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VIDEO: GeoSlam expands Zeb range at Commercial UAV Show

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GeoSlam has launched its new product for indoor and outdoor use at this year’s Commercial UAV Show in London. The Zeb-Horizon, showcased at the show this week, is GeoSlam’s next gen handheld 3D laser scanner. The firm claims the new device is capable of rapidly capturing intricate indoor and outdoor measurements on UAVs up to 100m away from the object. It is the first new product from the geospatial mapping and monitoring technology company, following its successful merger with 3D Laser Mapping. New technology on the device also allows the Zeb-Horizon to operate in indoor and outdoor locations without the
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VIDEO: Students design drone device as high-rise fire rescue aid

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A group of six students has designed a high altitude self-driven UAV to help with fire rescue missions. The team, located in Guangzhou, China, is hoping the creation can rescue people who are trapped in high-rise buildings. The drone would be programmed so when receiving a distress signal, it uses GPS to pinpoint the location of the fire and subsequently travels at high altitude to reach the scene of the emergency. Then, on approach, it unfolds into four parts with a safety net at the centre which a person can jump into in order to save themselves. The power for
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Sentera introduces DJI Enterprise specific AGX840

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Sentera has announced a pre-order opportunity for the AGX840, an update to Sentera's 4-channel multispectral camera, engineered specifically for DJI Enterprise drone products. Powered by the DJI Skyport and integrated with a brushless gimbal for image stability and control, Sentera hopes the AGX840 can bring multispectral performance to Matrice 200-series platforms. CEO of Sentera, Eric Taipale, said: “AGX840 delivers Sentera 4-channel performance in a fully-integrated, gimbaled package for DJI Enterprise." He added: "With up to eight bands of multispectral data and image capture and gimbal control via standard apps, it's an incredibly powerful and easy-to-use product." Sentera claims that the
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Ouster outlines details of new lidar category

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Ouster has unveiled details of its underlying technology, revealing a departure from niche and high-cost materials commonly used. The company says that several fundamental breakthroughs covered by recently granted patents have enabled Ouster's move toward silicon-based sensors and lasers which operate in a near-infrared light spectrum. Ouster's new approach to lidar is hoping to speed up the deployment of technology ranging from autonomous vehicles, to large-scale mobile robotics, to long-range mapping drones. In an article on the company's website, CEO Angus Pacala wrote, "I'm excited to announce that Ouster has been granted foundational patents for our unique multi-beam flash lidar
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ROAVR director releases book on the UK drone industry

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Pilot and director at Scotland-based ROAVR, Matt Harmsworth, has released a book about the drone industry in the UK. ‘Unmanned – A Drone Story’ looks at his experience behind the lens in the growing aerial filming industry. Located in the Scottish Highlands, Harmsworth wants to give readers insight into his experiences with playing with RC models, plane spotting and becoming disappointed when he discovered he could not fly helicopters. He goes on to describe his first flying lesson years later, and then handling a fast jet at low level in the Scottish Mountains. 'Unmanned' has been released to coincide with
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Starship Technologies embarks on ground-based automated UK robot delivery service

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San Francisco-based company Starship Technologies has introduced its robot delivery service in Milton Keynes. People living in the area will be able to get parcels delivered to a robot depot and will then be notified when the ground-based drone delivers to their door. As part of the move, the firm has teamed up with Co-op to offer a grocery delivery service as well. According to a report from the BBC, residents wanting to use the service may do say via a mobile app. It works via a subscription service which allows users to pay £7.99 per month for an unlimited
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Delair unveils new large scale agriculture surveying UAV

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Delair has released of a new drone platform specifically optimised for the agriculture industry, the Delair UX11 Ag. Built on the foundation of the successful Delair UX11 fixed-wing UAV, the new version combines long-range/BVLOS flight operations with highly accurate survey-grade mapping and plant data collection capabilities. The UX11 Ag uses enhanced centimetre-level geolocation along with operational characteristics, as part of its aim to become a cost-effective solution for large area farming and forestry. The full-featured drone includes sensing technologies and a multispectral camera for plant-level measuring, including bird level, biomass and chlorophyll. It supports a productivity-oriented workflow for long-range, multi-field
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SenseFly to showcase new fixed-wing drone in free webinar

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SenseFly, one of the industry’s leading providers of professional mapping drones, and a commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group, will host a free webinar exploring its new eBee X fixed-wing drone on Tuesday, November 13. The online session will be led by Francois Gervaix, fixed-wing drone lead for Parrot Business Solutions, Chris Healy of IN-FLIGHT Data and Scott Hiebert of Green Aero Tech, for the 45-minute live event. Together, they will discuss how they have employed the eBee X in a range of projects, from assessing open pits to flying beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) and more. Gervaix said: “With the eBee
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UAVOS and Stratodynamics Aviation to pioneer high-altitude atmospheric monitoring project

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UAVOS has announced it is nearing the end of the manufacturing process for its new aircraft, the HiDRON. Commissioned by Stratodynamic Aviation, the HiDRON is a balloon launched unmanned glider capable of autonomous flight modes. It has been designed for the collection of high-altitude atmospheric data. According to the companies behind the project, the objective of the HiDRON is to provide a new dynamic method for measuring and evaluating atmospheric phenomena at various altitudes in a variety of geographical location. The HiDRON is launched to high-altitudes via a helium-filled balloon and, once launched, the autopilot and integrated atmospheric measurement system
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VIDEO: UAVOS successfully completes ApusDuo flight testing

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UAVOS has successfully completed the first stage of the flight tests of the 10-meter prototype of the High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) ApusDuo. The 28m wide ApusDuo was manufactured as part of the development program of ApusDuo solar aircraft. The prototype was made for testing control algorithms, including take-off and landing and full-scale verification of HAPS aerodynamics. UAVOS, which has recently raised a round of finance from private investors in order to enhance its R&D, aims to reduce the go-to-market time for new solutions. Watch the video from flight testing here: https://youtu.be/eBxWUZUXCKQ
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