TAG: UAS

In Hurricane Irma’s wake, EagleView captures imagery of property damage

September 19, 2017By
Post-Irma hurricane damage is captured in aerial imagery by EagleView.

Eagle View Technologies has captured post event aerial imagery of two million properties in the state of Florida following Hurricane Irma. EagleView is a provider of aerial imagery and property data analytics for government agencies, insurance carriers and other private-sector organizations, With an image library dating back to 2002 in the state of Florida, EagleView is able to provide emergency services,... read more

UK’s Bluesky acquires US aerial survey company Col-East

March 15, 2017By
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British aerial mapping innovator Bluesky International is expanding its business into North America following the acquisition of Col-East Inc., a Massachusetts-based aerial survey company. Col-East has been mapping the Northeast U.S. for 65 years and will continue as Col-East International Ltd., forming the U.S. arm of Bluesky. Founded in 1952, Col-East has a long-established reputation for high-quality topographic mapping with... read more

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Black Swift summits extreme altitude mapping test with small UAV

March 14, 2017By
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Overcoming the challenges of mapping terrain in difficult conditions at altitudes exceeding 14,000 feet using a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), Black Swift Technologies demonstrated that a sUAS can successfully be deployed at extreme altitudes. read more

Topcon offers Bentley reality modeling with UAS solutions

March 9, 2017By
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Topcon Positioning Group introduced Topcon ContextCapture, powered by Bentley Systems, a reality modeling software solution that will be offered with Topcon UAS (unmanned aerial systems). The system is designed for mapping, construction and surveying professionals to quickly turn simple photographs and or point-cloud data into true-to-life, highly detailed 3D models for use throughout a project lifecycle. “The offering will include... read more

FAA and SkyPan reach agreement on unmanned aircraft enforcement cases

February 6, 2017By

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with aerial photography company SkyPan International of Chicago. The agreement resolves enforcement cases that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft (UAS) in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules. Under the terms of the agreement, SkyPan will pay a... read more

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Second Drone Advisory Committee meeting to be held Jan. 31

January 12, 2017By

At its second meeting on Jan. 31 in Reno, Nevada, the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) will continue to help the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prioritize its efforts to integrate unmanned aircraft systems — or drones — into the national airspace. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the DAC as a federal advisory committee in May 2016, and the... read more

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Eos introduces photogrammetry software for drone photography

October 26, 2016By
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Eos Systems Inc. has introduced new photogrammetry software optimized specifically for photographs taken with drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The new PhotoModeler UAS 2016 creates 3D models, measurements, and maps from photographs taken with ordinary cameras built-in or mounted on drones. It has numerous features for operation with drone photos, including post processing kinematics (PPK), volume objects, full geographic coordinate... read more

Topcon announces enhancements to UAS packages

September 14, 2016By
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Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of two new mapping kits for its Sirius Pro fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS). The kits are designed to produce the most accurate solutions for automated mapping of construction sites, building facades, mines, quarries, disaster areas — and more without regard to terrain. Both systems include an enhanced MAVinci Desktop Flight Planning software upgrade.... read more

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FAA just gave US commercial drone industry major shot in the arm

June 30, 2016By
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Mark June 21, 2016, on your calendar. This will be known as the day in geospatial history that the floodgates were opened for small drones to be used for business. On that day, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially introduced new rules (so-called Part 107) that allow businesses to fly small (under 55 pounds) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the... read more

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FAA: Commercial drone use to take flight

June 21, 2016By
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Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives, the FAA said in a press... read more