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Amazon plans to use drones for delivery

Amazon plans to use drones for delivery | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
AMAZON CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Sunday that his company is looking to the future with plans to use "octocopter" mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes.
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Yeah right! as long as you are within line of sight and within 15 minute rough trip. Might as well just walk to the customer.

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Astron uses computer vision shape detection to identify sharks

Astron uses computer vision shape detection to identify sharks | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Astron, alongside partner C4D Intel, is pleased to announce successful completion of their first prototype field trial for Sentinel VDS, a state-of-the-art automated shark detection system using UAVs. Alongside our partners at Astron, we’re extremely excited to announce the successful completion of our first prototype field trial for Sentinel VDS, a state-of-the-art automated shark detection …
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FLIR Systems Acquires - Nano Drone Company

FLIR Systems Acquires - Nano Drone Company | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

FLIR Systems, announced today that it has acquired Prox Dynamics AS, a leading developer and manufacturer of nano-class unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for military and para-military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance applications, for approximately $134 million in cash. Based in Oslo, Norway and founded in 2007 by pioneers in nano helicopter technologies, Prox …

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It doesn't take that much imagination to guess where FLIR is heading with this acquisition. Exciting times!
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Bye Bye 3D Robotics Drones

Bye Bye 3D Robotics Drones | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
On a clear March day last year, Chris Anderson led FORBES onto the outdoor deck at 3D Robotics’ Berkeley, Calif. headquarters to discuss the future of flying robots. As the CEO of North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, Anderson, former editor-in-chief at Wired and author of New York Timesbestseller The Long Tail, explained why drones would be the next …
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That old saying: "putting all your eggs in one basket" comes to mind. RIP the once great 3DR. I still love the X8 and Y6 platforms (but love the DJI matrices and inspire just a little more) 
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Drones Cut Cost of Thermographic PV Panel Inspections

Drones Cut Cost of Thermographic PV Panel Inspections | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Drones could cut the cost of thermographic PV panel inspections to between €1,800 and €2,750 a day, covering two hectares an hour, Solarplaza has learned. The cost is a typical daily rate for a pilot and a sensor operator and drone inspections from a height of 15 metres yield “very accurate results,” said Benjamin Federmann, …
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Victoria to use drones to monitor bushfires - Uaviation

Victoria to use drones to monitor bushfires - Uaviation | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

Victorian authorities will use drones to monitor fires and wildlife, in what is being described as an Australian first. It follows a year-long trial monitoring the state's koala population from the air on public and private land.

The Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning's Brendan Zwanikken said the use of drones could save money. "We find that they [drones] are quieter for wildlife and in some circumstances they may be more cost effective," he said.

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Uaviation is proud to be part of this program with Victorian government.
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Kiwi Cracks 400km on flight

Kiwi Cracks 400km on flight | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Tim Vincent flew an RPFlightSystems, Inc. Vigilant C1 aircraft for a total of 425 kilometres on a single battery pack.
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Flight times and distances being stretched closer to the 500km mark. This will open up several new opportunities to the sector like communications relay and monitoring. 
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Drones (UAVs) in Building and Construction Inspection to Generate 5.89 Billion USD Revenue by 2025

Drones (UAVs) in Building and Construction Inspection to Generate 5.89 Billion USD Revenue by 2025 | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The building and construction inspection and other associated services market has been gaining momentum due to the growing demand for cost effective, fast and reliable inspection services, growing building stock and urban population, and implementation of energy efficiency policy measures across the globe. Considering that building inspection often faces harsh environmental conditions and the logistical difficulties, it is clear that facility management maintenance is a constant challenge for property owners and facility managers. Drones (UAVs) are quickly becoming the obvious tool to complete inspection works that are traditionally time consuming, resource intensive, dangerous, expensive, or all the above. The use of drones (UAVs) by facility managers seems like a next logical and smart step. Technicians no longer need to take dangerous missions or use expensive equipment to inspect the conditions of their facilities. Physical inspection of buildings is the old way of thinking, which will be changed driven by technological innovations behind drones (UAVs).
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Victoria trials satellite scans to detect water leaks from space

Victoria trials satellite scans to detect water leaks from space | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

Victoria's 17 water corporations partnered with Utilis to pilot the use of satellites to detect underground water leaks. Using a sample area North of Melbourne, the experiment detected 18 faults in just four days.

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This is an area that Uaviation is keenly interested in. we have adapted radiometry and plant health indexes into an index for detecting the probability of underground pipe leaks. The difference being we can detect from 65 metres altitude whereas the Alos-2 satellite detects from 650 000 metres! Horses for courses?
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Drone to Collect and Test WATER Samples

Drone to Collect and Test WATER Samples | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

The drones are capable of flying to a programmed GPS position, collecting a sample from a specific depth, testing the sample onboard and sending the data remotely.


Amphibious drones are being developed to collect and test potentially dangerous water samples from difficult to access watercourses. 

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Droneboarding - Snowboarder Towed by a Drone

Droneboarding - Snowboarder Towed by a Drone | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Aerones, an unmanned aerial vehicle developer from Latvia has invented a new sport by towing snowboarder with a drone -enter the world of droneboarding. The Aerones has the lifting force of 37 kilograms (81.5 pounds), and it can easily tow a kiteboarder, skateboarder, snowboarder, longboarder or any similar type of board sport activist. “This is another …
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New Microchip Shrinks Radar Cameras to Palm Size

New Microchip Shrinks Radar Cameras to Palm Size | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a chip that allows new radar cameras to be made a hundred times smaller than current ones. With this NTU technology, radar cameras that usually weigh between 50 kg and 200 kg and are commonly used in large satellites can be made to become as …
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Drone crashes in middle of ceremony at Australian War Memorial

Drone crashes in middle of ceremony at Australian War Memorial | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority launches an investigation after a recreational drone crashed during a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

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This is an opportunity for CASA to support the commercial RPAS industry by showing that it has teeth (and will use them). 

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Hydrogen powered drone FLIES OVER 2 HOURS WITH PAYLOAD!

Montreal, Canada: EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leader in advanced PEM fuel cell systems for aerospace applications, has demonstrated the world’s longest mul...
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List of Commercial Drone Events for 2017

The most updated and complete list of the top commercial drone events of 2017. Pick your event in our 100+ list of the best UAV conferences and trade shows.
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DroneDeploy Launches App Market

DroneDeploy Launches App Market | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

The introduction of the App Market on the DroneDeploy platform creates a one-stop shop for all aspects of cloud-based drone data analysis. Users can now extend the power of DroneDeploy by leveraging third-party apps within their DroneDeploy interface on the web and mobile devices (iOS and Android).

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Bird-scaring drone helping farmers save their crops

Bird-scaring drone helping farmers save their crops | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Normally without a drone, we'd have two people on the ground [chasing birds] on quadbikes and also a helicopter in the air, plus numerous gas-guns and devices to keep the birds away. "So it saves us probably $2,000 a day.
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I expect that fixed-wings will ultimately be deployed for this purpose. Whereas the farmer may save $2000 by not needing two guys on quad-bikes, he would still need two blokes to operate this drone (plus the drone). I think we are more likely to see an autonomous fixed-wing with a fuel-cell that can keep it aloft for - say, 3+ hours. 
Well done to the drone operator for proving that a drone and a bird-scaring device would be successful in the battle to save farmers' crops.  
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Pix4D v Drone Deploy v Agisoft: Comparing 3D mapping software for drones - Coptrz.com

Pix4D v Drone Deploy v Agisoft: Comparing 3D mapping software for drones - Coptrz.com | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Compare Pix4D, Drone Deploy and Agisoft Photoscan for your 3D Mapping software of choice. Make an informed decision for your drone business.
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Uaviation Uses Drone Thermal Inspection and Monitoring to Count Koalas 

Uaviation Uses Drone Thermal Inspection and Monitoring to Count Koalas  | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Drones fitted with visual and thermal cameras are now being used in Victoria to detect and monitor koala populations. The technology is ideal for use in difficult to reach locations.
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A recent project undertaken by Uaviation used downward-facing thermal cameras to map transects of Australian native bush. The images were analysed for thermal flares that matched koalas.
This was an interesting process to perfect as a koala has a core  temperature that is lower than other mammals. 
The results concluded that a purpose-built drone fitted with a radiometric (LWIR) camera identified 50% more koalas than traditional counting methods. Further, using a drone proved faster, safer and more economic than ground observers. 
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Zero to Hero with Drone Deploy - sUAS News

Zero to Hero with Drone Deploy - sUAS News | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Check out this step-by-step tutorial featuring DroneDeploy co-founder Jono Millin.
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Well done Drone Deploy their video series, Zero to Hero is worth watching for hints on successful mapping projects.
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UNICEF’s New Drone Delivery Could Help Africa With HIV Testing 

UNICEF’s New Drone Delivery Could Help Africa With HIV Testing  | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

UNICEF and the Malawi government have launched a pilot program to test whether unmanned aircraft can help families test their children sooner. The pilot program will last through the end of the week, with delivery drones traveling between hospitals and villages in the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, in different weather conditions and at different times of day. March 14, the drones successfully completed a 10-kilometer (six mile) route, carrying simulated HIV tests to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe in 20 minutes. A slot in the center of the drone carried the dried blood samples, which are not infectious.

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Small Drones Could Enhance Local Weather Forecasts - UAS VISION

The Earth’s atmosphere has layers like a cake, and it follows that forecasting the weather is more accurate if information is coming from a lot of sources and from all of those layers. That is why we have weather satellites, high-flying drones and weather balloons all operating at different altitudes. Scientists at Oklahoma State University are developing new drones that will help forecasters operate at all different levels and should increase the quality of computer models that are tracking local weather patterns. Atmospheric measurements provided by radar, weather balloons and towers are good for forecasting a few days ahead, but not so good at predicting dynamic, hour-to-hour weather changes. Speaking via Skype, aerospace engineer Jamey Jacob says that can be extremely important in places prone to sudden, violent storms. “Oklahoma is a really good example because even that we are already a very weather-dynamic state, Oklahoma only has two balloon launches a day, one at dawn and one at dusk, from a single location in the state and that is where all the weather forecasting information comes from. So that data is really sparse and it’s difficult for meteorologists that are developing these forecasting models to get very good idea about how that weather is changing from these very limited number of data points,” said Jacob. Small weather drones Scientists at Oklahoma State University — where Jacob is director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute — are developing small, affordable weather drones that can spend hours in the air taking measurements from many points. The goal — as Oklahoma University meteorology professor Phillip Chilson explained via Skype — is to give researchers an inexpensive way to better understand storm physics and improve the accuracy of computer model-based forecasting. “Part of what is going to drive the price down is the scope of the measurements. Whereas some of these larger platforms are focusing on almost transoceanic flights or things of this variety, we are really focusing on the lower atmosphere and so our platforms can by design be much smaller,” he said. ‘Atlas’ The spherical drone called Atlas can fly, hover, roll on the ground and take to the air again, which makes it ideal for flying in stormy weather. In addition to taking measurements, it can send real-time video of storms, and help search and rescue missions. “Our real goal is to try to develop systems that really, I do not want to say replace but there may be that possibility of replacing weather balloons, but currently augmenting them, so increasing the capabilities,” said Jacob. Researchers say there are still many engineering challenges to be met, such as how to make the weather drones automatically stay away from other air traffic. They expect a drone capable of sampling the lower atmosphere may be available in about two years. Source: VOA News
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UAV Drone Delivers to a Ship at Sea

UAV Drone Delivers to a Ship at Sea | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Maersk Tankers says that it has completed the first drone delivery to a vessel at sea as part of a test to see whether or not drones can become a part of the supply chain. The company says the test delivery took place near Kalundborg in Denmark and involved a drone dropping a small parcel …
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Shark Hunting UAVs in Australia

Shark Hunting UAVs in Australia | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

High-Tech UAVs developed by Australia’s first astronaut and a philanthropist whose friend was killed by a shark are to patrol NSW’s coast, spotting great whites and other man-eaters. The unmanned aerial vehicles, called ‘Little Rippers’ and worth $250,000 each, will begin a trial on the state’s shark-infested north coast within days after being unveiled.

UTS are delivering software to identify sharks from UAV

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This is all very good but once the copter takes footage of a shark, how and where is the imagery processed, and then how long does it take for the information to be relayed to SLS patrols surfers. If I was a shark I would be on to second course by then.  UTS should consider on-board processing of the imagery followed by the deployment of a flare into the water. This would reduce the time between identification and evacuation - the true nirvana of shark spotting. 
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UAS Learn to Navigate Forest Trails in Switzerland - UAS VISION

UAS Learn to Navigate Forest Trails in Switzerland - UAS VISION | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
In Switzerland emergency centres respond to about 1,000 to calls about hikers lost or injured in the forests annually, according to the University of Zurich. But research the university has completed, in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, may help speed up the search …
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Puck LITE - New Featherweight 16-Channel Sensor

Puck LITE - New Featherweight 16-Channel Sensor | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
Aiming at the burgeoning market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Velodyne LiDAR has unveiled its new Puck LITE — at 590 grams, the world’s lightest 16-channel LiDAR sensor. With a 30-degree vertical field of view and a range of 100 meters, Puck LITE builds on the success of Velodyne’s VLP-16 LiDAR Puck. Puck LITE matches the features and …
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