Category Archives: Remote Sensing

$26 Billion Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Market by 2025

May 31st, 2016

Sensors and Systems

Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, May 31, 2016 – According to Euroconsult’s latest report, Prospects for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, the size of the professional RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) manufacturing and services market is expected to grow significantly in the next ten years, from $1 billion in 2015 to $26 billion in 2025.

The civil and commercial RPAS market is at an early development stage compare to the military and leisure sectors. Recent improvements in the regulatory context in a number of countries and technological advances have led to an increase in the number of applications using RPAS for commercial purposes, with new applications set to develop in the coming years. Their combination has led a number of companies to enter the market in search of new opportunities in a sector with strong growth potential and a large addressable market.

Agriculture was estimated to be the largest user of RPAS in 2015, accounting for 39% of units used, ahead of video & cinema and engineering & transportation infrastructure. Leading regions for the use of UAVs include Asia Pacific, Europe and North America; the commercial RPAS market is still early in the development phase in other regional markets. Japan has the most mature RPAS market, having begun use in agriculture more than 20 years ago. Other leading commercial RPAS countries include Australia, Canada, France, the U.K. and the U.S.

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NASA Is Just Killing It With These Earth-Watching Satellites

Eric Roston in BloombergBusiness 27 Feb 2015

Five satellites launched in the past year are keeping an eye on Earth, wind and fire. And water.

This map shows solar-induced fluorescence, a plant process that occurs during photosynthesis, from Nov. through Dec. 2014 as measured by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. NASA/JPL-Caltech
This map shows solar-induced fluorescence, a plant process that occurs during photosynthesis, from Nov. through Dec. 2014 as measured by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Anybody can drive a shovel into the ground to see how moist the soil is. What’s tricky is doing it over every square yard of land on Earth. From 426 miles above the surface of the planet. Every 100 minutes.

Fortunately, we don’t have to. Now there’s SMAP, the newest NASA Earth-observing satellite, which from its orbit can read soil moisture levels two inches deep, just about anywhere there’s soil. It will help predict floods and weather, watch droughts, and monitor agricultural conditions, particularly where people’s lives may be urgently at stake.

SMAP is one of five Earth satellites launched in the past year, all of which will produce data helpful to hurricane first-responders, weather forecasters, farmers, climate scientists, or anybody who likes to look at beautiful animated graphics on the Internet.  Click here to read more.

GeoPlatform.gov!

The GeoPlatform provides shared and trusted geospatial data, services, and applications for use by the public and by government agencies and partners to meet their mission needs. Through the GeoPlatform, users have access to

  • A one-stop shop to deliver trusted, nationally consistent data and services
  • Authoritative data to support informed decision making
  • Problem-solving applications and services that are built once and can be used many times across multiple Federal agencies and other organizations
  • A shared infrastructure to host data and applications
  • A national and Federal focal point where governmental, academic, private, and public data and applications can be visualized together to inform and address national and regional issues

Click here to read more or to access GeoPlatform.gov

Google Earth Pro is now Free

30 Jan 2015 Click here to read the original.

Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.

Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we’re making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can do for you—or to just have fun flying around the world—grab a free key and download Earth Pro today. If you’re an existing user, your key will continue to work with no changes required.

 

FAA offers framework to legalize commercial — but not delivery — drones

Ben Fox Rubin for CNET.com  15 Feb 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration took an important step Sunday toward legalizing and regulating routine use of commercial drones — though don’t expect a delivery drone to bring you a fresh pizza anytime soon.

The agency released its proposed requirements for unmanned commercial aircraft, saying the drones must weigh less than 55 pounds and be operated in daylight within the line of sight of the drone’s operator. Additionally, the drones must fly under 500 feet, no faster than 100 miles per hour, and away from manned aircraft. They must never fly over people except those directly involved with the flight.

The FAA for now doesn’t allow for regular use of commercial drones, so Hollywood studios and others have needed to gain special waivers to use the devices today. While the new rules provide for broad use of drones to shoot TV shows or movies, survey agricultural land or inspect a bridge, they nix the potential use of delivery drones, like those being developed by Amazon and Google, an FAA representative confirmed. However, the rules are still subject to change before being finalized.

In response, Amazon released a statement Sunday, saying it’s not giving up on its goals for its “Prime Air” drone-delivery service.  Read more here.

Commercial UAV EXPO

from: www10.giscafe.com

Commercial UAV Expo is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial UAV market in North America covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Engineering & Infrastructure;  Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Security, Emergency Response, and more. It is organized by SPAR Point Group. It will take place October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.expouav.com.  Read the full article here.

 

BaySpec Introduces World’s Smallest UAV-Optimized Hyperspectral Imager

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — BaySpec, Inc., a leading provider of miniaturized spectral engines, introduces the OCI-UAV™, a new ultra-compact version of its  award winning OCI-Series Hyperspectral Imagers.  (OCI is a phonetic spelling of “All Seeing Eye”.)

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OCI-UAV™ Series Hyperspectral Imager

The  OCI-UAV™ hyperspectral camera is designed specifically for use on unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (UAV/UAS), remotely operated vehicles (ROV), or anywhere needed. Without compromising performance in this small form factor, the OCI-UAV™ with miniature single-board-computer acquires Visible-Near Infrared VIS-NIR hyperspectral data with continuous spectral and spatial coverage.

Operating the OCI-UAV™ is automatic and requires minimal human set-up. The OCI-UAV™ design features signification reduction in size (camera head only 8 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm weighing approximately 0.4 lbs, ~180 g), with a computer, and faster data transfer rate (up to 120 fps) with automatic data capturing and processing.

Key Features/Benefits:

  • Effortless integration to existing camera-ready systems
  • True push-broom (OCI-UAV-1000™) and snapshot (OCI-UAV-2000™) with computer and storage packaged together in an extremely compact package, specifically design for UAV/ROV applications
  • Fast frame rate up to 120 fps
  • Innovative non-slit design significantly reduces system complexity
  • Less dependent on image orthorectification
  • Real-time image data preview
  • Ready-to-fly UAV system with Mission Planner available  Click to read more.

The 5 Most Viewed UAVs for Mapping and 3D Modelling on Geo-matching.com

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Jan 8, 2015 — The Geo-matching.com website features a selection of the most important geomatics equipment, including UAS for Mapping and 3D Modelling. At www.geo-matching.com you can compare product specifications and read users’ reviews before you buy.

Geo-matching.com is the first product comparison website for geomatic and hydrographic devices. Geo-matching.com provides a complete overview ofUAV solutions and cameras, Lidar and processing software. By comparing product specifications and reading product reviews by other users, you can make a well-balanced purchase decision.

This category now features, amongst others: Ricopter (RIEGL), Aibot X6(Aibotix), eBee (senseFly), EasyMap UAV (FotoMapy), md4-200 (microdrones),Scout B1 100 UAV (AeroScout), SmartOne C (SmartPlanes), Trimble UX5(Trimble Navigation) and Aeromapper 300 (Aeromao). Others will follow soon. If you have used any of these or similar products, visit Geo-matching.com to share your own experiences with the geomatic community.

In addition to UAV systems, Geo-matching.com also includes GNSS receivers,total stations, digital cameras, laser scanners, Lidar, digital photogrammetric workstations and image processing software.

The following UAVs were the most-viewed by the Geo-matching.comcommunity in December 2014.

  1. eBee                            – Sensefly
  2. EasyMap UAV                – Trigger Composites
  3. TopoDrone-100              – DroneMetrex
  4. Bramor gEO                   – C-ASTRAL
  5. RiCOPTER                      – RIEGL

Click here to read more.

Measure and PrecisionHawk Announce Partnership for Commercial Drone Services

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  Measure, a 32 Advisors Company, and PrecisionHawk are pleased to announce a partnership to provide unmanned aircraft system (UAS) services. This partnership will allow clients to have quicker, simpler, and more affordable access to advanced aerial data gathering, processing, and analysis through Measure’s turnkey Drone as a Service® offering.

“PrecisionHawk’s analytical software, among the most sophisticated in the world, is a critical tool for clients who need powerful near real time data processing capabilities,” commented Brandon Torres Declet, CEO and Co-founder of Measure. “As a Measure partner, we plan on integrating the DataMapper software solution with select clients through our Drone as a Service® offering.”

With Federal Aviation Administration drone regulations beginning to take shape, many companies, without a plan for drone operations, will likely be seeking guidance and support to take advantage of this cutting edge technology. With their partnership, Measure and PrecisionHawk will be uniquely positioned to meet growing demand.

“As the industry expands, companies are looking for a comprehensive solution to fit into their existing workflow. This extends far beyond a hardware platform,” said Christopher Dean, PrecisionHawk CEO. “In partnering with Measure, we can collectively engage with global clientele in an advisory and operational capacity to ensure users see a return on their investment.”

Both companies provide innovative solutions tailored for commercial clients and possess a collection of sector-specific expertise, essential in a field with limitless applications for diverse end-users, including oil & gas companies, utilities, farmers, insurers, mining companies, wildlife conservationists, public safety professionals, filmmakers, and many others.  Read the full article here.

How Google’s geo-crowdsourcing is transforming the map

By A. Stefanidis. A. Crooks and A. Croitoru in www.citymetric.com  12 Jan 2015 (The lead author is Dr. Tony Stefanidis of GMU–mk)

Google has managed to map most of the world. Recently, the company offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how it built the Google Maps application using a combination of technology (the Google Street View car); expansion (the acquisition of satellite-imagery startup Skybox); and algorithms (computer vision, photogrammetry, mapping).

The company’s initial focus had been on the world’s population centres. In 2006, Google had used high resolution satellite imagery to map 37 per cent of the world’s population; by 2012 that number had risen to 75 per cent.

But the company’s reach has now extended beyond human settlements. In Google Maps’ Street View feature, users can now observe penguins in Antarctica, tourists in Machu Picchu, and Himalayan base camps.

While the early focus of Google’s mapping efforts had been on mapping for the world, the company is now jumping on the crowdsourcing bandwagon: to collect mapping data fromthe world.

With mapping tools like “Google Map Maker” and “Report a Problem,” it tries to harness the geographical contributions of “on the ground” users as a way to complement existing content in Google Maps. People from all over the world can now edit information on the Google Maps application to ensure a higher accuracy.

In addition to being editors, users can also become data collectors. They can carry the Street View Trekker (a backpack outfitted with Google’s cameras) to snap images – later to be uploaded on Street View – as they hike through US National Parks and the Galapagos islands, or even take camel rides to map Abu Dhabi’s sand dunes.  Click here to read more.