GNSS Basics for Beginners in Drone Mapping

GNSS Basics for Beginners in Drone Mapping

GNSS Basics for Beginners in Drone Mapping    I think it is fair to assume that a significant number of drone owners have very little grasp of the importance of, and the role that Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are playing in assisted flight and automated navigation. The reliability of orientation sensors, GNSS, powerful computers and software make it just so easy to launch and fly that one can understand why drone enthusiasm is thriving despite often very superficial knowledge levels of what it takes technically to enjoy the ease…

Making maps with Small Drones – 5 Steps

Making maps with Small Drones – 5 Steps

Until very recently the acquisition of aerial imagery was very expensive as it could only be done by manned aircraft or satellites equipped with special cameras or sensors. The high safety risks, operational complexity and acquisition and operational costs of these mapping techniques made them completely uneconomic for small projects such as mapping a single village or agricultural holding. Enter the small civilian drone.  Drones have significantly improved the speed and efficiency at which small areas can be safely and accurately mapped. As their prices continue to drop while their capabilities rise,…

The new map

The new map

Micro Aerial Projects had the pleasure of working on this project with drone2GIS. Take a look at this video in which you will see how we are changing the geospatial product landscape! Sit back, relax and experience the new mapping standard as we take you through an example of drone2GIS Inc‘s work in an agricultural setting. Contact us for more information!

SNEAK PREVIEW OF A NEW SPECIES RECENTLY SIGHTED IN THE AMERICAN SKIES

SNEAK PREVIEW OF A NEW SPECIES RECENTLY SIGHTED IN THE AMERICAN SKIES

A new species recently sighted in the American skies… Name: Bateleur (belongs to the Pixhawk family) Color: White with yellow wingtips, distinctive black spot on chest Habitat: Over fields, farms and towns anywhere on the North American Continent Flight Characteristics: Flies automatically in straight lines and graceful circles Call: Faint humming with occasional beeps Habits: Effortlessly flies for up to 40 minutes with 650g of prey before landing on any ground surface Other characteristics: Sharp eyes, hardy, intelligent, easily tamed and trained for multitude of tasks First sighted in the US by…

Virtual Surveyor Tools

Virtual Surveyor Tools

What to do with those millions of triangles defining the geometry of an Urban Environment? Enter the Virtual Surveyor Tools. An all too often underestimated step in the workflow of a UAV mapping operation is the extraction of features of interest in vector format. Structure from Motion and Lidar give us unprecedented density in point clouds to better represent the shapes we are interested in. While that density helps to define edges and planes accurately, it comes with the big data burdens – heavy processing, lots of memory and patience…

V-Map system at work!

V-Map system at work!

Capital Press has written an interesting article entitled Idaho Drone Project Studies Potato Stress. We are very happy to see how our V-Map system and the drones we configured for Donna and her colleagues at Idaho State University are finding their way to harmless and productive engagements!   Back in March we equipped Donna with two Survey Copter Systems – a quad and a hex – including spare frames and V-Map systems. With Oliver’s talent for configuration and packaging we could see Donna off with all her gear accompanying her…

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