UAS/UAV

California, Hawaii drone operators get shortcut to authorizations

June 29, 2018By
Screenshot: Skyward

Commercial drone operators in California and Hawaii — as well as a few areas in Nevada, Utah and Arizona — now can get quickly authorized to fly in controlled airspace, Skyward announced. Access to controlled airspace in the world’s fifth largest economy — the state of California — is a boon for the state’s huge entertainment and agriculture industries, two markets... read more

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FAA surveys commercial drone operators

June 29, 2018By
The Delair DT26X lidar drone combines lidar sensing with RGB camera data to enable highly accurate and high-resolution 3D representation and measurement over large areas with minimal flights and in challenging environments. (Photo: Delair)

If you’ve registered a commercial drone, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to hear from you. On June 19, the FAA sent a questionnaire to everyone who has registered a commercial drone – more formally, an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) — for anything but recreational or hobby use. Most of these owners fly their drones for commercial purposes, but... read more

UAVs, new sensors and mapping help with volcano eruption response

June 8, 2018By
Image: CRASAR

A team of five volunteers armed with drones, advanced sensor systems and GIS technologies joined the response effort at Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone to assist in tracking and predicting the ongoing volcanic eruption. Using small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) together with air-quality sensors, advanced imaging tools and Esri’s spatial analytics and mapping, the team from the Center for... read more

Hangar joins Esri Startup Program to add aerial insights to ArcGIS

May 24, 2018By

Hangar Technology Inc., a robotics-as-a-system technology company providing scalable 4D visual insights, has been selected to join the Esri Startup Program. The three-year program helps emerging business partners bring new and innovative products to Esri customers. The initial partnership between Hangar and Esri will enable ArcGIS customers to request and receive autonomous, precision-captured drone data on demand from within ArcGIS,... read more

The evolution of remote sensing platforms

May 17, 2018By

Drones and robots complement traditional platforms, delivering insights in unique use cases. Guest column by Mike Fuller Geographic surveys have changed in the last 150 years. What started with early film cameras strapped to hot air balloons, kites and homing pigeons has advanced — both in terms of sensors and the platforms on which they’re deployed. These innovations — which include... read more

DJI: Drones rescued 65 people in 2017

April 30, 2018By

New report shows drones saving lives on five continents At least 65 people have been rescued by drones in the last year, according to a new report issued by DJI, a civilian drones and aerial imaging company. The report gathers accounts from news outlets and public safety agencies around the world, and includes 27 separate incidents on five continents. The... read more

DroneUp launches program for UAV pilot training, certification

April 30, 2018By

DroneUp is collaborating with industry leaders and government officials to promote the desired outcomes of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), public safety personnel and the unmanned systems community by announcing the Responsible Community Pilot (RCP) program. DroneUp is a drone pilot community focused on safer skies through continuous education and sense of purpose. The announcement was made at the AUVSI Xponential... read more

MicroPilot selects Simlat payload emulator for UAV cameras

March 20, 2018By

MicroPilot is working with Simlat to develop a pan, tilt and zoom payload simulation tool to help improve the camera-centric parts of MicroPilot’s autopilot software. Simlat is a provider of training systems for UAVs, enabling training on any platform with any payload for any mission. The tool Simlat has developed emulates a camera payload on a UAV, including simulated video, when set up... read more

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Lidar and UAV reveal Mayan “megalopolis” below Guatemalan jungle

February 20, 2018By

Lidar and UAV technology has revealed hundreds of previously unknown Mayan ruins in the Guatemalan rainforest. In what is considered biggest aerial lidar survey in the history of archaeology, a vast and complex civilization has been discovered. The University of Houston’s National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) used Teledyne Optech’s Titan sensor to identify raised highways, and complex irrigation and terracing... read more

NavVis improves SLAM precision indoors

February 7, 2018By
Graphics: NavVis

NavVis, a mobile indoor mapping, visualization, and navigation company, released new mapping software designed to significantly improve the accuracy of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology in indoor environments, such as long corridors. The software update will be available for users of the NavVis M3 Trolley and will significantly improve the accuracy of the resulting maps and point clouds. NavVis’ mobile mapping... read more