Category Archives for "Civilian Drones"

The New DJI Phantom Vision Plus

DJI Innovations have announced the launch of the new Phantom Vision Plus quadcopter.  Rumours of its imminent release were circulating on forums in the past few days after CNET published a short review containing footage of it.

It has all the features that you would expect of a Phantom, but with a new integrated camera that shoots at 1080p/30/25s HD and 720p/60fps for slow motion video.  It captures 14 megapixel stills and super wide angle and stores them in RAW format.  The camera is mounted on a three axis gimbal which stabilises it in role, pitch, and yaw.  The camera provides ninety degrees of tilt allow the pilot to shoot horizontally and through 90 degrees to straight down vertically.

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RQ-4 Global Hawk back in Japan

U.S. Air Force photo by Bobbi Zapka

U.S. Air Force photo by Bobbi Zapka

The number and range of uses of RQ-4 Global Hawk HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) UAVs continue to increase.  It was announced earlier this week that the US would be deploying two RQ-4’s at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture in the north east of Japan.  The drones are currently stationed in Guam but this puts them in the path of typhoons that frequently pass through the area.

The Global Hawk proved its worth in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami by providing surveillance and intelligence gathering during disaster relieve and recovery missions.  It’s worth reminding ourselves that the Japanese company TEPCO used a sUAV to photograph and film the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant after the disaster.  The photos and footage obtained greatly assisted the engineers in assessing the situation without putting anyone at risk while gathering the information.

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Drone Categories in the UK

If you stop a person in the street and ask them what they know about drones they are likely to mention the use of drones by the military, or perhaps they’ll call to mind their use in surveillance.  However, increasing numbers of people are becoming aware of their many uses in civilian life and for commercial purposes.  The range of drones now in existence is so great that there are many ways in which to categorise them, so in this post we’re going to look at some of those drone categories in the UK.

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