Category: Civil

Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

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Because it’s a useful tool. And imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he’d had one. There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys. Last year, while celebrating my birthday…

Drone embedded LIDAR technology on OnyxStar FOX-C8-HD

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Light Detection and Ranging (more commonly called LIDAR) is a laser-based remote sensing technology. It is widely used in the domain of geographical information system (GIS) for surveying and mapping natural resources and infrastructures. LIDAR is well known in the domain of producing high-resolution maps in remote sensing, atmospheric sensing, geomatics, geography, geomorphology, archeology, forestry, contour…

Philippines:- CAAP regulates the use of drones

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— Elizabeth Marcelo/DVM, GMA News The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently issued a memorandum regulating the operation of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones. Under the CAAP’s Memorandum Circular No. 21 series of 2014 dated June 26, 2014, drone owners or operators are now required to register their equipment with the…

Ireland: Aviation body has issued 22 drone permits

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Aine McMahon The Irish Aviation Authority has issued permits to 22 operators to use drones or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in the Republic. The RPAS sanctioned by the authority are used mainly for aerial survey, filming and photography. The rapid advance in technology means the cost of civilian drones had dropped to a few hundred euro…

TEKEVER and Santos Lab announce global strategic partnership

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TEKEVER and Santos Lab, the leading Brazilian UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) manufacturer, are today announcing, at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), a global strategic partnership. Both partners will join their capabilities to integrate technology, offer new products and join commercial efforts at a global level, with particular focus on the South American markets. The AR2 Carcará is the first product to…

Are Unmanned Drones the Future of Global Transport?

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By Thomas Grose On a bright, sunny afternoon on July 9th, a white unmanned air vehicle (UAV), its two 2.75 horsepower engines whirring, taxied smoothly down a finely mowed field of dark green grass. After a short distance, it lifted off and effortlessly soared to an altitude of 100 metres. It banked right, then began flying…

Aerialtronics announces new CEO Jeremy Wigmore

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In line with the rapid developments of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Aerialtronics have restructured their management team in order to keep pace with this growth and keep ahead of “new” players entering the market. Lucas van Oostrum now focuses his time and attention to new product, partner & business development in his novel role as Chief…

Drone flying takes off as a popular hobby

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Herding sheep and filming AFL training sessions is all in a day’s work for Ryan Hamlet, project manager at hobby drone online retailer I-Drone. The AFL team wanted to see aerial footage of its training session, Hamlet says. ‘‘People also ask us to film their weddings because it is cheaper than a helicopter shot and…

Airframe and autopilot for less than $500!

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When sUAS News started closed source autopilots cost at least $10,000 USD. There was no cheap telemetry and tablet control. Now, on sale for a price of $469 you can buy an airframe with autopilot fitted that will lift a pretty large payload. On top of that the autopilot runs the Opensource Ardupilot project code…

New Romanian drone regulation raise questions among users

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By Paul Sinka Romanian authorities have decided that drones weighting less than 150 kilos should be registered and insured before being used in Romania. The move brings regulation to a new area, yet an increasingly popular one, as drones have started to be used more and more beyond military purposes. The Romanian Ministry of Transport…