4 Secrets to Keeping Your Drone in Great Condition

Welcome to the wonderful world of drones. If you’ve just gotten your first drone, you’re in for a real treat, so get ready to enjoy the experience. Perform Pre-Flight Procedures Like any pilot, you’re responsible for completing a thorough, pre-flight inspection. A comprehensive checklist is an efficient way to ensure you don’t forget something important. You need to check everything that could affect the drone including the weather, obstructions like power lines, required permissions, firmware updates, planned flight route, etc. If you encounter any problems, make sure they’re completely resolved before takeoff. You should always be refining your checklist as you encounter and solve problems with each flight. The Weather Challenge The weather affects your drone’s performance and longevity. The weather is extremely unpredictable, so you should have a reliable, current source of developing weather conditions. Excessive temperatures can cause immediate and long-term problems. Cold and heat can damage the drone and impact battery performance. Fog can make it hard to see your drone and navigate it safely around hazards. Monitor your battery in case you need to cut a flight short. If it’s absolutely necessary to go up in inclement weather, try to plan a shorter trip and stay close to the drone.Humidity can be a problem regardless of the type or amount. If there is any type of humidity present during a flight, be sure to thoroughly clean and dry the drone, or the unexpected humidity will be free to cause damage. The wind has the power to

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Latest from DroneMapper Rapid / Remote Expert Release

Latest from DroneMapper Rapid / Remote Expert Release

The free version “RAPID” now allows higher resolution DEM generation and blended Orthomosaic!  DroneMapper Rapid and Remote Expert Version 20181120 has been released. Please download the latest version here. This release has the latest UI modifications, back-end API performance enhancements and features. See the full change log below: New orthomosaic functionality, multi-threading (BETA) Orthomosaic seamline feathering (BETA) Alternate initial tie-point computation by image center distance to neighbors Added functionality to compute DEM / Ortho at native resolution Various bug fixes and API updates UI improvements and updates New real-time API log viewer window Updated/improved 3D textured mesh creation Improvements/simplification of mask creation tool Generate undistorted TIF images based on aerial triangulation results Process stereo pairs/epipolar imagery Allow RAPID users dense processing mode (4x native DEM) and 2x native ortho options Allow RAPID users ability to radiometric blend ortho tiles/seamlines Deprecated REMOTE version Updated processing form icons Fixed GSD reporting truncation issue Updated UI layout Updated UI components/icons thanks and best regards,  the DroneMapper Team The free version “RAPID” now allows higher resolution DEM generation and blended Orthomosaic!  DroneMapper Rapid and Remote Expert Version 20181120 has been released. Please download the latest version here. This release has the latest UI […] Read More

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Is it a rocket? A ducted fan-copter? Both?

I dunno which it is, but it’s really DIY and interesting, and that’s all that counts. From Hackaday: Quadcopters are familiar, and remote control planes are old hat at this point. However, compact lightweight power systems and electronic flight controllers continue to make new flying vehicles possible. In that vein, [rctestflight] has been experimenting with a brushless electric rocket craft, with interesting results. The build uses a single large brushless motor in the tail for primary thrust. Four movable vanes provide thrust vectoring capability. To supplement this control a quadcopter was gutted, and its motors rearranged in the nose of the craft to create a secondary set of thrusters which aid stabilization and maneuverability. The aim is to experiment with a flight regime consisting of vertical takeoff followed by coasting horizontally before returning to a vertical orientation for landing. Preliminary results have been positive, though it was noted that the body of the aircraft is significantly reducing the available thrust from the motors. It’s a creative design which recalls the SpaceX vertical landing rockets of recent times. We’re excited to see where this project leads, and as we’ve seen before – brushless power can make just about anything fly. Even chocolate.Video after the break. I dunno which it is, but it’s really DIY and interesting, and that’s all that counts. From Hackaday: Quadcopters are familiar, and remote control planes are old hat at this point. However, compact lightweight power […] Read More

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Pioneering steps into fixed wing – water landing drones in marine ecology

Melissa Schiele, MSc student from Imperial College London, joined the 2018 May expedition to the British Indian Ocean Territory to use fixed wing amphibious drones to look at megafauna distribution across the Chagos Archipelago. @explorer_mel   By Melissa Schiele, MSc   July 8th, 2018 I was thrilled when Dr Tom Letessier from ZSL chose me to help with his drone research as part of the Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science. To our knowledge, no one had a fixed-wing water landing drone. Our plan was to survey some of the islands of the Chagos Archipelago to compare distributions of megafauna around islands with birds nesting on them to islands with invasive rats on them.  The drones were amphibious Aeromapper Talons manufactured by Aeromao Inc., in Canada. The use of UAVs (Unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, is gaining traction in the world of ecology and conservation. In marine environments, drones are being tested for their ability to locate megafauna and map areas. Initial results have been promising across the board and many are looking to drones (of all types) to bridge the gap between ground truthing surveys (diving transects etc) and large-scale plane based surveys, which cover thousands of kilometres. At the end of April 2018, I flew out to Canada to learn how to fly our new drones with Aeromao, the company that created our waterproofed fixed wing drone capable of flying huge distances with the strength, stability and mechanisms of a small plane. With a two-meter wingspan, the units look impressive. After

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Global Drone Logistics and Transportation Market Analysis

According to Verified Market Research, The Global Drone Logistics and Transportation Market are projected to reach USD 21.52 billion by 2025. What is Drone Logistics and Transportation? Drone Logistics and Transportation involve the use of robots to automate the 3D printing process. The adoption of automated 3D printers is increasing as these robots are flexible and easy to program and allow for the completion of tasks at an increased pace. There are several industries in which Drone Logistics and Transportation can be incorporated such as Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare, Consumer Products, Energy and more. Download The Free Sample Report Here…                                  https://www.verifiedmarketresearch.com/download-sample/?rid=5942 Global Drone Logistics and Transportation Market Outlook In the report, the market outlook section mainly encompasses the fundamental dynamics of the market which include drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges faced by the industry. Drivers and Restraints are intrinsic factors whereas opportunities and challenges are extrinsic factors of the market. Factors such as the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles in various applications as well as the rising demand for sophisticated application-specific solutions is expected to drive the drone and transportation market. Factors such as the bandwidth as well as battery life concerns are restraining the overall Drone Logistics and Transportation market growth. Verified Market Intelligence narrows down the available data using primary sources to validate the data and use it in compiling a full-fledged market research study. The report contains a quantitative

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