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British Science Week 2018: Tackling plastic pollution with drones

As covered in The Sussex Newspaper, Design Products & Applications, Green Energy News, Electronic Specifier and Electronic Product Design & Test. Drone technology completely transforms the data collection process providing scientists with a new way to effectively and efficiently survey areas that are contaminated by plastic. Commenting on the use of drones in the marine environment, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group, said: “With the announcement that British Science Week is launching a citizen science partnership in 2018 with The Plastic Tide, I was reminded of a recent trip to Thailand. It was on Ko Phi Phi that I met a group called the ‘Beach Front Divers’ who are using drone technology to survey the island’s beaches and coral reefs for plastic contamination, the state of coral decline and fish stocks from the air. I was so alarmed by what I saw that I decided to help the team by sourcing a dedicated air drone... Read More »

Drone Major Group Featured in the Daily Express: Drones & British Business

Robert Garbett, CEO and Founder of Drone Major Group told that the drone industry will revolutionise business in more ways than simply through the sale of the technology or the data that it produces. Mr Garbett cites three examples of how drones will revolutionise British business. Firstly, he said: “Drone technology will enable us to reclaim spaces which have fallen into disuse, such as rivers, or have previously been inaccessible such as low-level airspace. “Use of these spaces will generate opportunities into which business will move generating wealth and employment.” Secondly, Mr Garbett adds the use of such spaces will also dramatically change the way freight moves in and out of our cities which will have a profound effect on our city centres. He says drones will help remove much of the “low value, high volume traffic” from UK roads which will benefit our businesses through easier access by paying clients and employees, im... Read More »

New Drone Standards Expected In Spring 2018 To Transform Industry

As Covered In Business News Wales, Natwest and Farming Monthly.  Robert Garbett, chief executive of Drone Major Group and chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Committee on Drone Standards has been working on these standards for many years, working with the likes of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) with the aim of energising the industry. As announced at the House of Lords, the first draft of the standards will be released in spring, allowing for greater input and implementation 'shortly thereafter', he said. According to a 2016 report, Goldman Sachs predicted that the drone market would be worth $100 billion by 2020. Now because of the adoption of the technology in all environments, Surface, Underwater, Air and Space, this figure will be much higher. The industry's growth will depend on the public's understanding the positive impact the use of drones can have. BSI is seeking businesses that can add val... Read More »

Robert Garbett in Mail Online: Robot ploughs could be on UK streets by 2021

As covered in the Mail Online and the Daily Express. The recent snowstorms, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma mean that ploughs are needed to clear snow out of roads and public places. However, operators may struggle getting to the vehicles in the first place. Robert Garbett said that autonomous unmanned ground vehicles would be able to work without the need of an operator. He said, 'as the recent cold snap settles and we count the cost of being ill-prepared, again, my mind settled on a story which was shared with me at a business continuity meeting in Cambridgeshire. 'The story revolves around an ingenious idea to solve the issue of not being able to get snow ploughs to the worst-hit areas of the region fast enough as they were located in a central compound area.  'A plan was executed to deploy snow ploughs to strategic points around the region ahead of an expected snowstorm which arrived in force in the early hours of the next morning. &#... Read More »

Drone Major and BSI announce new drone standards at the House of Lords

As Covered In: Farming UK, Farming Online, Design Products and Applications, Global Banking and Finance Review, Tamebay, BusinessCloud, Drone Below, Electronic Specifier, East Midlands Business Link, PSI Magazine, Connecting Industry, EMS NOW Power Engineering International, Business Link, Business News Wales, Geospatial World, Professional Security Magazine, Engineer Live, M2, Smart Rail World, Commercial Drone Professional, ITS International and Supply Management. Drone Major Group and the British Standards Institute (BSI) host a drone event at the House of Lords to showcase the economic potential of the professional drone industry, its contribution to many industries and to give an insight on new drone standards that are being implemented by BSI and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to help increase the industry's development in 2018 and beyond. New standards will lead to 'stre... Read More »

Follow me drones for travel: should you really take one on your next trip?

Drones are banned at the Statue of Liberty and at an increasing number of tourist attractions. But with DJI’s new ‘follow me’ model offering unique photo and tracking modes, are travel drones becoming an unstoppable trend? Read more 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 »

Drones in the deep: new applications for maritime unmanned vehicles

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

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 »

UKRSpecsystems introduce PD-1 VTOL module

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 »

No Roads, No Problem

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 »

Things you only know if you're a drone expert - Drone Major founder & CEO, Robert Garbett, is featured in Time Out Magazine

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

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

“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

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

“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

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 »