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The Winter Olympics may seem a long time ago, but was only in February when we were treated to the sight of a stunning light show created by 1,218 Intel "Shooting Star" drones as part of the opening ceremonies. (see https://www.acedroneimages.co.uk/single-post/2018/02/11/Hosting-the-2018-Winter-Olympics-and-want-to-get-noticed-%E2%80%A6Use-drones )
Intel's Guinness World Record didn't last too long though... it's just been broken by a Chinese company called Ehang which flew 1,374 "Egret" drones as part of the 1st of May, Chinese Labour Day celebrations in Xi'an. Ehang made the news in 2016 when they announced their intentions to design a pilotless drone which could carry human passengers. (See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-35250333/ces-2016-pilotless-drone-to-transport-humans-on-display )
The spectacular light display didn't go completely as planned however, as the mini drones failed to complete a number of set patterns, including showing the date and the total number of drones in the record attempt. Despite that however, the light show looked amazing, with the drones forming a 1200 meter long animated curtain above the city's ancient wall, which was also lit up to add to the spectacle.
If you haven't seen it yet, check it out the video at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43982522
...or a slightly longer clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U6jIYroUck
Marcel
www.AceDroneImages.co.uk
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Sources:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43982522
http://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/2144393/chinese-start-broke-world-drone-display-record-aerial-bots-werent
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You may not immediately connect Network Rail with aircraft or aviation, however this public sector body has an Air Operations team which uses helicopters - and increasingly Drones - to help maintain its 20,000 miles of track, 32,000 bridges and 2,500 stations.
Network Rail already uses remotely piloted aerial vehicles to carry out project site surveys, monitor overhead line equipment and identify landslips. However they recently trialled a new use for drones – to use them to inspect large structures, such as bridges with arch viaducts.
Typically these surveys required an engineer to abseil down the structure and take photographs for later analysis.
As you can immagine, this is hard and dangerous work, often carried out at night or in poor weather and images can only be captured from locations that a person can physically access.
The result of the trial has been very positive... Network rail is finding that using UAV’s to produce high definition 360 degree views, 2D elevations and 3D models using photogrammetry,greatly reduces the need for physical inspections and provides engineers with high quality information they can review from the safety of their office.
3D Models such as the one below provide engineers with a high resolution computer model of a structure which they can pan, rotate and zoom in 3 dimensions, to identify defects or areas for further investigation.
You can see more information of the Network Rail trial at their web-site: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/drones-trialled-inspection-large-railway-structures/
But you don't need 20,000 miles of track and 37,000 employees before drones can start saving you money and making your life easier...
Want to know how Drones can help your business?
Simply get in touch.... :-)
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Humans have always been fascinated with flight. In Greek mythology Icarus’ escaped gravity with wings made from wax and feathers. Unfortunately he became overconfident and instead of playing it safe with this amazing new invention.... in his hubris he flew too close to the sun - which melted his wings and so he plummeted to his death.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, the amazing genius that was Leonardo da Vinci designed a helical screw and a parachute way back in the 15th Century. Then in 1783, the Mongolfier brothers for the first time in human history achieved practical, free flight with their hot air balloon design.
Gliders followed, but it took until 1903 before Orville & Wilbur Wright made the first powered flight. Aircraft design accelerated beyond belief during the first world war, but after the invention of the jet engine in 1930 by RAF engineer Sir Frank Whittle, there were far fewer big technological leaps in aeronautics.
Today, many believe that’s about to change – and that we currently stand on the cusp of the next big technological leap thanks to the combination of AI, drone and battery technology.
Professor Iain Gray, director of aerospace at the UK’s Cranfield University, says that “We’re seeing new materials.. We’re seeing new technologies around autonomy [self-flying aircraft] and artificial intelligence for the first time applied in aerospace. And we’re seeing really exciting opportunities around electric propulsion.
He may be right - electric propulsion and AI may well be the driving force in the next generation of innovative aircraft.
Airbus believe their pilotless, vertical take off or landing sky taxi will be able to carry four passengers and be operational within the next five years.
The benefits are hoped to be greater convenience, less pollution and less congestion. Of course, the production version will need to be a little bigger than the prototype pictured – but AirBus are committed to having the full size version flying by the end of 2018.
New start-up Volocopter have a similar idea and goal – their design uses 18 rotors to ensure safety in case a motor fails and has room for 2 passengers.
It might seem a little far fetched, but this company is funded to a tune of 30 million Euro’s by sponsors such as Mercedes and Intel and unlike AirBus, a full size prototype has been flown both with a pilot and fully autonomously. Check out the amazing video...
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OazFiIhwAEs
Neither company can relax though, as the competition isn’t far behind. Companies such as China's Ehang, Israel’s Tactical Robotics, ride-sharing giant Uber and California-based Vimana have all made bold claims in the field.
We live in exciting times and I wonder just what Leonardo da Vinci would have made of it all. He’d probably be advising these clever companies to play it safe and not fly too close to the sun.
Hubris can be dangerous.
....Fly Safe!
Marcel Evans at www.AceDroneImages.co.uk
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Over 1200 drones to be precise! Oh, and break a Guinness Book of Records whilst doing it. And if that’s not challenging enough, why not do it at night and in sub zero temperatures?.
That’s what the organisers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea achieved in their spectacular opening ceremony, with 1218 drones chasing snowboarders down the slopes and shape-shifting from a stellar cloud, to the Olympic rings, to a ghostly snowboarder. It looked like something from a sci-fi film, but was actually a live show put on by a swarm of intel “Shooting Star” drones.
`I say “live”, but actually it turned out to be pre-recorded.
Knowing as I do, how hard it is to safely fly a drone in sub-zero conditions, and bearing in mind the organisers had to contend with possible strong winds, temperatures down to -20c and a global audience – I personally think they did the right thing… a fantastic job and a world first!
As amazing as the spectacle was though, these drones are not all for show… this technology is being developed to provide new capabilities, such as life-saving search and rescue operations. That may require changes to civil aviation rules in most countries, but if the drones can prove their worth, then regulation changes will certainly follow.
I for one, can’t wait… but for now, I’ll look forward to watching the Snowboarders compete in Boardercross – the most exciting winter sport ever invented!
Sources:
https://www.wired.com/story/olympics-opening-ceremony-drone-show/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/43016799
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Guardian angels just became real…. For the first time ever, a Drone saves two swimmers.
As I blogged back in November ( https://tinyurl.com/y6wj2b3e ), coastguards in eastern Australia are currently trialling the use of an experimental aerial platform to help them spot swimmers in difficulty and if necessary, drop them a self-inflating, rescue float with a built in GPS beacon.
Well it didn’t take long to prove the life-saving potential of these drones. On January the 18th, whilst being trained at Lennox Head, south of Brisbane, coastguards were alerted to two teenage boys who had become trapped in a rip tide and being battered by 3 metre (10ft) surf.
Even fast Jet skis would have taken over 3 minutes to reach the teenagers, but the drone took just 70 seconds and dropped a flotation device which carried them to shore, exhausted but unhurt.
The “Little Ripper” experimental drone platform used in this rescue is based on a miniaturized helicopter design which enables it to stay in the air for up to 2.5 hours. This is much longer than current quad-copter designs which currently offer only a realistic maximum of 20-25 minutes flight time. Sydney’s University of Technology is working hard to develop this platform into a drone which can not only drop rescue floats, but using sophisticated AI, can spot sharks lurking near swimmers.
As the technology becomes more refined and costs drop, it won’t be long before life guards on our own shores will be equipped with similar life saving drones capable of spotting threats and dropping flotation devices. Personally, I very much look forward to the time I can go surfing, safe in the knowledge there’s a guardian angel up there keeping an eye on me.
Sources:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-australia-42732304/swimmers-rescued-by-drone-in-australia
https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/180119-australia-drone-lifeguard-rescue-vin-spd?source=searchvideo
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The top 20 aerial photographs from 2017 have been revealed on Dronestagram, a site which allows drone pilots to share their aerial photographs and videos.
One of my favourites has to be of a Polar bear crossing ice floes in the high Arctic which was taken by Florian Ledoux during an expedition.
Analysing the thousands of images shared on social media last year, the trend has been away from scenery and more towards close up views of people and wildlife. The standard is very high, as drone technology continues to improve and photographers become more experienced.
I also love this image by jcourtial - but that might also be because I've visited this particularly stunning beach in Portugal. On a quiet day, the hard climb is well worth a day spent in this secluded and beautiful cove,
Which of the top 20 photographs is your favorite?
See them all by clicking on any of the images above or going direct to www.dronestagr.am/blog/
Fly safe!
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If you’re giving someone their first drone or hoping to unwrap one yourself, the following tips will help that first flight ….not be the last.
1) Know the Drone Code -
Take 2 minutes to read it at http://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/
It will tell you how to avoid £5k fines plus criminal proceedings and where you can safely fly:
Not out of your back garden, over your estate or town – you need to stay at least 150meters away from built up areas / crowds and always at least 50meters away from people, buildings and vehicles.Never fly above 400ft/120metersKeep it in sight… Don’t fly further than 500meters away.
2) Read the Manual -
Yes I know, it's a sign of weakness and you never do it. Trust me, this is the exception to the rule. The more intimately you know your drones tech specs, the safer you'll be and the more fun you'll have.
How do I look after those expensive batteries? Is it too cold/windy to fly? How and when do I calibrate the compass? How does the DJI "Return to Home" button work? (You may be shocked - the drone will not always come back).
Youtube is full of excellent tutorials – watch some.
3) Use the Drone Assist App before every flight -
It's free and brilliant, producing a graphical report of any hazards near you, a weather/wind update, warning you of any other nearby drone flights and allowing you to broadcast your flight to other drone users. Forewarned is forearmed! Get it at http://dronesafe.uk/safety-apps/
4) Get Insured -
Public liability insurance makes sense and is very affordable. In the past I’ve used www.fpvuk.org– Just £20 for the whole year. Bargain!
5) Don’t use your drone for your business or anyone else’s -
Unless you obtain a "Permission for Commercial Operations" from the CAA, using your Drone for any kind of commercial activity is a criminal offence. That’s even if no money changes hands!
Aerial photography is a fun and challenging hobby and modern drones are simply amazing to fly, allowing you to see places from a new and unique perspective. Like anything, flying a drone has its risks, but do a little research, be sensible and there’s no reason why you should crash your expensive drone, cause any injury or break any laws..
Fly Safe!
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The Civil Aviation Authority is considering yet another commercial drone operator licence ("Permission for Commercial Operations" aka PfCO) fee hike of 272% in just 2 years. This proposal comes at a time when the CAA is under increased criticism for its lack of action to protect both the public and professional drone pilots who have been losing business to illegal, uninsured operators for years.
The government is keen for a post-Brexit UK to be seen as a world leader in drone technology and drone operations are being touted as a way to stimulate the UK economy as aerial drone services can dramatically reduce companies costs.
However, the last thing the fragile UK drone industry needs is profiteering by an organisation which has consistently failed to protect professional remote pilots and allows un-licensed operators to work without fear of prosecution. The internet forums are already buzzing with angry Drone pilots openly asking what is the point of remaining legal?
As there is virtually no chance of the CAA prosecuting them, some law-abiding UAV pilots are now considering operating totally illegally just so they can stay in business and compete with the rogue traders. Sadly this reaction is even more understandable when you consider how the CAA proposes to use the extra 300k raised from the 3500 UK Drone operators… They state that they will use the funds to “reduce application turnaround times” – i.e to make their own income stream more efficient, whilst doing absolutely nothing to pursue illegal and uninsured operators.
It’s a sad state of affairs – can you imagine what would happen if the Gas Safe Register body operated in the same way? We have one of the safest domestic gas industries in the world precisely because the Gas Safe register both inspects its registered engineers and investigates illegal gas work. Sadly, when it comes to Drones, the CAA simply isn’t following the Gas Safe model.
The CAA’s proposed increased charges consultation can be seen and commented on at the following link: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/caa-charges-2018-19/
The UK desperately needs the CAA to stop looking to its profits and start prosecuting dangerous rogue flyers. How long before there is serious loss of life because the CAA isn’t doing its job protecting the industry and the public?
See more at our web site...
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Making sure your business is visibile on Google maps and Street View has long been key to ensuring customers can find you. A google search for your business should show up its opening hours, contact details and its location. However, there is now a way to really stand out from the crowd and attract customers - using 360 Panoramas.
Because Google often prioritises panoramic images when displaying locations, a high definition, interactive 360 aerial panoramic photograph is an extremely cost-effective way of getting your business noticed. Facebook also has the ability to display panoramic images, so you can easily use both platforms to reach your customers.
You view these immersive images on a tablet or mobile, using your fingers to move around and zoom into points of interest. This gives you an interactive birds-eye view of a location with the freedom to explore the scene. This technology, married to high definition cameras mounted on Drones and specialist software, can really make your business stand out from the crowd.
Try it yourself... click on the image below to view an example I created recently in North Worcestershire to show off the Atherstone Royal Mail depot in its setting alongside the River Anker and the Riverside Wildlife Area: ( https://tinyurl.com/ya8jqbch )
View the 360 Panorama by clicking on the image above.
According to research carried out by MediaCT in 2014, 2 out of 3 customers looked for local business on mapping products and nearly half of those searches generate an on-site visit. Thanks to drone aerial photography, you can now tap into this trend and capture your customers attention for just a few hundred pounds.
So how do we create these arresting images for you?
Flying in accordance with our CAA Permission for Commercial Operations, we fly a drone to the desired location, hover in place and rotate through 360 degrees whilst taking 60+ photographs from all angles. Once back on the ground, these images are carefully stitched together using specialist software and modified to be usable by Facebook and Google Street View.
Contact us if you have any questions or visit our web site for more details.
www.AceDroneImages.co.uk
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Ace Drone Images | We've got Altitud.. by Marcel Evans - Ace Drone Images - 4M ago
Drones are set to become the latest environmentally friendly weapon in the fight against the deadly Zika virus.
By spreading diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and the Zika virus, mosquitoes kill more humans worldwide than any other animal. Mosquitoes are responsible for 725,000 human deaths every year. To give that figure some kind of perspective official shark attack figures stand at around 10 people killed a year .
Many ways of dealing with mosquitoes – such as fumigation or insecticide – have a negative environmental impact. However one proven way of tackling the problem without using dangerous chemicals, is to release large numbers of sterile male mosquitoes – this in turn has the effect of crowding out other males and reducing the population as a whole.
The difficulty has been spreading sterile mosquitoes over wide areas with poor infrastructure and few roads.
WeRobotics has developed a plan to resolve this by using specially adapted drones which will be able to release sterile mosquitoes, gradually over a wide area from the air.
But it’s quite a technical challenge... How do you modify a drone so it can release fragile mosquitoes without damaging them? How do you ensure the mosquitoes are gradually released during the Drones flight and aren't released all at the same time?
Read more details at the BBC news story ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42066518 ) and at the WeRobotics web site (https://werobotics.org/blog/2017/06/12/aerial-robotics-to-reduce-zika/ )
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