Drone Startups Grab Record Cash as Kleiner, FF Venture Seek Wins

Drone Startups Grab Record Cash as Kleiner, FF Venture Seek Wins

by Startup drone makers are finding record amounts of funding as venture capitalists prowl for early winners in what may become an $82 billion industry. From Silicon Valley to New York, firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers , Lightspeed Venture Partners and ff Venture Capital are lining up behind unmanned aerial vehicle companies. Google Inc., General Electric Co. and Qualcomm Inc. also are jumping in with cash. “Everybody wants […]

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Auburn launches nation’s first FAA-approved unmanned aircraft flight school

Auburn launches nation’s first FAA-approved unmanned aircraft flight school

by AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University is positioned to become a key training center for commercial operators of unmanned aircraft as it launches the nation’s first FAA-authorized flight school for those piloting the aerial systems. Auburn’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight School represents the latest chapter in the university’s longstanding involvement in aviation, and the program is getting started at a time when commercial interest in drones, as they’re often called, […]

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Airbus warns Europe to keep politics out of drone project

Airbus warns Europe to keep politics out of drone project

by PARIS: Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders urged European governments not to place overly onerous political requirements on a joint project to develop drones, adding that the aerospace group could drop out if such conditions were not met. There should be one lead nation and one lead company on individual military projects, with suppliers chosen on merit, Enders told the Financial Times in an interview. Italy, France and Germany agreed […]

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USING DRONES FOR SAFER SURVEY AND MAPPING WORK ON TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS

USING DRONES FOR SAFER SURVEY AND MAPPING WORK ON TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS

We recently tested our Structure from Motion (SfM) and Virtual Surveying approach in a road survey scenario. The only significant manual work in the field was to survey ground control and check points. Image acquisition (with a Pixhawk equipped quad copter and a 24Mp camera) as well as SfM processsing was a highly automated exercise that quickly produced BIG data. To extract the essential data, Virtual Survey Tools was used […]

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