GeoWrap: Delair announces global availability of large area mapping UAV; China to...

GeoWrap: Delair announces global availability of large area mapping UAV; China to launch new EO satellite in May and more

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Delair announces global availability of large area mapping UAV for geospatial professionals

US: Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, has announced the global availability of its breakthrough Delair UX11 fixed-wing UAV, an innovative hardware-software platform that provides highly accurate images for survey-grade mapping, with onboard processing capabilities and real-time, long-range control. The platform’s enhanced centimeter-level precision along with its efficient operational characteristics make it the most cost-effective solution for large area surveying…(Read More)

China to launch new Earth observation satellite in May

China: China will launch Gaofen-5, a hyperspectral imaging satellite for Earth observation, in the starting of May. The new satellite is capable of obtaining spectral information from ultraviolet to long-wave infrared radiation. It can be used to survey inland waters and mineral resources, said Tong Xudong, director of the Earth Observation System and Data Center, China National Space Administration (CNSA), at a conference. The satellite can also monitor air pollutants, greenhouse gases…(Read More)

Israel Aerospace Industries developing autonomous vehicles

Israel: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is launching new products that could revolutionize mining and quarrying. IAI’s robotics factory has developed technology for utilizing autonomous vehicles in heavy mechanical equipment used in mining and development work. One of the main developments recently reported by IAI is aimed at the global mining industry through a system named Euphemus based on advanced algorithms that makes it possible to convert huge trucks…(Read More)

Location-based data is a new tool for managers

US: Location-based data is boosting traditional sell-side analysis of securities in many ways and this is assisting money managers. It’s a new wave, a new way of doing fundamental investing,” said Michael Recce, chief data scientist, Neuberger Berman Group LLC, New York. “This data provides a higher-resolution microscope to see things and make them more visible. There’s an advantage to seeing this information earlier and in more detail.” Added Mark Ainsworth, head of data insights…(Read More)

Singapore plans to strengthen drone laws for ensuring public safety

Singapore: The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is proposing new enhancements to the laws governing the use of drones to ensure public safety, reported the Strait Times. Five changes have been proposed to the existing unmanned aircraft regulatory framework, which was established in 2015. These include the enhancements of operating guidelines for unmanned aircraft; an online training programme that will be compulsory for those flying unmanned aircraft weighing 1.5kg…(Read More)

NASA celebrates National Parks Week with park photos from space

US: For celebrating National Parks Week, NASA has compiled and shared a gallery of photographs of national parks taken from space. A few of the newly releases images were captured by astronauts aboard the space station. The latest photograph, NASA’s Thursday “image of the day,” features the Everglades as seen from 250 miles above Earth’s surface. The image was clicked by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and shared on his Twitter feed. Arnold quoted Marjory Stoneman Douglas in the caption…(Read More)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty announces partnership with ParaZero

US: With the evolution of the drone industry comes the emergence of heightened risks involved. Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced today that it has partnered with Israel-based drone safety systems company ParaZero. Founded in 2014, ParaZero specializes in designing, developing and manufacturing safety solutions for commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operators to overcome their main barrier…(Read More)

GEO Business 2018 reveal brand new seminar and workshop programme

UK: GEO Business 2018, taking place in London from 22-23 May, is fast approaching and the action-packed 5th installment of the largest geospatial show in the UK is getting ready to break some records as 3000 visitors are expected to attend! With over 200 exhibitors, a brand new seminar programme, cutting-edge commercial workshops, strategic conference and an array of networking events, GEO Business 2018 offers an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to acquaint themselves…(Read More)

Blue Origin’s Mission 8 took off successfully from West Texas

US: New Shepard flew again for the eighth time on April 29, 2018, from Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. Known as Mission 8 (M8), the mission featured a reflight of the vehicle flown on Mission 7. The Crew Capsule reached an apogee of 351,000 feet (66 miles, 107 kilometers) – the altitude the company has been targeting for operations. Perched atop a reusable booster powered by a single hydrogen-fueled BE-3 engine, the New Shepard spacecraft blasted off from the company’s Van Horn…(Read More)

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30 most promising Drone startups in India

30 most promising drone startups in India

Drone Technology has a slew of applications and utilities. In the near future, its range will further expand and decisively shape our daily lives. From agriculture to smart cities to construction to surveying, drone technology is increasingly being deployed to enhance efficiency and productivity. The ecosystem of drone startups in India is just taking off and private players would enrich it with a much-needed competitive edge providing both value and dynamism…(Read More)