2019 Hollywood Drone Expo

sUAS News, in association with the Society Of Aerial Cinematography (SOAC) and ICG Local 600, is proud to present the 2019 Hollywood Drone Symposium.

What: Gathering of Film and TV industry professional drone operators and their supporters. The program will center on lessons learned by the community since the inception of 14 CFR Part 107, what aspects are working, as well as possible changes that would make for the wider adoption and safe use of drone technology.

Where: Filmtools, 1400 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506

When: December 7th, 2019 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Flying FLIR’s Black Hornet

Just 6.6 inches long, it may look like a toy, but the Black Hornet is a serious tool for U.S. soldiers. It can fly for 25 minutes with a range of 1.24 miles. The unit has swappable batteries and can handle light rain and winds gusting over 20mph. The camera resolution is does not rival anything cinematic with 640×480 video and 1600×1200 stills, but it does have thermal imaging capabilities.

Septentrio PPK gets a boost with BaseFinder

Septentrio Post-Processing Kinematic (PPK) software has been upgraded with multi-GNSS and BaseFinder functionality. BaseFinderimproves project efficiency by automatically finding the most suitablereference station dataneeded for centimeter-level accuracy.

Leuven, Belgium – November X, 2019 –Septentrio, a leading manufacturer of accurate and reliable GPS technology, has released a key upgrade for their GPS post-processing software. Both GeoTagZ and PP-SDK now feature BaseFinder, a tool that speeds up survey workflow by automatically finding reference data needed for augmenting GNSS* logs with sub-centimeter accuracy. BaseFinder accesses an online database of reference networks and extracts the most suitable corrections available. BaseFinder is available via an App or via an API and can be incorporated into any existing software.

*GNSS: Global Navigation Satellite System such as the American GPS, European Galileo, Russian GLONASS, and Chinese BeiDou. These satellite constellations broadcast positioning information to receivers which use it to calculate their absolute position.

Septentrio has two decades of experience delivering reliable and robust RTK and PPK sub-centimeter positioning to industrial applications. PPK is often used for ground surveys with aerial drones, allowing high precision georeferencing without the need for a real-time base station link or ground control points (GCPs).

“Surveying without a base station will allow users to reduce costs and set-up time. With this PPK upgrade we are improving the end-user experience as well as developer experience,” commented Danilo Sabbatini, Product Manager at Septentrio.

The new release of this GNSS post-processing software also includes two additional GNSS constellations: European Galileo and Chinese BeiDou. Having access to all the signals from all GNSS constellations improves reference network compatibility. It also improves positioning availability in difficult environments. This is particularly important when working in areas of low satellite visibility such as near tall structures or under foliage.

When doing photogrammetry with a drone, GNSS data is often recorded and then post-processed together with base station data to achieve sub-centimeter positioning accuracy. This base station data can be obtained either with proprietary base stations or by using base station data from a public reference network (see diagram below). Septentrio receivers are designed to bring accurate and reliable positioning to photogrammetry, aerial inspection, marine survey as well as mobile mapping.

Skyward teams up with Unleash live for real-time collaboration

The use of UAV’s in large enterprise has long been about reducing cost, improving efficiencies, and increasing safety. One aspect that has perhaps not received the same limelight, but will undoubtedly become the go-to business case for implementing UAV operations is accelerated decision making.

With a plethora of sophisticated modeling solutions referring to real-time, there is a case for clarification: not all real-time solutions are equal. Capturing footage for later analysis is undoubtedly useful, but the next stage of unlocked value comes from adapting workflows to real-time decision making.

Skyward, a Verizon company understands this clearly with its extensive investment in pushing towards a 5G world of autonomous, connected drones.

The announcement with Unleash live provides Skyward customers, the capability to

  • Make faster decisions with in-flight collaboration
  • Secure video data captured from all UAV missions in one cloud-based location
  • Get more from their data with 2D, 3D, Orthomosaics, and automated inspections with custom A.I. solutions

Operational effectiveness requires a high level of collaboration between the field and office, and the need to bring many experts together for decision making. Existing workflows are cumbersome and expensive; either bringing experts out into the field at great time and resource cost or with video footage captured and later uploaded, analyzed and shared for collaboration.

In many cases, missions are not linear processes, and having experts participate in viewing flights can result in more useful outcomes.

This is where Unleash live’s live streaming capability comes in. A differentiated solution that does not require viewers to have an account — only a connected device (laptop, desktop, mobile, or tablet); Connecting to specialist decision-makers back in the office. Send them a calendar invite with the live stream URL, and have them join when ready to view and collaborate.

Furthermore, regulatory frameworks for clearance and data logging have been front of mind as UAV programs have expanded, however there is a clear need for enterprises to take ownership and secure its visual data as program operators tackle the many ways pilots currently store data (google drive, dropbox, SD cards, mobile devices, laptops).

This visual data is extremely valuable beyond mapping, modeling or manual inspection purposes it was first envisaged for — it can also be the training data for A.I. models built to conduct asset inventory, or detect defects.

Skyward and Unleash live have a clear strategy for providing pilots a one-stop-shop designed to get and secure actionable data fast.

Get Started with Unleash live

Visit unleashlive.com to start your free trial or book a time with one of our specialist team members to learn how your business can take advantage of live streaming video and A.I. analytics.

TraceAir and Independent Construction Start Their 25th Joint Project at Placer Vineyards

TraceAir in Use

TraceAir will equip Independent Construction with its construction management software to ensure the best planning and sequencing decisions. The TraceAir platform will help the builders to prevent cost overruns (e.g. double-handling the dirt), better manage the unknowns by making data-driven decisions at all levels, and to finish the project on schedule and within budget.

“When we started to use TraceAir and realized how user-friendly and accurate it was, we have relied on it a lot more and benefited from it significantly. Unlike other software in the industry, TraceAir puts data analytics in the hands of field managers. So, now we do many tasks that previously were done at the office, including measurements,” says Mike Jensen, Foreman at Independent Construction.

When a reputable company embraces new technology, it leads by example and sends a signal to the rest in the industry that the others have to catch up if they don’t want to fall behind. Using the TraceAir platform, Independent Construction has an opportunity to better serve its clients, manage its costs, and win more bids with new and existing customers. We are extremely proud that our partners chose us again for the Placer Vineyards project,says Nikita Ushakov, co-founder and Head of Marketing at TraceAir.

TraceAir and Independent Construction have been working together since December 2016, when TraceAir’s drones did the first test flyover at the Faria Ranch project in San Ramon. Since then, the companies have worked together on 24 construction projects, and the new collaboration at Placer Vineyards is an important milestone in this partnership.

TraceAir is a construction management software powered by drone data and AI to help clients complete projects on time and within budget. Unlike other software in the industry, TraceAir puts data analytics in the hands of field managers. The company empowers the largest land developers, home builders, geoengineers, and grading contractors in the U.S., including FivePoint, Independent Construction Co., ENGEO, and others, with efficient construction automation software.

For more information, please visit: Website, Blog, and Customer testimonials

Saxon Remote Systems Inspector

Saxon Remote Systems Inspector is a hexicopter unmanned aerial system (UAS) that exceeds the capabilities of our competitors. With its exceptional endurance and rapid deployment ability, the Inspector provides civilians and warfighters actionable date quickly.

The Inspector’s payload options include RTK/PPK, Target Tracking, Thermal Imaging, NIR and more. The mission always changes, your multicopter needs to accommodate a wide variety of sensors in order to accomplish the task.

The Inspector is currently serving Military, Firefighting, Agriculture, Mapping and Inspection projects around the world.

The new Inspector unmanned multirotor system was designed for a wide range of operations to include ISR, Search and Rescue, Infrastructure inspections, Rail Inspections. The Inspector is a fully autonomous system, capable of long ranges with the use of Microhard Radios and RFD 900 Telemetry. The Inspector platform provides a comprehensive solution for professional business users.

AERACCESS Middle East contract for Hawker Q800X

AERACCESS, the Defence UAS French Expert for missions in Harsh environment and indoor operations, announces a new major contract in the Middle-East.

AERACCESS has received a contract valued at 2M€ from an undisclosed Defence&Security government user in the Middle-East for the delivery of several units of the Hawker Q800X UAS. The ALL Weather patented Q800X is the ultimate solution for over the hill surveillance and reconnaissance. With multi-sensors payloads capabilities, the Q800X brings real-time support solutions, optimising tactical and field operations.

The HAWKER Q800X is a versatile and modular UAV for payloads upto 3 kg. It is designed to evolve in demanding meteorological environment (winds up to 80kph, heavy rain up to 10mm/h). With its encrypted AES 256 datalink and video transmission, the HAWKER Q800X is resistant to cyberattacks. It can also operate in GPS-denied environment in manual mode thanks to its intuitive operator interface and ruggedized control tablet.

« We are very pleased to have been selected on the basis of the full mastering of the complete system. This new major contract confirms the recognition of AERACCESS on the worldwide market as a leader in highlyperforming quadcopters mini and tactical drones for surveillance and reconnaissance. The multi-mission capabilities of the Q800X convinced the users in terms of operations and cost-effectiveness. » said Shehzaad Callachand, CEO of AERACCESS.

Recognized for its expertise in robotics and automated systems, AERACCESS has been successfully developing innovative and complete airborne technological solutions for complex missions in hostile or constrained environments, for both indoor and outdoor applications, for the last seven years.

AERACCESS designs and develops all its systems, vectors, ground stations, turrets and software and can adapt solutions to meet customer specifications which enables them to control the entire value chain. Founded in 2014, and after 3 years of R&D, the company quickly gained influence as a leading manufacturer in the Defence and Homeland Security market by providing solutions able to operate under challenging conditions and environments. The company has more than 80+ defence&security references worldwide, confirming the quality of the solutions brought to the market.

AERACCESS is exhibiting Milipol from the 19th to the 22nd of November in Paris (Parc des expositions – Villepinte). From the multi-mission Q800X to the Nano-Hawk, unique autonomous indoor intelligence drone, the full range of drones is presented to visitors. The « Marinised » version of the Q800, the HawkEye – individual operator drone – are also shown on booth R105 in Hall 5 of the show.

DJI M210 V2 RTK software for PPK processing

Klau Geomatics, industry leader in PPK and PPP applications for aerial mapping, has released a PPK post-processing solution for the new DJI M210 V2 RTK.

The M210, a very popular drone for mapping, now has similar RTK technology to the Phantom4 RTK, capturing photo timing and raw GNSS data. This, with an X7 camera and processing with KlauPPK software, is an effective drone for accurate mapping and inspection.

Klau Geomatics has now developed software to do PPK processing on the data from the M210 V2 RTK. This alleviates the need for an RTK radio link, with limitations in range and poorer results due to patchy or lost data. Surveyors can use their existing survey-grade base station or access CORS data and save the cost of purchasing the DJI RTK base station. Data logged on the DJI base station is also compatible for PPK processing.

PPK uses the complete data sets captured on the drone and at a base station, which could be 20 miles away, then processes this, forwards and backwards, to obtain the most reliable and accurate solution.

The KlauPPK software processes the flight trajectory applies the lever arm correction for each photo (taking into account the tilts of the UAV) and synchronizes the event timing with the photos. Users can output coordinates in any published coordinate system, apply geoid models and generate localized worksite coordinates.

“Mapping customers now have the option of using the high-quality KlauPPK hardware with their X7 on an M210 (or Inspire 2), or they can just buy the KlauPPK software if they have an M210 V2 RTK.

We create solutions for most user choices”, says Rob Klau, Director of Klau Geomatics.

The KlauPPK software for the M210 V2 RTK is US$3000 for a perpetual license and is available free to try. Click here for more details.

First SKELDAR V-200 platforms from Scanfil make way on to frontline ahead of mass production planned for 2020

Close on the heels of German Navy and Royal Canadian Navy contracts UMS SKELDAR gears up production volumes as part of world navy strategy roll out

19th November 2019: The first SKELDAR V-200 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been manufactured and deployed by international outsource manufacturing contractor Scanfil. It is a milestone that represents a significant boost to production ahead of what is planned to be UMS SKELDAR’s biggest year yet in 2020.

Following major contract wins with the German Navy and Royal Canadian Navy, and important advancements to the flagship SKELDAR V-200 platform over the last 12 months, UMS SKELDAR has entered what (it says) is a critical phase of its growth. Axel Cavalli-Bjorkman, CEO of UMS SKELDAR, the joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO GROUP, explains: “2020 will be a very big year for us, and one where the hard work of the team from the last 18 months will pay off as we fulfil the company’s potential. With the ability to serial produce our pioneering SKELDAR V-200 platform and thanks to further contracts in the pipeline, we are on a high growth trajectory that will place us at the forefront of the global maritime UAV market.”

Cavalli-Bjorkman continues: “We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism and the rigorous standards achieved by the production team. This close relationship with Scanfil is a true partnership of expertise and importantly provides us with the required volume production at a time when our SKELDAR V-200 is being recognised for what it is; one of the best VTOL UAV platforms in its class in the market today.”

Steve Creutz, Managing Director of Scanfil Åtvidaberg, adds: “We are proud to be a partner of UMS SKELDAR at a time when the company is going from strength-to-strength. With our expertise in manufacturing processes, we aim to provide UMS SKELDAR with the depth it needs to fulfil more contracts in the future.”

It is envisaged that the first batches will be produced over the next few months. Alongside, UMS SKELDAR will continue to develop prototypes as it expands software operations, research and development and training solutions. Further ongoing advancements are also being made to the SKELDAR V-200, in line with the company’s declared mission to be at the cutting edge of the VTOL UAV market. The SKELDAR V-200 is unmatched in its ability to provide OPVs with an embedded, eye in the sky intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to enhance their capacity to perform primary and secondary missions. With its pioneering heavy fuel engine that operates on Jet A-1, JP5 and JP8, alongside an ability to fly for over five hours with multiple payloads and extended time between overhauls (TBO), the SKELDAR V-200 is becoming the global navies’ VTOL UAV of choice.

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

Ascent Vision Technologies and U.S. Air Force Completes Latest Phase of X-MADIS Field Testing

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) recently completed the next phase of field testing with its counter UAS system, the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS), for the U.S. Air Force. The latest event was

conducted at an undisclosed location and focused on optimizing the system for the Air Force’s selected platforms. The testing continues to validate the performance characteristics of the X-MADIS for the Air Force’s programs and provides critical information for documenting operational procedures.

AVT was awarded the contract this summer after months of testing, trials and evaluation across multiple military services and operational spectrums. The contract, which exceeds $23 million, calls for multiple counter UAS systems (CUAS) to be delivered to the Air Force. The first X-MADIS system is scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force in December.

“Our X-MADIS units are in service around the world protecting combat forces, civilians and critical infrastructure, as well as some of the world’s most influential leaders,” said Lee Dingman, President at AVT. “We

are honoured that the U.S. Air Force selected the X-MADIS as their counter UAS solution to effectively fight hostile threats and protect their service members in the field.”

“AVT’s comprehensive training services focus on optimizing the X-MADIS for the mission at hand. We provide tailored training solutions for customers to help them make rapid and informed decisions when responding to sUAS threats.”

The rise of small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) misuse and drone attacks has escalated over the last few years, producing a critical demand for effective CUAS technology. The mission of the X-MADIS is to detect, locate,

track, identify and defeat sUAS by combining the capabilities of radar, optics, radio frequency detection and electronic command and control mitigation of the aircraft. The X-MADIS is unique in that it accomplishes the mission while the unit is static or on the move.

AVT has seen rapid growth this year, notching its strongest year yet for X-MADIS sales. The sales and contract awards are the result of extensive in-field testing and trials to demonstrate the capabilities of the X-MADIS to customers. AVT currently has two X-MADIS systems dedicated for customer demonstrations and training and testing exercises. Another phase of testing with the Air Force will take place later this month to further refine their specific mission parameters.

“With the growing threat of weaponized sUAS, the need for effective and reliable counter UAS technology has never been more crucial,” added Dingman. “Our technology is combat-proven and ready to provide unmatched protection for a range of missions.”

About the X-MADIS

The X-MADIS is a fully integrated counter UAS system (CUAS) that combines the most innovative technologies to offer a powerful fixed site and on-the-move (OTM) solution to combat sUAS threats. The system includes AVT’s pioneering CUAS optic, four all-threat air surveillance radars and an electronic warfare system. These components are seamlessly integrated with AVT’s intuitive command and control (C2) software, CUAS Suite, for complete command and control of the entire kill chain. CUAS Suite is a touchscreen interface that ties all the components together into a user-friendly and rapidly-deployable system.

About Ascent Vision Technologies

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) specializes in gyro-stabilized imaging systems, fully integrated solutions and innovative software for ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), air defence and counter-drone operations for the defence, aerospace and unmanned systems industries. AVT’s pioneering systems are supporting airborne, ground and maritime missions around the world. Founded in 2015 by combat veterans of the U.S. Military, AVT has become a leader in various disciplines, including counter-drone technology, aerial firefighting sensors and surveillance systems, and offers custom innovations as well as a range of field-proven solutions.

For more information, please visit, www.ascentvision.com