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June 30, 2016

DJI & Flyability Partner to Bring Collision-Tolerance to UAVs

In another industry first, DJI has partnered with Swiss aerial technology company Flyability to integrate the Lightbridge 2, an ultra-reliable image transmission system, with the collision-tolerant Elios aircraft. Elios is the first UAV designed for inspection and exploration of inaccessible or confined spaces. With a robust enclosure giving the system the ability to […]
June 30, 2016

Skyward and senseFly Join Forces

Portland, Oregon and Cheseaux­Lausanne, Switzerland ­ June 29, 2016 ­ Skyward and senseFly, global leaders in the UAV industry, are partnering to deliver a custom operations management software and consulting services package for senseFly aircraft. The package, available for customers in North America through the senseFly distribution network or Skyward, […]
June 28, 2016

Another Coaxial Takes to the Sky

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 […]
June 28, 2016

The Truth about Drones in Precision Agriculture

Over the past few years, the press has emphasized how much commercial drones will be used to improve farming. The assumption is that drones provide more accurate data for use in variable rate technology (VRT) so farmers who use drones will experience increased yields. But truth be told very little […]
June 26, 2016

Sprite, Coaxial Helicopter

Remember Sprite? The clever coaxial ardupilot helicopter. On Kickstarter 532 backers pledged $406,061 to bring it too life. A new video has hit YouTube. [embedded content] Dimensions & Performance Length: 13.2 inches (350mm) Diameter: 3.8 inches (100mm) Weight: 2.6 lbs. (1,200g) with battery and standard camera Displacement: 215 cu. in. […]
June 24, 2016

3DR Announces Investment from Autodesk

3DR announces investment from Autodesk® to continue the development of Site Scan™, the Premier Aerial Data Capture and Analytics Platform. Last week, during the first Autodesk Forge conference, we announced that 3DR received an important investment from Autodesk, makers of powerful and popular desktop software programs used by top construction, […]
June 24, 2016

The FLIR Ax5-Series Camera is the Natural Choice for Anyone Who Uses Software to Solve Problems.

The FLIR Ax5-Series is the perfect solution for those applications that require the benefits of a thermal image. The Ax5-Series are low-cost infrared cameras, with the FLIR A5 being the most affordable. They are ideal tools for putting thermal imaging at work in an automation or machine vision environment. All […]
June 24, 2016

Flirtey Conducts First U.S. Ship-to-Shore Drone Delivery

Independent drone delivery service Flirtey and Dr. Timothy Amukele at Johns Hopkins successfully conducted the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the U.S. on the New Jersey coastline, for the United Nations and the American Red Cross. “Imagine a future where in the event of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, […]
June 24, 2016

Australian UAV Continue National Expansion with West Australian Presence

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 […]
June 23, 2016

Pix4D Responds to Growing Number of Drone Professionals with Global Workshop Launch

With the formalization of the most important regulation for the US drone industry and an increasing number of professionals worldwide using drones and photogrammetry in their business, there’s a greater need for training on how to maximize usage. How does the technology work, and what is the optimal workflow for […]
June 23, 2016

Hivemapper’s 3D Earth Maps for Drones App

Hivemapper’s 3D Earth Maps for Drones App This post first appeared on Dronelife.com It’s innovative, but will companies embed it for their mission control? THE FACTS: Last week Hivemapper introduced its 3D earth maps Android app for drones. The preview I received a week earlier was impressive. Hivemapper is a […]
June 22, 2016

Airobotics Unveils Completely Automated Drone Platform

Airobotics, a fully automatic drone platform, announces its public launch today. As a completely automatic and operated aerial system, Airobotics empowers industrial companies to leverage the power of drones without the need for skilled and expensive drone operators. Airobotics’ platform enables customers to run missions autonomously to monitor, inspect, survey, […]
June 22, 2016

Kespry Closes $16 Million Series B Round in Fast-Growing Commercial Drone Market

Kespry, which designs automated drone systems for commercial use, today announced the close of a Series B equity-financing round of $16 million that includes investments from DCM Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. With these funds, Kespry is hiring more engineering and service teams to ramp-up production and serve customers. In […]
June 21, 2016

Flying Launch & Recovery System: A True Game-Changer

Insitu’s new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability, which was conceptualized and created by the collaboration of Insitu and Hood Technologies, caught the attention of a global audience during its public debut at Xponential last month. Since then, the industry has been buzzing with questions about the technology: What exactly […]
June 20, 2016

New Leica CityMapper Captures Oblique Imaging, LiDAR in One Flyover

Leica Geosystems, industry leader of reality capture and measurement technology, announced today Leica CityMapper as part of the RealCity 3D reality capture solution, enabling professionals to collect and process imaging and LiDAR data in a single sensor. Combining CityMapper and Leica HxMap, the scalable post-processing workflow software, RealCity simplifies and […]