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ALTI UAS Launches Complete UAV Ground Control and Command Station

Published July 26th 2018

Knysna, South Africa, July 26, 2018 - ALTI UAS, world-leading unmanned aircraft developer and manufacturing company, launches advanced Ground Control System (GCS). A complete control and command station for the ALTI Transition unmanned aircraft system as well as other stand-alone aircraft control or camera gimbal and sensor control unit. The ALTI GCS is an advanced, modular, multi-link unmanned aircraft command and control system. It features everything from a high-quality intel computer, pre-loaded with all the relevant mission planning software, dual screen design layout, backup data telemetry link, long range control link, main digital data link (flight planning and telemetry) as well as HD video support, all integrated seamlessly into a lightweight Pelican Air travel case. An optional Range Extension Package is available for the ALTI GCS, which boasts a long-range data and video operation of up to 100km, made possible using a pneumatic telescopic mast and directional gri... Read More »


Measure Chooses Scopito to Fulfil Data Needs of Wind Customers

Published July 19th 2018

The full-service drone services provider Measure has chosen the inspection software company Scopito and their platform for managing their wind inspection data. Measure’s data engineers were in need of software that was highly scalable and had the option to efficiently create customizable reports, and they found Scopito to meet their needs. KC Love, VP of Data Engineering at Measure:  “Scopito turned out to be an excellent choice for our customers due to their streamlined platform, customizable features, and superb user interface design, e.g. easy-to-use filters that show you exactly what you’re looking for.” In Scopito’s new blog post we discuss when it is right for wind companies to handle their own data analysis – and when it makes more sense to outsource it to an aerial intelligence company like Measure. Watch video Read More »


SalusUAV Offer New Weekend Training Courses

Published July 19th 2018

Become a commercial drone pilot over two weekends Our clients have told us that a huge barrier to small businesses and the self-employed completing a commercial drone training course is having to give up time during the working week. With this in mind, SalusUAV has decided to make all our courses available over weekends. This means that you can attain your PfCO with us over two weekends. No time off required. Contact us for details. Read More »


What is a drone anyway?

Published July 19th 2018

What is a drone anyway?

Published July 19th 2018

It's a question that might get you laughed out of any self-respecting futurologist’s dinner party, but in a world where drones are poised to have a tremendous impact on our daily lives, it is one that bears asking.  When most people think of drones, they see a little plastic quadcopter flown around by their neighbour’s annoying kids, or the menacing fixed wing aircraft delivering controversy to the Middle East, but neither of those paint a complete picture of what the word ‘drone’ actually means, and knowing why that is the case, as well as what that complete picture actually entails, is vital to understanding the nature of the drone industry at large.  At its most basic, dictionary-derived level, a drone is an unmanned vehicle guided by either remote control or onboard software. The big takeaway from the first part of that definition is the word ‘vehicle.’ While most of the headline-grabbing, future-seeking drone applic... Read More »


RUSTA Drone Training Specialists partner with ARC Aerial Imaging

Published July 16th 2018

RUSTA partners with ARC Aerial Imaging to deliver market leading 2-day SUAS business development course in Drone Aerial Imaging for Mapping and Surveying. Andy Carmen Managing Director of ARC Aerial Imaging will be delivering the course at RUSTA’s Head Quarters in Lincoln. Sion Roberts Managing Director of RUSTA and Andy Carmen are combining RUSTAs facilities with Andy’s Imagery analyst expertise. Both Andy and Sion joined the Royal Air Force on the same day in 1992 both served at one time on 31 Squadron (gold stars). This is a fantastic opportunity for existing PFCO holders and businesses to learn the important theory and fundamentals of aerial imaging. This course will enhance their understanding and approaches towards mapping planning with drones through various collection techniques for the accurate collation of aerial imaging for the onward creation of mapping/surveying and other technical geospatial products.   Instructed by Andy a... Read More »


Caelus Drones

Published June 20th 2018

Caelus Drones

Published June 20th 2018

Caelus Drones was formed to provide high-quality aerial services with a mission to become the one stop shop for all things drone. We want our clients to feel comfortable that all of their requirements are taken care of and that they have a supplier who will work extremely hard to ensure they get the best service and products possible. We have spent the last 4 months developing a retail site which means you can now choose from the following services: Buy a Drone Hire a Drone Hire a Drone and Pilot Find a Drone At Caelus we pride ourselves on offering a unique bespoke service for our clients. We have recently sourced drones for clients across the world, engaged with new drone suppliers across the world so we can offer systems from a broad range of manufacturers (not just your mainstream ones). We pride ourselves on offering a diverse and niche range of products from the ALTI Transition to the Mars Parachutes to the drone LED cube lights. As many clients are building their... Read More »


SalusUAV Develop a Sense and Avoid System

Published June 20th 2018

Stream video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_QATwPXCQ8&t=40s To fly Beyond Visual Line Of Sight, regulatory bodies demand that a drone has a ‘Sense and Avoid’ system so that it can detect other aircraft and avoid collisions with them. The absence of any effective system means that currently, if an operator wants to fly BVLOS, special permission must be requested from the regulator and the airspace must be sterile. This process carries with it an onerous time and admin burden for businesses. It also limits the possible applications that drones can undertake. This situation is unsustainable if we are to manage the predicted millions of commercial drones entering the market. Rather than trying to redesign the Unmanned Traffic System, SalusUAV has approached the problem by looking at the drone. We have produced a game-changing “Sense and Avoid” system called MROC. Just like human pilots, drones need to be able to make independent decisions.... Read More »


Fossils Stuff: S1 Ultra Light Racing Frame

Published June 20th 2018

The Fossils Stuff S1 is Smoky FPV’s signature frame. Smoky FPV is currently second in the British FPV Racing Association (BFPVRA) leaderboard. The S1 has been developed over many months with hundreds of hours of test flying culminating in a race winning design. Manufactured from high-quality Mitsibushi carbon sheet and top-grade aluminium and stainless steel hardware the S1 comes in at only 68 grams in weight with the removable camera protection plate. The design is a lower, mid and top plate system with removable arms. The removable arms allow for very quick replacement in the field. Each arm is manufactured from 4.5mm carbon and radiused all round top and bottom. All the plates are made from 2mm thick carbon sheet for added strength. The lower plate is wide enough to accommodate the latest lipo battery configuration which seems to be going squarer rather than long and thin. The middle plate has been machined to accept both 20mm and 30.5mm flight controllers allowing fo... Read More »


Air Control Entech & Trac: A New Standard in Remote UAV Inspection for the Oil & Gas Industry

Published June 15th 2018

Each a leader in their respective field, the Air Control Entech and TRAC partnership will set the standard for offshore inspection, combining the best of UAV technology and manual inspection techniques. [ABERDEEN, June 15th 2018] Today Air Control Entech and TRAC Oil & Gas Ltd. announce a new strategic partnership, aiming to combine their respective expertise in UAVs, aviation and inspection. The partnership will enable both companies to push the boundaries of what is currently possible in offshore, remote inspection, using ACE UAVs and TRAC’s inspection experience to offer a UAV-based remote inspection to a standard currently not offered in the Oil & Gas sector. Kieran Hope, founder and MD of Air Control Entech says “We first met TRAC through the OGTC and we’re delighted to be working together on UAV inspection deployments. Our LiveStream technology is seeing real pull-through in the market and with these joint projects we expect to gain the i... Read More »


Inkonova secures first commercial order for the Batonomous system, from LKAB

Published June 11th 2018

On the 23rd of April 2018, Inkonova’s Batonomous received the first commercial service purchase order for a scanning mission using the Batonomous system (autonomy for aerial robotics without light or infrastructure -GPS, beacons, video, etc..) from LKAB Malmberget. The PO came after a prior demo of the system there in late February this year, the demo was conducted in Gällivare in Northern Sweden, beyond the Arctic Circle. LKAB owns the biggest underground iron ore mine in the world, located in Kiruna. The service mission is scheduled for the first half of June 2018. The mission aims to survey zones deemed difficult or impossible with the previous state of technology. The inclination, the terrain of the shaft, the danger of collapse and falling rocks, the absence of light, GPS, vision and prior knowledge, all make it a challenge to survey and map these areas. Nevertheless, the lack of data from these zones cause weeks of delay, and a multitude of... Read More »


Aerial Monitoring Solutions: Drones By Africa, For Africa

Published June 5th 2018

Adam Rosman wanted to build rockets like Elon Musk. Instead, he makes drones that can handle Africa’s harsh conditions. As a boy, there was never any doubt what Adam Rosman would do when he was older. “Aviation fascinated me. My friends and I used to build model rockets and fly them at the school fields. I then decided I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer,” he says. Rosman studied aeronautical engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. “When I finished, I always wanted to do rocketry, Elon Musk type of stuff.” He worked at a South African rocket design firm but the company went under. “I think it was just the wrong time, they couldn’t get money,” says Rosman. Back then may have been the wrong time to build rockets, but Rosman seemed to have perfect timing when he started Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) in 2013. The company designs custom drones for the commercial market. “These a... Read More »


Inkonova: Batonomous™ — Reporting back

Published May 22nd 2018

“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

Published May 20th 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

Published May 20th 2018

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

Published May 15th 2018

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

Published May 14th 2018

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 »


ParaZero Enter Partnership With Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Published April 30th 2018

"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 »


RUSTA: New Bespoke Drone Security & Surveillance Course

Published April 27th 2018

Last week RUSTA and Hex Horus teamed up to run the inaugural Drone Security and Surveillance course (D-SS) in Ballykelly Northern Ireland. The first of its kind nationally, the course comprises of a bespoke Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) element designed for private and public security companies. Ryan McCready CEO of Hex Horus explains, “The combination of experience and expertise required to design and deliver the Drone Security & Surveillance course (D-SS), is evidently clear from our partnership with RUSTA.  As in our previous careers, we were both involved with the planning and execution of Military ISR and Close Air Support (CAS) operations; albeit Sion was the operator, above and myself as the Forward Air Controller (FAC) on the ground. Ballykelly is in need of an economic boost, it just so happens that Ballykelly provides both the infrastructure and a sustainable low carbon footprint by using local businesses who benefit from the cours... Read More »


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

Published April 2nd 2018

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 »


Scopito: THE EVOLUTION OF WIND TURBINE INSPECTIONS

Published April 2nd 2018

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 »