Month: June 2018

Watch the hi-tech drone show that wowed Great Exhibition of the North crowds

By Tom Eden

The drone display was a highlight of the opening ceremony on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside – watch it in full.

This is the spectacular drone display that wowed crowds at the Great Exhibition of the North opening ceremony on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside.

One hundred drones fitted with LED lights launched into the sky between the Sage and Baltic art gallery to mark the start of the 80-day long Great Exhibition Of The North.

The 100-strong array of drones flew in formation to depict an atom, a DNA helix and a North Star, as well as spelling out ‘great‘, before a firework finale ended the show which marked the first of the 80-day long Great Exhibition Of The North.

See More: The Chronicle Live

Intel mini drones make indoor light show debut


It may not be the 1,200 drones that transformed into snowboarders and the Olympic rings for the Winter Games earlier this year, but 50 Intel Shooting Star Mini drones lit up a multi-level store building for a Pride celebration in San Francisco Friday night. 

With electric cellist Tina Guo playing covers of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Katy Perry’s Firework, the light show with Intel’s lightweight yet durable mini drones made from foam and plastic enthralled a small audience gathered on the first floor of the downtown AT&T store. The historic building from the 1920s used to be a bank.

It was the first indoor show for the drones, which are equipped with LED lights that can make more than 4 billion color combinations. Performer Guo quipped before the show that she hoped no errant drones clipped anyone.

See More: Mashable

Golden Age: Drone company to kick off Gold Coast tech jobs

Kirstin Payne, Gold Coast Bulletin

A LEADING Australian drone manufacturing company is looking to set up production on the Gold Coast.

Autonomous Technology Group has confirmed they are in talks to open a centre that will see Ashmore Tafe students and graduates building the high tech hardware.

The company, which produces custom drones costing $90,000-$120,000, said they are looking to move their manufacturing arm from China to Australia.

ATG director Nigel Brown said the development of 3D printing and advancements in education make TAFE on the Gold Coast a great place to start.

Read More: The Gold Coast Bulletin

English Researchers Develop Pothole Repair Drone Using Mounted 3D Printer


Researchers are keen on making road repairs quicker, cheaper, and more practical. This hybrid drone certainly seems promising.

As drones become increasingly autonomous, researchers and engineers are finding new ways to let unmanned aerial vehicles manage menial tasks that are usually relegated to crews of workers and valuable time being lost in the process.

For researchers at the University of Leeds and University College London, the focus is on slowly but surely kickstarting drone-infused smart-cities with UAVs that could repair roads efficiently, saving time, cost, and the efforts of manual labor.

According to Digital Trends, the six-rotor hybrid aerial-ground UAV whirs above roads while aerially scanning for potential repairmen opportunities using its onboard camera.

If a pothole is detected, the drone lands above, making sure the mounted asphalt extruder is directly atop the crevice in need of filling, and releases material such as asphalt with one-millimeter accuracy. On top of that, the prototype not only repairs roads and leaves potholes smoothed over, but improves on the surrounding asphalt, as well.

Read More: The Drive

Surveillance drones could prevent attacks before they happen

By Feilidh Dwye

New specially equipped surveillance drones in the United Kingdom have the potential to identify violent acts and attacks before they occur.

The Telegraph reports that in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester last year, researchers at Cambridge University began to investigate the efficacy of drones in preventing public acts of violence. The stakes for preventing these sorts of events are high: the Manchester attacks instantly resulted in 23 deaths, 800 injuries and trauma for tens of thousands of people.

Cambridge’s study found that drones which costing as little as £150 ($200), could patrol stadiums and large public events – monitoring for individuals carrying weapons or leaving suspicious packages.

In the paper titled “Eye in the Sky”, researchers from England and India’s National Institutes of Technology speak up the possibility of transmitting footage from drone cameras in real-time and using video analysis algorithms to assess for threats.

How does it work?

Read More: We Talk UAV

Police drone finds missing 75-year-old man in Norfolk beach marshes after almost 24 hours since last sighting

A major search and rescue operation in the UK, involving a helicopter, has successfully been closed after a police drone spotted the missing 75-year-old men in a Norfolk reed bed, 24 hours after he was last seen.

A major search and rescue operation in the UK, involving a helicopter, has successfully been closed after a police drone spotted the missing 75-year-old men in a Norfolk reed bed, 24 hours after he was last seen.


A major search and rescue operation, involving a helicopter, has successfully been closed after a police drone spotted the missing 75-year-old men in a Norfolk reed bed, 24 hours after he was last seen.

Read More: Drone DJ

FirstEnergy using drones to find nesting birds

PARKERSBURG (US) — Aerial drones are being used by the electric company to inspect the nests of protected birds of prey.

The drones offer a fast and safe way to survey locations where the birds have started nesting on utility poles and other electric equipment, without disrupting the birds by having a line worker inspect the nest, FirstEnergy Corp., parent company of Monongahela Power, said.

Ospreys and eagles often seek tall structures, including electric transmission towers and poles to build nests that can be up to 3 feet in width. These nesting habits often place the birds near energized electrical equipment, jeopardizing their well-being and potentially causing power outages.

A typical bird nest inspection requires a line crew to go to each nesting site to inspect the nest. This method is not only unsettling to the birds, but time consuming for the crews.

Read More: The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Drones, abseiling and 3D modelling give engineers a new view on structural audits

A company in Western Australia is shaking up the field of structural audits by using drones, abseiling engineers and 3D modelling to reduce time and cost.

Structural audits take time, cost money, and a 200-page structural report can make for some pretty dull reading. Scissor lifts, crane boxes, multiple visits and set-ups at remote sites can also make an audit time consuming. And many companies drag their feet when it comes to act on the audit report, with repairs still not done even after multiple audits.

WA-based Yenem Engineering Services traditionally relied on crane boxes and scissor lifts to carry out site audits. It’s equipment that takes some time to set up, and a single audit involves moving a crane to multiple locations at a site.

“Each set-up takes one and a half hours. Move to the next location, set up the crane, go through all the safety procedures. This all takes a lot of time,” said Yenem structural engineer John Zhang.

It also means downtime for a client, as operations must stop for an audit to be carried out. Problems in accessing some areas of a site can also make it difficult to complete a comprehensive audit. Using crane boxes and scissor lifts for a structural audit pose safety risks.

Read More: Create Digital 

Drone testing plan revealed by western Queensland councils

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board will kick off its plan to make western Queensland a centre for drone testing when it hosts regional Australia’s first ever drones symposium in Barcaldine from August 11-12.

The symposium will expose the region to the latest in drones and data technology with a program that includes industry experts, hands-on demonstrations, and a trade show.

The event will also launch Outback Aerodrone: RAPAD’s vision of a Centre of Excellence to position the region to be the location of choice for national and global companies in Beyond Visual Line of Sight drone testing.

According to RAPAD CEO, David Arnold, the technology is providing opportunities like never before to support rural communities, from agriculture to emergency services to infrastructure.

Read More: North Queensland Register

WA will host world first trial of Airbus drone technology

Airbus has picked Wyndham airport, located southeast of Wyndham in the Kimberly region of Western Australia, as the location for testing its cutting edge high-altitude solar-powered drones.

Wyndham will be the world’s first operational site for launching and recovering the Zephyr S drones which are classed as High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS).

The Zephyr HAPS project is a solar-powered aerial platform that flies at more than 65,000 feet (20 km) to provide a range of earth observation services and communications connectivity for people in remote areas, including for civil, military or humanitarian purposes.

Read More: Manufacturers Monthly