DroneUp Awarded First Multi-State Contract

DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Services (RFP# E194-79435) by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide UAS (drone) services to all state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other public bodies and entities in Virginia. The award is the first of its kind for the drone industry and a highly anticipated announcement after a competitive request-for-proposal process with multiple national drone organizations.   DroneUp’s award includes but is not limited to service categories for Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Support, Aerial Inspection or Mapping Data Services, Agricultural and Gaming, and Agency Media Relations and Marketing. The Commonwealth anticipates that the primary users will be the Departments of Aviation, Emergency Management, Transportation, Forestry, Mines, Minerals and Energy, and all Public Universities and Community Colleges.     The services under the award are available for use by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States through the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization. Participating states will be able to use the award for the benefit of state departments, institutions, agencies, political subdivisions, and other eligible entities. For further information please see www.NASPOValuePoint.org.    Tom Walker, DroneUp’s CEO, stated “We appreciate the Commonwealth’s efforts to streamline public sector access to leading-edge UAS services through this award. We look forward to supporting our hardworking state and local agencies both in the Commonwealth

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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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SimActive & Gold Mine Mapping

SimActive & Gold Mine Mapping

SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, announces that Correlator3D is being used for gold mining projects in Ivory Coast by Newcrest Mining Limited.  SimActive software is employed to produce dense digital terrain models (DTMs) using small format digital cameras. Newcrest Mining also extracts high-quality contours lines from the DTMs with Correlator3D.  The accuracy of the outputs allows for precise volume calculation and leads to efficient maps for the blasting teams. “SimActive software and small format digital images make an ideal combination”, said Francois Gervaix, Technical Advisor at SimActive.  “Due to the precise GNSS geotagging and the optimized aerial triangulation, the expected accuracy at checkpoints is consistently measured.  Our software is perfectly suited for mining projects, small or large ones. This is only one of many potential applications of Correlator3D for non-metric cameras.”   About Newcrest Mining Limited Newcrest Mining Limited is an Australian-based corporation which engages in the exploration, development, mining and sale of gold and gold-copper concentrate. It is Australia’s leading gold mining company and its operations expand beyond Australia, such as in Indonesia and Ivory Coast. For more information, visit www.newcrest.com.au. The post SimActive & Gold Mine Mapping appeared first on RotorDrone. SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, announces that Correlator3D™ is being used for gold mining projects in Ivory Coast by Newcrest Mining Limited.  SimActive software is employed to produce dense digital terrain models (DTMs) using small format digital cameras. Newcrest Mining also extracts high-quality contours lines from the DTMs with Correlator3D™.  The

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Altitude Angel Launch Drone Incident Reporting System

In the UK, much has been made about the sharp rise in ‘near-misses’ between drones and manned aircraft. It’s highly likely that yes, the growing number of drones in the sky is causing more UAVs to fly too close to commercial airliners. However, the UK Airprox Board’s worrying figures are based on pilot testimony and […] The post Altitude Angel Launch Drone Incident Reporting System appeared first on DRONELIFE. In the UK, much has been made about the sharp rise in ‘near-misses’ between drones and manned aircraft. It’s highly likely that yes, the growing number of drones in the sky is causing more UAVs to fly too close to commercial airliners. However, the UK Airprox Board’s worrying figures are based on pilot testimony and […] The post Altitude Angel Launch Drone Incident Reporting System appeared first on DRONELIFE. […] Read More

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InterDrone Kicks Off Today: Keynotes from FAA’s Dan Elwell and PrecisionHawk’s Michael Chasen

InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition, kicked off officially in Las Vegas this morning.  The opening keynotes were by two heavy hitters in the drone industry: PrecisionHawk CEO Michael Chasen and FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell. Chasen has become a frequent figure on stage at major trade shows since joining PrecisionHawk in 2017.  Prior […] The post InterDrone Kicks Off Today: Keynotes from FAA’s Dan Elwell and PrecisionHawk’s Michael Chasen appeared first on DRONELIFE. InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition, kicked off officially in Las Vegas this morning.  The opening keynotes were by two heavy hitters in the drone industry: PrecisionHawk CEO Michael Chasen and FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell. Chasen has become a frequent figure on stage at major trade shows since joining PrecisionHawk in 2017.  Prior […] The post InterDrone Kicks Off Today: Keynotes from FAA’s Dan Elwell and PrecisionHawk’s Michael Chasen appeared first on DRONELIFE. […] Read More

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