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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 »


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 »


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 »


Drone Major Chief Executive Robert Garbett is Featured in The Daily Telegraph Discussing New Drone Applications

As Covered in The Daily Telegraph. "The huge rise in patents revealed by the latest data does not necessarily herald the arrival of masses of skybound packages, experts suggest. Instead, it signifies the likely rise in the use of drones across a burgeoning number of industries. Robert Garbett, chief executive of Drone Major Group, said: “It’s more to do with the widening applications of drones. The whole thing about delivering packages is a PR campaign. It is a great concept and gets the media excited but I don’t think it is where the industry is going.” Drones are now widely used in the film and TV industry, for surveillance purposes and for increasingly complex tasks such as performing digital scans of large vessels or oil rigs to search for any damage. The word “drone” tends to conjure up images of a quadruple-propellered flying object but those in the industry suggest it really means any unmanned vessel. Garbett says autonomou... Read More »


Drone Major: Counter Drone Technology

Drones will inevitably occupy our skies in the future, but how will we defend against them? In an ever-expanding market there becomes an increased threat from the misuse of technology. There is now an increased need for counter drone systems for a number of reasons, asset protection, anti-terrorism and privacy to name a few. Avoid near misses and collision by protecting airspace at airports Protect large gatherings of people at events Prevent illegal deliveries of drugs, phones and weapons at prisons Stop surveillance and damage to critical infrastructure Counter drone technology is now an expanding market within the drone industry and this document intends to outline the basic differences to enable buyers to source suitable systems that meet their requirements. Detectors Radar The word RADAR is an acronym for Radio Detection And Ranging, and in its simplest form, it consists of a transmitted radio signal aimed by an antenna in a particular direction, an... Read More »


Drone Major and BSI at MACH 2018

Robert Garbett, Chief Executive of Drone Major Group joins the BSI discussion panel at MACH 2018 to talk about how robotics & autonomous systems are transforming manufacturing systems, along with Dan Palmer, Head of Market Development at BSI, Prof. Dr. Stephan Cameron of Oxford University, Andrew Banks, Senior Field Application Engineer at LDRA Ltd, and Ruptesh Pattanayak, Industry Solutions Executive, Manufacturing and Resources at Microsoft. 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 »