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An accolade win, new absolution game-changing drones and acclimatized regulations – 2018 has been a active and ground-breaking year for Heliguy and the UAV world.
With 2019 on the horizon, this appropriate blog column reflects on the accomplished 12 months, reminiscing on the barrage of accepted accessories such as DJI’s Osmo Pocket and Mavic Air, industry big-hitters like the Mavic 2 Activity and Phantom 4 RTK, and the appreciative moment aback Heliguy accustomed a celebrated award-winning at the North Tyneside Business Awards.
2018 at a glanceDJI Mavic AirDJI Phantom 4 V2.0DJI Phantom 4 RTKDJI Mavic 2 Activity (Zoom and Dual)Emergency Casework RoadshowHeliguy wins awardDJI Mavic 2 Zoom and ProDJI Osmo PocketJANUARY
DJI began 2018 as it meant to go on – with the absolution of an arrangement of new UAVs and added avant-garde kit. Indeed, the year absolutely began with a bang, with the blind advancing up on the Mavic Air, Tello, Osmo Adaptable 2 and the Ronin-S.
DJI teamed up with bombinate startup, Ryze Robotics, to actualize the able mini-drone, the Tello.
Dubbed the best fun bombinate ever, this affordable flyer is acceptable for accouchement and adults and the complete allowance for new pilots. It made its official admission at the CES appointment in Las Vegas.
Key FeaturesPerform alarming tricks with aloof a tap of the screen, including 8D flipsFlight time of up to 13 minutesHigh-quality angel processor shoots absurd photographs and videoWeighs aloof 80g Start aeriform by throwing Tello into the airTwo antennas accomplish video chiral added stableThe super-safe Tello can be acclimated central and outdoors
DJI Mavic Air
Under the tagline, Adventure Unfolds, DJI appear the much-anticipated Mavic Air – a small, carriageable and foldable bombinate able of some big things.
Horizontal, Vertical and 180° Panoramas can be captured, as able-bodied as 32MP Sphere Panoramas, which stitch calm up to 25 photos in aloof eight seconds. The Mavic Air additionally lets you abduction ultra-high analogue video in 4K at 30fps and 100Mbps or slow-motion in 1080p at 120fps.
There is additionally an arrangement of able flight modes, such as ActiveTrack (sense up to 16 capacity simultaneously, absolution you accept the best tracking scenario) and SmartCapture (hand barrage and ascendancy the Mavic Air).
Thanks to FlightAutonomy 2.0, the Mavic Air is additionally able of 3D map architecture (create a real-time 3D map for convalescent flight safety) and Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems, which advice the bombinate to actively abstain obstacles aback aeriform avant-garde or backwards.
Key featuresFoldable designUp to a 21-minutes of flight timeSpeeds of up to 42.5mph1/2.3 CMOS sensor and a new Angel Arresting ProcessorGesture ascendancy including SmartCaptureThree-axis gimbal4K video at 30fps and 12MP stills32MP Sphere PanoramasThree-direction obstacle abstention at the front, rear and bottomVisual Accession Arrangement for added accurateness aback hoveringDJI Ronin-S
Featuring stabilisation technology, the Ronin-S is advised for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It provides attention control, beforehand stabilisation and chiral focus control. Shoot shake-free and bland video with an absurd authentic and able feel.
The gimbal has been advised to ensure the affectation of the camera isn’t blocked to advance complete ascendancy over the camera aback application cocked and underslung.
The Ronin-S is accordant with a avant-garde ambit of DSLRs and mirrorless camera with camera control. This includes Sony, Nikon, Canon and abounding more.
Key featuresFeatures a DJI Focus Wheel for complete ascendancy over accordant camerasElevates the camera creating an ablaze attempt in both cocked and underslung shotsSmoothTrack allows attainable attempt and accountable alteration for all set typesThree modes are available, including a Sport Access for fast-paced shotsSimple and attainable to use interface that allows quick changes in modesMount the Ronin-S on a scope pole or RC buggy for adaptability in your shotsDJI Osmo Adaptable 2
The Osmo Adaptable 2 is a handheld gimbal for smartphones, giving stabilised images and video in a failing and carriageable package.
The Osmo Adaptable 2 has a decidedly bigger arrangement time and simplified controls to that of the aboriginal Osmo Mobile. It helps users abduction bland and authentic shots with their smartphone with the advice of Able Modes, such as ActiveTrack and Panorama.
The three-axis gimbal cancels out three admonition of movement including handshaking and flutter to accord the accomplished affection results.
The Osmo Adaptable 2 is accordant with smartphones from 58.6-84.8mm avant-garde and up to 8.4mm thick. This covers the majority of smartphones from Apple and Android. The Osmo Adaptable 2 communicates with smartphones via Bluetooth.
Key featuresIntelligent Modes accommodate ActiveTrack, Motionlapse, Hyperlapse Slow-mo, Zoom Ascendancy and TimelapseShoot for up to 15 hoursOsmo Adaptable 2 accuse your smartphone battery¼” accepted spiral for ascent on accepted accessories Upload and alive beck beeline to amusing media through the DJI GO appPivot amid mural and account modesExtremely lightweightControl camera settings with the Osmo’s handleMARCH
If February was a quiet ages on the new absolution front, DJI fabricated up for it in March by actualization two accessories for the Activity market; the Zenmuse XT2 and a new Burden SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Matrice 200 Series. These accessories were appear at an blow in Menlo Park blaze administration abode in California.
The Zenmuse XT2 from DJI and FLIR combines DJI’s able gimbal technology and FLIR’s industry-leading thermal technology in a bifold thermal and beheld camera for activity users, acquiescent bigger after-effects and alike added authentic abstracts than anytime before.
The Zenmuse XT2 is attainable for use in a arrangement of altered applications, including firefighting, chase and rescue, chancy actual investigation, roof inspection, solar console assay and agriculture.
The XT2 appearance bifold 4K, 12MP, 1/1.7″ CMOS beheld sensor and FLIR Tau 2 thermal sensor. An IP44 appraisement allows the XT2 to be acclimated is a avant-garde ambit of acclimate conditions.
The Zenmuse XT2 is accordant with the afterward DJI drones:
Matrice 200Matrice 210Matrice 210 RTKMatrice 600 Pro
The Zenmuse XT2 is attainable in 12 variants, with altered lens sizes, resolutions and thermal anatomy rates. For more details, bang here.
The Zenmuse XT2 appearance a abundance of able modes to admission the adeptness and believability of anniversary mission. The afterward appearance are available:
Temperature Alarms: Notifications aback temperatures exhausted your configured limits
Heat Tracking: Bound locates the hottest article in view
FLIR MSX: Overlay the thermal and beheld data
Real-Time Temperature Check: Authentic real-time temperature warnings
Quick Track: Only tracking a acclimatized object
Isotherms: Focus on a specific temperature band
PiP Options: Configure your acclimatized account in account options while in flight
In accession to advertisement the new Zenmuse XT2, DJI additionally appear a new Burden SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Matrice 200 Series.
This was a absolutely cogent moment as it opened up the DJI ecosystem to a accomplished host of new third-party payloads. The availability to use third-party apparatus opens DJI’s platforms to complete possibilities.
The Burden SDK is comprised of four altered areas:
Communication APIs: New protocols acquiesce the burden to acquaint with the centralized systems on the Matrice 200 Alternation drone. This includes the alien controller, GPS, chiral and more.DJI SKYPORT: The adapter for the M200 Alternation to acquiesce defended ascent of assorted payloads. SKYPORT allows advice amid the bombinate and payload.External Payload: Assorted payloads from electromagnetic, automatic and abundant added can be installed on the M200 Alternation drone.Mobile App: Admission real-time data, ascendancy your equipment, ascendancy settings and abundant added through a custom-built or DJI Pilot app.
At the time of the announcement, two aggregation payloads were accordant with the new Burden SDK. These were Slantrange 3PX (an avant-garde burden for agronomical analytics) and Sentera AGX710 (combines the agenda agronomics ecosystem of Sentera with the DJI M200 Alternation drones for complete abstracts on crop health).
At this year’s NAB appearance in Las Vegas, DJI appear two avant-garde gimbal controls for high-end cinematography; the DJI Master Wheels and DJI Force Pro. Both accessories are advised to activity attention ascendancy at a able level.
The DJI Master Wheels are advised to accord able cinematographers ultimate ascendancy of their becloud set. The wheel-based arrangement allows complete and repeatable shots to be captured with ease.
The Master Wheels are fabricated from abounding stainless animate to activity altogether stabilised and counterbalanced control. The modules can be manually manoeuvred to clothing the needs of anniversary alone user. This allows for the best ergonomic architecture that doesn’t complete users to a set design, ideal aback demands are high.
For alike greater personalisation, the Master Wheels affection 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 taps, a CAN BUS anchorage and a Mitchell arise with a baseplate for a huge ambit of uses. This allows able cinematographers to arise a variety of chiral systems and monitors and fulfil their attempt appeal afterwards boundaries.
Key featuresAdvance algorithms, optical encoders and highly-sensitive sensors aftereffect in authentic shots every timeDual-band chiral in 2.4 and 5.8 GHzLatency as low as 10 milliseconds can be achievedBattery (TB50) self-heating functionThe modular bureaucracy allows complete adaptabilityMaster Wheels affection 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 taps, Mitchell Arise and a CAN BUS portForce Pro
The DJI Force Pro is an avant-garde gimbal ambassador which synchronises the movement of the Force Pro on your gimbal. Fabricated for high-end filmmakers to abduction avant-garde shots with acute precision.
Key featuresAdvanced IMU and congenital ambit for complete replicated movementLatency as low as 10 millisecondsDual-frequency in 2.4 and 5.8 GHz to authentic wireless transmissionBuilt-in screen, dials and buttons for all-encompassing controlsUp to bristles hours of arrangement activity with USB-C anchorage or CAN BUS anchorage chargingFreedom to arise accessories, chiral systems and monitors as able-bodied as options to arise on committed handles or assorted rigs including a tripodAerial Photography Workshop
At the end of April, Heliguy, in affiliation with DJI, put on an aeriform photography and videography blow for new and accomplished bombinate pilots. The blow took abode at the beauteous Elvetham Hotel aloof alfresco Farnborough, one of Heliguy’s PfCO training locations.
Heliguy’s Scott Henderson (pictured above), as able-bodied as two bedfellow speakers, gave insights into DJI drones and how they can be acclimated for aeriform photography and videography. This included seeing examples of their amazing assignment and the altercation of the altered accoutrement and techniques acclimated to abduction them.
The blow admiring complete acknowledgment from attendees, which included:
Fantastic day, absolutely informative. Hope there will be added in the future. Able-bodied account advancing admitting the connected drive.
I anticipation it was a absolutely acceptable blow and animated I was able to attend… Content and speakers were excellent, acceptable antithesis of artistic insight, tech knowledge/tips
May was a big ages for bombinate fans, as DJI appear the latest affiliate of their iconic Phantom ancestors – the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. On top of this, DJI appear a ground-breaking affiliation with Microsoft.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
The Phantom 4 V2.0 appearance an OcuSync HD chiral arrangement for bifold abundance bandage switching. A able 1-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor captures high-quality images at 20 MP and video in up to 4K at 60 FPS.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 appearance a dual-band OcuSync chiral system, automatically switching amid 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. The ambassador identifies which abundance has the everyman arrest and about-face to accommodate the clearest transmission.
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 alien ambassador is attainable with a congenital 5.5” 1080p screen. The ultra-bright awning has a accurateness of 1000 cd/m2, accretion account in complete sunlight.
The alien ambassador appearance a microSD agenda slot, apostle and microphone and an HDMI port. The alien ambassador has a arrangement activity of up to bristles hours.
• Able Flight Modes including ActiveTrack, Gesture Mode, TapFly and abounding more
• 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor able of up to 4K video with a bitrate of 100Mbps
• A automatic shutter, eliminating rolling bang distortion
• Up to 30 account of flight time
• Bristles admonition of obstacle assay and four admonition obstacle avoidance
• OcuSync chiral system
• Quieter propulsion system
DJI and Microsoft Partnership
At this year’s Microsoft Body appointment in Seattle, a one-of-a-kind affiliation was appear amid bombinate giants, DJI and Microsoft. This accord brings calm DJI’s bombinate platforms and Microsoft’s AI and machine-learning technology for activity businesses.
As allotment of the partnership, DJI will be absolution an SDK (Software Development Kit) accurately for use with Windows. Application the SDK, Windows 10 PCs will be able to ascendancy and customise DJI drones for a huge cardinal of applications.
July was an important ages for bombinate users, as the Administration for Transport appear a new set of laws for UAVs. Advancing in two waves, the aboriginal began at the end of July 2018, while the added will appear into aftereffect appear the end of 2019. Aside from this, DJI apparent the Activity Shield – a customisable drone-protection service.
New bombinate laws
The Administration for Transport appear a set of new bombinate laws for UK bombinate pilots. These were:
As of the end of July 2018, drones are banned from above 400 anxiety and aeriform aural 1 kilometre of airport boundaries. Bodies who breach these new laws may face an complete accomplished and/or up to bristles years in prison.
Coming into aftereffect from November 30, 2019, owners of drones belief 250 grams or added will accept to annals their bombinate with the CAA and complete an online assurance test. Bombinate pilots who abort to annals and sit the tests will face fines of up to £1,000.
Industry-changing CAA advertisement for PfCo holders
The CAA appear some account for complete Baby Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) Operators. From the end of July 2018, the afterward changes came into effect:
A abridgement on the classes of SUA from 4 to 2; 0-20kg Multirotor and 0-20kg Anchored WingA accepted PfCO now permits the operation of a 7-20kg SUA in chock-full areas to aural 50m which ahead SUA in such chic were bound to a ambit of 150mNight operations will be automatically accepted accouterment the procedures for night operations are abundant aural the applicant’s Operations Manual
For SUA Operators with an complete Permission for Bartering Operation (PfCO), these new changes will not appear into aftereffect until they renewed their complete permissions.
DJI Activity Shield
DJI appear the DJI Activity Shield, a new customisable drone-protection account plan advised to accommodated the assorted needs of today’s bartering bombinate operators.
DJI Activity Shield is the aboriginal complete advantage plan of its affectionate that covers DJI’s band of activity products, accouterment ample blow coverage, acclimation and backup services, chargeless aircraft and accelerated delivery, and the advantage to allotment advantage above a agile of activity products.
DJI Activity Shield is attainable in two tiers and protects a arrangement of DJI Activity accessories including the Matrice 200 Alternation drones and the Zenmuse Z30, X4S, X5S, XT and XT2 payloads. It provides advantage for one year from activation and covers a ample ambit of situations including those acquired by pilot error, arresting arrest and baptize damage.
DJI appear a huge advance to their geofencing arrangement for authorised activity bombinate pilots. A new and able activity is attainable to baddest pilots who accept the authorisation to fly in acute areas, in which geofencing alleviate codes will be attainable aural 30 account acknowledgment to DJI’s agents who will be alive about the clock.
This development is ideal for the aeriform demands of activity users that are generally accountable to time constraints.
August saw addition industry-changing alteration to the Air Navigation Acclimation 2016. There was additionally the eagerly-anticipated barrage of two new additions to DJI’s Mavic Alternation – the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. Meanwhile, Heliguy headed to Blackpool Airport to authority a appropriate blow committed to bombinate apprehension by showcasing DJI AeroScope.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom
The advertisement of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom took abode at DJI’s See the Bigger Account blow in New York. These two new quadcopters allotment the altered foldable architecture of the Mavic Pro and add a abundance of new appearance and two able new cameras.
Mavic 2 Pro features
The Mavic 2 Pro appearance a Hasselblad camera with a one-inch CMOS sensor able of 20MP images and 4K UHD.
An adjustable breach of f/2.8 – f/11 allows users to accept added artistic ascendancy over their shots, allotment their own appearance and to abduction the highest-quality images and video at the best ambitious times, aurora and sunset.
The Mavic 2 Pro has admission to 10-bit Dlog-M colour contour and 10-bit HDR video, giving added adaptability in post-production and editing.
The Mavic 2 Pro has a huge ISO ambit with the max ISO aeriform from 3200 to 12800.
Mavic 2 Zoom features
The Mavic 2 Zoom includes a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor able of 12-megapixel and 4K UHD images with up to 4x zoom, including a 2x optical zoom (24–48 mm) absolution you get afterpiece to the activity whilst advancement a safe distance.
An avant-garde automatic focus gives authentic and reliable absorption that’s 40% faster than anytime before, alike aback zooming in and out.
Unique to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new QuickShot Mode, Dolly Zoom. This affection will zoom into a accountable whilst the Mavic 2 flies away, creating an acute warping effect.
Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom aggregate features
The Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom are the best avant-garde drones from the Mavic Alternation and DJI’s chump ambit to date. Below are some of the key appearance aggregate by both drones:
31-Minute Battery: Anniversary bombinate affection a huge arrangement activity of up to 31-minutes.72kph Speeds: Abbreviation the annoyance by 19%, the Mavic 2 drones are some of DJI’s fastest drones to date.OcuSync 2.0: Utilising DJI’s standout chiral system, OcuSync which has been upgraded for the Mavic 2. This allows a huge ambit of up to 8km and video chiral in 1080p. The Mavic 2 will additionally automatically about-face amid 204 and 5.8 GHz.Omnidirectional Sensors: The Mavic 2 Alternation is DJI’s safest bombinate to date with obstacle assay in every direction.8GB Built-In Memory: Like the DJI Mavic Air, the Mavic 2 affection 8GB congenital anamnesis acceptation you’ll never be ashore afterwards space.Enhanced HDR Images: Get the best aftereffect on every attempt utilising DJI’s HDR. This will automatically alloy the images for the highest-quality images.H.265 Codec: Detail and affection is maintained application the avant-garde H.265 compression.
Intelligent Flight Modes:
DJI AeroScope demonstration
Heliguy captivated an blow at Blackpool Airport to demo the anchored and carriageable DJI AeroScope drone-detection models in real-world scenarios. Heliguy is an AeroScope specialist.
The DJI AeroScope arrangement is a adult and complete belvedere that rapidly identifies UAV advice links, acquisition real-time advice such as flight status, paths, consecutive number, speed, administration and home position, as able-bodied as the accomplish and model.
This ecology abstracts beck helps AeroScope users accomplish an abreast acknowledgment and aegis accommodation as anon as possible.
There are two types of AeroScope assemblage – Stationary and Portable.
Stationary AeroScope Unit
The Stationary AeroScope assemblage is advised to be in connected use outdoors and has an IP65 Ingress Protection.
One of the best cogent advantages of application the Stationary assemblage is the adeptness to customise and configure the assemblage absolutely to the armpit that needs to be monitored.
In ideal conditions, a Stationary AeroScope bureaucracy has a ambit of 50km – and can analyze drones in a little as two seconds.
There are a cardinal of deployment options too, acceptation the abstracts aggregate by AeroScope can be hosted on a clandestine billow for decidedly acute airspace.
It additionally allows you to accommodate with added aegis systems to accommodate a added complete account of the monitored airspace.
The Stationary DJI AeroScope provides a adjustable belvedere for bombinate detection.
There are two antenna acceding options available. These are:
G8 AntennaG16 Antenna
Both antennas are directional, but the college accretion G16 antenna provides the accomplished gain.
The Stationary AeroScope is water-proofed, dust-proofed and can be acclimated in a huge ambit of temperatures and clamminess levels.
Portable AeroScope Unit
The Carriageable AeroScope assemblage can be set up bound and calmly anywhere it’s needed.
It’s complete for use at acting events, adaptable deployments or added instances breadth you allegation to assure the airspace about you at abbreviate notice.
This arrangement gives you all the AeroScope functionality in a distinct carriageable case. The antenna, ascendancy awning and TB50 batteries, which adeptness the unit, are all integrated.
In emergencies, the AeroScope Carriageable arrangement can cossack up about immediately.
CAA releases Air Navigation Acclimation amendment
The CAA appear advice on addition industry-changing alteration to the Air Navigation Acclimation 2016, advantaged Baby Unmanned Aircraft – Night Operations and Operations aural Chock-full Areas by SUA Operators captivation Permissions issued above-mentioned to July 30, 2018.
This change amend allows any SUA abettor with permissions from the CAA accepted on or afore the 30/07/2018 to accomplish at night and over or aural 150 metres of a chock-full area.
Several ambit allegation be met in acclimation to administer to these new articles. These accommodate the following:
The permission applies to the CAA accepted permission that’s currently in place. It replaces any account that banned operation to aurora as able-bodied as replacing any account that prevents operation in a chock-full area.The permission is not applicative to operators who accept an OSC (Operating Assurance Case) in place. Aboriginal permissions or exemptions will administer in these cases.Night operation allegation be abundant aural the operators Operations Chiral with processes followed. Afore night flights, a aurora assay and armpit appraisal allegation booty place. This should accommodate the identification of aircraft flight paths and detail all hazards, restrictions and obstacles. VLOS allegation be maintained and the ascent and landing point should accept able lighting.A archetype of the permission should be retained with the aboriginal permission.The permission has aftereffect from its signage date until the 29/07/2019.SEPTEMBER
September was a adequately quiet month, although there was account of a new partnership, while Heliguy showcased some drones to a cardinal of badge forces.
Heliguy partnered with Bombinate AG to activity a two-day training advance for application your bombinate on your farm.
The Heliguy aggregation was with Essex, Kent and Norfolk Police, showcasing the capabilities of the DJI Matrice 210, DJI XT2 and Z30. Heliguy additionally showcased the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom.
If September was quiet, again October was busy, busy, busy, with the advertisement of two above activity accessories from DJI – the Mavic 2 Activity and the Phantom 4 RTK.
DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise
The Mavic 2 Activity has been advised with attainable safety, inspection, chase and rescue, blaze acknowledgment and law administration in mind.
Possibly the jewel in the acme of the Mavic 2 Activity is its accessories, which can be deeply army to the drone’s body. These accessories attainable new paths for pilots to acquaint and assignment from the air, affective drones above imaging accoutrement and into configurable platforms that enhance mission productivity. The accessories are:
A bifold spotlight with a accurateness of 2,400 lumens aids operators in accustomed out missions in aphotic or low-light areas. Spotlight is ideal for chase and accomplishment as able-bodied as assay applications.
A loudspeaker with a best bump of 100 decibels (1-meter distance) lets pilots comedy up to 10 custom articulation recordings on demand, accouterment a communications access to adjacent individuals that can be analytical during life-saving emergency operations.
Designed with US Federal Aerodynamics Administration Night Waiver standards in mind, the Alarm appearance a ablaze aflame strobe arresting three afar away. This helps pilots backpack out missions in low-light ambit or at night abundant added safely, and provides added airspace acquaintance for operators of adjacent drones and acceptable aircraft.
Aside from the accessories, the Mavic 2 Activity has abundant strings to its bow. These accommodate a password-protect arrangement which is bare to booty off or to admission the 24GB on-board storage, a activating 2x optical, 3x agenda zoom camera and a self-heating arrangement which works in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C).
Other highlights accommodate DJI AirSense, which enhances your airspace assurance by giving you burning real-time accession alerts on adjacent manned aircraft, while the Avant-garde Pilot Assistance Arrangement enables the bombinate to ascertain altar on its every move, absolution you calmly fly about or over obstacles.
Key featuresCompatible with loud speaker, bifold spotlight and beaconWeighs aloof 905g, foldable and attainable to carrySelf-heating batteriesOver 30mins flight time24GB of centralized storage2x optical, 3x agenda zoom cameraPassword protectionCompatible with abundant apps, including DJI Pilot and DJI FlightHub. DJI Phantom 4 RTK
The Phantom 4 RTK provides a new accepted for bombinate accurateness while acute beneath ground-control points.
A new RTK bore is chip anon into the drone, accouterment real-time, centimetre-level accession abstracts for bigger complete accurateness on angel metadata. A bombastic GNSS bore helps to advance flight adherence in signal-poor regions such as close cities.
Just how accurate?
1cm 1ppm RTK Horizontal Accession Accuracy1.5cm 1ppm RTK Vertical Accession Accuracy5cm Complete Horizontal Accurateness of Photogrammetric Models
This is on par with some of the best avant-garde accessories available, but in a abundant easier to use, lower priced, bunched and added reliable package.
The Phantom 4 RTK has a one-inch, 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, while the automatic bang makes mapping missions or approved abstracts abduction seamless as the Phantom 4 RTK can move while demography pictures afterwards the accident of rolling bang blur.
Due to the aeriform resolution, the bombinate can accomplish a Arena Sample Ambit (GSD) of 2.74cm at 100 meters flight altitude. Enjoy abiding and reliable HD angel and video chiral at distances of up to 7km, abundant for mapping above sites.
Support your missions with the D-RTK 2 Adaptable Base – accouterment real-time cogwheel abstracts to the bombinate and basic an authentic assay solution.
The Phantom 4 RTK can additionally be acclimatized to NTRIP (Network Transport of RTCM via Internet Protocol) application a 4G dongle or WiFi hotspot, or abundance the accessory ascertainment abstracts to be acclimated for PPK.
Key featuresFewer ground-control credibility bare for authentic abstracts collectionD-RTK2 adaptable station, accouterment authentic after-effects in areas with bad adaptable coverageUp to 30 account of flight timeIntegrated flight-planning appFlight will automatically resume afterwards arrangement changeSupports RTK and PPKTB50 and TB55 arrangement issue
A cardinal of incidents, with letters that a baby bulk of TB50 and TB55 batteries had apparent incorrect adeptness levels, arch to accident of adeptness mid-flight. It impacted the DJI Matrice 200 Alternation and the DJI Inspire 2.
November was a actual acknowledged ages for Heliguy, which included hosting an emergency-services roadshow, demography allotment in the ground-breaking Operation Zenith affirmation and acceptable a award-winning at the North Tyneside Business Awards. Elsewhere, there was an amend on the TB50/55 arrangement affair and the cessation of DJI’s anniversary AirWorks Conference. Oh, and there was the baby amount of DJI absolution the much-anticipated Osmo Pocket, which accepted to be an abundantly accepted product.
Heliguy an award-winner
Heliguy won a celebrated award-winning at the acclaimed North Tyneside Business Awards 2018, acknowledgment to the company’s outstanding chump account and affection to advance the bombinate industry.
The North Shields-based UAV able was presented with the Retail and Account Provider Accolade at aftermost night’s ceremony, staged at the afresh revamped Spanish City, in Whitley Bay.
Heliguy exhausted the added shortlisted finalists – NBT Group, in Killingworth, and Oatein, in Whitley Bay – to win the category, which was sponsored by the North Tyneside Business Forum and recognised businesses who advertise a artefact or service.
Emergency Casework Roadshow
Heliguy captivated an Emergency Casework Roadshow in Lincoln. The event, staged in affiliation with DJI, angled up as the official UK barrage blow for the Mavic 2 Enterprise.
The roadshow, at Waddington Training Site, was abounding by 50 emergency-services cadre – including assembly from about bisected of the UK’s badge forces, as able-bodied as a appropriate cardinal of blaze and rescue, abundance accomplishment and RNLI crews – who abstruse added about the Mavic 2 Activity and were accustomed the adventitious to see it in activity during a cardinal of live-action scenarios.
During the event, keynote speakers from Wiltshire, Lincoln and Devon and Cornwall Badge armament batten about how they are application drones to save lives, activity abomination and accumulate their communities safe.
DJI accepted Heliguy’s active of the roadshow, anecdotic the blow as glossy and well-managed.
Heliguy was a key allegation accomplice in a world-first affirmation to assay how drones and acceptable aircraft can cautiously allotment the aforementioned airspace.
The ground-breaking live-action scenarios were staged at Manchester Airport to activity a glimpse into ‘a new and agitative future’ of air-traffic management.
Codenamed Operation Zenith, the appropriate blow was led by aerodynamics technology aggregation Ambit Angel, as able-bodied as Manchester Airport and NATS. The blow was authentic by a alternation of government, industry and bookish participants, including DJI, Vodafone, the Civic Badge Air Service, DEFRA and North East England-based Heliguy.
Eight demonstrations showcasing drones alive in affiliation with acceptable aircraft movements were played out at the airport and live-streamed to specially-invited guests at the Royal Aeronautical Society, in London.
The blow has been declared as the aboriginal accomplish appear compassionate some of the challenges and solutions of amalgam drones into controlled airspace.
Heliguy was distinctively called to abutment Chinese technology behemothic DJI with its AeroScope alien identification technology, which was acclimated during Operation Zenith to authenticate how it can be a key aspect in an unmanned cartage administration (UTM) arrangement that cautiously integrates drones and acceptable aircraft into the aforementioned airspace.
DJI Osmo Pocket
The DJI Osmo Pocket is a tiny, stabilised vlogging camera which offers storytelling abandon in the access of your hand.
The Osmo Pocket boasts the aboriginal three-axis gimbal in DJI history, the adeptness to abduction shake-free footage and a ½.3-inch sensor.
Your artistic abandon can be taken added acknowledgment to the committed DJI Mimo app, which boasts alteration tools, templates and admission to a content-sharing association that inspires your own beheld storytelling.
The Osmo Pocket packs a ambit of agitative features. These are:
First Person View access follows the gimbal’s acclimatization to becloud blood-tingling activity shots with bland results.
Just tap on a accountable and ActiveTrack intelligently follows. Entering Selfie access automatically launches FaceTrack, befitting you in the centre of the picture.
For amazing vistas and landscapes, a 3×3 Panorama captures your destination with amazing analogue and detail.
To clasp a admirable day into a distinct shot, Timelapse turns hours into seconds, and Motionlapse adds bland camera movement for affecting effect.
Osmo Pocket automatically detects and illuminates low-lit scenes into ablaze photos. You can additionally booty tripod-free, 2-3s handheld connected acknowledgment shots in Pro mode.
Key accessories are attainable to aggrandize your creativity, such as a waterproof case which allows the Osmo Pocket to go to base of up to 60m for bland underwater shots, abundant close-ups and bright low-light detail.
Key featuresDJI’s aboriginal three-axis automatic handheld gimbal1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV and f/2.0 apertureShoot 4K/60fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP with a pixel admeasurement of 1.55 μmBattery activity of added than two hoursRange of able functions, including 3×3 Panorama, NightShot, Motionlapse and ActiveTrackDedicated DJI Mimo app featuring alteration tools, templates and admission to a content-sharing communityAirWorks Appointment 2018
The bigger blow of its kind, the 2018 advertise was staged at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas, Texas, from October 30, to November 1, alluring hundreds of guests and an arrangement of specially-selected key-note speakers.
The affair of this year’s appointment was Empowering the Ecosystem, and DJI absolutely channelled its muscles, actualization new accessories and software and highlighting its allegation to innovation, abnormally aural the activity sector.
There were additionally alluring case studies about how drones are alteration the apple in which we alive and, in some cases, authoritative a aberration amid activity and death.
Here are 10 things were learnt from the 2018 conference.
DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise
This baby and bunched drone, which is a acclimatized adaptation of the accepted Mavic 2, focuses actual abundant on enterprise, with a authentic accent on the way it can transform the circadian operations of emergency account and accomplishment personnel.
DJI Flight Simulator
The DJI Flight Actor is a ground-breaking pilot-training solution, accouterment an accessible, automatic and astute acquirements experience.
According to DJI, the Flight Actor sets a new accepted for drone-pilot training, paving a new aisle for the abutting bearing of bombinate pilots.
Developed with activity in mind, this advantageous training apparatus creates the best astute apish flight experience, acceptance pilots to hone their abilities afterwards the risks and costs associated with real-life training.
This avant-garde training actor has assorted flight modes, training modules and point of views, as able-bodied as a complete physics engine
One of the big pieces of account at the AirWorks Appointment was that DJI’s software solution, DJI Pilot, is now clearly out of beta. This was greeted acquiescently by the audience. It is attainable for Android and Apple’s iOS. New appearance accommodate a mission-planning affection for mapping or assay work.
The software will be formed out over DJI’s absolute artefact portfolio, including the Zenmuse XT2, burden SDKs and the Mavic 2 Enterprise. It is additionally fully-integrated with FlightHub. DJI has additionally added abstracts aegis by abacus countersign protection.
DJI Arena Base Pro Enterprise
The DJI GS Pro is an iPad app advised to ascendancy or plan automatic flights for DJI aircraft. Now, DJI has appear the new DJI GS Pro Enterprise. With the new features, you can conduct automatic flight missions, administer flight abstracts on the billow and coact above projects to calmly run your bombinate programme.
SDK and the adeptness of five
DJI accepted that it was afraid by the able advance in SDK activations, but the aggregation has accepted this by developing bristles altered types of SDK. Currently, DJI offers Adaptable SDK; UX SDK; Onboard SDK; Burden SDK; and Windows SDK.
The huge acceleration in appeal for SDKs was approved by the activation numbers for Adaptable SDK, which accept climbed from 150,000 in 2015 to 4.7million in 2018.
The Microsoft DJI Windows SDK brings real-time AI and apparatus acquirements capabilities to adumbration from DJI drones – exponentially accretion the agency in which drones can be acclimated and scaled for activity applications.
DJI Manifold 2
DJI Manifold 2 allows your bombinate to activity abstracts on lath the aircraft. The Manifold 2 houses absorbing processing power, agnate to what is begin in self-driving cars.
DJI Terra is a 2D and 3D mapping band-aid to advice users and developers digitise the world. It will be attainable in aboriginal 2019 and appraisement will be fabricated attainable at a afterwards stage.
DJI and American Airlines presented a affirmation to advertise how drones can be acclimated to backpack out aircraft inspections.
Using the new DJI Mavic Enterprise, the bombinate was aureate about an American Airlines even to highlight how UAVs can accomplish the assay easier and save huge amounts of time and money.
For the account of the demonstration, the Mavic Activity amid a baby sticker acting as a accountability on the plane. The bombinate again zoomed in and about the declared accountability to advertise how it would assignment in a real-life setting, analogue how the bombinate could abduction up-close imaging of the botheration and alteration that abstracts aback for a aggregation to analyse on the ground.
Drones for good
Drones accept helped to accomplishment at atomic 196 bodies about the world. This absurd accomplishment was appear during AirWorks 2018. And afterwards alert to assorted key-note speakers, it is bright that UAVs are arena a acute role aural the emergency casework and added sectors.
Chief McNeal, of Twain Harte Blaze Station, batten about how he integrates UAVs into his blaze and adversity acknowledgment and training in acclimation to accumulate Aboriginal Responders safer and added abreast in alarming bake areas. He explained how bombinate technology is the abutting bound avant-garde for firefighting.
Officer Barry Moore showed how a bombinate spotted a abeyant ambuscade of badge admiral and accustomed Mansfield Badge to boldness the bearings quickly, afterwards any agitated conflict.
Drone industry like the ‘beginnings of the PC market’
Jan Gasparic, DJI’s Director of Cardinal Partnerships, said that the AirWorks mission was to ‘build a all-around ecosystem for aeriform productivity’.
He again likened the accepted accompaniment of the bombinate industry to breadth the PC bazaar was at the alpha of its development.
He said: “The bombinate industry is in the aforementioned abode now the claimed computer industry was 30 or 40 years ago.”
This account indicates that DJI is advancing for the approaching and is planning for the connected amplification of the bombinate industry.
DJI issues firmware update
DJI issued firmware updates for users of TB50 and TB55 batteries, afterwards a baby cardinal had appear incorrect adeptness levels.
The updates added the battery-management arrangement and optimise adeptness accumulation during flight. The firmware amend addressed what DJI said was ‘a attenuate affair involving the arrangement accompaniment of allegation abacus algorithm’.
Beta appearance of QEP
DJI apparent the beta appearance of its Qualified Entities Programme (QEP), to allow public-safety cadre to conduct bombinate operations afterwards restriction.
Through the QEP, DJI removed all calm geofencing limitations and ambit limitations for activity aircraft, acceptance users to fly in acute locations and at college altitudes, in acclimation to accredit analytical operations such as adversity response, firefighting, chase and accomplishment and added public-safety applications.
The CAA launched a appointment to acquisition out how bodies are application drones.
The acknowledgment will acquiesce the CAA to body the Drones Allotment Account – advised to accommodated drone-user requirements. All bombinate pilots and operators with aircraft belief 250g or added will allegation to annals from November 2019.
The final ages of 2018 was a active one, with the absolution of the DJI Mavic 2 Activity Bifold and the UK’s aboriginal bombinate allegation over a 4G adaptable network, while the allegation for airports to accept drone-detection technology was advance into the spotlight.
DJI Mavic 2 Activity Dual
DJI appear the Mavic 2 Activity Bifold – a carriageable automated bombinate able with powerful, side-by-side beheld and thermal cameras that accommodate bartering pilots a reliable apparatus to accomplish better, safer and quicker in arduous environments.
Developed in affiliation with FLIR Systems, the Mavic 2 Activity Bifold appearance the bunched architecture of DJI’s Mavic 2 Alternation drones with the aforementioned arrangement of avant-garde controls and accessories begin in the Mavic 2 Enterprise.
The Mavic 2 Activity Bifold allows users to admeasurement temperatures and calmly abundance images and temperature abstracts for able advertisement and analysis, abacus actual amount to a ambit of automated or time-sensitive operations, from account inspections to emergency response.
Mavic 2 Activity Bifold appearance a three-axis gimbal stabilised camera apartment a side-by-side 4K sensor for capturing arresting ablaze and a FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera for capturing thermal data.
Together, these sensors acquiesce pilots to accomplish flights at night, as able-bodied as fly in circuitous daytime ambit like fog and smoke. Users can baddest from assorted able affectation modes in the DJI Pilot flight ascendancy app to visualise abstracts from the dual-sensor camera. These are:
FLIR MSX: Combine arresting and thermal images in absolute time.
Spot Meter: Adviser and admeasurement temperatures.
Area Measurement: Oversee temperature abstracts on specific areas.
Isotherm: Get authentic calefaction abstracts on a arrangement of altar and scenarios, such as analytic for bodies and acceptable angel afterimage for bigger situational awareness.
Other highlights of the Mavic 2 Activity Bifold accommodate the actuality that you can attach the Mavic 2 Enterprise’s beacon, loudspeaker or spotlight to enhance missions.
Key featuresVisible and thermal imagingMultiple Affectation Modes, such as FLIR MSX and InfraredAttach speaker, spotlight and alarm accessories24GB on-board storagePassword protectionUp to 31 account of flight timeTop acceleration of 72kphSelf-heating batteries helps the bombinate accomplish in temperatures as low as -10 CelsiusBenefits from DJI’s AirSense technology and
Ocusync 2.0 – accouterment a safer flight and abiding connectionNew partnership
Heliguy entered into a cardinal partnering acceding with Survey Solutions Scotland – the sole UK benefactor for Delair UAV fixed-wing accessories – to activity audience the long-range, BVLOS-ready Delair UX11.
This avant-garde UAV is a able aircraft acceptable for large-area mapping, with BVLOS (beyond beheld band of sight)-ready capabilties and alternative PPK (post-processed kinematic) for survey-grade results.
After accordant the partnership, Heliguy arrive the Iris Group to its assay armpit in Northumberland to advertise the Delair UX11. Iris is attractive for a fixed-wing band-aid for a above activity – with high-accuracy requirements – in the Middle East.
It was the aboriginal collective affirmation beneath the new affiliation amid Heliguy and Survey Solutions Scotland and both companies are aflame about alive together.
Key appearance of Delair UX11Cover 2.1km² (520 acres) with 1.7cm GSD (ground sample distance) at 122m flight height. The UX11, with a flight time of up to 59 minutes, has an automated camera with alternative PPK activation. Avant-garde appearance accommodate in-flight photo viewing, affection appraisal and adjustment.Mobile connectivity via 3G arrangement (4G-ready) for complete range. Can be acclimated in affiliation with radio for redundancy.Following an automatic built-in checklist, the UX11 is hand-launched. The UX11 can acreage accurately (5x5m area) and cautiously with its altered abysmal arrest landing function.Easy-to-use Android mission planning and ecology app – pre-flight checklist, no-fly zones, avant-garde user interface, in-flight abstracts review. Also, use Delar after-flight software (included) for PPK processing and to adapt raw abstracts for any photogrammetry software.Streamlined Operations Manual
Candidates sitting Heliguy’s Bartering Bombinate Operators Training (C-DOT) Advance will now be able to complete the basic Operations Chiral quicker and easier than anytime before.
The new automated approach, apparent by our committed training team, will barber abounding hours off the already time-consuming and circuitous process, acceptation added aeriform and beneath typing.
It will accomplish the assignment abundant beneath arduous for beginning bartering bombinate pilots and bear a abundant added hands-on acquirements experience.
And the end aftereffect – candidates will accretion a absolute compassionate of the certificate and leave with a personalised and tailored Operations Chiral in a atom of the time, continuing them in acceptable account to administer to the Civil Aerodynamics Authority (CAA) for their Permission for Bartering Operation (PfCO).
Heliguy stresses that the ground-breaking DJI AeroScope drone-detection technology is attainable to adviser and atom UAVs – which could potentially stop above incidents like the above disruption at Gatwick Airport aloof afore Christmas.
The BBC contacted Heliguy for an interview, in affiliation to bombinate detection, and came to becloud at Heliguy HQ. Heliguy’s Operations Manager, Scott Henderson, afterwards appeared on the civic BBC News, giving able angle on the allowances of DJI’s AeroScope system.
Heliguy launches HECTIC
Heliguy apparent HECTIC – a new architecture and development account by Heliguy, creating bespoke items and alms custom solutions for bartering bombinate applications.
With many years of acquaintance and ability in the UAV industry, Heliguy’s committed and abreast technicians accept launched this invaluable consultancy to accommodate custom-built accessories and accouterments and software integrations.
HECTIC – which stands for Heliguy Electronics and Custom Technology Integration Centre – is Heliguy’s specialised analysis and development arm, which can be acclimated to about-face people’s account into reality. So, if you accept a band-aid to a botheration in mind, but do not apperceive how to aftermath it, that’s breadth HECTIC comes in.
Click actuality to acquisition out added about what HECTIC can do for you.
Further firmware updates
DJI appear new firmware updates for users of TB50 and TB55 batteries, to abode the baby cardinal of letters of Matrice 200 Alternation drones experiencing aboriginal Return-to-Home or Automatic Landing.
DJI said that these cases are not due to artefact achievement issues, but are apocryphal alarms triggered by bourgeois measures DJI implemented in November to anticipate any added abeyant of M200 alternation drones experiencing accident of adeptness mid-flight.
DJI said that this new firmware amend (v01.02.0301) added improves the algorithm accurateness of the battery-management arrangement to enhance user acquaintance afterwards compromising flight assurance and artefact reliability, which are DJI’s ‘top priorities’.
Flexible allowance policies
Coverdrone announced that it had acclimatized its industry-leading action to activity a ambit of adjustable action periods, from one day to one year and aggregate in between.
The company, which offers specialist bombinate allowance awning for bartering and recreational users, alien the new flexie measures because it ‘understands that bombinate allowance requirements can alter on a circadian base and that a 12-month action is not acceptable for everyone’.
Free flight training awning for audience activity through any flight assay with any NQE aural the UKFree allotment arrangement for bartering usersAnnual action now attainable for recreational bombinate usersCoverdrone FlySafe app is now chargeless to allVodafone achieves UK first
Vodafone completed the UK’s aboriginal bombinate allegation over a 4G adaptable network.
The bombinate was the aboriginal of its affectionate to be congenital and aureate in the UK and harnesses the adeptness of Vodafone’s arrangement via a carriageable 4G router.
In the future, bombinate allegation over a adaptable arrangement could be acclimated to bead basic food into adamantine to ability places.
Drones are commonly aureate application a radio link, with the bombinate in afterimage of the operator. However, authoritative drones application the 4G arrangement agency they can be monitored in absolute time, abbreviation the allegation for drones to be aureate in band of sight.
The specially-adapted bombinate was fabricated to attending like a ablaze Santa sleigh and agitated blithe treats. It brought Christmas acclamation to Portland Bill Coastwatch, which sits on one of the best southerly credibility of the UK and operates 365 canicule a year.
Drones a key allotment of Airspace Modernisation Strategy
It was appear that drones are a key application in a new Airspace Modernisation Strategy – a aggregate cold amid the Civil Aerodynamics Authority (CAA) and the Government for modernising and amalgam UK airspace.
The certificate says that drones are aloof one archetype of an arising technology that is fast acceptable ubiquitous.
James is Heliguy’s Blogger and Bombinate Content Executive. James keeps our readers up to date with bombinate account aural the ever-changing industry.