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Drones still have a number of hoops to fly through before drone delivery becomes widespread in the U.S. But in Peru's Amazon rainforest, drones are making cargo deliveries of anti-venom medication to remote villages. WeRobotics, a group that carries out robotic-related social good projects around the world, is testing drone delivery of 2 pound blood samples and anti-venom medication inside of a refrigerated cold pack between the town of Contamana to the more remote village of Pampa Hermosa about 40 kilometers away. It's a journey that typically lasts 6 hours via canoe — done via drone in 35 minutes. The Contamana region sees an average of 45 snakebites per month, meaning medication on-hand is imperative. WeRobotics used an E384 fixed wing drone that costs $2,799– a drone that is hand-launched and able to fly autonomously. It's not a fancy, expensive drone designed to make delivers. (In fact, they tried making deliveries with a $40,000 drone that not only turned out to be quite cumbersome, but didn't even work). For now the WeRobotics drone flights are just tests and are not occurring regularly, but that's not to say they couldn't. Field tests for a Zika reduction project are scheduled for late 2017, and WeRobotics [...]
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Pix4D is the main provider and industry standard for professional drone photogrammetry software. Pix4D is a dynamic and rapidly expanding company with headquarters in Lausanne and local offices in San Francisco and Shanghai. Pix4D is the only solution providing desktop, cloud, and mobile solution for drone mapping. You can find many professionals describing their use […] [...]
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have gone in just a few short years from something associated solely with the military to being tested for Amazon Prime delivery, having a starring role in a Super Bowl halftime performance and being used by everyday people for basic flying fun. If there's been one segment of the […] [...]
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: SUAS News
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Swift Engineering, Inc. , the San Clemente firm that develops UAS systems and technology, will be showcasing their solutions at the AUVSI Xponential show in Dallas. The Swift 020, the first UAS featuring their X-Blade Technology, will be on display. It is the result of over 13 years of research and development in UAS. The […] The post Swift Engineering's VTOL Solutions for the UAS Industry – the Swift 020 appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Each week we feature a video sent to us by Dronetheworld.com, a site that collects and maps drone videos from around the world. from the folks at DronetheWorld: A creative way to present a camera lens – social media personality Danielle Loven centered around selected fine footage, underlined by a neat sound track. Nicely worked […] The post DronetheWorld Video of the Week! I am . . . PRÍNCIPE! appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Dronelife
From HobbyKing: The HS1177 V2 is a high-performance FPV camera and uses a Sony 1/3 Super HAD II CCD image sensor with 650TVL resolution and outstanding image quality. The package comes with a three position camera mount, so you can angle the camera to your needs, plus an in-line OSD Menu Key making it easy to change your camera settings while looking through your goggles. The camera will work using a wide range of operating voltages, 5V to 22VDC, so it will work with most (2S~5S) Lipoly battery packs. Digital Wide Dynamic Range (D-WDR) and 2D Noise Reduction (2DNR) work well together to give better clarity and image definition in all light conditions. The HS1177 is a must have CCD camera for all your FPV needs. Features: Color FPV camera with 1/3 Sony Super HAD II CCD Pixel: NTSC:768×494 (HxV) IR Block High sensitivity, low smear, high anti-blooming Economical, furnished with 2.8mm lens Auto Electronic Shutter (AES), Auto Gain Control (AGC) DC type, low power consumption (DC5V-22V) Inline OSD Menu Key (5 buttons) Specs: Horizontal resolution: 650 Horizontal TV lines Minimum Illumination: 0.01 Lux / F1.2 Auto electronic shutter: NTSC: 1/60~ 1/100,000 S/N ratio: More than 50 dB Lens: 2.8mm Signal System: NTSC WDR: D-WDR DNR: 2DNR OST Set: Yes Day/Night: Auto / Color/ B&W Back Light Compensation (BLC): Yes Auto Gain Control (AGC): Auto Video Output: [...]
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Drones are helping earthworks personnel measure stockpiles and volumes, perform cut-and-fills, verify grading, and moreDrones have quickly become one of the most versatile tools on the construction site. Whether it's for documentation before pouring concrete, making pre-design processes more efficient, or speeding up data collection for infrastructure projects, drones have become the aerial eye of the jobsite, helping construction professionals work better and more productively.For our Site Scan customers and on jobsites across the world, one area that drones have had a big impact is in managing earthworks projects. We've identified 5 key reasons why:1. Faster site surveyingContour map generated from drone dataFor most field engineers, there's a simple reason for using drones for earthworks: speed. It can take hours to walk the jobsite and measure aggregates and stockpiles with traditional workflows, and then it usually takes 1–2 days to process the data and produce the final deliverables. Drones are doing this work in a fraction of the time.For example, one of our customers, PCL Construction, flew a drone at their jobsite in Florida and captured the entire area in less than 12 minutes. They then processed the images, and in a matter of hours they created an orthomosaic and [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: 3DR News
It's that time of year when Mother Nature puts on her best fireworks show with pink and white cherry blossoms. By now your Instagram feed is probably clogged with endless shots of cherry trees, but this ... [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Over the last weeks, we read a lot about flying cars, air-taxis, and personal drones. Recently a variety of concept studies and prototypes was presented and they all immediately create the wish to own one of these and being able to fly wherever you want, watching traffic jams from above. These pictures provoke two things: [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
The FAA has followed through on its promise to ease the commercial drone authorization process, publishing more than 200 facility maps this week. “This marks a key first step as the FAA and industry work together to automate the airspace authorization process,” says the FAA. “The maps will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 […] The post FAA Releases First Set of Maps to Ease Authorization Process appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Over the past couple of years, drones have taken the world by storm and most people have started to think that the quadcopter design is what is known as a drone. When actually what people call a drone is just an Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) & Multi-rotor. A UAV or what people call a drone [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
The UAS Ground Severity Evaluation Final Report documents the UAS platform characteristics related to the severity of Unmanned Aerial Systems ground collision based upon the literature research of over 300 publications from the automotive industry, consumer battery market, toy standards and other fields. The team reviewed available research and techniques used to address blunt force […] [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Seattle-based WiBotic, a provider of wireless power and battery intelligence solutions for the robotics industry, including for drones, has raised $2.5 million in a seed round. The new investment round, led by Tsing Capital, also includes investments from Comet Labs and Digi Labs, as well as follow-on investments from W Fund, WRF Capital and Wisemont Capital. The new funds will be used primarily to enhance product development and increase sales and marketing activities. WiBotic says its solutions enhance the uptime and working efficiency of robot fleets, which can be charged without human intervention – in turn, enabling them to operate 100% autonomously for long periods of time. “For two-and-a-half years, we have been developing innovative solutions for the robotics industry, and I'm excited that several prestigious new investors are joining our team,” says Ben Waters, CEO and co-founder of WiBotic. The company says its solutions are customizable for specific types of long-term deployments – e.g., delivering medical supplies, conducting offshore oil and gas inspections, and responding to emergency situations. For example, when a drone lands near the WiBotic wireless charging platform, it automatically detects its presence and wirelessly charges the battery – just as quickly, if not more quickly, than a standard plug-in charger, the [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
A volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific of only 11,000 square miles, Hawaii has seen sustained economic growth for the last few years, and a record-breaking pace for the tourism industry. Construction benefits from this growth with an increasing need for infrastructure. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (HDCC) is the oldest and largest general contractor in Hawaii. […] [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: SUAS News
Montana State University Billings Extended Campus is launching a new drone program open to the public this spring. According to Kevin Nemeth, director of the extended campus, the first class, called “Drones For Dummies,” will be suited for beginners. It will focus on the basics of drone techniques and related laws. A second class, “Droneography,” will be more advanced. In the beginner class, participants will receive a Hubsun 107c+ drone with 2MP camera. The instructor, Aaron Wilson, is the founder of Aaron's Drones of Montana, a subsidiary of Comtech Inc. The $189 class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 20. The $149 “Droneography” class will focus on drone photography and videography and will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 8. The instructor, Theodore Hampton, is an independent filmmaker and photographer. “People in our community are already using drones for recreational and business purposes, and Extended Campus' goal is to provide this enthusiastic community with the necessary tools to succeed,” says Nemeth. The post Montana State Launches ‘Drones for Dummies' and ‘Droneography' Programs appeared first on Unmanned Aerial Online. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Despite what some may think, 3DR is still in the drone game, and it is continuing to compete in the enterprise drone software race. The company is announcing a $53 million round of funding to further build out its Site Scan solution. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Palo Alto, Calif.-based uAvionix Corp., a provider of avionics products for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), has announced a new line of four integrated Ping transceivers and navigation products. According to uAvionix, the Ping2020i, Ping1090i, Ping200Sr and Ping200Si products combine the existing transceiver product line of Ping2020, Ping1090 and Ping200 with the Technical Standard Order-certified FYXNAV GPS. The result is a smaller, one-piece form factor that reduces weight, on average, by 40% (compared with the two-piece installations). The products also include a precision barometric altitude pressure sensor with accuracy beyond 80,000 feet, says the company. “Our customers have asked for even smaller and lighter solutions; integrating the transceivers, GPS receivers, GPS antennas and barometric pressure sensors into a single form factor facilitates easier installation and lowers weight and power draw requirements – resulting in a longer usable flight time,” explains Paul Beard, CEO of uAvionix. According to the company, the integrated product line eases installation and integration into drones and provides options for customers to integrate it directly with the autopilot or use it as an automatic dependent broadcast surveillance (ADS-B) payload solution with no autopilot integration. The new products will debut at AUVSI's XPONENTIAL in Dallas. They are now available to customers worldwide. The post [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Skeye have signed a GeoXphere Market Partner agreement to use and distribute XCAM in the UK, expanding on their UAV capabilities. We are pleased to announce that Skeye has been appointed the GeoXphere Market Partner for the United Kingdom. They will be leading the capture of aerial photography using the revolutionary XCAM. This complements and […] [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: SUAS News
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is teaming up with industry partners to carry out detection research on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at airports. Specifically, the agency is carrying out the latest work at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. According to the FAA, the DFW evaluation is the latest in a series of detection system evaluations. Previous evaluations took place at Atlantic City International Airport; John F. Kennedy International Airport; Eglin Air Force Base; Helsinki, Finland Airport; and Denver International Airport. Noting the serious safety threats that drones flying close to airports can pose, the FAA is coordinating with government and industry partners to evaluate detection technologies. This effort complies with congressional language directing the FAA to evaluate UAS detection systems at airports and other critical infrastructure sites, the agency notes. At DFW, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi UAS test site is performing the flight operations by using multiple drones. Gryphon Sensors, the participating industry partner, offers drone detection technologies such as radar, radio frequency and electro-optical systems. The FAA's federal partners in the overall drone detection evaluation effort include the Department of Homeland Security; the Department of Defense; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Federal Communications Commission; Customs and Border Protection; the Department of [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Yesterday, in a call to the Office of the Secretary of Defense General James Mattis, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey requested the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by the Arizona Air National Guard to aid first responders as they fight to contain the Sawmill fire in southern Arizona. The governor was joined in the request by Major General Michael McGuire, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) director. Ducey says the UAV is a “critical asset [that] will provide real-time hazard information to first responders on the ground – allowing them to most effectively deploy their resources in response.” According to a press release from Ducey's office, the Sawmill fire has consumed more than 40,000 acres in southern Arizona. With critical weather conditions peaking going into the weekend, the fire response team was upgraded to a Type I Incident Management Team. “I commend the hundreds of brave first responders working around the clock to fight wildfires in Arizona,” the governor says. “These men and women have been operating in incredibly tough conditions and putting their lives on the line for the sake of their fellow citizens. We are praying for their safety, as well as all of those affected by [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Looking to connect with people in the drone world? It can be tricky to find dronies out in the world, but there are loads of online drone communities for any type of drone pilot. Are you a photographer? How about a policy wonk? Just looking to make some friends? There is an online community for you. Of course there are plenty of other great news sites, blogs, Twitter accounts and IRL (in real life) drone communities to join. But for now, here are some of my favorite online drone communities (listed in no particular order): UAV Coach Community forum: This is one of my favorite forums for active discussion on general drone questions. The forums are broken down by industry, type of drone and more. The community forum is run by Drone Pilot Ground School creator Alan Perlman. NODE – A Drone Pilots Advocacy Group: For people interested in law and policy around drones, the Network of Drone Enthusiasts (NODE) is a fairly new grassroots group dedicated to representing drone pilots across the U.S. and Canada. While the FAA regulates the airspace in the U.S., many cities, counties and states have implemented additional regulations which can be difficult for drone pilots, and sometimes [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
Guest post by Drone Industry Insights — Over the last weeks, we read a lot about flying cars, air-taxis, and personal drones. Recently a variety of concept studies and prototypes was presented and they all immediately create the wish to own one of these and being able to fly wherever you want, watching traffic jams […] The post Flying Cars, Air-Taxis, Personal Drones – a snapshot appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Dronelife
Tribally owned Eagle Tech Systems, a subsidiary of Warm Springs Ventures, an enterprise of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, has announced a Drones and Public Safety Conference on May 24-25, 2017 at Kah-Nee- Ta High Desert Resort, Warm Springs, Oregon. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are being used on structure fires, wild land fires, traffic […] The post Eagle Tech Systems to Host Oregon Drone and Public Safety Conference appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Dronelife
From Drone Dance Show: With the recent global increase in the use of drones as a means of not only photography, delivery, or search and rescue, a group of passionate drone pilots in Colorado have unveiled their plans to organize a spectacular drone dance show at the Garden of the Gods Collection country club and luxury golf resort in Colorado Springs. The show, which will take place in June of 2017, will provide outstanding and magnificent entertainment – exclusive for country club members, local/national news and the media – and was established with the primary goal of creating awareness, and bringing to the attention of Coloradans the emerging use of drones for the purpose of entertainment. As an added plus, the show is creating a way to raise funds to support the Garden of the Gods Foundation, which is a benevolent project founded to help wildlife preservation in Colorado. The Garden of the Gods Collection private country club and luxury golf resort is a perfect choice for this outstanding visual art show. Perched high atop the plateau, it offers a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks and the natural red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods national landmark, which is, [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Software developed by Maryland-based AlarisPro not only supplies operators with important information about their UAS fleet, but it also gives manufacturers data that can be used to improve safety and build better products. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Florida is set to become home to the next wave of unique commercial drones to operate in the U.S. GRIFF Aviation, a Norwegian-based unmanned aircraft systems designer and manufacturer of a heavy-lift drones wants to open a plant in Tampa. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
The maker of a miniature ADS-B transceivers and navigation products has announced plans to debut a new line of small unmanned aircraft systems products that are lighter and better than previous versions. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
We're excited to announce that 3DR has recently raised $53 million in capital as part of our Series D funding round. This round includes both new equity and conversion of debt equity. It was led by Atlantic Bridge, and with investments from the Autodesk Forge Fund, True Ventures, Foundry Group, Mayfield, and a number of other fantastic investors that we're proud to partner with.With this funding, we'll continue to build our flagship product, Site Scan, the complete drone data platform for the construction and engineering industries. Construction is an $8 trillion global industry, but a typical commercial construction project runs 80% over budget and 20 months behind schedule. A big reason for this is the disconnect between as-designed and as-built: when design plans don't align with the realities of construction, it hurts productivity on-site, slows down projects, and results in trillions of dollars of change orders and re-work.Reality capture from the sky — made possible by advancements in drone technologies — is helping bridge that gap. It helps teams monitor and report on progress, identify issues, collect useful, actionable data that integrates seamlessly with Autodesk and GIS tools, helping bring the office and the field closer than ever before.“We are excited to lead this [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: 3DR News
The busiest airport in the U.S. has turned to small unmanned aircraft vehicles to enhance and maintain day-to-day operations. Michael Baker International, an engineering and consulting service has deployed a drone to monitor heavy aircraft runways. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
The Federal Aviation Administration today published ;more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: UAS Magazine
Agriculture data solution provider Sentera is on a mission to turn commercial drones from toys to high precision tools. The company announced the Multispectral Double 4K Sensors in five spectral bands: Blue, green, red, red edge and near-infrared. The sensors are designed to provide greater insights into crops and identify issues earlier. [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
One of the biggest challenges to drone delivery is the fact that most drones are limited in how far they can fly. One of IBM's latest patents looks to take a stab at ameliorating that with a plan that essentially looks like a relay race for drones. IBM's patent enables drones to pass off packages to each other mid-flight. The way it would work is each drone would have extendable arms that can connect mid-flight to transfer a package between the other. A communication system between the two drones would enable them to know where the other drone was. It's feasible that if the system took off, people wouldn't need drone landing pads on their homes or businesses for delivery drones to drop off goods. Instead, they might be able to send their own drone to retrieve the package from the delivery drone. Hypothetically, IBM's plans could solve existing problems with delivery drones including limited flight range, theft of unattended packages once delivered, and a lack of delivery network optimization. The patent was filed on Jan. 4, 2016. It is worth noting that drone delivery is likely a long way out. Drone delivery companies in the U.S. face tricky government regulations, including rules that [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
From Yuneec: Yuneec APV has launched live stream capabilities for its Breeze “Flying Camera” drone. User can now live stream to Facebook, YouTube, or your preferred output, making the product even more convenient than before. Whether users are interacting in real-time with their followers, sharing the game winning play or connecting with their friends and family abroad, Breeze lets them tell their story “live” with those they care about most. Breeze Live Stream Features: New feature on Breeze Cam App, available on iOS and Android Stream in 720p HD Instant interaction with audience Facebook, YouTube, RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) compatible Video recording via Breeze drone Audio recording via mobile device Ability to name live stream recording Breeze is controlled by user's smartphone devise through the Breeze app available in Android and iOS. Users can also fly it with a dedicated controller FPV kit available for $69.99. Software Update Details Auto updates enabled – If users have the Breeze App set to automatically update, the app with be automatically updated to include this feature. Auto updates disabled – If users do not have the Breeze App set to automatically update, they can visit the Apple®App store or Google® Marketplace to download the most current Breeze App.Visit Yuneec.com The post Yuneec Adds Live Social Sharing Features [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
DJI, the world's largest consumer drone manufacturer, has a problem. ISIS, the terrorist organization, ... [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
Advertisers have found ways to bombard us with promotions no matter what we're doing: watching TV, checking social media, and even when streaming music. But the future of advertising could be even more invasive when the next public event you attend is full of ... [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
By Emile L'Eplattenier on April 25, 2017 Since the demand for drone photography and video has skyrocketed in the past few years, insurance carriers have been taking note. While there were very few options for drone insurance even five years ago, today there are many options to choose from. In this article we'll help you [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
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 [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: 3DR News
The love child between DJI, the world's largest drone maker and beloved professional photography brand Hasselblad is an 100-megapixel Frankendrone. DJI announced at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this week what is the first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform. The new product isn't exactly a new product — it's a mashup of existing products — the DJI M600 Pro drone, the Ronin-MX gimbal and the Hasselblad H6D-100c camera. The Hasselblad camera has a massive 53.4 mm x 40.0 mm sensor. The drone is targeted at landscape and fine-art photographers, and surveyors or map-makers requiring robust data platforms. The drone will be released in the third quarter of 2017, and the price has not yet been announced. But considering the M600 Pro currently retails for around $4,999, the Ronin MX retails for $1,599 and the Hasselblad H6D-100c costs more than $30,000, this probably won't be cheap.DJI acquired a stake in Hasselblad at the end of 2015. The Swedish company manufactures high-end, highly specialized cameras, including the camera that documented the first landing on the moon. The two companies announced their first joint product in July 2016 — a combination of the M600 drone platform with the A5D medium format camera. Hasselblad [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
DJI is giving drone operators and pilots the ability to experience drones in a new way than ever before. With new features and specifications for its DJI Goggles, the company is providing operators with a first-person view of what their drone sees. [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
Introduction: 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 [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are being used across commercial industries as a more efficient and cost-effective option. In particular, the potential for drone use in the utility industry has grown tremendously. Utilities across the country are beginning to see the vast potential for drones to reduce costs, improve safety, increase reliability and more quickly [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: DroneBlog
From HobbyKing: The easiest way to turn your Turnigy Eclipse 2K Action Camera into an FPV Camera is using the Turnigy Eclipse Action Camera FPV Docking Station. The Eclipse just slides and locks into the docking station for easy use and removal. The docking station can utilize all the mountings provided with the camera. The Turnigy Eclipse Docking Station has a built-in 40CH 600mW transmitter to provide a very stable feed to your goggles or ground station monitor. Changing channels is as easy as a button press with LEDs indicating what channel and frequency you are using. You'll be setup and running in no time. The kit comes with an SMA antenna and a combination cable with power input and output as well as signal out. The docking station is power by a huge range of batteries from 2S to 5S. Features: 40 channels 600mW RF power output Built-in BEC to power and charge the Eclipse Neat one piece installation of camera and transmitter Fatshark and Skyzone compatible Wide range of input voltages (2~5s) Not affected by 2.4GHz radios Able to use Eclipse Camera mounts Specs: Modulate: Wide band FM Modulate Video Format: NTSC/PAL Frequencies: FRCH CH1 CH2 CH3 CH4 CH5 CH6 CH7 CH8 FR1 (A): 5740/5760/5780/5800/5820/5840/5860/5880MHz FR2 (B): 5705/5685/5665/5645/5885/5905/5925/5945MHz FR3 (C): 5865/5845/5825/5805/5785/5765/5745/5725MHz FR5 (E): 5733/5752/5771/5790/5809/5828/5847/5866MHz FR4 (D): 5658/5695/5732/5769/5806/5843/5880/5917MHz Includes: Turnigy Eclipse Docking Station Antenna with [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
DJI is on a roll announcing new drone-related products this week around NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There's the new advanced controller, the Ronin 2, Crystal Sky, and a new premium customer service plan called DJI Circle. And on Monday, it announced its own version of FPV goggles, which it calls DJI Goggles. The FPV goggles give pilots a first person view, completely covering their eyes to give them the same viewpoint they might get if they were sitting in the cockpit of the drone. The goggles are designed so that the visor can be flipped up with one motion and pilots can see their drone with their own eyes. Before the arrival of DJI Goggles, users could hypothetically sync up their own third party FPV goggles. But with DJI Goggles, DJI is able to integrate features including allowing users to use their own head movements to control both aircraft yaw and camera tilt. DJI Goggles can also be programmed to control the gimbal exclusively, while the aircraft operator maintains control of the aircraft with the master controller. DJI Goggles Specs The DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, and each screen has HD [...]
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Source: Drone Girl
From Blade: The Torrent™ 110 FPV gives pilots the freedom to fly a powerful FPV racer, both indoors and out. Better yet, it fits in your pocket. This versatile 110mm FPV racer has propeller guards to make it safe and comfortable to fly inside, while the high torque brushless motors give it the authority to handle outdoor flight and epic freestyle maneuvers in any environment. The 2mm carbon fiber frame gives you the durability that you need to bump into walls or those tricky branches outside. A Beta flight configurable F3 flight controller offers full freedom to tune all PID characteristics to your personal preference, yet it comes out of the box professionally tuned. The 2S or 3S capable power system and 4-in-1 ESC give this racer the punch that every pilot searches for. A 150mW VTX provides clean and powerful video in any environment, while the 600TVL camera with 120 degree field of view let you see clearly in tight indoor spaces or out in the backyard. The Spektrum Telemetry Serial receiver gives valuable flight log feedback straight to your transmitter. Bind-N-Fly completion level allows the competitive racer and beginner to have a successful flight, right out of the box. [...]
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
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
The U.S. drone industry has hit an obstacle: The Federal Aviation Administration. Little progress has been made since Congress directed the FAA to accommodate commercial unmanned aircraft five years ago. The FAA is keeping the drone industry occupied developing solutions to problems that don't yet exist. Congress should limit the FAA's jurisdiction over drones and give greater authority to the states. That is one conclusion of Datacomm Research's new 115-page study, A Roadmap for Drone Market Growth, 2017-2025. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
The days are getting longer and warmer, which means the spring growing season is upon us. Just in team for the season, DroneDeploy is releasing a new solution to enable farmers to create accurate maps of their fields. The Fieldscanner solution is a real-time drone mapping solution designed to provide immediate in-field analysis to farmers. The company released the solution into beta this week. [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: InterDrone News
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
Bogh Engineering sees a 4X increase in productivity and is able to prevent costly disputes with other subcontractors by flying Site Scan on every construction site once a week.Headquartered in Beaumont, California, Bogh Engineering is a 3rd generation family owned construction and engineering company with 65 employees. It focuses on construction of public schools, and is currently working on 14 job sites including building the 1.4 million square foot Indio High School. “90% of our business is focused on schools because we understand the business, the bureaucratic complications, and we can work directly with the client”, said Mark Bogh, owner and 30 year industry veteran.Bogh Engineering's core capability is pouring concrete, from flooring to vertical structures. The company also covers other activities to prepare a site for concrete construction: surveying, demolition, and site grading. Site surveying is a recurring process and happens before and after every other major activity. Bogh Engineering also surveys the site before it takes over work from other subcontractors [Image 1]. Survey data makes sure work starts as agreed in the contract, and is completed according to plan.Image 1: Site surveying happens before and after every other major activity.Bogh Engineering employs its own survey crew that [...]
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Buying criteria, use cases, workflows, and moreWhat would happen if we had an aerial view of our job sites?That was the question that Bill Bennington and André Tousignant, as part of the virtual design team at PCL Construction in Orlando, starting asking themselves years ago. While they had experience using advanced reality capture technologies in the field, for a long time the PCL Construction team couldn't justify using drones in construction: they were expensive, and time-consuming to set up, pilot, and process the data. Even if they got over those hurdles, stringent regulations made it difficult to be legally allowed to fly in the first place.However, the technology continued to improve, and in August 2016 the FAA Part 107 regulation came into effect, dramatically lowering the legal barriers to entry for commercial drone pilots. Bill and André finally saw an opportunity to finally bring drones on-site, and they started exploring how drones might drive value on a few key projects.Their first step? Finding and evaluating different solutions, and determining which one was the best fit.Which Drone Solution?To get started, Bill, André, and their VDC team developed 5 core qualification criteria to find the right solution for their needs:1. Data, Not [...]
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Source: 3DR News
Instead of propping up a camera on a tripod for an entire year to capture a timelapse of the seasons changing, ... [...]
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
It's not just the intense heat that makes it hard for researchers to closely study an active volcano, there's also a potpourri of noxious gases that are less than ideal to inhale. But at the controls of a sensor-laden drone, scientists from the ... [...]
Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Source: Gizmodo
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
senseFly's latest case study tells the story of a challenging contamination mapping project in the High Arctic. BluMetric Environmental was contracted to perform environmental assessments in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, but faced a challenge in the form of low-quality topographic maps of the region. The solution? Employ a senseFly eBee drone to produce the high-resolution, high-accuracy digital terrain models its team required. Nunavut is Canada's most northern and least populated territory, comprising most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It is also a region that includes industrial activity, resulting in areas of hydrocarbon contamination, many of the operators having long since ceased operations. In the summer of 2015, the federal government contracted consultants BluMetric Environmental Inc. to assess and document several sites of suspected contamination as a way to reduce the impact of this contamination on the region's ecosystem. Measuring the mess The job of BluMetric's team, operating out of the Eureka Weather station and at Rae Point on Melville Island, was to spend a significant number of man hours sampling and fully characterising each site. Our environmental engineers had to quantify what was contaminated and calculate the exact volumes of each contamination zone “Our environmental engineers had to quantify what was contaminated and [...]
Wed, Apr 05, 2017
Source: Sensefly
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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