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WingtraOne drone to help build EuroTube

As construction of EuroTube, the very first European super fast transportation system starts full steam, the team uses WingtraOne drone to conduct a topographic survey of the site. The project EuroTube proved to be surprisingly challenging from the very beginning. First, the team had to find a long, flat stretch of land for EuroTube’s construction in Switzerland, a country famous for its mountains. And just as the right location was found in the canton of Valais, another challenge came along. How to survey such a complicated site surrounded by mountains, water bodies, forests and railway tracks? Luckily, the fellow Swiss company Wingtra already had a solution – a VTOL drone WingtraOne. The 3 km long and 3 m wide stretch of land will be used to build the EuroTube – a vacuum tube that is to be the testing site for ultra high-speed transportation technology. The project is the European answer to its American counterpart Hyperloop of the SpaceX and Elon Musk fame.&n... Read More »


FREE Professional Prints in partnership with FUJIFILM and One Vision Imaging!

Print it to Prove it! Imagine just how good your aerial photography could look if it were printed by the UK’s leading professional photographic laboratory? Well, now you can. The team at Drone Major have joined forces with FUJIFILM and the UK’s finest professional photographic laboratory One Vision Imaging to offer you (3) FREE 10 x 8 or 12 x 8” prints in their ‘Print it to Prove it’ campaign. You simply pay the postage. We spoke to One Vision’s Managing Director, Derek Poulston to find out what it’s all about. “We know the quality of true photographic printing is simply the best that can be achieved by any print method yet so many choose to print their own on Inkjet printers at home. Knowing that aerial photography is often reliant on detailed imagery we know that nothing can beat photographic printing for image definition. As a business, we pay many hundreds of thousands of pounds for our printers compared to a few hundred poun... Read More »


DRONE TRAINING PROFESSIONALS SHARE EXPERTISE AT UNIVERSITY LECTURES

The sky is the limit for lecturers at Bristol’s University of West England (UWE) after the UK’s leading drone training experts ran a flying course at its Frenchay Campus. RUSTA recently taught 16 members of staff from three out of four of the UWE’s faculties. The participants came from departments as diverse as Engineering Design & Mathematics, Film & Journalism and Geographic & Environmental Management, where they learnt pre-flight processes and procedures, flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures. The course was facilitated by Dr Mark Palmer, senior lecturer at UWE, as he had already obtained his Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) with RUSTA in 2016. Sion Roberts, managing director of RUSTA, said: “Although we have held many courses in Bristol over the past four years, we’ve never held one solely on the campus and solely for university staff.” “The facilities for classroom instruction were second to none and... Read More »


Wingtra named 7th best startup in Switzerland

At the annual TOP 100 Startups award night held by Venturelab in cooperation with the Handelszeitung and PME Magazine, Wingtra was chosen as the 7th best startup in Switzerland. The jury of reviewers, made up of over 100 investors and industry experts choose from over 100.000 young Swiss companies. They ranked Wingtra nine places higher than their 16th place last year. Maximilian Boosfeld and Elias Kleimann, two of Wingtra’s founders, were in attendance to receive the award.  In the category for Electronics/Mechanics, Wingtra ranked second. Another drone company, Flyability, who build a drone focusing on safety and inaccessible places, took out the first place. Switzerland has become a hub for advanced drone companies and this is shown with ten percent of the top 100 companies being related to drones. Three of these were in the top 10. Maximilian Boosfeld, Co-founder and CEO of Wingtra commented, “It is great to see 3 commercial drone companies amongst the top 10... Read More »


SkyWatch launches 3 integrations with leading drone apps

As from today, Maps Made Easy, Drone Harmony, and DroneDeploy pilots will be able to purchase SkyWatch's on-demand insurance precisely for the mission they are planning seamlessly from within the drone industry's leading flight apps. The Maps Made Easy integration enables Map Pilot users to purchase and manage on-demand insurance based on the flight area they are planning to survey, directly from the Map Pilot mobile app. Additionally, the flight telemetry is uploaded to the SkyWatch platform to analyze flight risk, and pilots are rewarded with lower insurance rates for practising safe flight. “With this first-of-its-kind integration, drone pilots can now get insurance coverage in seconds, transparently, as a part of their existing workflow.”, said Tomer Kashi, CEO of SkyWatch. “I’d like to thank the innovative and professional Maps Made Easy team that helps us take insurance to the 21st century.” Tudor Thomas, Co-Found... Read More »


SalusUAV: Drone Operator Human Factors Training - 10% Discount

SalusUAV - putting the customer first SalusUAV continues to deliver industry-leading PfCO courses, delivered by experts in the field. We can now also offer course delivery at customers' premises, giving you not only a financial saving but also a time saving since you don't need to travel.  Feedback so far has been fantastic. It also means we can see precisely where and how you operate, allowing us to ensure the course is exactly right for your needs. Unmanned Human Factors Course Clients attending SalusUAV PfCO courses are nearly always surprised by our emphasis on Human Factors. By the time they leave, they understand our reasoning for this and often ask if they can go deeper into the subject. As a direct response to this feedback, we now offer a 1-day Unmanned Human Factors course.  The day gives candidates a better understanding of how to improve their skill set in Situation Awareness, Decision Making, Workload Management, Communi... Read More »


Demonstrating how the Dark Matter® hX can stay airborne for hours

  As a UK manufacturer of high-quality precision engineered carbon fibre unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV/Drones) and accessories, at Clogworks Technologies, we pride ourselves in fine-tuning our products to give our customers the most of what is currently achievable. Since the start of 2018, we have been busy conducting tether testing with Dark Matter® hX in different operating and challenging conditions. Recently we completed tethered endurance tests to demonstrate some of Dark Matter® hX capabilities and specifically the ruggedness of our systems. Firstly, Dark Matter® hX was deployed for 5+ hours. This was quickly followed by another test of more than 8 hours continuous flight just a few days later, both recorded as a time-lapse video. We are pleased to share these videos of the endurance testing in the links below. click here for 5+ hrs tether endurance video. click here for 8+ hrs tether endurance video. Examples of specific tether drone a... Read More »


5 Reasons To Choose A Long-Endurance Fixed-Wing VTOL UAV

When selecting a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to complete the mission of your project you’re going to need to take into consideration a number of factors. The first and most likely one of the most important factors to consider is how long will you need the drone to be in the air. No doubt there are other factors to take into consideration like payload capacity, VTOL (vertical take-off and land) capabilities and many others. We take a look at five reasons why you should be choosing a long-endurance, fixed-wing UAV for your operation. Time is Money Multi-rotor drones are a lot slower than fixed-wing drones, which travel at a high speed, so getting a job done quickly isn’t usually an option, especially if you need to cover a large area of land. Whether the drone is being used for construction, maintenance, agriculture or public safety, having the drone in the air for longer periods of time saves a lot of time as opposed to bringing it down every h... Read More »


Inkonova receives a PO from Barrick’s Golden Sunlight Mine

On the 7th of August 2018, Inkonova received a purchase order for an underground aerial survey (flying scan) in Golden Sunlight Mine in Montana, U.S. The mission is likely to demonstrate both Inkonova’s units, the TILT Ranger and the Batonomous. The mine is owned and operated by Barrick Gold, the largest the largest gold mining company in the world, with its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Funded by Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, via a grant to Montana Tech, the mission is scheduled for the last week of August 2018, set to include several inaccessible stopes underground where several technical deliverables including 3D laser point clouds, visual footage and photogrammetry will be tried out, and is co-liaised and supported by Montana Tech University as a part of Barrick’s Underground Autonomous Drone project. This is the first service mission for the Batonomous in North America, and the second overall. The ... Read More »


Aero Enterprise inspects industrial plants for voestalpine

Aero Enterprise inspects industrial plants for voestalpine In April, airborne inspection of industrial plants was carried out on the voestalpine plant premises in Linz/Austria to examine potential damages. Linz/Austria, 14th May 2018. Through the cooperation with voestalpine at the Linz facility, Aero Enterprise has taken the next step towards inspection of industrial sites for damaged areas and anomalies. Various industrial plants, such as blast furnaces and gasometer, were inspected in April for a total of three days with the in-house developed helicopter drone. Drone inspection in the industrial sector "The use of the fully automated high-tech robot 'SensorCopter' not only makes inspection more efficient, it also reduces downtime and significantly increases safety at work," said Robert Hörmann, CEO of Aero Enterprise. The focus of the test flights is on the efficient use of the self-developed system - consisting of a flying robot with high-resol... Read More »


Aero Enterprise launches partner model for airborne inspection of wind turbines

Linz, Austria, 17th August 2018. The Austrian company Aero Enterprise offers a cooperation model for the efficient inspection of wind turbines for wind energy consultants and service companies throughout Europe. With the new concept, Aero Enterprise supports its customers and partners in the progressive requirements for digitization. The partner model and scope for the inspection of wind turbines are modular and therefore very flexible: Rotor blades and tower can be inspected by the cooperation partner even with multicopter drones. Aero Enterprise actively supports the transition to digital asset assessment in methodology and flight procedures. The data collected (by the partner) are processed by Aero Enterprise, standardized and made available in a 3D environment for better orientation using the licence free "AERO-View". Depending on the agreed service model, the extensive data collected can be analyzed, quantified, and classified for damage by Aero Enterprise itsel... Read More »


Buy a drone air force for less than £30k - you’ll also need some Bacofoil

The Royal Air Force has celebrated its formation in 1918 with a series of superb displays and parades that show off their professionalism, panache and pride and demonstrate their global status as a leader in air and space power. The RAF’s creation lies in part with the threat posed by the manned Zeppelin raids on the UK mainland of World War One. The last attack off Great Yarmouth was unintentionally marked a hundred years ago to the day, by the drone attack wreaking a similar terror from the skies on the President of Venezuela. For air forces around the world and their political masters, there is now a new kid on the urban block. The £30K air force is available now with minimal running costs, no infrastructure requirements and comes pre-loaded with the mother of all irony bombs; soon it could be delivered to you straight from the warehouse, by drone.   So, the new kid on and above the block is an illegally modified drone. However, they have been around for decades,... Read More »


Drone Major Group founder illuminates the future of the drone industry

Drone technology has become one of the fastest growing industries within the tech space and it's not hard to understand why. As advancements in batteries and other components have fallen in price in recent years, the practicality of drone utilization within enterprises has risen and now more and more companies have begun utilizing them in a myriad of different use cases. As the popularity of the tech increases, as has the need for auxiliary services around it to help service, monitor and maintain drones. These considerations were the catalyst behind the creation of the first-ever dedicated incubator and startup service for drone professionals and enthusiast, SUAS Global. Innovation Enterprise spoke to Robert Garbett, the founder of the Drone Major Group, the company which acquired SUAS Global in 2018, where we discussed the rapidly evolving drone market to get his take on the future of the drones market. Innovation Enterprise: What constitutes a drone entrep... Read More »


UK’s leading drone training professionals launch exciting membership package

UK’s leading drone training professionals launch exciting membership package The sky is the limit for drone enthusiasts and professionals as the UK’s leading drone training experts launch its first ever membership package for loyal and new customers. Rusta’s ‘Alumni’ membership will be available from midday today and will offer exclusive benefits and discounts across a whole range of drone training services. The benefits of the Alumni include ongoing support with Operations manuals, networking events, discounts on products & services. Sion Roberts, managing director of Rusta, said: “We’re very excited to launch our Alumni membership package today. Anyone who takes part in one of our courses and decides to join the Alumni, will now enjoy a number of amazing and exclusive benefits.” “As well as future discounts and additional support services, Alumni members will also be invited to our special networking events, where... Read More »


SkyWatch.AI: App for On Demand Drone Insurance

SkyWatch aims to create innovative, easy-to-use tools that empower drone operators to fly safely, manage their flights seamlessly, and make sure they are insured at a reasonable price. With SkyWatch.AI, drone operators can fly with peace of mind with simple, fast and transparent drone insurance coverage. The mobile app allows you to precisely plan your flight, avoid potential hazards in real-time before lift-off and fully customize your policy. This way you’re only priced for your needs, it’s instant, and it's easy-to-purchase, not to mention you can save up to 50% on your premiums just by flying safely! Hence the slogan, Safer Pilots Pay Less! SkyWatch.AI is available for all iOS and Android mobile devices and tablets. Download the app here. For more frequent flyers such as commercial drone operators, contractors, and fleets, SkyWatch Plus offers a monthly insurance plan with coverage across the entire US. “With this new addition to our platform... Read More »


Threod Systems: Tailor-made UAS solutions designed for military, governmental and civil applications

About Threod Systems Threod Systems specializes in developing, producing, and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that are designed for information collection and exploitation in military, governmental and civil applications. Threod supports the decisionmaking process on every level of command. Threod Systems is known for rapid product development and tailor-made UAS solutions for small multirotors, fixed-wing UAV platforms, and in-house developed sub-systems. Products & Services Fixed Wing UAS Threod Systems fixed-wing UAVs are fully integrated and ready to use systems that meet the demanding customer requirements in the following fields: military, law enforcement, police, border protection, intelligence, governmental and service applications. All UAVs come with our proprietary autopilot, electro-optical sensors and user interfaces, which makes the system deployment efficient and reliable. Threod Systems aims to bring larger UAV capabilities down to smaller... Read More »


Terabee: Meet the brand new TeraRanger Tower Evo

August 1st, 2018, Terabee - creators of the TeraRanger Time-of-Flight distance sensors has released news of its new generation 360° solid-state LiDAR. With up to eight detection zones monitored simultaneously and at high-speeds, TeraRanger Tower Evo is lightweight, compact and ideal for collision avoidance on drones and robots. Terabee launched their first generation Tower in 2016, using the TeraRanger One sensors. Using the latest TeraRanger Evo sensors for this new version, the maximum range has increased from 14 meters up to 60 meters indoors, and outdoors in strong sunlight, twenty to thirty meters range is possible. With its unique circular array of distance sensors, TeraRanger Tower Evo is designed for drone and mobile robot navigation and collision avoidance, but can also be used for point cloud generation. Unlike rotating laser scanners, Tower Evo has zero moving parts, resulting in increased robustness, higher data sampling rates for a given point, and silent operati... Read More »


Drones up to mischief

Recent media attention surrounding the use of drone technology to commit criminal acts provides the greatest example of why authorities need to be alert to this new and developing area. Prisons provide the best example. Drones have caught the media’s negative stare with drones described as a ‘game changer’ for the common drug dealer. Drugs and phones are the most sought after commodities behind bars; drugs acquire the status of gold bullion whilst phones allow the shrewd criminal to manage and coordinate illicit affairs remotely. In December 2017, a gang of 10 who smuggled phones and drugs into prison were handed lengthy prison sentences as reported by the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42341416. They were responsible for smuggling £1million of these illicit items into prison using drones. It was established that the group had conducted some 49 drone flights, although the figure could be much higher. It was due to the good fortune of wildlife cameras s... Read More »


ALTI UAS Launches Complete UAV Ground Control and Command Station

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 »


Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK

The measures in the consultation are part our wider drones programme and strategy and will help shape the content of a draft Drones Bill which will be published later this year, as well as other future measures. The measures under consultation include:   • Proposals for regulating and mandating the use of ‘apps’ on which pilots would file flight plans ahead of take-off • Additional powers for the police to enforce the law • Using new counter-drone technology to protect public events and critical national infrastructure, and stop contraband from reaching prisons • Introducing minimum age restrictions for drone owners in addition to the new tests they will need to take • Whether the 1km restriction around aerodromes, introduced as an amendment to the Air Navigation Order in May this year, is sufficient. The consultation will run until 17 September 2018 and they're keen to engage with as wide a group as possible. Please... Read More »