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  1. Drone Cyber-Security is an imperative phenomena that drone communities worldwide should take note of. Please take part in this Drone Cyber-Security online survey. Here is the link: https://drone-cyber-security.questionpro.com Note: The online survey is part of Master's dissertation. Your participation is important than you think. Should you have any questions, you may contact me on: mahlangusibusiso218@gmail.com
  2. On the heels of a $170 million fundraise led by Andreessen Horowitz, drone maker Skydio is taking off. Over the last two weeks, I’ve tested their latest model, the Skydio 2, with off-the-shelf software and its Cinema Kit accessories. In this post, I’ll review Skydio 2’s hardware and compare it with similar DJI products. In a subsequent article, come back as I delve into Skydio's software capabilities. What I reviewed: Skydio 2 with Cinema Kit The drone itself retails for $999 and comes with the drone, a battery, a basic charger, and the ability to control the drone using the off-the-shelf software (which is available for both Android or iOS). The Cinema Kit costs an additional $900 and gives you additional hardware such as a controller, beacon, filers, an additional hardshell case, and filters you can use on the camera. The $999 starting price plus $900 extra for the Cinema Kit is in the normal range for drones of this type. For example: the Mavic Pro with “Fly More” package, similar to the Skydio Cinema Kit, will cost you about $1,800 total. From a regular drone user perspective, the price point shouldn’t scare you. I tried to get a hold of Skydio to test out the enterprise software (which costs $1,500 per month), but no one responded to my inquiries, so I used the off-the-shelf software. Skydio 2 basic facts overview The Skydio 2 hits all the basics that experienced drone users would expect. Weight: The Skydio 2 weighs 775 grams, a typical consumer drone weight. Body structure: The Skydio 2 drone is a quadcopter style drone, meaning it has propellers on each corner of the body (a common design for drones). Speed: It can reach speeds of over 36 mph, which is faster than most non-racing drones (including the DJI Mavic Pro). Flight time: It can fly for more than 20 minutes straight, which is about average for high quality consumer drones. Operation temperature range: The Skydio 2 can operate in -5C to 40C (23F to 104F), which is fairly typical for quadcopter drones. Cameras: The Skydio 2 has six 4k cameras offering 45 megapixels, which is industry-leading camera quality. Skydio 2 pros Here’s what stuck out to me about the basic drone package: On-board obstacle avoidance: The Skydio 2 does a great job with flying autonomy. The drone has six 4k cameras, giving it an all-around view of its surroundings. From there, the drone uses the NVIDIA graphics cards to analyze images coming in from the drone at incredibly fast speeds. The result is efficient, automatic obstacle avoidance, making it easy to focus on taking pictures instead of avoiding a crash. This can be especially helpful for solar contractors when navigating trees or dealing with high winds, since the drone does a lot of the work for you. Camera quality: While the drone only uses the front 4k camera for images (the remaining five cameras are for obstacle avoidance), it’s very high quality and will give you crisp, clear pictures even as the drone zig-zags around obstacles. Based on my experience with multiple drones, the 4k camera is on par with a Mavic Pro 2, better than a Mavic Air 2 and much better than a Mavic Mini 2. High-quality look and feel: Despite there being tons of small pieces (cameras, propellers, etc.), everything fits together seamlessly. Nothing rattled as I moved the drone around and detachable elements have solid-feeling locks with quick-release pieces for convenience. Further, all the pieces fit tightly and seamlessly together, giving it an overall premium feel that felt good in my hands as I took it out of the box. The Cinema Kit added a few other pros to the mix: Beacon: Similar to a GPS tracker, the beacon allows you to fly the drone without the controller or your phone. It’s especially helpful for live action tracking (like sports). However, I don’t see it having a huge impact outside of that use case. Filters: The Polar Pro filters that came with the drone’s cinema kit are high quality and are incredibly helpful for managing light exposure for images on bright or cloudy days, something especially helpful for solar contractors that work in multiple different environments. They have a magnetic attachment method that easily snaps onto the lens of the Skydio 2, which makes them easy to use for anyone. The other accessories that come in the Cinema Kit - such as a memory card and microfiber cloth - were normal and worked as they should. No complaints, and nothing that would negatively impact a solar contractor. Skydio 2 cons Despite being high quality, there were a few downsides to the drone’s hardware. The drone is not foldable: The Skydio 2 is fairly big (223 x 273 x 74 mm (L x W x H)) and doesn’t fold. By comparison, the DJI Mavic Air is almost half the size at 168 x 184 x 64 mm and folds to get even smaller. As a solar contractor travelling from site to site, this size could get fairly cumbersome. Magnetic battery: The battery only has a magnetic attachment to the bottom of the drone - you don’t clip it in anywhere. To me, it seems like a bad idea to have the battery not clipped in as it could fall off during flight. However, there were no problems during my test flights. So this is less of a “con” so much a bit confusing based on my previous drone experience. A bit bulky: The size of the whole thing (including the carrying case) felt big and clunky compared to what I’m used to with other drones. However, if you are driving around instead of walking, it fits easily in the back seat or on the floor in the passenger side. And in the Cinema Kit: Controller: Skydio partnered with Parrot to create this controller. At first, it felt kind of cheap in my hands - as if it might break if I held it too tightly. It worked well in my test flights, but left me with potential concerns for extended use in the field as a solar contractor. Multi-charger: The multi-charger can only charge two batteries and the controller (or three batteries and no controller) at once. This is limiting compared to the DJI Mavic dock which can charge three batteries and the controller. The next step: software The Skydio 2 stands out against competitors due to the company’s focus on self-flying and obstacle avoidance. All of the features above, in particular the cameras, are geared towards the drone all but flying itself. In short, it’s like having all of Tesla’s self-driving capabilities, but in a drone. Flying the Skydio 2 drone was a lot of fun with the on-board obstacle avoidance features, and the hardware offers a broadly premium experience. In part 2 of my review, I’ll dive more into the software that powers the drone and share my opinions and experiences. I’ll also give my final recommendation on whether I think people should buy the Skydio 2 drone for solar contract work.
  3. It can handle 70 amperes in short bursts and it boasts a 32 bit computer on board. Gonna use it for my quad
  4. To all drone experts and who simply loves drones! What would you choose between and ? Why?
  5. Good app to by free drone
  6. I am interested in setting up start up to impart online knowledge transfer for 1. Drone Application Programming Training & development 2. Drone Pilot Training Simulator based I also intend to partner with companies having operational application capability to monitor and control multiple drones for 1. Ecom Delivery 2. Event Management ( synchronous show ) Currently based out of New Delhi. Please touch base for further discussion. Dr Sanjay Prakash Chief executive Officer Arzya Principle Knowledge Advisory - APKA +91 83750 62611 Twitter: @DrSanjayPSahoo Blog https://drsanjaypsahoo.wordpress.com/ LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/drsanjaysahoo Website: www.arzyaprinciple.com
  7. Hi guys!😀 Can someone give me feedback? I made a DEMO site, an aggregator of products for robotics and drones. If there is interest in the site, I would like to make a full version to help people search for products easier https://market.drones-c.com/ I plan add a lot of new things, design in future if you like it
  8. hm980

    Swarm Drones

    Hello,As the title suggests, I am looking for some inexpensive options to buy and program a swarm of drones for my Master's thesis. Can anyone suggest what models of drones I can use for Swarm programming?Thank You.
  9. Deciding an appropriate drone for your goal can be a challenging task. With so many choices and innovations available to you, discovering your best fit for maximum efficiency at your specified budget is essential. Keeping purpose, budget, and requirements in mind, we’ve compiled a few Drone models that could be a suitable companion to your business! Agriculture Industry The agricultural industry has witnessed tremendous productivity with the introduction of Drone Technology for the sector. However, selecting the proper drone to attain maximum efficiency is entirely dependent on the user's objectives. If your intention in the agricultural sector involves scouting, variability detection, elevation mapping, surveying, irrigation monitoring, etc. then a standard drone furnished with high-quality RGB cameras are your best friend! Well-established and popular drone models like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Phantom 4 Pro V2 are the top picks for agrarian applications due to their simplicity, efficiency, and portability. However, if your goal is to achieve data primarily for Research and Development processes, then advanced multispectral drones are probably your best fit. These types of drones enable exceptional variability examination for accurate monitoring. The DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral drone is a favourite for this very purpose! You can also select separate multispectral cameras to attach to your drone. High-quality drones are recommended for either use so that the data processed is far more realistic and reliable. Construction Industry The construction sector is one of the most prevalent users of UAVs. Drones that can mirror Centimeter Level Accuracy are preferred for critical project monitoring, measurements, site inspections, stockpile monitoring etc. The type of drone employed for your construction site solely depends on your site demands. However, the most popular drones operated in the sector include DJI models such as the Mavic 2 Pro, Phantom 4 Pro V2, Phantom 4 RTK, and the Skydio 2. These drones are not furnished with unique cameras but are incredibly beneficial for users. Although, if you prefer more robust and high-grade drones, then the DJI Matrice 200 or Matrice 210 are dependable options. For productive usage of Drone Technology, it is suggested that your equipment should include Real-Time Kinematic (RTK), GPS, and other such useful add-ons. Another feature to consider while selecting your drone would be their durability, portability, stability, and camera resolution. Energy Industry In the energy industry, the most common applications of drones would be in the surveying, inspection, and project documentation dimensions of the sector. Any drone wished to be stationed for this industry must have the capacity to endure high scorching temperatures, gas emissions, and radiation. Approved industrial-grade UAVs that can withstand such environments include the DJI Matrice 200, DJI Matrice 210, DJI Inspire 1, and DJI Inspire 2. The location of the site being monitored may require special drone equipment furnished with RTK or GCP equipment for utmost precision. The need for thermal cameras plays a considerably significant role in the energy sector, so we suggest DJI’s XT, XT1, XT2, or X7 as a bold investment decision. More standard and primary options such as X4S or X5S would also operate well. Skydio 2, crafted with exceptional obstacle avoidance sensors, allows users to manoeuvre near sites and transmission towers without crashing or hindering their functions. Emergency Response Team The applicability of Drone Technology has extended to become a vital part of Emergency Response teams. A Drone's levels of exactness coupled with its high-resolution aerial imagery, are helpful during search and rescue missions or for performing accident reconstructions. Drones with thermal technology are especially useful to locate any sign of survival in such cases. It is easy for humans to miss out on essential details even during times of such crisis. However, with high-quality drones such as the DJI Mavic 2, response teams can gather thermal and RGB data for detailed mapping of the site. You can select affordable yet reliable drones such as the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 and DJI Mavic 2 Pro for accident reconstruction plans due to their level of efficiency. The DJI Inspire and Matrice offer longer flight time but come with a higher price to pay. Skydio 2 is another versatile drone employed during such situations due to its low elevation ability and effortless autonomous flight characteristics. Insurance Companies Insurance companies have been relying on drone technology for numerous objectives. Especially when it comes to several inspections, drones are used to survey damaged areas over unreliable satellite imagery technology. It is crucial to employ drones that can provide high-quality thermal data and quality images of the surveyed area. The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2, and even the Skydio 2 are a famous model utilized by insurance companies due to their ability to provide specific RGB information. However, if you want to focus on equipment that can render radiometric thermal imagery, the DJI Matrice 200, DJI Matrice 210 with XT, XT1, or XT2 thermal cameras are your most suitable fit.
  10. Hi folks, I finished designing a quadcopter drone in a CAD software with a 3 axis gimbal assembled at the bottom, and I have to admit that i am excited to see this flying. I know the costs of 3D printing and electronics would be pretty high, so before moving on to its construction, I was wondering if any of you drone gigs and enthusiast have any thoughts on my drone that you would like to share. Feel free to comment below if you think there are areas in the design that are vulnerable to failure. https://a360.co/3cNar3D Cheers,
  11. This one of my best work of 2020 or should i say my "quarantine edits" completed last week, was also featured on the DJI website. please feel free to like and subscribe if you enjoyed it... many more to come.
  12. To support our public health workers, FlytBase, Inc. has made FlytNow Pro available for free, till at-least May to those on the frontlines of the global fight against the pandemic. Drone operators can start using it immediately to provide situational awareness, aerial monitoring and last-mile delivery. You can avail free version of COVID-19 pro at https://flytnow.com/drones-for-coronavirus/ If you are not aware of FlytNow then check out this short video:
  13. Hi, I have a school research project where I have to build a business intelligence report where I have to offer a new tech to help a business. Basically I need help finding a specific drone model that can hypothetically be used for “food delivery” to hypothetically help a business like door dash or something. (Unless anyone has a better idea) Anyone know any specific drone models that have UAV capabilities, has a carry weight of about 5lb, and basically is researchable. I need to find info regarding “architecture and mobility, design, standards, markets and regulations” so basically it has so be a “known” drone model to where I can easily find a lot of information about it. if anyone can help me find a specific model of drone, and if anyone can help provide resources or info in the areas I need to research. It would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance, I’m really stuck here and know very little about drones and honestly need help.
  14. Hi Everyone! I am new to the drone community and am interested in potentially building my own drone. I was curious to what alternatives there are to the traditional airframe platform based drones? Thanks!
  15. Hello, I am Jamme Alexander CEO of The International Drone Federation (IDF) here in the U.S. We were founded in 2017, with the purpose of bringing together Commercial Drone Pilots, STEM Professionals, and industry-related businesses, to further the interests of the Commercial Drone Industry, as well as pursuing our collective mission to utilize commercial drone technology for global disaster relief and recovery efforts. If you are interested in receiving assistance for disaster relief and recovery, or can direct us to the right contacts, please contact myself or our Board President, Ean Mikale, J.D., at info@internationaldronefederation.tech Jamme Alexander IDF - CEO jalexis402@gmail.com www.internationaldronefederation.tech
  16. I operate a 3D mapping company that conducts surveys and designs for solar projects. I'm looking for drone pilots with electrical experience, who are interested in conducting site surveys. Among several tasks, you must be comfortable removing the cover of an electrical box. We are looking to work with pilots around the United States and have an immediate need in New York State, specifically near Utica and Corning/Elmira. If you're interested, please email me at Jason.Steinberg@scanifly.com. In your email, please include your resume and/or why you are qualified for the project.
  17. Hi all, got a great email from someone in our community and wanted to crowdsource a response: Thoughts? I know Sentera sells a DJI upgrade package. And I've heard about companies like Agrobotix and Drone Nerds, the latter selling add-on cameras, but I don't have direct experience with either company.
  18. Hi everyone, I hope you're having a great Friday. I'm a Part 107-certified Remote Pilot and freelance marketing consultant. I work with Flying Robot international Film Festival, Drone360 Magazine, DroneDeploy, and the forthcoming Wedding Drones. Check out my photos/videos - http://instagram.com/karaemurphy Website: http://karaemurphy.co I'll likely be posting about all things except for drone racing.
  19. This is a tutorial video of the Ground Control Station software of the SNIPER, Visionair. Check how easy is to prepare missions with the Auto-Grid Generation tool. Agriculture, mining or search & rescue, this tool is helpfull in any type of mission. Visit our website at www.alphaunmannedsystems.com or check our social media.
  20. I am new to this group and have a question for anyone knowledgable about how drones use elevation data in their flights. Is it loaded into the software onboard the UAV? What data is currently available and used. And would very specific elevation data of the ground surface area along with obstacles present be of any value in that process? Here is what I am talking about .It is a collaboration between Lufthansa and Intermap Technologies in creating a global database for Drone/ UAV usage called NextView. The data specifications are listed at the bottom... https://www.intermap.com/aviation-survace-data Thanks in advance as I don't know (but am trying to learn quickly) all the nuances involved with a wildly growing industry. Bill Raymor
  21. Some stories just break your heart on every level, like this tragic one. When I was doing aerial photography in the mountains, the battery suddenly ran out. What a terrible thing! Then my friend recommended the following battery for backup https://www.gensace.de/ Anybody heard of that? They are really offer a wide array of benefits, including compact size, greater capacity, and long runtime. I would be happy to recommend it here, They've been doing Christmas sales lately. Hope to have other used friends continue to share here.
  22. Ok so as I embark on this new faze of my career I’m very exited to hear all your stories and advice. At 55 years of age this will be my 3rd career, the first one was in aviation and the 2nd was in email marketing design, development and execution. Now it’s my turn to do something I’ve always loved. If all goes well I’ll be a commercial drone pilot by the end of the year!!!
  23. Where are all the drone jobs at???? Where can I get real estate drone jobs? Energy Jobs? Etc???