UAV-based Mapping: Safety First

While it is positive news for our industry that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is continuing to increase, the rise has brought with it a key question: how do we ensure that drone users are operating in a safe and law-abiding manner? In recent months, there have been a number of headlines about both illegal operations and the ensuing legislation. Although these news stories have been focused on consumer drone use, we must be mindful that the same issues apply to commercial activity, according to Jean-Thomas Célette – particularly within the geospatial sector as professionals such... (read more)
2019-04-03 11:40:57

UAV Monitoring of Coastal Erosion

In this case study, QuestUAV describes the use of UAV photography and photogrammetry to measure long-term erosion of the coast of northeast England. The British Geological Survey states that across England and Wales 113,000 residential properties, 9,000 commercial properties and 5,000 hectares of agricultural land are within areas at risk of coastal erosion. Mitigating the effects of climate change requires coastal protection studies and coastal protection measures. As every planner knows however, this increases the burden of allocating ever decreasing financial resources. Accurate evaluation of the change, gleaned from historical studies, combined with best practice from current studies and environmental... (read more)
2017-07-04 11:39:36

AEE Introduces Mach 4 UAV

AEE Aviation Technology, a global leader in electric aviation and camera technology, has announced the introduction of the Mach 4, a multiple payload capable commercial UAV built to provide a best-in-class experience for professionals in law enforcement, search & rescue, inspection and surveying sectors, and more. Measuring a little over two feet in length, the AEE's Mach 4 is capable of travelling at a cruising speed of close to 30mph with a range of almost two miles and flight times up to 40 minutes in length. Its sophisticated Y-12 ground station hand controller is equipped with 1.4 gigahertz for flight control, offering... (read more)
2018-05-02 10:55:05

Commercial UAV Expo Europe Announces Early Exhibitors

Commercial UAV Expo Europe, the exhibition and conference focused on UAS integration for large enterprise industrial applications, has just opened for sales and already these market leading providers have signed on to exhibit: Aerialtronics, Agrowing, AirGon, Blue Marble Geographics, C-Astral, Datumate, Harris Geospatial Solutions, Orbit GT, Pix4D, Pythagoras, RIEGL, Sky Futures, Septentrio, Trimble and Unifly. The inaugural edition of Commercial UAV Expo Europe will take place 20-22 June 2017 at the SQUARE Brussels Exhibition Centre in Brussels, Belgium. “Commercial UAV Expo Europe is focused on high precision technology for highly technical work, including inspection and monitoring of industrial assets such... (read more)
2017-03-15 03:30:04

Airsight Australia Launches NextCore UAV Lidar System

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) service provider Airsight Australia has announced NextCore, a UAV Lidar scanner and processing system that offers comparable performance at a considerably lower price point than rivals. The NextCore scanner is a 2.5kg UAV payload that can acquire 420,000 points per second with a 360-degree field of view and triple returns. Airsight Australia claims it is easily securable to a DJI Matrice 600, which is good for around 20 minutes of flight time with the NextCore payload. Whilst aerial Lidar is a mature technology and proven acquisition tool, the market for UAV Lidar is expanding rapidly... (read more)
2018-08-09 11:59:47

CompassDrone Integrates RIEGL MiniVux UAV Lidar Solutions

CompassDrone have acquired the Riegl MiniVux to provide reliable, consistent data to their customers solutions. Partnering with sister company CompassData, a leading provider of accurate geospatial data, they will expand survey capabilities with the addition of the Riegl MiniVUX-1UAV mounted on a DJI M600 Pro Platform. The RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV makes use of RIEGL’s unique Waveform-Lidar technology, allowing echo digitization and online waveform processing. Multi-target resolution is the basis for penetrating dense foliage. The DJI M600 Pro with A3 Flight Controller has triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three GNSS antennas. Compatibility with D-RTK GNSS prevents magnetic... (read more)
2019-02-07 10:40:56

Drone Delivery Systems Provides UAV Delivery Solution

Drone Delivery Systems, AirBox Technology manufacturer, and Aero Systems West (ASW), have partnered to provide the first end-to-end package drone delivery solution. With the new partnership, Drone Delivery Systems will offer autonomous commercial delivery drones from ASW; powered by the hardware standard for open source autopilots in addition to professional long-term support with ASW's DroneCare subscription. DroneCare is a first-of-its-kind subscription service that makes it safe and simple to use industrial-grade drones for package delivery. The solution includes aviation-grade drone hardware, training, hassle-free maintenance, service upgrades, and accident protection. The partnership will respond to the previously unanswered challenge of expert... (read more)
2019-03-13 10:36:01

Plowman Craven Awarded Network Rail UAV Contract

Plowman Craven has been awarded a national framework agreement with the UK's Network Rail for the provision of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') services. The survey measurement and consultancy firm was one of just four companies to be awarded the contract, which covers the inspection and surveying of railway infrastructure throughout the UK as well as overhead line equipment, structures, bridges and embankments. The award also includes condition inspections following adverse weather or incidents. David Norris, technical director at Plowman Craven, said: "We’re very proud to have been awarded a place on the framework – it’s great recognition of... (read more)
2019-06-11 09:58:40

Microdrones Launches Three New Integrated UAV Systems

Microdrones is releasing three new Integrated UAV Systems based on the heavy lifting power, resilience and efficiency of the Microdrones md4-3000 aircraft: the mdMapper3000DuoG VHR, the mdMapper3000DuoG and the mdMapper3000 PPK. The company has also updated the mdTector1000CH4 LR with a Pergam Laser Methane Falcon sensor for detecting Methane (CH4) and methane-containing gases. Additionally, Microdrones is preparing to release mdInfinity, a new software package that will enable users to quickly and efficiently process geospatial data. The mdMapper3000DuoG VHR combines the Microdrones md4-3000 aircraft platform, with an integrated Phase One camera and the power of direct georeferencing. This results in a... (read more)
2019-11-13 10:06:44
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