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Hummingbird Selects Pix4Dengine for UAV Photogrammetry Data Processing

Published February 13th 2018

Hummingbird Technologies, a provider of drone-enabled data and advanced analytics for precision agriculture, has partnered with Pix4D to develop a market-ready data analysis platform. The new software integrates Pix4Dengine to process raw image data in the cloud, enabling an automated process of uploading, processing and displaying of UAV-captured multispectral and RGB imagery at any point in time. Pix4D's photogrammetry engine processes and orthorectifies aerial imagery ready for analysis. The photogrammetry process is broken down into three stages, each with error reporting, statistics and quality assurance at the end of every stage; thus ensuring that any issues encountered in the early stages are addressed and flagged before any further processing. This also allows for any adjustments to be made to the processing settings so that the best possible results can be obtained. Gordon Skinner, Chief Technology Officer for Hummingbird Technologies commented: "The... Read More »


VideoDrone Finland proudly releases a new version of their octocopter VideoDrone X8L

Published February 12th 2018

VideoDrone Finland has reached a new record with their X8L model in its category. The X8L octocopter has become lighter and the new propulsion system means excellent performance. The flight time grew by 70%, payload by 25% and the octocopter’s dead weight is now 8% lighter.   The maximum flight time is up to 55 minutes and the max. payload is 2.5kg. So far this is unbeatable in this category (MTOW below 7kg).   The advantage of X8L compared to X4S is the stability in strong gusty winds. Longer flight times mean more time for inspections, mapping, surveillance etc.   “We are offering tailored solutions to our customers as well as support throughout the life cycle. Customers can expect nothing more than top quality and service“, says CEO Juha Tolvanen.   VideoDrone X8L‘s flight time relative to the payload’s weight is shown in the picture. Click here for more information. Read More »


AERIALTRONICS releases the new version of its intelligent camera AERIALTRONICS PENSAR

Published February 12th 2018

AERIALTRONICS releases the new version of its intelligent camera AERIALTRONICS PENSAR   AERIALTRONICS, a brand from DRONE VOLT Group, officially launches the new version of its PENSAR camera-computer driven by artificial intelligence. A true technological feat, PENSAR is one of the world's first platforms with dual spectrum digital vision that allows real-time analysis of images or data. Infinitely customizable, it can be mounted on a professional drone, mobile robot or used as an independent camera.   One of the world's first dual spectrum digital vision platforms with real-time analysis   PENSAR, developed in AERIALTRONICS' artificial intelligence laboratory, is one of the world's first dual spectrum digital vision platforms dedicated to real-time data analysis using a miniaturized NVIDIA® embedded processor with 1.5 teraflops of power. Its computing power, accelerated by the NVIDIA® Jetson™ GPU processor in the NVIDIA&re... Read More »


Airbus drone set to deliver parcels throughout a university campus

Published February 12th 2018

Airbus completed its first flight demonstration of an air vehicle which will eventually deliver parcels to stations around a university campus in Singapore. Unmanned drones will begin flying between parcel stations on campus by the middle of the year. The drones will land on roofs of stations, where a robotic arm will retrieve a package and place it in an individual locker. Customers can then pick up their package at any hour from the lockers. CNBC attended the initial flight demonstration at the National University of Singapore campus where the drone appeared quite large and carried a packaged shirt inside. The drone can carry between 2 to 4 kilograms, under 9 pounds. The machine weighs approximately 25 kilograms, which is about 55 pounds. A representative from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said the eventual plan is to roll out the drone parcel delivery system across the city-state, so long as it's done in phases. Airbus is joining the race to dominate t... Read More »


With new MIT system, self-flying drones can avoid crashing into obstacles

Published February 12th 2018

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab are changing how autonomous drones fly through the air. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are making headway on just that. CSAIL researchers have developed a system called Nanomap that allows autonomous drones to fly 20 miles per hour through crowded spaces, avoiding the obstacles that could stop them in their tracks. It's hard for autonomous drones to know exactly where they are or how far they've travelled, explained Pete Florence, an MIT graduate student and lead author on a paper explaining Nanomap. "Because they don't have wheels on the ground, they're much more uncertain about where they're moving," he said. "If they had wheels, it could be as simple as measuring how much the wheels turned and that's a good measure of how far you moved." Read more:&... Read More »


Drones in the deep: new applications for maritime unmanned vehicles

Published February 8th 2018

In September 2017, an online portal called Drone Major Group (DMG) was launched to support and grow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and other autonomous vehicles. Focused on underwater, air, surface and space drones, the online marketplace demonstrates the growing capabilities of this burgeoning technology, especially in the maritime environment. In the maritime environment, drones can be used for security, environmental surveillance, to supply vessels with spare parts, for emergency missions, such as search and rescue, as well as for ship and cargo inspection. Yet, despite the many use cases, the technology does face some challenges, such as limited battery life and difficulty operating in poor weather. But original equipment manufacturers and major shippers are keen to improve the technology further and extend the reach and scope of what can be done with drones. Furthermore, the increasing use of drones is supported by regulators such as the European Maritime Sa... Read More »


The global drone revolution with Drone Major Group

Published February 8th 2018

The global drone revolution is well underway, but the association between drones and space is largely unreported. Drones may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but in fact, they have been roaming space for the last 60 years in the form of satellites. Many companies have recognized the economic potential of utilizing drones in space. UK headquartered Effective Space Solutions (Effective Space), has recently announced it’s signed an over $100m multi-year contract with a major regional satellite operator, which will see two space drones launched in 2020. The drones will provide station-keeping and attitude-control capabilities that will significantly extend the life of two communications satellites and ultimately reduce the long-run maintenance costs. With the help of drones, companies are also delving deeper into space. A team of NASA engineers have plans to put drones on Mars in the not too distant future. These flying robotic sentinels could reach more of the Martian su... Read More »


FAA Plans Rollout Of Drone Authorization System

Published February 8th 2018

The FAA intends to initiate a national rollout this spring of the Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), an automated process drone operators can use to request and obtain authorization to fly in the vicinity of airports.  Commercial drone application and service providers already are adopting a prototype version of LAANC, which is considered a step toward developing a low-altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) system.  Read more: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/uas_data_exchange/ Read More »


Compact Radar to Prevent Drone Collision

Published February 8th 2018
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Compact Radar to Prevent Drone Collision

Published February 8th 2018

Preventing collisions is vital for the safe operation of drones, especially in an urban airspace with many potential obstacles. Drones with obstacle detection and collision avoidance sensors have become more prevalent in both the consumer and professional sectors. In general, many drone models are equipped with sensors detecting objects at the front side, behind, and below to prevent drone collision. Now, a new radar-enabled collision protection system is offered for consumer drones. The Radar Flight Control Module (RFCM) is comprised of a single-chip 24GHz radar with range measurement software. The radar responds acutely to its surroundings and can detect multiple objects, objects in open spaces, target distance and speed, and more. Read more: https://i-hls.com/archives/81228 Read More »


Preston and Bradford to develop future of drone technology

Published February 8th 2018

Preston and Bradford are amongst 5 areas chosen to examine how drone technology could operate within city environments. It follows an open call by Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre as part of the Flying High Challenge. The two cities will now work alongside the Flying High team to see how drones could be used to support public services and what commercial opportunities may exist. There will also be research on safety, logistics and the environmental impact of operating in complex urban areas. Read more: https://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/news/broadcasting/2018/02/preston-and-bradford-develop-future-drone-technology Read More »


UKRSpecsystems introduce PD-1 VTOL module

Published February 7th 2018

The PD-1 fixed-wing drone has been upgraded to a completely new level! We are proud to introduce a VTOL module that converts any PD-1 drone to vertical take-off and landing aircraft!  The VTOL module can be installed on PD-1 drone right in the field. This upgrade does not require any special modifications and you will not need to send UAV back to the factory. Our truly modular design opens new possibilities and allows to add and remove system modules on-the-go.  PD-1 with VTOL module has wing-span of 5 meters and can stay in the air same 10 hours with 10 kg payload onboard. Take-off and landing processes are controlled by autopilot and done in fully automatic mode.  PD-1 VTOL is fully compatible with all our EO/IR payloads and supports a wide range of third-party equipment, such as SAR, LIDAR, radio repeaters and much more.  On the opposite side, the VTOL module can be easily removed from the drone and you can operate the same airframe as a standard... Read More »


Spanish underwater drone is ready to take a dive

Published February 7th 2018

If you've ever wanted to explore the underwater world using your own ROV (remotely-operated vehicle), there are now a number of consumer models in the works. The Sibiu Nano is one of the most recent to hit the scene, and it's being made with the do-it-yourselfer in mind. Created by Spain's Nido Robotics, plans call for the ROV to be available either fully-assembled or as a kit that buyers put together themselves. In either case, it's designed to be easy to take apart and reassemble, allowing for upgrades to be made and accessories to be added. Additionally, all of its hardware and software is open-source. The Nano is propelled/steered by six thrusters, and can descend to a maximum depth of 100 m (328 ft). Its interchangeable lithium-polymer battery is reportedly good for one to three hours of go-time per charge, depending on how the ROV is being used. Read more: https://newatlas.com/sibiu-nano-rov/53277/ Read More »


Skysense – Drone Charging Infrastructure

Published February 7th 2018

Lately, it seems like everyone is clamoring to get a piece of the drone industry in the U.S. From exciting startups turning drone footage into highly intelligent and useful data for industrial businesses, to venture capitalists hoping to cash in on the whole craze, it seems the U.S. is a proverbial emerald city for unmanned aerial vehicles–until now. Berlin-based Skysense is bringing the fruitful drone industry to Europe with its autonomous drone-charging solution. Headed by Andrea Puiatti, Skysense seeks to upend the tenuous nature of using drones for commercial use with its drone-charging station. Currently, most drones can only operate for 20 to 30 minutes before needing to land and recharge. Larger and heavier drones drain even more battery power and need to be charged more often. Natural elements also take a toll on battery power–the windier conditions are, the shorter the battery life. Once landed, drone operators then have to manually remove the drone... Read More »


No Roads, No Problem

Published February 6th 2018

No Roads, No Problem

Published February 6th 2018

Originally published on xyHt. A unique drone (the WingtraOne) helps a team meet the environmental challenges of planning a wind farm in the Alps. At a lofty altitude of 2500m above sea level, 20 wind turbines 100m tall need to be built. These wind turbines will produce 60 GWh per year to power 15,000 households. The engineering challenge is twofold: With the construction site in the middle of the mountains, there are no roads to access it, nor is there any pre-existing data for site planning of the wind farm, which is 800 ha (nearly 2,000 acres) large. This is the challenge that Swiss engineering company Cavigelli Ingenieure AG faced in the Swiss Alpine valley of Lumnezia. While mapping and 3D modelling large areas with high accuracy is a routine task for geospatial applications, the hilly terrain, high altitude, and quickly changing weather conditions in the mountains brought additional constraints. Keeping in mind the need for flexibility and low cost, the company... Read More »


Drone Major founder Robert Garbett featured in Time Out Magazine

Published February 5th 2018

Drones go back as far as the nineteenth century ‘The definition of a drone is dead simple: it’s any vehicle, ship or aircraft that’s controlled remotely or autonomously. The earliest record of an unmanned aerial vehicle is from 1849 when the Austrians used some balloons loaded with explosives in an attack. They just weren’t called drones; they were “flying bombs”.’ Driverless cars are closer to reality than Amazon drone deliveries ‘When people think of drones they tend to think of Amazon parcels flying through the air. But who cares? What are they going to do – drop it on the street outside my home? It’s a good bit of promotion, but it’s not feasible door-to-door. Whereas if I’d said to you a year ago that there would be driverless cars on the streets of London by 2021, you probably would have laughed at me – but that’s exactly what the government has announced! I think this is one of the most... Read More »


Over 100 MILLION reasons to join Drone Major

Published February 1st 2018

We are delighted to announce that, since our launch on 27th Sept 2017, Drone Major has offered over £100 million of opportunities to our suppliers and we are receiving requests now which will push this figure well towards £200 million by end Q2. Drone Major was created specifically to connect all stakeholders in all environments of the global drone industry (Surface, Underwater, Air & Space) in order to support the growth of the most exciting emerging market mankind has ever witnessed. We achieve this by facilitating collaboration, assisting our suppliers to place their products and services with each other and by generating business through our drone technology advisory team who are helping with companies and governments around the globe implement drone solutions for FREE! We could not be happier with the results and the reaction to the Drone Major concept. If you are a manufacturer, distributor, inventor, service provider, operator or other business operating... Read More »


Drone Major founder Robert Garbett is featured in GeoConnexion News

Published January 22nd 2018

“The suggestion made by Boris Johnson of a bridge across the Channel between the UK and France is totally misplaced since it takes no account of the massive impact on transport infrastructure that will be delivered by the drone industry over the next decade alone. 2018 is set to be a watershed year for the drone industry when there is expected to be significant progress on drone standards and regulation that will stimulate the development of one of the most exciting growth industries on the planet. The drone industry embraces everything from aerial gyrocopter drones, to driverless cars, marine, surface and underwater vehicles, and passenger or freight-carrying transporters. Drone technology is already being used to dramatically reduce infrastructure delivery, saving millions on large-scale projects.” Read more Read More »


Parazero: Enabling the drone market to operate everywhere, safely

Published January 10th 2018

We have been hearing of drone crashes and safety incidents on an almost weekly basis. The solution is provided by ParaZero a company that specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of drone safety solutions for commercial drones of different shapes and sizes. The company is confident that their solution will enable the drone industry to realize its full economic potential. You can call them Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), miniature pilotless aircraft or flying mini robots, but there is no doubt that drones are rapidly growing in popularity. Even though drones have been on the market for many years and many see them as a great gadget, they are quickly becoming an essential tool for various commercial applications. Today, for example, drones can be equipped with high-quality cameras and sensors that have created new markets. We see a clear evolvement into the commercial sector. In this sector, the impact of drones in the workspace is the most significant. The value... Read More »


Drone Major Group: Embracing opportunities for smart cities

Published January 10th 2018

“There are so many stories of new and innovative technologies creating irrational fears,” says Robert Garbett, founder and CEO of Drone Major Group, “such as the introduction of the first automobiles when people thought that going over 25mph would result in death. Irrational fear is normal and is to be expected but if we look at how drones are being used now, they are generally carrying out tasks that are impossible or too dangerous for humans to undertake. In essence, we believe that drones will, as they do currently, augment our capabilities and capacity – not replace them.” Read more Read More »


Scopito: Creating a tag line for the leading company of its field

Published January 10th 2018

In this letter, we will present some thoughts about what Scopito wants to be in relation to the rest of the drone industry. At Scopito we cooperate with UAV pilots, asset managers and maintenance people from all over the world, on developing our software platform in a direction that will make sense for the actual users of the platform. A few days ago, we threw a small employee workshop at Scopito. We set a watch timer and every employee spent five minutes writing down ideas for a new company tagline/pay off on post-its. We then spent an hour evaluating the suggestions, and within this hour we became increasingly aware of the direction that we wanted Scopito to go and the direction Scopito was going. Which luckily is the same direction. But what is that direction? It can be described in the following points: - We want to create what people need. This may seem obvious, but actually doing it means that we have to actively cooperate with customers, stay in touch and find an int... Read More »