whom and which target industries? What concerns business buyers of drone-based projects most and why? How much are service providers and business buyers using flight management and data analytic software for image-based [...]
Tue, Jul 11, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
The Draganfly Tango2 long-endurance fixed-wing aircraft, the DraganScout morphing ground-based robot, and the Draganfly Universal Control System (UCS) announced at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 are Draganfly Innovations Inc.'s newest and most advanced products to date. SASKATOON, SK & VENICE, CALIFORNIA – MAY 9th, 2017 – Commercial UAV specialists, Draganfly Innovations Inc.- today announced the development of the new additions to their product line. Like Draganfly's existing offerings, these new products are purpose built to save time and money for operators while improving the quality of mission critical data used within the many industries the company serves. The new handheld Universal Control System (UCS) enables the user to operate the Tango2 fixed-wing, the DraganScout ground-based robot, or any of the Draganflyer multi-rotor platforms, including the Draganflyer Commander quadcopter. The Tango2 increases commercial use cases by offering long duration flight times and the innovative design allows for lower airspeeds, which translates to lower altitudes and higher resolution. This high endurance, multi-battery small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) is capable of carrying a wide array of payloads and is ideal for tactical operations, search and rescue, agriculture, industrial inspection, surveying and mapping, and aerial 3D modeling. The DraganScout is a unique ground-based robot capable of morphing into different configurations [...]
Tue, May 09, 2017
Source: Draganfly
Pursuit drone and jamming technology offers affordable counter-drone capability. Saskatoon, SK & Portland, OR – May 8, 2017 – Portland, Oregon-based Radio Hill Technologies (RHT) has teamed up with Canadian drone manufacturer, Saskatoon-based Draganfly Innovations Inc. to explore an emerging counter-drone technology. Radio Hill, inventor of the Dronebuster, a 5 lb., 21-inch long, handheld counter-drone detection and jamming system, recently completed a large sale of Block 3 Dronebusters for the United States Army. With over 19 years' experience developing robust, high-performance drones, Draganfly is the world's longest-running multi-rotor UAV manufacturer. A Draganflyer system flown by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2013 was credited as the first sUAS to save a person's life. As this was an industry-first, the Draganflyer was subsequently included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. In this partnership, Draganfly and Radio Hill are combining the ability to detect and deter nuisance or nefarious drones with the capability to “follow them home”. The Dronebuster interrupts radio signals in the ISM, UHF HAM, and GPS bands, which are used on consumer drones. At this point a Draganflyer UAV is launched to pursue the adversary drone back to its operator, capturing evidence with imagery and [...]
Mon, May 08, 2017
Source: Draganfly
The Draganfly SpotLight series of articles are typically focused on our customers, their success, and the application of our systems, but this paper is an exception. This SpotLight features a project by Draganfly Innovations, an amazing group of volunteers, and our business partner SureFire, to provide you with a “behind the scenes look” at product research and testing. At Draganfly we always make an effort to ensure the technology we're testing is practical, reliable, and most importantly, delivers the results we “think” it should provide. The technology we're talking about is an aerial search light. At it's core a simple concept and make no mistake, we're not the first company or researcher to fly a light on a drone. What we learned leading up to the scenario testing, is that there's so much more to this than meets the eye. View the PDF [...]
Sat, May 06, 2017
Source: Draganfly
The Yuneec drones have been praised by their users, and they are a real competitor to DJI:s drones. is a unique drone targeting people who love video and photography, and want to share photos, and now stream live on social media. It is very small and compact, weighing just 385 g. You can also fold the […] [...]
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
[Editor's Note: VineView has collaborated with SkySquirrel for two years.] This post originally appeared on http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/sonomacounty/6240979-181/vineyard-drones-uav-agriculture-aerial-imaging. A Napa Valley company that has been taking aerial imaging of vineyards to new technological heights for a decade and a half has formed a strategic partnership with grapegrower-oriented startup makers and operators of unmanned aerial vehicles, often called drones. […] The post North Coast vineyards see more drone use as agriculture market soars appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: In addition to the Fire Department, the drones could also be used by other city departments, such as planning, engineering and parks.] This post originally appeared on http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-fire-department-gets-green-light-for-drones-1.7594759. The Victoria Fire Department is adding drones to its emergency response tool kit, reflecting a trend among first responders. The drones, also known as unmanned aerial […] The post Victoria Fire Department gets green light for drones appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: The Quarantine Island drone survey took 20 minutes to complete.] This post originally appeared on https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/eye-island. Training New Zealand's budding surveyors in the use of drones has begun with a high-definition aerial survey of Quarantine Island, writes Bruce Munro.A drone flies almost silently and barely visible, high above Quarantine Island in Otago Harbour. As it […] The post An eye on the island appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: Drones are driving productivity gains.] This post originally appeared on http://www.mining.com/heres-what-miners-should-expect-to-see-in-2017/. Global miners, particularly Canadians, are showing increasing signs of optimism as commodity prices are on the rise, shallow growth is returning to different end markets, and most are in better cost positions than in the recent past, the annual “Tracking the Trends” report by Deloitte released Wednesday […] The post Here's what miners should expect and do in 2017 appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Source: Drones At Work
[Editor's Note: The drones are being used by the Northern Territory Government to create digital terrain models.] This post originally appeared on http://www.iothub.com.au/news/how-drones-are-monitoring-nts-old-mines-449628. The Northern Territory government has turned to drones to monitor the state of its legacy mines in the state. The NT's Department for Primary Industry and Resources is using drone technology to provide digital […] The post How drones are monitoring NT's old mines appeared first on Drones at Work. [...]
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Source: Drones At Work