Category: Civil

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The Journalist was born from the need to develop specialised UAVs for more specific applications. Our aim was to design an intelligent platform that was fast and easy to use whilst retaining all the advantages of a conventional UAV. The solution was a concept from our industrial designer who had previously delved into the topic…

In spite of FAA bans, demand for commercial drone use in North Florida spikes

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By Drew Dixon An oil rig in international waters is a target for piracy and terrorism, and fixed cameras monitoring surrounding waters provide only so much warning. But the Gainesville-based Six Maritime security firm has a new weapon that has helped warn crew on oil platforms and ships much sooner: Commercial unmanned aviation vehicles — drones…

3D Robotics buys interactive-toy maker Sifteo for undisclosed sum

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Edie Sellers Leading consumer and hobbyist drone manufacturer 3D Robotics of Berkeley announced Tuesday that it has acquired San Francisco-based electronic-toy maker Sifteo for an undisclosed sum. According to a press release, the focus of the newly combined companies will be on “expanding 3D Robotics’ current marker leadership position” in the drone sector and “establishing…

House of Lords launches inquiry into civil use of drones

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The House of Lords is holding an enquiry into the civil use of drones, to determine whether the conditions are right “for the industry to take off”. In a call for submissions, aimed at gathering expert written and oral evidence as a precursor to its final report in March 2015, the Lords’ EU subcommittee on…

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…