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

Wingtra and PCI Geomatics Enter into Drone Maps Partnership

Wingtra and PCI Geomatics are teaming up to offer flexible software solutions, easier ground control for repeated surveys and one-to-one resolution – also known as DSM true ortho – image processing with the WingtraOne-Geomatica bundle. “In order to produce high-quality products, we generate digital surface models (DSMs) at one-to-one resolution,” said Kevin Jones, executive director of marketing at PCI Geomatics. “This means if you are producing one-centimetre imagery captured by the WingtraOne UAV, you can produce one-centimetre DSMs using Geomatica.” For more than 35 years, PCI Geomatics has been providing academics, governments and commercial enterprises with mapping solutions for aerial... (read more)
2019-12-03 03:25:56

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D Enter into Official Partnership

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D have formalized their partnership to simplify daily operations for their shared customers. Professionals around the globe rely on eVTOL UAVs from Quantum-Systems and Pix4D’s software suite for collecting and post-processing aerial data, which made teaming up a logical step for both companies. The partnership is set to add real value to the daily operations of drone users in mining, agriculture, forestry, surveying and mapping, power, and utilities. With the partnership contract in place, users from now on are able to source Pix4D’s software suite both, directly and through Quantum-Systems’ resellers. Efficient aerial data collection with various payloads The Trinity F90+ is an... (read more)
2020-07-09 09:01:20

First UAV Flight from Unmanned Boat

The newest aircraft carrier does not have acres of flight deck. In fact, it has no deck at all. Rather than carrying a crew of thousands, it sails without a soul on board. Yet the aircraft that it operates can fly much longer and further than anything based on a fleet leviathan. That aircraft is Aerovel’s 20kg Flexrotor, which combines VTOL and a small footprint with a Hawaii-to-West Coast range. The carrier is a 4-metre skiff equipped to launch, retrieve and service the Flexrotor automatically. In what are believed to be the first-ever flight cycles of an unmanned aircraft based... (read more)
2013-10-25 10:19:45

Irish Survey Company Acquires Falcon 8 UAS

A Topcon Falcon 8 UAS, powered by Ascending Technologies, has been purchased by Murphy Surveys. The Falcon 8 is an octocopter that is being used across many industries, from surveying to oil and gas. It has the efficiency of a fixed-wing system but the versatility of a rotary system. The global consulting surveyors have been working with fixed-wing UASs for years, yet the VTOL’s efficiency turned out to be more flexible and profitable in many surveying areas. MurphyUAV, a division of Murphy Surveys, received a special delivery in the form of the Falcon 8 from Topcon Ireland, making Murphy Surveys the... (read more)
2016-04-26 11:35:59

Making Aerial Platforms Easy

Microdones GmbH is based in Siegen, Germany. The manufacturer is focused on designing, engineering and developing unmanned rotary wing VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) MAVs (Micro Aerial Vehicles) below 25kg mainly based on the principle of quadrocopters. The company’s unmanned platforms are used in aerial work such as aerial mapping, aerial inspection or aerial search & rescue jobs all over the globe. The privately owned company was founded in late 2005 by Udo Juerss, who had previously worked for large German automotive companies as an external developer, especially in the development of electronic control units in hardware and software.... (read more)
2012-12-18 02:05:09

Fulfilling the Land Surveyor’s Wants and Needs

Marlyn: the Go-anywhere Mapping Solution Made by Surveyors, for Surveyors
Geospatial information gathered by unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (UAVs/UASs or ‘drones’) is now the driver for business success across many industries and applications. To develop the right tool for this data collection, Atmos UAV had a different approach compared to other commercial drone manufacturers. Rather than focusing just on the product itself, the team was mostly interested in the product fit. After conducting more than 500 interviews with end users, company owners and project managers during the last six years, the company developed Marlyn, a mapping and land surveying solution that meets the industry’s wants and needs.    The necessity of... (read more)
2018-10-03 03:34:18

Mapping the Yangtze River

One Local Authority, 400km², 21,000 Images and One Map
The Zhenjiang Municipal Flood Control Bureau is a short walk from the Yangtze River: staff can clearly see the river from the office. In July 2019, a massive orthophoto was created from 21,000 images, representing 400 square kilometres. Before this, the region's flood planning maps, water conservation data and related information were stored as separate, discrete files. For such a big project, the team needed to bring all these together with a custom base map. Zhenjiang is a transport hub lying on the southern bank of the Yangtze River near the Grand Canal, and at constant risk of floods. The... (read more)
2020-05-07 09:41:07

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

René Worms Joins Atmos UAV as Head of Global Sales

Atmos UAV has appointed René Worms, former managing director of Topcon Positioning Europe, as head of global sales. The well-known strategist and geospatial expert will work towards the international expansion of Marlyn, the company's professional vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) mapping and surveying (fixed-wing) drone, which is designed to assure surveyors of the right accuracy, maximum ease of use and highest wind resistance in its class. René Worms’ skills in international sales, sales management and building business strategies were recognized by the Topcon Positioning Group where he previously worked as the managing director. Additionally, his past professional positions – as... (read more)
2019-05-08 08:42:12
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