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Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about drone classes for structural inspections. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. Hey Drone Girl, I live in Sacramento, California and I am looking for some drone training for inspections of structures. Do you know where I might find this type of training? I am willing to travel to other states where good training is offered. -Scott Hey Scott! This is a great question! I'm so glad you are looking to get additional training. Many people who fly drones for commercial purposes simply get their Part 107 certification and then don't pursue other learning opportunities, despite using drones for highly technically advanced use cases. The first thing that comes to my mind is that when you are inspecting structures, you're probably going to incorporate thermal imaging into your flights. From a purely theoretical point of view, I would recommend taking Brendan Stewart's Aerial Thermography drone course. It's an online course happening later this spring, so it's good option for people looking ahead who want to learn from the comfort of their own couch. Sign up here. (By the way, UAV Coach offers tons of awesome great drone training courses. I used their Part [...]
Wed, Feb 22, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Earlier
The one with, AtlantikSolar and their 81-hour solar assisted flight as told by Philipp Oettershagen. A truly amazing accomplishment achieved with relatively low-cost solar cells. We will certainly be getting him back to tell us more on Drone Stuff This Week. Rob Swynnerton from http://www.flyingwings.co.uk and his separate lift thrust (SLT) electric flying wing the […] [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: SUAS News
It's no news that commercial drone company PrecisionHawk is a leader in drone technology; they've been in the forefront of the industry since the company started in 2010. With an impressive client list of Fortune 500 companies and operations across the globe, PrecisionHawk has always had a number of weapons in its arsenal: strong leadership, good tech, and strategic […] The post PrecisionHawk's New CEO Just Might Be Their Next Secret Weapon appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Liteye, a major counter-drone company, is partnering with Tribalco, a “mission-critical” IT/telecommunications service provider, to deliver the Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS) to U.S. military agencies. Dubbed “the world's first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt-defeat” drone defense system, AUDS took flight last year as a consortium that includes Liteye, Gryphon Sensors and Sensofusion through an FAA Cooperative Research and […] The post Liteye, Tribalco Seal Counter-Drone Deal with U.S. Military appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced a new line of membership options created for drone pilots, a key part of an ongoing effort to unite manned and unmanned pilots for the common purpose of safe integration of all users. Having long been recognized for leadership in aviation safety and advocacy, […] [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Amazon wants to fly a giant blimp and let deliveries swarm from it. UPS is perhaps a little more practical. Make the drone a force multiplier by doing two deliveries done at once from the same van. Get it most of the way to its destination, set it free and do another from the truck […] [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: SUAS News
In collaboration with Workhorse Group, UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of a UPS car, autonomously delivers a package to a home and then returns to the vehicle – while the delivery driver continues along the route to make a separate delivery. UPS conducted the test on Monday in Lithia, Fla., with Workhorse, an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer. Workhorse built the drone and the electric vehicle used in the test. “This test is different than anything we've done with drones so far. It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery,” states Mark Wallace, UPS' senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability. UPS says it has about 66,000 delivery drivers on the road each day. In particular, rural delivery routes are the most expensive to serve due to the time and vehicle expenses required to complete each delivery. “Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are miles apart by road,” Wallace explains. “Sending a drone from a package car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
UPS is not a company that plans to be left behind. With WalMart, Amazon, DHL and others all making forays into next gen package delivery systems using drones, UPS is looking to keep pace. UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced today that it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of a UPS® package car, […] The post UPS Is Testing Residential Delivery via Drone & Trucks appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Drip, drip, drip, the sound of water falling from the ceiling was either a welcome sound or an overwhelming distraction in our office space. I work in a coworking office in Fort Mill, SC and we had moved in to our brand-new location right before the holiday season; come January, the roof was already leaking! [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
When I worked directly with the FAA as a customer, one thing I learned the hard way is that seemingly common sounding words or phrases have very specific (and sometimes loaded) meaning when spoken within the context of the FAA or aviation. I have a feeling that Performance Based Navigation (PBN) is probably one of […] [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Everybody knows by now that the delivery drone ambitions of companies like FedEx and UPS ... [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Pro S3 is pleased to announce the release of the Venture T lines of mutirotor UAVs. Venture T offers unique capabilities concentrated in a single package, designed specifically for UAV training schools. Mr. Daniele Camatti CEO of Pro S3 says “UAV training activities requires specific performance characteristics not usually available in a standard commercial drone […] [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Magic Sky, an official partner of DJI, is opening up what it says will be California's first DJI-authorized retail store. The store will be located on the corner of Montgomery St. and Jackson St. in San Francisco. The grand-opening event will be held Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Magic Sky says the store will have one-stop services for DJI drones, including repairs and hands-on training; a drone flying cage; virtual-reality experiences; workshops; and outdoor activities. “Now when your precious drone is malfunctioning, you no longer need to fly to New York City for repair or have it shipped to DJI,” the company says in a press release. “Come to Magic Sky for help. When you are unable to find your lovely drone a proper flying area, you don't have to aimlessly keep looking or delay your exciting flying operation. Come to Magic Sky for answers.” [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Go Unmanned, a Raleigh, N.C.-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company, has added DroneDeploy's software to its commercial mapping solutions. Go Unmanned focuses on providing across-the-board solutions for UAV customers. It offers specialized hardware and software packages with training, support, repair and other services. The company says DroneDeploy provides an easy-to-use, cloud-based option for aerial mapping. Specifically, Go Unmanned cites the “user-friendly interface” for processing data – such as for building 3D models or identifying crop infestations. “DroneDeploy is a very simple mission-planning and data-processing software,” says Asante Amaning, a Go Unmanned technician. “Flight data is uploaded to the cloud so that elevation, 3D and false-NDVI maps can be generated. The process is seamless.” [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
In order to understand the basics of multirotor motors, which will help you pick the appropriate motor for your quadcopter construct. There are some broad guidelines you can take after, and considerations to bear in mind while choosing the ideal and effective motor. Where to Start? Decide on Motor Size First Regardless, you have to answer these 2 questions: What's your quadcopter's arranged total weight? What's the size of the frame? The aggregate weight of the quadcopter can be your best guess, as you haven't constructed it yet. It ought to incorporate everything: Frame, FC, PDB, wires, motors, ESC's, battery, payload, (for example, HD camera and gimbals), and so on. By knowing the size of the frame, you ought to recognize what the most extreme propeller size can be utilized. By knowing these 2 things, you can compute generally how much thrust the motors need to convey to lift it noticeable all around, by utilizing propellers of restricted size. Thrust to Weight Ratio A general thumb rule is that you ought to AT LEAST have the capacity to give twice as much thrust than the weight of the quad. If the thrust provided by the motors are too little, the quad would not react well to your control, it [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
InterDrone 2016 brought together over 180 industry-leading speakers, including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta BZ Media LLC announced today an open call for speakers for InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition being held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Sept 6-8. Last year's program had over 180 top speakers in the commercial drone market, including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta presenting the Grand Opening Keynote. [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
It's the year 2017, and everyone has a car. Each year as the population increases, so do the number of cars on the road. In America, we have the highest vehicle-to-person ration at one car for every 1.3 people. With over a billion cars on the road, auto congestion is rough. The current state of [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Do you suffer from anxiety, jumping at all those things that go bump in the night? Do you lay there in bed, listening intently for any little sound, imagining a masked cat-burglar creeping around the outside of your house looking for a way to break in? Well the latest in drone security might be just [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Fortune 200 agribusiness and food company Land O'Lakes Inc. is calling on innovators from the tech industry to enter the Land O'Lakes Prize: Drone Challenge, a crowdsourcing competition designed to develop proposed solutions that enable scalable, autonomous drone usage in precision agriculture. A prize of $140,000 will be awarded to a grand-prize winner, and two $5,000 prizes will be awarded to two runners-up. Winners will retain intellectual property rights to the solutions they develop to help farmers use drone technology more effectively. The company is hosting the competition in collaboration with HeroX, a crowdsourcing platform provider. “We're offering the Land O'Lakes Prize to accelerate the development of drones for the ag industry,” states Mike Macrie, chief information officer of Land O'Lakes. “We believe with a few more years of work and the direction we're providing, backed by insights from our network of 300,000 farmers, we can create a marketplace for drones that ultimately creates better solutions for the farming community.” As a farmer-owned cooperative, Arden Hills, Minn.-based Land O'Lakes offers its member-owners an agtech portfolio through its Geosys and WinField United businesses, which include tools such as the R7 by WinField. By combining its existing imagery and precision agriculture tools with an automated, scalable [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Utah State University has unveiled its BluJay line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), all-electric aircraft used for research in agriculture and water resources engineering. The university's recent unveiling event coincided with a meeting of the GRAPEX group, a team of engineers and researchers developing improved methods of estimating water use in grape production. GRAPEX members include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Utah State University and its student-led AggieAir UAV program, and E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto, Calif. “This aircraft represents the latest improvements in UAV technology,” says Dr. Mac McKee, director of the Utah Water Research Lab. “It can stay aloft for more than three hours and can carry a five-plus-pound payload of four different cameras. And the best part is it's 100 percent student-designed.” McKee says the first BluJay aircraft – nicknamed Darkhorse after a popular series of Gallo table wines – can fly a distance of over 200 miles and capture imagery over a 20-square-mile area. In addition, it offers a resolution of up to 10 cm by 10 cm. The goal, according McKee, is to capture data about soil and plant moisture properties. By combining UAV imagery with data from satellites and local weather conditions, the researchers plan [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Is there any sporting contest that Intel can't improve with the help of drone technology? A matter of days after an Intel-powered swarm of drones performed a light show above the Super Bowl, a custom Intel drone has featured in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest. The contest was part of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend in […] The post Intel Drone in NBA Slam Dunk Contest appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Together with CATIC, MMC, the drone manufacturer, unveiled the HyDrone 1800 at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) taking place at the Abu Dhabi national exhibition center. It represents the next generation of its hydrogen technology and the firms said it is designed for the military. The carbon-fiber HyDrone 1800 is an almost […] The post MMC Introduces Next Gen of Hydrogen Drone – the HyDrone 1800 appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: Dronelife
From Spektrum: Like the original DX9, the Black Edition gives you an incredible suite of features that includes voice alerts, 250-model memory, programming for four model types and a wireless trainer link. To this it adds is a stunning, black finish that further sets it apart from everything else in its class. Programmable Voice Alerts The DX9 lets you keep tabs on important functions without ever taking your eyes off what you're flying. You can program voice alerts to call out what flight mode you've chosen or report telemetry information on demand. If an alarm goes off, you won't have to look at the transmitter display to see what's happening. The DX9 will tell you. Wireless Trainer Link This exclusive Spektrum technology gives DX9 users the ability to wirelessly link up with other Spektrum transmitters and specially-equipped Spektrum FPV headsets. Once bound to another transmitter or component, ModelMatch™ technology will allow the DX9 to re-link without having to go through the bind process again. With Wireless Trainer Link, you could: Wirelessly ”buddy box” with another DSM2®/DSMX® transmitter when teaching someone to fly. Assign gimbal functions to a 2nd ‘camera' transmitter when flying a camera drone so you can focus on avoiding obstacles and maintaining visual contact while someone [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Hey all you Drone Girl readers living in the Middle East! I'm heading out today to speak at the Drones Oman conference, happening Feb. 27 and 28 in Muscat, Oman. Thanks to the people of United Arab Emirates who joined me at #DronesMiddleEast. It was an honor to serve as your chairwoman and I learned a lot about the international drone community. #DroneGirl #conferencelife #droneconf #dronelife #uae #abudhabi #unitedarabemirates #yasisland #dronestagram A post shared by Sally French (@officialdronegirl) on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:10pm PDT You may recall that I recently served as Chairperson of the Drones Middle East conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The UAE has already made huge strides in drones — just recently Ehang announced plans to try to get a drone taxi service off the ground in Dubai by this summer. But the UAE is no without its challenges. The government currently makes it a costly and paperwork-ridden process to fly drones. In Dubai, you will have to pay a location fee of AED 3,300 (or more depending on filming location) — that's $899 USD. Then, you'll have to pay additional online fees of AED 5,100 ($1,388) to DCAA and expect 5 working days of processing time. But countries in [...]
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
DJI announced it is launching a drone training program in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). DJI and the AMA will jointly promote the AMA Public Safety course, which is a hands-on training program that provides public safety officers the knowledge needed to safely and effectively use drone technology in their daily jobs. The course includes live training in flight skills and orientation management, culminating in a series of flights to apply their skills in simulated public safety missions. The partnership also means that DJI will support the AMA's educational outreach programs including the UAS4STEM drone construction and flight competition for teens. The AMA is a group of about 195,000 model aircraft enthusiasts founded in 1936. A variety of third parties also offer in-person flight training courses, including DARTdrones, which offers an 8-hour in-person course in dozens of locations around the U.S. with the DJI Phantom and DJI Inspire drones. (Use promo code DRONEGIRL10 to save 10% on any drone training course!) Many companies including DJI have gotten into hot water over users who some say aren't qualified to use a drone. A DJI Phantom famously crashed into the White House grounds back in 2015 among other smaller incidents. DJI, which has an [...]
Sat, Feb 18, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
G'Day Dronies! I'm thrilled to announce I'll be speaking at the World of Drones Congress in Australia later this year. The conference will be held from August 31 through September 2, 2017 at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The inaugural World of Drones Congress (WoDC) will provide an international forum for everyone concerned with drones – from businesses to governments, investors to enthusiasts. Other speakers will include Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, Prof Lian Pin Koh PH.D., Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide, and Rhianna Lakin, a drone pilot and creator of the Amelia Dronehart RC Copter Group Register here! Is Australia too far for you to get there? See the other events I'll be speaking at this year here. And don't forget to RSVP for my first ever Drone Girl meetup! The post Drone Girl to speak at World of Drones Congress in Brisbane, Australia appeared first on The Drone Girl. [...]
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
From Rise: Setting up your own FPV crash course has never been easier than with the RISE House Racer Gate System. One set, sixty seconds of assembly, and you can be on your way to a full-on FPV thrill ride!Visit Explore-Rise.com [...]
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
What happens when your power lines get all kinds of trash hanging from them and it's not safe to send up a human? In Xiangyang, China, you send in the drones. Specifically, the drones that shoot fire.... [...]
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
THE THIRD ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY DRONE FILM FESTIVAL IS TAKING PLACE ON MARCH 17th – 19th 2017 Yes, we will be there and if you want to be there with us, get your tickets now! https://randy-slavin.squarespace.com/welcome [...]
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Insitu is well positioned to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with the small UAS it plans to have aboard its cutters in the next few years. The company has plenty of experience testing and operating is Scan Eagle from the service's ships. [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Just a quick peek at a fantastic article on flying a drone in Antarctica. Adventure photographer and drone pilot Gavin Garrison talks about the challenges of flying over an iceberg-laden waters. Here is a little excerpt from that article that will appear in the March issue of RotorDrone Magazine. In late 2016, I was driving north through Alaska when I stopped in a quaint town, the not-so-aptly named “North Pole,” which sits at 64°N. Knowing that the Arctic Circle was still several hours north of me, I looked into the town's coordinates, curious to see how far away I actually was from the North Pole. The town was nowhere near the actual North Pole (90°N) or the North Magnetic Pole (86°N); North Pole, Alaska, was just a place. But this research revealed a chance discovery for me: There are more than just two poles. As we'll see, the Earth's magnetic pull has quickly become the biggest thorn in my droning, here in the iceberg-laden waters off the coast of Antarctica. I'm sailing along the continent's edge with the ocean-conservation group Sea Shepherd Global on a brand-new $12-million-dollar patrol vessel MV Ocean Warrior on the annual campaign to save whales from being [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Building on its strategy to drive innovation and adoption for IoT services in high-growth markets, Verizon today announced that it has purchased Skyward, a private company based in Portland, Oregon. [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
The FAA is partnering with Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility, on a program aimed at using drones for the safe inspection of energy infrastructure. The utility is planning at least one beyond-line-of-sight flight in 2017. [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Rick Lusk has created a best practices guide for utilizing unmanned aircraft systems from the insight of pilots and practitioners from all over the world. Lusk, is the director of the unmanned aircraft systems center at ORNL. [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
SideArm fits in the footprint of a standard 20-foot shipping container for easy transport by truck, ship, rail, C-130 transport aircraft, and CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter. The small-footprint system is designed to operate from trucks or ships. [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 15, 2017 — Nominations have been announced for the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival, the world's first and largest film festival dedicated to works filmed by drones. The complete list of nominees can be found below. The festival, with headline sponsors RED and Freefly Systems, will be held [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles have literally exploded onto the market. Ok, well not like the Ford Kuga or the Galaxy 7, but you know what I mean, in a good way. They are affordable, fairly easy to get the hang of and loads of fun. Many people are quite content to use their drone [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Machinery company CNH Industrial, has a new, all-in-one drone system bundle for job site managers looking to incorporate drones into their work. And its using DroneDeploy drone mapping app to power the software behind it. DroneDeploy on Thursday announced an OEM partnership with the company, which is one of the largest truck makers in Europe best known for its Iveco trucks and buses and also makes agricultural equipment. The drone system bundle will give users a DroneDeploy software subscription and a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone. It's targeted specifically at agricultural users. “Farmers and producers may not be able to control certain environmental conditions, but drones are an efficient way to mitigate crop health issues and improve yields,” Scott Lumish, Vice President of Business Development at DroneDeploy said in a news release. “The benefits of being able to survey both the 10,000-foot view of fields, as well as zoom in to inches above the plants, are incredibly powerful.” The platform is intended to be able to detect parasites and fungi in crops, generate variable rate prescriptions for pesticides and asses storm damage in crops. The post DroneDeploy announces OEM partnership with CNH Industrial appeared first on The Drone Girl. [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
DroneDeploy and CNH Industrial (a provider in agricultural solutions and services) want to provide an all-in-one UAV system for agriculture. CNH Industrial has announced it has selected DroneDeploy's cloud-based platform to deliver drone services to customers. [...]
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Robotics undoubtedly has the potential to improve lives in the developing world. However, with limited budgets and expertise on the ground, putting this technology in place is no small task. Step forwards WeRobotics, a new Swiss/American NGO dedicated to meeting this goal through the creation of in-country ‘flying labs'. Co-founder Adam Klaptocz explains all… Hey Adam. Let's start with this: what is WeRobotics? WeRobotics is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to bringing developing countries access to robotics technology. Such countries don't have access because of economics, supply chains and many other reasons. Our role is to help local people learn and use this technology, and then to deploy it for social good projects within their own communities. We do this by establishing ‘flying labs' in different countries. The goal of each is to serve as a hub of robotics technology, where staff host training sessions, webinars and teach people how to use technology. Each lab will have drones and software, on hand and in the cloud, thanks to our technology company partners. Labs will also function as an incubator for new, local, drone-based businesses. WeRobotics co-founder Adam Klaptocz (right) and Nepal Flying Labs Coordinator Uttam Pudasaini, running a drone mapping training session in Kathmandu, [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Visit the Draganfly Innovations booth (#CP270) at IDEX 2017 to speak to our CEO, learn more about our data and imaging solutions, and see for yourself what sets Draganfly apart from the competition. Find out how Draganfly can help your business reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase productivity. The International Defense Exhibition and Conference, or IDEX, is the only event in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region that demonstrates the latest technology in land, sea, and air defense. The event is organized in association with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces. IDEX is a biennial event and takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), which is centrally located in the heart of the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The show uses 100% of the 133,000sqm event space to showcase over 1,200 exhibitors to the expected 100,000+ attendees. Event: IDEX 2017 Dates: February 19 – 23, 2017 Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Draganfly Innovations Booth #: CP270 [...]
Tue, Feb 14, 2017
Source: Draganfly
Site Scan is getting better every month. We are excited to introduce powerful new features for Site Scan in our February product update…Continue reading on 3DR News » [...]
Tue, Feb 14, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Do you remember the first time you tried flying a drone? And almost immediately crashed it into a wall? Experiences like that make it hard to believe that professional drone racers are able to ... [...]
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
As if the nearly six-year civil war in Syria couldn't get any worse, it appears that militants with the so-called Islamic State have inflicted further damage to the ancient Roman-era site of Palmyra. ... [...]
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
[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
3DR, Autodesk, Atkins and the Department of Aviation of the City of Atlanta worked together to perform the first FAA approved commercial…Continue reading on 3DR News » [...]
Thu, Feb 02, 2017
Source: 3DR News
When it comes to professional drone operators, they don't come more passionate than Soaring Sky's Ryan Cowell—a man who moved across the States to pursue his dream of using drones for good. Waypoint caught up with Ryan to discuss thinking big, praying to the UAS gods and, ultimately, trusting your technology and your path. 1. Hi Ryan. Why don't 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? I was born and raised in Southern California and I graduated from St. Mary's College with a Business Marketing degree. Throughout my college career, I immersed myself in business and marketing, helping brands like GoPro and RedBull to manage and grow their brands, as well as my own ventures in the music industry. I packed up my things and moved across country, leaving my loved ones and everything I knew behind. This was my opportunity to put my experience and knowledge into action. In late 2014 I was offered an opportunity to start a drone company in Florida with a friend; a successful real estate entrepreneur. I had very little knowledge about drones so I decided to [...]
Wed, Feb 01, 2017
Source: Sensefly
The NFL's Pro Bowl game kicks off on Sunday night ahead of next week's Super Bowl, and part of the pre-game festivities included a fun series of “skills showdowns.” For some reason, this meant pitting some of the game's best wide receivers and defensive backs ... [...]
Fri, Jan 27, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
In senseFly's latest case study, we learn how French quarry operator, Groupe CB, turned to drone data analytics expert Redbird (recently acquired by Airware) to provide accurate, cloud-based geospatial data across nine of its sites. This new, aerial approach led to: A major improvement in on-site safety A five-fold reduction in survey costs And an increase in the depth of Groupe CB's topographic data The crucial work of Groupe CB's surveying teams is to survey stockpiles at each of the company's quarries and to monitor the height of each quarry's walls to ensure compliance with local safety regulations. Traditionally, this would be achieved by surveyors traversing these sites with terrestrial GPS equipment in order to measure the required X, Y, Z data. However this approach was a dangerous undertaking for these staff. Traditionally, surveyors would traverse these sites with terrestrial GPS equipment in order to measure the required X, Y, Z data. However this approach was a dangerous undertaking Prior to Redbird and drone technology being employed, Groupe CB's topographers would typically only conduct a full survey of each site once or twice per year. “Our topographers were walking around on-site and taking their measurements manually, with GPS instruments. This was a long, dangerous and [...]
Wed, Jan 25, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Drones are becoming an ever growing commodity around the world, not just for civilians but for law enforcement as well. Law enforcement around the world have been using camera drones for some time, but they have recently just gotten extremely popular and now you see more and more fire departments and police headquarters using them […] [...]
Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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