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Drones will answer the big pollution questions

The answer to the rubbish in our oceans “is already in our hands”, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group told Stevie Knight. To find a solution he intends to bring together a diverse range of companies which span the globe, from Denmark to South Africa, the US to the UK. There are challenges that have avoided detailed analysis till now: “How much plastic is in the ocean?  Where is it?  What effect is it having on sea animals and how deep does the issue go? Past attempts to answer these questions have proved difficult at best.” However, he believes that real answers – and solutions – are close to hand. Garbett pointed to a “new wave” of converging technologies, many of which are already in production, “that are able to operate across a number of different environments”. Not least of which are drones. The idea is to develop a true hybrid: an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) could be tailored... Read More »


Drones Are Transforming Our Interaction With The Oceans

Commenting on the transformative impact of drones for the world’s oceans, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group, said: “As the World focusses on the importance of caring for our oceans, like opening a can of worms, we are faced with an increasing number of problems to solve.  How much plastic is in the ocean?  Where is it?  What effect is it having on the animals living in the sea and how deep does the issue go?  Past attempts to answer these questions have proved difficult at best.  Fortunately, we are now living in a time when drone technology has evolved to a point where it can really help. What many will not realise is that there is a new wave of drone systems emerging which are able to operate across different environments from ground vehicles that can fly to aircraft which can dive into the sea, monitor and inspect underwater and then punch out of the water to become airborne again.  Indeed, Drone Major has discovered syst... Read More »


Caelus Drones

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

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

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 »


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

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 »


Drones Are Increasingly Being Used To Help Save Lives

Drone Major supplier, DJI, is on a mission to follow how many times drones save lives. DJI said that last week "marked a new milestone in public safety drone use". Drones were used to rescue four people in three separate incidents on two continents in one day. “This brings the total number of people rescued from peril by drones around the world to at least 133,” says DJI, as there are now countless incidents in which drones are used in law enforcement, firefighting and rescue operations to assist in saving lives. Last Thursday, police and fire departments recorded three rescues: Police in the UK used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to find a missing semiconscious man at the edge of a steep Exmouth cliff face. Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police posted a video of the rescue here: https://twitter.com/PoliceDrones/status/1004368785346912256 An Indiana fire department dropped a life vest to a criminal suspect who ha... Read More »


How Drones Can Solve Environmental Issues

Robert Garbett, chief executive of Drone Major Group, explains how this technology covers a vast array of areas, from monitoring wildlife and pollution levels to replanting trees and mitigating wildfires. “That is just the tip of the iceberg,” he tells me. “The applications for drones around environmental protection and monitoring are huge, it just goes on and on.” Indeed, after just a little digging, I unearth thousands of environmental uses that the scientific community is just beginning to discover (see below). “Whatever the environmental issue that you can think of, a drone can probably be used to help solve it,” Garbett adds. “The evolution of unmanned vehicle technology (UVT) is moving very quickly.” This is one of the most exciting areas for the future of drone technology, with Garbett suggesting that the barriers limiting the reach of UVT are increasingly falling away. He describes how there are now 56ft drone catamara... Read More »


Aerial Monitoring Solutions: Drones By Africa, For Africa

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 »


AMENDMENT TO THE UK AIR NAVIGATION ORDER 2016 – 30TH MAY 2018

Tomorrow morning the Department for Transport (DFT) will be laying an amendment to the Air Navigation Order 2016 in Parliament. Following the government’s consultation last year, this will put into law the requirements for: 1. operators of drones above 250g to be registered 2. pilots flying these drones (known as ‘remote pilots’) to obtain an acknowledgement of competency from the CAA, having passed requirements set by the CAA such as an online safety test to prove their knowledge of the restrictions 3. a height limit of 400ft for all drone flights 4. a restriction from flying drones within 1km of protected aerodromes in the UK, unless you have the permission of the Air Traffic Control unit in question. Measures 1 & 2 will not come into force until 30th November 2019 to give drone users time to adjust to this change and allow the Civil Aviation Authority to complete their work on the systems and educational materials required to implement these poli... Read More »


Thousands of manufacturing and building drones could boost GDP by £8.6bn

Thousands of drones could fill the skies above building sites and factories over the coming decade, boosting the UK's GDP by £8.6bn. The construction and manufacturing sector could save up to £3.5bn from widespread introduction of the machines, a report from accountants PwC found. Throughout the whole economy, Skies Without Limits forecast a £42bn GDP increase by 2030, with more than 76,000 operator-controlled drones taking off. The most common applications in construction and manufacturing will be monitoring and surveying building sites, infrastructure maintenance and stock-taking, the report predicted. Companies already commonly use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as cheap and efficient tools for tracking construction progress and checking wear and tear on installations such as wind turbines. Andrew Watts from building engineering firm Newtecnic also previously told Professional Engineering that drones will physically interact m... Read More »


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 »


Drone Major Group Featured in Forbes Magazine Discussing The Potential of Drones

'I recently sat down with Robert Garbett (Founder and CEO of Drone Major Group - 'the global commercial trade organisation for the drone industry' and got some answers about where drones are doing in the next ten years and how businesses can take advantage of the technology now and later on. Overall, Garbett was clear that there is 'no one-size fits all' solution or framework when it comes to implementing drone tech. Businesses should focus evaluation on; "...their current technological position; the purpose for adoption; the environment of operation; it's associated risk and the mindset within the business which is often the deciding factor between adoption and stagnation".' Garbett believes businesses are missing a lot when it comes to the potential for drone technology; "...the possibilities and benefits always go far beyond what is generally understood or expected. [Drone technology] represents a paradigm shift in capabil... 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 »


UK MoD Successfully Trials Unmanned Minesweeper

Following a period of successful trials, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a new unmanned minesweeper which could go on to be used by the Royal Navy in the future to defeat the threat of modern digital mines. The first of its kind for UK forces, it comprises an 11m long, 10-tonne unmanned surface vessel (USV) that tows three boats behind it. The boats emit signals that can detonate a variety of mines, including a new breed of digital mine that can detect and target passing ships above. According to the MoD, the vessel features 'sense and avoid' capability and is designed to operate alongside other autonomous systems for the common goal of making UK waters safe. Operated either from a ship or a portable control cabin, the minesweeper has been undergoing trials for the past four months. As well as the overall system performance, it was graded on how well it could clear mines and how successfully it could avoid obstacles. Read more Read More »


Underwater Drones used for Search & Rescue and Surveillance in India

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious gatherings on earth. It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage on the banks of Ganga of faith where Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. In preparation for the event, local police are planning on using underwater drones at the fair in 2019 for the first time for surveillance and rescue operations. Hundreds of thousands of people will be bathing daily in the river so Visual and SONAR (Sound Navigation & Ranging) sensors would be utilised by the police to ensure visibility up to 300 meters underwater, maintaining a close watch on river banks and deep water, and ensuring safety and security of pilgrims and preventing them from drowning. It also helps with inspection of any underwater structures. Furthermore, the drone will help the police with underwater inspections and maintenance & repair operations, exploring areas which are not accessible by divers, for example, areas with low visibility. The pilgrimage will be held on the b... 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 »