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

Published September 9th 2018

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

Published August 30th 2018

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

Published August 22nd 2018

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 »


Threod Systems

Published August 21st 2018

Threod Systems

Published August 21st 2018

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... Read More »


Terabee: Meet the brand new TeraRanger Tower Evo

Published August 15th 2018

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

Published August 9th 2018

Drones up to mischief

Published August 9th 2018

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

Published July 26th 2018

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

Published July 25th 2018

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 »


Measure Chooses Scopito to Fulfil Data Needs of Wind Customers

Published July 19th 2018

The full-service drone services provider Measure has chosen the inspection software company Scopito and their platform for managing their wind inspection data. Measure’s data engineers were in need of software that was highly scalable and had the option to efficiently create customizable reports, and they found Scopito to meet their needs. KC Love, VP of Data Engineering at Measure:  “Scopito turned out to be an excellent choice for our customers due to their streamlined platform, customizable features, and superb user interface design, e.g. easy-to-use filters that show you exactly what you’re looking for.” In Scopito’s new blog post we discuss when it is right for wind companies to handle their own data analysis – and when it makes more sense to outsource it to an aerial intelligence company like Measure. Watch video Read More »


SalusUAV Offer New Weekend Training Courses

Published July 19th 2018

Become a commercial drone pilot over two weekends Our clients have told us that a huge barrier to small businesses and the self-employed completing a commercial drone training course is having to give up time during the working week. With this in mind, SalusUAV has decided to make all our courses available over weekends. This means that you can attain your PfCO with us over two weekends. No time off required. Contact us for details. Read More »


What is a drone anyway?

Published July 19th 2018

What is a drone anyway?

Published July 19th 2018

It's a question that might get you laughed out of any self-respecting futurologist’s dinner party, but in a world where drones are poised to have a tremendous impact on our daily lives, it is one that bears asking.  When most people think of drones, they see a little plastic quadcopter flown around by their neighbour’s annoying kids, or the menacing fixed wing aircraft delivering controversy to the Middle East, but neither of those paint a complete picture of what the word ‘drone’ actually means, and knowing why that is the case, as well as what that complete picture actually entails, is vital to understanding the nature of the drone industry at large.  At its most basic, dictionary-derived level, a drone is an unmanned vehicle guided by either remote control or onboard software. The big takeaway from the first part of that definition is the word ‘vehicle.’ While most of the headline-grabbing, future-seeking drone applic... Read More »


RUSTA Drone Training Specialists partner with ARC Aerial Imaging

Published July 16th 2018

RUSTA partners with ARC Aerial Imaging to deliver market leading 2-day SUAS business development course in Drone Aerial Imaging for Mapping and Surveying. Andy Carmen Managing Director of ARC Aerial Imaging will be delivering the course at RUSTA’s Head Quarters in Lincoln. Sion Roberts Managing Director of RUSTA and Andy Carmen are combining RUSTAs facilities with Andy’s Imagery analyst expertise. Both Andy and Sion joined the Royal Air Force on the same day in 1992 both served at one time on 31 Squadron (gold stars). This is a fantastic opportunity for existing PFCO holders and businesses to learn the important theory and fundamentals of aerial imaging. This course will enhance their understanding and approaches towards mapping planning with drones through various collection techniques for the accurate collation of aerial imaging for the onward creation of mapping/surveying and other technical geospatial products.   Instructed by Andy a... Read More »


Drones will answer the big pollution questions

Published July 2nd 2018

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

Published June 21st 2018

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

Published June 20th 2018

Caelus Drones

Published June 20th 2018

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

Published June 20th 2018

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

Published June 20th 2018

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 »


Air Control Entech & Trac: A New Standard in Remote UAV Inspection for the Oil & Gas Industry

Published June 15th 2018

Each a leader in their respective field, the Air Control Entech and TRAC partnership will set the standard for offshore inspection, combining the best of UAV technology and manual inspection techniques. [ABERDEEN, June 15th 2018] Today Air Control Entech and TRAC Oil & Gas Ltd. announce a new strategic partnership, aiming to combine their respective expertise in UAVs, aviation and inspection. The partnership will enable both companies to push the boundaries of what is currently possible in offshore, remote inspection, using ACE UAVs and TRAC’s inspection experience to offer a UAV-based remote inspection to a standard currently not offered in the Oil & Gas sector. Kieran Hope, founder and MD of Air Control Entech says “We first met TRAC through the OGTC and we’re delighted to be working together on UAV inspection deployments. Our LiveStream technology is seeing real pull-through in the market and with these joint projects we expect to gain the i... Read More »


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

Published June 11th 2018

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

Published June 6th 2018

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 »