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Terabee: Meet the brand new TeraRanger Tower Evo

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

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

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

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

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. Read it right here Watch video Read More »


SalusUAV Offer New Weekend Training Courses

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Partnership Marks the Beginning of a New Standard in Remote UAV Inspection for the Oil & Gas Industry

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

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

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 »


How Drones Can Solve Environmental Issues

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

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

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

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 »