Category Archives: Aerial/UAS



I recently accompanied a film crew working on a documentary on maritime technologies to the NOAA facility in Newport, Oregon to catch a glimpse of what is widely celebrated as the “coolest ROV in the world.” The Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Sciences (ROPOS) is the flagship research ROV of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility...

Latin America UAVs are all over the map.

All Over the Map

The regulations and uses of UAVs for mapping in Latin America are as diverse as those cultures, but their drivers are much the same as we see here in the United States. Using manned airplanes for aerial photography and photogrammetry is an especially expensive proposition for countries south of the Rio Grande. The reasons are...

Two 25,000 cubic feet aerostats (Raven Aerostar TIF-25K), one on its mooring platform and the other on its tether.  Courtesy of Raven Aerostar.

Tethered Aerostats Provide Another Option in the Sky

Geospatial professionals are able to choose from an increasingly wide array of platforms on which to deploy ever more accurate and smaller sensors. Lately, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been getting most of the buzz (pun intended). However, in many situations, high-tech versions of one of the earliest flying devices, tethered aerostats, are a better...

Phil Kerns of Visual Intelligence accepts the Grand Award at the 2014 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence competition.

Visual Intelligence Takes Top MAPPS Honors

By xyHt Visual Intelligence captured the Grand Award at the 8th annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards ceremony. The award was presented at the 2014 Geospatial and Engineering International Marketing Conference in Alexandria, Virginia on September 25, 2014. A software and sensor technology company based in Houston, Texas Visual Intelligence won with their...

The IGM team (left to right: captain Juan P., Gómez E., Jorge Berenguela, lieutenant
Rafael Peña, geodesist José Sarzoza and sergeant Carlos
Gómez) gives a thumbs-up to
the successful completion of its Antarctic mission.

Aerial Imaging in Antarctica

It was quite an adventure: an all-or-nothing mission to map a research station in Antarctica. Like numerous countries around the world, Ecuador’s mapping agency, Instituto Geografico Militar (National Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador or IGM), is a technical institution within the country’s military establishment. The IGM is responsible for developing the national mapping and the geographic...

UAV News: Recent Court Cases

  Here are two recent court cases involving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) andusers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). In both cases, the FAA’s position that their 2007 policy memorandum on UAVs, particularly in regard to their being used for commercial purposes, was found to be not legally binding. Rafael Pirker v. FAA In this court case,...