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ForestTECH News Issue 45

ForestTECH News Issue 45

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Two major forestry events, HarvestTECH 2021 and Forest Safety & Technology 2021, officially launch in Rotorua, New Zealand in just under a week. Over 350 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, log transport operators, foresters, H&S Managers and equipment and technology suppliers into the log transport and harvesting industries will be enjoying the opportunity to learn, ...
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Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous

Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous

An Australian mining group has advanced the future of mobility (in mining at least) with the deployment of a fleet of fully-autonomous Ford Rangers at one of its mines. Fortescue ...
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Skydio Named as CES 2021 Best of Innovation

Skydio Named as CES 2021 Best of Innovation

Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, today announced that Skydio X2 has received the CES® 2021 Best of Innovation Award for Drones and Unmanned ...
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ForestTECH's Video Showcase section hit 50 videos

ForestTECH’s Video Showcase section hit 50 videos

A hidden gem within the ForestTECH website is our Video Showcase section. This section highlights new technologies and innovations related to forest managememnt. We are always on the lookout for ...
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NOAA Awards Black Swift Technologies Contract to Develop GPS-Denied Navigation

NOAA Awards Black Swift Technologies Contract to Develop GPS-Denied Navigation

NOAA has awarded Black Swift Technologies (BST) a contract to develop GPS-denied navigation, enabling Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for drones in GNSS-denied environments. With nearly 95,000 miles ...
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FAA approved first company to use drones without human operators on-site

FAA approved first company to use drones without human operators on-site

American Robotics, a leading developer of fully-automated commercial drone systems, today became the first company approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate automated drones without human operators on-site ...
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Wooden you know it - wooden satellites

Wooden you know it – wooden satellites

The space age was built on clever materials. The business ends of rocket engines are composed of Inconel, a family of heat-and-corrosion-resistant nickel-chromium alloys developed in the 1940s. The “gold ...
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DJI blacklisted by US Department of Commerce

DJI blacklisted by US Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce has blacklisted DJI. The world’s largest drone manufacturer has been added to the agency’s “Entity” list along with 76 other companies, including other Chinese technology ...
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Integrating forest operations planning into the cloud

Integrating forest operations planning into the cloud

Remsoft, a forestry planning and optimization software leader, is partnering with Safe Software FME Certified data integration specialists Locus and Consortech to automate data integration in the Remsoft Operations Cloud ...
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Mechanical planting trials show promise

Mechanical planting trials show promise

At the end of last year, well over 300 tree crop managers, establishment foresters and remote sensing specialists attended or came in remotely for the ForestTECH 2020 event that was ...
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Dawn Aerospace licensed to fly NZ’s first spaceplane

Dawn Aerospace licensed to fly NZ’s first spaceplane

In a world-first, the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted Dawn Aerospace an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate to fly a suborbital spaceplane from a conventional airport. Authorised under ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 42

ForestTECH News Issue 42

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Thank you to everyone involved in last month's ForestTECH 2020 that ran a couple of weeks ago. In a first for ForestTECH, a ...
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ForestTECH 2020 - Event Summary

ForestTECH 2020 – Event Summary

A Record Global Turnout In the lead up to ForestTECH 2020, most within the industry would have thought that it would have been a very hard (in fact, nigh near ...
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Introducing ‘MO’ – Enabling Continuous Landscape Monitoring

Introducing ‘MO’ – Enabling Continuous Landscape Monitoring

With the introduction of environmental policies comes an increasing need to monitor changes across landscapes. While high revisit satellite data is touted as providing such a solution; it is often ...
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NZ company's solar-power drone to rethink aerial imaging

NZ company’s solar-power drone to rethink aerial imaging

A solar-powered, unmanned aircraft is being developed in Christchurch, New Zealand in the hope it will be a game changer for the aerial imaging industry.Kea Aerospace is developing the Kea ...
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German IoT start-up wants to help prevent forest fires

German IoT start-up wants to help prevent forest fires

Dryad Networks is prepping an IoT network of sensors connected via a solar-powered wireless mesh for deployment in forests as an early warning system to detect fires. A German start-up ...
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Australian drone registration site now open

Australian drone registration site now open

CASA's drone registration site is now open and if you operate drones for any purpose other than just for fun, you must register them by 28 January 2021. This applies ...
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Wildfire meteorology: Drones proving their worth

Wildfire meteorology: Drones proving their worth

Drones becoming a useful tool in wildfire meteorology, the effort to understand weather that leads to fire risk. As wildfires continue to rage across vast swaths of the western United ...
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Robots take flight to improve forestry

Robots take flight to improve forestry

Much has been reported on the development and advancements of local research efforts into robotics and automated data capture for forest operations. Elsewhere, USA-based company Treeswift provides an example of ...
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Linking Planet imagery with a plantation monitoring system

Linking Planet imagery with a plantation monitoring system

One benefit of high-revisit satellites is their ability to re-image the same location daily or weekly. In this example, we use temporal satellite observations (2016 to 2020) to track drought ...
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Fighting wildfires with drones

Fighting wildfires with drones

As wildfires continue to ravage vast swaths of land across the western United States unmanned aerial vehicle operators are stepping up to provide critical services, acting as eyes in the ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 41

ForestTECH News Issue 41

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. In just two weeks we will be running this year's ForestTECH 2020! This is shaping up to be one of the largest ever ForestTECH ...
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World’s first solution for bushfire fuel load mapping

World’s first solution for bushfire fuel load mapping

Editors Note: Aerometrex is also a sponsor of ForestTECH 2020 and will present this exciting new innovation in detail at the conference. Aerometrex has just announced that it's developed a ...
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Autonomous drones from half a world away

Autonomous drones from half a world away

Emesent is an innovative Australian data analytics and drone autonomy start-up. The company presented at last year’s ForestTECH 2019 event and will again be presenting at this years ForestTECH 2020 ...
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