World’s Smallest Autopilot for Micro Aircraft

Researcher Bart Remes and his team of the Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) Laboratory at the TU Delft (The Netherlands) faculty of Aerospace Engineering have designed, built and tested the world’s smallest open source autopilot for small unmanned aircraft. A smaller and lighter autopilot allows these small flying robots to fly longer, fit into narrower spaces or carry more payloads, such as cameras. The very compact design makes these mini UAVs more suitable to be used in for example rescue operations. The TU Delft team aims to make MAVs so small and light that the user can fit one in his... (read more)
2013-08-27 11:09:56

New Training Course for Unmanned Aircraft Operators

On Tuesday, 25 June 2013, the inauguration of the European Aerial Systems Training Academy (EUTA) took place in the Dutch municipality of Gilze en Rijen. It is offering a new training course for operators of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and the first class of eight 'UAS-operators' will commence training in September. EUTA is both literally and figuratively spreading its wings with this training course, which is unique in Europe. In addition, EUTA will be using its own flying equipment and simulators in its training courses and will focus on the operation of unmanned aircraft. UAS can be deployed in many... (read more)
2013-07-01 10:01:06

Survey Aircraft for Clarity Aerial Sensing

During the ALEA Conference in Reno, USA, Diamond Airborne Sensing signed a purchase contract for one DA42 MPP GUARDIAN with Clarity Aerial Sensing, USA. The DA42 MPP GUARDIAN is the new generation of the twin-engine Diamond surveillance and mapping aircraft that utilises innovative and fuel-efficient Austro Diesel engines and burns only 7 gallons per hour while patrolling. Clarity partner Dr. Loren Poulsen PhD comments that they have received an overwhelming response to this aircraft, and recognised that the company needed to purchase their first aircraft to get ahead of demand. They are confident that this aircraft will go on contract... (read more)
2012-07-27 10:59:46

Partnership Results in Hyperspectral Multi-sensor Aircraft

With the successful integration of SPECIM's AisaFENIX, a full spectrum imager, on the DA42 MPP special mission aeroplane, Diamond Aircraft Industries has added first-rate hyperspectral detection capabilities to its range of turnkey survey solutions. Diamond Aircraft Industries, Exogenesis and SPECIM teamed up to unite hyperspectral data capture and multipurpose data analysis options on the advanced DA42 MPP remote sensing platform. Test flights in Wiener Neustadt (Austria) where Diamond Aircraft is based demonstrated the performance of this hyperspectral turnkey solution. According to Diamond Aircraft and SPECIM, the AisaFENIX sensor found all the intended targets with zero false positives, found potential unexploded... (read more)
2014-06-18 08:30:00

Diamond Aircraft Announces New Distributor for Germany

From December 2012 onwards, Air Alliance, located at Airport Siegerland in Germany, will be the official German distributor for Diamond Aircraft’s civil product range, from the DA/DV20 to the DA42-VI. The company will also provide all aircraft-related services. Existing customers can continue to expect the same level of service from Diamond Aircraft at Egelsbach. In addition, aircraft can now be maintained by Air Alliance at Siegerland Airport (EDGS). Wolfgang Krombach, managing director of Air Alliance, is pleased that both Diamond Aircraft Industries and Air Alliance will be operating jointly in the German market from now on. He sees this distribution... (read more)
2012-12-20 03:14:50

First for France EGNOS Aircraft Landing

Pau Pyrénées in southern France has become Europe's first airport to use the new EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service, to guide aircraft in for landing using only this highly accurate space navigation signal. On 2nd March the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service was officially made available for the safety-critical task of providing vertical guidance to aircraft on final approach.     This represents the culmination of 15 years work by ESA, the European Commission, the EGNOS Operator and Infrastructure Group - a club of seven European Air Navigation Service Providers - and Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. Eurocontrol is... (read more)
2011-05-17 12:00:00

Hybrid UAS/UAV: Fixed Wing and Chopper in One Aircraft

A hybrid UAS/UAV combines the best of two worlds: the benefits of a fixed wing and chopper in one aircraft. Unmanned airborne systems (UASs) – aircraft which fly without human pilots on board – have soared in popularity as surveying devices. Today they are applied in a wide variety of 2D and 3D mapping, inspection and monitoring tasks. So far there have been two broad categories: fixed wings and multicopters. However, recent advances have led to a third category: the hybrid UAS/UAV, which combines the best of both worlds. Sensors and battery After flight, the recorded GNSS and IMU data is usually used to georeference the sensor data. The sensors on board include RGB cameras, near-infrared (NIR) cameras, thermal infrared (TIR)... (read more)
2015-11-24 10:48:34

Integrated Mapping and Modelling Solution for Manned Aircraft

WaldoAir, USA, and Pix4D, Switzerland, have announced the launch of an integrated camera system for use on single-engine aircrafts bundled with aerial image-processing software. This complete system offers the manned aircraft industry the same technological advantages of fast and cost-effective mapping and modelling that the UAV industry has been introducing over the last two years. While UAVs are becoming more and more popular for creating aerial maps and 3D models, their flying range often is limited to sites of up to a few square kilometres. Manned aircraft on the contrary have the reach to cover large areas and have a... (read more)
2014-03-21 03:05:17

Large-format Mapping and Modelling Solution for Manned Aircraft

WaldoAir, TN, USA, has announced the launch of an integrated, large-format, low-cost camera system for use on single-engine aircraft bundled with a new edition of Pix4D’s image processing software that treats multi-camera systems. This complete system offers the manned aircraft industry the same image capture capabilities that until now could only be realised by legacy, large-format sensors and dedicated aircraft platforms. Meanwhile, investment and operational costs are now much lower. Choosing between traditional photogrammetry and using UAVs for creating aerial maps and 3D models must trade off sensor capabilities with client needs for area coverage, resolution and budget. While UAVs... (read more)
2014-09-30 09:22:27
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