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  1. Todd F.

    Parrot Bluegrass

    I posted this in the Parrot forum, as well. I hope cross-topic posting is permissible. We are considering purchasing a Parrot Bluegrass and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it? Originally, we considered purchasing the Sequoia Parrot multi-spectral sensor and an integration kit to work with another platform. However, we since learned of the "all-in-one" Bluegrass. It's advertising seems convincing, but it would be nice to chat with someone with actual experience. Though this is marketed as an agricultural drone, I work in biological conservation. We are interested in using the multi-spectral sensor for habitat modeling and land cover mapping.
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    Parrot Bluegrass

    It doesn't appear as if anyone has posted in the Parrot forum in a while, but hopefully this will still reach some folks. We are considering purchasing a Parrot Bluegrass and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it? Originally, we considered purchasing the Sequoia Parrot multi-spectral sensor and an integration kit to work with another platform. However, we since learned of the "all-in-one" Bluegrass. It's advertising seems convincing, but it would be nice to chat with someone with actual experience. Though this is marketed as an agricultural drone, I work in biological conservation. We are interested in using the multi-spectral sensor for habitat modeling and land cover mapping.
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    Autel X-Star experience

    As I was doing some research on the Autel X-Star Premium, I came across this thread (great discussion, sorry I am late to the game). Some colleagues and I at a university-based research unit at which I work recently secured limited internal funding to start building a UAS-capacity (I have been trying to secure this for over a year now). After an exceptionally disappointing experience with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ (it arrived with a cracked gimbal, a non-functioning camera, and a DJI Go 4 app that wouldn't launch or consistently crashed--and I have had virtually zero problems with my personal P3S), one colleague recommended we look into the Autel X-Star Premium: great price, interchangeable gimbal, Starlink app, etc. were all selling points. However, as a GIS/remote sensing guy, I am very interested in using any UAS as a mapping platform, so certain third party apps are a must (I am a huge fan of Drone Deploy, for instance). All that to say this is how I stumbled across this thread. The good news is this thread inspired slightly more research, which led me to this: https://www.autelrobotics.com/autel-robotics-release-software-development-kit-x-star-series-drones/ We ordered on X-Star Premium last week and it should arrive soon (we also sent back on DJI P4P+, which we will likely replace with DJI4P--this time without the built in screen, so we can better control the apps--that's another story, I am still very disappointed about this). I know this thread is about six months old, but if individuals are still interested, I will check back in after we get some stick time with both these platforms for a nice comparison.
  4. Thanks, Fred. This was an older post and I actually did purchase a Phantom 3 Standard. In fact, I think I will spend part of my upcoming lunch break doing a couple of maneuvers.
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    Exif issues

    The why bother part is it seemed like a quick and easy way to get my photos. I am beginning to think otherwise.
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    Exif issues

    I have encountered an issue that I will just call interesting. To backtrack momentarily, I am very interested in creating photomosaics, so geotagging is a must. When I take photos with my Phantom 3, sync them with my IPad, then upload to my computer, the Exif file is apparently lost. However, if I remove the microSD card from the camera and load the photos directly to my computer, the Exif file is there. I do not know if this is an issue with the Go App, my IPad, or both. The workaround is simple enough, but slightly annoying. Thoughts from others out there?
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    Phantom 3 Maiden Voyage

    I finally fulfilled a promise to myself and purchased a Phantom 3. I decided, as a newbie, I should still go with the lower end model as I further hone my flight skills. After the maiden voyage, I can say it was well worth it. Nonetheless, I am glad I began my quad pilot training on a cheap, difficult-to-fly quad (Ares Ethos HD). It truly made me appreciate the ease and sophistication of the Phantom. To celebrate, I took an aerial selfie. Nothing to boast about, but it sure was fun.
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    iPad won't fit RC P3 Standard? Easy fix!

    Fantastic. This is a great share, indeed.
  9. Greetings, I have been very slowly advancing my UAS training. Thus far, I have used a cheapish hobby quadcopter. It has been good to learn some basic flight controls, but leaves a lot to be desired. Nonetheless, I am not quite ready to take the plunge and buy a relatively higher end UAS (e.g. $1K +). My goal with such a quadcopter is to better hone my flying skills, while also learning to take decent aerial photographs for GIS and remote sensing purposes. This would merely be a trainer UAS. Checking my local Craig's List, I have found a DJI Phantom 2 for around $400. I do not have all the specs at the moment, but plan to get more as they are available. The seller merely lists it as a 2.0.0. So, here are my questions. 1. Do you recommend a Phantom 2 for a novice with some basic flight skills; 2. Is a Phantom 2 even worth it or would I be better off saving my cash? 3. What would be a reasonable price for a Phantom 2 that has only be flown a couple of times and looks to be in very good condition? Thanks in advance, Todd
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    Yuneec or DJI

    I appreciate this topic, too. I currently just have a cheapish UAV to help get me started with the fundamentals of flying. However, I am already finding myself thinking about the next purchase. I know this is putting the cart before the horse, but I guess it is never too early to do research on the various options. In addition to DJI and Yuneec, I have been eyeballing the 3DR solo and would be interested in individuals' thoughts on it, as well. Of course, I am months (if not more) away from such a purchase since I still have a long way to go with my basic flight training and it would somewhat ridiculous to drop a grand or more on a system I cannot properly operate.
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    Greetings From Norman, OK

    My name is Todd Fagin. I have been a member of the geographic information systems (GIS) and, by extension, remote sensing community since the late nineties. For the past several years, I have been monitoring the developments within the UAV community, particularly how it intersects with my interests in GIS, remote sensing, and biogeography. I work at a research unit at the University of Oklahoma known as the Oklahoma Biological Survey. My primary duties relate to database management and GIS of our biological inventories. I also conduct my own research, primarily related to current and historical vegetation patterns. I see great utility of UAV in this realm. Additionally, I am affiliate faculty in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. I primarily teach GIS courses, but sometimes delve into more straight geography classes. Lastly, I am an adjunct professor of GIS at the Oklahoma City Community College. The department in which GIS resides there (IT Department, more specifically the Computer Assisted Technology division) is keen on introducing UAVs into its curriculum. Eventually, UAV training will become part of the GIS program, as well, though it will be a standalone degree program. Though my interests in UAVs date back several years, it wasn't until this past Christmas that I decided to take the plunge and convince my wife (ha ha) to buy me a hobby quadcopter as my gift (Ares Ethos HD). I quickly learned it is much easier to crash than fly, but have nonetheless come a good distance in the last couple of months. I still have a very long way to go. As I hone my skills, I will invest in a better vehicle, but for now, this works. Ultimately, my goal is to learn to better use UAVs for GIS and remote sensing, specifically as it pertains to my duties at the Oklahoma Biological Survey, as well as personal research interests.