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Inkonova: Batonomous™ — Reporting back

“If there is one thing that we learnt from the months of testing in underground mines, it is that to hit the true potential for drone solutions underground, and given the constricted, dark and GPS-deprived nature, we definitely have to make them autonomous. Autonomy is a technical requirement dictated by the business requirement of usability and consumerability. That is, to sell, we need to make it easy for anyone with little training, to pop up the screen and controls, and start navigating the drone without the prohibiting level of piloting skill required for such environments. This ease of operation has been achieved for open-air applications, where light, space and GPS are abundant. But wherever they are not, there lies our current frontier, and it is requiring another level of technology development..” This is to report back on the technology we at Inkonova started developing back then… Flashback to Fall 2016: TILT Ranger, the first custom drone solut... Read More »


Industries UAVs Will Disrupt in 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things, will transform many industries. This will be the beginning of a revolution that will change the way we live, work and relate. Improvement in technologies will drive this change with massive impacts on many businesses. One of these technologies is the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The earliest use of a UAV occurred in 1849 in the form of unmanned balloons, for warfighting. And the first pilotless aircraft was built in the First World War launched by catapult and flown using radio control. Fast forward to today and the UAV is a sophisticated piece of technology with VTOL capabilities, extended endurance, increased payloads and so much more. There are currently 50,000 registered drone operators, creating a completely new job category, and right now there are over 1 million registered drones in the US alone. The global drone market is expected to surpass $22B b... Read More »


ClearSky Consulting Announce Strategic Partnership with UANet

ClearSky Consulting announces a strategic and operational partnership with Unmanned Advisory Net (UANet) to provide high-quality consulting services to the unmanned aviation industry.   Craig Lippett, Managing Director of ClearSky, said ‘a link up between ClearSky and UANet is a natural fit with our respective multi-disciplinary skillsets complementing each other very well.  With a similar level of experience in this embryonic industry, ClearSky and UANet are well positioned to deliver quality advisory services to a range of industry clients.' Perran Bonner, Managing Director of UANet continued, ‘ with a vast range of consulting capability in our collective armoury, we are a responsive, cost-effective and agile option to assist our clients in a range of services that are a focus for drone businesses of all types on the international stage.  With a safety focus at our core, we can develop operational,... Read More »


SIMPLE SOLAR INSPECTIONS MEANS MORE MONEY

The Scopito platform has delivered great savings to another market, this time in the form of Solar Inspections. Conventionally the inspection of Solar plants has been very complicated, not only collecting and recording the substantial amounts of data but how to manage, analyse and share it efficiently. This is what the Scopito platform was built for; Futurewise Aerial recognised this and has worked with Scopito to devise a workflow to inspect solar plants and deliver high-quality results almost instantly. Thermography: solars best friend? Finding anomalies with solar panels is easy using a thermal imaging camera. Most faults create a thermal pattern of some description and stand out quite clearly in comparison to their healthy neighbouring solar panels. This is the reason thermography for solar is so valued, it immediately shows you the health of the solar plant more efficiently than blindly electrical testing alone. Solar businesses recognise this but have traditionally under... Read More »


ParaZero Selected as UAS Safety Provider for Multiple UASIPP Teams

ParaZero is pleased to announce that it is a proud member of multiple selected UASIPP teams working on the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS). On May 9th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the ten state, local, and tribal governments selected to test complex Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations. The announcement came as part of the DOT's UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) mandated by President Trump this past October and designed to accelerate the integration of UAS into the national airspace system (NAS) through public-private partnerships. The ten teams were chosen out of 149 teams that applied. ParaZero is a proud member of a number of the selected teams and will work together to promote the safe integration of UAS in the NAS. The IPP is an important program that will help pave the way for the emerging UAS market. "Drones... Read More »


Aero Enterprise GmbH receives two awards for its innovative concepts for the inspection of wind turbines

Linz, 11th July 2017. The Austrian start-up company Aero Enterprise was awarded for the "Austria's Born Global Champion" prize on 26th June for its outstanding contribution to the internationalization of Austrian business. With this award, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber honours young, globally active companies that offer innovative products and services and are growing fast internationally. Just three days later, Aero Enterprise was ranked as a finalist in the TOP 3 for its industry-wide innovative concepts in the category "Industry 4.0" for the German Aviation Innovation Award. Pioneer in airborne quality assurance The innovative company has developed the world's first airborne quality assurance system for wind turbine inspection including analysis software. The unmanned, semi-automatic mini-helicopter SensorCopter provides plant builders, service providers and operators with high-resolution images and infrared data, which they can evaluate... Read More »


ParaZero Enter Partnership With Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

"The ParaZero SafeAir™ recovery system has been proven to be effective across a large spectrum of emergency situations. Upon identifying flight malfunction, it deploys a parachute, stops the rotors, reduces drone speed and emits a loud notification sound to alert bystanders of the aircraft’s controlled descent; for example, the rapid descent of a large 750 lb. (350kg) drone could be stopped in approximately 30 feet (10 meters). Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) North America provides comprehensive hull & liability coverage for all manner of unmanned aircraft risks; it ensures thousands of drone operators who use the aircraft for aerial data collection, closed set filming, delivery and public safety. AGCS continues to develop new products to meet the coverage needs of this rapidly evolving industry." Read more Read More »


One Vision Imaging: Printing, Framing and Wall Art Services for the Drone Industry

One Vision Imaging offers the most comprehensive range of professional photographic services in the country. We pledge to ensure that our service is an unrivalled experience and that this is matched by the quality and range of our products. For almost forty years we have been supplying professional photographers, keen enthusiasts and corporate clients with the very best printing, framing and wall art services, and now we’re extending this expertise to the drone industry. We use state of the art printing technology and the very best raw materials to ensure our products are made to the highest possible standard – all backed up by a 5-year warranty on our framing and wall art products. Our recommendations for your drone photography include our professional photographic prints, our beautiful range of framed and mounted prints, Box Frames and Acrylics. A substantial number of our wall art products, including Box Frames, Canvases and Acrylics, can be printed up to 60 x 40&r... Read More »


Panodrone Film Kingsnorth Tower Demolition Blast

Last week Panodrone were pleased to film the demolition of Kingsnorth Tower in Kent. Brown and Mason were the demolition contractors who expertly brought down the tower. An amazing demolition job that collapsed the tower into a simple and easy to deal with pile of rubble. Watch out for the toppling of the two silos in front of the towers as they neatly rotate through 90 degrees - impressive demolition work! Panodrone offer professional drone services and editing services for stills and video. In this instance, the raw data was handed over to the client directly after the blast to forward to their client and the waiting press. Panodrone edited and shared the above video and the combined views below within 24 hours. Please contact Drone Major to be connected with Panodrone if you have a construction project and would like quality images and video to put your site in its best light. Read More »


Scopito: THE EVOLUTION OF WIND TURBINE INSPECTIONS

As the part of an inspection company that offers inspection reports as their core product, one employee of the wind turbine inspection division in the energy company ALL NRG tells us about his challenges with inspections and shares an exciting vision for the future of wind turbine inspections. CASE STUDY: The data management platform Scopito is used by a lot of drone inspectors around the world. But Scopito is more than “drone software”, and today we’ll be meeting a company that started out using Scopito for drone inspections, but so far is in fact mostly using it for other types of wind turbine inspections. “…the other divisions of ALL NRG don’t make reports, they deliver a piece of craftsmanship, whereas the report, and giving our assessment – that’s our product.” Danijel Bogojevic, ALL NRG. The report is the product All NRG is a company located in Denmark, Northern Europe, with more than 20 years of expe... Read More »


RUSTA celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force

On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 100th birthday.  This is a significant milestone for the service which, despite its young age compared to its sister services, has seen its fair share of operations in the last 100 years. RUSTA is a Veteran run company with all their air instructors having served on RAF frontline squadrons at some point in their careers. They recognise that without their professional Royal Air Force training, experience and discipline accrued whilst serving, RUSTA wouldn’t be able to offer the world-class courses it does today. Sion Roberts the CEO of RUSTA explains his affinity with the Royal Air Force, “I joined the Royal Air Force just before its 75th anniversary in 1992 and with just over 25 years passing since that last important milestone, aviation has changed quite radically. Back when I joined my first Nimrod Maritime Patrol Squadron no one would have imagined the impact that unmanned aircraft would have an... Read More »


Drones: What is Drone Law?

The advent of the drone for civilian and commercial use is one of those large steps in personal transportation, which previously brought us the aeroplane, motor vehicles, trains, bicycles and even the wheel. Never before has it been possible for anyone and everyone to gain easy access to aviation, but with it brings all sorts of concerns affected by it, and lo a new subset of law comes together. The principal concerns surrounding private drone use have been safety, regulation and privacy, which must be forged together as the community makes advances in technology. With technology come regulations. The insurance sector will also play an increasingly important role in the future of drone use. The private use of drones may well flourish as a burgeoning practice area as individuals have already faced criminal prosecutions for breach of the regulations and it is possible that companies may have liability for the acts of their employees where they are required to pilot drones. T... Read More »


SalusUAV Completes BVLOS Research Project

In the very near future, all areas of the economy will begin to see the impact of drones on their operational processes; from the way we travel to how we receive goods and services. According to some sources, the extent of that impact equates to a total commercial UAV market value of $127 billion. The key to unlocking the full societal and economic potential of drones lies in allowing them to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight – BVLOS. Regulations in most countries demand that drones must have a Sense and Avoid System in order to conduct routine BVLOS operations. SalusUAV won funding from the Department for Transport Innovation Challenge Fund to develop such a Sense and Avoid system. Working with our partners at the University of Bath we have now successfully completed the project. An intense period of simulator modelling was followed by several increasingly complex real flight scenarios. Whilst the flight scenarios were complex, we know from our background as professional... Read More »


Drone-I are set to release new streaming app DRONESTREAM in April

OUR VISION Current streaming services seem to sideline the drone streaming potential for other streaming services, although it is offered, we do not feel they are appropriate platforms for a client to view from.    Our vision is to create a UAS centered streaming platform for the casual flyer, right to the commercial and government sectors.   That said, we understand the importance of potentially sensitive, confidential client data streaming through the platform - therefore, we have created the ability for the UAV operator to have groups or individuals that they can exclusively screen to securely.  We aim to produce this app with both the pilot and viewer in mind. Understanding that swift set up is required as the viewer may be a client or emergency services personnel that have little time to configure settings. OUR STORY Drone-i (the company behind the App) was started by a group of drone professionals and enthusiasts, he... Read More »


WINGTRA SETS A NEW BENCHMARK IN DRONE PHOTOGRAMMETRY

With the launch of WingtraOne PPK (Post-Processed Kinematics) drone, the Swiss UAV manufacturer Wingtra is setting a new benchmark in large-scale surveying and mapping applications. With the help of its industry-leading partners – photogrammetry software provider Pix4D, and the GNSS board and PPK provider Septentrio – WingtraOne PPK is now able to deliver orthomosaic maps and 3D models with an absolute accuracy down to 1 cm (0.4 in). “With the latest upgrade, our drone WingtraOne PPK can offer something that has never been seen before in drone photogrammetry – broad coverage and high resolution at ultra-precise accuracy. For example, in a single one-hour flight, the WingtraOne can cover 130 ha (320 ac), which is equal to 240 football fields and deliver maps at GSDs below 1 cm/px (0.4 in/px) with absolute accuracy down to 1 cm (0.4 in)”, explains the CTO of Wingtra Armin Ambühl. These results are new to the industry – professionals could ne... Read More »


UKRSPECSYSTEMS PRESENT THEIR UPGRADED PD-1 UAS AT UMEX 2018 IN ABU DHABI

Ukrspecsystems took part in the UMEX 2018 show in Abu Dhabi where they presented the new PD-1 UAS with new features and capabilities, including it's VTOL module. PD-1 VTOL generated a large amount of interest and collected many positive feedbacks from representatives of armed forces of different countries and also from our partners in UAV industry. Several agreements on further cooperation were signed right on the show. Originally PD-1 was a fixed-wing drone with runway takeoff and landing. As we wanted to simplify the operation of the drone and make it easier to use we changed our concept and converted PD-1 to a modular platform that can be easily customized without any special tools right in the field. Today PD-1 UAS offers multiple options in terms of launch and recovery: 1. Vertical takeoff and landing; 2. Catapult launch and parachute recovery; 3. Runway takeoff and landing. Same airframe – multiple possibilities. Ready for... Read More »


Handling data from drone inspections: 5 costly mistakes you might be making

Do you avoid these mistakes when handling your inspection data? If yes, then lucky you – because real money is on the line. Hint: It’s no lie that time is money. #1: No geo references If you don’t geotag your images, you're probably missing out – and your clients and work partners probably are too. Associating an image with an exact position and notes about issues – and being able to move your focus and zoom in and out with your mouse on a map, and see exactly the annotations and images associated with the part of the map you’re looking at – that makes things both easier and faster than doing everything manually. Here’s the way we like to do things, explained in short introduction videos: Image Inspection Tutorial #2: Spending too much time analyzing Of course, if you hired someone to analyze your inspection data for you, you would have some amount of expenditure for that. But what if they could do it quicker t... Read More »


36 Tech Barristers launch their dedicated service offering for the drone sector

36 Tech Barristers were very happy to join the Drone Major community this month as its only supplier of legal services, and a leading supplier of legal services in this multi-faceted, multi-jurisdictional sector. 36 Tech Barristers is a part of 36 Group Barristers Mediators and Arbitrators of 36 Bedford Row. This is a barristers’ chambers steeped in history but modern in approach. 36 Group provide legal services directly to businesses or to their own lawyers in a wide range of disciplines, including contracts, regulation, crime and commercial law. A full description can be found here. The 36 Tech division works in the area of technology, e-commerce and digital media. Joining Drone Major marks the division’s concentration on the commercial use and application of drones and drone technologies. It is an obvious area for 36 Group to work in with specialists with established practices in the area of aviation, and technology, as well as the many related disciplines that imp... Read More »


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

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

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 »