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$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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Researchers work on Attack Resilient Micro Aerial Vehicles

From Earth Imaging Journal

April 25, 2016

Drones are seeing increased use in a wide array of applications, including delivery and inspection services, aerial photography, mapping and surveying, and search and rescue missions. Integrating these unmanned aircraft systems, known more technically as micro aerial vehicles (MAVs), is expected to have a significant economic impact, with a predicted investment of $91 billion over the next decade.

“It is conceivable that hundreds of thousands of MAVs will be tearing across the sky every day largely under their own automated control,” says Guoquan Huang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware.

“Each of these vehicles, however, could be hijacked or deliberately controlled for malicious purposes, exposing us to unprecedented vulnerabilities.”

Huang was recently awarded a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to design resource-aware, attack-resilient, consistent MAV navigation.

The $166,000 award will enable Huang, whose expertise lies in robotics, to develop consistent state estimation algorithms that will allow drones to detect abnormalities in their sensing and react to them to compensate for malicious attacks.

Disrupted drone navigation has both economic and security implications.

“The Department of Homeland Security is particularly interested in this issue because drones are so ubiquitous,” Huang says.

He emphasizes that his work focuses on protecting the sensing systems that drive navigation — not on the communication systems embedded in MAVs. While other researchers are addressing communication vulnerabilities, he says, little to no attention has focused on securing MAV navigation.

“As MAVs become integral to our economy and national security, we face ever more frequent and threatening attacks,” Huang says. “By enabling secure MAV navigation in the presence of malicious attacks, this research will add one more layer of protection to our society.”

The project will also create research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students from UD, and an integrated outreach program will provide innovative hands-on teaching and learning of robotics programming for K-12 students.

DroneDeploy Announce 1 Million Acres of Drone Data

Sensors & Systems

Written by DroneDeployPublished: 17 November 2015-

DroneDeploy, a Silicon Valley tech company that develops software for commercial drones, announced today a milestone of 1 million acres of drone data and have launched their software for free to anyone in over 120 countries.

CEO Mike Winn explains: “Historically, most drone publicity has been related to one-off examples, or what might happen. What we’re announcing today is hundreds of real people, getting real results with DroneDeploy. 40% of our user’s data is related to agriculture, enabling farmers to get a bird’s eye view of their fields,” says Winn. The data, collected and processed with DroneDeploy, has enabled their customers to identify pests, water damage, irrigation issues, and determine the right time to harvest.

DroneDeploy is also announcing what it believes to be the world’s longest commercial drone map. Over 114,000 images were processed from 869 flights over Mexican highways in a project executed by DroneDeploy mapper Sergio Serrato of Skylab Industries. “DroneDeploy’s scalability is what enabled us to complete this data collection operation on time,” recounts Serrato. “We undertook a huge project to create a highly accurate map of 1,000 kilometers of highway. Our first image processing solution just couldn’t handle the huge volume of data. We’re happy we found DroneDeploy.”

DroneDeploy was built with the ability to scale—supporting large fleets of drones. “Now that our technology’s scalability has been proven, we migrate out of beta,” informs Nick Pilkington, CTO. “Today, we’re launching our service with a free tier, enabling anyone to produce high-quality maps and 3D models.”

DroneDeploy’s free mobile app is currently available for Android devices through Google Play and lets users automate mapping flights for drones manufactured by DJI. An iOS app is slated for release in the coming weeks.

About DroneDeploy

Founded in 2013, DroneDeploy is a San Francisco-based startup that provides cloud-control software solutions for drones which include automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing. The company has partnered with leading drone manufacturers like DJI to provide its software to end users in a variety of industries, including agriculture, real estate, mining, construction and many other commercial and consumer arenas.

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Rapid UAS Processing and Online Content Hosting

Sensors & Systems Sept 16, 2015 by Hexagon Geospatial

NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 16, 2015—Hexagon Geospatial is pleased to introduce an early access program for technologies associated with the Hexagon Smart M.App experience. The two applications available in the early access program are M.App Chest and GeoApp.UAS.
M.App Chest provides a simple means to quickly upload, organize, and share imagery and point cloud data in the cloud. M.App Chest also provides optional compression capabilities along with streaming and delivery via web services.
“M.App Chest provides a better experience to easily upload, store and share geospatial data,” said Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. “M.App Chest can standalone or compliment other Hexagon Smart M.Apps, providing a simple, cloud-based environment for managing imagery and point clouds.”
GeoApp.UAS was built by Hexagon Geospatial’s partner, Geosystems GmbH. GeoApp.UAS enables rapid processing of UAS data at the speed it is captured. With an intuitive workflow, GeoApp.UAS enables robust photogrammetric processing of UAS data on the cloud.
Interested individuals can register for the opportunity to participate in the early access program on the M.App Chest or GeoApp.UAS product pages. Hexagon Smart M.Apps will be launched at HxGN LIVE Hong Kong in November 2015. Find out more at h ttp://http://www.hexagongeospatial.com/smartmapp.
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The Rise of the Digital Humanitarian

From Trajectory Magazine (make sure you watch the drone footage):

On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal killing more than 8,500 individuals, injuring thousands, and leaving approximately half a million people without homes. The breadth and speed of the GEOINT Community’s response to such a large-scale natural disaster looks vastly different than it did a decade ago thanks to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the growing number of crowdsourcing volunteers around the globe.

Following the earthquake, the Community immediately responded with copious amounts of imagery, data, and volunteer mapping initiatives. Similar to its Ebola response efforts, NGA released a public website full of unclassified GEOINT data, products, and services the very next day following the earthquake. DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite captured imagery of the region that was released publicly and uploaded to Tomnod’s crowdsourcing platform for volunteers to analyze.

Digital Humanitarianism is growing considerably and becoming a critical asset to disaster relief efforts according to Dr. Patrick Meier, who recently penned a book titled Digital Humanitarians. Among other initiatives led by Meier, his Humanitarian UAV Network has been a boon for Nepal aid. By flying UAVs over the region, the group helped triage damage and determine areas of priority. Paul Borrud, a Humanitarian UAV Network contributor, flew his personal UAV over villages in Nepal 48 hours after the earthquake. See some of the footage he collected in the video below. https://vimeo.com/126676918

Nepal Earthquake 2015 from my drone, Phyllis. By Paul Borrud from Paul Borrud on Vimeo.