More and more companies are augmenting their data collection by using UAV / drone technology. this booming industry enables companies to augment their spatial data and analysis with current, 3D imagery including thermal data, DTM, aerial video footage and more. [Read more…] about Considerations for UAV and Drone Data Collection
In December 2015 The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
What can you do with Drone2Map? A presentation about the new, Drone2Map for ArcGIS filmed on location at the 2016 Esri DevSummit event, Palm Springs, CA. Learn about the capabilities of this new product from Esri, expected to be released later in 2016
Are you interested in adding a drone / UAV certification to your resume or Linkedin profile? If so, take note of the latest EDU offering from Penn state University. Used by countless industries for data collection, surveillance and more, PSU has identified that there exists a need for experts who can interpret and apply the rapidly expanding data and images generated by them. According to PSU, the 12-credit program is aimed primarily at professionals with some experience in geospatial intelligence. NOTE, this is NOT official (FAA) drone operator’s certification
A very cool UAV LiDAR scanning story tip thanks to LiDAR Magazine – This is a proof of concept video for the Phoenix AL2 UAV LiDAR octocopter. Watch as the device does a fly-over of Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers – Note: LiDAR accuracy is within 3 – 5cm. For more details, go to www.phoenix-aerial.com
Working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers are tackling the issue of unmanned aircraft safety. The team recently became the first professional sports franchise to record a video reminding fans – and everyone else – to abide by the laws covering personal drone use.
Create a no fly zone around your property? Yep, that’s pretty much what a non-profit is enabling people to do, however, it has yet to be determined how much weight this “no fly zone” would have or if it could be enforced as a private area.
An interesting read on the merits of UAV (drone) technology in the battle against wildfires. Sadly, the media often has focused on the pitfalls of UAV hobbyists grounding aerial attacks on fires, however, there’s also the upside of the industry that has joined the battle. This from KUOW… The National Park Service used a borrowed surveillance dronethis past week over the long-burning Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park. The Boeing Company’s unmanned aircraft subsidiary Insitu provided the drone and two professional pilots at no charge for a demonstration. The nearly 50-pound, catapult-launchedScanEagle plane flew on six days — both day and night.
I caught wind of an impressive use of technology in a recent ABC news story covering the EPA spill in the Animis River in Colorado. The story uses Google maps technology to show the area extent but even more impressive is the UAV captured video providing an incredible perspective to convey to the viewers the damage that has resulted to the affected areas. The UAV videography technology was provided by Terra Imaging – jump directly to the video HERE
Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition takes place in San Fran. in late April and along with it there will be a number of interesting workshops. In particular, sessions on UAV mapping and on search and rescue and the the use of UAS technology will be full to capacity no doubt. [Read more…] about Small Unmanned systems for Search and Rescue