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ZALA drones protect wildlife of Russia

2020-04-07
ZALA drones protect wildlife of Russia
Yokanga river is a unique place on the Kola Peninsula in Murmansk region on the North of Russia. This is where the Atlantic salmon and other valuable fish run for spawning. One individual fish may weight up to 30 kg. Although the river is located quite remotely, it is very popular among tourists and, of course, among poachers.

WATCH: Drone Hovers Above New York City Reminding Pedestrians To Maintain Social Distance

2020-04-07
WATCH: Drone Hovers Above New York City Reminding Pedestrians To Maintain Social Distance
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages New York City, a drone has been hovering above pedestrians reminding them to practice social distancing.

“This is the Anti-COVID-19 volunteer drone task force,” a speaker on the drone says in the video. “Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Again, please maintain social distancing. Please help stop the spread of this virus. Reduce the death toll and save lives. For your own safety and your families’ safety please maintain social distancing. Thank you for your cooperation. We are all in this together.”

UAV Navigation’s Autopilots Can Now Control Sky Power’s Engines

2020-04-06
UAV Navigation’s Autopilots Can Now Control Sky Power’s Engines
UAV Navigation and Sky Power have collaborated to design cutting-edge flight control solutions. The two companies recently joined hands and agreed to integrate Sky Power’s Engine into UAV Navigation’s Flight Control Solutions.

Following this collaboration, UAV Navigation’s flight control system seamlessly integrates with Sky Power’s 2-stroke and Wankel engines. This seamless integration makes it extremely easy and convenient to use these two systems together, in one UAS platform. 

Covid-19 lockdown: 15 drones are Jaipur Police’s eyes in the sky

2020-04-06
Covid-19 lockdown: 15 drones are Jaipur Police’s eyes in the sky
On the first floor of the Jaipur Police Commissioner’s office, there is a big hall. When you enter, on your left are three rows of work stations and 30 screens on the walls. Each row has eight work stations - with three computer screens each - tracking every movement on the streets of Jaipur, and routinely watching the feed from 15 drones hovering over the walled city areas.

Every suspicious or illegal activity is reported to the police station concerned. On the right, on 16 screens, calls to police are being tracked.

Welcome to the ‘corona war room’ of Jaipur Police.

Drone Mapping is Getting Bigger and Better: SimActive’s Philippe Simard Talks Industry Trends

2020-04-06
Drone Mapping is Getting Bigger and Better: SimActive’s Philippe Simard Talks Industry Trends
Philippe Simard, of Canada’s SimActive mapping software, started out working directly with large mapping companies – or the military.  With the growth of the drone industry, however, things have changed. “We used to only work with very highly qualified firms investing millions of dollars in planes – I can still remember the point at which those clients came to us and said that they were considering drones,” says Simard.  “We changed to accommodate, and we had to adapt everything.  We did it gradually, starting in 2015: but now at least two thirds of the revenue is from drones. That’s fueling our growth.”

Now, SimActive is growing fast: they’ve increased staff by more than 50% in the last year to keep up with customer growth.  “Drones have been a game changer for us,” says Simard.  It’s a game that’s still changing.  With new sensors, new drones, and new technology available, the industry keeps expanding – and software companies like SimActive are constantly evolving to stay abreast.  “We’re constantly pushing R&D to stay ahead,” Simard says, “and we do that by constantly listening to the clients.  They’re the ones telling us what they want to see, we’re reacting to market needs.”

Swoop Aero – The Positive Impact of Engineering

2020-04-03
Swoop Aero – The Positive Impact of Engineering
Around the world, demands on the profession and practice of engineering are increasingly shifting to reflect new challenges and expectations fuelled by the pressures of globalisation and global insecurity. The role of an engineer is to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems; helping to save lives and create new technological advancements, which can improve the way we live, the way we engage in society, and the way we respond to global issues. 

In the last five years, the global healthcare sector has experienced a technological transformation. Engineers have led this movement in order to develop and improve infrastructural links, healthcare facilities, and services that may support dramatic improvements to patient wellbeing, and the reliable provision of essential healthcare supplies to populations around the world. Such examples include 3D printing respiratory ventilators for patients to eliminate the shortfall, or developing an app that allows national health systems to collate data on the spread and containment of an infectious disease.

UAS Operators Cautioned to Not Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft

2020-04-03
UAS Operators Cautioned to Not Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft
ALEXANDRIA, VA – April 2, 2020 – As the nation enters the upcoming growing season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to be extra mindful of low-flying manned agricultural aircraft operations.

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared crop input services to be an essential service during the pandemic. Aerial applicators are inputting nutrients, seeds and crop protection products to crops that will become consumers’ food and fiber supply. We cannot afford even a small disruption in the nation’s food supply chain during this critical time,” said Andrew Moore, Chief Executive Officer of NAAA. “Agricultural aviators perform applications on 28% of cropland nationwide, and their work cannot be delayed because of an unidentified UAS not yielding to them, as is required by law.”

First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge Now Open

2020-04-03
First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge Now Open
The National Institute of Standards and Safety Public Safety Communications Research has launched the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge with prize offerings totalling $552,000. UAS Challenge opened on April 1 for proposal submissions through the website.

The challenge, which will be hosted by ASU Research Enterprise, in partnership with Capital Consulting Corporation in April 2021, was created to crowd-source inventive drone designs that will support first responders. The first window to receive team funding for the challenge extends through April 30.

The result of the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge will support the public safety community and its stakeholders.

Amazon Hires ex-Boeing Exec to Run Prime Air

2020-04-02
Amazon Hires ex-Boeing Exec to Run Prime Air
Amazon has hired a former Boeing executive to run its Prime Air drone delivery business, signaling the retail giant’s plans to expand the unit so that it can eventually start flying regular 30-minute shipments to customers’ homes.

David Carbon, who left the troubled airline manufacturer amid problems at the factory he ran, joined Amazon this month, according to a company statement. He succeeds Gur Kimchi, who had run Prime Air for the past seven years. Kimchi’s LinkedIn profile says he continues to work at Amazon.

Pix4D presents the next generation of photogrammetry and analytics software

2020-04-02
Pix4D presents the next generation of photogrammetry and analytics software
Photogrammetry leader Pix4D is announcing today the commercial release of next-generation software addressing the modern-day professional challenges. Developed in close collaboration with customers and partners, Pix4Dsurvey, Pix4Dmatic, Pix4Dinspect, and Pix4Dscan will contribute to revolutionizing the way professional customers operate and deliver their services.

Digital photogrammetry is an essential part of every modern surveyor’s toolkit and has contributed to launching hundreds of new drone mapping businesses around the world.

Pix4Dsurvey and Pix4Dmatic represent the next step in photogrammetry, addressing major challenges in the geospatial industry.


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