DJI And uAvionix To Release ADS-B Collision Avoidance Developer Kit

DJI And uAvionix To Release ADS-B Collision Avoidance Developer Kit

DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, and uAvionix Corporation, manufacturer of drone and aircraft collision avoidance technology, announced Wednesday they will collaborate on an ADS-B based collision avoidance developer kit to help integrate drones into the national airspace system and help keep America’s skies safe. “DJI and uAvionix share a passion for safety and are motivated by the improvement that real-time air traffic information will provide to […]

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Drones proving to be problematic for police

Drones proving to be problematic for police

Infrared mounted drone from Hummingbird Drones / Mike Ritcey – Facebook Vancouver Police are asking the public to leave their drones at home heading into the busiest weekend of the summer in downtown Vancouver. Constable Brian Montague says with 300-thousand people expected to descend on the West End Saturday night for the Celebration of Light and another 100-thousand on Sunday for the pride parade, public safety is their top priority. […]

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DJI Embraces the Maker Movement for Drones

DJI Embraces the Maker Movement for Drones

Build-a-drone. While DJI has quite the lineup of drones/quadcopters ready to go out of the box, nothing compares to the maker movement. While opening a Phantom 4 and flying it out of the box is great, it’s the tinkerers in the garage that push technology to the limit. DJI is thanking the garage builders of the market it dominated by offering its line of professional controllers at steep discounts. The […]

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Drones, Robots Offer Vision of Mining’s Future

Drones, Robots Offer Vision of Mining’s Future

Diane Jurgens, BHP’s head of technology, at the miner’s office in Melbourne, Australia. BHP Billiton and other miners are turning to technology to boost productivity and reduce costs MELBOURNE, Australia—In volatile times for global commodities, one industry bedrock has remained constant: the army of truck drivers moving mineral-rich ore from deep pits and underground tunnels. BHP Billiton Ltd. is trialing a technology with the potential to change that. At a […]

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First-person-view drone flying is the closest thing to being a bird

First-person-view drone flying is the closest thing to being a bird

by James Trew Just moments ago, I was flying like a hawk. It wasn’t a dream, or even virtual reality. It was a real, immersive experience fully under my control. Moments later, I’m very much on the ground, poking at some dense, tangled shrubbery with a stick. I had been operating a tiny camera-equipped mini-quadcopter, via video goggles that beam the drone’s eye-view right into your peepers. It’s known as […]

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Feds, partners to ‘geo-fence’ drones out of wildfire areas

Feds, partners to ‘geo-fence’ drones out of wildfire areas

Goal: Stop dangerous intrusions that can impede firefighting efforts Drone over wildfire To address the growing problem of unmanned aircraft systems impeding wildland firefighting efforts, the U.S. Department of the Interior and industry partners said Monday they have activated a prototype warning system that provides real-time alerts and geofencing alarms to prevent drone pilots from interfering with firefighting operations. “This pilot project makes initial wildfire location data publicly available to […]

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Drones Take Flight as Part of New Landfill Monitoring Efforts

Drones Take Flight as Part of New Landfill Monitoring Efforts

Officials in Boise, Idaho, are taking to the air to inspect their landfill. But it’s not with traditional aerial photography. Instead, Ada County has acquired FAA approval to utilize a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) or drone to collect high-resolution, 2-D images of its landfill on a more consistent basis. Previously, it used manned flights to get aerial photos once or twice a year. “We knew we could fly cheaper, […]

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U.S. Army Evaluates One of a New Breed of Tethered Drones

U.S. Army Evaluates One of a New Breed of Tethered Drones

PARC hexrotors were stored on the assembly floor last summer during a visit to CyPhy Works in Danvers, Mass. (Photo: Bill Carey) The U.S. Army will evaluate a tethered six-rotor drone capable of streaming high-definition video from up to 400 feet above ground level for days at a time. The CyPhy Works’ Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) System is one of a new breed of small drones designed to […]

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Virginia invests in drone research and education, cites jobs potential

Virginia invests in drone research and education, cites jobs potential

By Matt Leonard The Old Dominion University Research Foundation and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) are flying high after receiving funding from the National Science Foundation to start courses at Virginia community colleges to study unmanned aerial systems. The $899,477 in backing was announced July 20 in a joint statement from the offices of Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D). The funding will go toward education […]

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The Truth About Drones in Mapping and Surveying

The Truth About Drones in Mapping and Surveying

According to 2015 statistics from the US Department of Labor , there are 44,300 surveyors in the United States. But mapping is practiced by a larger population of cartographers, topographers, photogrammetrists, civil engineers, and geographers – it’s not exclusive to the surveying industry. The American Society of Civil Engineers lists more than 150,000 members in 177 countries, and the Imaging and Geospatial Society has 7,000 supporters. All of these disciplines […]

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