All posts by Jeff Salmon

Verifly

UAS Insurance and Marketing

Final in the series, “Adopting UAS Technology” At first glance, UAS insurance and marketing seem unrelated, yet both are critical to the success or failure of your firm’s adoption of UAS technology. Insurance is critical because just one accident and the attendant liability can put you out of business. Additionally, your clients will want you...

CompassData Team

UAV Fly-off

Colorado businesses and non-profits teamed to evaluate UAV technology and to network at this fun event. This spring, a cooperative effort between civil engineering firm CH2M, Juniper Unmanned, the Boy Scouts of America, and local UAS businesses yielded a fun-filled fly-off and network event southeast of Denver, Colorado. Ground Work and Ground Control Alexander Mahrou...

Applications engineer Jeff DeBoer demonstrates interchangeable payload options enabled by the “V” airframe of the new UAS, Falcon 8. Two models are offered: GeoEXPERT for surveying and InspectionPRO for industrial inspection.

Your sUAS Un-checklist

We’re all familiar with the concept of checklists: handy organizational tools for getting things done. As business persons, you should also be familiar with the concept of “barriers to entry”: the greater the obstacles, the more difficult it is for a business to enter a market, and vice versa. And unless you’ve beaten Elon Musk...

Shark Week at Pangaea

With Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” taking a big bite (sorry couldn’t help it!) out of my 4th of July weekend, my thoughts naturally turned to unmanned systems. Well, actually, thoughts on how unmanned systems are being used to study sharks with an eye to protecting both them and humans. Let’s start with that last application,...

FAA Rule 107

Part 107 Goes Live: UAS Unchained (Mostly)

The FAA said that it would have its Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations ready by this summer, and by the second day of summer, it did. Rule 107 takes effect in late August and applies to unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting commercial operations. Let’s take a quick look at the...

Networking

Spatial Networking for Fun and Profit

Recently I attended a UAV event in my area (watch for the July issue of xyHt for more) that got me thinking about the role of networking in our profession. Not RTK, CORS, or even WANs or LANs, but person-to-person networking. Networking for fun. Meeting new people in the geospatial profession (and especially those interested...