All posts by Jeff Salmon

Sensfly eBee

UAVs Planting Trees

This entry is part of 30 in the series Pangaea… And What That Means for Next-gen Drones Honestly, I don’t pay much attention to unusual uses of UAVs; I focus on geospatial applications. However, after reading the news about a company using UAVs to plant trees, perhaps I should. Let’s take a look at the...

eBee UAV fleet

Don’t Buy a Drone

This entry is part 1 of 30 in the series PangaeaInstead, invest in a fleet of drones. (Apologies for the clickbait headline!) While I was talking to a surveyor whose firm employs UAS in their work, he mentioned the different models of the craft they have. I interrupted him: “Just how many drones do you...

Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse!

This entry is part 2 of 30 in the series PangaeaIn less than a month (August 21, to be precise) folks across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina, will be treated to a rare total solar eclipse. Here’s the Pangaea guide to watching this spectacular event. Safety first! Don’t even think about watching...

Bad Elf

A Good Day with a Bad Elf

This entry is part 3 of 30 in the series PangaeaIt was a beautiful early summer day, ideal weather to take a road trip to the Pike National Forest about an hour from my Eastern Colorado home. Pike National Forest comprises 1,106,604 acres southwest of Denver and is a frequent haunt of mine for camping,...

Esri Geo App

Free GIS Training

This entry is part 4 of 30 in the series PangaeaThe ABCs of GIS via MOOC Massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide an affordable (generally free) and flexible way to learn new skills to advance or enhance your career or for your own personal development. The team over at Esri has joined the MOOC movement...

LaserDrone Schematic

Laser-powered UAS

This entry is part 29 of 30 in the series PangaeaAs noted in our latest issue about tethered drones, the ability to power UAS from the ground exponentially increases flight times and allows the use of heavier sensor payloads. Tethering accomplishes this at the cost of range, however: generally 200-400’ with commercially available tethering systems....