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Limited Edition Parrot Bebop 2 & Parrot Disco Adventurer Packs: Explore the World from the Sky

Press release by Parrot

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Set off into the great outdoors and discover new horizons with the limited edition Parrot Bebop 2 and Parrot Disco Adventurer packs.

 Both packs are tailor made for adventurers and designed to meet the demands of a new generation of explorer, equipped with lightweight, ergonomic backpacks that include all of the flying essentials. This includes: 

·         Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer: a Parrot Bebop 2 quadcopter; a Parrot Skycontroller 2 controller; one pair of Parrot Cockpitglasses FPV goggles; one battery offering 25 minutes of flight time; and the Follow Me GPS and visual tracking app

Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer pack
Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer pack

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MicroPilot autopilots compatible with Lockheed Martin’s mGCS

Press Release

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MicroPilot autopilots have achieved STANAG 4586 compatibility through integration with Lockheed Martin’s unmanned systems software ecosystem.

June 1st, 2017 – Stony Mountain, Canada – Working with Lockheed Martin CDL Systems, MicroPilot Inc. has developed a Vehicle Specific Module (VSM) to communicate with STANAG 4586 compliant ground control station (GCS) software. This will enable MicroPilot customers to utilize Lockheed Martin’s many previously unavailable tools as part of its unmanned systems software ecosystem with over 1.5 million flight hours worldwide.

 

Micropilot autopilot
Micropilot autopilot

STANAG 4586 is a NATO standard interface for Unmanned Control System and UAV interoperability. MicroPilot was able to cooperate with Lockheed Martin CDL Systems to create the VSM to make MicroPilot autopilot’s able to communicate with Lockheed Martin’s mGCS software, which is STANAG 4586 compliant. Continue reading MicroPilot autopilots compatible with Lockheed Martin’s mGCS

UGCS PHOTOGRAMMETRY TOOL FOR UAV LAND SURVEYING MISSIONS

Latvia, Riga – March 7, 2017 – Before the introduction of small UAVs for aerial photogrammetry, planes, helicopters and metric cameras were used. Not only was this costly, it was also complex due to the images being taken from high altitudes. UAVs have made aerial mapping more affordable, faster and precise. When it comes to planning survey missions for small UAVs, UgCS is the right software for the job. It supports most UAV platforms and provides useful tools such as Photogrammetry tool, Image geotagging tool and other.

UgCS Photogrammetry for land survey
UgCS Photogrammetry for land survey

Continue reading UGCS PHOTOGRAMMETRY TOOL FOR UAV LAND SURVEYING MISSIONS

ArcticDEM for safer UAV flights

Press release by UgCS 

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Recently new digital surface model ArcticDEM Release 3 has been released for wide list of territories – Alaska, Baffin Island (Canada), Svalbard (Norway), Iceland, Novaya Zemlya (Russia) and Franz Josef Land (Russia) enabling safer UAV mission planning.

ArcticDEM-Domain-Map
Image source: http://pgc.umn.edu/arcticdem

This is exciting news for UAV industry, as UAV usage has increased in Arctic region during last 5 years, but previously available public elevation data for hard-to-reach regions was outdated and imprecise. Continue reading ArcticDEM for safer UAV flights

Keyshare Technology Introduces Kimon Drone to US Market

Press Release by Keyshare Technology

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Kimon Aims to Be First Successful Mass Market Selfie Drone

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV – January 3, 2017

Keyshare Technology announced today the launch of their Kimon “selfie” drone in the US market. Selfie drones have been hovering on the horizon for some time now. The Kimon, which was successfully introduced in China in July 2016, is the first to deliver on the promise of these devices. Selfie drones eliminate the standard selfie limitations – small photo area due to length of your arm or selfie stick – while delivering quality photos at an affordable price.

The Kimon selfie drone
The Kimon selfie drone by Keyshare Technology

The Kimon is easy to use, portable, has a replaceable battery and is capable of taking quality photos with a high-definition camera.

Continue reading Keyshare Technology Introduces Kimon Drone to US Market

Yuneec International Announces Industry-Leading Customer Service Program Upgrades for U.S. and Canada

Press Release by Yuneec

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Program Provides New One Year Warranty, New Regional Service Centers Nationwide and Continues All U.S.-based Customer Service

ONTARIO, CA (January 5, 2017) — Yuneec International, a world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its industry-leading customer service offerings. These customer service upgrades include a new one year warranty, a total of twelve authorized service locations for after-warranty repair across the U.S. and Canada and Typhoon H product hotline, all effective immediately.

Yuneec Typhoon H

“At Yuneec, we’re committed to ensuring our customers receive the maximum benefit and enjoyment from our products and that ultimately comes down to having a customer service team that’s always performing at its optimum level,” said Ryan Borders, vice president of business operations. “We feel that by extending our product warranty to one year and providing quick, nimble and reliable support across the U.S. and Canada when customers need help, we will do just that.” Continue reading Yuneec International Announces Industry-Leading Customer Service Program Upgrades for U.S. and Canada

Yuneec International Expands Commercial UAV Offerings with All-New H520

Press Release by Yuneec

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H520 Builds Upon Yuneec’s Proven Six-Rotor Platform and Incorporates Industry-First Commercial-Grade Features and Software Developer Kit

ONTARIO, CA (January 5, 2017) — Yuneec International, a world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its commercial UAV offerings with the unveiling of the H520, an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications. The H520 builds off Yuneec’s proven six-rotor platform and incorporates industry-first commercial-grade cameras and applications for high-end commercial use. The H520 offers longer flight time, greater payload, modular design and enhanced components while staying true to Yuneec’s standard of excellence in aviation precision and safety.

Yuneec H520
Yuneec H520, , an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications

The H520, engineered for optimal use in industrial and commercial environments, features high visibility Hazard Orange fuselage and a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors. A 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal coupled with retractable landing gear provides an unobstructed view from any angle. The camera and gimbal are capable of a 20 degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections. Continue reading Yuneec International Expands Commercial UAV Offerings with All-New H520

A drone that flies (almost) like a bird

A drone developed by the Dario Floreano’s team in the Laboratory of Intelligent systems in the EPLF (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland is geared toward flying more like a bird than like small helicopters, as most available multirotors currently do.

This should allow a much greater tolerance to challenging environmental flight conditions.

For more information check full story on the EPFL website here and the video below.

Stay tuned on the Personal Drones Blog for the latest quadcopter and multirotor news!

SPH Engineering releases UgCS software update 2.10

Riga – December 15, 2016 – SPH Engineering’s latest update to UgCS mission planning software for drones brings improvements to features, user interface ergonomics and a new affordable licence type for UAV professionals.

Added support for PX4, DJI Matrice 600 and DJI A3 autopilot, expanding the already wide base of UgCS supported drones.

The UgCS version 2.10 features many changes, one of the biggest is automatic route calculation in the background as you draw it. Once the route is created – just upload it to the drone and it is ready to fly. Continue reading SPH Engineering releases UgCS software update 2.10