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  3. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL AT UAV COACH! I made the decision on new years day that within a year I would be staring a new career that would be my last. I got certification training from your terrific course, logged hundreds of hours on a wide variety of different copters before buying professional gear. I started Red Star Imagery in September, and currently have a fleet of 4 inspires and 2 phantoms that I use commercially. I have to give y'all a ton of credit for not only the terrific course, but strong motivation to succeed. I appreciate very much your commitment to the growth of the industry and professional and logical way in which you are approaching it. I am growing slowly and steadily and love every single shoot! I am excited to be in a new industry, and believe that with great programs and ambassadors like yourselves, all of us doing our part to grow things in a safe and smart way, seems like a bright future. Anyhow, you are very appreciated and if ever you need anything from this part of the country, just ask. Thanks All! Marko Boyer Red Star Imagery
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  5. Although we’re not finished, this article closes the loop on what we started more than a year ago. This was written by someone in NAVSEA and is kind of an interesting take on our research. To: Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer From: Mark B. Thompson; T2/IP Coordinator; NSWC PHD – Office of Technology Re: Research on Digital Twins for Modernized In-Service Engineering, and Naval Maintenance Throughout history, the races that the world forever remembers are not necessarily those of a person or vehicle’s speed around a course, but rather those of an entity’s dominance of ingenuity. Think of the Arms Race prior to the outbreak of the First World War, or the Space Race launched under President Kennedy. What the victors of these events have in common is their swift and successful capitalization of emerging technologies on a maximum scale. They who can recognize, harness, and implement the value of such technologies for their cause will accelerate their progress, and ultimately be the victor. One cog in the technological wheel of today’s race is the application of unmanned aerial systems (UASs), and the utilization of their collected data for military uses. The division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center located at Port Hueneme, CA (NSWC PHD) has taken great stridesin the recognition, and effective capitalization, of UAS applications through their efforts with Aerial Alchemy,under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), signed in June of 2018. Aerial Alchemy is a UAS and data collection service company local to the Command, and familiarized with the needs of the Navy through participation in multiple Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) iterations. Their attention to detail in the back-end quality and security of the collected data especially caught the Navy’s attention. NSWC PHD and Aerial Alchemy are now refining their methods of UASdata collection through relevant and increased testing to align with the Command’s Strategic Objective of accelerating deployment of new capabilities to the fleet. In the terminology of the agreement itself, the purpose of the prescribed research is to “investigate the feasibility of utilizing unmanned aerial systems in the realm of naval and shipboard repair, maintenance and special use situations to ensure the readiness of naval and combat systems” (NCRADA-NSWC PHD-18-0004). As a naval facility dedicated to in-service engineering, NSWC PHD seeks effective and efficient methods to reduce maintenance costs and improve maintenance methods. Aerial Alchemy proposed they could producedigital twins of U.S. Navy vessels and assets, using combined aerial and ground (onboard) photogrammetry with LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), in such exceptional detail that a 3-D model could be used to view an individual flake of rust. And through repeated ventures aboard the Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC’s) research and testing vessel the M/V Independence, they have done just that. This form of digital engineering lends itself to Navy preventative maintenance needs by allowing engineers and maintenance personnel to compare scans of a ship and observe corrosion degradation to key combat (or other) systems in unprecedented clarity. Research under the CRADA has insofar shown the notable potential for reduced maintenance costs by producing a resultant data set that can be shared and viewed by multiple experts and inspectors remotely. These experts can potentially call for repairs on a particular system before it degrades to the point of failure without ever having stepped foot on that respective vessel. The procedure also reduces human error and negligence issues that can arise from the repetition and fatigue associated with many manual inspection routines. The accuracy and reliability of any identified and reportedquandary onboard can also be substantiated when accompanied by evidence from the 3-D model. This would stand to reduce miscommunications, and therefore long-term logistical costs for the Navy. Since the summer of 2018, research has largely moved past proving that a UAS survey can be successful, and shifted towards filling other holes in the Navy value chain. The innumerableprofessional applications of such time-based, geotagged,metadata-dense models are only beginning to materialize. Another use for data compiled in the form of a digital twin is in the realm of digital engineering, separate from corrosion monitoring. While blueprints perhaps show what a vessel should be, a scan of the ship its true status, and is thus a more actionable representation of the ship. Prior to entering into the CRADA, the NSWC PHD Office of Research and Technology Application (ORTA) Manager,Mr. Alan Jaeger, personally observed the conduct and results of Aerial Alchemy’s scans of power substationsacross California. It was observed that their team’s process succeeded in beginning to modernize the engineering methods of public utility infrastructure, and it was recognized that the U.S. Navy stands to benefit from a comparable modernization. Digital Engineering was announced as an official Department of Defense (DoD) initiative in June of 2018, the same month this CRADA took effect. The DoD’s subsidiary Office for Research and Engineering recognizes the need to “stay ahead of demands” to “address long-standing challenges associated with complexity, uncertainty, and rapid change in deploying and using U.S. defense systems.” This ongoing work between NSWC PHD and Aerial Alchemy additionally serves to fulfil all five points of the DoD’s Digital Engineering Strategy, most notably, to “formalize the development, integration, and use of models to inform enterprise and program decision making” (Digital Engineering Strategy, 2018). Perhaps the big race of our day is, in fact, the contest of gaining a mastery of the utilization of unmanned systems and their invaluable data. The advantage this gives NSWC PHD, the U.S. Navy, and Department of Defense as a whole has yet to be seen in its entirety, yet the research demonstrated under the CRADA betweenAerial Alchemy and the laboratory of Port Hueneme Division continues to offer a leg-up to the United States by manifesting the beginnings of an effective long-term maintenance system. The unparalleled accuracy of corrosion tracking and digital twin engineering capabilitiesgenerated during this research stand to reducemaintenance costs and be among the most innovative new capabilities to the fleet. In conclusion, consider this quote from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defenseand its relevance to this undertaking: “By providing a more agile and responsive development environment, digital engineering supports engineering excellence and provides a foundation to fight and win the wars of the future.” References: Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering. “Digital Engineering Goals and Focus Areas.” Digital Engineering Strategy, June 2018, “Services.” Aerial Alchemy, United States, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Navy Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. NCRADA-NSWC PHD-18-0004, 2018
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  9. Thank You so much for your insight. I look forward to getting my cup of coffee on Saturday mornings and firing up your newsletter. I got a bonus video this morning. My son and I are Part 107 certified. I have a aviation background as an airline captain. My son is probably the youngest drone pilot in the state of Kansas. Thanks Again Theresa
  10. It’s not like they filmed anything there in thermal...I could have if I was paid to by ASIS or the CIA/NSA
  11. Aerial photography, inspection, logistics, plant protection, surveying, security and other applications in the field of UAV industry, the line of sight remote control, image real-time cloud processing, high-definition video stream back to the ability to put forward higher requirements. As the latest generation of cellular mobile communication technology, 5G is also the best communication technology for building digital sky. What changes will it bring to the drone industry? Compared with 4G, 5G has obvious advantages in the communication coverage of networked UAVs. The new large-scale antenna array adopted by 5G can flexibly and automatically adjust the phase of the transmitted signals of each antenna to meet the regulatory requirements for low-altitude airspace within 500 meters. And the future flight demand of more than 120 meters of drones in the city's high-rise environment. In addition, 5G also has more advantages in remote fine control of drones, flight data security, and industry empowerment. Networked drones to promote efficient low-altitude economy Recently, the Dongguan Power Supply Bureau's substation operation professionally applied the “5G UAV+Programming Operation” pilot in China for the first time. It also marks that the Dongguan Power Supply Bureau's substation operation professional is the first in China to realize “5G UAV+Programming Operation”. ". Compared with the traditional air duty mode, the 110 kV line operation requires two on-duty personnel to operate together and takes an average of 30 minutes, while the 5G drone based on China Unicom's 5G communication channel is in its "high bandwidth, low latency". With the help of the advantages, the real-time HD video is transmitted back to the main control room, and with the program operation mode, it takes only 3 minutes, and no human intervention is required in the whole process. As the application of drone technology in various fields becomes more and more sophisticated, 5G is a new generation mobile communication technology with a peak rate of 20Gbps and a delay of 1 millisecond. These features are well suited to the needs of drone application scenarios. The construction of the Dongguan Unicom 5G Power Supply Bureau's patrol center has also explored a new path for the 5G integration into the power industry. It is understood that the drones used in the 5G UAV program operation power inspection of Dongguan Substation came from MMC's Notuzi X85 collapsible drone, combined with MMC's self-developed ground station control system. Go to the station and station LAN wired remote control and view images. At the same time, at the Beijing World Expo in 2019, which opened at the end of April, 8K HD video transmitted from 5G, 5G mobile communication and game experience, 5G light show, and 5G telemedicine, etc. The "nerve center" of the conference, 5G will form a "brain" with big data and artificial intelligence, and transform the world garden from the traditional garden art display stage into an organic combination of people, technology, nature and culture. According to Guo Ziliang, deputy director of the Information Department of Beijing Shiyuan Bureau, drones, driverless, 8K HD video... In the 5G exhibition hall in the park, the audience will personally experience these most advanced application scenarios. "Technology changes the future", from smart phones, Internet +, to big data, cloud computing, 5G communication... We always feel that technological innovation provides convenience and fun for our lives and work. According to China Industrial Information Network, the number of consumer-class UAVs will reach 16 million in 2020. Under the 5G network, a network of tens of millions of UAVs will be formed globally, providing aerial photography and delivery 24 hours a day, 7 hours a day. A variety of personal and industry services, such as exploration, constitute a new and colorful "network of the sky."
  12. Hi @jvinton206, Thank you for sharing your experiences at these locations and welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! The Mavic Pro 2 is a great drone for photography, I am sure that you will capture some great footage with it. If you have any drone photos that you would like to share, feel free to post them in our 'Aerial Photography' thread. Best, - Chase
  13. Hi @J.Antony Setzer, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! Did you have an idea of what applications interests you the most in terms of what you would offer as a service? Feel free to ask us any questions! Best, - Chase
  14. Sure thing. Hopefully finish wiring this weekend.
  15. ok, great. Let us know when you get it in the air.
  16. I've already soldered the esc's to the PDB. The PDB supplies 5 volts.
  17. Interesting, I did not know about this project. I assume that you are building this one as I noticed he has also moved to 32 bit processors on his later build. To get back to your original post, yes the ESC have to be connected to the flight controller, in this case the UNO, and not the receiver. Each ESC should be powered directly from the battery in order to drive the motors. These typically are thicker wires to handle the higher current and connect to a power distribution board (PDB). Some ESCs provide +5v as they have a built in BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) but you should not use it if the +5v is provided to the UNO and receiver by another source (you diagram shows from the battery using a diode). Does you PDB have a built-in BEC ?. If so you could use that to power the UNO and receiver.
  18. I don't see how you could have used channel 6. My understanding is that you have to use channels 7 - 12. 7 & 8 can be set from MP's extended tuning screen and you should see in the drop down Relay on/off which would correspond to aux 5 and relay 1 aux 6.
  19. Hello, I am looking into purchasing a Mavic air for photography. I've been researching drones, and reviewed the flying map on the Know Before Fly website. Originally I was turned off by getting a drone, because when reviewing the map, it seemed so many areas were marked as a no fly zone. Eventually I realized there is a section called Optional- AIRMAP Recommended Guidelines and AMA Club Fields. Once turning that off, the map cleared up quite a bit. No Fly Zones were then 5 miles within an airport, and State parks (NY). I just want to make sure I understand the map correctly, and the Optional section, even though defaulted as on, is truly optional and shouldn't have a problem flying. Also, although I do not plan to fly in a no fly zone, is it correct that many drones know it's a No Fly Zone and will not enter, or will turn around if it is in a restricted space? Additionally, for recreational use, and for a drone such as the mavic air, a license to operate is not required, correct? It only needs to be registered? Sorry if these are such newbie questions, but I wanted to make sure I understand everything prior to purchasing a drone so there aren't any big surprises. Thank you.
  20. Thank you Av8Chuck. Good feedback. Yes, standardization will help scale the industry. Cost and non-interchangeability will continue to be impediments to growth.
  21. Hmm, the jobfinder link doesn't seem to be working, but John Blackmore looks legitimate:
  22. Hi @Av8Chuck — here was our coverage of the keynotes at InterDrone: Energy / attendance was down, but still lots of good content, and for those in the industry looking for business development opportunities and to nurture existing relationships, it was a fantastic opportunity to do so. I'll be headed to Commercial UAV Expo in a couple of weeks, will be my first time there and excited to see how it stacks up to the other shows I've attended. Haven't made it to AirWorks yet.
  23. please provide me a quotation, shipping wisconsin 54301
  24. John F


    Hello, I'm John, I live in CO and hope to use a drone for Real Estate purposes, mainly. I do not have a drone yet, just found you site and it's given me some ideas as to which make/model to purchase and some of the other choices that are out there.
  25. Let's take a step back and continue to use the retractable landing gear as an example as I've had experience in setting that up. Firstly you have to of course know what is type of signal is required by the landing gear hardware for it to deploy and retract. In my case the landing gear controller required a PWM signal. Originally I did not have this driven from the flight controller but simply use one of the spare PWM outputs of the receiver which was in turn mapped to a switch on my transmitter. This worked but what would have happened if my drone lost the transmitter signal and the failsafe action was RTL or land ?. If the landing gear was retracted when this occurred there is no way to deploy it before it landed unless I could regain control over the drone. So this is the case when you want the flight controller to drive the PWM to the landing gear controller as the ArdCopter code does deploy it before it lands. Of course you also want to retract and deploy it from a switch on the transmitter. I used the first aux pins and so SERVO9_FUNCTION was set to landing gear and also CHXX_OPT was set to landing gear where XX was the sbus channel I was using from the receiver.
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