Terra Drone Invests in Dutch UAV Solution Provider Skytools

Terra Drone has announced an investment in Dutch drone solution provider Skytools, to offer corporate and government clients advanced drone solutions. The companies will together establish a drone hub in Rotterdam consisting of training facilities and research and development centres. Skytools is a leading Dutch UAV company that provides advanced drone solutions to corporate and governmental clients. The company supplies a wide range of professional drone equipment together with registration, training and maintenance, and has 12 years of experience in the drone industry. Skytools supports clients to grow drone-based solutions within their organization. BVLOS and 5G Skytools is working together... (read more)
2020-08-11 01:37:12

Q&A: The Quickly Evolving UAS Mapping Market

GIM International meets with senseFly CEO Gilles Labossière
Drones have become a standard tool for mapping and surveying. Read what Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly, has to say about the market trends, technical developments and challenges affecting geospatial professionals. Even in turbulent times, the outlook for the unmanned aerial system (UAS) mapping market is full of promises. Now that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') market has reached its maturity, education and training will be key to ensuring more widespread adoption and optimized drone usage. Here, senseFly’s CEO Gilles Labossière shares his views on the latest trends in the market, new technical developments and further changes and challenges geospatial... (read more)
2020-08-05 10:03:32

Making Linear Mapping Projects More Efficient

senseFly has launched senseFly Corridor, a new platform enhancement that vastly simplifies the mapping of linear infrastructure and sites using an unmanned aerial system (UAS or 'drone'). senseFly Corridor recently made its debut at AUVSI Xponential in Dallas, USA. Corridor mapping is a common task for many geospatial professionals and crucial for the effective planning, design and analysis of linear infrastructure, as well as the monitoring of rivers and coastlines. However, using drones to carry out corridor projects – as an alternative to hiring expensive manned aircraft – has, until now, been a relatively complex job that contained some frustrating... (read more)
2017-05-15 09:37:42

Flying Fully Automated UAVs without a Pilot

Airobotics has revealed that it is the first company worldwide to be granted authorisation to fly fully automated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) without a pilot. The certification, that was presented by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), solidifies Airobotics’ status as a world leader in the field of automated UAVs and will enable even more innovative beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) commercial UAV operations. This milestone proves that decisions and actions that were once taken by a human UAV pilot, can now be taken by Airobotics’ computer software and artificial intelligence. Essentially, an authorized pilot is now replaced... (read more)
2017-03-30 09:55:33

Japan’s Terra Drone Invests in Leading Oil & Gas Inspection and Mapping Company

Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') solutions, is expanding its global footprint in North America. Terra Done is partnering with US-based Ventus Geospatial, a leading provider of oil and gas inspection solutions and mapping services to form Terra Drone Ventus. Through its three North American branches (in Houston, Texas, and in Calgary and Lethbridge – both in Alberta, Canada), Terra Drone Ventus will provide inspection and survey solutions in sectors like oil and gas, power, renewables, mining and many more. The newly-formed Terra Drone Ventus will offer beyond... (read more)
2019-08-12 11:39:49

Terra Drone and LG U+ Launch First UTM System in South Korea

Terra Drone, a leading Japanese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) service company, has launched the first unmanned traffic management (UTM) system in South Korea in collaboration with LG U+, a South Korean cellular carrier owned by LG Corporation. Thanks to the UTM system, it is now possible to confirm the position of a drone beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Users can connect to the UTM system via various portable devices such as PCs, tablets and smartphones. In a world first, high-quality full-HD images captured by the drone can be viewed in real time through IPTV. On 21 November 2017, LG... (read more)
2017-12-14 11:50:21

New INS/GNSS Solution to Increase Productivity of UAV-based Surveying

SBG Systems will present for the first time at AUVSI’s Xponential show in Chicago, USA, the Quanta UAV Series, a new line of inertial navigation systems (INS) dedicated to UAV-based surveying integrators. As SBG Systems aims to give UAV surveyors more autonomy for additional survey lines, the company has designed a small and low-power inertial navigation system offered on two levels of accuracy. Quanta UAV and Quanta UAV Extra have been developed for compact Lidar to high-end beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) mapping solutions. Both solutions provide precise orientation and centimeter level position data delivered both in real-time and post-processing. This direct geo-referencing solution eliminates... (read more)
2019-04-17 09:35:45

Vertical Technologies Launches New VTOL UAV

Vertical Technologies has released its DeltaQuad series of autonomous VTOL UAVs. This hybrid vertical-take-off fixed-wing UAV can stream telemetry and video over the cellular network using VPN, and boasts a 1kg payload capacity, flight time of 2 hours 45 minutes and 150km range. The DeltaQuad is developed by members of the PX4 Pro autopilot development team and uses several innovative features that aims to make this UAV as easy to control as setting up a navigation system. It requires no pre-flight calibrations and the Pro model comes equipped with an on-board computer that almost completely replaces the operator, making the... (read more)
2017-09-05 09:30:53

Q&A with… Chase Fly, Delair

To gain real insight into today’s geospatial business landscape, ‘GIM International’ decided to ask some of the sector’s most influential companies for their opinions. This series of Q&As captures the current state of the industry from various perspectives, such as which technological and societal developments will have the most impact on the geomatics market, which market segments are the most promising and which areas offer the most substantial growth. The questions also explore the trend towards open data and open-source software. This time, Chase Fly from Delair shares his views on the role of UAVs in the mapping and surveying... (read more)
2018-03-29 09:50:32

senseFly Launches New UAV Flight Planning and Management Software

senseFly, a Swiss provider of integrated, professional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') solutions, has released a groundbreaking new version of its flight and data management software, eMotion. With a range of new features and functionalities, eMotion 3.5 has been designed to make the working lives, and workflows, of geospatial professionals simpler and more efficient. The software now supports uAvionix’s PingUSB ADS-B*/UAT receiver, allowing senseFly operators to view live air traffic data during their missions. This live data feed both helps improve airspace awareness and could potentially boost the number of mission types possible, such as projects taking place in... (read more)
2018-03-29 08:18:24
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