Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

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UAS Crystal Ball 2017

Four things to watch for in the UAS space next year. Regulation: I just made up an acronym—“GBVLOS”—Getting beyond visual line of sight. With the rollout of the FAA’s Rule 107 allowing sUAS into the NAS for commercial work, the profession breathed a sigh of relief. Issues still remain, though: namely exemptions for BVLOS. So...

UAS: Measuring for Solar

Above: The Mortenson team prepares their senseFly drone for flight. With a UAS, a construction firm finds value—in addition to what can be measured—in real-time assessment and data availability.  Surveying plays a crucial role in construction, from initial planning to final as-built verification, often in multiple phases. However, terrestrial survey methods come with challenges for...

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UAS Surveying without GCPs

The subject of applying direct georeferencing to UAS platforms was a recurrent theme at the 2016 Commercial UAV Expo last week. Direct georeferencing offers the possibility of mapping without the use of ground control points, providing UAS operators a significant advantage in terms of speed. As an example of this technology, we reached out to...

IST Aerial’s Bo LeRoy uses the firm’s DJI Inspire One to collect data for volumetric calculations for compost piles located on a landfill in Colorado.

Drone design: What Goes into Designing a Drone?

A UAS firm tackles a topographic mission at 10,000 feet above sea level with their own system. (Above: IST Aerial’s Bo LeRoy uses the firm’s DJI Inspire One to collect data for volumetric calculations for compost piles located on a landfill in Colorado.) IST Aerial is a division of Integrated Science and Technology (IST), founded 25...

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Don’t Drone On: Drone Talk & Geospatial Professionals

How to explain the value of UAS to geospatial professionals. I’m the business development director at microdrones, where one of my goals is to help customers–who sell services like aerial mapping, surveying, infrastructure inspection, and monitoring precision agriculture–communicate to their potential clients the value of using UAS. This can be tricky in such a high-tech...

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Rosalie Bartlett: Marketing Manager at Kespry

Women in Unmanned Systems Editor’s Note: In our ongoing effort to promote geospatial professions, we’re asking dynamic leaders what attracted them to UAS and other geospatial fields as well as advice they might have for young people considering choosing related career paths. I’ve been fascinated by flight ever since I was little. If I were...