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Radically different Transwing eVTOL design offers some huge advantages

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Southern California’s PteroDynamics has somehow escaped our attention thus far, but this company’s radically different take on the electric VTOL aircraft is well worth a look, and the company claims this will be the most efficient design by far. The Transwing is an entirely different concept to anything else in development. It uses a unique (and patented) folding wing design. Propellers …

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DroneDeploy snaps up NZ robotics company

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US-based enterprise drone data company DroneDeploy has acquired Rocos, a New Zealand-based robotics software company, in a move that will allow its customers in construction, energy and agriculture to deploy both aerial and ground robots on job sites. The San Francisco company creates software for to allow users to operate drones with mobile apps. The deal with Rocos will allow …

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DroneSeed acquires major forestry seed supplier

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Driven by Increasing Demand for Reforestation in the Face of Wildfires & Climate Change, Acquisition of Silvaseed Co. Positions DroneSeed as Vertically-Integrated Leader in Reforestation DroneSeed announced that it has acquired Silvaseed Company, a 130 year-old titan in the forestry seed collection and seedling supply business. The move expands DroneSeed’s reforestation services beyond aerial drone-based seeding to span seed collection, …

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Drone based LiDAR services extended with DJI Zenmuse

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2021 continues to be a leap forward in drone-based UAV LiDAR at Interpine. To complement their two Emesent Hovermap LiDAR units they have also recently purchased the DJI Zenmuse L1 LiDAR + RGB solution for the DJI Matrice 300 RTK. Simultaneous collection of high-resolution 20MP 1-inch CMOS RGB camera with Livox LiDAR module and high accuracy IMU provides a solution …

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Large-scale UAV-Lidar survey in the tropics

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With a total length of 2,789km, the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Project is one of Indonesia’s National Strategic Projects and the longest toll road project in Southeast Asia. In order to keep the project on track for the scheduled completion date of 2024, UAV-Lidar was chosen as the topographic data acquisition method, combined with building information modelling (BIM), to optimize the …

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Using drones for early bushfire detection

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According to the NSW Fire and Environment Summary, about a quarter of New South Wales’ best koala habitat were burned in the bushfires. Other areas of Australia are also not untouched by this tragedy. In Victoria, bushfires have destroyed koalas reserves and other endangered habitats leading to heavy losses of flora and fauna. Forest officers and environmentalists are having a …

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Minimising spray drift in forestry operations

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As outlined in a recent issue, this year’s ForestTECH 2021 programme being run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 23-24 November will be built around two main themes. The first is remote sensing, data capture, GIS, mapping and forest inventory technologies and the second, forest establishment, mechanised planting and silviculture. Much of the planting focus this year will be on the …

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App for bushfire prediction

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USC researchers will develop a citizen science app for people living in fire-prone areas to help predict the likelihood of bushfires in Australia and minimise their devastating effects. The University has been awarded an Australian Government Citizen Science Grant of almost AU$500,000 to design and implement the app, called NOBURN (National Bush Fire Resilience Network). Citizen scientists from around the …