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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,”…
STARTING A COMMERCIAL DRONE BUSINESS: “HOW TO CAPTURE AND SHARE COMPELLING AERIAL CONTENT”
Starting a Commercial Drone Business – Taking compelling pictures 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…
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…
AIRBORNE DRONES REPORTS ON: “FLIR INTRODUCE NEW THERMAL CAMERA VUE PRO”
  ON-BOARD RECORDING Vue Pro records 8-bit digital video in MJPEG or H.264 formats and 14-bit still imagery to a removable micro-SD card so you won’t lose any of your data to transmission loss. Imagery is saved to the micro-SD card and can be retrieved either from the card or by plugging the camera into…
AIRBORNE DRONES REPORTS ON: “DRONES ARE BECOMING THE OIL INDUSTRY’S GUARDIAN ANGELS”
Drones in the oil industry: AS PETROLEUM HAS BECOME HARDER TO FIND, IT’S BECOME INCREASINGLY COSTLY AND DANGEROUS TO EXTRACT. COULD AERIAL DATA-COLLECTION BOTS CREATE A NEW BOOM IN FOSSIL FUELS? Oil and gas exploration has always moved at the speed of the equipment—glacially. Productive job sites quickly get clogged with fleets of massive trucks, cranes,…