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Police use drones to help clear traffic accidents

Police use drones to help clear traffic accidents | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

High-tech drones have entered the modern lexicon. Hobbyists are playing with small toy versions. Pilots are complaining about them entering their airspace, putting commercial jets at risk. Even e-commerce giant Amazon is trying to figure out how to use drones to make deliveries.

But the drones, made by Aeryon Labs Inc. in a small facility in north Waterloo, are the high-end version used by military, companies and police forces, with the aim of being easy to use, with simple training.

With a price tag ranging from $65,000 up to $120,000, depending on the bells and whistles, they are considered critical equipment for investigators, researchers and soldiers alike.

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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 12, 4:33 AM

Law enforcement continues to be an early adopter of commercial drone applications.

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Drones' dangers confronted by Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics

Drones' dangers confronted by Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
A "golden age of personal videography" has been opened up by drones, but one of the aircraft's pioneers says there's a responsibility to regulate their use
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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 6, 10:44 AM

a common passion for all things personal video.

Christopher Korody's curator insight, December 6, 11:15 AM

Smart guy - building altitude limiters into his products to ensure compliance with the 400' ceiling.


Calls for mass quantities of education about the rules of the road - which as he points out are clearly published.

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VineView and SkySquirrel to Launch New Specialized Agricultural UAV

VineView and SkySquirrel to Launch New Specialized Agricultural UAV | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

VineView-SAI, Inc., a St. Helena-based remote sensing company, has partnered with SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. (SST), a commercial Unmanned Aerial System company based in Nova Scotia, Canada, to create the Aqweo agricultural drone, which will be launched at the Napa Valley Grape Growers’ trade exhibition.

VineView is contributing its 15 years of experience in remote sensing of vineyards and other high value crops to the development of a fully integrated drone system for high resolution imaging of vineyards, citrus and nut crops. “Partnering with SST allows us to bring the technologies we’ve developed to new markets as well as provide additional options for our current customers,” said Matt Staid, Ph.D., President of VineView. “Canada has been a leader in supporting the commercial use and testing of unmanned aircraft, allowing us to start using this new platform sooner than would otherwise be possible.”

 

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3D Robotics is building the drones that just about anyone can fly

3D Robotics is building the drones that just about anyone can fly | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The FAA might not know what to do with drones, but UAV technology is moving so fast we're thinking more "when," not "if" the skies will be filled with
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China Develops Anti-drone Laser

China has successfully tested a homemade laser defence system specially targeting small-scale UAS flying at low attitude. The machine is able to shoot down various small aircraft within a two-kilometer radius and can do so in five seconds after locating its target, said a statement released Sunday by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the system’s co-developers.

Characterized by its speed, precision and low noise, the system is designed to destroy unmanned, small-scale drones flying within an altitude of 500-m and at a speed below 50m/s, it said.

“Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage,” said Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp., a group under the academy spearheading the project.

 

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These Drones With Little Brooms Keep Solar Panels Clean

These Drones With Little Brooms Keep Solar Panels Clean | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

UAVs could do the dirty work of the clean energy revolution. The technology, which can help solar panels pump out as much as 35% more power, was developed by a German engineer who first started experimenting with panel-cleaning robots at the age of 13. At the time, solar power was less widespread, and manufacturers claimed that panels would soon clean themselves. "That was wrong, I found out later, and we began re-engineering the product," says designer Ridha Azaiz.

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State Farm seeks FAA permission to test drones

State Farm seeks FAA permission to test drones | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
“State Farm will be evaluating how to utilize unmanned aircraft systems to capture images and to determine the nature and extent of damage to policyholders’ property,” the company said in its 18-page filing. “State Farm is specifically interested in studying how unmanned aircraft systems can be deployed to obtain up-close images of a policyholder’s roof and how State Farm can deploy unmanned aircraft system resources to areas hit by catastrophes.”
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South Africa-based company specializing in surveying for engineering, construction and land development projects

South Africa-based company specializing in surveying for engineering, construction and land development projects | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

From a survey perspective, the use of UAS has helped our firm in many ways. First of all, the time saving has enabled us to do surveys in a much quicker fashion. Areas of land that needed to be surveyed manually with GPS or theodolite, would at times take weeks to do, can now be surveyed and processed in a few hours.

We also have a new product to offer our clients. Previously we only delivered vector plans of the survey. Now we can complement that with orthoimages.

Our surveys are now more accurate in the sense that instead of measuring a point every five meters or so, we can now pick up a point every five centimeters, if not better.

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New lightweight UAV defies crosswinds - C4ISR & Networks

New lightweight UAV defies crosswinds - C4ISR & Networks | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The ArrowLite from Stark Aerospace carries ISR hardware.
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Get ready for 'Drone Nation'

Get ready for 'Drone Nation' | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

In demand by Fortune 500 companies and heavily funded by Silicon Valley, unmanned aircraft are rapidly invading the world of business.

We’re taking the drone out for a spin. It’s a sun-drenched Friday in Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, and though it’s late afternoon the wind hasn’t picked up. Perfect flying conditions. T.J. Johnson, 29, co-founder and chief engineer of a local consumer drone startup called AirDroids, kneels on the untrimmed grass in the middle of a city park. He unzips a small black carrying case no bigger than a regulation football and extracts an almost-final version of his company’s sole product.

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Australia to Certify 150th Unmanned Aircraft Operator

Australia to Certify 150th Unmanned Aircraft Operator | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

A major milestone is about to be recorded by the Australian unmanned aircraft industry with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to certify its 150th certified unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operator this month. This milestone represents a 50% increase in the number of CASA certified UAS operators since May this year. If the current pace is sustained, the number of certified operators is now likely to pass 200 by as soon as March 2015.

 

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Queensland University UAS in Biosecurity Research Programme

A new three-year project will see Queensland-based university QUT lead an international biosecurity research programme involving unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The project will see UA (unmanned aircraft) fitted with new high-tech imaging equipment to test how effective they are in identifying pests and diseases in horticultural and grains industries.Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) is providing $1.74 million towards the new $6.5 million project, dubbed ‘Optimising Surveillance Protocols Using Unmanned Aerial Systems.’

The project will be led by CRC participants at Kansas State University (K-State), with QUT and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries as research partners.

QUT UAS project leader Dr Felipe Gonzalez said the university’s proven track record in relation to UAS and plant biosecurity cemented its place in the project.

“It’s very timely and a great opportunity to create the next generation of surveillance and UA for plant pest detection,” Gonzalez said.

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What a great project for QUT. I look forward to the outcomes. Not just for wheat but how the findings will affect other horticultural and livestock interests. 

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Drone used to find family lost in the woods

Drone used to find family lost in the woods | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

If we have a person potentially lost in the woods, or a child gone missing, we could potentially deploy it and use the thermal infrared camera to detect them in the woods,” RCMP Const. Mark Skinner, one of a handful of operators in the province with a special certificate from Transport Canada to fly the drones, said at the time.

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Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis

Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The centuries-old disease is crippling communities in one of the world's most untamed wildernesses. Now unmanned aerial vehicles could bring treatment to the country's far-flung reaches.

Drones have been trialled by Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth.

Papua New Guinea is experiencing an epidemic rate of a disease that most Western countries overcame long ago. Tuberculosis (TB) kills one Papua New Guinean every two hours, and with 15,000 new infections a year, health authorities are struggling to contain the disease as it rages through the remote reaches of the island nation.

 
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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 5, 8:47 AM

Good story about an app for public good, in the medical arena ...

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's..... a robot.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's..... a robot. | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

The UAV Challenge, run by the Queensland University of Technology, attracts hundreds of entrants from all over the world. Among them; researchers, engineers, and a lot of enthusiastic hobbyists. 

After seven years of unsuccessful rescue attempts on Joe, this year, four teams succeeded. The reason? Affordable robot technology and collaboration means technology is advancing rapidly.

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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 4, 10:52 AM

Hopefully one day soon we can do this kind of thing in the US.

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Drone used to rescue window cleaner dangling from tower block

Drone used to rescue window cleaner dangling from tower block | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
POLICE in Abu Dhabi flew into action when they heard a window cleaner was in danger – by sending a drone to rescue him. The Asian worker was stuck 10 floors in the air after his platform malfunctioned while he was cleaning the windows of a tower block on Sheikh Rashed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road on Tuesday. Police and civil defence were called to the scene as emergency crews tried to get the cleaner down. “The man had tried to leave the scaffold and was clinging to one of the windows, fearing that
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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 4, 10:54 AM

a use case example for good.

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Fears drones may ground firefighting choppers

Fears drones may ground firefighting choppers | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Firefighting choppers will be grounded during bushfires if drones are spotted, authorities say.

With recreational drone ownership exploding into the thousands over the past year, air safety regulators and the nation's aerial firefighters fear drones are a very real threat to safety, and they warned amateur operators to stay well away.

Superintendent Anthony Ferguson from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service's (RFS) State Air Desk said firefighting pilots nationwide were concerned.

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Australia Needs a National Drone Strategy | UAS VISION

Australia needs a national strategy that links development of its unmanned aerial systems industry to the requirements of the Defence Department, drone operators have told the government. A submission to the Defence white paper by Australian Certified UAV Operators proposes that a national unmanned aircraft industry strategy be jointly developed by the Department of Industry, the local unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and broader manufacturing industries as well as local research and development organisations and commercial operators.

“Australia is unusual in global terms in that it does not have a national strategy for its UAS sector, neither in the Defence-specific nor the broader commercial market contexts,’’ the submission says. “Defence’s own short-lived public domain Unmanned Systems roadmap was issued a decade ago.

“Likewise, in wholly commercial terms, the only consideration of UAS industrial capacity as a national asset was a brief inclusion in the Australian federal government Aviation White Paper of 2003.

 

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Drone Deliberately Flown at Passenger Airliner

Drone Deliberately Flown at Passenger Airliner | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

An airliner came within just 80ft of colliding with a quadcopter  after it was ‘deliberately flown’ at the passenger plane as it flew over Essex, an official report reveals.

The 74-seater aeroplane was travelling over Southend when the pilot spotted the remote-controlled quadcopter ‘very close’ to the right wing-tip.

An investigation launched into the incident recorded the risk of collision as ‘high’, in what is believed to be the first ever near-miss between a passenger plane and a drone in the UK.

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Data Mapper advances software to service UAV platforms

Data Mapper advances software to service UAV platforms | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Data Mapper, an enterprise aerial data software, announced it will expand its cloud-based platform to ingest data collected by a wider network of UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] providers. The application provides the ability to upload, store, process and share aerial imagery and is equipped for detailed, automated analysis.
Previously the company was known under the name PrecisionMapper and could only be utilized when collecting aerial data with the PrecisionHawk UAV platform, the Lancaster HawkEye Mark III.
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Chris Anderson Talks About His New Company, GoPros, And The Future Of Drones

Chris Anderson Talks About His New Company, GoPros, And The Future Of Drones | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

He's worked as editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, authored three books, and founded two drone-related projects: DIYDrones, a drone enthusiast website, and 3DRobotics, a drone manufacturing company that sells pre-assembled drones; he currently serves as CEO for that company. 

Anderson recently talked with Business Insider about his first experiences with drones, the popularity of GoPro cameras, and what he's most excited about for the future.

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3D Robotics Launches Fixed wing and Multi-rotor Mapping Platforms

3D Robotics Launches Fixed wing and Multi-rotor Mapping Platforms | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

3D Robotics have announced the launch of their new 3DR Mapping Platforms, consisting of the 3DR X8-M (multi-copter) and Aero-M (fixed-wing), with highly accurate resolution that allows users to zoom in from the sky “down to the grape.” Each platform is bundled with both hardware and software solutions, including a high-resolution visible-spectrum camera, protective hard-case, auto-pilot controlled image acquisition and professional image processing software powered by Pix4D, 3DR’s newest business partner.

The new 3DR Mapping Platforms have a simple, fully automated three-step workflow: plan, fly, process. The flight planning software computes flight paths over a selected area to survey and calculate exactly which pictures to take and when. While in flight, the drones automatically capture those images and geo-tag each capture to note the exact location. When the drone lands, the user immediately has a series of crisp and accurate images that can then be geo-referenced by the Pix4D software to automatically create a high-resolution, ortho-rectified 2D mosaic map (or 3D model depending on chosen edition) that delivers accurate and immediately actionable data.

 

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CASA investigates The Block Glasshouse host Scott Cam for ‘flying drone without a licence’

CASA investigates The Block Glasshouse host Scott Cam for ‘flying drone without a licence’ | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Australia’s top air safety regulator is investigating the filming of Sunday night’s finale episode of The Block Glasshouse after Gold Logie winner Scott Cam was shown operating a large camera drone.
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The 6 Best Agricultural Drones in the US

The 6 Best Agricultural Drones in the US | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Here are some of the the companies that have emerged as key players in the space and provide some of the most comprehensive agricultural drones solutions.
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3D Robotics Partners with Intel, Develops New Drone Power

3D Robotics Partners with Intel, Develops New Drone Power | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, 3D Robotics announced that we’ve partnered with Intel in the development of Edison, a new microcomputer that basically gives you PC power in postage stamp size, at an almost universally accessible price. We’ve worked closely and for a long time with Intel on this project because the combination of Edison’s incredible power and  affordability will lead to truly revolutionary advancements for our company, and for the Internet of Things in general.

The Edison board has the kind of processing that at one time you could only find in a personal computer. This means that when we integrate Edison into our next-generation autopilot, we’ll be able to make incredible leaps forward in on-board image processing, sense and avoid, new classes of sensors, and artificial intelligence, with many more eggs yet to be discovered and cracked open. The technology is now here. The challenge now is to start doing important and interesting things with it.

For instance, for the big announcement on Tuesday we ran a demo of IRIS+ using an “optical” version of our 3PV™ Follow Me technology, with Edison as a companion computer to our Pixhawk autopilot. That sounds way too technical. But what that really means is that with the extra computing power from Edison, 3PV™ can now track people and objects with vision instead of relying on a GPS signal, so you won’t need to carry another device on you anymore—you can just go and the drone will visually recognize where you are and keep the camera on you.

 

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