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RUSTA celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force

Published March 29th 2018

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?

Published March 25th 2018

Drones: What is Drone Law?

Published March 25th 2018

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

Published March 25th 2018

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

Published March 19th 2018

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 »


WINGTRA SETS A NEW BENCHMARK IN DRONE PHOTOGRAMMETRY

Published March 18th 2018

With the launch of WingtraOne PPK (Post-Processed Kinematics) drone, the Swiss UAV manufacturer Wingtra is setting a new benchmark in large-scale surveying and mapping applications. With the help of its industry-leading partners – photogrammetry software provider Pix4D, and the GNSS board and PPK provider Septentrio – WingtraOne PPK is now able to deliver orthomosaic maps and 3D models with an absolute accuracy down to 1 cm (0.4 in). “With the latest upgrade, our drone WingtraOne PPK can offer something that has never been seen before in drone photogrammetry – broad coverage and high resolution at ultra-precise accuracy. For example, in a single one-hour flight, the WingtraOne can cover 130 ha (320 ac), which is equal to 240 football fields and deliver maps at GSDs below 1 cm/px (0.4 in/px) with absolute accuracy down to 1 cm (0.4 in)”, explains the CTO of Wingtra Armin Ambühl. These results are new to the industry – professionals could ne... Read More »


UKRSPECSYSTEMS PRESENT THEIR UPGRADED PD-1 UAS AT UMEX 2018 IN ABU DHABI

Published March 18th 2018

Ukrspecsystems took part in the UMEX 2018 show in Abu Dhabi where they presented the new PD-1 UAS with new features and capabilities, including it's VTOL module. PD-1 VTOL generated a large amount of interest and collected many positive feedbacks from representatives of armed forces of different countries and also from our partners in UAV industry. Several agreements on further cooperation were signed right on the show. Originally PD-1 was a fixed-wing drone with runway takeoff and landing. As we wanted to simplify the operation of the drone and make it easier to use we changed our concept and converted PD-1 to a modular platform that can be easily customized without any special tools right in the field. Today PD-1 UAS offers multiple options in terms of launch and recovery: 1. Vertical takeoff and landing; 2. Catapult launch and parachute recovery; 3. Runway takeoff and landing. Same airframe – multiple possibilities. Ready for... Read More »


British Science Week 2018: Tackling plastic pollution with drones

Published March 13th 2018

As covered in The Sussex Newspaper, Design Products & Applications, Green Energy News, Electronic Specifier, Electronic Product Design & Test, Maritime Journal and Greenport. Drone technology completely transforms the data collection process providing scientists with a new way to effectively and efficiently survey areas that are contaminated by plastic. Commenting on the use of drones in the marine environment, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group, said: “With the announcement that British Science Week is launching a citizen science partnership in 2018 with The Plastic Tide, I was reminded of a recent trip to Thailand. It was on Ko Phi Phi that I met a group called the ‘Beach Front Divers’ who are using drone technology to survey the island’s beaches and coral reefs for plastic contamination, the state of coral decline and fish stocks from the air. I was so alarmed by what I saw that I decided to help the team by s... Read More »


Drone Major Group Featured in the Daily Express: Drones & British Business

Published March 12th 2018

Robert Garbett, CEO and Founder of Drone Major Group told Express.co.uk that the drone industry will revolutionise business in more ways than simply through the sale of the technology or the data that it produces. Mr Garbett cites three examples of how drones will revolutionise British business. Firstly, he said: “Drone technology will enable us to reclaim spaces which have fallen into disuse, such as rivers, or have previously been inaccessible such as low-level airspace. “Use of these spaces will generate opportunities into which business will move generating wealth and employment.” Secondly, Mr Garbett adds the use of such spaces will also dramatically change the way freight moves in and out of our cities which will have a profound effect on our city centres. He says drones will help remove much of the “low value, high volume traffic” from UK roads which will benefit our businesses through easier access by paying clients and employees, im... Read More »


New Drone Standards Expected In Spring 2018 To Transform Industry

Published March 11th 2018

As Covered In Techworld, Business News Wales, Natwest and Farming Monthly.  Robert Garbett, chief executive of Drone Major Group and chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Committee on Drone Standards has been working on these standards for many years, working with the likes of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) with the aim of energising the industry. As announced at the House of Lords, the first draft of the standards will be released in spring, allowing for greater input and implementation 'shortly thereafter', he said. According to a 2016 report, Goldman Sachs predicted that the drone market would be worth $100 billion by 2020. Now because of the adoption of the technology in all environments, Surface, Underwater, Air and Space, this figure will be much higher. The industry's growth will depend on the public's understanding the positive impact the use of drones can have. BSI is seeking businesses... Read More »


Robert Garbett in Mail Online: Robot ploughs could be on UK streets by 2021

Published March 4th 2018

As covered in the Mail Online and the Daily Express. The recent snowstorms, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma mean that ploughs are needed to clear snow out of roads and public places. However, operators may struggle getting to the vehicles in the first place. Robert Garbett said that autonomous unmanned ground vehicles would be able to work without the need of an operator. He said, 'as the recent cold snap settles and we count the cost of being ill-prepared, again, my mind settled on a story which was shared with me at a business continuity meeting in Cambridgeshire. 'The story revolves around an ingenious idea to solve the issue of not being able to get snow ploughs to the worst-hit areas of the region fast enough as they were located in a central compound area.  'A plan was executed to deploy snow ploughs to strategic points around the region ahead of an expected snowstorm which arrived in force in the early hours of the next morning. &#... Read More »


Drone Major and BSI announce new drone standards at the House of Lords

Published March 1st 2018

As Covered In: Farming UK, Farming Online, Design Products and Applications, Global Banking and Finance Review, Tamebay, BusinessCloud, Drone Below, Electronic Specifier, East Midlands Business Link, PSI Magazine, Connecting Industry, EMS NOW Power Engineering International, Business Link, Business News Wales, Geospatial World, Professional Security Magazine, Engineer Live, M2, Smart Rail World, Commercial Drone Professional, ITS International and Supply Management. Drone Major Group and the British Standards Institute (BSI) host a drone event at the House of Lords to showcase the economic potential of the professional drone industry, its contribution to many industries and to give an insight on new drone standards that are being implemented by BSI and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to help increase the industry's development in 2018 and beyond. New standards will lead to 'stre... Read More »


Follow me drones for travel: should you really take one on your next trip?

Published February 26th 2018

Drones are banned at the Statue of Liberty and at an increasing number of tourist attractions. But with DJI’s new ‘follow me’ model offering unique photo and tracking modes, are travel drones becoming an unstoppable trend? Read more Read More »


Handling data from drone inspections: 5 costly mistakes you might be making

Published February 14th 2018

Do you avoid these mistakes when handling your inspection data? If yes, then lucky you – because real money is on the line. Hint: It’s no lie that time is money. #1: No geo references If you don’t geotag your images, you're probably missing out – and your clients and work partners probably are too. Associating an image with an exact position and notes about issues – and being able to move your focus and zoom in and out with your mouse on a map, and see exactly the annotations and images associated with the part of the map you’re looking at – that makes things both easier and faster than doing everything manually. Here’s the way we like to do things, explained in short introduction videos: Image Inspection Tutorial #2: Spending too much time analyzing Of course, if you hired someone to analyze your inspection data for you, you would have some amount of expenditure for that. But what if they could do it quicker t... Read More »


36 Tech Barristers launch their dedicated service offering for the drone sector

Published February 14th 2018

36 Tech Barristers were very happy to join the Drone Major community this month as its only supplier of legal services, and a leading supplier of legal services in this multi-faceted, multi-jurisdictional sector. 36 Tech Barristers is a part of 36 Group Barristers Mediators and Arbitrators of 36 Bedford Row. This is a barristers’ chambers steeped in history but modern in approach. 36 Group provide legal services directly to businesses or to their own lawyers in a wide range of disciplines, including contracts, regulation, crime and commercial law. A full description can be found here. The 36 Tech division works in the area of technology, e-commerce and digital media. Joining Drone Major marks the division’s concentration on the commercial use and application of drones and drone technologies. It is an obvious area for 36 Group to work in with specialists with established practices in the area of aviation, and technology, as well as the many related disciplines that imp... Read More »


VideoDrone Finland proudly releases a new version of their octocopter VideoDrone X8L

Published February 12th 2018

VideoDrone Finland has reached a new record with their X8L model in its category. The X8L octocopter has become lighter and the new propulsion system means excellent performance. The flight time grew by 70%, payload by 25% and the octocopter’s dead weight is now 8% lighter.   The maximum flight time is up to 55 minutes and the max. payload is 2.5kg. So far this is unbeatable in this category (MTOW below 7kg).   The advantage of X8L compared to X4S is the stability in strong gusty winds. Longer flight times mean more time for inspections, mapping, surveillance etc.   “We are offering tailored solutions to our customers as well as support throughout the life cycle. Customers can expect nothing more than top quality and service“, says CEO Juha Tolvanen.   VideoDrone X8L‘s flight time relative to the payload’s weight is shown in the picture. Click here for more information. Read More »


AERIALTRONICS releases the new version of its intelligent camera AERIALTRONICS PENSAR

Published February 12th 2018

AERIALTRONICS releases the new version of its intelligent camera AERIALTRONICS PENSAR   AERIALTRONICS, a brand from DRONE VOLT Group, officially launches the new version of its PENSAR camera-computer driven by artificial intelligence. A true technological feat, PENSAR is one of the world's first platforms with dual spectrum digital vision that allows real-time analysis of images or data. Infinitely customizable, it can be mounted on a professional drone, mobile robot or used as an independent camera.   One of the world's first dual spectrum digital vision platforms with real-time analysis   PENSAR, developed in AERIALTRONICS' artificial intelligence laboratory, is one of the world's first dual spectrum digital vision platforms dedicated to real-time data analysis using a miniaturized NVIDIA® embedded processor with 1.5 teraflops of power. Its computing power, accelerated by the NVIDIA® Jetson™ GPU processor in the NVIDIA&re... Read More »


Drones in the deep: new applications for maritime unmanned vehicles

Published February 8th 2018

In September 2017, an online portal called Drone Major Group (DMG) was launched to support and grow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and other autonomous vehicles. Focused on underwater, air, surface and space drones, the online marketplace demonstrates the growing capabilities of this burgeoning technology, especially in the maritime environment. In the maritime environment, drones can be used for security, environmental surveillance, to supply vessels with spare parts, for emergency missions, such as search and rescue, as well as for ship and cargo inspection. Yet, despite the many use cases, the technology does face some challenges, such as limited battery life and difficulty operating in poor weather. But original equipment manufacturers and major shippers are keen to improve the technology further and extend the reach and scope of what can be done with drones. Furthermore, the increasing use of drones is supported by regulators such as the European Maritime Sa... Read More »


The global drone revolution with Drone Major Group

Published February 8th 2018

The global drone revolution is well underway, but the association between drones and space is largely unreported. Drones may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but in fact, they have been roaming space for the last 60 years in the form of satellites. Many companies have recognized the economic potential of utilizing drones in space. UK headquartered Effective Space Solutions (Effective Space), has recently announced it’s signed an over $100m multi-year contract with a major regional satellite operator, which will see two space drones launched in 2020. The drones will provide station-keeping and attitude-control capabilities that will significantly extend the life of two communications satellites and ultimately reduce the long-run maintenance costs. With the help of drones, companies are also delving deeper into space. A team of NASA engineers have plans to put drones on Mars in the not too distant future. These flying robotic sentinels could reach more of the Martian su... Read More »


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 »