These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft. That could mean a consumer-grade quadcopter or a slightly more advanced octocopter. But it has a negative connotation. It hasn’t helped any that many of these quadcopters in the hands of amateurs have caused further negative impact on a technology that has proven a valuable tool for commercial use. Regardless of size, the responsibility to fly safely applies equally to manned and unmanned aircraft operations.
Michael R. Frecks, LS
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Integrated systems enable geospatial professionals to provide new value in services and deliverables.
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Interesting projects were in abundance at the recent RIEGL LiDAR conferences in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, but cave explorers seemed to capture everyone’s attention. Andy Eavis and Richard Walters, of the British Caving Association, discussed their project during a user session in Hong Kong and also offered a keynote presentation at the start of the Guangzhou conference.
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Efforts to develop commercial markets for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are ramping up as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to loosen restrictions. During AUVSI’s recent Unmanned Systems 2015 conference, FAA chief Michael Huerta made a welcome announcement about new research projects that will focus on beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in precision agriculture and railroad infrastructure inspection and management. By granting permission for UAS to be studied and evaluated for these particular applications, the FAA is demonstrating a willingness to safely accommodate certain commercial activities in the future.
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The RIEGL LiDAR 2015 conference in Hong Kong in early May began with an announcement about upgrades to the company's VUX1 line of scanners. About 300 people from 40 different countries attended the two-day event, with another two-day conference in Guangzhou, China immediately after the first.
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2 months and 2 days ago
Searching for new ways to apply existing geospatial technology is an important component in the continued growth of mature companies. By considering the universal benefits sought by every business, such as reducing operating costs while improving production, performance and profitability, applications in many new markets can be identified.
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Revolutionary seemed to be the theme for this year’s SPAR International, which took place in Houston the first week of April.
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While the FAA has released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that provides some direction for commercial small UAS operations in the US, the regulatory environment remains challenging. Organizations wanting to prepare for commercial operations are faced with many gray areas as they attempt to build and manage UAS programs that comply with the requirements.
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Fisheye lenses produce a panoramic image, useful for viewing wide areas in one picture. Due to the non-uniform resolution around the edges, fisheye imagery is not typically used for traditional mapping applications; however, as the quest for small light-weight payloads for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) continues, even cameras equipped with fisheye lenses are being considered.