Drones, Quadcopters and UAV News stories from around the World
19-8-2014: Shenzhen to Use Unmanned Drones to Take Aerial Photographs of Qianhai. Shenzhen will start using drones or unmanned aviation vehicles to collect data that they will need to record the changes in Qianhai. The assistant chief engineer for the Shenzhen Investigation and Research Institute Lu Yonghua, said that unmanned drones are increasingly being applied in non military purposes and in low altitude photogrammetry in Bao’an, Yantian and Pingshan New Area. These unmanned drones are starting to play an important role in collecting geological data that are used in mapping, urban planning, marine monitoring and land resources administration.
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11-8-2014: Drone medicine deliveries being tested in Bhutan. With the help of the World Health Organisation the government in the remote Buddhist Himalayan
nation of Bhutan have been testing drones, unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver medicines and collect blood samples from remote inaccessible regions.California-based technology start-up Matternet have been instrumental in looking at ways to solve transportation problems and linking remote clinics with larger hospitals.
30-7-2014: UK’s Getmapping , Aerial Photography, Mapping and Data Hosting posts strong growth. Investor confidence in drone related businesses has seen the share price of UK Public limited company Getmapping triple over the last three years. Their latest latest results show a 34% increase in turnover and they are rapidly expanding in Africa. Recently awarded a multi-million pound contract in the UK this is one company we recommend you keep an eye on. Drones will be featured on ITV UK tonight Robert Moore is in North Dakota finding out how unmanned drones are set to take over the skies and Martha Stewart is droning on Time.
30-7-2014: The United Kingdom’s House of Lords launches Drone inquiry. A committee headed by Baroness O’Cathain are looking at the dramatic rise in civilian drone usage. Their investigation into Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) has been prompted by a 40 fold increase of civilian drone usage in congested areas.They will examine safety aspects, privacy issues and the economic impact drones are likely to have. Baroness O’Cathain is mindful that a raft of regulations may hamper the growth of this dynamic industry that is only in its infancy and that too much red tape could stifle innovation.
30-7-2014: Drones into the Curriculum. Beebe High School in Arkansas is to introduce Drones to their Curriculum this fall. Beebe will receive a grant from NASA and the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and this will enable them to roll out this groundbreaking initiative to ninth and tenth grade students.
27-7-2014: The Society of Aerial Cinematographers. A group of Aerial Cinematographers recently formed by Drone enthusiast Robert Rodriguez director of technical operations for Technicolor Creative Services held their first education and training program in Burbank. The event was well attended and Rodriguez asked that members get involved in drone related issues as he felt regulations or lack of them could hamper progress and lead to aerial cinematography businesses moving overseas.
22-7-2014: New Zealand’s tourism authority buy a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. Spurred on by the latest craze for ‘Dronies’ (pictures of you taken by a drone) the DJI Quadcopter purchased by New Zealand’s tourism authority will tour the ski slopes capturing tourist dronies. The video dronies will be uploaded to Tourism New Zealand’s Instagram account for sharing. Click this link for full story
22-7-2014: UAV’s to support the design of roadway and bridge projects. An on-call Aerial Photography and mapping service contract has been awarded to Dayton based Woolpert by the the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways. Woolpert will use UAV’s to support the design of roadway and bridge projects.
22-7-2014: Drones used in Belize to track illegal fishing. The Wildlife Conservation Society are training unmanned aerial vehicle operators to assist the Belize Fisheries Department monitor their national waters. This initiative has been instigated by the Wildlife Conservation Society and nonprofit ConservationDrones.org in Australia.
22-7-2014: Drones Discover Plastic Islands. Drones that are being used to monitor ocean garbage pollution have come across ‘Islands’ constructed of plastic. Much of the debris is as result of the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami of 2011.
22-7-2014 : Balls Eye View Drone Video. Great golf course video shot by Chris Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris is the only federally certified and insured aerial photographer and videographer in the Edmonton area. shotby.ca
22-7-2014 : Bollywood uses Drones for action movie. A Bollywood action film produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and starring Salman Khan and shot on location in Poland is the first Indian film in this genre to use Drones to capture action footage. Reports suggest that a team of experience Drone Flyers were brought in from the USA to operate the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
21-7-2014: Welcome to the Drone Club. South Jersey now has it own Drone Club Rotor-E Drone Club, which meets at the SoHa SMART makerspace in Haddon Township, New Jersey. This is one of the many drone clubs that will be established in the not so distant future. Wannabe commercial flyers will learn from and trade stories with passionate hobbyists.
21-7-2014: Archaeological Drones. Pre-Inca ruins are being studied by Peruvian archaeologists using a DJI Phantom Quadcopter. The Peruvian governmnet are fully behind this initiative and the Ministry of Culture organized a workshop on drone usage back in March. It has bee rumored that due to the success of this project they will be purchasing more UAV’s.
21-7-2014: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigate Congressman ‘s use of Drone to film Wedding.When New York Republican Sean Patrick Maloney employed a company offering Drone Aerial Photography to film his wedding he should have been well aware of the FAA’s policy on the commercial use of Drones as he sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee, which oversees the FAA. Thousands of Photographic companies are adding Aerial Photography as an additional service to their offering.
19-7-2014: Drones used in Forestry research. FP Innovations, the world’s largest, private non-profit forest research institute, have been using an Aeryon drone as part of an ongoing project to determine how unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to survey forests. The $150,000 drone is equipped with a thermal imaging camera.
19-7-2014: Octocopter to be used for Building Inspection. In development since 2011 the Octopcopter from the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP in Saarbrücken, Germany has been specifically designed to be used as a tool to inspect high rise structures. Rather than use teams of surveyors and expensive equipment the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle equipped with high definition cameras can search for building defects. The digital images can be processed to produce 2D and 3D models. The Drone development is work in progress and Waypoint navigation flight systems are soon to be integrated allowing the Octocopter to fly in predetermined patterns.
18-7-2014: Delta Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Method of Manufacture of the Same patent applied for. Read more: http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20140197280#ixzz37qFHPGqV
17-7-2014: Twente Fire Department Purchase Drone. The Dutch fire department of Twente are buying an Altura Drone to assess the value of using UAV’s for fire departments in Holland. Should these trials prove successful then it is likely that the government will recommend that other fire departments adopt this initiative. The Altura will be fitted with a thermal imaging camera to ascertain the origin of the fire and enable firefighters to formulate an action plan from the aerial images.
17-7-2014: Drones get FAA approval for Wildfire monitoring. The Department of Natural Resources have been granted permission to use a fixed wing Drone the “ScanEagle” to track Wildfires. The 10 feet wingspan Unmanned Aerial Vehicle will relay information to firefighters on the ground. This Drone will be able to fly in abnormal conditions when traditional aircraft are likely to be grounded due to high winds or thick smoke.
16-7-2014 : Drones As A Service (DAAS) company gets funding. Skyward has raised $1.5 Million in seed capital to develop an operations management platform for Drones. Aerial Robotics has be tipped to be the next movement in search and rescue, environmental surveys, utilities inspection, precision agriculture, commerce and transit. The SkyWard platform is a system for managing Aerial Robotics (AR) flight operations around the world. Unique, portable identities for Drones and people give managers real-time visibility on assets in the field; customer requests can be efficiently dispatched; and flight operations can be tracked at all times. Logs for aircraft and personnel are automatically updated and the information flows seamlessly to the regulator and insurer.
14-72014: Dynamic Drones. Tim Robinson editor in chief of AEROSPACE compared the Drone industry to the early days of aviation he said “It’s probably the most dynamic, innovative air sector at the moment”. Estimated to be an eighty nine Billion Dollars business in the next decade analysts are even suggesting the next aviation giant will be a Drone maker. Drones will be a feature of the Farnborough International Airshow, the aviation industry’s biggest annual event.
13-7-2014: FAA Grants Drone Approval to Utility Company. Tiny Quadcopters are going to be used to check rural power lines used by San Diego Gas and Electric. The FAA approved the SDG&E application for the use of 16 inch Drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Massive cost savings will be had and as these RC Quadcopters are battery powered there will be no emissions and minimal noise. The system SDG&E will use cost under $6000, comes with a ground control station that can be viewed in real time and two Remote Control Quadcopter Drones.
12-7-2014: Photography Lighting Drones. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a unique use of Drone technology. A complex system has been designed to light a shoot for photographers by using a lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle to produce ‘rim lighting’that highlights one edge of the subject being filmed. A prototype of the system will be demonstrated at the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging in August.
11-7-2014: Concerns over privacy infringements holding back FAA. The concerns over privacy infringements are delaying small unmanned aerial vehicles regulations. Expected at the end of 2014 a draft will attempt to establish conditions under which individuals and companies can fly small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Drones or Quadcopters for commercial purposes. The U.S Federal Aviation Administration needs to quicken up their endeavors as the use of Quadcopters, Drones and UAV’s is exploding.
11-7-2014: Unmanned Aircraft System Workshop. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host a workshop on unmanned aircraft systems in Dayton, Ohio, on August 21-22. It will provide “a comprehensive overview of the capabilities, requirements, and business opportunities associated with the UAV industry.”
11-7-2014: China’s Drone Industry. A call for government to support the rapidly advancing Drone industry was made on the 11 July 2104 in Beijing. Xu Huaying, a retired official from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China felt that at present there was a lack of technology and a shortage of talented workforce vital ingredients needed to drive the industry forward. He hoped that rather than imitate companies would embark on a sustained policy of innovation. Li Yong. Yong VP of the Wuhan Ewatt Aerospace Technology Company said “UAV’s are increasingly used in a variety of fields, including electric power industries, disaster-relief work, as well as shooting TV programs,” China is one of the many counties who are now using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for civil use.
11-7-2014: Drone Saturdays in Pune. Blue Planet Solutions are organising Quadcopter Saturdays in Pune, these three hour sessions will instruct participants on how to construct Drones with an introduction to the basic theory of Quadcopter, Drones and UAV flying. They will be shown how to assemble RC Quadcopters, program them and solder the flight control board.
11-7-2014: Top Tier College offers Unmanned Aerial System Degree Course. Lewis University are offering courses that will lead to qualification as a professional UAV pilot. Combining aviation and computer science the course will instruct the participants in the fundemental skills of Drone operation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle algorithms, crew resource management and aviation maintenance. Students will be able to use Blade Quadcopters and a DJI Phantom Quadcopter to hone their flying skills. Lewis University has a $2 high-tech aviation center and advanced computer flight simulation software. Students will also design their own Drones and after graduation they will have a Private Pilot Certificate (Single Engine Land) an Instrument Rating and a Commercial Pilot Certificate (Single Engine Land).
11-7-2014: Agri Drones. Drones are being increasingly used in agriculture collecting Data in the form of color images from fields so a farmer can have a real time picture of the health of his crops. Research by Compton Tucker when working for NASA in the seventies is also being adopted to develop vegetation indices combining the color and NIR reflectance of plants to accurately determine vegetation density from a single image.
10-7-2014: Drone Pest Control. The University of Missouri Bradford Research Center will host the Farmer Technology Field Day on July 17th. Drone use will be a hot topic on the agenda as many farmers are looking at UAV technology to combat crop diseases and as a precision mapping tool.
10-6-2014: Martha Stewart, Drone Aerial Photography. One of Martha Stewart’s security staff recently purchased a DJI Quadcopter with an on board camera. He has used the Phantom Quadcopter to take some stunning images of Martha’s farm. Martha is now asking her blog readers to comment on how Drones, Quadcopters or UAV’s can be used in the future.
10-7-2014: Aerial Construction ‘The Spider Bot.’ A new term ‘Aerial Construction’ has been spawned by autonomous Quadcopters that are equipped with spools of plastic cable. These Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’S) are programmed to fly through the air in set patterns and weave tensile rope structures connected to existing structural elements. Tests have been undertaken by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). The Drones are linked to a ground based computer that not only tracks the path of the UAV but also calculates future trajectories and sends the information back to the Drone in real time. A number of Quadcopters work in collaboration and can link the lines together by flying in a knot pattern. The speed that these drones can make complex rigging would be far quicker than using manual labor so the savings to the construction industry are evident. The application of ‘Aerial Construction’ in search and rescue (building Rope Bridges) is another likely use of this technology.
9-7-2014 : China’s largest UAV expo kicks off in Beijing. The 2014 China UAV conference and exposition started today. This event acts as a showcase for businesses involved in Drones, multi-rotors and unmanned aerial vehicles.
9-7-2014: Capture a story from the Sky. Jeff Foster from CreativeLive is running a workshop taking flight on July 21-22 an introduction to Drone Photography and Video. Jeff was introduced to Aerial Photography when he was ask to try out and review a DJI Phantom Quadcopter. The two day workshop will take place on location in San Francisco and will start with beginner Drones to show the basics of flight. The workshop will also look at future uses for Drones and how to capture fantastic aerial imagery. It will also deal with post production techniques, video stabilization, panoramic images and how to remove lens distortion.
3-7-204 : Take your Drone for a Walk. Fotokite is being lauded as more versatile option for Aerial Photography than traditional Drones or Quadcopters. It negates the requirement of having to use a Remote Control Transmitter by tethering a Quadcopter equipped with a steadycam.It can be rapidly deployed in under a minute. As the proposed Federal Aviation Authority guidelines will not class this as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and users can be held accountable it is something that could gain traction especially in Real Estate Photography and News Reporting sectors.
3-7-2104: Hitching a Ride. Aerospace engineers from the University of Florida have developed tiny Drones that can hitch a ride on hurricane force winds and measure wind, speed, atmospheric pressure, humidity and temperature. The initiative is aimed at measuring data in real time and ground stations will perform predictive analysis of the data to determine the path and pattern of the hurricane. These unmanned aerial vehicles can be controlled by computers miles away and they also have the capabilities of flying autonomously through the storm.
3-7-2104: Rent-a-Drone. At the University of South Florida students will soon be able to rent a drone from the Universities library. The school have purchases two DJI Phantoms Quadcopters that will be available to students to undertake environmental studies. Initially the Quadcopters where used to create an environmental map of the campus.
3-7-2104: Madhya Pradesh India. Successful trials have led to the adoption of Drones to keep an eye on the Tigers in the Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve. The Wildlife Institute of Indian are now in the position to deploy Drones in Panna and other reserves. The research in ongoing.
30-6-2014: Fire Fighting Drones The advantages of using Drones to monitor wildfires are evident as they can keep firefighters out of dangerous situations and enter areas where traditional craft cannot go. The Human cost of firefighting can be drastically reduced as these autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles can relay real time information back to ground stations. Any initiative that can save lives is to be applauded so we implore those involved in legislation to move quickly and not hinder the development of using Drones for good.
30-6-2014: China have started using Drones to Monitor Air pollution, Drones equipped with High Definition Cameras are being using to check for illegal discharge of pollutants, waste gasses in a number of regions in China. After the first tests which took place over a period of twenty hours the Drones pinpointed sixty four companies that may have environmental issues. These companies are located in cities in Hebei, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia.
27-6-2014: DJI Phantom. It just gets better for the Phantom 2 Vision or Vision + Quadcopter owners as DJI Innovations announce the release of their Ground Station function. This will enable owners of these models to set planned flight missions and set up to sixteen Waypoints. It will also provide a one touch return to home and a failsfe systen that will automatically disable the ground station if the battery charge fall below thirty percent. In order to enable this function users need to ensure they have the latest v3.04 firmware installed.
26-6-2014: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra. John Cale, OBE working with designer Liam Young will perform a concert at the Barbican in London this Fall using Drones. The Drones will carry speakers and their sounds will be incorporated into the show ‘LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra’. 72 Year old Cale a former member of 60’s revolutionary group managed by Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground will perform reworked songs from his back catalog in what has been dubbed an audio-visual collaboration.
26-6-2014: Intelligent Quadcopters. Software has been developed that will enable Quadcopters to map their environment using a forward facing camera and pick up other information using intelligent barometers and ultrasound data. The information is relayed to the flight control autopilot board allowing the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to navigate the terrain without human intervention. This artificial intelligence will be vital when sending Quadcopters into places that Humans cannot access like nuclear environments.The software has been developed by a research team from Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE). Under Professor Sandor Veres who leads the team they use a game theory based framework development to program the Quadcopters to perform certain tasks. The more the game is played the more intelligent the Quadcopters become and they begin to predict the behavior of other machines. Future development will lead to the autonomous machines collaborating with each other to perform difficult tasks.
25-6-2014: Drone Reports. A recent report from Research and Markets says that they expect the global demand for UAV’s to increase by an average of 19% over the next 5 years, I personally think this is way way short of the mark. I’ve no idea how their researchers define Unmanned Aerial Vehicles but their figures cannot take into account the massive surge in demand for inexpensive Quadcopters that are rapidly becoming the preferred choice for millions of hobbyists. I recently purchased an cheap Quadcopter from a well known Chinese website and they had sold nine after approximately 6 weeks this figure has reached well over 1000 pieces for one new model on one website. They have also sold nearly 3000 pieces of a tiny Nano Quadcopter in less than a month, do the math. DJI Innovations have skyrocketed from a tiny start up to a Global Player with and estimated turnover of $131 million in 2014 and one of their main competitors 3DRobotics recently secured $30 million of venture capital.The IDTechEx report states that electric Quadcopters have been a success but are not necessarily an ongoing growth market. You can pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for these reports don’t, the guys who are writing these reports may have Phd’s but their assumptions are incorrect.The demand for these types of unmanned aerial vehicles will explode as prices come down and technology advances.
25-6-2014: Guinn joins 3DRobotics. Colin Guinn who had an acrimonious fall out with DJI Innovations has join Chris Anderson’s 3DRobotics in charge of product development and global sales and marketing. Formerly CEO of DJI’s North American operation Guinn has had extensive experience in Aerial Photography and he has a full understanding of the technology used in UAV’s. Industry experts regard this move will signal the rapid development of new models that will test DJI’s ability to keep it’s stranglehold of the mid priced Aerial Photography market.
12-6-2014: The Federal Aviation Administration has recently granted approval to Global behemoth BP Oil to use Drones in Alaska to monitor their oil fields. The remoteness ot the Prudhoe oilfield coupled with the lack of residents makes this the ideal location to trial Drones in a commercial setting. Hopefully this initiative will be the first step to the wider use of Drones in a commercial environment. BP in conjunction with AeroVironment will use the ‘Puma’ Drone that is equipped with infrared electro-optical sensors to monitor oil pipelines and road maintenance. It will collect data and relay it back to a control station that will analyse the information.The use of UAV’s fitted with advanced sensors is not a new thing however as they are being extensively used in agriculture and viticulture to monitor crops.
20-5-2014: Amazon is moving forward with it’s plans to deliver merchandise using Drones. The company’s website now has dozens of postings for jobs asking prospective employees to “come help us make prime air, a reality.” Congress has given the FAA, a date of 2015 to “integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.”
8-2-2014: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be showcasing its latest R&D expertise in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology at the Singapore Airshow, one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, held from 11 to 16 February.Visitors to the Singapore Airshow will be able to see 12 drones, programmed by NTU scientists and researchers, flying in formation within inches of each other and executing complex indoor aerial manoeuvres. Read the full article http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=138834&CultureCode=en
6-2-2014: Drones are being extensively used to film at the winter Olympics in Sochi. They are also being used to survey and monitor spectators. 30-1-2014: Aerial Gaming Drones. Here is another new entry to the Drone space the flipped drone! http://www.qfolabs.com/ have come up with this novel approach with the propellers situated underneath the drone. The one handed Mimix controls the Drone and it can shoot the enemy with infra-red laser! I’ve not had any feedback from users yet but to be honest I don’t think this is a serious craft but more of a fun thing.
29-1-2014: Surfer Mag article on UAV photography The Rise of the Drone http://www.surfermag.com/features/drones/ It features Eric Sterman’s great surf video. If you haven’t seen it yet check it out http://vimeo.com/83187924
29-1-2014: Great new resource for the Drone industry http://caddrones.com/ Sign up now for Beta Read the Motherboard article http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/an-open-source-community-wants-to-fix-your-drone-with-3d-printed-parts
29-1-2014: Nuremburg Toy Fair 2014 Blade Quadcopters and Helicopter Reviews
Blade Helicopters announced another model the 200 QX. Built as an upgrade to the 180QX HD, the 200QX is a brushless powered, LED lit, SAFE technology Quadcopter brother with the good looks of the 350QX. It has impressive specifications:
- SAFE™ Technology equipped
- Three flight modes
- High performance brushless motors
- Internal LED illumination for easy orientation and night flying
- Optional camera available separately
Offered currently only as a Bind-n-Fly package, the part number is BLH7780 and will sell for $230 when it comes out at the end of April
16-1-2014 Make: Go big on DIY Drones. The latest release of Makezine features Homegrown Drones and to celebrate the release they are organising a drone fly-in event Monday, Jan. 20 from 1 to 4pm at Paintball Jungle in America Canyon, Calif.
14-1-2014 Will Google enter the Drone space? Yes says Benedict Evans, a technology and telecommunications analyst “Google missed social, and so is clearly not going to miss Drones, and is not going to miss robotics, and is not going to miss home automation as major trends of technology.”
14-1-2014 Data delivery via Drones.You may have thought that Amazon’s announcement that they will be using Drones to deliver goods in the not too distant future as farfetched but in a joint initiative between the University of Aberdeen and the Norwegian University of Bergen, Drones are being used to scan rock formations in remote areas in a quest to discover oil reserves. By analysing the rock structure of the cliffs and mining the data geoscientist can make detailed 3D models and adapt their findings to better understand what lies beneath the surface. Advances in laser technology and Drone technolgy is also being capitilised upon in Finland where UAV’s are being used to scan forest to determine where best to lay powerlines to support the electricity grid.
12-1-2014 All the hype coming out of CES left me very disappointed and the only company in my mind that comes out with credit is DJI Innovations. Parrot Drones with wheels at $300?I don’t think so I can buy similar and better for under $60, Yuneec for all their talk have a video that shows acrobatic Quadcopters that aren’t even their models and their FlyingEyes website keeps redirecting. Then we had the Pocket Drone tricopter quirky features but yet to prove itself. Well done DJI it’s no wonder you are leaders in affordable aerial photography platforms.
8-1-2014 Cool video of dancing Quadcopters from FlyingEyes and Kmel Robotics
8-1-2014 Drone news video from CES featuring the DJI PhantomVision 2
7-1-2014 Vineyards in Bordeaux to utilize Drone technology Bernard Magrez will use Drone technology to monitor his vineyards in Bordeaux. Drone technology is not new to viticulture and vineyards in California and Oregon are already using UAV’s. The technical director at eleven MagrezMedoc estates Jeanne Lacombe will utilize their first UAV to measure disease, plant damage and other factors in precision viticulture. This initiative will aim to reduce manpower and fertilisation. They will fly the Drones manual to start with but hope to move toward autonomous flying in the future.
Flying Eyes HX3 from Yuneec
Another UAV offering Flying Eyes from Chinese company Yuneec (Unique) will be showcasing their products at CES. The www.flyingeyes.com website will go live tomorrow at 10am Las Vegas time. Flying Eyes is the brand name of airborne sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems) Yuneec International and comprises of Quadcopters, Hexcopters and Octocopters capable of carry varying payloads. The HX3 uses an advanced Yuneec Technology Gimbal so a host of leading manufacturers cameras can be fitted. The HX3 smart aerial photography system has a very impressive 60minute flying time and has an ultra light Gimbal fitted to take a Canon 5D11/111. This is one is for the serious aerial photographer. Yuneec will also go live@ www.c-pro.com where they will showcase their cameras. At last we may see some serious competition to GoPro. We don’t want to get too excited but feel Yuneec could become a leading player in this market space to rival the likes of DJI and 3D Robotics makers of the IRIS Quadcopter
6-1-2014 Mini Drone from Parrot released at CES We have just seen the latest micro Quadcopter release from Parrot. These smaller Drones are aimed at the rapidly expanding micro Quadcopter market a space that’s current dominated by Hubsan with their H107 range and the Walkera Ladybirds. The parrot drone has a large wheel each side to protect it from crashes and as yet there are no price details available. The 3-Axis gyro and 3-Axis accelerometer it can supposedly climb walls ( I don’t know why they should want to do this). It is Bluetooth enabled with a reported range of 75 feet and a flight time of 8 minutes. I’m unsure where Parrot are coming from with this model as we haven’t as yet received any price details but I feel that Parrot need to rapidly get their act together and produce a decent multi rotor. Their days of market domination are well behind them and they have serious competition from the new Hubsan 109S X4 Pro that will be available from March. Both Blade and Walkera have had difficulty with their midmarket Drones when trying to compete with the DJI Phantom and if you can find a better micro Quadcopter than the Hubsan H107C or the LadybirdV2 I would love to hear about it. Update 6-1-2014 I’ve just read on the BBC website that the price of the micro Quad will be £300. In the words of John McEnroe “You cannot be serious” ! Another company that are showing at CES are Rotor Concept. They have a mini Quadcopter for sale on their website without the transmitter for a staggering $249! and have what looks like Walkera Ladybird parts at grossly inflated prices to support this Quadcopter! Who do they think they are kidding.
6-1-2014 The emergency Minister in Russia Vladimir Puchov announced today January 6th that all regions will have UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) and robotics systems. The Drones will primarily be used in search and rescue
4-1-2024 News and Video from Syracuse University. “Unmanned Aircraft are going to be one of the cutting edge industries over the next 20 years and they will change the way people do business and create millions of jobs” Senator Charles Schumer in New York
3-1-2014 Amazing underwater drones featured on BBC program about Dolphins from the Spy in the Pod series
2-1-2014 NASA’s New Robotic Challenge to Explore UAS Airspace Operations – See more at: http://www.uasvision.com/2013/12/30/nasas-centennial-challenges-prize-program/#sthash.fDDZb34P.dpuf
1-1-2014 Six sites have been chosen by the FAA to act as test beds for UAV testing. After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country.Visit the FAA website to read the details
1-1- 2014 At Beijing Capital International Airport police detained four people for flying and unmanned aerial vehicle in restricted airspace causing delays for more than 10 passenger flights. Apparently the drone was conducting surveying and mapping operations but the users had failed to notified the Civil Aviation Administration.
US confirm 6 states to trial Drones The six sites for Drone testing are named as the University of Alaska, the State of Nevada, New York’s Griffiss International Airport, North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Virginia Tech. Their remit will be to evaluate how Drones will perform in diverse climates, how the Drones will co-exist with traditional aircraft, what qualifications unmanned aerial vehicle pilots should have and how smart they can be made and how best can they navigate. The US seem to be taking the lead in developing Drone technology with courses in unmanned aerial flight already available a some universities. Whether we like them or nor UAV’s are going to play a significant part in our future and they will embrace and benefit many industries. What industry now needs to do is strike the right balance of safety, privacy and economic growth.
Awesome video from senseFly