What is a UAV?

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles come in different forms (fixed-wing, copter, hybrid) and for many purposes and require different skills. Re-usable aircraft flown without onboard human crew have been in existence since 1916, the bulk of applications concerning reconnaissance and other military missions too shady, dirty or dodgy for human lives to be jeopardised. Ongoing miniaturisation of electronics is enabling smaller and smaller Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and these are increasingly equipped with cameras or other sensors to support aerial geo-data collection. UAVs appear in manifestations as diverse as aeroplanes and helicopters of all sizes and shapes, motorised para-gliders, blimps, kites and balloons. What sort of UAV is suitable as a platform for digital cameras and other remote sensors? The... (read more)
2011-02-03 03:24:34

SIRIUS UAV for Australasia

The Australian company Position Partners has announced an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for the Australasian civil construction, photogrammetry, mining and agricultural industry: SIRIUS UAV by MAVinci. Designed for a wide range of survey applications, the SIRIUS UAV is a fixed wing structure ideal for corridor mapping roads, pipelines and power lines, calculating stockpile volumes, monitoring erosion, reconciliation and progress reporting. Weighing 3kg and with a wingspan of 1.6 metres, SIRIUS is suited for one-man operation. Unlike manned flyovers that are often delayed due to weather conditions or cloud cover, SIRIUS can fly under cloud and despite strong winds and rain.... (read more)
2012-11-12 11:42:00

KOREC Strengthens UAV Position

An agreement with Germany-based hexacopter manufacturer Aibotix improves the position of KOREC, headquartered in the UK, in the UAV sector. The company will be an Aibotix ‘Premier Partner’ and the sole UK and Irish distributor of the multicopter Aibot X6. The Aibot X6 will broaden KOREC’s offering in the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) market and compliment KOREC’s existing static wing UAV solution, the SenseFly SwingletCAM. UAVs offer a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to manned aerial surveys, reduce the need for long planning cycles and provide a fast turnaround of data. The Aibot X6 is built out of ultra-light carbon... (read more)
2012-04-20 10:12:06

Preview: UAV-g 2019

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) have become popular instruments for a wide range of emerging applications such as mapping, search & rescue, infrastructure monitoring, precision farming, transport of goods and film-making. The UAV market has been valued at US$130 billion in recent years (source: PWC report 2017) and the outlook remains extremely promising for the years ahead. The economic boom has boosted the scientific and technological development of UAV technologies in the last decade. In this context, UAV-g was initiated in 2011 in Zurich as the ISPRS scientific event dedicated to UAVs in geomatics and remote sensing. Three subsequent... (read more)
2019-04-16 09:27:29

SimActive Presents New UAV Version at UAV-g 2013

SimActive, the Canadian developer of photogrammetry software, has launched a new UAV version of its Correlator3D product. This UAV version supports all non-metric small-format sensors. As an official sponsor of last week's UAV-g 2013 conference in Rostock, Germany, SimActive chose this leading event to officially introduce Correlator3D UAV. With Correlator3D UAV, SimActive has taken its extensive photogrammetry expertise, where medium and large-format sensors were used for large mapping projects, and adapted it to small-format sensors. As a result, photogrammetric precision can be achieved using UAV sensors to rival the results of the most sophisticated large-format cameras. Furthermore, according to SimActive,... (read more)
2013-09-06 12:01:28

Intel Acquires UAV Manufacturer MAVinci

Intel has acquired MAVinci, a start-up from one of ESA’s business incubators in Germany that has developed an easy-to-use system for land surveillance. Anil Nanduri, head of Intel’s drone business, said that MAVinci focuses on precision payloads for construction and inspections. It has best-in-class mission planning software for terrain mapping, enabling very quick creation of a mission for a specific job. The company will work with Ascending Technologies, also acquired by Intel, to expand Intel’s business with commercial customers in agriculture, insurance, construction and mining. Ascending develops artificial intelligence for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to avoid collisions. Ultra-high resolution MAVinci’s Sirius fixed-wing... (read more)
2016-12-19 04:48:23

UAV Fitting in Carry-on

Swiss UAV manufacturer senseFly has announced at Intergeo 2012 in Hanover, Germany its ultra-lightweight and powerful UAV for the surveying and mining industries: the eBee, combining technology, aerodynamic expertise and innovative design. The eBee is resistant to high winds yet remains inherently harmless and is transported in a single carry-on luggage-sized box. This product has been designed from the bottom up based on customer’s experience with senseFly’s swinglet CAM UAV. The eBee weighs only 630g. Its optimised aerodynamics and increased efficiency of the powertrain allows the eBee to fly its missions in strong breezes of up to 12m/s (45km/h). Once... (read more)
2012-10-10 01:53:58

Trimble Acquires UAV Manufacturer Gatewing

Trimble, USA, has acquired privately held Gatewing of Ghent, Belgium, a provider of lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for photogrammetry and rapid terrain mapping applications. The acquisition broadens Trimble's platforms for surveying solutions. Financial terms have not been disclosed. The Gatewing business will be reported as part of Trimble’s Engineering and Construction segment. UAVs in combination with photogrammetry are an emerging technology providing an innovative platform for flexible aerial imagery acquisition. Easy to use and flexible, UAVs provide users the ability to create orthophotos and Digital Surface Models (DSM) from aerial imagery for mid-sized areas previously only accessible at higher... (read more)
2012-04-10 09:24:10

Monitoring Marine Mammals with UAV

Insitu Pacific, Australia, has concluded the second phase of a trial conducted in partnership with Murdoch University that aims to determine whether unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are a cost-effective, capable alternative to manned assets for surveying marine mammals. During the two-week operation, Insitu Pacific's ScanEagle UAS captured up to 3,000 images of humpback whales daily. The trial also demonstrated ScanEagle's ability to operate effectively in Class G commercial airspace, a key step towards expanding civil airspace to incorporate unmanned systems more widely.     Insitu Pacific managing director Andrew Duggan says that flying for a long time, at a low... (read more)
2011-10-05 10:27:55
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