Bluesky Launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

UK-headquartered aerial survey company Bluesky has launched a fast response aerial survey service using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. The technology, originally developed by the military, includes Artificial Intelligence (AI) guided autopilot, a high resolution integrated camera and environmentally friendly rechargeable propulsion system. Autonomous take-off and landing ensures the system is easy to use and, with a wingspan of less than a metre, it can be easily transported without the need for complex assembly.    The integrated camera captures high resolution photogrammetric images that can be used to create map-accurate aerial survey data including height models. The system is... (read more)
2012-05-25 12:00:00

Geo-matching.com Adds Unmanned Aerial Systems Category

Geo-matching.com, the product comparison website for devices used in geomatics, hydrography and related industries, has announced the addition of a new category for Unmanned Aerial Systems. The types of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that qualify for inclusion in this new category are all UAVs equipped with cameras, Lidar or other sensors capable of surveying Earth and/or sea surfaces, including relevant processing software. The following systems are currently listed: Aibot X6 (Aibotix), AR180 (Airobot), eBee (senseFly), EasyMap UAV (FotoMapy), md4-200 (microdrones), md4-1000 (microdrones), Phoenix AL-2 (Phoenix Aerial), Resolution (Oxford Blue Systems), Scout B1-100 UAV (Aeroscout), SIRIUS PRO (MAVinci), SmartOne C (SmartPlanes),... (read more)
2013-10-07 12:07:39

New Unmanned Aerial Photogrammetric Mapping Solution

Drone manufacturer ScientificAerospace together with mapping company DroneMetrex from Adelaide, Australia, has developed a photogrammetric mapping solution that offers new possibilities for the geospatial industry. Building on the advantages of ScientificAerospace’s experience over eight years on six continents, its technically advanced multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) creates synergy with DroneMetrex’s mapping accuracy technology to produce an innovative and complete photogrammetric mapping system: the TopoDrone-4Scight. The TopoDrone-4Scight (TD-4Scight) easily collects photogrammetric mapping data of great accuracy (20mm horizontal and better than 25mm vertical) for rapid integration into a wide range of industries including surveying, urban mapping, civil engineering, mining, agriculture, bridge and dam wall mapping, post... (read more)
2016-06-01 10:23:07

'World's Smallest' Commercial Unmanned Aerial Lidar Platform

Phoenix Aerial Systems, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial platforms, has developed and demonstrated what it says is the world’s smallest and lightest UAV Lidar platform. Weighing less than 10kg, the new Lidar platform called the Phoenix AL-2 combines the latest UAV, Lidar and GNSS technology into an accurate and safe micro-mapping solution. At the core of the Phoenix AL-2 is the Velodyne HDL-32E sensor, which features up to 32 lasers aligned over a 40º vertical field of view, and generates 700,000 distance points per second. The HDL-32E rotates 360º up to 20 times per second and provides measurement and intensity... (read more)
2013-08-12 02:59:34

Unmanned Aerial Systems for Cadastral Applications

Testing a Fit-for-purpose Land Administration Approach in Indonesia
In recent decades, imagery-based methods have gained legitimacy in the domain of cadastral data creation. Contemporary experiences from Rwanda, Ethiopia and Lesotho, along with older activities from Thailand, already demonstrate the potential of conventional aerial imagery and high-resolution satellite imagery. More recently, unmanned aerial systems (UASs) have received increasing interest in the field of land administration. Already documented trials and demonstrations are evident for Albania, Namibia and Rwanda. The exploratory work continues; results from trials undertaken in Indonesia are presented here with a view to identifying the opportunities and challenges for embedding the technologies in a fit-for-purpose way into the... (read more)
2016-11-29 10:07:08

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Glaciological Studies

Airborne Survey of Fountain Glacier’s Terminus Region
In July of 2010, researchers from the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary used a lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to carry out an airborne survey of the terminus region of Fountain Glacier on Bylot Island, in the Canadian Arctic. The survey comprised 16 flight lines, with a total of 148 photos being obtained from an average height of 300m above the glacier surface. A detailed surface model of the glacier and a 10cm resolution orthophoto were produced. The results from this survey will be used to quantify future changes in glacier mass and changes to surface flow... (read more)
2010-10-04 04:23:12

Airborne Unmanned Sensor System for UAVs

American researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are currently working on the development of an airborne testing capability for sensors, communications devices and other airborne payloads. This aerial test bed is called the GTRI Airborne Unmanned Sensor System (GAUSS). GAUSS is based on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by Griffon Aerospace and modified by GTRI. Developing new sensor technologies that can be effectively employed from the air is a priority today given the rapidly increasing use of unmanned aircraft, commented Michael Brinkmann, a GTRI principal research engineer who is leading the work. If equipped with the right... (read more)
2013-01-22 10:08:25

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for High-throughput Phenotyping

Phenotyping is an important agricultural approach that combines methodologies and protocols to quantify plant growth, structure and composition at different scales of organisation, from organs to canopies. Traditional phenotyping is based on destructive, labour-intensive and time-consuming approaches. Therefore, novel phenotyping techniques are essential to tackle the global challenge of ensuring crop yield for food and fuel generation while using fewer resources and reducing the environmental impact. In this regard, small unmanned aerial systems (sUASs) are rapidly gaining momentum as one of the best approaches for high-throughput plant phenotyping. The world faces a global challenge of ensuring crop yield for food and fuel generation while using... (read more)
2016-06-01 09:31:42

FalconScan Launches Aerial Mapping System

FalconScan, based in Maryland, USA, has recently announced the release of its aerial mapping system. Features include flight planning, guidance and data capture software, a spectrally calibrated digital high-spatial-resolution camera system and cloud-based software to geospatially locate, orthorectify and create large-end product mosaics that can be rendered in two or three dimensions The FalconScan camera system has been under development for several years and has currently completed over 100 aerial imagery missions. Applications include, amongst others, agriculture and forestry, threat detection, transportation corridor surveillance and disaster preparedness and response. FalconScan offers customers a turnkey operation that delivers high-spatial-resolution images which... (read more)
2015-01-23 10:05:25

New Aerial System to Capture Accurate Aerial Imagery

Draganfly Innovations, Canada, has partnered with Pix4D, Switzerland, to combine the value of a Draganflyer sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System) with the Pix4D software package. This results in a system capable of capturing highly accurate aerial imagery for mapping, surveying and creating 3D models. The Draganflyer Mapping Solution is a “Pro Solution Pack” from Draganfly Innovations. Included is a Draganflyer Guardian or Draganflyer X4-ES aerial platform with a high resolution 20MP 1″ sensor payload or Tetracam multispectral payload and Pix4Dmapper software. The Draganflyer GCS (Ground Control Station) software generates pre-flight grid pattern flight plans which provide automated image overlap optimised... (read more)
2014-01-31 09:57:19
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