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10 ways drones are changing the world

By Karen Anderson

This week Dezeen released Elevation, an 18-minute documentary that explores the impact drones will have on our lives. Here, we take a look at 10 innovative ways drones will change the world.

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Australia: No longer flying under the radar: the future of drone regulation

Article by Eddie Scuderi, Jodie Burger and Viva Paxton

Drone technology provides a number of opportunities for many industries, however it poses risks to many others. Aviation is concerned about the risk of accidents with drones flying too close to aeroplanes.

Corrections are concerned about how drones can be used to smuggle illicit substances into prisons. Landowners are concerned about the risk of trespass as operators remain fairly anonymous.

While there is presently fairly little regulation applicable to light-weight non-commercial drones, the safety issues are being considered carefully and may result in new, more prescriptive regulation.

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Drones to play role in transport safety

TRANSPORT experts and politicians from around the world met in Germany for the International Transport Forum, including Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt.

Mr Pitt represented the Australian Government in his capacity as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.

The forum brought together government ministers and industry experts to discuss ways to improve safety and reliability.

Mr Pitt addressed the forum on the rapidly increasing use of drones, which provide exciting new opportunities across a range of industries.

Read More: News Mail

Imagine postie delivering blood by drone

by Jennifer Jennings

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate has revealed she wants to learn from Swiss Post how the company can use drones to deliver supplies to emergencies.

Imagine a drone flying overhead delivering crucial blood to the scene of an accident or a hospital?

It’s happening now in Switzerland and it could soon be a thing in Australia.

Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate has revealed to a Senate committee she has been discussing the use of drone technology with her international counterparts, including Swiss Post.

Read More: News.com.au

VR system could train self-flying drones – without all the crashes

By Ben Coxworth

If you own a consumer drone, chances are you crashed the thing a lot when learning to fly it. Well, the same thing happens when the pros are teaching drones to fly autonomously.

Those wipe-outs could become a lot less common, however, thanks to the Flight Goggles virtual reality system.

Ordinarily, when scientists are developing navigation algorithms that allow drones to avoid obstacles on their own, those drones have to fly through a space filled with such obstacles. And because the algorithms are works-in-progress, the drones don’t avoid all the obstacles – at least not at first – resulting in plenty of crashes.

Those mishaps can be costly and time-consuming, as the aircraft have to be repaired or replaced.

That’s where Flight Goggles comes in.

Read More: News Atlas

Smart drones and deep learning deliver low-cost precision agriculture for Aussie farmers

University of South Australia

New aerial drone technology could change the landscape of Australia’s billion-dollar wheat industry by delivering cost-effective mechanisms for farmers to plan and deliver precise water and nutrients to their crops on a need-by-need basis.

Developed by the University of South Australia with the Plant Accelerator at the University of Adelaide and LongReach Plant Breeders, the drone senses a vegetation index—signifying the crop health, moisture and nutrient content, making it easier and more efficient for farmers to manage agricultural land and for breeders to generate new varieties.

Lead researcher, Dr. Zohaib Khan from UniSA’s Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre, says the new technology is a welcome development for the annual $5 billion+ Australian wheat sector.

Read more at: PHYS.ORG

Infrared sensing gives forest drones a new edge

An ‘x-ray vision system’ that overlays three specific technologies to assess the structure and health of individual trees in plantation forests through the canopy is being developed in South Australia.

University of South Australia autonomous systems expert Professor Anthony Finn said an infrared sensor gave the drone the “x-ray vision” to see through forest canopies.

The collaboration between the forest industry, University of South Australia and the South Australian Government was launched last week to undertake research to boost productivity in the large plantation forests in the south east of the state.

Read More: Pace Today

How are drones used? Top companies using drones right now

By Christina Mercer

Drone use has grown rapidly in recent years with more of us purchasing consumer devices than ever before. It’s expanding beyond consumer use too, with the number of organisations making and investing in drones set to soar even more this year. 

Amazon might be the company most well known for its public testing of drones with Amazon Air, however the list of businesses using drones for a variety of reasons is growing.

From delivering pizza to aiding search and rescue missions, drones have huge potential.

Read More: Tech World

Mapping Asia’s Largest Copper Ore Mine, Using Drones

Posted By: Malek Murison

A Czech drone services company, UpVision, has been using UAVs to map the largest copper ore mine in Asia. The mapping mission spanned more than 10km² near the city of Erdenet, Mongolia.

In support of Czech geologists investigating the site, the UpVision team deployed a MAVinci Sirius, produced by the German manufacturer acquired by Intel back in 2016.

The fixed-wing drone is known for its durability and ability to withstand challenging terrain – Ideal for flying at altitude above the Mongolian wilderness.

Read More: Drone Life

Drones in Mining: A Special Kind of Drone for Inaccessible Spaces

Posted By: Miriam McNabb

Mining is a growing vertical for the drone industry.  Drones have a lot to offer mining: monitoring of remote operations, measuring stockpiles, and other geospatial applications have been adopted at scale in open mines.

But there’s an entirely different area of the mine that may get even more benefit from drone technology: inside.  Inspections around dangerous equipment, inside of tanks and other inaccessible spaces provide dramatic ROI for mining companies.  It can be done – but it requires a special type of drone.

Swiss-based company Flyability makes the Elios – a collision-tolerant drone for just that purpose. It’s a unique solution to the problem of flying in tight spaces: the drone in it’s cage can roll off of the sides of an obstacle while maintaining good video and data.  It makes an impossible task – inspecting the inside of a tank, a steel girder, or just a tight space with a drone – possible.

Read More: Drone Life