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AIRBORNE DRONES REPORTS ON: “JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO SLASH DRONE REGULATIONS”
As the FAA gears up to increase drone regulations in the US, the Japanese government announced that it would slash regulations on drones in order to promote their use, calling them part of the “fourth industrial revolution.” The second meeting of Japan’s Public-Private Dialogue towards Investment for the Future was held yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office. The…
AIRBORNE DRONES REPORTS ON: “DRONES MAY SOMEDAY REPAIR OUR CITIES”
Drones to repair cities. In 2013, American taxpayers spent $91 billion on roads with a huge piece of the pie allocated to labor-intensive repair of bad roads. Now, fast-forward to the often-imagined “City of the Future.” Instead of massive, honking, smog-belching traffic delays ringed around stacks of safety cones and orange-clad workers, picture a small…
AIRBORNE DRONES REPORTS ON: “MINERS STRIKE DRONE GOLD DOWN UNDER”
One of Australia’s largest mining and metal companies is digging into drone use as a viable means of information gathering and the results may be a virtual gold mine of data for the industry. According to a recent company press release, Rio Tinto — a British-Australian multinational — is using drones to monitor its coal…
AIRBORNE DRONES REPORTS ON: “DRONES HELP CATCH TRAIN THIEVES IN POLAND”
PKP Cargo, Poland’s largest rail freight operator, has announced that recently introduced drones are helping to significantly reduce the amount of thefts from the company’s trains.  “Thanks to the initiatives undertaken by PKP Cargo, in the first half of the year losses due to theft of goods from trains were reduced by almost 60 percent,”…
AIRBORNE DRONES SHARES: “HOW TO CAPTURE AND SHARE COMPELLING AERIAL CONTENT”
If you have ever watched those heart-in-your-stomach action movie sequences featuring a guy leaping off a steep cliff and into a moving airplane, you would have experienced the wonderful cinematography that can be achieved by using aerial drone photography. After just over a year of posting daily aerial pictures and videos, we celebrated hitting the…
AIRBORNE DRONES DISCUSSES: “THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF OBSTACLE DETECTION USING LIDAR”
Small LIDAR (scanning laser) systems can be used for obstacle detection and SLAM from a moving drone. Whilst more work is still needed on the integration of the data from these sensors into the flight software, the theoretical performance can be evaluated based on the specifications of the laser and the mechanical movement. Ideally, we…
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