All posts by Jeff Salmon

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The Power of Tethered Drones

This entry is part of 24 in the series PangaeaBefore the FAA’s Rule 107 allowing UAS use for commercial work, we waited patiently (and often impatiently) for the day when UAS would be “unleashed.” Ironically, now a new class of UAS gets its power from actually being on a leash. Tethered drones use a hardware...

Color coding in this image of Mars represents differences in elevation, measured by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor. While surface liquid water is rare and ephermal on modern Mars.

Straight on to Mars (and Beyond)

This entry is part 23 of 24 in the series PangaeaIn the last issue we raised the question of whether mankind should go back to the Moon as a way to fuel future space exploration. While that article states the many salient reasons to take this path, many people feel we should aim higher and...

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Aerial Data Collection: Little Drone Takes on Big Airport

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series May 2017In a first-of-its-kind project, a UAS is tasked to collect aerial data of an international airport. By Jeff Salmon Normally when you add the words “drone” and “airport” to a sentence, it classifies as cringe-inducing. Just the opposite is true with this ground-breaking UAS...

UAS: From FUD to FOMO

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series May 2017By Jeff Salmon Welcome to our semi-annual UAS-focused issue. Looking back over the last six years of UAS development, I am struck by how far the technology has progressed. Right before our eyes a new industry has developed, one that promises to bring far-reaching...

Should we settle on the Moon before Mars?

Back to the Moon? Or—Straight on to Mars?

This entry is part 1 of 24 in the series PangaeaEditor’s note: at xyHt and Pangaea we’ve been adding “geo-space-al” content into our geospatial mix, and readers have been responding positively. Surveying on Mars is a great example. When you think about it, geospatial technology and space are inextricably intertwined; from GNSS to satellite-based remote...

AXIS GeoSpatial has recently added a Piper Navajo to its fleet of aircraft.

15 Years of Growth at AXIS GeoSpatial

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Heights april 2017AXIS GeoSpatial provides more applications from one mapping effort. Easton, Maryland-based AXIS GeoSpatial LLC provides geospatial data and solutions to federal, state, and local government agencies and private sector firms, especially aerial mapping services. Heights talked with Erica Insley, marketing director for the...