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How Drones Can Solve Environmental Issues

Published June 5th 2018

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

Published June 5th 2018

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

Published May 29th 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

Published May 29th 2018

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

Published May 22nd 2018

“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

Published May 20th 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

Published May 20th 2018

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

Published May 15th 2018

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

Published May 14th 2018

'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

Published May 14th 2018

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

Published May 7th 2018

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

Published May 2nd 2018

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 »


ParaZero Enter Partnership With Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Published April 30th 2018

"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 »


RUSTA: New Bespoke Drone Security & Surveillance Course

Published April 27th 2018

Last week RUSTA and Hex Horus teamed up to run the inaugural Drone Security and Surveillance course (D-SS) in Ballykelly Northern Ireland. The first of its kind nationally, the course comprises of a bespoke Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) element designed for private and public security companies. Ryan McCready CEO of Hex Horus explains, “The combination of experience and expertise required to design and deliver the Drone Security & Surveillance course (D-SS), is evidently clear from our partnership with RUSTA.  As in our previous careers, we were both involved with the planning and execution of Military ISR and Close Air Support (CAS) operations; albeit Sion was the operator, above and myself as the Forward Air Controller (FAC) on the ground. Ballykelly is in need of an economic boost, it just so happens that Ballykelly provides both the infrastructure and a sustainable low carbon footprint by using local businesses who benefit from the cours... Read More »


Drone Major Group Featured in The Daily Telegraph Discussing New Drone Applications

Published April 22nd 2018

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

Published April 18th 2018

Drone Major: Counter Drone Technology

Published April 18th 2018

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

Published April 16th 2018

Drone Major and BSI at MACH 2018

Published April 16th 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

Published April 2nd 2018

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

Published April 2nd 2018

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

Published April 2nd 2018

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 »