New DJI Products for 2017

In celebration of Chinese New Year, DJI invited renowned illustrator and designer Martin Sati to customize the Phantom 4, adding colors and his imagination to this flagship DJI product.

Sati’s design features the phoenix as the centerpiece, a symbol of good fortune and happiness in Chinese mythology. He also drew inspiration from the four basic elements of nature – air, fire, water and earth – and reflected each of these elements in his design.

DJI labs have also been busy designing new products, many of which were on display at the C.E.S. 2017 show in Las Vegas.   Click here to read the full Press Release. 

The Mavic Pro, folding pocket drone, that was announced last year, is set to be delivered in January-February.

The new CrystalSky monitor is more than four times as bright as typical mobile devices.

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DJI has been building a toolbox of products for commercial use as well.  For example, the new Inspire 2 with the X5 gimbal allows you to choose from Cinematic or Thermal image payloads.


Find out more about DJI Commercial Products by clicking here: 

 

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Sweden Heavily Regulates Camera Drone Use

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Press Release:  Swedish Government regulates the use of a camera on a drone; but not for cameras on a car or bike…  [2016-10-21]

The Supreme Administrative Court in Sweden has, in two judgments, found that a camera mounted on a drone requires a permit under camera surveillance law,  while a camera mounted behind the windscreen of a car or on a bicycle handlebar does not need permission.

Camera regulations need to provide that a camera which is permanently mounted to a structure, so that it can be used for personal monitoring, is allowed.

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If such a camera can be remotely directed at a place to which the public has access, it must be the provincial government to give its consent.

A camera on the drone may be used to take photos of buildings and environments from the air . The camera in the car, and the bicycle will be used to take images during travel, possibly interacting with social media, but from a ground view perspective..

The cameras will not only momentarily, but recurringly, be placed in a car, on a bike or a drone. The Court therefore found that they are set to be regulated in the legal sense.

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The camera in the car and the bike will likely be attached to the inside of the windshield or on the bike mount. It is therefore senior in the driver’s immediate vicinity and  can be operated by him on the spot.  It is therefore not a surveillance camera.

However, when it comes to the camera on the drone, the photographs are taken from the air, but managed from the ground. The Court held that in this scenario, it can not be controlled locally.

goprodroneThe Court further found that the camera drone could be used for personal monitoring, although it may not be the intended purpose. The camera is therefore to be regarded as a surveillance camera.  Since the camera is additionally directed to a place to which the public has access, there need to be permits.

The goal of the prevailing case for the camera drone regulation was sent back to the Administrative Court for consideration on whether the issue would warrant that permits be granted. This second objective was completely approved, and the legislation was completed.

Translated & Adapted from the  Source:  http://www.hogstaforvaltningsdomstolen.se/Om-Hogsta-forvaltningsdomstolen/Nyheter-fran-Hogsta-forvaltningsdomstolen/Tillstand-kravs-for-kamera-pa-en-dronare-men-inte-for-kamera-i-en-bil/

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EPIC sues the FAA over failure to study Privacy before implementing new rules

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EPIC sued the Federal Aviation Administration for failing to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress. Congress required the FAA to develop a “comprehensive plan” to “safely” integrate drones into the national airspace. In 2012, over 100 organizations, experts, and advocates joined EPIC in petitioning the FAA to establish privacy protections prior to the deployment of commercial drones in the United States. In 2014, the FAA responded to EPIC’s petition, claiming that drone privacy implications “did not raise an immediate safety concern.” The FAA further stated, “the FAA has begun a rulemaking addressing civil operation of small unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system. We will consider your comments and arguments as part of that project.” But in 2015 when the FAA announced a rulemaking on commercial drones, the agency purposefully ignored privacy concerns, stating that privacy “issues are beyond the scope of this rulemaking.”

Visit https://epic.org/privacy/litigation/apa/faa/drones/  to learn more.

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FAA Advises Drone Users to Avoid Hurricane Affected Areas

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DO NOT FLY NEAR HURRICANE RESPONSE EFFORTS

As a result of Hurricane Matthew, there will likely be significant recovery efforts and the FAA may issue flight restrictions in the vicinity of disaster areas. During response operations to Hurricane Matthew, authorized aircraft may be flying at very low altitudes over affected areas.

Unauthorized UAS or drone operations may prevent other aircraft from performing life-saving missions and increase the risk of mid-air collision. Anyone, including hobbyist or recreational fliers, who interferes with disaster response efforts is subject to civil penalties of up to $32,140 per violation and possible criminal prosecution.

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone operators are responsible for checking applicable flight restrictions before operating and must not interfere with any aircraft assisting in hurricane disaster response operations, regardless if there is a flight restriction in place or not.

Drone operators may obtain information about posted flight restrictions by using the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app or by checking the FAA’s website: https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/.

UAS or drone operators supporting disaster response operations must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prior to operating. Operators may seek approval by following these steps:

  1. The operator must secure support from a governmental entity, and the operation must directly contribute to the response, relief, or recovery effort.
  2. After completing step 1, the operator must contact the FAA’s Systems Operations Support Center (SOSC) at 202-267-8276for assistance.
  3. After calling the SOSC, the operator must also send the request via email to 9-ator-hq-sosc@faa.gov.
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Amsterdam Studying use of Robotic Boats

AMS AMSTERDAM TO GET WORLD’S FIRST FLEET OF AUTONOMOUS BOATS

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In a collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) has started the world’s first major research program on autonomous floating vessels in metropolitan areas. Roboat will be conducted by researchers from MIT, Delft University of Technology (TUD) and Wageningen University and Research (WUR). The five-year program has a budget of €25 million and is set in Amsterdam.

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While the first prototypes of self-driving cars are taking to the road, Amsterdam ushers in a new chapter in the international push for autonomous vehicles. Roboat is the world’s first large-scale research that explores and tests the rich set of possibilities for autonomous systems on water. “Imagine a fleet of autonomous boats for the transportation of goods and people,” says Carlo Ratti, Professor at MIT and principal investigator in the Roboat-program, “but also think of dynamic and temporary floating infrastructure like on-demand bridges and stages, that can be assembled or disassembled in a matter of hours.”

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“Roboat offers enormous possibilities,” says Professor Arjan van Timmeren, AMS Institute’s Scientific Director, “as we’ll also be exploring environmental sensing. We could for instance do further research on underwater robots that can detect diseases at an early stage or use Roboats to rid the canals from floating waste and find a more efficient way to handle the 12,000 bicycles that end up in the city’s canals each year.”

The research, with a €20 million MIT contribution, is set in Amsterdam but aims to become a reference study for many urban areas around the globe. “It is a fantastic opportunity for Amsterdam,” says the city’s alderman and vice mayor Kajsa Ollongren. “To have the world’s most prominent scientists work on solutions with autonomous boats in this way is unprecedented, and most fitting for a city where water and technology have been linked for ages.”

The first prototypes of Roboat will be visible in the waters of Amsterdam in 2017.

Roboat is a research program by AMS Institute. Working on the project is a consortium of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University and Research. Waternet, City of Amsterdam and City of Boston are supportive of the program.

Roboat: research on world’s first autonomous fleet for moving people, moving goods, dynamic infrastructure and environmental sensing.

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Robotic Arms added to Drone by Prodrone

Prodrone Co., Ltd., headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, is pleased to announce it has developed the PD6B-AW-ARM, a large-format drone equipped with two internally-developed robotic arms, enabling it to directly accomplish a variety of tasks.

PRODRONE  showcased the new model at its booth at InterDrone 2016,

Up to now the industrial and commercial drone market has focused on using drones for photography and filming, mapping, surveying, spraying pesticides, etc., but there is increasingly strong demand for drones to be able to directly perform specific “hands-on” operations.

Examples of these operations include the abilities to grasp and carry differently shaped cargo using its arms; to attach or join things; to cut cables; to turn dials; to flick switches; to drop lifesaving buoys; to retrieve hazardous materials, etc. Drones must be able to perform a variety of operations at high altitudes, over long distances, and in places where it would be too dangerous for humans.

The PD6B-AW-ARM is based on PRODRONE’s large capacity PD6B-AW airframe, which has a maximum payload of 20kg (44 lbs.). For the new model the company’s development team designed, produced and attached two high-performance, completely original 5-axis robotic arms. They give the drone versatility to perform across a wide range of situations. The robot arms can carry a maximum payload of approximately 10 kg (22 lbs.), and with flight time of up to 30 minutes, this drone can also excel at longer tasks.

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PD6B-AW-ARM Specifications (Provisional)

Motor-to-Motor Length : 1450 mm (57 in.)
Maximum Arm Payload : 10 kg (22 lbs.)
Airframe Weight : 20 kg (44 lbs.)
Maximum Speed : 60 km/h (37 mph)
Total Height : 1300 mm (51 in.)
Maximum Operating Wind Speed : 10 m/s (22 mph)
Propeller Diameter : 27 inches
Maximum Flight Time : 30 minutes
Battery : 22.2v/16000mAh x2
Maximum Operating Altitude(Pressure Altitude) : 5,000m
Water Resistance : All-Weather Capable

About Prodrone Co., Ltd.

With its unrivaled engineering and technological skills, Prodrone Co., Ltd. aims to be the world’s number one developer of commercial and industrial drones.

PRODRONE is a B2B industrial drone system manufacturer established in Nagoya, Japan, in January 2015 by experts with over 20 years of experience in a variety of specialized fields. Since its founding, PRODRONE has developed an assortment of customized industrial drones on consignment for numerous drone service providers and manufacturers in the industrial drone market. The company’s successes include large drones that can carry 30kg (66lbs) of payload, drones specifically designed for laser surveying, drones capable of surveying at high-altitudes over 5,500m (18,000ft), drones able to land on water, drones capable of reading RFID at high speeds, drones designed to inspect bridges and other infrastructure, all-weather large-format platforms, drones for pesticide spraying, numerous drones for academic research, and many more.

See more at: https://www.prodrone.jp/en/

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Driverless Cars at Babcock Ranch in Florida

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Babcock Ranch is a man-made community that is nature inspired, energy conscious, technologically advanced, and motivated by health and wellness. It’s the first community of its type to unveil a plan to offer automated share mobility vehicles.

The folks at Babcock Ranch believe the best way to develop smart cities is to start with smart communities where developers and early adopters can test new technology and provide valuable customer feedback to guide future development and expansion. They want to be a living-learning laboratory for new technology, including the new driverless car technology.

As an early adopter of environmentally conscious technology, They plan to introduce automated vehicles for use by thefirst-phase residents and business in 2017.  The grand plan is to have 40 vehicles operating in 2017 and ramping up to 400 vehicles by 2021.

To accomplish this, they’re asking for help from qualified third parties to be Strategic Partners for K&P that are interested in developing automated mobility solutions for future residents and businesses.

Babcock Ranch is working with a little help from the Google Self Driving Car Project as shown below.

In a webinar hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Larry Burns, a consultant to Babcock Ranch in southwest Florida, will present the community’s plan to offer automated vehicles for use by residents and businesses. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at 3 p.m. EDT.

The webinar, “Testing and Operating Automated Vehicles at Babcock Ranch, Florida,” will review plans for automated vehicle technical/service areas in the community, which include:

— Shared Mobility Vehicles
— Autonomous Driving Systems Technology
— System Integrator
— Electronic Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
— Maintenance and System Operations Providers
— Mobile Device and Communications Network
— Transportation Network Companies

Registration for the webinar is complimentary for AUVSI members and qualified media, and $49 for non-members. Registration will close at 10:00 a.m. EDT the day of the webinar. For more information or to register, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786.

To learn more or get involved, contact Babcock Ranch today and in the message, mention that you’d like to connect with Natalee Burns.

Read more about the Babcock Ranch project here:  https://www.babcockranch.com/driverless-cars-babcock-ranch/

Learn more about the Google Driverless Car Project Here:  https://www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/  

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FAA Part 107 Rule

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!     Read all about it!  At The FAA

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Monday August 29, 2016 is when the new Small UAS Rule, Part 107, comes into effect in the USA.  New testing and a “Remote Pilot Certificate” will be available for the first time in history; enabling the Regular Use of UAS during daylight hours, within visual line of site.  This is a big deal, if you didn’t already know that.  It offers commercial users the first clear-cut path to proper use of UAS in business operations.  It clears numerous hurdles for the insure-ability of drone use.  This is huge for the UAS industry!

Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification Standards can be viewed here.

Remote Pilot – Small UAS Study Guide

For existing pilots there is this online Video Class that focuses on the knowledge areas of 14 CFR part 107 that are beyond the operational knowledge of parts 61 and 91. which can be found at: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/helpcontent/courses/5095_lms_faast/menu/index.htm

www.faasafety.gov  offers free courses that teach about Part 107, among other airman knowledge tests.  There are also courses listed there from schools that are fee based.

Apply Here: https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/Default.aspx

The Portal for all things UAS is located at www.faa.gov/uas
To find your local testing facility call these numbers:
CATS     800-947-4228
PSI         800-211-2754
or check out the FAA List of Airman Knowlege Testing Centers

For questions about Part 107 requirements, testing or compliance call 1-844-FLY-MYUA  (844-359-6982) or
e-mail: uashelp@faa.gov

The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, will be effective on August 29, 2016. For more detailed information, please see:

Need more information? Read about how to fly a UAS for your work or business.

 

 

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Airborne Drones Multi-Rotor Achieves 90 Minute Flight Endurance

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Capetown, South Africa is where Airborne Drones builds the new Vanguard Inspection drone, which boasts a 94 minute flight time.

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This model is aimed at utility inspection, border patrol and other surveillance missions where distance and length of service is critical to the mission.

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Palm Beach Drone is proud to be working with Airborne Drones to fulfill missions where a VTOL aircraft is required, but where 30-40 minutes of flight time just won’t work.  Call us today to secure a quote on this phenomenal machine, or any of the other commercial Aircraft they offer, at 561-389-1490.

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Inspection drones are just a start though.  Airborne also makes Package Delivery drones and Lidar Equipped 3D Mapping systems that are Turn-Key.

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Visit http://palmbeachdrone.com/brands/airborne-drones/ for  more info and US pricing.  or visit  http://www.airbornedrones.co

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Airborne Drones has been making headlines with their long endurance aircraft since 2014, and with prices starting at $4,999 it is easy to predict the success of this firm going forward.  Call today 561-389-1490.

 

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Agribotix and John Deer Partner for Precise Agriculture


BOULDER, COLO, July 21, 2016 – Agribotix, an industry leader in drone-enabled agricultural intelligence, announced it is now integrated with the John Deere Operations Center.  Results from the award-winning Agribotix FarmLens platform provide farmers comprehensive, actionable data to increase yields and reduce cost.  These include best-in-class drone data processing, analytics, NDVI Field Health Maps, and Variable Application Reports which can now be sent directly to a user’s John Deere Operations Center account.

Agribotix Digital Scouting Report Integrates with John Deere Operations Center

Agribotix Digital Scouting Report Integrates with John Deere Operations Center

The integration allows a user to push the Agribotix Digital Scouting Report directly into their Operations Center account.  This report, the most intuitive and effective in the drone analytics market, combines whole-field evaluations with field-specific weather data and location-tagged photos and comments from scouts or agronomists.

“Because Agribotix is the leading drone solution provider dedicated solely to agriculture, we are especially excited about providing our customers a direct connection to John Deere, a company that shares our mission to help farmers stay competitive,” said Agribotix COO Paul Hoff.

The integration highlights the full range of Agribotix products that can boost a farmer’s bottom line, including:

  • Agrion Drone System: a major game-changer; affordable, portable, and built on the DJITM PhantomTM. Beginners fly within minutes, and produce real-time decision support for any farming operation. Bundled with three months of FarmLens service.
  • Enduro Quadcopter: covers 160 acres in half an hour; cost-efficient and easy-to-use; multiple sensors allow more informed decisions about input, irrigation, pest control and weeds. Comes with one year of FarmLens service.
  • FarmLens data processing and reports: fast, high-quality analytics bundled with all Agribotix drones and also available for people who already have their own. Provides results that help identify disease and pests, highlight issues with irrigation, plan precision applications, and better manage farmland. FarmLens report set includes Field Health, Variable Application, and Digital Scouting reports.

As global agriculture conditions press farmers to revolutionize the way they grow food, drone-derived data can help. Used in 45 countries on more than 44 crops, Agribotix is the chosen strategic partner to process drone data for farmers and advisors looking to gain an edge.

Agribotix can be reached at Agribotix.com, info@agribotix.com or +1 (720) 295-3625.

DJI and PHANTOM are trademarks of DJI. Agribotix, Agrion and FarmLens are trademarks of Agribotix, LLC.

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