DroneDeploy Series D brings $35 million into drone industry

Investors are still confident in the drone industry, if this news is any indication. DroneDeploy, an enterprise-grade drone software company based in San Francisco, today announced it closed a $35 million Series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Bessemer has a solid track record, having backed other notable companies including Pinterest, Yelp, LinkedIn and Skype. “At Bessemer, we see drone solutions as a major opportunity in a $6 billion global market and DroneDeploy is the clear software category leader,” Bessemer partner David Cowan said in a prepared statement. “The world’s largest drone deployments rely on their technology, and we’re excited to help bring the value of their platform to companies around the world.” That DroneDeploy Series D funding round brings the company’s total funding to $90 million, including another $25 million raised last year. The company’s other investors include Energize Ventures, AirTree, Emergence Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Uncork Capital. DroneDeploy has been on a tear recently, having recently announced new partnerships with Airbus, DroneInsurance.com, and drone hardware maker Skydio, which makes a much-hyped consumer-focused drone with multiple sensors that can allow the drone to navigate autonomously through complicated landscapes. DroneDeploy is a San Francisco-based drone startup that enables professional-grade 3D modeling , imagery and analysis from a variety of drones. The company now has more than 5,000 customers in industries including oil and gas, construction, mining, solar, agriculture and insurance, who have together mapped a combined 100 million acres (that’s greater than the size of Greece and Italy combined)

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Commercial UAV Show in London 2019

Here is a quick video tour for those who couldn’t make it to the Commercial UAV Show in London this year. Was great to see the latest drone technology and meet people from the industry.  Here is a quick video tour for those who couldn’t make it to the Commercial UAV Show in London this year. Was great to see the latest drone technology and meet people from the industry. … Read More

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Amphibious Drones Fly BVLOS

An expedition carried out in remote atolls in Belize with two Aeromapper Talon Amphibious fixed wing drones was successfully completed on early 2019. The pioneering drone expedition was part of a series of trials to test the technology against illegal fishing activities and to help with conservation efforts on marine protected areas.  The drone operations accomplished a series of records and important achievements. The drones flew a total distance of 263 km over marine areas, in 24 flights, averaging a distance of 11 km away from operators in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) ops, and landed on the ocean every time, successfully gathering data of illegal fishing activities and for marine ecology efforts, demonstrating that the technology works and can be replicated to similar environments and projects. The drones were equipped with a dual setup of cameras: a forward-looking camera with video downlink to long distances. The camera panned left to right in order to scout great portions of land or water or to lock-on on a point of interest while the drone loitered, which allowed a semi-permanent view of a particular area. The camera also recorded HD video which turned out very useful for post-flight analysis by the marine biologists and the enforcement team. The second camera captured vertical imagery that was used to create high resolution orthomosaics which revealed further details of the area surveyed. The images were later geo-referenced and the data captured identified environmental issues, such as accumulation of plastic debris, and of sargassum seaweed which can cause deoxygenation of the water

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Help Map a Better Future with Pix4D’s Climate Contest

Lausanne, Switzerland: Photogrammetry software company Pix4D has launched its first ever Climate Contest. People from around the world are invited to submit a project which uses mapping to investigate or mitigate the climate crisis for the chance to win up to a $3,000USD cash prize and access to Pix4D software. From tracking melting glaciers in […] Lausanne, Switzerland: Photogrammetry software company Pix4D has launched its first ever Climate Contest. People from around the world are invited to submit a project which uses mapping to investigate or mitigate the climate crisis for the chance to win up to a $3,000USD cash prize and access to Pix4D software. From tracking melting glaciers in Read More

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Comparison Table of mRo Professional Autopilots Family

This is how you can learn at a glance the technical characteristics of the mRobotics family of autopilots and decide which device best suits your projects. The mRo autopilots are designed and manufactured to create the wide variety of platforms that the industry requires in different ways. They are designed to provide reliability for the quality of the components used and manufacturing process, versatility in their physical and logical interfaces and in some cases to offer logical security by encrypting the information processed by the autopilot itself. You can build custom cables yourself or with mRo help to optimize weight and space. It can easily adapt them to carrier boards to interconnect other devices in one piece. Download from here the Comparison Table of mRo Professional Autopil… Best regards to all DIY community Pedro Matabuena This is how you can learn at a glance the technical characteristics of the mRobotics family of autopilots and decide which device best suits your projects. The … Read More

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