Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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29 unmanned systems inside October/November 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. both Harvey and Irma, and said when the bubble protector is placed on the camera and the gimbal, the drone becomes sur- prisingly water resistant. He's flown dur- ing tropical storm conditions, and knows how to maneuver the drone to keep it up, and what he can and can't get away with. If it's raining too hard, he'll put the drone straight up as a sky cam rather than f lying it around, and he'll limit the amount of time it spends in the air. He keeps a close eye on the weather, and if he notices a heavy band of rain is coming in, he'll ground the drone until the weather lets up. To help keep the UAS dry, he wipes it off with paper towels, and leaves the system on so it has internal heat. When he's driving to his next location, he puts the drone on the dash, exposing it to more heat. Emfinger knows the images he's col- lecting aren't only important for the media outlets who can use them; they also give citizens and officials informa- tion they need about what's happening with the storm, and how it's affecting their communities. "I can't tell you how many emails I've gotten from residents thanking me for letting them see how damaged, or not damaged, their neighborhood is. They're just happy to know what the situation is," he said. "When you get video out quickly, people can look at that and make deci- sions about what they can do to help. From the ground, you might be able to see a few homes that are destroyed, but if you go up just 50 feet with a drone you can see 10 or 20 homes. If you go up 200 feet you can see an entire subdivision or a mobile home park. You really can't get the full impact of how bad a situation is from the ground." Butch Stephens, a teacher and own- er of So Fly Video Productions, doesn't typically capture footage for the media but was able to do so during Harvey. His house wasn't f looded, but Stephens and the rest of his neighbors couldn't leave for a few days. When the weather broke, he grabbed his Inspire 1 and started f lying the area to get a feel for just how bad the f looding was. Once he was able to leave his neigh- borhood, he took more footage and up- loaded it to Stringer, a platform where Continued from P. 26 AFTER THE STORM GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing for UAVs Applanix Direct Georeferencing Solutions provide everything you need to turn your UAV into a professional mapping solution using an imaging sensor such as a camera, LiDAR, or hyperspectral scanner. ► Achieve cm accuracy without GCPs ► Fly larger areas per mission ► Automatically merge imagery with LiDAR data Visit us at the Commercial UAV Expo in booth 312 © 2017, Trimble Inc. All rights reserved..

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