senseFly brings an expanded portfolio of versatile, industry-leading fixed-wing drone innovations to INTERGEO 2019

Designed to enable safe and accurate mapping, the company’s robust, easy-to-operate fixed-wing

solutions can be explored at booth B3.078, Hall 3, Stuttgart, Germany; 17-19 September 2019

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, August 22, 2019 – senseFly, the global leader in fixed-wing drones, will showcase its dynamic range of market-leading fixed-wing drone solutions and sensors at INTERGEO 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. With its unique and unrivaled reputation, senseFly’s eBee X drone will be taking center stage at stand B3.078 in hall 3. Surveyors and engineers will be able to discover how senseFly technology can be used to map areas – large and small – faster and more efficiently than with traditional or alternative technologies.

“The name senseFly is becoming increasingly synonymous with the term ‘fixed-wing’, and INTERGEO is the ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate this,” said Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly.

“Our Swiss quality standards, combined with our in-house expertise and global partners, means we can offer our customers versatile solutions that meet their needs for safe and accurate mapping. Our expert team also enables us to deliver the knowledge and insight our users need to navigate the changing landscape as drone technology continues to garner greater public and legislative attention worldwide.”

Mapping redefined

Visitors to senseFly’s booth will be able to explore the flexibility of senseFly’s eBee X drone and its role in optimising GIS and surveying workflows to achieve high quality outputs, such as centimeter-precise 3D point clouds, orthomosaics and digital surface models faster than other technologies. Its expanding capabilities in verticals such as agriculture, education and energy will also be highlighted.

Daily live demonstrations and on-stand senseFly experts will also demonstrate the key benefits to choosing the eBee X fixed-wing drone over competing technologies, such as its ability to reduce time on job sites, reduce labour costs and increase project capacity.

In addition, attendees will be able to discover the growing range of payloads and software solutions the eBee X platform can be used with to maximise its potential, including the senseFly Aeria X, senseFly Duet T, senseFly S.O.D.A., senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D, MicaSense RedEdge-MX and Parrot Sequoia. Innovative, customer-centric drone solutions — made possible thanks to collaborations with partners Pix4D and Raptor Maps as well as other partner software applications, such asAgisoft and Trimble Business Center — will also be showcased at the booth.

Further underscoring senseFly’s industry-leading expertise, the team will be hosting a series of Meet the Experts sessions on-stand featuring guest speakers and demos from senseFly partners such as Pix4D, ALLNAV and Harxon. Creating an interactive and engaging experience for attendees, the ten-minute long talks will be followed by Q&A sessions and the opportunity to discuss specific projects further with senseFly training and product experts.

Seamless integration

“Our customers’ needs are constantly evolving, and it’s vital for us to ensure that our products and solutions are as dynamic and versatile as they are to meet their unique and complex challenges,” Labossière added.

“As the global leader in fixed-wing drones, we’re excited to take the opportunity at INTERGEO — the biggest surveying event of the year — to show that we’re always innovating to take the next step and push ourselves and our products further. Our eBee X drone is an incredibly robust, easy-to-operate and safe platform that will be integral as we transition towards creating an open ecosystem that our partners and customers can seamlessly integrate with.”

To book a one-to-one meeting with a member of the senseFly team at INTERGEO, please click here. For general senseFly INTERGEO event information, click here.

Visitors can attend senseFly’s Meet the Experts sessions at the following times:

Meet the Experts: senseFly booth, B3.078

  • ALLNAV: 17 October, 14.00-14.30; 18 October, 14.30-15.00; 19 October, 15.30-16.00
  • Harxon: 17 October, 13.00-13.30
  • Pix4D live demos: 17 October, 15.00-15.30; 18 October, 15.30-16.00; 19 October, 13.30-14.00
  • eMotion live demos: 17 October, 14.30-15.00; 18 October, 13.30-14.00; 19 October, 14.30-15.00

RAF Sees Demo of New Protector Capabilities

SAN DIEGO – 22 August 2019 – On August 16th, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) gave a flight demonstration to Royal Air Force (RAF) senior leadership and RAF Reaper operators, as well as guests from the U.S. Marine Corp. and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The flight showcased MQ-9B SkyGuardian – GA-ASI’s development RPA that the RAF’s new Protector RG Mk1 is based upon – and several of its revolutionary capabilities, including the new Certifiable Ground Control Station (CGCS), automatic takeoff, landing and taxi over SATCOM, Portable Pre/Post-Flight Equipment (P3E) and the Mission Intelligence Center.

“This demonstration was a complete success and has really built our anticipation and excitement about our new Protector RPA to a whole new level,” said RAF Group Captain Lyndon Jones, Protector RG Mk1 Programme Director. “We witnessed some exciting technologies as part of the demonstration and we’re looking forward to incorporating these innovations into our fleet when we begin taking delivery of Protector in the early 2020s.”

The flight originated from Yuma Army Airfield in Arizona where GA-ASI crews flew SkyGuardian to Nevada and required no forward-deployed aircrew or Ground Control Station (GCS). The flight received FAA clearance to fly without a chase plane and landed using Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) via SATCOM data link. It then taxied while still under satellite control from Yuma, before being turned over to GA-ASI’s Portable Pre/Post-Flight Equipment (P3E). P3E is a laptop that allows a forward-deployed maintainer to use automated pre-flight checklists to reduce pre-flight times by up to 50 percent. This capability reduces the airlift requirements by eliminating the need for a forward-deployed GCS.

“This flight demonstrated the full global expeditionary capabilities that the Protector will have when it joins the RAF fleet,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “In addition to RAF’s mission sets, the aircraft’s ability to fly seamlessly in civil airspace will allow it to support domestic emergencies such as fire, flood, and security-related missions.”

GA-ASI’s Mission Intelligence Station provides a suite of intelligence products generated by the aircraft, including the System for the Tactical Archival, Retrieval and Exploitation (STARE). Network-enabled, the Intel Station allows for the rapid assessment and sharing of imagery by the Intelligence specialist assigned to the mission.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With nearly six million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.

Avion Unmanned Wins Multi-State Contract To Provide Unmanned Aircraft System Services For The Public Sector

Huntsville, AL – Avion Unmanned, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) division of Avion Solutions, Inc., was recently awarded Contract E194-79435 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This contract opens the door for Avion Unmanned to provide UAS services to state and local government agencies in all 50 states.

“Providing a simplified direct path for government agencies at all levels to request unmanned aircraft operations is finally a reality. With the award of this first-of-its-kind contract, Avion Unmanned has been selected to provide critical data to organizations who desperately need it, but have never before had a mechanism to acquire vetted, legal, and safe operations in a timely manner,” said Taylor Abington, Senior Program Manager of Avion Unmanned.

Based on proven expertise, Avion Unmanned has been chosen to provide UAS services nationwide including: Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Support, Aerial Inspection and Mapping Data Services, support to Agricultural and Gaming, as well as Agency Media Relations and Marketing.

“Avion Unmanned’s solutions are true force multipliers that provide actionable data, reduce operational risks, and improve efficiency in critical areas from disaster response to law enforcement and even agriculture management,” said Chad Donald, President and CEO of Avion Solutions. “Under this new contract, Avion will partner with agencies nationwide to enable better decision-making, improve operations, and save lives.”

Virginia’s Department of General Service (DGS) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) in all 50 states and territories in the United States are working together through Contract E194-79435 to provide agencies easier access to organizations like Avion Unmanned.

About Avion Unmanned

Avion Unmanned, the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) service provider of Avion Solutions, Inc., provides UAS Operations, inspections, training, and program development for commercial, military and non-military government agencies. The UAS team seeks to improve the efficiency, safety, and effectiveness of organizations through quality UAS services. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com/unmanned.

About Avion Solutions

Avion Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned innovative engineering and logistics solutions provider for complex military-grade projects. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama with a presence in multiple states across the U.S., Avion Solutions has provided solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients since 1992. Our broad range of technical expertise includes engineering, logistics and technical services, data analysis, software development, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs. Avion Solutions is a 2019 Best Places to Work® award winner. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com.

Drones and Weapons, A Dangerous Mix

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning the general public that it is illegal to operate a drone with a dangerous weapon attached.

Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items. Do not consider attaching any items such as these to a drone because operating a drone with such an item may result in significant harm to a person and to your bank account.

Operating a drone that has a dangerous weapon attached to it is a violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act enacted Oct. 5, 2018. Operators are subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 for each violation, unless the operator has received specific authorization from the Administrator of the FAA to conduct the operation. “Dangerous Weapon” means any item that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury.

Operators should keep in mind that federal regulations and statutes that generally govern drone operations still apply. Some state and federal criminal laws regarding weapons and hazardous materials may also apply to drone operators or manufacturers involved in certain operations.

AeroVironment Donates 87 Quantix Drones and AV DSS Ecosystems to 35 U.S. University Agriculture Departments to Advance Drones in Farming

  • 2019 University Collaboration Project advances academic research, applications and crop production practices
  • Quantix™ hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) deliver on-demand field intelligence to improve crop management for today’s growers
  • Drone and data analytics ecosystem to be used in a wide variety of precision agriculture research studies

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced its 2019 Quantix and AV DSS University Collaboration Project. The project’s focus is to advance academic research, applications and crop production practices to improve the future of farming through the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced data analytics.

Through the project, AeroVironment has donated 87 Quantix™ hybrid drone and AV DSS™ ecosystems to the agricultural departments of 35 universities throughout the U.S., including Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Cornell University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of Florida, University of Georgia, North Dakota State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and many others.

Participating universities will employ AeroVironment’s Quantix hybrid drone and AV DSS data analytics platform in a variety of in-field trials, application usage studies and precision agriculture systems research covering areas such as crop nutrient and input management, artificial intelligence for detecting weeds, pests and diseases, and improved accuracy of crop yield prediction. Participating universities will share their hands-on experience, along with use-case insights that can improve in-field performance and advance the adoption of drone-based technologies for the agriculture industry.

“Working with the team at AeroVironment moved our drone-based agriculture research forward beyond what we could have done otherwise,” noted professor Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University Nutrient Management Spear Program. “Ultimately, our goal is to develop accurate corn yield predictions based on in-season nitrogen applications to achieve an optimal economic return for the producer.”

Featuring automated precision flight operation and an innovative VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) hybrid design, Quantix is purpose-built for crop scouting and can survey up to 400 acres in just 45 minutes. During the flight, integrated sensors capture high-resolution color and multispectral imagery via dual 18-megapixel cameras. On-board processing wirelessly transmits true color and NDVI imagery to the included operating tablet as soon as the drone lands, allowing growers to investigate issues while still in the field. For more detailed analysis, Quantix seamlessly integrates with AV DSS to perform advanced image processing and data analytics, including True Color, NDVI, GNDVI, canopy coverage, anomaly detection and more, providing users with deeper insights into plant emergence, vegetative health, inputs and resource management.

“AeroVironment’s donation of Quantix and AV DSS will enable participating universities to quickly and easily gain the on-demand field intelligence they need to advance multiple areas of agriculture research while enhancing the understanding and application of drone-based technology,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of business development at AeroVironment. “With on-demand access to high-resolution imagery and advanced data analytics, we’re preparing the latest generation of farmers to employ drone technology, such as Quantix and AV DSS, throughout their farming practices, improving crop production and farming efficiencies for years to come.”

“Working with industry leaders such as AeroVironment allows our program to stay on the forefront of the UAS field. The donation of two drones to our program will allow us to provide outstanding hands-on experience to our students,” said Paul Karlowitz, director of operations, University of Louisiana Monroe’s Precision Agriculture and UAS Research Center.

Several participating universities will feature Quantix and AV DSS at upcoming agriculture and UAS learning events:

  • University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences – Agronomy Day, Aug. 22, 2019
  • Kansas State University – UAS Tech Forum, Aug. 21-22, 2019
  • Purdue University – NACAA Forum, Sept. 8-12, 2019
  • The Ohio State University – Farm Science Review, Sept. 17-19, 2019

For more information, or to purchase a Quantix and AV DSS product package visit: www.avdroneanalytics.com.

About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government, and commercial customers. For more information visit www.avinc.com.

Version 3 of Medical Rescue Rules released

The UAV Challenge Technical Committee have today released Version 3 of the Medical Rescue rules. The changes to the rules relate to requirements around vehicles landing and taking-off again at Outback Joe’s farm. Remember that Deliverable 1 is due in one weeks time! Get those entries in. Check out the updated rules here. And remember to register your team here.

How Drones Are Becoming the Surveillance Tool of The Future

eyes in the sky drones are becoming a surveillance tool of the future

New drone technology promises to change the world of surveillance; for better or worse is yet to be determined. In his new book “Eyes in The Sky” Holland Michael details the history of drone technology and looks at the implications of its advancements. Drones have had many uses over the past few years, and their rapid advances in technology has allowed them to expand their uses both publicly and privately.

The biggest advance in drone technology is a drone known as Gorgon Stare. Gorgon Stare uses the budding technology of wide-angle motion imagery, WAMI for short. WAMI is a game changer for surveillance and brings the abilities of surveillance to a whole new level.

The WAMI enabled drone allows an incredible 1,854,296,064-pixel images. This allows it to spot an object six inches wide from up to 25,000 feet in the air. That’s some absolutely incredible precision. It also allows the drone to track individuals over 50sq KM with the same level of precision. This amount of detail is astonishing and is leaps and bounds above anything that has come before. It’s a mixed bag of feelings to think about the implications of these technological advances.

The next step is then to integrate with facial and picture recognition. Technology already exists for both of these, so it would be the next logical step to bring it to use with the incredible views that drones give us. A giant image of a city might be too much for the human eye to process, but a computer can easily sort through millions of pixels with ease.

While this sounds like futuristic technology, it’s very real and in use today. The technology has already been tested in multiple American cities. And it almost goes without saying that the adoption of this technology has some interesting consequences.

Having this type of technology is both exciting and scary at the same time. On the one hand, it could provide new ways to catch criminals and help make our communities safer. If a drone is able to record an entire city, the job of catching lawbreakers would be much easier for law enforcement.

On the other hand, it opens the door to lots of civil rights questions. Most minds will go to the government and the ability to spy on its citizens, and there’s a range of other sinister uses.

Another big concern surrounding these types of drones is the lack of legislation surrounding them. There is currently very little legislation surrounding drones, and that makes it troublesome and ripe for abuse. Without legislation, it becomes free reign for anyone who wants to use it, and it’s difficult to go after them for invasions of privacy. It’s time to start thinking about legislation to encourage the proper use of the technology and protect the privacy of citizens.

The use of surveillance drones is both exciting and scary and is nearing reality quicker than most think. With the power these drones have, it’s important to start thinking about the proper way to use them. It’s also important to make sure laws get on the books to protect people’s rights and prevent both government and private misuse.

“With great power comes great responsibility”, and that couldn’t be truer than when talking about surveillance drones.

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Drone Startup Changes How Businesses Manage Inventory

drone startup gather manage products in warehouse

Drones aren’t just for play anymore. In fact, these unmanned aerial vehicles are continually being used for more and more types of real-world work in the business world. A new startup company based in Pittsburgh called Gather, is doing just that.

Using drones, they’re able to automate their inventory management, and make it cheaper and safer for everyone involved. Equipped with computer vision software, Gather’s drones are poised to revolutionize the world of inventory management and save businesses time and money at the same time.

Gather, founded in 2017, is a Pittsburgh based company made up of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University graduates. Their company uses autonomous drones and software to help manage warehouse inventory.

Using this software, businesses can connect with existing inventory management software and IOT devices like sensors. They then use computer vision on the drone to track inventory and record it back to the software. This

allows businesses to more easily manage their inventory and saves them time in the process which saves money.

gather drone startup managing warehouses

Gather is already in use in an undisclosed amount of locations, and the preliminary results are very promising.

Overall, the solution is about 60% cheaper than using people alone and is a big win for inventory management. Some companies are reporting that Gather has allowed them to do their inventory 10x quicker than it takes without using the system. This is serious news for any business that needs to manage their inventory efficiently. The time and money savings for businesses using drones is already looking very promising.

What’s also very cool is what Gather is calling their “semantic mapping” system. This allows the user to map routes and identify objects up to 150m. The example Gather gave was keeping drones at least 15 feet away from forklifts. These sorts of cues allow users to create complex pathing to keep the drones and users safe. This is hugely important in a warehouse environment where safety is a high priority. Having the drone being able to intelligently navigate this type of environment is essential to their adoption in the workplace.

Speaking of safety, this is another big perk of drones being used in this capacity. Being able to use drones to traverse a warehouse will keep employees at their desks and out of harm’s way. As technology improves, this can be extended to a range of tasks in the workplace. Gather is working in the warehouse environment, but it’s easy to see how their work can be extrapolated out into a variety of other dangerous jobs.

The big challenges remaining are getting drones to work in a dynamic environment. A warehouse for example is an ever-changing environment and is filled with vehicles, people, and more. When you add in all these variables, it becomes much more difficult to account for all the potential situations. Gather is hard at work though and looking to solve these and other difficult problems for bringing autonomous drones and computer vision to business.

While Gather is working on inventory management, it’s a sign of the times that drones are being used for more serious tasks. The technology has grown leaps and bounds over the past years, and it’s now being taken seriously by business. Gather is just one of many companies inventing new uses for drones. There are a bunch of other companies out there that are solving interesting problems through the use of drones and computer vision. It’s exciting to watch the future of drones and see what other great uses they will be put to both inside and outside the business world.

Dronethusiast Team. Kennedy Martinez

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Kennedy Martinez is a resident writer who joined Dronethusiast at the beginning of 2019. She has years of experience reviewing drones and other tech products. When it comes to flying drones, Kennedy loves the ability to create artistic videos from a unique point of view. Kennedy enjoys researching new drones and other exciting products that are available to consumers which is why she is committed to creating the best buyer’s guides for our readers.

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DRS-M600 Parachute Safety Solution

Drone Rescue Systems GmbH’s new DRS-M600 Parachute Safety system was developed for use with DJI M600 and DJI M600pro drones, and because it meets all federal standards the Federal Aviation Administration can issue permits for drones equipped with the DRS-M600 system so they can be use over crowds.

Drone Rescue’s DRS-M600 autonomous parachute safety solution is lightweight weighing only 15 ounces and it works without pyrotechnics. The system’s compliance with FAA’s standards also allows it to be used during beyond visual line of sight flights. Tested in collaboration with Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research, the parachute safety system has been fully certified to transport and delivery food to approximately 1500 households in North Carolina.

Drone Rescue Systems GmbH is the first European company and the third company worldwide to meet these standards and has been approved for use with UAVs weighing up to 34.17 pounds. dronerescue.com

senseFly & Enterprise UAS Partnership

Specializing in retail and wholesale distribution of emerging technologies, Enterprise UAS is one of the largest drone dealers in the US. Enterprise UAS—which includes the brands DSLRPros, an industry leader in thermal [infrared] drone solutions; Dronefly, a leading online drone store; and Aerial Media Pros, senseFly’s new master distributor for the West Coast. “We’re excited about partnering with senseFly for many reasons, not least of which are the benefits fixed-wing drone solutions provide, such as allowing professionals to map a variety of work sites, large and small, with greater efficiency,” said Mike Zaya, Co-founder and CEO of Enterprise UAS.

“This partnership with one of America’s strongest commercial drone retailers provides senseFly with tremendous additional opportunities and reach,” said Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly. “Enterprise UAS’ expertise in thermal technology in particular makes the company a perfect fit for us as we move ever deeper into markets such as energy, agriculture and environmental protection through products like our new senseFly Solar 360 solution.” enterpriseuas.com