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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s……. an autonomous fixed-wing mapping drone

This blog covers the development of an autonomous fixed-wing mapping drone, and the mapping of a vineyard in California.

The vineyard was located in a valley with the main property at the top of a hill, with the vines covering the hilly area. There was approx. 80 acres of vineyard and almond trees, with a 260 feet elevation change. To comply with the FAA…

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Added by Iain Butler on January 19, 2016 at 10:58pm — 7 Comments

Sometimes the Whole is Better than the Sum of the Parts

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So today I was invited to a UAV product launch, with a company I’ve discussed before Drone Deploy, http://www.dronedeploy.com and…

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Added by Iain Butler on April 1, 2015 at 1:06pm — 4 Comments

What happened at the AMA Expo?

I’ve been a card carrying member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for over a decade, when my first plane was a 2-channel toy with a turning radius of Texas from a hobby store. Today that humble start has grown into a whole collection of Warbirds, 3D planes, EDF jets, Helicopters and of course the Multirotors. I’ve always meant to go to the AMA Expo held every…

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Added by Iain Butler on January 31, 2015 at 1:36am — No Comments

God is my Co-Pilot……or is it Drone Deploy?

Recently I was approached about one of my previous blog posts on Vineyard Surveys by a Drone Startup based in San Francisco, Drone Deploy. In my previous blogs I’ve stated the importance of a whole system approach to UAV work with a smooth end-to-end flow. It’s not about the drone, or how sexy it is. It’s using the drone as a tool to get actionable data that can be used to…

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Added by Iain Butler on January 20, 2015 at 11:46pm — 3 Comments

How to Crash your Drone in 30 Seconds…….Or hopefully not with a little bit of information.

 

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So if you’ve got a RC plane, Helicopter or Multirotor for Christmas congratulations, I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy it. I’m hopefully going to give you some pointers so you don’t crash your new drone. It should also make your flying more enjoyable and less stressful.…

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Added by Iain Butler on December 25, 2014 at 6:51pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics Iris+ flying with a NDVI modified GoPro Hero3+ Camera

3D Robotics Iris+ flying with a NDVI modified GoPro Hero3+ Camera

The following NDVI GoPro flight with Iris+ video shows the…

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Added by Iain Butler on December 20, 2014 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

LA Drone Expo - Is it really all about the Drone?

The LA Drone Expo was held on Saturday 13th Dec at the LA Sports Arena, here is a blog covering the LA Drone Expo - Is it really all about the…

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Added by Iain Butler on December 15, 2014 at 10:42pm — 3 Comments

eXom – the drone that lets you focus on your work, not on flying

Sensefly has just announced the eXom quadcopter drone that has some unique functionality when it comes to sensor payloads and situational awareness, initial details are on the following @theUAVguy Sensefly eXom blog …

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Added by Iain Butler on October 7, 2014 at 10:13am — 5 Comments

Drone Mapping in Agriculture

This is a compilation of 3 blog posts from theUAVguy which cover the use of UAV's in agriculture. The first blog covers How UAV's can help in Farming - An Introduction. The second…

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Added by Iain Butler on September 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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