Press release: Natural Power acquires Ascent Technologies
Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acquired the Texas-based firm Ascent Technologies – a developer of software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations.
The specialist software, which has been developed by Ascent Technologies during the course of the past two years, will enable Natural Power to automate drone flights, thus increasing speed, consistency and quality of the data gathered during wind turbine blade inspections.
At the beginning of December, it will have been 5 years since Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos announced plans for Amazon Prime Air. Initially mocked in popular culture, everyone soon realized that it’s precisely the sort of thing Amazon could and would do, and settled back to see where the chips would fall.
Today, the dream has yet to come to fruition — and other companies have followed suit in betting big on drone delivery hardware and systems — yet the smart money remains on Amazon being the big beneficiary of this automated revolution, especially since it has put so much time and money into getting it right.
However, by the time Amazon’s Prime Air drone fleet goes live (whether in 2019 or much later), it will need to have overcome some major hurdles that currently face all drone delivery systems. What hurdles are those? Let’s go through them.
Parrot Bluegrass The Multipurpose Quadcopter Solution For Agriculture
Parrot Bluegrass is the first Parrot quadcopter specifically designed for agriculture, and is the latest Business Solution from Parrot joining and complementing the Parrot Professional range. This includes the Parrot Disco-Pro AG & Parrot Bebop Pro-3D Modeling, which launched earlier this year, and more recently – Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal.
2017 has been a significant and busy year for Parrot, with the launch of the company’s Parrot Professional range in Q2 2017. The new solutions combine Parrot’s consumer and commercial technologies and provide access to drone intelligence for small business and independent users. Just last month (September), Parrot also announced the global launch of two new additions to its consumer range – Parrot Mambo FPV and Parrot Bebop 2 Power.
With the launch of Parrot Bluegrass, Parrot is once again affirming its commitment to innovating new solutions that benefit businesses with UAVs, sensors and software that embeds a new level of precision data, and can be plugged into existing industry workflows. Parrot Business Solutions is changing the way a large number of industries work and helps to improve ROI, efficiency and productivity.
Parrot Bluegrass is a multipurpose quadcopter designed for agriculture professionals, and helps farmers improve their ROI, using its two embedded cameras; video camera and multispectral sensor. With its front Full HD video camera, this solution lets users visually monitor the farm’s infrastructure, land and herds. It also enables farmers to get a full overview and detect problem areas in all types of crop fields quickly and efficiently, thanks to its multispectral sensor designed for Precision Agriculture, Parrot Sequoia, and the easy to use processing cloud platform – AIRINOV FIRST+.Continue reading Parrot Bluegrass, the multipurpose quadcopter solution for agriculture→
Compact, ultra-light, agile and easy to pilot, the Parrot Mambo is THE ultimate fun-to-fly minidrone – and now provides a unique FPV racer experience!
Thanks to its FPV HD camera, the all new Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 (FPV goggles) and accompanying Parrot Flypad piloting controller, the Parrot Mambo FPV opens the pilot to an exciting world of fully immersive, drone racing experiences.
Ideal to fly indoors and outside in the garden, the Parrot Mambo FPV transforms its environment into a giant playground – turning everyday items around the home into obstacles and racetracks.
It also comes fully equipped with a range of brand new piloting modes, perfect to train yourself before a big race, and Parrot Mambo FPV’s new power battery provides up to 10 minutes of flight time*.
The Parrot Mambo FPV creates an all new flying experience, putting you at the heart of the cockpit, and into the role of the drone’s pilot!
Parrot Mambo FPV is available in September 2017 at Argos, Currys, Amazon.co.uk and at parrot.com.
The ecommerce industry is one area that really stands to benefit from the increased use of drones in our society, especially when it comes to logistical evolution. As drones become easier to control and are given greater levels of autonomy by legislators, their commercial uses will only continue to increase. The future of drones and ecommerce is bright and promising. Here are a few things that we might be able to expect in the years to come, from same-day deliveries across the globe to drone-based photography services.
Used By Big Businesses
Drones are already used by businesses like Amazon, who plans to have 80-90% of its deliveries fulfilled by drones in future. As the technology becomes more prevalent, more and more businesses are going to start doing the same. Amazon is a huge industry influencer and if it comes up with a new initiative, you can be sure that everyone else will be vying for a slice of the pie. Amazon has the ability to wield its enormous influence and purchase power, but eventually drone delivery should trickle out to smaller retailers and brands too. (It’s predicted that a lot of large businesses will pay for their drones by renting them out).
If you’re on this site, you’re already familiar with the incredible drone revolution going on these days.
Personal drones are becoming more and more popular, their prices are coming down, their technology is getting better and simply put, they become more accessible to more people- that’s why you keep hearing about them all over the place.
Personal drones however, have evolved, like much of our cutting edge technology from a more scary past – a military past. The commercial and consumer drone revolution has both an interesting, a curious and even a more terrifying past – the history of drones is, in fact, extremely interesting.
It’s interesting to read and understand how drones technology has come about and how it has matured over the years – incredibly drones have been evolving for more than two centuries. Quite a lot of different technologies had to come together to eventually enable the current version of drones.
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
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.
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.