Kittyhawk Releases Revolutionary Hardware Product For Enterprise Drone Operations

San Francisco, Ca. April 1, 2018 — Kittyhawk, the leader in enterprise drone operations software, today announced their foray into the world of drone hardware. The Kittyhawk Log Book® provides enterprises a new and scalable way to take their drone program from one pilot to half-a-dozen or more.

“Over the past few years, we’ve started seeing some of the largest teams starting to use analogue management solutions for their drone operations,” said Connor Frost of GroundedInsights, LLC

Capitalizing on their deep expertise in the hardware space, Kittyhawk is looking to foster the next generation of growth and innovation in the space. The Kittyhawk Log Book® provides features being demanded by modern enterprises to cultivate their culture of safety and ensure their compliance to rigorous safety standards.

“I’m frankly surprised it took Kittyhawk this long to start demonstrating their prowess in the hardware space. This is a logical next step for them.” Said Mitchell Edges of Snow and Soloman analysts.

“After talking to hundreds of Fortune 50 companies, we came to the conclusion that they were just looking for a way to take information and somehow store it. We did a lot of research on how to store information and found that sometimes everything old is, in fact, new again. We went with a book.” Says Joshua Ziering, Co-Founder and Chief Pilot of Kittyhawk.io

Available today, the Kittyhawk Log Book® brings game-changing compatibility for the modern enterprise. Native compatibility with pen, pencil, and rubber stamp come standard with every Kittyhawk Log Book®.

“I’ve used three of them and already love them. I’ve found that using different color pens is an easy and smart way to add additional context to your flight records. For example, Green logs are all the new confidential drones I fly where I can’t write their real names down, blue is for drones flown in beautiful exotic locations, and red are drones that I like. All of my green pages go well with the stylish K on the front.” said Sophie Welsh, prolific drone blogger.

In addition to the Kittyhawk Log Book®, Kittyhawk also announced a deep integration with the Fedex and UPS API’s today. Now, when you need to move this critical data around, you can request an envelope from the Kittyhawk platform. Days later, a courier will arrive with an envelope. Simply put your Kittyhawk Log Book® in the envelope, and drop it in the nearest mailbox. Within days, someone else on your team can have access to your data. Managing enterprise drone operations has never been easier.

“After all our market research, we kept finding that analog hardware solutions really provided the most value to our customers. We’re excited to enter the extremely crowded commercial drone hardware space and differentiate ourselves so much with our new offering.” said Kittyhawk CEO, Jon Hegranes.

The Kittyhawk Log Book® is available today

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Successful Fifth Launch Brings AireonSM Global Air Traffic Surveillance System Closer to Full Deployment

Aireon announced today the fifth successful launch and deployment of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads, hosted by the Iridium® NEXT satellite constellation. At 7:13:51 AM PDT (14:13:51 UTC), a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 50.

When the Aireon payloads from the fifth launch come online, the system will have nearly global coverage with 15-minute or better update intervals. This signifies optimal timing for airlines to begin testing the capabilities of space-based ADS-B. This will assist airlines with meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations that require aircraft be equipped with an aircraft tracking system for those flights not tracked by air traffic control by the end of 2018. With the Aireon service and access to the space-based ADS-B data, airlines can meet this directive set by regulators and safety organizations.

“We’re over two-thirds of the way there,” said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “And as we get closer to a fully operational system, thorough testing and validation is now underway with our customers and partners.” Thoma continued, “Aireon is working closely with not only ANSPs, but partners like FlightAware to ensure airlines have early access to this global data, ahead of regulations and requirements. Aireon will be able to help airlines meet these mandates, and upon completion of the constellation, update rates of a few seconds will be the service standard around the world.”

FlightAware and Aireon have worked together to create GlobalBeacon, a first-of-its-kind product. GlobalBeacon combines FlightAware’s data processing platform and web-interface with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, for a cost-effective, easy to deploy solution to help meet the ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) standards.

“We are fusing Aireon data with FlightAware data to empower airlines and other aircraft operators with products that exceed GADSS recommendations for flight tracking,” said Daniel Baker, founder and CEO, FlightAware. “With the satellites from today’s successful launch, customers will be able to beta test coverage that meets the November 2018 requirement for aircraft tracking.”

In addition to GlobalBeacon, FlightAware is delivering the data through services that are already commonly used by airlines and industry leading service providers such as SITAONAIR.

“Our partnership with FlightAware means that any airline using AIRCOM® FlightTracker will have at its fingertips a dynamic tool providing an overview of the exact position, speed and altitude of its airborne fleet,” said Dominique El Bez, Vice President, Product and Strategy, SITAONAIR. “Most critically, the coverage will now be 100% even over oceanic, remote and polar areas. By receiving once-per-minute positions from Aireon’s network of space-based ADS-B receivers, airlines will exceed the ICAO GADSS upcoming 15-minute recommendation.”

The Aireon system is hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which will consist of 66 low-earth orbit crosslinked satellites. A total of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites are being built, all of which will have the Aireon payload onboard. Currently, 75 satellites are planned to be deployed with nine serving as on-orbit spares and the remaining six as ground spares. The constellation is planned for completion in 2018.

AgEagle Aerial Systems Closes Merger With EnerJex

AgEagle Aerial Systems, an aerial drone imagery collection and analytics company, has closed its merger transaction with EnerJex Resources, pursuant to which AgEagle becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of EnerJex Resources, Inc.

EnerJex will be renamed AgEagle Aerial Systems and will begin trading on March 27th on NYSE American under the ticker symbol UAVS. In addition, on March 26, 2018, the company closed a private placement of its shares of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock to institutional investors raising gross proceeds of $4,000,000.

“The completion of this merger and subsequent financing is a significant milestone for our company,” commented Bret Chilcott, founder and CEO of AgEagle. “We can now aggressively execute on our vision of becoming a leading drone and data analytics company in PrecisionAg, while generating meaningful value for our shareholders. We plan to invest and grow the data analytics division of our business to provide farmers with actionable insights to help them generate healthier crops more efficiently.

AgEagle’s line of automated flying drones collect valuable information for farmers by flying over large fields of corn, soybeans, wheat and other types of crops, collecting thousands of ultra-high-resolution pictures using sophisticated near-infrared sensors (cameras). The images can be loaded to the cloud midflight through cellular connectivity and stitched together to form one large, near-infrared, aerial view. Unlike the human eye, algorithmic-based computer programs are able to determine the current health of the photographed crop by analyzing the amount of near-infrared light reflected from the plants. Healthy plants reflect more near-infrared light while unhealthy plants absorb the light. Using this high resolution, near-infrared image, a farmer or an agronomist is able to create a ‘prescription map’ that is then fed into the computers that guide large precision crop sprayers. As a result, chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and nutrients can be applied more precisely in the fields – saving money, increasing the amount of yield per acre, and improving the environmental impact of farming.

AgEagle’s board of directors includes company founder and CEO Bret Chilcott, a representative from stakeholder Raven Industries, Tom Gardner, a data analytics expert, and Grant Begley, formerly the senior advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for drones and corporate leader to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for their respective drone initiatives.

Following the completion of the merger and one for twenty-five reverse stock-split, there are now 9,886,305 million shares of common stock outstanding.

Details of the merger transaction, private placement and further information about AgEagle will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC.

UMS Skeldar expansion strategy boosts recruitment drive

UMS Skeldar

UMS SKELDAR, the world-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions, has launched a recruitment drive at its twin design, production and testing facilities in Sweden and Switzerland.

Now in its second year, the joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO has announced an ambitious business growth strategy, led by the flagship SKELDAR V-200, which boasts the sector’s first and most dependable heavy fuel engine with unmatched time before overhaul ratios. It also includes a range of payload and sensor options including ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging), a synthetic aperture radar (SAR), Moving Target Indicator, signals payload, 3D mapping, AIS transponder, and cargo hook.

To support the development of its best in class Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) solutions and systems, UMS is hiring in a range of positions including systems developers for the platforms and Ground Control Station (GCS), helicopter technicians and sensor operators across its locations, with more roles to be announced.

The piston-engine rotary unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is recognised as the fastest maintenance turn around and unmatched time before overhaul (TBO) aircraft in its class. The VTOL SKELDAR V-200 is produced out of Linköping, in southern Sweden, co-located with a high-tech aerospace cluster around Linköping City Airport, also home to Saab’s own airport.

Additionally, the Swiss site at Möhlin, near Basel, which acts as the company’s head office, also provides R&D, test flights and production modification.

According to CEO Axel Cavalli-Bjorkman: “The strategic focus on navies worldwide, blue light services including search and rescue in addition to research, specialist survey and infrastructure services is paying off with increased interest from across the globe. We have the most dependable platform, engine and widest choice of payloads in our category. We are truly unmatched and supported by world-class engineering and software teams across both manufacturing units. Our focus as a global business is to ensure we gain a share in our stated categories of the overall “drone” market that is expected to reach USD 14.9 billion by 2020.”

Earlier this year, UMS SKELDAR was appointed to provide UAV capabilities through its SKELDAR V-200 as part of the OCEAN2020 programme, the first and most important European Defence Agency research tender for naval surveillance technology. UMS SKELDAR has also declared its intention to win the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) UAV contract, bolstered by the recent appointment of Saab to provide the tactical interface to the RAN fleet of nine Future Frigates, amongst other important military contracts awarded by the Australian Government,

For more information on UMS SKELDAR, including its world leading platforms, click on http://umsskeldar.aero/.

UAVOS Borey flying wing

In the Borey-10 unmanned fixed-wing aircraft, UAVOS has implemented a number of design features that enhance reliability and simplicity of operations. Rechargeable LiIon cell-based batteries assembled in-house, a hermetic casing of the autopilot, the minimum number of units and components significantly reduces the probability of an accident and extends the operational life of the aircraft. Preparation for the flight, including the process of assembling the UAV, takes only 10 minutes http://goo.gl/jcr98c

Fixed wing Borey-10 range for the transfer of real-time video in difficult meteorological conditions during operation is at least 18 miles (30 km), and for control – at least 43 miles (70 km). A great advantage of the new unmanned aircraft is a high duration of a non-stop flight – 4 hours with a payload of 2lb (1 kg). A heated battery compartment allows drone to fly in temperature as low as -22F (-30C).

Borey-10 is equipped with a system of emergency wings drop, which works in emergency situations during the landing. The console, touching the surface of the earth, is unfastened from the center wing and absorbs the impact energy. The aircraft remains unharmed.

The UAV is equipped with an EW countermeasure system, which makes it possible to carry out research operations in the absence of GNSS signals.

The unmanned aircraft is made according to the “flying wing” scheme. Borey-10 is a compact unmanned aerial vehicle: with a wingspan of 140 inches (3.57 meters), and weight of 20lb (9 kg). A take-off is made from unequipped sites, and landing at any assigned point of the terrain, which does not require special training. Take-off is carried out with the help of a rubber rope or a catapult, landing with a parachute. The aircraft lands on its back, which reduces the likelihood of damaging the payload – since the payload is protected by the same aircraft.

Vadim Tarasov, UAVOS investor and Board member said, “Borey-10 is an unmanned aircraft, always ready for take-off! Due to its small size and modular design, Borey-10 is easily transported, assembled, and launched fast even under the most unfavorable conditions. In the process of developing the aircraft, special attention was paid to the simplicity of operation, which significantly reduces the cost of maintenance and preparation for the flight, and increases the economical utilization efficiency of the complex.”

Borey-10 is designed to perform mapping, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks, monitoring of oil and gas pipelines, military bases, and the state border. Borey-10 will become indispensable as an unmanned aircraft for rescue operations in liquidation of emergencies and search operations. The UAV is equipped with a photo camera, a front video camera, a thermal imager and a gyrostabilized television camera.

“Besides, for this aircraft, our programmers have developed special software that greatly facilitates the subsequent processing of data, and also makes it possible to automate the process of merging the necessary frames,” comments Vadim Tarasov, UAVOS investor and Board member.

http://www.uavos.com/

Avetics Global fly high at Tank Storage Awards

Singaporean UAV company clinches top award at global oil tank conference, beating 13 other international competitors

29 March 2018, Netherlands. Avetics Global has won the Most Innovative Technology Award at the 2018 Tank Storage Awards held in Rotterdam for its Aquila In-Tank Inspection Drone, with the panel of judges selecting it against a crowded field of thirteen competitors from around the world.

The Aquila In-Tank inspection drone prevailed over other innovative solutions such as virtual reality visualisation, project management, robotic task automation and flexible storage solutions.

“The team at Avetics is pleased to have be conferred this award, it is a good encouragement to our hard work, “ said Zhang Weiliang, CEO, Avetics. “Looking ahead, we definitely would like to improve on capabilities such as autonomous navigation and explosion proofing to further expand the use case”

The judges of the Tank Storage Awards had identified human error as the biggest threat to terminal operators, with robots being the next big development in the storage sector to “significantly bring down cost for maintenance and inspection activities and shorten out of service times”.

Built specifically to address these problems, the Avetics Aquila is a semi-autonomous confined-space drone designed to perform an internal inspection of oil tanks, representing the culmination of two years of research and development by the Singaporean UAV company.

This is the second year in a row drones have won the Most Innovative Technology Award, with the previous years’ winner being the Flyability Elios drone. Current in-tank inspection procedures require the erecting of scaffolding for technicians to access areas at height, directly affecting tank utilization rate and work-at-height risk. The risk of drones losing control in an all-metal environment due to radio frequency interruption has spurred innovation in developing solutions to address this very problem.

The Avetics Aquila provides close range visual intelligence at reduced risk to operators, generating an uninterrupted and unobstructed stabilized live feed with position localization thanks to onboard lasers. Unhindered by radio interference, the Aquila is able to quickly and safely obtain high-quality location contextualized images in such a challenging environment.

These capabilities are what allowed Avetics to prevail over other innovative solutions shortlisted at the Tank Storage Awards.

Ultimate Beginners Guide to Flying Drones, Start Flying Today!

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With drone restrictions changing every few months, and federal rules and regulations becoming an increasingly unavoidable issue, anyone who’s just getting into the camera drone hobby is going to need an above-average pilot school. Learning how to fly the drone itself is one thing, but the last thing you want is to not know the exact fly zones or other protocol in your area and incur a fine or other legal trouble. Drone Pilot Ground School is an excellent at-home training course for UAV pilots that want to pass the FAA Aeronautics Test and become certified in their area.

This is a very solid and easy-to-understand guide not just to basic drone operations, but to understanding the role of weather and the rules of the National Airspace System. Drone laws and regulations, operating rules, and the remote pilot certificate and waivers are the first components of this coursework, and these topics are constantly updated to reflect the most recent information.

An in-depth look at the ways in which weather affects all small aircraft and micrometeorology is also available, so you as the pilot can fully understand how the changing wind conditions can alter your flight. Another one of the most important subjects taught here is knowing FAA airspace classes: this is some of the real meat-and-potatoes information that will keep you alert and up-to-date on national and local standards regarding where you operate.

Airport operations, radio communication procedures, as well as loading and performance are all looked at in-depth as you glean over Drone Pilot School material, which also goes over emergency operations preparedness. After this course, you will be able to deal with payload and gimbals, have vast knowledge of official regulations, and even touch on expert-level topics such as Physiology.

Following in this article is some information about learning to fly for those of you out there that are not needing professional certifications. It can be fun to just take the drone out to a park or open space, and enjoy the hobby of flying, and some don’t feel a need to bypass the beginner drone level. We’ll take a look at the best quadcopters to purchase for beginners, the basics of maneuvering around in the air, and the different flight modes you’ll encounter on your brand new drone.

Learn To Fly Drones

by Oscar Liang

There are probably more newbies out there anxiously looking for guidance, tips and actionable hints to help them enjoy this amazing hobby safely than ever before in history. That is due to the fact that last Christmas was the first year when one of top stocking stuffing choices was drones.

It makes sense after all, you have bought the new iPhone last year, the new iPad the year before, you ran out of ideas and your beloved spouse is a technophile. You can not go back to a scarf or socks and the media is blasting drones, drones, drones. Of course you will buy a multicopter. And that is a good choice as long as the on receiving it handles it in a safe and liable manner.

Want to learn about the best drones to buy? Check out our drone buying guide.

So I feel that instead of mocking newbies (or “noobs” as some like to call them), we should help them as much as we can. After all we must also remember the first day we handled a transmitter and flew for the first time. We have not been confident at all and had to make mistakes in order to learn to fly drones. Anyone denying that is lying. Probably to himself also. Nobody is born with an inherent knowledge of flying copters.

I was extremely surprised by the mockery in the comments to the video of a poor newbie that we posted the other day who almost sent his Phantom 2 into the pond on the first day he flew it (the battery depleted). These more experienced RC “pros” laughed at him, called him names and clearly had no sympathy for him. I totally feel that this is wrong. If you have done RC flying for 10-15 years, chances are that the next generation will be much better at using this technology than you.

So instead of being boastful, I feel that we should help newbies to gain enough confidence and experience to fly safe enough to enjoy the hobby. After all it is in our interest also because that way they pause less risk to the hobby getting banned entirely and if they are happy drone pilots, they will inspire others to fly as well.

So here is a great initial guide from Oscar geared at newbies wanting to learn to fly drones, multicopters:

New to Quadcopters, Where to Begin?

This guide is intended to help quadcopter beginners get started and learn to fly quadcopters and other multirotors. Multicopter flying is fun and it’s a relatively new and emerging hobby. There isn’t much information for people when they start out, so very often they just pick up the radio controller and start to fly around without knowing anything. It’s important to know that quadcopters are pretty powerful machines with fast rotating propellers, you can easily break or damage what it crashes into. To minimize the risk it’s important that you follow the rules, and avoid flying over or near people and property, or any restricted area without permission.

Best First Quadcopter for Beginners

It’s always a good idea to get a cheap, robust “ready to fly” mini quad to start with. It’s also a good choice for presents and gifts for someone who wants to get into this hobby. They are usually under $50, so it’s easier to deal with if you crash, than having a $500 quad. Also they are a lot smaller and lighter, it causes a lot less damage to people or objects.

Although there are expensive and advanced flight controllers and copters that offer amazing GPS stability and assisted flying modes, you still need to be a good pilot to handle all sorts of situations. I don’t remember how many times I have seen someone posting a request online looking for a missing “fly-away” Phantom, or a picture of their wrecked costly quadcopter after maiden flight. I bet a high percentage of these incidents were due to inexperienced pilots. It might save you money to go straight to the quadcopter or setup you want, but learning on smaller, more crash-resistant nano quads benefit you in the long run.

Looking to protect your drone from a flyaway? Check out our recent post on UAV tracking!

Radio Transmitter Control Explained

If you have ever played videogames with a twin-stick controller, the setup of a basic Radio Transmitter will be instantly familiar. Here is a diagram of such a controller, showing what each control does to the quadcopter:

You have two main sticks for the throttle and direction control, and you will have some optional switches as well (aka AUX switches), which are often used for switching between flying modes, turning on/off LEDs, etc.

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Makes the quad ascend (climb) or descend (come down).

Yaw

Rotates the quadcopter clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Roll

Tilts the quadcopter left or right.

Pitch

Tilts the quadcopter forward or backward.

These controls are also referred to aileron (roll), elevator (pitch) and rudder (yaw).

Quadcopter Flight Modes

There are many different flight modes (stabilization modes) for a quadcopters, depending on the kind of quadcopter or flight controller. The most common flight modes being rate mode (aka manual mode or acro mode in KK2 boards), Self-level mode (aka horizon mode in multiwii, Naze32), Attitude mode, GPS hold (aka Loiter mode) and so on.

Each flight mode is designed for different flying purposes, and might use different sensors and electronics modules. For example for the self-level mode, it uses the Gyro sensor and accelerometer, and the copter will always try to balance itself when you are hovering. But manual mode only uses Gyro, and the copter doesn’t level itself. Once you tilt it, it just keeps going that direction until you manually correct the angle, thus the name “manual mode”. Self-level mode is good but it’s not perfect, you will still find the quadcopter drifting around. Also it tends to wobble and vibrate a bit because of the the fact that it’s constantly trying to balance itself. This is why many FPV’ers including myself prefer to fly in rate mod – the result is a lot more smoother, and it becomes fairly easy to control too once you get used to it.

However I still recommend that beginners try self-level mode first, to build up experience and confidence. Manual mode can be very hard to control for someone just beginning to fly. Most cheap nano quads come with self-level mode, some even have the optional rate mode available.

Good Beginner Drones

When picking out a starting drone, you’ll want to look mostly at durability, ease-of-use, and price. Durability is important because first-time users always have a few crashes, and you don’t want to trash your new toy when you’re first getting started. Ease-of-use is obvious – a high-end drone like the Phantom 4 might have a ton of great features, but to a beginner those are just complications you don’t really want to deal with. And in case something does go wrong, you want to start with a fairly cheap drone that won’t set you back thousands of dollars.table drones under 150 altair aa108

Our personal recommendation is the Altair Aerial AA108, which we did a full review of here. Short version: the AA108 is a phenomenal choice for beginners because it’s extremely tough, has a lot of beginner-focused features that make it really easy to fly, and only costs $130. It’s an all-around good choice that gets more difficult as you get more capable thanks to multiple speed modes and flight patterns. Fair warning, though – it doesn’t do well in wind, so you might want to avoid it if you live in someplace with a lot of inclement weather. You can read reviews and shop for the AA108 here.

best drones with long flight times altair hornet 818 tableIf you want to fly drones specifically because you’re interested in aerial photography or videography, the 818 Hornet is the best choice for you. This excellent beginner drone is much more stable than the AA108 thanks to its heavier build and shape, so it takes better pictures. It also gets 15 minutes of flight time off of a single battery (two of which come right out of the box), making it much better for longer video and photo shoots. That amount of flight time is all but unheard of for under $200, making this the undisputed best choice for pilots who need a beginner drone but want to start taking serious pictures. You can read reviews and shop for the Hornet here.

How to Fly Quadcopters and Rules

Here we begin talking about how to actually fly the quadcopter. First, here are some safety rules.

  • Pick a nice day with no wind.
  • Go to a large open field with no obstacles such as buildings or power lines around.
  • Keep distractions at a minimum, and switch off your phone.
  • Make sure you don’t fly near people or properties.

Now it’s time to practice your skills. Take off and climb a couple of meters, hovering, then fly from one point to another and land the drone. Take it slowly as you do this exercise.

Wind Speed

This is probably the first thing you need to find out before your flights, if you are flying outdoors. I personally would not fly if the wind is stronger than 15mph. It’s flyable, but the the quad will be a bit wobbly and the video footage will be a bit shaky.

Before I understood how important this is, I flew my 450 size tricopter in a gusty wind (it must have been 25mph – 30mph) and it didn’t end too well. It was totally impossible to control, and eventually it was pushed away by the wind and crashed pretty badly. So you need to know the limits of wind speed your quadcopter can handle and don’t risk flying it in powerful wind.

Practice Hovering

Hovering is actually harder than it seems, especially when you are flying FPV through a monitor or FPV goggle. Mastering hovering does not only allow you to have better control over your aircraft, but also allows you to shoot better aerial videos and pictures.

Cut Throttle

When you are flying forward fast, and you are about to crash intro a tree, what would you do? If you can escape by turning left or right, a wise option would be to turn off your throttle. By stopping the throttle, you also stop the fast rotating propellers. This reduces the chance of breaking your props, motors and further damages to your quadcopter. Some nano quads come with prop guards which are also good features to consider.

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Unfortunately, crashes are inevitable even for expert pilots. The best you can do is to learn how to minimize the breakage.

I hope this short article gave you a basic understanding of quadcopters and how to fly them. There is indeed too much information to cover in just one article so do check out our other pages as well. Have fun and fly safely.

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Sentera Integrates AGX710 Sensors with DJI M200 Series Drones

Sentera today announced the immediate availability of the Sentera AGX710 gimbaled precision agriculture sensor with plug-and-play integration for DJI’s industry-leading Matrice 200 Series industrial drones. The Sentera AGX710 sensor delivers exceptional crop health insights and enables ag professionals to develop high-precision spectral index measurements and run deep learning algorithms on acquired data.

Data from the sensor imports directly into the Sentera FieldAgent™ Platform, where advanced insights help detect disease, pest, and other pressures, identify deficiencies, and assess nutrition status. FieldAgent’s mobile app offers complete flight planning and execution support for the new solutions. Full integration with DJI’s transmission system delivers live-streaming video and still image download capabilities, and complete gimbal and camera control is available directly from the drone’s remote controller. In short, it’s never been easier or simpler to access real-time crop health information and take prescriptive action.

“We are excited to deliver such an elegant, high-accuracy product to the market,” said Eric Taipale, CEO of Sentera. “Our customers love DJI drones, and DJI’s new payload developer tools allow us to make it unbelievably easy to add Sentera sensing to an M200 Series platform, and incredibly simple for our customers to gather actionable data from the field.”

ADVANCING AGRICULTURE

The deep integration between the AGX710 and DJI drones comes from DJI’s newly released Payload Software Development Kit (SDK) and accompanying DJI Skyport adapter. Sentera and DJI collaborated to develop the Payload SDK and AGX710 in parallel, ensuring both were optimized for the benefit of the agriculture industry.

“We are proud to have the Sentera team bring their innovative agriculture sensor to our Matrice 200 Series drones,” said Jan Gasparic, Head of Enterprise Partnerships at DJI. “Working together with payload developers like Sentera makes it easier than ever to use DJI drones for specialized applications in the commercial drone industry, giving customers in agriculture, energy, and public safety more access to the tools they need to get the job done.”

CROP SCOUTING BACKBONE

The Sentera AGX710 attaches to any supported DJI enterprise drone in seconds. Based on Sentera’s proven sensor technology, the AGX710 delivers a variety of standard products including high-resolution RGB, normalized difference vegetative index (NDVI), normalized difference red-edge (NDRE), nearly a dozen other specialized index products.

In addition, Sentera analytics around stand and emergence, variability, biomass, nutrition, pest, weed, and disease status are compatible with AGX710 imagery.

“Our customers produce dozens of different index products, and use automated analysis tools across so many different applications in agriculture, forestry, and environmental protection. On the Matrice 200 model, customers can snap-in and fly. On the Matrice 210, with two gimbals, we can fly alongside a thermal imager, or future payloads,” said Taipale. “The DJI Payload SDK architecture has really hit the mark for enterprise customers.”

Sentera’s gimbal stabilizes the sensor for optimal positioning during image capture, and allows for the same automated and manual positioning capabilities that users have come to expect from DJI equipment.

PART EVOLUTION, PART REVOLUTION

On-field data products have become more sophisticated, but drone operations have become easier to learn and use. Sentera’s FieldAgent platform handles the entire pipeline, providing a complete crop-scouting solution right out of the box. Via FieldAgent, AGX710 customers immediately enjoy broad data compatibility with virtually all major digital agriculture platforms.

SENTERA AGX710 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Sentera AGX710 gimbaled sensor retails for $4,299 and is available for order now, with shipping beginning in April. The sensor is bundled with one year of FieldAgent software access.

Learn more about the AGX710 Sensor by contacting a dealer near you, or visiting Sentera’s website.

DJI Gives Drones More Power For Commercial Use

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, unveiled new technology and tools to customize its enterprise drone platforms for specialized tasks such as infrastructure inspection, precision agriculture, firefighting and search and rescue.

The new Zenmuse XT2 thermal imaging camera, created in partnership with FLIR Systems, is a critical tool for drone operators to capture heat signatures invisible to the naked eye. Its side-by-side visual and thermal imaging sensors provide unparalleled data capture and situational awareness during emergency services, disaster recovery and industrial inspection uses. DJI’s powerful new Payload Software Development Kit (SDK) allows innovative drone startups, developers, and sensor and device manufacturers to easily integrate custom cameras, sensors and other types of payloads onto DJI drones, unlocking the true potential of drone technology for businesses, governments and researchers around the world.

“The Zenmuse XT2 continues our longstanding partnership with FLIR to create the most powerful thermal imaging solution available on a drone today. This is a significant advancement for public safety professionals who are using drones to save lives and creating new industrial applications across different verticals,” said Jan Gasparic, Head of Enterprise Partnerships at DJI. “Our new Payload SDK makes it possible for any manufacturer to create a payload specific to their customers’ needs that will work seamlessly with DJI’s aircraft. We believe these two advances will not only strengthen DJI’s leadership in the commercial drone industry, but will also provide a powerful, flexible and standardized platform which customers from different industries can build upon.”

Intelligent Thermal Data for Critical Missions

The Zenmuse XT2 is a powerful thermal imaging camera that transforms data into actionable insights. Its gimbal-stabilized, dual-sensor design combines an advanced FLIR® radiometric thermal imager and a 4K visual camera to allow drone operators to view thermal and visual data while in flight, delivering an unmatched level of versatility and image detail for high-performance uses from industrial inspections to public safety operations.

Professional drone operators can use on-board intelligent features like FLIR MSX® technology to combine visual and temperature data into one image, allowing operators to easily identify objects of concern. DJI’s unique Spotlight Pro features let operators focus on safe flight operations and data interpretation while the camera automatically tracks an object through two intelligent flight modes: QuickTrack centres the camera on the selected area while HeatTrack automatically tracks the hottest object in view. The Temp Alarm feature interprets thermal data in real-time and alerts drone operators when an object’s temperature exceeds critical thresholds.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with DJI to develop sensors for their industry leading drone platforms,” said Frank Pennisi, President of the Industrial Business Unit at FLIR Systems. “The Zenmuse XT2 uses a radiometric thermal imaging camera core to capture accurate temperature data for every pixel, ensuring that drone operators have access to as much information as possible during critical and often lifesaving missions.”

The Zenmuse XT2 is compatible with DJI’s Matrice 200 Series and Matrice 600 Pro enterprise drones. It will be first available for the DJI Pilot mobile app for Android and later for the DJI XT Pro mobile app for iOS devices. Its rugged design and IP44 ingress protection rating gives it versatility to be flown in a wide variety of conditions including rain, snow, smoke and fog[1]. With a 12-megapixel visual camera, it is available in two thermal sensor resolutions of 640 x 512 or 336 x 256, with 9mm, 13mm, 19mm, and 25mm lenses.

For more information on the Zenmuse XT2, please visit: dji.com/zenmuse-xt2.

The Future of Commercial Drone Customization

DJI’s new Payload SDK enables non-DJI cameras, sensors, and payloads like air-to-ground communications tools and devices to be mounted and integrated directly into DJI’s Matrice 200 Series drones. By opening this layer of DJI’s core technology to the commercial drone ecosystem, any manufacturer, developer or researcher can create a drone that is customized for a specific purpose or industry.

DJI is reducing several layers of complexity with the introduction of DJI Skyport, a gimbal port adapter that enables an external payload to be seamlessly integrated to DJI drones. With the DJI Skyport gimbal port adapter, circuit board and access to APIs, an external sensor or payload can be easily installed and controlled just as if it were a DJI Zenmuse camera. The set-up will connect directly to the drone’s power supply, eliminating the need for external cables and batteries. The Payload SDK also allows access to the drone’s powerful data communications system, providing operators the ability to communicate directly with the sensor and receive its data in real time.

“At SLANTRANGE, our mission is to deliver valuable new information to farmers and agronomists that will enable them to produce more with less through novel applications of airborne remote sensing and analytics,” said Michael Ritter, CEO at SLANTRANGE. “Until now, we’ve had to attach our sensors to DJI drones with external power cables or batteries, which added complexity and more importantly, increased weight that reduced flight time. The user also had no in-flight sensor information. With DJI’s new Payload SDK and Skyport, our just-announced 3PX provides customers with a ready-to-fly sensor and a complete understanding of its status directly on the drone’s flight control screen. Combined with our patented technology for aerial crop measurement, this ensures that every flight produces accurate and trusted data. For the end user, that means easier, more streamlined workflows and substantially lower operational costs.”

For more information on the Payload SDK and DJI’s full suite of developer solutions, visit: developer.dji.com/payload-sdk.

Availability

The Zenmuse XT2 camera is available today for purchase through authorized DJI Enterprise dealers worldwide. To find a local Enterprise dealer, visit: www.dji.com/where-to-buy. DJI will offer access to its Payload SDK through its Developer portal at developer.dji.com/payload-sdk.

Callinex Completes Drone Magnetic Survey at Nash Creek

The Nash Creek Project covers several high-grade zinc occurrences over a 20 km long trend within the same geologic setting that hosts the Nash Creek Deposit. This highly prospective land package has had very little exploration work completed and represents an exciting opportunity for Callinex to discover additional zinc-rich deposits in 2018 and beyond. The implementation of modern geophysical techniques including drone magnetic, LIDAR and induced polarization surveys along with conventional prospecting and soil sampling methods will assist in identifying the most prospective areas for new discoveries.

Previously, limited exploration completed by Falconbridge, Noranda and BHP on the southernmost 15 km of the project area has indicated the potential to host additional base metals deposits. The Big Hole Brook Prospect is one of several highly prospective areas and historic trenching has exposed at least eight, quartz-ankerite veins that cut Devonian aged mafic volcanic rocks with assays as high as 10.9% Pb and 8.1% Zn (See News Release dated August 21, 2017).

Callinex has also engaged a geological consulting firm to complete a structural interpretation of the Nash Creek area based on the Drone Magnetic Survey data along with a 2016 LIDAR survey flown at 1m contour intervals. An initial in-house review of the 2016 LIDAR data shows that several key geological structures are identifiable.

JJ O’Donnell, P. Geo, a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 and a Consulting Geologist for Callinex, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this news release.

About Callinex Mines Inc.

Callinex Mines Inc. (TSX-V: CNX ; OTCQX: CLLXF) is advancing its portfolio of zinc rich deposits located in established Canadian mining jurisdictions. The portfolio is highlighted by its Nash Creek and Superjack deposits in the Bathurst Mining District of New Brunswick. Callinex is exploring these projects in support of an updated resource estimate and maiden PEA planned for Q2 2018.

Additionally, Callinex is also exploring its projects in the Flin Flon Mining District of Manitoba which notably includes its Pine Bay and Big Island Projects. These projects are located within 25 km to an operating processing facility that requires additional ore within four years.