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Thermal Infrared Imaging from Drones Offers a Major Advance for Spider Monkey Surveys

Denise Spaan led a new paper on how drones equipped with a thermal imaging camera can facilitate counting spider monkeys. Accurate and precise population estimates form the basis of conservation action, but are lacking for many arboreal species due to the high costs and difficulty in surveying these species. Recently, researchers have started to use drones to…

Intelligent Energy leads UAV fuel cell power market with launch of 2.4kW module

Extends product portfolio to offer a flight duration of over five times that compared to batteries Provides reliable solution for powering heavier and larger UAVs with higher payloads Loughborough, Tuesday 16 April – Intelligent Energy is to launch a market leading 2.4kW fuel cell power product for the commercial UAV market. In just 18 months, Intelligent…

What do drones and GPS owe to a 1744 shipwreck?

Image copyrightALAMY On 5 October 1744, a storm was brewing in the English Channel. With sails set for home after chasing a French fleet off the coast of Portugal, a squadron of British warships was in trouble. The lead ship HMS Victory sank 100m to the seabed 50 miles (80km) south of Plymouth, taking with…

Peel pilot project tests drone delivery of defibrillators to help cardiac arrest victims

With each minute vital for a victim during a cardiac arrest, the Region of Peel will take part in a pilot project in Caledon using voluntary community CPR responders and Automated External Defibrillators delivered by drones. Despite improvements in CPR quality, drug administration and airway management, cardiac arrest survival in most communities is “abysmal,” according…

Drone helps Greater Manchester get faster broadband speeds

In the UK drones are helping engineers to run cables over obstacles that previously would have required a different more cumbersome or risky solution. Engineers are bringing some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK to Greater Manchester and they have drafted in a drone to help them to fly a broadband cable across a stretch…

Spies in the sky help councils catch fly-tippers in the act

Eighteen local authorities are using drones to combat illegal dumping, enforce building regulations and help emergency services during incidents. The move by councils to buy and hire the flying devices comes after an anti-dumping initiative, launched by the government in 2017. Councils using drones include Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Dublin city, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Galway, Kilkenny,…

Hollywood’s Drone War

The International Cinematographers Guild takes on Warner Bros. over the question of how to classify those who remotely operate drones for aerial shots. – Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter Drew Angerer/Getty Images Are they licensed pilots or unionised photographers? Game of Thrones, Fate of the Furious and Jurassic World are just some of the…

Network Rail builds on framework to increase drone coverage

Network Rail is preparing to expand its existing framework of drone companies it has at its disposal to increase its aerial operations coverage nationwide. Speaking exclusively to Commercial Drone Professional, Rikke Carmichael, head of air operations and Paul Lindup, project manager in specialist aerial services, described how the implementation of the new framework is imminent….

UAV Approaches to Turbine Inspection: Reducing Reliance on Rope-Access

With the continued rise of robotics and autonomous systems in renewables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are quickly becoming the go-to method for inspection across the wind industry. UAV technology provides a means to reduce the risk of inspection tasks, increase the frequency of inspection and provide high-quality information for the maintenance planning process. Although UAV inspection has…