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What is the Drone swarm light show?

A Drone light show is a formation of Drones that are illuminated and synchronised to arrange themselves into various aerial formations. According to Verge Aero any image can be recreated in the sky by a computer program that changes graphics into flight commands, which then feeds this information to the Drones. So how does this work? While it looks incredibly impressive it is fairly straightforward. Firstly, a design team create a storyboard timeline, showing the images and effects. From this, the images are then animated in a particular software that translates them into synchronised flight paths for the individual Drones. The entire show is then sent via radio signal from a ground control station operated by a pilot. According to Verge Aero: ‘Verge Aero’s design software lets users select graphics and special effects and place them in a timeline, similar to those found in video editing software. This software calculates the flight paths of each drone to guarantee they don’t
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How & why are Drones being used in Inspections & surveys of a reservoir?

Using an underwater Drone for the inspection of reservoirs has so many benefits for not only the consumer but corporations too. One company based in Washington, called Clark Public Utilities, conducts routine safety and maintenance of 35 water reservoirs and has recently introduced underwater Drones. Traditionally, the reservoirs would have needed to be drained in order to have them inspected safely by an individual. Some of these reservoirs would contain 3 million gallons of water, which would incur drainage and refilling costs. So you can understand why CPU introduced an ROV called the DTG2 ROV, due to its portability.   With built in lithium batteries there is now no need to use a generator to power the ROV. On average, a 90-minute charge can allow up to eight hours of operation, unlike previous methods that would take hours to not only drain but refill. With the inclusion of this particular ROV, CPU claimed: ‘Some of our reservoirs are in a pressure zone with no other reser

The use of drones by local councils

Across the UK, local government have started using Drones following their receipt of a commercial Drone licence from the Civil Aviation Authority. According to research, North Yorkshire is the latest to use Drone technology for areas such as checking whether people have kept the size of their new extension within the agreed limits. But this has not come without concern from civil liberties campaigners. Their issue is that it could give a green light for state surveillance. According to reports, one resident used an online forum to write: ‘'wow, the councils are going to be flying around filming you all as you are going about your day, peering in your windows and back yards ' So now, the campaigning group Big Brother Watch has instigated the need for guidelines to make sure councils do not have the authority to zoom in on private property without a justified reason. So what are councils using Drones for? There appears to be a range of activities that local government

Airlines using drones to inspect and carry out aircraft safety checks

For some reason, the aviation industry only decided to introduce drones in 2015 to conduct inspections. And the first airline was Easyjet who caught the attention of the rest of the industry when they carried their aircraft safety checks using a drone on its Airbus A320. The quadcopter, called a RISER was scheduled to scan and assess the aircraft. The data produced from the RISER allowed engineers to see what damage there was which may need further inspection or maintenance. The drone, which was developed by Blue Bear and Createc, incorporated a system of smart navigation and computer vision, allowing it to fly around the aircraft. And by doing so, the airline noticed a number of advantages of using a drone. One of which was the reduction of workers and equipment needed to carry out their safety inspection. Another advantage is members of the engineering team can now focus on other areas due to the time saving a drone provides. But since 2015, other airlines have taken inspirat

Universities are using drones to showcase their Campus Halls of Residence

  When applying to a University, it’s not only the course structure that is of importance but also the accommodation and amenities of the university campus. So what better way to showcase what the campus has to offer to prospective students than using Drone footage. As Drone technology continues to improve Universities around the world are now starting to realise its usefulness and have begun creating virtual tours on YouTube. Starting with a bird’s eye view of the campus, Universities are able to show off their picturesque surroundings and striking architecture. And let’s not forget the promotion of their halls of residence. In some videos you will see the layout of the kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and common areas, to gain more of an insight into what they can expect. As each halls of residence is different regarding location, you will also get to see what amenities are nearby, especially if you are not familiar with the area. Ends

Drone Soccer – explained

  Drones have become an integral part of many industries but now it’s been transferred into a sport. Drone soccer is a new air sport that involves two teams containing five members per team. The main aim is to score the highest number of goals. Drone Soccer has been included in the FAI Sporting Code as a provisional class (F9A) since 1st May 2019, and the first international tournament - demonstration - took place in November in Korea. Played both outdoor and indoors in a pre-arranged flying zone, a Drone soccer match consists of three sets and each set lasts three minutes. According to FAI.org: ‘The drones in play, which are operated by drone pilots standing at either end of the pitch, are encased in protective orbs lit up using colourful LED lights – enabling both players and spectators to easily identify members of the different teams. Only one player on each team – the “striker” – can score by flying his or her drone through the circular goal post placed 3m to 3.5 m above g