How Drones Are Reducing the Use of Chemical Pesticides

How Drones Are Reducing the Use of Chemical Pesticides

Agricultural growers are striving to find alternatives to crop management that will allow them to protect their plants without harming the people who will eventually eat them. Chemical pesticides can be toxic for both people and the environment, so companies are taking action with the help of drones. One company to do so recently is UAV-IQ, a veteran-owned agriculture technology company specializing in developing drone applications for farm management. UAV-IQ has developed a new form of pest management that uses drones to release beneficial insects over crops. Drone releasing predatory mites on a strawberry field.  Drone-based aerial biocontrol offers a new way for conventional and organic growers to combat pests, reduce the environmental impact of pesticide usage, and address a growing labor crunch. Drones Provide a Sustainable Solution to Pest Control The insects and biocontrol agents UAV-IQ distributes by drone are bred by Koppert Biological Systems. Koppert produces sustainable cultivation solutions for food crops and ornamental plants. They believe agriculture can be made healthier and safer by use of natural enemies to combat pest infestations, bumblebees for natural pollination, and biostimulants to support and strengthen crops both above and underground. We’re extremely excited to team up with the premier company in biocontrol to help address the pest management needs of growers. — Andreas Neuman, CEO, UAV-IQ. Features and benefits of drone-based aerial biocontrol include: Kill pests even when they’re hiding where chemicals can’t reach More efficient distribution than traditional application techniques Meaningfully reduce use of chemical pesticides Reduce labor costs

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Crash Near Children Leads Swiss Post and Matternet to Suspend Drone Delivery Program

Crash Near Children Leads Swiss Post and Matternet to Suspend Drone Delivery Program

After a recent crash of one of its delivery drones near children, the Swiss Post has suspended its drone delivery program indefinitely. Photo credit: Swiss Post The drones used in the delivery program were created and operated by Matternet. Since 2017 the Swiss Post and Matternet have been working in partnership in three different Swiss cities to test drone deliveries of lab samples such as blood tests between hospitals, and have made over 3,000 successful deliveries to date. But two crashes this year—the most recent only fifty yards from a group of children—have led to the program being shuttered until safety concerns can be fully addressed. About the Two Crashes The first crash took place on January 25th, when a Matternet drone failed and fell into Lake Zurich. The crash was the result of a GPS hardware error, which caused a loss of power to the drone’s GPS. After the loss of power to the GPS, the drone entered a planned failback state, causing it to deploy its emergency parachute so that it was brought slowly down to the water. Following the crash, the Swiss Post halted drone deliveries until April. The delivery program resumed after Matternet updated its drones with a fully redundant GPS, compass, and power system. Photo credit: Swiss Post The second crash took place in Zurich in the month of May, not long after the Swiss Post had restarted drone deliveries. The exact cause of the second crash is still unknown, but the Swiss Post’s initial

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FAA Redesigns B4UFLY App After Updating Requirement for Hobbyists to Use LAANC

FAA Redesigns B4UFLY App After Updating Requirement for Hobbyists to Use LAANC

The FAA has launched a highly requested update to their B4UFLY app. The previous version of the app left much to be desired when it came to functionality and user-friendliness. Now, in partnership with Kittyhawk, the FAA has turned B4UFLY into a more reliable planning tool for recreational drone flyers. Drone operators are always searching for solutions to mission planning, which, albeit time-consuming, is essential for safe and responsible flights. Before a flight, operators must gather information about airspace class, restrictions, NOTAMs, TFRs, and weather information. Historically, there has been a gap in comprehensive, easy-to-use, free airspace tools. Many operators, both recreational and commercial, find themselves parsing information together from multiple websites and resources. The redesigned B4UFLY app does a better job bringing together some of the information drone pilots need into one place, but there’s still more work to be done. According to Kittyhawk, the app will continue to be updated with capabilities for weather, Remote ID, and additional data layers for uses in public safety, natural disasters, and emergency response. Features of the New, Redesigned B4UFLY App The redesigned app makes it easier to determine where it is or is not safe to fly. New resources have also been added to help drone operators stay on top of regulatory information. Based on location, B4UFLY provides simple, easy to understand airspace guidance that includes Good to Go, Warning and Do Not Fly. The app also provides links to helpful UAS educational content, safety resources, and LAANC, the FAA’s Low

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DJI’s New FPV System Offers a Next Level Drone Racing Experience

DJI’s New FPV System Offers a Next Level Drone Racing Experience

DJI wasted no time at all launching their new FPV system. Earlier this week, we wrote about the rumors sparked by FCC filings that DJI might launch a few new products for FPV drone racers. We anticipated a launch date sometime in September, but it turns out these products were already shelf-ready. DJI quietly released their Digital First Person Viewing (FPV) Transmission System yesterday, introducing revolutionary technology to the drone racing world. Image Source: DJI The system includes FPV goggles, an FPV Air Unit Transmission Module, an FPV remote controller, and an FPV camera. It’s the first FPV system to offer low latency video transmission signal similar to high-performance analog systems. This breakthrough transmission technology is the next evolutionary step forward in drone racing technology and opens a world of creative possibilities for pilots. Together, the system offers: Smooth, clear HD video Ultra-low end-to-end latency Long-range transmission Strong anti-interference “As drone racing grows in popularity, FPV racers are looking for the next technology to keep up with their demands. The new DJI FPV System was designed using our vast experience creating aerial and ground transmission systems and offers technology truly unique to the market,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “As the only digital video transmission solution on the market that performs at the same level as analog, even surpassing it in some aspects, we hope to set a new standard for digital FPV.” DJI has taken some of what they’re best at, high-quality cameras and transmission systems, and offered

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Autel’s New Trade-In Program Will Give You Credit for Your Old Drone, Even if it’s From Another Manufacturer

Autel’s New Trade-In Program Will Give You Credit for Your Old Drone, Even if it’s From Another Manufacturer

Autel Robotics, manufacturer of the popular EVO camera drone, has just launched a first-of-its-kind trade-in program. Most companies with trade-in programs only accept models from their own brand, but Autel’s program is an industry first in that it allows you to exchange or upgrade equipment between brands. You can trade-in your old DJI, Parrot, Yuneec, or Autel drone for credit toward a new Autel EVO. Trade-In Your Mavic, ANAFI, or Typhoon for a New EVO Here’s a list of the currently accepted models for Autel’s trade-in program: DJI Spark Mavic Air Mavic Pro Mavic Pro Platinum Mavic 2 Pro Mavic 2 Zoom Phantom 3 Phantom 4 Phantom 4 Advanced PARROT ANAFI ANAFI Extended Bebop Bebop 2 YUNEEC Typhoon 4k Typhoon H AUTEL ROBOTICS X-STAR X-STAR PREMIUM If you’re ready to make the switch, you can learn more about the Autel trade-in program here. Why Make the Switch to an EVO? When the EVO first came out, it was evident that the quadcopter was designed to compete with DJI’s Mavic Pro. Both featured a foldable design, 4K camera, and similar price points. With this new trade-in program, Autel may have hopes to win over DJI customers who previously purchased the Mavic Pro. In their list of reasons to switch, Autel alludes to some of the privacy concerns users have had with DJI: “We do not capture images, flight logs, personal information etc to send back to a foreign country. What you share is your choice and anything you upload stays on

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