Winter has come and let’s face it – it has its own beauty so why not spend some time outside with your drone and capture its beauty. The weather is changing rapidly and you may experience fog, rain or snow during the flight. With this safety tips in mind, you can prevent serious drone repair issues and have your quadrocopter fly smoothly for a longer time.
A quick check before you fly your drone:
Did you charge the batteries of your drone and smart devices?
Did you check all the parts and if possible take spare parts with you?
Did you check the camera settings?
Did you choose warm clothes and gloves?
Did you make a quick test of the controls?
Practice and more practice will make you feel comfortable flying your drone in different weather conditions and take great photos. 1. Mind the strength of you your battery.
The main difference when flying your drone in cold condition is the shorter battery life.
The low temperatures slow the chemical reactions inside the drone battery which limits its capacity. The optimal temperature for the battery is above 68ºF (20°C).
Keep the batteries warm as long as possible. You can use a hand warmer, keep the batteries in your pocket or place them above the car heater.
If the battery of your quadcopters is exposed to an open air, you can try to insulate it and keep the cold air away for a little longer.
There are special battery insulation stickers that can prevent some nasty surprises.
Fully charge the battery of your smart device – phone or tablet and keep it warm.
You can use the same technique and put a hand warmer next to it. You can take with you a battery charger and extend the time spent outside.
* Manufacturers like DJI also offer special battery heaters that can warm your drone batteries just for a few minutes.
2.Stay warm yourself!
You have to be well prepared for the cold weather, too.
You can do everything to protect your drone but if your hands are freezing you will not be able to focus well.
Numb fingers can not only be unpleasant but can have an impact on your flying skills.
It’s a great idea to make sure you have touch-screen friendly gloves, a hand warmer or even consider a transmitter glove that protects your hands and the controller from cold.
3. Look out for the weather conditions.
Most drones aren’t waterproof and precipitation of any kind can damage the camera and gimbal, short out a motor, or cause other malfunctions to the drone or controller.
Avoid flying through a fog and especially if you encounter rain it’s better to land your drone ASAP.
Keep a visual contact with your drone so you will be able to avoid dangerous situations.
If you lose an eye contact with your drone it may crash in unseen wall or tree and you will have no idea where to look for it.
A good way to avoid crashes is to learn how to turn off your throttle as soon as you crash your drone. This stops the rotor’s spinning and prevents further damages.
Having a GPS or RTH/RTL system on your drone can save you from unexpected damage or electrical failure.
When flying in the GPS mode, your drone will balance itself and you will be able to take your hand off the controller.
If you are nervous or unsure what to do, the GPS mode will help you and will correct your mistakes.
Flying your drone on a windy day requires extra care so you have to keep your drone away from walls or other obstacles.
4. Bear moisture and cold in mind.
The moisture of snow and the reduced visibility can ruin your expectations for great winter photos. Being well-aware and prepared is what makes a drone fan an ace.
First of all, check the weather conditions and avoid flights at temperatures below 0°C (32°F). Avoid contact with the snow at all cost.
When ice builds up on the propeller blades, it increases the craft’s weight and changes its aerodynamic properties. Keep this in mind, especially when flying over a body of water.
To protect your drone from the moisture and the snow being blown on and into the drone while you take off, you can use a landing pad, cardboard or hard-shell case.
Take extra effort to protect your drone especially if it’s snowing or lightly drizzling.
Be aware that the air on a cold day has a higher density and this will change the performance of your drone.
The cold air on top of the warmer water can cause fog that refreezes on nearby surfaces ( including your drone).
5. Master your camera settings.
To capture beautiful snow images you need to use the manual settings for exposure. Bright snow landscapes may trick your drone’s camera that the scene is over-exposed so it may set lower exposure.
This may lead to under-exposed pictures and snow that looks grey.
You can set manually your exposure. Over-expose the image by 0.3-0.7 stop and check the results. If the camera of your drone has exposure compensation feature, manually compensate the exposure at 0.3-0.7 stop.
In addition, don’t forget to check your white balance settings. If you leave them to Auto the snow on your pictures may have blue or amber colour. Set 6500k as a value and test is it ok in your particular case so you may need to increase or lower this value.
Be creative and look for different patterns and interesting structure. You will be amazed that one place can look different in two days in a row.
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NavAidDrone: New Drone-Based Measurement System for Navigational Aid Inspection
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 5th March 2018 – Following a joint-development effort with FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH, LS telcom’s Colibrex announces the launch of NavAidDrone, a drone-based system for navigational aid (NAVAID) inspections.
The NavAidDrone is used for field measurements required for commissioning and regular maintenance of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS). It will support Air Navigation Service Providers, NAVAID system manufacturers, and CNS (communication, navigation, surveillance) installation and maintenance service engineers. The system can also perform VOR and GBAS measurements with additional software included.
Measurement data, processed by the NavAidDrone, will now be available for areas that cannot be accessed by vehicles or conventional telescopic masts and for which measurement was therefore previously not possible. For instance, the NavAidDrone measures localizer coverage with ease in a sector of ± 35° towards the antenna as it can be fully programmed to fly orbit paths. The airborne measurement system can also detect high frequency oscillations of ILS signals caused by buildings, cranes or other construction work obstacles.
Luc Haeberlé, Managing Director of Colibrex explains, “The integrated high-performing FCS receiver guarantees extremely accurate measurement results. At the same time, the flexible airborne platform delivers a much higher volume of measurement points and results, compared to ground measurements. Altogether, the measurement results obtained with the NavAidDrone are much more comprehensive and precise and improve ILS periodical measurements, adjustment and maintenance work substantially. At the same time, the use of NavAidDrone is more cost-effective and will also potentially reduce flight inspection hours.”
Rüdiger Schmidt, Managing Director of FCS, adds, “Drone-based ILS measurement opens the way to a new era in NAVAIDS inspection and FCS together with Colibrex are at the forefront of this exciting and complementary approach to flight inspection. Flight inspection and ground measurements should go hand in hand to ensure the best performance of our client’s NavAids. Our exciting new technology very effectively bridges the gap between the two worlds.”
The NavAidDrone unites the flight inspection and receiving and processing expertise of FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH and Colibrex’s expertise in the design and international commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems for radio frequency measurements.
Colibrex and FCS are planning a follow-up development and launch of the “RadarDrone” to perform field measurements for commissioning, trouble-shooting and regular maintenance of military and civil radar and surveillance systems, including primary (PR) and secondary (SSR/MSSR) radar installations. The Air Navigation Service Providers and CNS maintenance staff, radar system manufacturers and radar service organisations will benefit from this new drone-based measurement technology.
LS telcom / Colibrex and FCS Flight Calibration Services exhibit together at the World ATM Congress in Madrid, 6-8 March 2018, stand number 151.
Colibrex is a fully owned subsidiary of LS telcom. Colibrex and LS telcom offer spectrum management and radio monitoring systems and services to airports to ensure safe and interference free communication.
Founded in 1992, LS telcom looks back on 25 years of experience in the radio communications market. Since then LS telcom, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, has established memberships with many industry associations and organizations, and cooperates with leading technology universities. This is how we ensure to be up-to-date with technologies, standards and regulations.
LS telcom operates worldwide with subsidiaries and affiliates in Canada, China, France, South Africa, UAE, UK and USA as well as representations and support offices in Argentina, Hungary and Oman. With its headquarters in Lichtenau, Germany, LS telcom is listed on the German stock exchange under ISIN DE 0005754402 since 2001. www.Colibrex.com, www.LStelcom.com
About FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH
FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, is a leading European provider of flight inspection of navigational aids and procedure validation. FCS is a joint venture of the Air Navigation Service providers DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, Austro Control GmbH and Skyguide Ltd. FCS has almost two decades of experience in receiving, recording and analysis of signals-in-space of CNS/ATM navigation and surveillance protocols. https://fcs.aero/english
NavAidDrone: New Drone-Based Measurement System for Navigational Aid Inspection was originally posted at https://www.droneblog.com/2018/03/06/navaiddrone-new-drone-based-measurement-system-for-navigational-aid-inspection/ by Droneblog Editor
The Increasing Demand Of Drones In The Indian Market
UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems) are called drones. In the past they were related to war and were a major weapon for attacking enemies. They were used for direct attack on people and were used as a spying tool. Things have changed today and with time the use of drones have changed too. Today, the commercial sector has understood the importance of these flying objects and has recognized its potential in different streams.
Importance of drones in the enterprise market
There has been a tremendous rise in the manufacturing of drones for personal and commercial use. As per the report of Gartner, a significant rise has been seen in drone production every year which has developed its market with billions of profit. There has been some regulation on drone production in the civil market but that has not diminished its production. In short, the overall drone production in the market has demonstrated substantial growth even though its performance has been different on personal and commercial submarkets.
Today the advantage of drones is not simply limited to military or ecommerce and businesses are looking for opportunities to use its technology. Say for example, the
technology giant Amazon is looking for ways to use the drone technology to drop
parcels at the customer’s house with less hassle. Being one of the largest online
retailers they understand the importance of drones and so it is listed on their product
list. The best thing is that people can try Amazon India offers on drones for a
Important factors which have led to the increasing popularity of drones
According to one study, it has been noted that the drone production market is predicted to
witness a surge by 2020 because of the innovation in technology and decreased cost in drone manufacturing. The main factors which have led to the increase in the drone software market are rise in the use of drones in military and commercial sectors and increasing investments in the field. Based on the current situation, the segment of open source software is expected to dominate the market. As such software is available for free many companies are planning to opt for it. As there is increased need of customized software for end users, the trend of using open source software is on the rise.
As drones can reach every nook and corner were humans cannot reach its demand
for surveillance, visual data collection, remote site inspections, security, land surveying and for similar things has increased over time.
The data captured by drones can be sent for analysis to get better analytics which
can help businesses in decision making. Based on the different needs of the software, drone software is being developed.
Drones in the commercial market
In the commercial market, the price of drones are significantly higher while its market is
much smaller. With regulations being set up on drones by government, the market of drone production is stabilizing slowly. This has led companies to try and test drones for commercial use. The drones developed for commercial purposes come with longer flight times, higher payload, flight controllers and better sensors. They come with functions, which makes the business smooth. This has led to the varying price of drones based on the requirements. No doubt the high price can be beaten with Latest Indian Deals.
The increased use of drones can definitely help the Indian market to make some great business decisions. Again, everything comes with some cons and with drone security is the main concern. If used in the wrong hands, it can turn out to be a tool to spy on people and peep into their lives. So proper monitoring of drones is very important.
The Increasing Demand Of Drones In The Indian Market was originally posted at https://www.droneblog.com/2018/03/05/the-increasing-demand-of-drones-in-the-indian-market/ by Droneblog Editor
Wingtra Launches Drone That Sets New Benchmark in Photogrammetry
Zürich, 27 February 2018: With the launch of WingtraOne PPK (Post-Processed Kinematics) drone, the Swiss UAV manufacturer Wingtra is setting a new benchmark in large scale surveying and mapping applications. With the help of its industry-leading partners – photogrammetry software provider Pix4D, and the GNSS board and PPK provider Septentrio – WingtraOne PPK is now able to deliver orthomosaic maps and 3D models with an absolute accuracy down to 1 cm (0.4 in).
“With the latest upgrade, our drone WingtraOne PPK can offer something that has never been seen before in drone photogrammetry – broad coverage and high resolution at ultra precise accuracy. For example, in a single one-hour flight, the WingtraOne can cover 130 ha (320 ac), which is equal to 240 football fields and deliver maps at GSDs below 1 cm/px (0.4 in/px) with absolute accuracy down to 1 cm (0.4 in)”, explains the CTO of Wingtra Armin Ambühl.
These results are new to the industry – professionals could never reach such precision with any of the broad-coverage drones. Till now drone mapping world was mainly dominated by two types of drones: fixed wings and multirotors. Fixed wings can cover vast areas but cannot deliver extremely precise data. On the other hand, multirotors can deliver high accuracy but they only map small areas.
“Wingtra’s advantage is twofold – VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) and the latest PPK technology,” adds Ambühl. “VTOL combines the best of both worlds: multirotors and fixed-wings. Vertical take-off and landing means hands-free operation and a smoother ride for the on-board sensors. Secondly, efficient flying in fixed-wing mode means far greater coverage than any comparable multirotor.”
Post-Processed Kinematics — PPK — allows the WingtraOne to reach new level of accuracy. PPK computes ultra-precise geolocations for each image by combining the GNSS data with correction data from a nearby reference receiver. “We are truly excited to reach such unprecedented accuracy results. WingtraOne’s high payload capacity makes it possible to integrate the highest quality sensors: the Sony RX1RII and state-of-the-art Septentrio PPK system. An RMS error of 1.3 cm (0.5 in) horizontally and 2.3 cm (0.9 in) vertically without any ground control points is a significant leap forward in efficient aerial mapping, saving hours on the field”, says Ambühl. “We are very happy to offer such high resolution and high accuracy WingtraOne system for the demanding surveying industry.”
After the aerial data collection, Pix4D post-processing software steps in as a powerful tool to generate orthophotos and 3D models from the geotagged images. Ambühl comments that “after post-processing the data, results become visual — the orthomosaics and 3D models are extremely detailed and enable very precise calculations”.
Wingtra team expects WingtraOne PPK to become the most desired drone in surveying and mapping applications. Maximilian Boosfeld, the COO of Wingtra adds, “Our unique VTOL technology has already helped us establish a firm ground in the market with applications ranging from cadastral surveying of Africa’s largest Uranium mine to digital elevation modelling of Alpine locations. With the combination of VTOL capability and the PPK, we see a clear advantage over the current aerial surveying solutions. I believe that WingtraOne will generally replace fixed-wings in large coverage mapping missions in the near future as we have just set the new industry benchmark in drone photogrammetry.”
WingtraOne PPK is available directly through Wingtra and its global distribution network as of February 27, 2018. Find more information on www.wingtra.com.
Wingtra develops, produces and commercializes high precision VTOL drones that collect survey-grade aerial data. Wingtra entered the market in early 2017 and has been selling globally ever since. Recently the company has raised additional $5.8M to meet the demand in 2018 and partnered with RDO Integrated Controls, a leading surveying equipment dealer with over 75 locations across the United States.
Wingtra Launches Drone That Sets New Benchmark in Photogrammetry was originally posted at https://www.droneblog.com/2018/02/27/wingtra-launches-drone-that-sets-new-benchmark-in-photogrammetry/ by Droneblog Editor