HAPSMobile Successfully Completes First HAWK30 Solar HAPS Test Flight at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

HAPSMobile Successfully Completes First HAWK30 Solar HAPS Test Flight at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

TOKYO—HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO:9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), today announced its successful completion of the first HAWK30 solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS) test flight on September 11, 2019 (PT) at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California. HAWK30 is designed to serve as a stratospheric […] TOKYO—HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO:9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), today announced its successful completion of the first HAWK30 solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS) test flight on September 11, 2019 (PT) at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California. HAWK30 is designed to serve as a stratospheric […] Read More

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Heathrow Drone Protest Underway, Air Traffic Unaffected…For Now

Last month we reported that a group of environmental activists in London were planning to exploit a safety loophole at Heathrow airport, grounding flights as part of a protest against the airport’s proposed expansion. To do this, the intention was to fly multiple drones at head height but within the airport’s restricted airspace. This, the […] The post Heathrow Drone Protest Underway, Air Traffic Unaffected…For Now appeared first on DRONELIFE. Last month we reported that a group of environmental activists in London were planning to exploit a safety loophole at Heathrow airport, grounding flights as part of a protest against the airport’s proposed expansion. To do this, the intention was to fly multiple drones at head height but within the airport’s restricted airspace. This, the […] The post Heathrow Drone Protest Underway, Air Traffic Unaffected…For Now appeared first on DRONELIFE. […] Read More

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Pi-Connect on Indiegogo

After 6 months of research, development and testing, I’ve launched the Pi-Connect on Indiegogo. The Pi-Connect is an addon board (HAT) for the Raspberry Pi that provides easy and reliable integration with autonomous vehicles. It provides: 5.1V / 3.5A power supply JSH-GH telemetry port for connection to a flight controller 2x powered UART ports in “FTDI” 0.1″ headers for connection to on-board serial devices ADC (MCP3008) for monitoring of voltage rails or other sensors Power button that safely shuts down the Raspberry Pi I’m using Indigogo to fund a small production run, so if you want a board go to https://igg.me/at/piMdxRo2YBg/x/2660470#/ After 6 months of research, development and testing, I’ve launched the Pi-Connect on Indiegogo. The Pi-Connect is an addon board (HAT) for the Raspberry Pi that provides easy and reliable integration with autonomous vehicles. It provides: 5.1V / 3.5A power supply JSH-GH telemetry port for connection to a flight controller 2x powered UART ports in “FTDI” 0.1″ headers for connection to on-board serial devices ADC (MCP3008) for monitoring of […] Read More

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Pi-Connect on Indiegogo

After 6 months of research, development and testing, I’ve launched the Pi-Connect on Indiegogo. The Pi-Connect is an addon board (HAT) for the Raspberry Pi that provides easy and reliable integration with autonomous vehicles. It provides: 5.1V / 3.5A power supply JSH-GH telemetry port for connection to a flight controller 2x powered UART ports in “FTDI” 0.1″ headers for connection to on-board serial devices ADC (MCP3008) for monitoring of voltage rails or other sensors Power button that safely shuts down the Raspberry Pi I’m using Indigogo to fund a small production run, so if you want a board go to https://igg.me/at/piMdxRo2YBg/x/2660470#/ After 6 months of research, development and testing, I’ve launched the Pi-Connect on Indiegogo. The Pi-Connect is an addon board (HAT) for the Raspberry Pi that provides easy and reliable integration with autonomous vehicles. It provides: 5.1V / 3.5A power supply JSH-GH telemetry port for connection to a flight […] Read More

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An easy way to use ArcticDEM data in UgCS

(image taken from https://www.pgc.umn.edu/data/arcticdem/) I would like to say a big thanks again to ArcticDEM project (https://www.pgc.umn.edu/data/arcticdem/). Using their elevation data it is possible to fly drones safely in parts of the globe not covered by “standard” sources of maps and elevation data. ArcticDEM covers a huge area north of 60°. Look at this Google Earth view – a random point somewhere in Norway, with coordinates  69°45’31.73″N  19°52’0.85″E. According to Google data, the elevation here is ~335m. Here is the same point in UgCS (without ArcticDEM) Lets do 5 seconds of magic in UgCS: Click on the Map options icon and select Map layers Click on the Elevation tab, and then click Add Enter something (ArcticDEM for example) in the Name field, select External in the Type field, paste http://terrain.ugcs.com/arctic_dem_32m to Remote Source, then click Create Make the new elevation data layer active, then close Map Layers window That’s all. Now in the same point we have an elevation of 352m. It may not seem like a big difference (~17 meters), but even such a small error can be disastrous if you fly a route like that with a magnetometer attached to a rope. It is totally worth spending those 5 extra seconds and have a bit more confidence… In some areas I have observed a difference of up to tens meters (Greenland, Svabald, etc). Very important: this online source of ArcticDEM data for UgCS was build using a 32m grid. It is enough for most missions and is much better compared

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