How YellowScan is Pioneering in the World of UAVs and Lidar

Crossing the Ocean Marks New Milestone in Company’s Advance
YellowScan is one of the most eye-catching companies in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Lidar. From its beginnings as a small start-up created by professional surveyors with the goal to revolutionise the market, YellowScan has since become an established name thanks to a passionate team keen to deliver the best Lidar solutions that enable customers to achieve the best results from their projects. The French company has now decided to broaden its horizons by opening an office in North America. This article provides insight into YellowScan’s continuing journey towards making UAVs and Lidar a mainstream solution for... (read more)
2018-07-18 11:56:00

Cyril Halter Appointed as New COO at Wingtra

Wingtra, a Swiss manufacturer of professional vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones, has appointed Cyril Halter as its new COO. Halter will be taking over Wingtra's operations with a focus on the industrialisation and ramp-up of production to enable forecasted triple-digit growth over the coming years. Cyril Halter, who is known in the geospatial industry as the co-founder and former COO of senseFly, commented on his new position that Wingtra inspired him with its technologically outstanding VTOL system and the passionate team behind the company's wheel. He stated he has followed their work for a long time and believe that Wingtra has a... (read more)
2018-04-24 01:59:28

Wingtra Drone Sets New Benchmark in Photogrammetry

With the launch of the WingtraOne post-processed kinematic (PPK) drone, the Swiss manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) Wingtra aims to set a new benchmark in large-scale surveying and mapping applications. As the result of Wingtra’s collaboration with 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 1cm. With the latest upgrade, the WingtraOne PPK drone can offer something that has never been seen before in drone photogrammetry: broad coverage and high... (read more)
2018-02-28 08:13:20

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

Start-up Wingtra Expands UAV Solutions to China and US

After being released earlier this year, the WingtraOne UAV is now spreading its wings across continents, with the first stop in the USA and China. According to Wingtra, the company behind the drone, users come from areas as diverse as surveying, precision farming, glacier monitoring and wildlife monitoring. Within the space of just a few months, the start-up is swiftly gaining popularity among professional mappers and surveyors. The Swiss company focuses on the combination of high range and usability. With the drone technology emerging rapidly, users have been turning to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market for aerial data collection. However,... (read more)
2017-08-30 10:36:33

Tandem for 3D Corridor Mapping

Simultaneous Geo-data Capture from the Ground and from the Air
3D mapping of roads, pipelines and other linear structures – often called corridors – is an important geomatics activity. Geodata acquisition technologies, which are increasingly used for corridor mapping and also for 3D mapping of urban areas, are mobile mapping systems and unmanned airborne systems. Can these two technologies be combined for simultaneously capturing corridors from the ground and from the air to improve efficiency, completeness and accuracy? This was the leading question in the mapKITE project. In this article, the authors explain the concepts underlying the project and prove their feasibility through pilot studies.  MapKITE – developed within the... (read more)
2017-08-03 09:13:21

Aeryon Labs Successfully Completes First Approved BVLOS Flight Test

Aeryon Labs, a Canada-based manufacturer of small unmanned aerial systems (sUASs), has announced that the Aeryon Sky Ranger sUAS successfully completed the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight in Canada. The SkyRanger was chosen by Ventus Geospatial and Canadian Unmanned, as the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) sUAS flown for BVLOS* testing and evaluation throughout the trials at the Foremost UAS Range. These flight trials, among few BVLOS trials worldwide, are a milestone for aviation, establishing safe operational procedures and protocols for operating UAS under 25kg beyond line of sight. This inaugural flight creates the foundation for how sUAS operators can legally and safely fly... (read more)
2017-03-09 09:21:43

GerMAP Launches New Aerial Mapping UAV

G170-V, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is the latest UAV German-based GerMAP has added to the remote sensing and aerial mapping market. G170-V ideally combines the easiness of manual or automatic vertical take-off and landing procedures of multicopters with the area coverage efficiency of aeroplanes. With its 20MP RGB-camera the G170-V covers areas up to 25ha in about 20 minutes maintaining close to 3cm ground sampling distance (GSD) from 100m above ground level (AGL) and delivering autopilot-triggered, location-based aerial imagery with 80% along track and 70% across track image overlaps. G170-V's flight control automatically... (read more)
2016-12-12 09:30:15

Trimble Sells UAS Division to Delair-Tech

Trimble has announced that Delair-Tech has acquired its Belgium-based Gatewing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) engineering and manufacturing business. Delair-Tech is a leading provider of long-range, fixed-wing UAS solutions for industrial inspection and asset management applications headquartered in Toulouse, France. Delair-Tech intends to grow the acquired business as part of its portfolio. This transaction is part of Trimble’s continuing programme to tighten the corporate focus, said Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble's Geospatial Division. Trimble will remain actively engaged in the market by leveraging its brand-agnostic software technology for a broader range of UAS platforms, he added. Strategic alliances In addition,... (read more)
2016-10-12 02:50:24

Recent Advances in Geodata Acquisition Technologies

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Today’s geodata acquisition technologies combine microprocessors, computer power, solid state drives, complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensors, miniaturisation and many more developments. But demand is just as important as supply, and demand is rapidly increasing in our changing world. Read on for details of recent advances in geodata acquisition technologies. In today's world, we are seeing metropolises cluster to form megalopolises, climate change threatens humans, land and livestock in low-lying areas such as river deltas and valleys, and massively populated areas are prone to earthquakes and landslides. All of these factors are increasing the demand for geodata acquisition. This article starts with total stations, continues... (read more)
2016-08-08 09:48:14
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