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Drones used as inexpensive alternative to document climate change

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Reuters photographer and qualified drone pilot Peter Jackson, has used a drone to document climate change. He went out to Greenland in June this year and spent seven days using a drone as an inexpensive way to record climate change in the region. Reuters has said it sees drones as an emerging tool for newsgathering, but is hesitant as the UAVs can pose several legal and ethical risks. Following the trip, Jackson told Reuters: “People are tempted to use a drone just to use a drone. They should be used to get a perspective at an elevated angle that would
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Department for Transport sees ‘flying taxi’ drones as possibility in near future

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has identified the growing market behind drone technology as a possible step to flying taxis in the near future. In its latest report, the DfT highlighted how ‘drones offer vast opportunities in service industries and air taxis.’ However, despite the optimism for the drone industry surrounding the findings, the report went on to describe how the current aviation scene in the UK needed to be looked at more closely first. The report states: “One of the greatest challenges is operating alongside aircraft and beyond visual line of sight so there is a need to carry
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South Korea’s first government drone project completed with SimActive

SimActive, a developer of photogrammetry software, has announced it enabled the first government drone mapping project in South Korea. Asia Aero Survey (AAS), a SimActive regional partner, used Correlator3D for the public survey delivered to the Korean National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) and the Korean Association of Spatial Information, Surveying & Mapping. Previously conducted using manned aircraft, a drone was preferred due to the difficulty in accessing the area of interest through traditional aerial and ground surveying methods. The NGII officially published guidelines for public surveying and mapping with drones in March 2018, with the AAS project being the first
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Skylogic Research releases annual drone industry market report

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Skylogic Research has announced its 2018 Drone Market Sector Report, examining global drone sales, service providers and users. The research, carried out by a leading research and advisory services firm for the commercial drone industry and owner of Drone Analyst, is supported by DJI, DroneDeploy, DroneInsurance.com and Trimble. Primarily, Skylogic found a growing demand for businesses to use drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations. Colin Snow, CEO and founder of Skylogic Research, outlined what he thought were the more interesting findings, he said: “If you believe the hyperbole, there are hundreds of thousands of drones in the airspace at the
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VIDEO: BSHARK launches new hydrogen-powered drone

BSHARK has partnered with MicroMultiCopter (MMC) to release a new hydrogen-powered drone. Named the Narwhal 2, the drone is an upgraded version of the hydrogen quad-copter with LTE module and 30km video transmission range. MMC manufactured the first hydrogen-powered drone, the HyDrone 1550, and provided production services to BSHARK for the new Narwhal 2. Based on aerial aluminium, the frame of Narwhal 2 is water-, dust- and fire-proof. Due to the device being powered by hydrogen, a metal-based PEM fuel cell is deployed instead of the graphite plate in order to accelerate power density. For storage, Narwhal 2 is equipped
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Drones help with scientific research throwing ‘dragon eggs’ on active Volcanoes

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Volcano experts have used drones to throw specialist ‘dragon eggs’ onto active volcanoes to carry out further research. The so-called eggs are actually sensors which monitor real-time volcanic activity and record things like temperature, humidity, vibrations, and toxic gases, the Metro reports. They have been designed to be light enough to be carried by drone, have low energy consumption to last a long period of time and also to withstand extreme hot temperature. The eggs are placed, by drone, on the side of a volcano and ‘hatch’ when they detect movement caused by volcanic eruption. Dr Yannick Verbelen, a Research
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Counter-drone market set to grow by nearly 40% in the next five years

The counter-drone market has been forecast to grow by 37.2% from now until 2023, a new research report has found. Research, published by Homeland Security Research, found that potential threat posed by drones is now apparent and tangible. The counter-UAV market is set to take off due to this as a rise in the manufacture of systems designed to detect and intercept unmanned aircrafts is expected. The threats mainly consist of mid-air collisions of drones flying in the vicinity of airplanes, bases or large public spaces, the smuggling of contrabands, weaponized drones, reconnaissance and intelligence gathering, loitering munitions and electronic
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Drones part of the problem as near misses in the UK more than double

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An increase in drone use across the UK has been cited as one of the reasons behind a 60% increase in near misses in UK skies since 2013. New research from the BBC has revealed the number of accidents reported to the Air Accident Investigation Branch AAIB had also risen, with reported incidents increasing from 653 in 2013, to 708 last year. In 2017, 93 near-misses involved drones, when in 2013, that number was at zero. The report went on to describe how the most serious incidents, ‘category A airproxes’, rose by more than 100%, from 22 in 2013, to
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