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RotorDrone Pro February - March 2021

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United States
Air Age Media
6 Issues

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1 min.
top view

SHARED AIRSPACE When I read about the latest developments in autonomous drone delivery, I wonder what the skies will look like in the next few years. Will small uncrewed aerial vehicles (sUAVs) circle overhead, waiting for their turn to dock at the nearest landing pad, or will drones actually take off and land from my front doorstep? And in either of those scenarios, how will these aircraft—presumably flown autonomously or at least beyond visual line of sight—avoid mid-air collisions? Although we don’t yet have all the answers, this month contributor Patrick Sherman details the plan that’s being developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and how it will impact commercial drone operations. His 14-page, must-read feature starts on page 22, and I think you’ll agree that it’s the most comprehensive explanation…

2 min.
return to home

RotorDronePro.com › Stunning Aerial Images Please thank Jeff Howe for the great article on taking photos with drones in the December/January issue. Jeff’s photos are spectacular! I am a digital Waypoint subscriber and have access to all the back issues, and I think Jeff’s article is one of the best on this subject. I learned a lot from his article—especially when it comes to editing after the image has been taken. I am not a professional photographer so I really appreciate getting tips from the experts to make my aerial images stand out. Robert Kinnett, Kansas City, Kansas I will certainly pass along your compliments to Jeff Howe, and we hope we can get him to share his aerial photography knowledge in a follow-up article. Please send your favorite photos for our Over the…

3 min.
lidar mapping a gold mine

When Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, Georgia, wanted to open more of its areas to public tours, they asked Inspired Intelligence, a family owned and operated drone business in Buford, Georgia, to help. Inspired Intelligence CEO and founder Nir Pe’er explained, “Besides drone technology, we also used new, amazing cutting-edge technology called LiDAR. We were able to completely scan the entire mine and the grounds above it and produce a 3D model of the mine … something that was never done before. Also, our drone technology helped us to fly into inaccessible areas of the mine that nobody has been able to set foot into for decades. Our drones, equipped with special lights, were able to collect amazing, high quality photos and videos of these areas of the mine.” Pe’er…

3 min.
911 drone deployment

Archer Unmanned Air Systems (Archer UAS), technology company with a 911-integrated drone deployment system, has announced a partnership with RapidDeploy as part of its Lightning Partner Program. Archer’s lifesaving drone deployment software, Archer First Response Systems (AFRS), will be integrated into the RapidDeploy SaaS platform, enabling 911 agencies to better locate victims and dispatch time-sensitive, lifesaving supplies by drone with the touch of a button. RapidDeploy’s cloud-native SaaS platform has been deployed at over 500 public safety agencies and 911 call centers, with an additional 150 deployments currently in progress throughout the U.S. As a RapidDeploy Lightning Partner, Archer UAS joins an ecosystem of technology players working to create an end-to-end Unified Critical Response platform, democratizing public safety through cloud-native technology. RapidDeploy continues to expand the number of partner technologies and…

3 min.
autonomous resupply in a congested battlespace

Can autonomous drones deliver supplies to troops in an active firefight? DroneUp recently partnered with a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Joint Force Development (JFD) exercise to find out. Participants met in Lawrenceville, Virginia—90 miles from Norfolk’s NATO ACT. The Brunswick County location provided a safe field environment to test the capabilities of the autonomous resupply experiment. The special operations experimental team also included Pale Horse Weapons Institute, Daniel Defense, Ultimate Training Munitions, and WeaponLogic DroneUp provided a patent-pending technology delivery solution and experiment execution for the operational experiment, which was led by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Atkinson, MBE, British Army. The experiment requirements included identifying and delivering a specified payload to three different recipients; delivering payloads unique to each recipient; drones locating the recipient; drones delivering the payload…

1 min.
anduril ghost 4

Designed and manufactured in the U.S. for the military, Ghost is Anduril’s newest product in its suite of defense technology solutions. Ghost is an autonomous, modular and flexible sUAS that operates on Anduril’s secure Lattice software platform. Its advanced all-electric powertrain provides more than 100 minutes of flight at a full mission payload with a near-silent acoustic signature. Ghost can identify, classify, and track objects of interest in low-bandwidth and contested environments with a low radio frequency signature. The rugged airframe is also waterproof and can withstand mud, freshwater, and saltwater projection from any angle and is submersible up to one meter, allowing Ghost to perform missions in maritime environments. The advanced flight control systems allow for operations in high winds and the metal chassis, frame, and payloads can withstand environmental…