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UKRSpecsystems introduce PD-1 VTOL module

Published February 7th 2018

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

Published February 6th 2018

No Roads, No Problem

Published February 6th 2018

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 »


Drone Major founder Robert Garbett featured in Time Out Magazine

Published February 5th 2018

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

Published February 1st 2018

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

Published January 22nd 2018

“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

Published January 10th 2018

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

Published January 10th 2018

“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

Published January 10th 2018

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 »


SalusUAV have trained more people than ever and made breakthroughs in their R&D programmes

Published January 9th 2018

2017 was a strong year for SalusUAV; we trained more people than ever and made important breakthroughs in our R&D programmes. Training – Because we are all professional pilots, we train our clients to operate their drones to the same high standards as professional pilots operate their aircraft. Of course, we want to be a successful business, but we also want the drone pilots we train to be the best and most successful in the industry. Our instructors are all experienced professional airline and military pilots as well as being experts in human factors and critical decision making. Unlike most drone training courses, we instruct from the angle of Human Factors and Safety. What we have learned in manned aviation allows us to show you how to operate your drone to the highest possible standards and reduce the potential for human error, the cause of 80% of accidents. We share the CAAs belief that PfCO courses should not be tick in the box exercises, but courses which will fu... Read More »


VideoDrone announces PPK solution for precise geotagging

Published December 13th 2017

VideoDrone Finland has announced a solution which promises accuracies at the 1-3cm level. The main purpose is to minimize or even eliminate the need for ground control points, thereby reducing costs. VideoDrone tested several RTK and PPK technologies suitable for UAV use. The tests clearly demonstrated that RTK is very vulnerable to the signal loss. RTK requires a stable radio link to receive base station data, which limits the range of the operation, can be prone to GPS signal blockage and will lose correction data with radio link outages, particularly due to the UAV flight dynamics, signal obstructions or long distance. Post-processing kinematic (PPK), in turn, logs data in the UAV and processes with base station data after the flight. There is no data loss or initialization loss as in RTK due to radio link limitations. All collected data is processed with similar algorithms to RTK, but forwards and backwards through the data. This ensures the most robu... Read More »


Approaching 2018: How was the year of 2017 for Scopito?

Published December 13th 2017

Approaching a new year, at Scopito we will look back on 2017 as a good year. As a startup that started making software about one year ago, with a background of building drones a couple of years back, and after that shifting to making drone inspections, we know how much can happen in the first year of business. Our founder, Ken Falk, decided to make software for drone inspections because of he, being a drone inspector himself, felt a lack of a way to handle all the data and images captured on inspections. And even though it took longer than expected to really get the wheels going for our software company, luckily it has become clear that our founder is not the only one who sees the need for software that makes handling the inspection data simple and effective. And at Scopito we actually believe this to be the part of the value chain with the highest potential for profit margins for drone operators. Here are some of the things we will remember 2017 for - DroneDeploy contacted us... Read More »


“THE WORLD IS ON THE BRINK OF A TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION”

Published December 12th 2017

“As we move into the most exciting era of the modern age, it is easy to imagine skies filled with small flying drones delivering parcels, but the truth is far more likely and far more exciting and the key is the evolution of airspace management. Imagine a future where global airspace is no longer managed in a rigid ‘airspace corridor’ way purely for the benefit of commercial and military aircraft but in a continuously flexible and dynamic way for the benefit of all. An airspace populated with vertical columns used by aircraft making subspace jumps, shifting geo-routes allowing passenger drones to pass safely at any altitude and shifting geo-fences protecting manned routes and high-value assets. The sky above us is an untapped sea of air which will have incredible value as the drone industry expands its operations into the future.  As data is the new oil, airspace will be the new gold. We are some way from taking full control of the airspace but this work is... Read More »


The tech that will power the 22nd century

Published December 12th 2017

The tech that will power the 22nd century

Published December 12th 2017

If predicting the future is dumb, then predicting advances in technology is even dumber. Challenges will appear that we've never contemplated, and knowledge we now hold dear will in many cases be proven false. The prediction game can soon become more a reflection of 'us' in the 21st century rather than 'them' in the 22nd century. And yet, as we enter a period of hyper-adoption of new technology, we have more data than ever before to give us an idea of what the world could look like in 100 years. And we know one thing, it's that the future is going to be home to some amazing technologies. Beyond both driverless cars and Amazon wanting to use drones to deliver parcels, the far-flung future could have a completely new kind of airspace. At present, global airspace is managed in a rigid 'airspace corridor' way, purely for the benefit of commercial and military aircraft, but that could change. "Global airspace could be managed in a continuously f... Read More »


UKRSpecsystems Future Plans: PD-1 Fixed-Wing VTOL Upgrade

Published December 12th 2017

I am looking at the drone market and wondering where we should move next. When we were creating the PD-1 UAS, it was something that our country was lacking at the time. The concept was almost 20 years old, but something Ukraine was missing at that point. Later on, we got our concept proven when the PD-1 become a one of a kind UAV in service in the Ukrainian army. Now we are moving forward. We are starting to enter civil markets, offer services to agriculture companies and now we are currently working on an inspection project for one of the biggest gas and oil companies in Ukraine. We are getting great results and positive feedback from our clients, comparing to smaller drones we do more with better quality and simply faster. The biggest issue, however, is takeoff and landing. Even while we are using pneumatic catapult launcher and parachute recovery it takes additional time for flight preparations and involves additional risks, which we are currently trying to eli... Read More »


Isis use of hobby drones as weapons tests Chinese makers

Published December 12th 2017

Chinese consumer drones figure prominently in the arsenals of terror groups for the same reasons they have grabbed market share all over the world, according to Robert Garbett, chairman of Drone Major, a UK-based consultancy: “They are cheap and readily available.” DJI has taken the lead among Chinese drone makers since 2013 in installing geofencing — which uses GPS to prevent drones from working in certain parts of the globe. However, experts say the technology is easy to bypass. Another security measure would be to require buyers to identify themselves and to require drones to carry UDIMs, SIM card-like devices that are a form of digital licence. Chinese drone makers are actively promoting this technology through the International Standards Organisation, where a committee is developing a global registry for drone users, Mr Garbett says. Read more.  Read More »


WingtraPilot Release 1.6 – a Huge Step in Mission Planning

Published December 11th 2017

In November 2017, Wingtra brought their users a game-changing software update. “The latest flight planning improvements will make a big difference for our customers. Especially those who rely on WingtraOne for complex mapping and surveying missions in difficult terrain” – says Armin Ambühl, CTO of Wingtra. And that is true –  extended flight planning possibilities, simplified operations and increased safety make the recent WingtraPilot 1.6 release the most significant software upgrade ever. Swap the batteries during long missions WingtraOne already comes with an area coverage of 400 ha in a single flight. But now it is possible to fly even longer with just one planning session. With the new “Swap and Resume” battery feature, our users can plan large survey missions without worrying about the range or flight duration. During the mission, WingtraOne automatically returns to home position once low on the battery.... Read More »


12 things to look for when buying a drone this Christmas

Published December 7th 2017

So, if you are planning to buy a drone for a loved one (or yourself) this Christmas, here are a few things you need to consider first:   1. What will they want to use it for? If you say the word ‘drone’ to some people, it instantly conjures up images of incredible aerial photos. Others may see racing potential. Consider how the person you are buying for would use the drone. Most drones fit into two categories: large camera-bearing drones and small, light drones built for speed or indoor flying. There are a few drones that purport to do both. However, it’s worth checking the megapixels on any inbuilt cameras. Some less expensive units may leave you wanting more from your aerial shots.   2. Who are you buying for? Are you buying for an adult or a child? Is it their first drone? If you’re buying for a child, check out reviews to ensure that the drone you are considering is sufficiently robust. Consider where they will fly thei... Read More »


How Spiderman is helping scientists extend drone flight time

Published December 6th 2017

Flight time is one of the biggest limitations on drone usability that we face. However, teams at Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Labs are working on a solution. They’ve developed a drone that can shoot synthetic web-like material out to nearby walls to act as an anchor. If you’re thinking Peter Parker, you’re on the right lines. The modified drone shoots out this material using compressed gas. Once anchored, drones can reduce the amount of energy they use to stay in the air. The drone, a modified DJI Matrice 100, can be fitted with one of two different modules; one for stabilising and one for perching. Then, once it has located a magnetic surface to perch beneath, it launches an anchor using a launcher and a spooling system packed with polystyrene thread. SpiderMAV then reels in the thread to make it taut. Fully anchored, the SpiderMAV can slow or shut off its motors to save power. The stabilisation module enables threads to... Read More »


Do robots or humans make better drone pilots?

Published November 28th 2017

This was a question that was vexing researchers from NASA two years ago. After 24 months of hard work, culminating in a head-to-head challenge on one of the toughest courses imaginable, they may finally be close to an answer. The challenge saw world-class drone pilot Kevin Loo take on an AI-powered drone to see who was faster and more accurate over a set period of time. Loo averaged 11.1 seconds for the dense circuit designed by NASA researchers, whilst the autonomous drone was a whole 2.8 seconds slower, completing the loop in 13.9 seconds. However, when the performances of both drones were analysed, the robot drone maintained a more consistent speed and a more accurate course. Over the 2 years, NASA researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, developed 3 AI drones: Batman, Joker and Nightwing, funded by Google. Read More »


12 ways your world will be changed by drones

Published November 28th 2017

‘The world is on the brink of a technological revolution’ Last week Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the Government’s intention to embrace the technological revolution. The Autumn Budget held promises to overhaul regulatory frameworks to enable safe testing of driverless vehicles. These changes are essential if the Government is to meet its target of getting self-driving cars on UK roads by 2021. Whether we like it or not, drone technology is transforming our world. Gartner reported a 65% increase in drone sales in 2016, and with a further 39% increase this year, there’s no sign of any let-up. Featured on Geoconnexion.com, Drone Major Founder, Robert Garbett, says: “The sky above us is an untapped sea of air, which will have incredible value as the drone industry expands its operations into the future.  As data is the new oil, airspace will be the new gold.” He explains how “developments in... Read More »