Category: Australasia

Another coaxial takes to the sky

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Just like waiting for a bus, not one but two on the market now. It considerably undercuts the Sprite, available for pre order at US $849. The ROAM-e retails for US $399 When ROAM-e’s inventor Simon Kantor, thought about how we could make the selfie stick better, his idea was to make it fly! Welcome…

Australian UAV Continue National Expansion with West Australian Presence

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Following 12 months of considerable growth in the Eastern States of Australia and a series of national industrial survey contracts, Australian UAV Pty Ltd has announced the formal opening of a West Australian office. Based out of Perth, Australian UAV have recruited Darryn Dow, a pioneer in the use of UAV’s in mine survey. With…

Last Call for Operator Photos in sUAS Guide

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This is the last call for operator photos to go into sUAS Guide Issue 2. It’s almost July and time for sUAS Guide Issue 2! We are calling for photo submissions from UAS operators. The best (quality & wow factor) landscape orientation submission will have their photo displayed on a two page spread in sUAS…

Commercial Drones in Action photos for sUAS Guide

sUAS Guide Issue 2 Draft Cover

It’s almost July and time for sUAS Guide Issue 2! We are calling for photo submissions from UAS operators. The best (quality & wow factor) landscape orientation submission will have their photo displayed on a two page spread in sUAS Guide Issue 2 and the best portrait orientation photo will be shown on a full…

Australia:- DP 1529US – UAS airworthiness framework

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The unmanned aerial sector has been steadily growing in the background for over 15 years. Initially seen in the military, UAS are now increasingly used in a civil capacity to carry out various operations, often more cost effectively and with less safety risk to humans than conventionally piloted aircraft (CPA). It is expected that over…

Limited production run of Millswood Fail Safes for the Outback Challenge

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An updated version of the Millswood Engineering Failsafe is about to have a pilot production run. There are many new features, but one of the main additions as far as the OBC is concerned is geofencing. The new Failsafe FTD has 2 independent geofences, each with up to 50 vertices plus min and max altitude…

Airservices Australia Releases Operational Concept for RPAS

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Airservices Australia is on the front foot with the release of its concept for remotely piloted aircraft operations around controlled aerodromes. Senior Advisor for Safety Programs at Airservices Australia, Mr Mark Rossiter announced the release of the concept document at the AAUS CivSec 2016 Conference. Airservices Australia describes the operational concept document “As an important…

Intels Drone 100 to fly over Sydney Harbour

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Drone 100, Intel’s world-record-holding drone performance, will be making its public debut as part of Vivid Sydney. For five nights only, from 8 to 12 June, 100 illuminated drones will perform a spectacular choreographed routine over Sydney Harbour, accompanied by the breathtaking sounds of the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Weather permitting, Drone 100 will light up…

Precise positioning system for UAVs

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Australian firm Klau Geomatics is now producing PPK (Post Processed Kinematic) GNSS positioning systems for drones and light manned aerial mapping systems. The system provides accurate camera locations for mapping from UAVs, which reduces the need for surveyed ground control to produce accurate DTMs and orthophotos from photogrammetry. PPK is similar to RTK GPS but…

Call to minimize drone impact on wildlife

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University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research. The researchers, from the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) or Adelaide Drone Hub, say that drones are a useful tool for field research and their…