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The FAA's “UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee,” [UAS-ID ARC] or the “ID and Tracking ARC”, has been a hot topic on drone regulation forums. But what exactly is the ID and Tracking ARC, and who is on the committee? The FAA has recently published the ARC's charter and the list of members. Some […] The post What's the FAA's Drone Tracking ARC – and Who's on it? appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) capabilities to now include flight operations after dark. Kansas State Polytechnic's Applied Aviation Research Center, which houses a UAS research program, received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct drone flights at night. The waiver will be used as part of the research program, as well as for commercial flight training courses and forthcoming curriculum in the UAS degree program. “Initially, the waiver request was motivated by an ongoing research project with Westar Energy,” says Kurt Carraway, UAS executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center, “but its benefits will have an impact on a multitude of contributions this campus makes to the unmanned industry.” The Applied Aviation Research Center offers several different UAS short courses and is introducing night operations into its commercial remote pilot training course starting June 23. The course addition includes two hours of classroom instruction covering flight basics at night, necessary waivers and exemptions for night flight, and how to set up a night operation. Following the classroom instruction, students will receive one hour of hands-on night flight training using a S-1000 multi-rotor aircraft out in the field. In undergraduate academics, Kansas State Polytechnic [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Top drone executives from PrecisionHawk, Trumbull Unmanned, AirMap, Measure, Kespry and Airspace joined wireless network executives and venture capitalists for some face to face time with U.S. President Donald Trump. By all reports, the crowd praised Trump for his efforts to limit government regulation and his support for new technology. “We want them to create […] The post What Happened When Drone Execs Met Trump Today? appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
If you like flying or doing business with drones in accordance with traditional federal authority, don't want hobbyist regulation, and don't want meddling local and state government regulating our airspace, call or write your congressional representatives in the U.S. House and Senate right now. Insist on crystal-clear express federal preemption in the 2017 FAA Reauthorization Act, and ask them to prevent the Drone Federalism Act from becoming law. In sum, we must insist that Congress (1) maintain the letter and spirit of the current “hands-off” approach to recreational/hobbyist drones and RC aircraft in the new 2017 FAA Reauthorization Act, as it now stands under the current FAA Act's Section 336; (2) include the language known as the “express federal preemption” in the 2017 FAA Reauthorization Act to stop local and state governments from regulating drone airspace; and (3) vote “no” on the Drone Federalism Act. If there is not a huge grassroots uprising this summer demanding these two things from Congress, we stand to lose, in my opinion, a great deal of autonomy as well as the traditional freedoms from intrusive local governmental regulation of aviation we have enjoyed for generations. Oh, and if you are running a business operating, supporting, or supplying [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Spanish Defence Ministry Selects AUDS System to Detect and Neutralise UAVs/Drones AUDS detect-track-identify-defeat counter-drone system is the only mission-deployed fully integrated, military grade counter-UAS system on the market The Spanish Defence Ministry (Ministerio de Defensa) has selected the AUDS counter-UAV system to protect critical assets and personnel from the growing threat posed by malicious unmanned... The post Spanish Defence Ministry Selects AUDS System appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
New Zealand's newest fit-for-purpose test range for commercial drones has opened its skies to the world and plans to trial the delivery of medical supplies in November. The trial, with Medical Drones Aotearoa, will include tests that explore the safe delivery of medicines, and flights that are beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and autonomous […] [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
SALINA — The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its unmanned aircraft systems capabilities to now include flight operations after dark. Kansas State Polytechnic's Applied Aviation Research Center, which houses the unmanned aircraft systems research program, has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct UAS flights at night. It was granted a […] [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
GPS Jamming over the SE USA Eglin AFB will be testing new systems to jam GPS signals over the SE US the next 2 weeks. Anyone using a GPS including UAV operators should be aware and understand how to fully pilot their systems in non-GPS modes. The official Flight Advisory can be found below or by... The post GPS Jamming over the SE USA appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
DRL Season 2 Drops On ESPN2 Your Guide To Watching The Drone Racing League's 2017 World Championship Season According to the Drone Racing League‘s Facebook page, along with recent reports found on Gear Brain, it appears that DRL Season 2 is officially here and all 16 races of the 2017 drone racing season are now airing. The... The post DRL Season 2 Drops On ESPN2 appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a new aviation rulemaking committee dedicated to helping the agency identify the owners of rogue unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to a news update from the FAA, because there are not yet any “established requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft while it's in the air,” the agency has brought together a “diverse variety” of stakeholders to help come up with standards to address the issue. The FAA notes that the recommendations established by the committee could also help the agency move closer to green-lighting drone operations taking place over people and beyond the visual line of sight of the operator. The agency has laid out the following tasks for the new committee: “Identify, categorize and recommend available and emerging technologies for the remote identification and tracking of UAS; Identify requirements for meeting the security and public safety needs of law enforcement, homeland defense, and national security communities for remote identification and tracking; and Evaluate the feasibility and affordability of the available technical solutions and determine how well they address the needs of law enforcement and air traffic control communities.” The FAA says the rulemaking committee is already meeting this week in Washington, D.C. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
How the 21st Century AIRR Act Affects Drones The scope of this is ONLY for unmanned aircraft since that is what my business is about. 🙂 The title of the bill is “21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act'' and has multiple provisions for unmanned aircraft. I'll outline below the major provisions for each... The post 21st Century AIRR Act Affects Drones appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
Commentary Later today 5 drone executives (AirMap (Ben Marcus, CEO AirMap, George Matthew, CEO of Kespry, Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of Measure, and Michael Chasen, CEO of PrecisionHawk, Airspace, not sure who) will be meeting with President Trump. We were not invited to attend so offer up the following by way of advice. Keep it […] The post 4 Drone Execs Are Meeting POTUS – What Should Their Message Be? appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Bingen, Wash.-based Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., has integrated a 50-megapixel camera into its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The camera, delivering high-accuracy photogrammetric (HAP) aerial imagery, is part of Insitu's INEXA Solutions, a suite of remote sensing products and information delivery services for enterprise customers, particularly mining and oil and gas. According to the company, the HAP-equipped ScanEagle remotely surveys broad areas quickly, accurately and safely, thanks to the drone's ability to fly beyond the visual line of sight and Insitu's specialized direct georeferencing system. Typically, the company explains, to produce georeferenced data, mining and onshore oil and gas enterprises monitor broad areas using geographic information systems, adding thematic layers into their analytical environments to make informed business decisions. To address that need, Insitu uses aerial remote sensing to collect, analyze and deliver critical information to mine and extraction asset operators while avoiding any disruption in operations. Compared with current photogrammetric payloads, Insitu says its HAP payload dramatically decreases the aerial survey flight and processing time – allowing precise broad-area survey and the delivery of a georeferenced site digital surface model. Insitu's HAP payload achieves this quick turn-around by taking high-resolution images and integrating them to make a broad-area [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Tel Aviv, Israel – Since the launch of the SkyHopper PRO bi-directional data link for commercial and industrial drones, Mobilicom has gained significant market traction in the commercial drone industry, with thousands of hours of test flights and several successful integrations. SkyHopper PRO has been successfully validated around the globe including in Japan, China, USA, [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Companion computers are now becoming an essential part of the drone ecosystem. The reason for their increased usage is quite clear. They allow users to develop complex applications smoothly and provide sublime control over the flight controller. Before companion computers, developers had no option but to toy around with embedded code of the flight controllers [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
A Five-Time XFC Winning Heli Pilot Joins Team Futaba Meet the latest addition to Team Futaba, celebrated heli pilot Jamie Robertson! Born and raised in Claremore, Oklahoma, Jamie caught the flying bug from his father, Jim, a lifelong RC enthusiast. Their love for the hobby was cemented when they both used Great Planes RealFlight RC Flight... The post New Heli Pilot Joins Team Futaba appeared first on UAV Expert News. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: UAV Expert News
World–leader in rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions UMS SKELDAR has used the Paris Airshow (19-25 June 2017) to announce an agreement with Sentient Vision Systems to provide the ViDAR (Visual identification Detection and Ranging) system for its unmanned systems. UMS SKELDAR will incorporate the ViDAR payload into its fleet of flagship VTOL's – the […] [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Looking for a good-quality camera drone that costs less than $500? Without a question, it's the DJI Spark. But hold on. Is it a perfect drone? No. But is it the first major step in an extraordinary era of ultra-smart sensors in drones? Absolutely. Click here to purchase at B&H Photo Click here to order directly from DJI Click here to order from Amazon.com The $499 Spark was announced in May 2017 as DJI's smallest drone to-date — addressing concerns (much like the Mavic), that drones like the Phantom and from non-DJI competitors are just too cumbersome to tote around. See related: DJI Mavic vs. Spark — which is better? The Spark is notable for two reasons: 1. It's incredibly small — (it's small enough to fit in a large coat pocket) and 2. It's operated primarily via gesture control, meaning a sensor can recognize hand and body patterns, and fly in sync with your movements. Here's the Spark doing some sweet gesture control action pic.twitter.com/aJtuRibDAR — Sally French (@TheDroneGirl) June 22, 2017 And then for the bad news (as we get to the not perfect aspect of the DJI Spark): that gesture control. The drone's sensors are supposed to detect its user's body movements such as raising and lowering [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Today General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) president David R. Alexander issued the following statement at the Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Conference during the Paris International Air Show: GA-ASI applauds the FAA's effort to work with industry through the recently formed Controlled Airspace Advisory Rulemaking Committee and Type Certification Projects. GA-ASI is working collaboratively […] [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
I'm literally updating this in real time so keep checking back in as I provide a write up on this. http://bit.ly/2rDYQgh Notable Mentions: • The advisory board advising the non-profit corporation shall have on it unmanned aircraft operators and unmanned aircraft manufacturers. • Upholds the protections of Section 336 regarding model aircraft flyers but DOES […] [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Earlier
You've seen those Intel light drones making shapes in the sky at Coachella, the Super Bowl and Walt Disney World. And now, they're headed to the Olympics. Intel announced on Wednesday that it would partner with the International Olympic Committee through 2024. Intel is bringing a variety of its new technology to the Olympics, including its virtual reality and 360-degree technology, and of course, drones. “Intel drone light show technology will create never-seen-before images in the sky,” according to a statement issued Wednesday by Intel. Intel's drones have lit up the sky at various light shows in a performance that resembles fireworks, but what some analysts say is more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient. Intel's “Shooting Star” droneIntel's “Shooting Star” drones were announced in 2016. Each drone is about the weight of a volleyball and can be programmed with relative ease to light up in any shape and in 4 billion color combinations for commercial entertainment light shows. The Intel and IOC partnership would include sponsorship of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China and the 2024 Summer Olympics, which will take place in either Los Angeles or Paris, France. The new [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
While China dominates much of the drone manufacturing discussion, and a new drone software and data company seems to appear every day in the US, Europe's drone industry doesn't always get the play it should. But with many European countries offering industry-supporting regulations, a robust appetite for commercial drone applications, and an innovative research and […] The post The Top 5 European Drone Companies to Watch appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
This week, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI) conducted a simulation in which wireless technology allowed drones to act as flying cell towers in an emergency situation. During an emergency management exercise in Cape May County, N.J., first responders used smartphones to connect to a drone and made calls and sent text messages back to their command centers. The wireless coverage was provided by Verizon's Airborne LTE service aboard AATI's long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The exercise, directed by the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), included participants from the New Jersey State Police. The scenario was in response to a category II hurricane. During the exercise, emergency personnel were sent to Belleplain State Forest in a simulated coverage-denied environment, where there is no wireless service. Nearby at Woodbine Municipal Airport, the AATI aircraft with Verizon Airborne LTE was launched and then flown to the forest. Once the UAS arrived, first responders were able to connect to the Verizon network through the wireless technology inside the drone and communicate back to the county OEM and New Jersey State Police command centers. They even used social media apps on the smartphones. This tweet has been sent via @verizon‘s “flying cell site” aboard our [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
There's no rule against combining the testing of UAS technology with fast-food marketing. That's what brought together World View's balloon-borne Stratollite system and KFC's Zinger chicken sandwich as they both head to the edge of space this week. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
California-based Kespry has added features to its enterprise drone platform to assist insurance claims adjusters. The company's new cloud platform can now automatically identify hail damage to roofs, resulting in improved service for policyholders. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
A team of MIT engineers has come up with a much less expensive UAV design that can hover for longer durations to provide wide-ranging communications support. The researchers designed, built, and tested a UAV resembling a thin glider. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
A 9,600 square foot hangar space operated by SOAR Oregon is now open and ready to house a unique unmanned aircraft vehicle that Airbus believes could be the future of urban air mobility. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and 13 other organizations have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to consider the potential consequences related to legislation regarding the NAS. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have developed a method in which two drones working in tandem are actually able to see through walls, the university has announced. Using ordinary WiFi signals and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab have given a demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls. According to the university, the technique could have a variety of applications, such as emergency search and rescue, archaeological discovery and structural monitoring. “Our proposed approach has enabled unmanned aerial vehicles to image details through walls in 3D with only WiFi signals,” explains Mostofi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UCSB. “This approach utilizes only WiFi RSSI measurements, does not require any prior measurements in the area of interest and does not need objects to move to be imaged.” In their experiment, two autonomous octocopters take off and fly outside an enclosed, four-sided brick house whose interior is unknown to the aircraft. While in flight, one drone continuously transmits a WiFi signal, the received power of which is measured by the other drone for the purpose of 3D imaging. After traversing a few proposed routes, the UAS use imaging methodology developed by [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
This Monday Aerialtronics released Pensar, a twin-sensor computer vision platform for drones. Pensar combines a 30x zoom Sony daylight camera and a FLIR Boson thermal IR camera sensor data and parses it via a deep learning algorithm. The platform rests on the NVIDIA Jetson module for real-time processing and feedback.With its real-time video processing, it can track objects for annotation, such as deviations in points of interest or blurring out people or signage for privacy reasons. Its computer vision algorithms are robust enough to read the characters on a license plate and virtually any other alphanumeric signage at a distance while in flight. Overall, the system decreases the time needed for post-processing and allows for in the moment emergency detection like gas leaks, or perimeter breeches when used for security surveillance. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has chosen the TEKEVER AR5 to “create the first European maritime surveillance and environmental monitoring system based on drones.” TEKEVER announced the 2-year, 77 million Euro (about $85 million) contracts during the Paris Air Show yesterday. The contracts are part of a larger program to provide the EU Coastguard and […] The post Drones for the Environment: Tekever to Support EU Coastguard and Environmental Protection Activities appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Canadian UAV manufacturer Aeromao successfully completed a mission that brought its fixed-wing Aeromapper Talon 30km away from its operators, way beyond the limits of human line of sight. The Talon maintained communications and control link over the entire flight which measured 60km back and forth. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Terra Drone Company (Tokyo Shibuya-Ku CEO: Toru Tokushige), introduced branches in Sydney and Melbourne this month. It has been only 5 months since we established our Brisbane office as the first branch in Australia in January 2017. There are numerous issues that arise in the construction industry, including hazardous work environments and problems with quality [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
It's rainy reason along the lower-middle course of the Yangtze River in China. While the poetically named “Plum Rains” lead to the lush crops of grain and tea that give the region part of it's beauty, the area also includes some of the most populated cities in the world – technology powerhouses that contribute over [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Drone racing is coming to your TV once again. The premiere of season 2 of the Drone Racing League Allianz World Championship airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN 2. The season will include a total of 16 one-hour episodes. Tonight's racers will fly at the Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins (Miami Dolphin's owner Stephen Ross's venture-capital firm RSE Ventures has invested in The Drone Racing League). Following Miami, the 2017 season moves to Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston, and Munich, culminating in the World Championship in London, set in the historic Alexandra Palace. Here's the complete air schedule: Earlier this month, the Drone Racing League announced that it raised more than $20 million in a Series B funding round led by Sky, Liberty Media Corporation (owner of Formula 1) and Lux Capital. The league also announced a partnership with the Amazon Prime Video series “The Grand Tour.” Videos from the race will be released in August and September, ahead of “The Grand Tour” Season 2 later this year. Want to get into drone racing yourself? Here's my recommendation for the equipment you need for getting started. Related reads: How to make a flying, racing drone business card The post Season 2 of [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
According to Wired Researchers, Trish and Lou Glaab at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia have developed an in-flight diagnostic system that notifies drones about critical failures and forces them to land safely. The system, Safe2Ditch, uses algorithms to detect everything from structural failures to battery problems, and even shifts in cargo due to inclement weather. [...]
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
3DR has partnered with SoftBank C&S to bring its aerial data platform Site Scan to construction and engineering professionals in Japan. SoftBank's reputation in Japan as a quality distributor of IT services and communications will play a key role in convincing companies within AEC industry to adopt 3DR's software and drones to manage their construction, architecture, and engineering projects. [...]
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Katwijk, Netherlands. 19 June 2017 Today, Aerialtronics released a one of a kind fully integrated computer vision platform with deep learning capabilities. PENSAR is a stand-alone twin sensor platform that utilizes the GPU-accelerated computing power of the award-winning NVIDIA® Jetson™ module to allow for real-time video processing and immediate augmented insights. It is the first [...]
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Top female pioneers from the UAV/commercial drone industry address key issues; InterDrone drives thought leadership, partners with more than a dozen leading women-in-tech groups BZ Media LLC announced today the third annual Women-in-Drones Luncheon, a special networking event at InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition being held September 6-8 at the Rio in Las Vegas. Maria Stefanopoulos, an Emmy Award Winning Production Manager for ABC News, Good Morning America, and a licensed drone pilot will moderate the panel and luncheon sponsored by Intel. [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
First and foremost, look for a drone case. It will give your drone the best all-around protection during storage and transport. Ideally, you want to find a case that's designed specifically for your drone's model; this ensures the best fit (and the best overall protection). Then you need to decide whether to go with a hard or soft case—a decision you can base on what your drone will do for you. For example, a drone used daily for work or taken to remote locations in rugged conditions needs the extra shock and weather protection a hard case provides. But a drone that's used for fun at the local park on weekends will be happy as a clam in a soft case. Next, make sure that your case (whether hard or soft) has two essential features: adequate carrying capacity (the case should fit your drone, controller, propellers, batteries, and chargers) and foam interior cushioning. Don't skimp here! Nothing protects fragile electronics like cut foam. If you're looking to cut costs, these two features are not the place to do it. Finally, look for optional features, such as extra battery storage, backpack straps, accessory compartments, or props-on storage. Again, think about how you use [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
A cloverleaf antenna is considered omnidirectional and a helical is directional. An omni-directional antenna sends and receives signals in all directions, so it's a great choice for video transmitters. A helical antenna produces a cone-shaped signal in front of it and has a small pocket behind it to receive a signal. It will provide better coverage at longer distances but only if your airframe stays within the cone of the antenna. When you fly outside of this cone, reception will get a lot worse. Helical antennae are best for long-range, usually fixed-wing FPV flying. Omni-directional antennae are best for FPV racing and close-proximity multirotor flying. Where a person flies and what they are flying with (fixed wing vs. multirotor, for instance) will determine which antenna is the best choice. – Tim Nilson, founder and owner of Lumenier and GetFPV These are examples of cloverleaf antennae. Most of them are enclosed in a plastic covering. A helical antenna is directional and used for long-range flying. The post Cloverleaf and Helical antenna explained appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
When you think of all the racers out there that are making their mark on the droneracing circuit, one person that always seems to be in the thick of things is Bapu Madhu. He competes on both a national and international level with all of the top racers out there. He is known for his consistency and managing to place on the podium at a number of events. To top it off, he is, without a doubt, one of the nicest people you will ever meet on the racing circuit. We were fortunate enough to spend a Saturday morning out at Bapu's favorite flying park with him and his family as he practices for the upcoming Aloha Cup in Hawaii. To see more, click on the image The post Race to Win: Tips from Bapu Madhu appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Today, we're excited to announce our partnership with SoftBank C&S, one of Japan's largest distributors of information and communications technology, to bring Site Scan to AEC professionals in Japan. With this partnership, Site Scan is now the only commercial drone software that SoftBank offers, which opens up the power of drone data to their customers across the country. The timing couldn't be better: there has been a building boom across Japan as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, but their construction industry suffers from a significant labor shortage due to the country's shrinking population. To address this, in 2015 the Japanese government launched the i-Construction initiative to help the understaffed industry increase worker productivity by 50%. Drones, which can fly autonomously and capture data fast and cost-effectively, play a key role in helping get there. The 3DR sales team recently joined SoftBank C&S on their national Site Scan roadshow, demonstrating the product across Japan in collaboration with Autodesk and Shibamoto & Co., 3DR's authorized distributor in Japan. “Being in person with SoftBank, Autodesk, and Shibamoto made it clear just how big of an impact aerial data capture can have in the Japanese market,” said Matt Harrison, Head of Sales at 3DR. “Aerial [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Cirque du Soleil is no stranger to mind-boggling acts. But getting 8 drones to fly in sync with each other in a routine every night on stage on Broadway? That's a feat. The Broadway incarnation of Cirque du Soleil called “Paramour” included drones disguised as lampshades, dancing around the stage. The drones, which performed in more than 398 live performances with more than 7,000 autonomous take-offs, flights and landings, were built by Swiss-based company Verity Studios. I spoke with Verity Studios's Christian Hugo Hoffmann, who is an AI and robotics enthusiast with a background and PhD in Economics and Strategy, currently responsible for strategy and finance at Verity Studios AG, to find out how they did it: Drone Girl: This is incredible! How did you even get linked up with Cirque to begin with? Christian Hoffmann: Cirque had experimented with robots in the past, but never flying ones before. Verity Studios' founder Prof. D'Andrea has long been a fan of Cirque du Soleil, and their unique approach to marrying athleticism with art. He started working on a dynamic sculpture in 2004 which was inspired by a Cirque du Soleil performance called “The Statue Act”. It appeared that the folks at Cirque were also fans [...]
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Heading to the Golden State Warriors parade on Thursday in Oakland in hopes of getting an incredible aerial view with your drone? Don't even try. Drone security company Dedrone will be using its software to prevent drones from flying during the event, though the company would not disclose exactly where or during what hours. Dedrone has developed software that can detect drones in the vicinity before they even take off, and its software is already being used in a few prisons and for events, including during the 2016 presidential debate at Hofstra University. “Proactive drone detection must be a part of event safety planning, especially as drones are becoming the monitoring and filming device of choice for events around the world,” said Sebastian Blum, VP of Business Development at Dedrone. Dedrone uses sensors, including RF/WiFi scanners, microphones and cameras to collect data and determine whether or not a drone is in a certain area, as well as analyze its flight path and the type of drone. Drones that can be purchased for a few hundred dollars have been increasingly causing problems at major events. They have crashed into cyclists during races, and in 2015, a DJI Phantom drone crashed near the White House. Just last month, [...]
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
We just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons About Drones in Asset and Infrastructure Inspection” This is the fourth 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 are building 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 the report, which co-authored by Chris Korody, we demonstrate what drone operators servicing a wide variety of industries have learned about what works and what doesn't. We explore both the benefits and limitations of drone inspection projects and offer practical advice to would-be adopters. We answer questions like: What have companies learned about creating their own internal drone operation groups? And where do we go or what can we expect from here? Here is an excerpt: “While both media and investors have primarily focused on opportunities for using drones in the construction and agriculture industries, inspection applications have fostered innovation together with significant returns on investment. The reasons begin with the “four Ds”—a [...]
Wed, Jun 14, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
After someone suffers from cardiac arrest, it's like a time bomb starts ticking. The best way to increase survival rate is to get someone a defibrillator—and fast. Ambulances have to deal with red lights. Drones can fly.... [...]
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
South Korean officials recently stumbled upon what is believed to be a North Korean drone that didn't make it back home. And they now believe that the drone was sent to photograph America's controversial THAAD missile defense system that was recently deployed to the region.... [...]
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Nestled in central Oregon's high desert on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, the training facility at Kah-Nee-Ta provides amenities absent from most FAA -approved test ranges, including an 18-hole golf course; a swimming pool; and activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, and tennis. The first FAA-approved drone test range located on sovereign Native American territory This summ er, 10,000 years of history and culture met the cutting edge of the next great technological revolution in the high desert of central Oregon. “What we're creating here is a destination training center,” said Aurolyn Stwyer, the Test Range Manager for the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. “When it's complete, it will be a 5,400-square-foot facility that will include a classroom, offices for the instructors, and 17 dedicated simulators for learning how to fly drones.” Even before moving ahead to build the training center, the Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range offered a formidable lineup of assets for the drone innovator looking to fly experimental hardware. To begin with, the range encompasses the entire 1,000-square-mile reservation and includes a variety of terrain, including desert, forests, mountains, and canyons. It also has wild populations of elk, deer, bear, cougar, coyote, and many other species for conducting conservation projects, in [...]
Mon, Jun 12, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Drone surveys can help improve traditional survey methods in a simple way: they can collect millions of points, not just dozens, in a fraction of the time. This sheer amount of drone data can be overwhelming, though: how can it be properly managed, analyzed, and used to make good decisions? To help make this easier, today we're announcing two new features in Site Scan Manager: Compare Jobs and Enhanced Overlays. Compare Jobs Many of our customers fly their drone on-site multiple times per week, frequently collecting up-to-date data and tracking progress. Now, with Compare Jobs, it's possible to go back in time on any project, put two orthomosaics side-by-side, and analyze the difference with an interactive slider: Need to verify work done by subcontractors, or ensure that important objects were placed correctly? Compare Jobs is perfect for that. There's a timeline just below the main toolbar that automatically reflects the number of jobs in a project, making it easy to choose dates to review: PDF Overlay The ability to overlay design files on top of an orthomosaic is one of the most powerful features in Site Scan. Today, we're making it even better: now, in addition to CAD files, Site Scan users can upload [...]
Thu, Jun 08, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Looking to start building on the new Dronecode PX4 1.6 stack? Now, with Pixhawk Mini, you finally can. At 60% of the size of the original Pixhawk and with improved sensors and an included GPS module, Mini is the smallest Pixhawk autopilot you can buy while still rivalling its big brothers in power. Designed specifically for PX4, Mini is designed to be especially easy to use with quadcopters: it has an integrated four-motor power distribution board and power supply module, which enables small and efficient installations with small quadcopters. Need an autopilot for larger multicopters, planes, autonomous cars, or boats? Mini has an 8 channel output board to support them, in addition to a digital airspeed sensor to handle long I2C cables. The improved power module also handles 4s and 6s batteries reliably. And it has new performance sensors not available in the Pixhawk 1 or Pixfalcon, as well as an added CAN bus for modern accessories. Pixhawk Mini is designed for the pro-grade Dronecode PX4 software, including one-click installation with QGroundControl (compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and Android). It's also now supported by the popular open source ArduPilot code, version 3.5 and beyond. For more about the Pixhawk Mini's features, technical specs, and [...]
Thu, Jun 08, 2017
Source: 3DR News
A common challenge that organisations face when adopting drone technology is choosing platforms that are simple enough for several staff to operate, rather than only one technical manager having the knowledge required to put the company's UAS resource to work. One such company, Aerial Applications of Pennsylvania, tackled this challenge by adopting senseFly eBee drones en masse, creating an operator-friendly fleet in order to service a time-sensitive damage assessment contract. Waypoint caught up with the firm's director of policy, Jeff Brooks, to explore this adoption decision and how its system choice impacted its team's performance on the ground (read the full case study here). Prior to October 2016, Aerial Applications primarily assigned its data collection work to a nationwide network of independent drone pilots, who would operate their own preferred aircraft on-site. However when the firm was awarded a time-sensitive asset monitoring contract by a major utility company in October 2016—to assess damage following Hurricane Matthew—its team quickly realised the potential benefits of operating a standardised drone platform. “Had we gone with a ‘bring your own drone' approach there would have been no easy way to standardise the data we got from our pilots,” explains Aerial Applications' Director of Policy, Jeff Brooks. [...]
Wed, Jun 07, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Headquartered in Gainesville, Texas, All American Surveying (AAS) is a full-service survey firm run by Jake and JT Thompson. They were recently contracted with all of the survey work for a 90-acre residential development project in Texas, and found a number of opportunities to drive significant value for their client by using drones as a topographic survey tool. AAS was brought into the project on a few occasions: first, they were initially tasked with performing pad and road grade verifications and delivering a cut-and-fill analysis, which would be used before the earthwork contractor started their work. Then, once the earthwork contractor completed their work and brought the dirt to grade, AAS was brought in again to survey the site to verify the work had been done as planned. Their goal “Given that this is a 90-acre site, a traditional survey would take 2 to 3 weeks to do,” Jake said. “Our client wanted to survey the site in a much shorter timeframe, and we wanted to offer them a way to do that.” For AAS, the large size of the site—and the fact that it was groomed earth with no vegetation—made using a drone a perfect fit. “Drones are increasingly our go-to tool for [...]
Wed, Jun 07, 2017
Source: 3DR News
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Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
The smaller a drone gets, the more places it can be easily flown. But while many researchers have been trying to tackle the monumental challenge of building drones that look and behave like tiny insects, a new approach has engineers ... [...]
Thu, Jun 01, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Few cities represent the remarkable 20th century trend of skyscraper-filled, obscenely dense cities better than Hong Kong. At its height, The Kowloon Walled City, which was demolished in 1993, was perhaps the most dystopian portrait of urban living. And according to photographer Andy Yeung, 21st-century Hong Kong…... [...]
Wed, May 31, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
At this month's AUVSI Xponential show in Dallas, senseFly unveiled a new eBee Plus platform enhancement designed to simplify corridor mapping. Waypoint caught up with the company's product lead, Francois Gervaix, to explore why documenting linear assets is so challenging and how senseFly Corridor addresses these challenges. Hi Francois. Let's start simple. What do we mean when we talk about corridor mapping and what types of linear sites are professionals looking to document? Hi. Well, by corridor mapping we're simply talking about the mapping of linear sites. In other words, areas that are much longer than they are wide. Such corridors are usually made up of several distinct segments; a new segment is usually defined each time a corridor changes direction. Many types of infrastructure fall into this linear category, such as roads, rail lines, pipelines, telecommunication lines and channels, plus corridor mapping also applies to different natural features like rivers and coastlines. Francois Gervaix is senseFly's survey and construction manager—in addition to having been, until recently, the President of the Swiss Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing—and the man behind the senseFly Corridor.What kind of professionals are doing this work? Professionals such as planners, builders, infrastructure managers and environmentalists are all using [...]
Mon, May 29, 2017
Source: Sensefly
What if your drone could not only do topographic surveys, but also help you model your structure as it's actually going up? For construction and engineering professionals who have been using drones on-site, this capability has been out of reach for too long. While drones have proven to be effective at capturing top-down imagery and data, but it's been more difficult to capture data of the side of a building, making the resulting point cloud not nearly detailed as it needs to be for ongoing modelling and as-builts. We set out to fix that, and today we're excited to announce the result: perimeter scan, our newest flight mode in Site Scan Field. Perimeter scan is designed specifically to capture façades and vertical structures, making it easy to collect better data in the field and model your project from start to finish. The workflow is simple: first, select the area you want to cover, and Site Scan automatically generates your flight path. The drone flies autonomously at 3 different altitudes and a number of gimbal angles, collecting rich, detailed data. This helps you create point clouds and meshes that accurately depict taller structures and multi-story buildings. Our customer, Argyle Asia, used the perimeter scan feature [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: 3DR News
When it comes to working, and thriving, in hot desert environments, Philip Angell of Dubai-based VPS has more experience than most. We caught up with Philip between projects to learn how he went from being a UK-educated hydrographic surveyor working in the oil and gas industry to a pioneer of the Middle East drone scene. Hello Phil. Could you tell us a little about your personal journey into the world of drones? When, how and why did you first start thinking about, and then using, this technology? I have been a surveyor since 1995, having studied classical surveying, hydrography and marine navigation at the Institute of Marine Studies, at Plymouth University in the UK. I've worked worldwide, mainly as a consultant in the offshore geophysical industry for a number of international oil companies. With the recent oil price crash however, I needed to look at alternatives. Coming from a hydrographic survey background, maps and charts have always interested me Coming from a hydrographic survey background, maps and charts have always interested me. So, when I discovered that drones could produce accurate and visually appealing deliverables, I decided to start offering UAV survey products here in the UAE. It later transpired that most of the [...]
Wed, May 17, 2017
Source: Sensefly
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
senseFly recently began offering MicaSense's Atlas cloud-based processing and analytics solution as an option alongside its Parrot Sequoia-based agricultural drones. To explore why the company chose Atlas and to explore what this cutting-edge online tool can offer, Waypoint caught up with senseFly's ag solutions manager, Nathan Stein. Here's what we learned… Hi Nathan. To start, could you briefly explain who you are and a little about your professional background? Sure thing. I have a degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University and have spent more than ten years gaining surveying, GIS and precision agriculture experience. As senseFly's ag solutions manager, it's my goal to use this collective knowledge to expand and enhance modern farming practices. At the same time, I'm a grain farmer, so I directly use and test a range of ag drone applications on our family farm in Iowa. What does the senseFly/MicaSense partnership mean for professionals working in the agriculture industry? This partnership means that any current or future senseFly operators can use MicaSense Atlas with senseFly's eBee SQ, or any senseFly drone equipped with a Sequoia sensor, creating an automated and easy-to-use crop monitoring system. It's really a great answer for users who are looking for an end-to-end ag [...]
Thu, May 04, 2017
Source: Sensefly
I just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Mining and Aggregates.” This is the third in a series of white papers sponsored by BZ Media intended to share lessons learned in specific industries and how to maximize the value drones can deliver in those industries. It seems with the ability to monitor stockpiles, map exploration targets, and track equipment, the usage of drones in mining and aggregates is vast. But there are limitations and in this report, we demonstrate what early adopters have found out about what works and what doesn't and where we go from here. Here is an excerpt: “As early as 2014, mining operators and aggregate producers in Australia, Canada, France, and the U.S. were putting drones to the test. And why not? These industries are one of those countries' most important economic sectors. And they're growing. In 2016, the consumption of construction aggregates worldwide was estimated at 43.3 billion metric tons (BMT) with a value of $350 billion. Production volume is anticipated to reach 62.9 BMT by 2024. Mining accounts for almost a quarter of Canada's exports, and is both a major employer and source of royalties and [...]
Mon, May 01, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
Starscream Aerial was approached by Meghan Sohen of Amisk Creek Aggregates Consulting Ltd.(Red Deer, AB) to apply aerial data that could assist with a regulatory submission concerning three neighbouring pits bordering a major water body. Since we had already completed some GIS projects for Amisk Creek on pit applications and remediation requests, we knew we could gather valuable insights to their standing issue and add value to the project. Sourcing a local OEM was an advantage we wanted to leverage in our business plan. For circumstances that we wouldn't be able to handle independently, it was important to have a direct line. After researching the sensor integration, required, hardware tolerances in Northern climates, and price point we called Draganfly. The rest took care of itself, and it has remained our ‘go to' platform for much of our work. View the PDF [...]
Tue, Apr 25, 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
We wrapped up our recent Ag Drone Insights 2 webinar with a short Q&A session, during which attendees from around the globe submitted their questions live. These were answered by the event's three expert presenters: Michael Dunn of Anez Consulting, Gustavo Miolano of Geosistemas SRL and Nathan Stein, senseFly's ag solutions manager. This post details their responses in full, covering: viticulture, soy bean evaluation, when in the season to fly, optimal flight heights and more. Our presenters answered the following questions: Can drones be used for soy beans to evaluate N, K and P levels on the field? What experience do you have in using the red edge band to compute NDVI or any other index to assess different crop problems like fertilisation or disease control? At which stage of plant growth should data collection start and how often should flights be performed? What is the optimal flight height above ground level and what are the optimal image overlap settings you find work best in the field? Is NDVI only used for nitrogen assessment or is it also useful for gauging potassium and phosphorous deficits? Gustavo Miolano (Geosistemas SRL), Michael Dunn (Anez Consulting), and Nathan Stein (senseFly)Can drones be used for soy beans to evaluate N, K [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Sensefly
What is ASCEND? ASCEND is a UAS conference for commercial bushiness, with presentations and workshops that can take your use of drones to a new level. The focus of the event is to go beyond the writing board, and put drones to use in commercial applications as profitably as possible. There will be conversations, workshops […] [...]
Mon, Apr 10, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
Uniting intelligent technologies for more than 40 years. Shape tomorrow. All things unmanned. These are a few of the taglines used by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Their annual trade show for unmanned systems and robotics is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive of the year, and we can't wait to get there and share with you what we've been working on at Draganfly! We'll be in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #136, showing off our Draganflyer multi-rotors and announcing two brand new products! These two ground-breaking vehicle systems are going to change the way emergency services personnel respond and perform their duties in serving the public, not to mention have an impact on other industries that are expanding to include unmanned systems as an important part of their toolkit. With just 5 weeks to go before XPONENTIAL 2017 kicks off, we would like to extend an offer to join us at the show. Take advantage of a free customer pass, compliments of Draganfly, which is good for all 3 days of the XPO. The passes provide access to the keynote sessions, the exhibit floor programming, and of course, the exhibits! Follow these tips from AUVSI on how to get your trip approved: Create [...]
Mon, Apr 03, 2017
Source: Draganfly
As many of you know I've been researching and writing about agriculture drone solutions since early 2012. I recently came across this OpEd in PrecisionAg titled “Opinion: The Agricultural Drone War Is Over, And They Lost” and read it with great interest. Two and half years ago, our research indicated the same thing—that small drones might not be able to deliver more usable data to a farmer or provide a cost benefit over the existing image solutions available to them. Even last year I had my doubts. In our June 2016 report, The Truth about Drones in Precision Agriculture, we looked at how drones have been used as remote sensing devices in agriculture thus far, reviewed competitive and traditional approaches using incumbent technology (like satellites and manned aircraft), and discussed the opportunities and challenges posed by the technology itself. But a lot has changed since then. Agriculture drones have matured, and so have the sensors and analytical solutions that support them. A rising number of software vendors are targeting the agriculture space with increasingly useful solutions. And a new generation of drones is delivering much-needed functionality. Not all agriculture drone solutions are created equal, so it pays to do a bit [...]
Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
It's normal to see a drone flying overhead, but now they're making their way underground, and it's another illustration of how they're permeating the workplace. In this case, the plan is to utilize drones for roadway and subway tunnel inspections on the island nation of Singapore. The Importance of Tunnels in Singapore Consisting of roughly […] [...]
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Source: Drone Guru
We just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Construction.” This is the first in a new series of white papers sponsored by BZ Media intended to share lessons learned in specific industries and how to maximize the value drones can deliver in those industries. This year, we are building 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 the report, which is authored by Chris Korody, the founder of DroneBusiness.center, we demonstrate what drone operators servicing the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry have learned about what works and what doesn't. We explore both the benefits and limitations of drones for Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects and offer practical advice to would-be adopters. We answer questions like: What have construction companies learned about creating their own internal drone operations groups? And where do we go or what can we expect from here? Here is an excerpt: “The $8.5 trillion global construction industry is both massive and far flung—there is no place in the world that does not build [...]
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
Airmap, with its low-altitude airspace management platform for drones, continues to garner international market share and new investment, but some uses for its digital certificates raise questions about their role in future airspace regulation. THE FACTS: AirMap provides low-altitude navigational data and communication tools to the drone industry. In February 2017, they announced $26 million in Series B funding from Microsoft, Airbus, Qualcomm, Yuneec, and Sony, with Microsoft leading the round. At the same time, they announced a partnership to deliver their airspace services for SenseFly drones directly integrated with senseFly's eMotion flight and data management software. This comes on the heels of many other partnerships and integration efforts with the likes of 3D Robotics, DJI, Hover, Intel, Kittyhawk, Lufthansa Systems, and The Weather Company. WHAT'S COOL AND WHAT'S NOT: The Airmap smartphone app—available in the App Store and Google Play—is a very useful tool for drone operators. I first became acquainted with it when Hover began using it as the map for their app. I use it to determine (among other things) if the location where I want to fly has any flight restrictions. Flight restrictions include controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, and E), airports, heliports, and caution areas (like [...]
Fri, Mar 10, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
[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
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
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