Precision Agriculture: A Day on the Farm

Drones are often touted for their ability to benefit farmers through precision agriculture, but solving real-world problems requires a more carefully considered approach—and spinning propellers only represents a small fraction of the work to be done. Even within the professional uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) industry, there is a tendency to regard precision agriculture applications as a one-size-fits-all proposition. You fly your drone over a farmer’s field with a weird, expensive camera that has five lenses, plug the resulting images into an expensive piece of software, and you get a false-color map of the crop with green, yellow, and red areas reflecting plant health. Dr. Joe Cerreta (left) and Dr. Scott Burgess traveled to Turnbull Farm in central Oregon to use UAS …

FoxFury 3060 Drone Light

The next time you are out flying a mission during civil twilight, or under a daylight waiver to 14 CFR Part 107, spare a thought for the people who design your beacons. As drone pilots, we demand a lot from our strobes: they should be bright as the sun, light as a feather, tough as nails, cheap as dirt, easy as pie, smaller than a postage stamp, and flash for days on a single battery charge. Equipped with a pair of FoxFury D3060 lights, a drone soars into the darkening sky of civil twilight, in full compliance with 14 CFR Part 107. Of course, that combination of attributes cannot be achieved in this material reality: The laws of physics simply won’t allow it. Longer endurance means a bigger battery, which increases …

Flying Under the Midnight Sun – High Arctic drone operations

“This is a crevasse minefield!” yelled Louise. In flat light I was skiing in front, trying to pick the safest way forward. Bumps of blue glacier ice were all around me. My ski tails would settle, leaving behind holes of blackness. Louise moved left to avoid one of my holes. Dave also stepped left into untracked snow. A yell from Dave warned us that he was falling into a crevasse. Louise and I threw ourselves to the snow, bracing for the jerk on the rope. I looked over my shoulder to see Dave windmilling his ski poles but still visible—then he was out of sight, with just the baskets poking out of the crevasse. Then, in horror, I saw the baskets disappear and the 150-pound sled …

Draganfly Screening Technology Battles Campus, Public Facilities Health Challenges

Click to go to Full Article For a company known for its drone technology, Draganfly Inc. (DFLY:CSE; DFLYF:OTCQB) knows a lot about cameras–and then there’s the data! So, when health screening technology targeting the masses comes into play, it falls right into its wheelhouse. The best part about the well-connected Draganfly—for real, the oldest commercial drone company in the world—is that all this drone work has led to high levels of acceptance at government and military levels. The “eye-in-the-sky” has touched down to ground level to help a more health-enlightened population battle a pandemic. For investors of DFLY these kinds of contracts are on a next-level scale. Recent wins for on-site health and social distancing …