CSI From Above: Drone Mapping vs. terrestrial laser scanners

CSI From Above: Drone Mapping vs. terrestrial laser scanners

In the drone industry, it is taken nearly as gospel that small uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) will allow people to do their jobs better, safer, and faster than whatever the traditional method happens to be—especially when it comes to public safety. However, if you are making decisions that have financial consequences or lives on the line, it isn’t enough to believe it. You must be able to prove it. That’s the job of researchers like Dr. Joseph Cerreta at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Worldwide Campus: to build the case through the scientific process that drones really can deliver results comparable to legacy systems, which have demonstrated their reliability through decades of service. Specifically, Dr. Cerreta wanted to see how 3D models created by Pix4D using drone imagery would stack up against a portable, tripod-mounted laser scanner from FARO. Established in 1981, FARO is a global leader in precision 3D measurement and is widely used by law enforcement to create accurate representations of crime scenes and automobile accidents that can be submitted as evidence in court. Dr. Cerreta selected Gunsite, a civilian firearms training facility in Paulden, Arizona as the location to conduct his research. The 3,000-acre facility is dotted with outdoor shooting ranges, including one that is home to bullet-riddled cars where students practice their vehicle defense skills. “We selected this site because it has a lot of vehicles in a small area,” said Dr. Cerreta. “It combines elements you would expect to see both at a crime scene,

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Dodgeball Drone [VIDEO]

You won’t believe the agility of this drone from researchers at the University of Zurich! It uses event cameras and special algorithms to cut its reaction time down to 3.5 milliseconds! Their study was published in the journal “Science Robotics.” “Our ultimate goal is to make one day autonomous drones navigate as good as human drone pilots,” says Davide Falanga, primary author of the study. “Currently, in all search and rescue applications where drones are involved, the human is actually in control. If we could have autonomous drones navigate as reliable as human pilots we would then be able to use them for missions that fall beyond line of sight or beyond the reach of the remote control.”   The post Dodgeball Drone [VIDEO] appeared first on RotorDrone. You won’t believe the agility of this drone from researchers at the University of Zurich! It uses event cameras and special algorithms to cut its reaction time down to 3.5 milliseconds! Their study was published in the journal “Science Robotics.” “Our ultimate goal is to make one day autonomous drones navigate as good as human The post Dodgeball Drone [VIDEO] appeared first on RotorDrone. Read More

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ThereCraft Delivery Drone [VIDEO]

This flying-wing drone, dubbed “YCS17,”  has a compartment for transporting items and a release mechanism to drop its payload. This type of aircraft can fly faster and for longer distances than a pure rotor-propelled drone. Here it is: We achieved the perfect payload release: pic.twitter.com/Khr3ifIKmx — ThereCraft (@therecraft__) December 10, 2019   The post ThereCraft Delivery Drone [VIDEO] appeared first on RotorDrone. This flying-wing drone, dubbed “YCS17,”  has a compartment for transporting items and a release mechanism to drop its payload. This type of aircraft can fly faster and for longer distances than a pure rotor-propelled drone. Here it is: We achieved the perfect payload release: pic.twitter.com/Khr3ifIKmx — ThereCraft (@therecraft__) December 10, 2019   The post ThereCraft Delivery Drone [VIDEO] appeared first on RotorDrone. Read More

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From Novice to Pro: Start your drone career!

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar, “From Novice To Pro – Turning Your Drone Hobby Into a Career,” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT. With the increasing demand for businesses to integrate drone data and imagery into their operations, many novice drone operators are capitalizing on their hobby and transitioning their skills into a career. During this webinar, attendees will hear from experts on the topics of drone operator safety, regulatory compliance and training, while gaining insightful tips and learning about potential pitfalls to avoid. The speakers on this webinar will be Andrew Elefant, Director of Legal and Policy at Kittyhawk, and Ben Snyder, Director of Sales and Marketing at Consortiq. Registration for the webinar is available online and is complimentary for all attendees. The post From Novice to Pro: Start your drone career! appeared first on RotorDrone. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar, “From Novice To Pro – Turning Your Drone Hobby Into a Career,” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT. With the increasing demand for businesses to integrate drone data and imagery into their operations, many novice drone operators are capitalizing on The post From Novice to Pro: Start your drone career! appeared first on RotorDrone. Read More

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FAA Registration Extension

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has important registration information for drone recreational flyers who registered in the FAADroneZone before December 12, 2017. Your registration has been automatically extended until December 12, 2020. Why Was My Registration Extended? The National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 restored the FAA’s registration rule with respect to model aircraft and recreational flying. If you registered prior to December 12, 2017, and did not request to have your registration information deleted, the FAA extended the expiration date until December 12, 2020, which is three years from the rule restoration date. If you requested a refund of registration fees, you would have had to re-register again after December 12, 2017. Therefore, your expiration date would now also be December 12, 2020, or later. At this time you can retain your registration number.  What Should I Do Now? You do not need to do anything to extend your registration expiration date, this was done automatically. To print an updated registration card: Login to the FAADroneZone, select the Recreational Flyer Dashboard, and select Print.  When Will I Need to Renew My Registration? The FAA will send out a registration renewal email notification 180 days prior to your registration expiration date. When your registration renewal is available, your FAADroneZone dashboard will include an option to “Renew.” Please note: You cannot renew earlier than 180 days prior to the registration expiration date. No third-party vendor can renew your registration for you at this time. How much does it cost to renew/register?

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