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Drone-based inspections are helping companies to improve efficiency and quality of data while increasing safety and speed of operation. Being a new technology, which is still evolving, some people may not be aware of the potential benefits they can achieve using the UAVs to inspect their assets. As a person who understands and knows how [...]
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Many filmmakers make movies with a drone. Filmmaker Vanessa Elliott is making a film starring a drone. Elliott is a California-based filmmaker, who has worked on projects including projects for Vice Media, the short film “Share” by Pippa Biano, a Netflix documentary in post production called “Mortified Guide”, and has even starred as an actress with Disney. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her B.A. in Film & Media. Now, she's breaking out into the drone world with a film project that stars a drone as the main character. It's called “The Lone Drone.” Drone Girl: What's your film about? Vanessa Elliott: “The Lone Drone” is set in the not-so-distant future when drones are more common and prevalent in daily life. It follows a drone that lives in a house with a family and helps with household chores. One day it is faced with a morally questionable option from its master. The drone gets confused and ultimately escapes the situation completely. As it gets further away of its human masters, it becomes self-aware. It is taken to a wild western landscape that it has never been to; it only knows the house it lives in and city life. [...]
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
SkyOne, a tailsitter to add to the one to watch list. It looks very slick! It is a quad flying wing combo, much like the Shark Tank funded XPlusOne from xCraft. Sky X are a Canadian company with offices in Markham and Calgary the SkyOne is cleverly targeted at the linear inspection market. That to […] [...]
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Source: SUAS News
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Watchdog and Patroldog: Watchdog and Patroldog are working together in order to first detect and then collect dog poo from the streets. “Watchdog is an aerial drone that uses GPS technology to guide Patroldog on the ground”, explains Marc from Space53. The aerial drone uses modern cameras as well as thermal imaging. “This technology is [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
No really, no you have to keep reading it's the market. Also it is Friday, please feel free to discuss this one down the pub, GM. Tinki.nl, a Dutch dog website, and its partner Space53, an international test center for drones, developed two Dogdrones to fight dog poo. The two Dogdrones – Watchdog 1 (WD1) […] [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: SUAS News
New York Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant, has introduced a bill that would ban the civilian use of drones near correctional facilities in the state. Specifically, the legislation would outlaw the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) within 1,000 feet of a correctional facility. Those who violate the law would face a civil penalty of $1,000 for their first offense and a misdemeanor for each additional offense. “The use of drones near correctional facilities could jeopardize the safety and security of everyone at the correctional facility,” says Abinanti. “The bill will help to prevent dangerous contraband from entering our prisons.” On March 6, the lawmaker says, the Westchester County, N.Y., board of legislators passed a similar bill to ban UAVs near the Westchester County jail and penitentiary. “Correctional facilities personnel cannot tell from a distance whether a flyover drone is dangerous,” he adds. “When the drone is overhead, it may be too late.” The post New York Lawmaker Seeks Ban on UAVs Near Prisons appeared first on Unmanned Aerial Online. [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in first response, such as conducting search-and-rescue operations or surveying after a flood. The final report was released after the NCDOT's division of aviation held a workshop with emergency management personnel from around the state in January. “The exercise produced several key findings and recommendations that support the immediate, safe integration of drones into the National Airspace System,” explains Bobby Walston, director of the aviation division. “This will make our state's public agencies more effective as drone operations become more routine.” The department notes that some advantages of using UAS in disaster response include as follows: Navigating unreachable locations more closely and easily compared with larger aircraft; Providing a quicker response time; Taking away the human risk that can come with operating larger aircraft; and Conducting search-and-rescue operations less expensively. By North Carolina General Statute, NCDOT says its division of aviation has a mission to promote aviation safety and is leading statewide drone education and training through a series of exercises and workshops. “The need for this type of exercise has never been stronger,” adds Walston. “Ensuring the use of this technology is properly coordinated is top priority [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Congratulations to all the winners at the New York City Drone Film Festival! This year's submissions have definitely raise the bar has to what can be done and what now will be expected from drone cinematographers around the world. Check out the winner in X-factor and Best in show, 2D Run Mixed Motion Project by Iko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski (Bulgaria) Winner in: News/Documentary #NoDAPL: Drones Monitor North Dakota Police – AJ+ (USA) Narrative Winner Drone Star Wars – Corridor Digital (USA) Winner for Landscape Australia – Wild Pacific Media (Australia) AUSTRALIA – The Eagle Eye from Wild Pacific Media on Vimeo. Extreme Sports Winner! Cala d'en Serra – Crone Parkour – Giles Campbell Longley and Kie Willis (United Kingdom) Cala d'en Serra – Drone Parkour from Giles Visive on Vimeo. Freestyle/FPV winner Fresh Squeeze – Robert McIntosh (USA) Fresh Squeeze from Robert McIntosh on Vimeo. The post Winners from the New York City Drone Film Festival! appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Everywhere you look, people are making predictions about how drones are going to be put to use in commercial applications, from farming to fishing to utilities inspections. But when it comes time to get the rubber on the road, it's sometimes hard to know just how to get the job done, or more precisely, how [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doesn't see the drone industry slowing down anytime soon. The organization released its Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037 to project the growth of air transportation in the coming years. With the recent interest in drones, the forecast features a new portion focused on drones. [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
The number of commercial unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the U.S. is projected to grow tenfold over the next five years, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agency said the key factor in its estimates of commercial drone growth is in “how quickly the regulatory environment will evolve, enabling more widespread routine [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
From Hobbico: Hobbico announces the House Racer Challenge, a video contest featuring the recently-launched House Racer Indoor FPV Race Pack and House Racer FPV Race Gate System. The contest runs from March 8 through April 4 and features celebrity judges. The grand prize is $5,000. The winner will be announced on April 14, 2017. “Our House Racer product launched in February,” said Rick Piester, Product Development Vice President, Hobbico. “The House Racer Challenge is a great way for our FPV fans to show off their skills building and flying indoor courses.” Participation in the contest requires the following steps: Visit a hobby shop to pick up the House Racer Indoor FPV Rack Pack and Gate System. Build an indoor course with the House Racer gates and items around the house. Shoot a video explaining the course and include flying footage featuring the House Racer. Visit explore-rise.com/challenge to submit a video between March 15 and April 4, 2017. The contest will be presided over via a panel of celebrity judges, including Paul Nurkkala, Justin Davis and Chris Thomas of MultiGP. Paul is a pilot on Team Futaba and is also a DRL Racer under the name “Bulbufet”. Justin Davis is the Founder and CEO of [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, has signed into law H.B.217, a bill that keeps unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators from “harassing” livestock. Rolled out earlier this year by chief sponsor Rep. Scott Chew, R-District 55, and floor sponsor Sen. Don Ipson, R-District 29, the legislation says “a person is guilty of harassment of livestock if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly chases or otherwise disturbs the peace of livestock” via UAS. The bill also covers harming livestock via motorized vehicles/ATVs and dogs. For a first offense – and if the animal is not “seriously injured or killed” or “displaced onto property where the livestock is not entitled to be” – a person who is found guilty will be charged with a class B misdemeanor. On the other hand, a person will be charged with a class A misdemeanor if it is a second offense, if the livestock is “seriously injured or killed,” or if there is livestock or property damage in excess of $1,000. The post Utah Gov. Signs Drone Livestock Harassment Bill into Law appeared first on Unmanned Aerial Online. [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Airvuz News recently interviewed, Derek Waleko, CEO of start up Up Sonder, an on-demand drone rental platform. People can offer their equipment for rental. It also includes ability for licensed drone pilots to list their services. Here is the interview courtesy of AirVuz. The post Up Sonder CEO on Creating a Marketplace for Drone Services appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Since Part 107 was enacted last year, more than 30,000 drone pilots have received their certification and joined the marketplace of commercial operators. For some, getting the license was the easy part: but finding steady work can be more challenging. Adding mapping skills to your portfolio can be a game changer – drone mapping pilots are in demand. Part […] The post Drone Pilots Wanted: Why Drone Mapping is the Skill You Need appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Dronelife
— BZ Media LLC announced today the first in a series of critical examinations of important trends and strategies in vertical commercial drone markets, “5 Valuable Lessons Learned About Drones in Construction.” The free report was commissioned by BZ Media and written and produced by Skylogic Research. “A growing group of hardware and software vendors are targeting architecture, engineering, and construction firms with increasingly useful drone-based solutions,” said Colin Snow, CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research. “We have data points that show what works and what doesn't and in this paper we give the lessons learned and predict what's next for drones in this industry.” “To meet demand, we've added a special enterprise track for construction to the InterDrone 2017 program,” said Conference Chairman Ted Bahr, “and we had to expand the exhibit halls to fit the growing number of construction specific vendors in the commercial drone space.” InterDrone is the world's largest event dedicated to commercial drones and expects to host more than 4,000 commercial drone buyers and flyers who will learn at more than 125 sessions. More than 185 exhibitors will be showing the latest drones and related technology in two expo halls. InterDrone 2017 is an [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a leading provider of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, announced today that it had delivered its high performance, lightweight solar cell technology to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demonstrator. SolAero's specially designed UAV-TJ high-efficiency solar cells […] [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: SUAS News
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. SRC is prepared to support the U.S. Navy with state-of-the-art technologies to combat the emerging UAS threat. The company's Silent Archer counter-UAS technology will be showcased April 3-5, 2017, at the Navy League's Sea Air Space Exposition in booth 2725. SRC's counter-UAS technology is currently in production and has been used to […] [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: SUAS News
The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) has announced a new business lease with Pentagon Performance Inc. (PPI), which is bringing an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training program to the Hangar 112 building at the Millville Airport, located in Cumberland County, N.J. Commissioners of the DRBA, which owns the airport, unanimously authorized the lease for an initial term of one year. With mutual consent, PPI may renew the lease for four more one-year terms. “We are pleased to be able to accommodate PPI with their plan to implement a comprehensive drone training program,” says Stephen Williams, director of airport operations for the DRBA. “Drone use – both commercially and recreationally – continues to rapidly increase, and we believe it is important that operators of all types are knowledgeable and understand their responsibilities when it comes to flying these aircraft.” Williams notes that the office space in which the training program will commence is adjacent to a hangar facility that can be leased separately on an as-needed basis for any required flight training purposes. PPI, which provides global precision solutions, has five divisions: unmanned systems, satellite communications, air traffic management, data management, and training. The company also says it is a founding member of the [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
I'm interested in breaking into agriculture and mapping. I think what I need the most is some training so that I know what I'm talking about when looking for clientele. Do you have any suggestions? Yes, I know exactly what you need. I highly recommend Icarus Aerials' Lewis Butler and Trevor Duke's online course on mapping and 3D modelling. The course goes over a variety of topics – photogrammetry, structure scanning, hardware, software and more. It primarily discusses using Drone Deploy, though I personally have had success with Skycatch's software, which is similar to Drone Deploy. It's a self-paced online course so you can do it on your own time – and there's lifetime access in case you need a lot of time. The course, called Mapping and 3D Modeling 101 costs $199. If you want to just poke around before committing to a course, both Drone Deploy and Skycatch offer free versions of their software to try. (Though more advanced upgrades like NDVI layers will require payment.) Practice by mapping your own house! Pix4D is also a source of advanced photogrammetry software, and 3D Robotics recently pivoted from making consumer drones to becoming a drone data platform with its new Site Scan offering. According [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
We've had drones to delivery Slushies and burritos, drones with flamethrowers, insect drones, bird drones, and vampire drones. And just when you thought you had heard it all on the applications for drones, Tinki.nl, a Dutch dog website, and its partner Space53, an international test center for drones, have developed two Dogdrones to fight an age […] The post Test Pilots Wanted for New Technology: Dog Poo Drones appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Dronelife
LOUGHBOROUGH, England & SAN JOSE, Calif. Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air-cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy's first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the Company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology. PINC uses UAVs to identify and orchestrate […] [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: SUAS News
The best place in the US for starting a drone business isn't necessarily California's Silicon Valley, where entrepreneurs flock. Drone entrepreneurs who want to stand out in their field (pun intended) just might find more space – and more money – in North Dakota. The place, the opportunities and the people combine to make the state a great choice […] The post The Best State in the US for Starting a Drone Business appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Pretty soon flying machines, smart robots and self-driving cars won't be something we only see in the movies. We are already seeing autonomous cars on the roads, drones overhead, and robots doing human tasks. It is just the beginning of an autonomous, smart world, and it will be here sooner than we think, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Evans Inc., a consulting firm specialized in health care, aviation and international developments, has released a new service to the unmanned aircraft systems industry it guarantees will produce a successful outcome for commercial and gov agencies. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
The owner of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is looking for drone-technology and operations partners to continue the decommissioning process of the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Hydrogen fuel cell designer Intelligent Energy has signed its first deal for the supply of the U.K.-based firm's drone power system. PINC, a California-based warehouse and logistics solutions provider will outfit drones with the fuel cell. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Most drone industry players working towards drone delivery can agree: those applications may be a long way off in the US, due to regulations that do not yet allow for regular flight beyond line of sight or in highly populated areas. But Walmart's (NYSE: WMT) new patent may introduce a far more realistic application: drone delivery, […] The post Walmart's New Patent: A More Realistic Application for Drone Delivery? appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: Dronelife
3DR Site ScanDrones are taking off on construction sites across the world, and for good reason: they're helping save time and money on every project. Looking to start flying drones on your site? Here's how you can quickly get started:1. Identify your stakeholdersTo be successful, you first need to find an advocate for drones on-site: someone who will own the process and is excited about the possibilities that drones have to offer. Take time to identify the stakeholders and team members within your organization that are going to lead your UAV initiatives, and gauge their interest and ability. You'll need to find someone that's tech savvy and familiar with reality capture, which will likely be someone on your laser team who may have already used LiDAR for surveying.2. Get FAA certifiedOnce you've identified your internal champion, get them FAA Part 107 certified so they're able to fly drones on-site. They'll need to take the Remote Pilot Certification test, which costs $150 per person and takes approximately 10 hours of studying. 3DR has created a number of helpful resources to help prepare for the test, including a study guide and practice exam. Alyssa Odom, a field engineer at PCL, shared her [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Thanks to a private donation, the sheriff's office of Smith County, Texas, is bringing on board two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Located in the eastern part of the state, the 932-square-mile county boasts a population of roughly 209,000, as of a 2010 census, according to the county's website. As explained in local coverage from KLTV, which offers photos of the department's DJI Inspire aircraft, the Smith County Sheriff's Office is currently training six deputies on the use of the technology. Once they ink federal approval, they'll put the UAVs to use for situations such as criminal investigations or search and rescue – which will be a big time-saver over the current one-hour method of bringing in a Department of Public Safety helicopter from Dallas, the report notes. Sheriff Larry Smith told KLTV that the drones will allow the department to “have a more complete investigation process.” The full coverage can be found here. The post Texas Sheriff's Office Upgrading from Helicopter to UAVs appeared first on Unmanned Aerial Online. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy's first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the Company moves forward with the commercialisation of its technology. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
The International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) was unveiled in was unveiled today at Abu Dhabi national exhibition center. Together with CATIC at the exhibition, drone manufacturer MMC, global leader in industrial and military drones and developers of the first hydrogen drone, introduced the next generation of its hydrogen technology, designed for the military: [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about getting a job in drones. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. Hello! I am retired from the US Army and back in College. I am wanting to get into a engineering field that would be best for working with drones. What would you suggest? San Diego City College has a AA in Electronics. They also have the first 2 years of electrical engineering or mechanical engineering degrees with a transfer to San Diego State University. Do you have any suggestions on what's best to study to get into the drone field? Thanks! Thank you for your service, and welcome to the drone world! The tough thing in the drone industry is there is no “set path” to succeed. The great thing about the drone industry is there is no “set path” to succeed. I'll let you know my story. I got into drones by accident. I was a college student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in both German and Journalism, with a minor in multicultural studies. I needed one credit to graduate and the only thing that really fit in my schedule was a course on drones, so I signed [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Neurala wants to help make drones more intelligent with its newly announced Neurala Developers Program. The program is designed to enable developers to integrate the Neural Brain into their applications. The Neural Brian is a deep learning neural networks platform that aims to make solutions smarter by mimicking biological perception and navigation in software. [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
When it comes to operating commercial drones, there are some challenges that every operator needs to address: gaining official permission to fly, knowing where you can safely operate, staying on top of the weather… a professional dronist is rarely bored. But one issue, globally at least, is rarely discussed: the very real problem of birds of prey attacking unmanned aircraft in flight. To explore this subject further, Waypoint met up with two senseFly operators: Troy Fardell, the director of RPAS Australia and Andrew Chapman, the NSW director of Australian UAV. Based in Australia—home to the aggressive wedge-tailed eagle—these mapping pros know a thing or two about working near winged invaders. In this exclusive discussion they discuss how birds attack, how to go about avoiding them, plus they highlight one specific incident that speaks volumes about the eBee's durability. Troy Fardell of RPAS Australia, a man well versed in eagle avoidance.Drone strikes by birds are surprisingly common and occur in many parts of the world; not only in Australia but also parts of Africa, select US states, parts of Europe and in Latin America. The culprits are typically serious—and seriously large—birds of prey. Down in Oz for example, wedge-tailed eagles are one of the [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Source: Sensefly
The complete workflow with 3DR Site Scan and ReCapThis article was published in the December 2016 edition of AUGI.IntroductionData capture has been discouraged in many industries because it is thought as expensive, time consuming and requires skilled personnel to collect and analyze data. This is particularly relevant for the AEC space. In their latest industry report, McKinsey & Company shows that Construction is one of the least digitized industries, only second to Agriculture & Hunting. Drones are going to commoditize data capture making it easy, cheap and accessible to everyone. Under the new FAA Part 107 drone regulations everyone, after passing the Remote Pilot Certificate knowledge test, can fly drones legally for commercial purposes. However, the last thing you want on a construction site is just more data! You want this data to be actionable and already integrated into the software tools you are using every day.With Site Scan, 3DR has built a platform that makes reality capture quick and simple, manages the data in the cloud and pushes it to the Autodesk tools you know. The workflow from camera over cloud to Autodesk software just takes a couple of clicks.1. The job to be doneImage 1: The siloTo showcase [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: 3DR News
In-depth report dives into strategies and concerns of firms adopting the use of commercial drones for construction projects MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2017 — BZ Media LLC announced today the first in a series of critical examinations of important trends and strategies in vertical commercial drone markets, “5 Valuable Lessons Learned About Drones in Construction.” The free report was commissioned by BZ Media and written and produced by Skylogic Research. [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
PCL used 3DR Site Scan and Solo drone for survey work on America's first Crystal LagoonIn January 2017, PCL Construction broke ground on the first-ever Crystal Lagoon project in the United States, just north of Tampa, Florida. The 7.3 acre lagoon will be the centerpiece of a 3,000 home development, and future residents will be able to swim, kayak, paddleboard, and enjoy the beach right in their backyard.The lagoon is approximatly 7.3 acres with a perimeter of 4,382 feetPCL used drones on the site as a QA/QC tool, and on March 15th 3DR held a webinar with PCL to share how they incorporated drones on this project. Bill Bennington, Virtual Construction Manager at PCL Orlando, and André Tousignant, Virtual Construction Specialist at PCL Orlando, led the webinar and discussed how they used drones to transform their surveying workflow. To watch the recording, click here.The challengeAs the first lagoon of its kind ever to be built in the U.S., and PCL had three main challenges to overcome in order to ensure the project went smoothly:Verify grade elevations at key phases of the project: before breaking ground, after completing self-performed work, and before turning the site over to the ownerEfficiently prioritize and [...]
Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about the FAA Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot database. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. Does the FAA have a website where you can see if a drone operator has a license to fly commercially? -Dave Hello, Dave! The short answer is yes! You can browse the FAA's public registry of Part 107-certifed remote pilots here. In order to browse the database, you will have to start by submitting information about yourself, including your name and address. From there, you can browse all airmen (okay, how about airwomen?!), whether they are manned or remote pilots. You'll be able to see each pilot's certificate and their rating (including that of yours truly). If you're hiring someone to do commercial drone work for you, this is a great place to check if that drone pilot is actually certified. And if you're a drone owner who flies commercially but is not yet Part 107-certified, save yourself the embarrassment of not showing up in this database by taking the Part 107 test. I promise, it's not as hard as it may seem, even if you don't have a background in aviation. (Here's my guide and [...]
Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
For those of you Star Wars nerds out there, there's a drone for you too. Propel's new line of Star Wars battle drones are essentially a basic 4-ounce toy drone that is operated via remote controller — but there's a whole lot more to it than justthat. These highly-deta iled, hand-painted (and very pricey) drones are a perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life, and an incredible keepsake item for the collectors in your life. The drones cost $199 each and come in three different designs, the 74-Z Speeder Bike, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter and the Tie Advanced X1. Star Wars drone review: The packaging I had so much fun simply opening my drone from its box, which was the Tie Advanced X1. Each drone arrives in a wax-sealed box that, much to my surprise, actually plays Star Wars music and lights up when it's opened. It's mounted on a fancy stand inside a clear plastic case, for display in my home, rather than packed in a closet (which unfortunately most of my drones are!). Star Wars drone review: the design These drones are absolutely beautiful. The hand-painted drones are numbered, certified and packed in a special collectable display. There is incredible attention [...]
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
There is no denying that the consumer 3D printer is quickly coming of age. There is growing competition among companies to find new and less expensive ways of automating the process of making real world objects out of virtual ones. But while for some companies the imperative is to improve quality and performance, others focus on making ever more affordable machines. This trend is reflected in this by-no-means-exhaustive list of consumer 3D printers to keep an eye on. The post Future Tech appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Fri, Mar 17, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
I recently had the fortune of test flying three independent light sources for nighttime flying. Depending on what your project is, you might want to illuminate the crops below you; a person walking or in a vehicle; or your background hills, buildings, etc. Aircraft used for testing purposes were the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and 3DR Solo. We are going to take a comparative look at Lume Cube lights, FoxFury's Rugo lights, and the Fiilex AL250 lights. The first two are not necessarily built with drone flight in mind, but their size, shape, and weight lend themselves to these aircraft. The Fiilex AL250 is a unit you've no doubt already heard about, a collaborative project between 3DR and Fiilex. Click on image to see more: The post Light up the Night! appeared first on Rotor Drone. [...]
Fri, Mar 17, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation met this week to hear testimony from unmanned aircraft systems experts, officials and interested parties. During a two-hour long hearing the FAA gave progress reports and plans. [...]
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Sarah Nilsson, a pilot and attorney who wrote a new book on federal and state UAS laws and regulations, believes that the U.S. has a long way to go before it can effectively regulate drones for commercial and recreational uses. [...]
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Yes, it is a shotgun, and yes the system is called SkyNet.... [...]
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Site Scan is getting better every month. We are excited to introduce powerful new features for Site Scan in our February product update. You can now create even better 3D models with the crosshatch survey function and do more in Site Scan Manager without needing any additional software.What's new with Site Scan:Fly crosshatch surveys to create better 3D point clouds and 3D meshes. Site Scan will fly two surveys in different directions during the same flight while capturing oblique images. This is ideal for better 3D models of buildings and structures with vertical surfaces. Learn how.Take measurements on your orthomosaics directly in Site Scan Manager without needing any additional software. Quickly measure coordinates of points, distances, and areas with a click. Learn how.View full resolution orthomosaics in Site Scan Manager. The Sony R10C camera captures high resolution images and now you can take full advantage of its resolution in Site Scan Manager.For those in a time and data crunch: Faster upload option that compresses images by a factor of 7 before uploading. Makes upload faster from your tablet over cellular data. Learn how.Want to learn more about Site Scan?To learn how Site Scan can help your business visit 3DR.com or [...]
Mon, Mar 13, 2017
Source: 3DR News
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
Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren't immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have ... [...]
Fri, Mar 10, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
At the end of senseFly's recent Ag Drone Insights webinar, we reserved time for an open Q&A session. The questions were submitted by viewers from around the globe. The answers meanwhile were provided by the event's three expert presenters: Norm Lamothe of Deveron UAS, Erick Lebrun of AIRINOV and Nathan Stein, senseFly's ag solutions manager. This post details their responses in full, covering topics such as: flight heights, achievable accuracy, what makes for good data, in-field targeting and more. Our presenters answered the following questions: Isn't accuracy enhanced with a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft? Norm, what height were you flying your aircraft? Did you find the accuracy was good enough for precision ag? Are there any applications that are possible for orchards? How long does it take to process the data from a 15-minute flight? What do you consider good data? What are the parameters you use? What algorithm should I use with my Parrot Sequoia sensor to calculate yield predictions? How much of a difference in chlorophyll level is caused by differences in sunlight reflection—UV—and would it be relevant to compare data captured in the morning to that collected in the afternoon, and how can you standardise this data? What's the accuracy of the eBee [...]
Thu, Mar 09, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Alyssa Odom, Field Engineer at PCL, shares her storyAlyssa Odom, Field Engineer at PCL Construction, sharing a photo after she passed the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot knowledge test.Tell us about yourself and your work at PCL.Hi! I'm Alyssa Odom, and I'm a field engineer at PCL Construction in Orlando. I'm currently working on the Epperson Crystal Lagoon project, which will be the first Crystal Lagoon project in the United States. Once complete, it will be large enough to paddleboard on and kayak in!When did you decide to take the FAA Remote Pilot Exam?I was finishing up my previous project, and Bill Bennington, virtual construction manager for PCL in Orlando, called me. He heard I was assigned to the Crystal Lagoon project and explained how I would be able to use the drone on the site. I thought it was interesting how we could use it track everything from elevations to site progress.Had you heard about using drones before that?Yes, I had a professor at Auburn University who had been doing research on drone usage in construction, but I hadn't heard about it much since then. When I got the call from Bill, I learned PCL was already using drones, [...]
Tue, Mar 07, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Airspace integration and management solutions for drones continue to garner new investment, but most options are based on fairytale scenarios and raise more questions than answers. I've been doing research on the commercial drone industry since early 2012, and it never ceases to amaze me how much hype there is. A week doesn't go by where I find a new fantasy forecast or see an announcement on how this or that drone networking solution is “game changing.” How real are those claims that drones will one day be filling our skies and delivering packages? Where and when will we see massive industry growth and is that growth dependent on the existence of a drone network? In this post, I'll go over a few misconceptions, discuss the harsh reality, and offer two lessons learned that I hope will help make the conversation a bit more rational. The hype Question: How much spin is out there on drone networks? Answer: A lot. Take this piece, for example: In The Drone Network of Tomorrow (It's Closer Than You Think). The author wants you to believe that the drone network of tomorrow is a few hurdles away. In this futuristic world, users will remotely dispatch [...]
Fri, Mar 03, 2017
Source: Drone Analyst
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Wed, Mar 01, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Aidan O'Connor, the managing director of ASM Ireland, is one of the country's most knowledgeable commercial drone operators, with particularly extensive experience in the field of quarry surveying. Waypoint caught up with Aidan to blast through the benefits of using drones over terrestrial instruments and to drill down into the different ways drone data can benefit quarry operators. Hi Aidan, and thanks for your time today. Can you maybe start us off with an overview of ASM Ireland, particularly your work with quarry clients? Aidan O'Connor is the managing director of ASM Ireland and was Ireland's first ever senseFly customer.Sure. At ASM Ireland we specialise in aerial surveying with UAVs. In fact, we were the first Irish company to do so. We fly the senseFly eBee, and from its aerial images we produce georectified maps from which we can accurately measure distances, areas and volumes. We've worked on all manner of large projects across the country, from road design and construction to landfills, coastal erosion protection projects, windfarms and golf courses to name just a few. We do however specialise in quarry mapping. Our civil engineering background gives us a big advantage when it comes to understanding exactly what a client needs from [...]
Wed, Mar 01, 2017
Source: Sensefly
Draganfly Innovations has partnered with SureFire LLC to integrate SureFire's LEDs into Draganfly UAVs to perform applications that until now have been limited to daytime hours. Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – February 28, 2017 – Draganfly Innovations is proud to announce that they have signed an agreement with SureFire LLC to integrate and test their LED technology as a complete system with Draganfly's UAV's. With both companies deeply rooted in serving the public safety space for decades, it is a natural progression to combine Draganfly's drone technology with SureFire's superior optical lighting platform to provide night time operational solutions. Draganfly will assist in preparing SureFire's dual beam optically enhanced 2000 Lumen unit for commercial release by integrating the system onto the Draganfly Commander. Draganfly is incorporating the lights on their ASM (active stabilized mount) gimballed camera mount. One of the advantages of Draganfly's ASM design is that there is space to fly multiple accessories. Various flight testing exercises have been conducted by placing SureFire's LED unit adjacent to a high quality Sony camera. It has been successfully used in search and rescue exercises and for general night time videography. Currently, the industry tends to use infrared sensors at night for various missions. However, [...]
Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Source: Draganfly
Drones might be seen as a cool way to get packages from Amazon Prime without having to talk to anybody, but they could lead to a dystopian police state. At least, that's one what scifi short film is suggesting.... [...]
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
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
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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