Category Archives: Drones

Which Continent Will Lead the $20 Billion Drone Market in 2018?

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A new drone market research report by Research and Markets makes the largest and boldest prediction yet for the drone industry, which the report predicts will exceed $50 billion in the next 7 years.  North America is expected to  lead the market this year, largely due to increased defence expenditures of the US and Canada and the presence of major UAV manufacturers in North America.  The European and Latin American regions are expected to be the new revenue-generating markets for unmanned aerial vehicles,” says the report.

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Why UK Near-Miss Statistics Don’t Tell The Whole Story

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Not as catchy as the recent headline of the Press Association analysis of data from the UK Airport Board, the body responsible for collating and assessing near miss incidents between aircraft in UK airspace.

The headline, understandably, is that reports of near misses between drones and manned aircraft have tripled in the last three years,  which is very worrying but this article from Dronelife looks at the numbers in more depth and concludes with the UK Government’s Drone Bill expected in the coming weeks, realism is required more than ever.

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This drone has an origami arm that unfolds to pick up objects

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“Folding, packaging of everyday things are everywhere,”….“Why not for robots?”
Scientists have created a foldable robotic arm that allows drones to pick up objects inside narrow ditches.The arm, described in a study published today in Science Robotics, is made of seven plastic actuators that look like rectangular boxes stacked up on top of each other and stretching up to 27.5 inches (70 centimeters) in length. But what’s special about the actuators is that they can be folded flat, so that the arm is stowed away. Scientists attached the arm to a drone. When equipped with finger-like grippers, the arm could grab an object at the bottom of a ditch. When equipped with a camera, it could take video among tree branches.

In the future, this robotic arm could help scientists collect samples from crevices or inspect chimneys, pipes, and other narrow spaces

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Droneflight acquires QuestUAV DataHawk PPK Fixed Wing

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L1002278-1As our clients needs have grown in scale and complexity we have invested in a fixed wing drone with PPK capability.  This enables us to undertake much larger surveys with greater efficiency than with a multirotor drone, it also means that we do not have to place ground control points to deliver a very accurate survey.  This is particularly important in situations where access to the survey area is restricted or to reduce the overhead of placing ground control points (GCPs).

When it came to select a fixed wing platform we had a number of key requirements:

  • Accuracy, it had to be able to deliver high quality results using PPK or RTK alone.
  • Flight time, we needed around 40mins.
  • Robustness, fixed wing drones typically have a “tougher life” than multirotors.
  • Real local support, we wanted to work with a company with real expertise in the UK.
  • Capability to operate with smaller take off and landing area.
  • Cost, its always a factor!

We looked at a range of fixed wings some VTOL, some RTK, some really expensive!  In the end it was the QuestUAV DataHawk PPK that met our needs and we found them exceptionally helpful.

For more information on the DataHawk PPK visit QuestUAV’s website.

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Thinking of starting a Drone Operator business? – Read this first!

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As a new year begins and many people consider a career change a Drone Market Sector Report for 2017 has been published by Skylogic Research, LLC based on data collected from 2,600 respondents in 60 countries worldwide.  Some key statistics include:

  • Nearly 80% of operators only complete between one and five operations per month, and
  • 85% of these operators make less than $50,000 (£45,000) gross per annum

This doesn’t come as news to people in the field, Its the same with any new business venture, it can be a hard slog getting established, and if you are thinking of a career change make sure you talk to people who will help you with top quality training, and make the most of what you can leverage from your existing network and experience.

Links: www.droneanalyst.com, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skylogic-research-report-unveils-drone-industry-market-share-figures-300520971.html

John Moreland, Head of Assessment, DronePartners

EHang 184 in the flesh – personal transportation solution

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L1001848Basically, wow.  We have seen some very large drone platforms in past but putting a person into the mix changes the game.  Obviously you are not going to be getting a flying drone taxi in the UK soon but the fact that the kit is here and being promoted at this stage is surprising.  Also, if your over 5 foot 6 inches you aren’t going to be getting a ride (even if you wanted to!).

DPM Engineering have some short term practical application for this, which we can’t talk about and also an interesting collection of other drones including the very unusual SeaDrone.

Thanks to Darren and Kate for getting a close look at this.

 

Testing Elios for use in Police Firearms Teams

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L1001433-14We always love a great testing opportunity and this was a really good one – using drones to increase situational awareness in Firearms operations.  Its great to see police forces innovating in this way to enhance the safety and effectiveness of their operations.  The Elios was used as it is collision tolerant, you can literally bump it off the walls.  Like every new technology it has advantages and disadvantages – if someone has shut an internal door you can’t fly the drone though it!  The Elios is equipped with the thermal and visible light camera and it also has its one lighting system.

It remains to be seen what the level of adoption of this type of drone is in the police but it was great to be their testing it first!  This has provided us with real practical insight into the required operating procedures and systems to use this type of drone in this very specialised application.

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