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  3. Drone Delivery ?

    Zipline has obviously chosen a fixed wing design as multi-rotors will not be able to travel too far due to current battery technology limiting flight duration.
  4. Aloha all, I volunteer / serve Maui Search & Rescue as a ground-pounder and the drone team leader. We're looking at pre-search mapping options, so I gave the trial version of Drone Deploy a run yesterday afternoon during a training mission, specifically utilizing the live mapping function. Here's my input: As usual, the Drone Deploy platform was simple and easy to work. Drag your finger around the screen to create a flight area, set the altitude, hit go. Pretty straight forward. The real-time mapping function was awesome at first. Seeing it populate a map of the search area was exciting, as we could zoom and analyze data WHILE the drone was mapping the area. However, there was a stiff wind (around 18-20kts sustained, gusting to 25+kts), and the map was completely inaccurate. The drone could not go any slower than the wind speed on the down-wind runs, and fought hard to get more than about 6mph heading into the wind, which I suspect was the cause of the misaligned portions. For instance, the live map stretched and skewed the area, and showed broken driveways, roads, trails...sometimes to the point of about a 100ft variance. As you can imagine, this is not good for SAR missions, where properly reading the terrain is vital. Yes, we were able to find our missing subject (trash bag full of grass & leaves, wearing a shirt) in crazy short time using the aerial data, but I can see how inaccuracy could lead to trouble and unnecessary spending of resources in the field. I realize now, looking back, that perhaps I should've adjusted course heading to stretch perpendicular to the wind, so as to be able to achieve a fairly consistent flight speed throughout the mission (save for the turns at the ends of a run). I'll try again on a high wind day, but I can tell you now that this is a big fat flop, in terms of accuracy. Anyone have any other solutions for real-time mapping? I'm entertaining desktop solutions, which could be processed at basecamp, but in reality, I need something that I can see in real-time during a mission, as sometimes we're deploying drones in the middle of nowhere, far from base camp. Warmest Mahalo!
  5. Chuck, I'm curious to know how quickly this can create an area survey map, thinking SAR?
  6. Hybrid Drone with 6 hours of flight time

    Mainly because of its weight and vibration it causes I didn't think that a diesel generator was a good idea at first but it seems that it might be the best solution to extend flight duration on multi rotors. I see that these guys are also working on it.
  7. SUSBEXPO 2018

    Here is the speaker schedule for SUSBEXPO 2018. SMALL UNMANNED SYSTEMS BUSINESS EXPOSITION 2018 SPEAKER SCHEDULE DAY ONE (April 25th) 9:00 – 9:30 – Welcome and Opening Statements – Patrick Egan, sUAS News 9:30 – 10:00 – Greg Crutsinger, Scholar Farms 10:00 – 10:30 –Gene Robinson, Drone Pilot 10:30 – 11:00 – Terry Miller, Transport risk 11:00 -11:15 BREAK 11:15 – 11:45 – Rob Thompson, Falcon Foundation 11:45 – 12:15 – Jeff Parisee, RAS Consulting and Investigations 12:15 – 12:45 – Allison Yakabe, NCRIC 12:45 – 2:00 LUNCH 2:00 – 2:30 – Mike Blades, Frost and Sullivan 2:30 – 3:00 – Josh Zierleng, KittyHawk 3:00 – 3:30 –Biren Gandhi 3:30 – 4:00 BREAK 4:00 – 4:20 – Robert O’Keeffe, Tachyon Aerospace 4:20 – 4:40 – Justine Harrison Esq. Closing Statements – Patrick Egan SMALL UNMANNED SYSTEMS BUSINESS EXPOSITION 2018 SPEAKER SCHEDULE DAY TWO (April 26th) 9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Opening Statements – Patrick Egan, sUAS News 9:10 – 9:30 – Gene Engelgau, Fruity Chutes 9:30 – 10:00 – Adam Fine, Drop Copter 10:00 – 10:30 – Drop Copter/Fruity and Epson Demonstrations 10:30 -11:00 – Dr Sayf Alalusi, CEO TransRobotics 11:00 -11:30 BREAK 11:30 – 12:00 – Seshu Kiran, Founder XAIR 12:00 – 12:30 – Jincai Yang, Shenzhen UAV Association Int. 12:30 – 1:00 – Uzayr Sedeke, DroneEntry 1:00 – 1:30 – Dale Hyton, Quantum – Systems GmbH
  8. Drones in K-12 Public Education

    Hoping to connect with/gather up a group of K12 Educators who are currently running or about to create a drone program in their school. Hopefully we can get a community title/site for "K12 Education" Thank you!
  9. Mapping Deliverables

    Ask the survey company what they want you to provide. Also ask them if they are going to set site control or are they expecting you to set ground control points and to what degree of accuracy? If you are planning on pursuing this then you probably need to start looking at software to do your own processing as well. Drone Deploy is a good service for novices and those that are not going to do many orthomosaics, but you are better off processing your own data if you provide a lot of orthos. Just my thoughts...
  10. If not DJI, who?

    As far as service, I'm lucky enough to live within an hour of an authorized service center for DJI. I drive it in, have it serviced and pick it up same-day or the next. I'm an exception to the rule. Most people aren't that lucky. If you are looking for an alternative to DJI, look at Yuneec, Intel, Autel, Parrot, FlightWave Aero, Pulse, DraganFly and there are many others. What you purchase should be based upon what you plan on using it for.
  11. My Favorite Drone Podcasts

    Thanks so much for the mention and for your continuing listening to the show. If you have a topic, idea or specific question that I can explore on a future show, let me know.
  12. Hanging out with the sheep

    here is everything you need to know about trackimo ->
  13. bad signal

    I agree
  14. My pretty good, mostly DJI, DIY, UAV

    actually there is. the trackimo guardian tracker. it's one of the lightest tracking device so far
  15. My pretty good, mostly DJI, DIY, UAV

    Yep, motors were replaced and it flies great now.
  16. My pretty good, mostly DJI, DIY, UAV

    soo you need to replace the motors?
  17. bad signal

    hmm i'll make a research on that
  18. Hanging out with the sheep

    priced at?
  19. @Jazee I think one question to ask too is are we talking photo or video. Just to help focus our answers. Either way, for me and my clients, Golden Hour only really makes sense for a property that really will wow with the lights on and an amazing sky behind it. Your average house on an average piece of land really doesn't need it and won't make a difference for selling the house. On the water, a large estate, etc then getting that magical shot really can make a difference for the more discerning buyer.
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  21. Looking for a Pilot-Rep for our company. Must be located in one of the following cities: San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis or Cincinnati Must own a DJI Phantom 4, Inspire or M Series with at least 3 batteries Must have experience using DroneDeploy or Pix4D and Litchi This is a sub-contracting opportunity with minimal time commitment to start and flexible schedule (can work outside normal business hours.) All you need to do is fly. We take care of everything else (project management, processing, etc.) Go here to apply:
  22. Inspire 2 package for sale

    Here are additional photos: And the reason there are 3 batteries is because the 4th one failed at only 11 cycles and 1 month out of warranty. DJI would not cover it. Otherwise, this drone is awesome. I just don’t need it anymore.
  23. Xponential - AUVSI Denver

    Anyone attending AUVSI in Denver? Exhibits are May 1-3. We have a drone on exhibit in the Pegasus booth so we'll be attending. If you have a chance stop by or let me know ahead of time and we can schedule something. Alan, are you buying breakfast?
  24. 3DR Webinar - Construction's Automated Future

    Its always interesting to hear how many ways Chris can spin the total failure of 3DR...
  25. Inspire 2 package for sale

    I want it! Iet's start a bidding war...
  26. Drones with up to 2 hours of flight wo a charge

    Its rarely cheap to do it well. Here's some pictures of our latest hybrid drone. This drone can carry a 10 pound payload 2-2.5 hours. If you trade the payload weight for fuel it will probably fly more than four hours.
  27. Virginia State Park UAV law.

    I guess my confusion comes from National parks, schools, and other similar locations showing on the map but not the state restrictions.
  28. Yikes, somebody left the water running and the gas range on.
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