Monthly Archives: June 2013
Civilian use of aerial drones is still greatly restricted, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has won permission to test a small unmanned aircraft off the Olympic Coast of Washington. A two-week trial run by the federal science agency is now underway. The NOAA drone looks like an oversized remote-control model airplane. It has a 9-foot wingspan and can fly for about two hours on battery power. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Carol Bernthal says the drone offers a cheaper, less intrusive way to take high-def video and still pictures of offshore seabird colonies. "It has lower noise than a traditional aircraft, which is what we typically use for surveying seabird colonies," says Bernthal. "You obviously don't want to disturb the animals when you're doing the survey because we're trying to do counts." Bernthal says the "flying camera" will also survey coastal waters for trash, including possible fresh waves of Japanese tsunami debris. She promises the drone will be used for science missions only. "We are not spying on anybody. We are not using it for enforcement purposes." Bernthal says her agency reached out in advance to the Quinault and Quileute Indian tribes. Those are the main population centers on the thinly settled stretch of coast. Last summer, Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife tested a smaller aerial drone with the same purpose in mind. Agency biologists and students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University steered the unmanned aircraft around Haystack Rock in Tillamook County to take aerial photos of the cormorant colony there. But that project is now on hold indefinitely because of difficulty obtaining permission to fly from the Federal Aviation Administration.
DJI have confirmed that DJI Phantom owners and DJI Naza V1 owners need the Naza V2 PMU unit to use the new Zenmuse H32D brushless gimbal on there system. Please check the DJI Wiki page for upto date information on using the H32D gimbal with the phantom, Naza, WooKong and A2M. http://wiki.dji-innovations.com/en/index.php/H3-2D-Autopilot_System,_GCU_and_Gimbal_Wiring DJI H3 2d gimbal naza v1 pmu setup guide DJI H32d gimbal naza v2 setup guide DJI H32d gimbal wookong m setup guide
Here's a nice little video showing you how to upgrade and replace your old S800 arms for the new S800 EVO arms. The arm has a new, strengthened structure design with greatly enhanced rigidity. Multistrand SR Wires of power and signal lines are embedded which has improved the system reliability comprehensively. The S800 ESC and motors can be installed directly onto the arm. Please contact use if you like to buy the new S800 EVO arms. Don't fancy doing this on your S800 system, send it to us and we can do it for you. Product page for the new DJI S800 Evo
A trio of Czech companies showed off a prototype of a flying bicycle in a Prague exhibition hall recently, lifting the frame into the air with the help of six large fans and a remote control just like the smaller multirotor drones. It’s called the “F bike,” according to ABC News. Weighing in around 200 pounds, the device can only stay aloft for about five minutes due to limits in today’s battery technology. Naturally, researchers told ABC that this device is purely to study, and certainly not for production or consumer sales. Of course, that’s probably how the Wright brothers felt in 1903 and, well, that idea kind of took off, you might say. Maybe “The Jetsons” isn’t as far away as we think. Video of the flying bike multirotor drone, we'll be selling these RTF in 2014 starting April 1st.
Coming soom to RTF Drones is the new Arris Zhao Yun brushless gimbal. This is the first test video of ARRIS Zhao Yun Brushless Gimbal on a mid size drone. The camera use on the gimbal is Nex 7. This gimbal is mainly for DSLR, such as Nex 5, Nex 7 and other cameras. We will keep improving in our following videos. ARRIS Zhao Yun Brushless Gimbal ARRIS Zhao Yun Brushless Gimbal 15th July 2013: New photos for the Arris Zhao Yun Brushless Gimbal Arris Zhao Yun Brushless Gimbal Arris Zhao Yun Brushless Gimbal
An unmanned drone aircraft has joined the search for a Canadian man missing presumed dead on Australia's highest peak, as a reward for finding him doubles to $100,000. Former Canadian army reservist Prabhdeep Srawn's rental car was found abandoned at NSW's Charlotte Pass ski resort on May 13 after the 25-year-old outlined plans to hike up 2228-metre Mount Kosciuszko. Experts believe it's highly unlikely Mr Srawn could have survived for so long in the mountains, despite his military training, and emergency services scaled back their official search on May 28. But the Gold Coast law student's family is refusing to give up hope and has doubled a reward for his discovery to $100,000 - prompting a spike in reward-seekers joining the search. An unmanned drone, donated by a Perth company, is also flying regular missions over the ranges, searching for clues. It is taking hundreds of pictures from areas where he may have hiked, and on Monday focussed on an area where shouting was reported in late May. A coalition of veteran mountain guides, meanwhile, has written to NSW government ministers urging safety reforms in the Snowy Mountains. more...
Looking for help on how to install, set up the Arris CM2000 brushless gimbal on the DJI Phantom quadcopter. Well we got a small collection of Arris CM2000 installation guide videos to help you along. We'll be adding more Arris CM2000 video guides as they come out. Click here for a DJI Phantom help guide ARRIS CM2000 Brushless Gimbal Review & DJI Phantom Installation PART 1 DJI Phantom Manual Pitch Setup for ARRIS CM2000 Brushless Gimbal These videos are from RCreview100 FutabaT8J Gimball Roll for Arris CM2000 and other gimbals How to Balance Centre of Gravity CG Arris CM 2000 Gimbal V3
Drones are seen in a hangar at Israel Aerospace Industries, near Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel -- In an expansive hangar in central Israel, workers toil on one of the world's most contentious aircraft, fitting dozens of drones with advanced sensors, cameras and lasers before they are shipped to militaries worldwide to perform highly sensitive tasks. Whereas drones are often criticized elsewhere for being morally and legally objectionable, in Israel they are a source of pride. Israel — a pioneer of drone technology — has emerged as the world's leading exporter of the aircraft and its accessories, putting it in a strong position as the industry continues to grow A report produced by U.S. consulting firm Frost & Sullivan determined earlier this year that Israel is now the largest exporter of unmanned aerial systems, surmounting aerospace giants in the U.S. The report said that from 2005 to 2012, Israel exported some $4.6 billion worth of systems, including aircraft, payloads, operating systems and command and control caravans. U.S. overseas sales for the same time period were between $2 and $3 billion, the report said. Since Israeli drone makers do not release precise sales figures, the Israeli numbers are estimates based on the number of UAVs sold and the overall value of contracts that were announced during the seven-year period. Industry experts could not confirm the report's numbers, but said Frost & Sullivan is a respected firm and its conclusions reflected Israel's leading spot in the field. Israel is well-positioned for the future. Analysts see demand for military UAVs quadrupling over the next decade, driven by their success in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they have been used by Western forces to monitor and attack militants. Countries like Italy, Germany and South Africa, among others, also export their drones and dozens of others have started their own UAV programs. Global spending on the technology is expected to jump from an estimated $6.6 billion this year to $11.4 billion in 2022, according to the Teal Group, which analyzes the aerospace industry. A fledgling civilian market is also expected to surge. While the U.S. has faced criticism over the use of its drones in lethal missile attacks against militants, in Israel, they are being used in a growing number of operations. Defense officials say that drones account for roughly half of the military's flight time. Drones proved essential in Israel's last two wars in the Gaza Strip, providing its troops eyes over its enemies in congested urban areas of the Palestinian territory, and are lauded for sparing dozens of soldiers' lives. They also keep watch on neighboring Syria and Lebanon. The Palestinians claim that Israeli drones, like their U.S. counterparts, can fire missiles and have carried out dozens of airstrikes that have killed civilians as well as militants. Israel does not say whether drones it uses can fire missiles, but foreign experts believe they can. Exported Israeli drones, on the other hand, are believed to be used for surveillance and not thought to have attack capabilities. Experts say Israel's long record of using drones in the region has turned it into a dominant force in the industry. "The Israeli companies are very good and very advanced and very smart at making systems that function in a tactical environment because they've been at war constantly," said Michael Blades, an industry analyst who authored the Frost & Sullivan report. "It came out of necessity but they got really good at it." Israel first made widespread use of drones during the 1982 Lebanon war, after developing the technology following failures in the 1973 Mideast war. During that conflict, the Israeli air force suffered heavy losses, and defense officials sought a solution that would allow them to identify anti-aircraft missile batteries before sending in fighter planes. Drones that could paint a picture of the battlefield in real time were created to meet that challenge. Since then, Israeli companies, such as Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems and Aeronautics Defense Systems, have begun producing drones, selling them at first to Israel's military, then branching out worldwide. Israeli drones have flown in conflict zones around the world, from Afghanistan to Mali. Britain and Brazil are among the biggest clients. "We exist because of the international market," said Shmuel Falik, who markets drones for state-owned IAI. "We're too big for Israel, to our delight." IAI, considered the leading Israeli unmanned aerial system exporter by Frost & Sullivan, sells drones to 49 customers worldwide and says 80 percent of its UAV products are destined for foreign markets. At a recent tour of the sprawling IAI complex in central Israel, The Associated Press was shown some of the company's cutting-edge technology. IAI has produced one of the world's largest drones, the Heron TP, which has a wingspan of 26 meters (85 feet) and can reach Iran. Another, the Heron 1, can remain in the air for about 45 hours. A smaller drone can be assembled in the field, its parts carried on the backs of two servicemen. IAI's subsidiaries produce sensitive radars that can scan swaths of territory even during the most inhospitable weather conditions. Software can detect in real time movements on the ground. A laser beamed from a drone can guide a missile fired from a nearby jet. Cameras transmit home high definition footage of enemy activity below "The next step would be to make the payloads smaller, and on the other hand to make them smarter," said Igal Mevorach, head of marketing for the IAI division that makes the sensitive cameras. IAI has also shown creativity when it comes to aircraft sales, carrying out short-term lease agreements with a number of countries, including Canada and Australia, which used their rented drones in Afghanistan. Experts said Israeli companies benefit from a strong link with Israel's army. Beyond that, drone manufacturers employ former soldiers, granting them a deeper understanding of a soldier's needs. Israel's head start in exporting the technology also secured it devoted customers, who often seek to remain with the same producer. Israel also has managed to surpass its competitors in the U.S., like General Atomics and Northrop Grumman, partly because regulations on exporting defense products are more stringent there, analysts say. The American manufacturers have for years been able to rely on large contracts from the U.S. government. But recent cuts in the defense budget are pushing American companies to lobby to loosen export regulations, potentially threatening Israel's dominance. The market is also set to grow in civilian drones that can be used in a variety of industries, from monitoring crops to acting as lookouts for police SWAT teams, especially in the U.S. Industry experts predict the takeoff of a multibillion-dollar market for civilian drones as soon as the Federal Aviation Administration completes safety regulations. Congress has directed the FAA to provide drones with widespread access to domestic airspace by 2015, but the agency is behind in developing regulations and isn't expected to meet that deadline. Still, Israeli companies hope to nab a chunk of that new market. As long as military demand rises, Israel can expect to remain a top player. "As long as they keep providing support and keep providing efficient and capable platforms, they're going to maintain their advantage," said Blades, the analyst.
Nine years ago a German drone nearly collided with a passenger plane over Afghanistan. The classified drone camera footage drew public attention after the German defense ministry scrapped a drone program for its lack of anti-collision technology. Footage taken by an EMT Luna X-2000 reconnaissance drone as it passed mere meters under the left wing of an Airbus A300 passenger plane surfaced on YouTube several years ago. After the encounter, the drone was caught in the plane’s wake turbulence, lost control, and crashed over the Afghan capital Kabul, Der Spiegel reported. The Ariana Afghan Airlines plane was carrying about 100 people on board, the magazine said. The manufacturer of the 40kg drone has claimed that the near-collision occurred after the passenger jet veered off-course without informing ground control. The video was leaked a week after German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière decided to scrap the $652 million EuroHawk program – meant to be a replacement for existing reconnaissance aircraft – including the Luna drones. EuroHawk is part of the NATO Global Hawk project, under which Germany was to buy Northrop Grumman RQ-4B drones and fit them with customized sensors. However, the German military would not be able to certify the drone for use in European airspace without an anti-collision system, which would make the aircraft too expensive, de Maizière said, adding that even with such a system installed certification would not be guaranteed. German media also reported that EuroHawk suffered from technical problems and cost overruns. Germany has bought one drone from the US manufacturer of the EuroHawk program, and was expected to purchase four more. If given the green light, the contract would be worth $1.3 billion. De Maizière came under criticism recently for the drone program after a leaked defense ministry report showed that the drone’s flaws were apparent as early as 15 month ago. Critics have accused the minister of failing to act and continuing to spend taxpayer money on the doomed project. De Maizière will appear before the German Parliament this week to report on the issue. Advancements in unmanned weapons systems have become a global controversy in recent years. Militaries have praised the weapons for not endangering the lives of operators, and for being generally more cost-effective than older manned hardware. But critics are expressing increasing concerns over the collateral damage caused by drone strikes, the vague legal justifications for their use, and the potential creation of weapons that would remove human judgment altogether from the decision to pursue a target. There is also the perception that nations with advanced drone technology – specifically the US and Israel – have an unjust capability to enforce their policies on other countries. Source: RT.com