Benefits of Choosing Draganfly as UAV Provider: University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences Success Story

Agriculture

 

“Our decision to utilize the expertise at Draganfly for our UAV needs was the best decision we made. They have been a true partner in our research.”

Several years ago, the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan received an Engage Grant through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). With this grant, the team started looking into the applicability of using UAVs in crop science and plant physiological research.

Impressed with early results, they partnered with Draganfly as their UAV provider and in the summer of 2015, started flying weekly experiments. After the initial testing proved successful, they embarked on a larger project using the UAV almost daily throughout the growing season to image field experiments. With their first Draganflyer system, the X4-P, they conducted over 200 flights capturing 50,000 images during a total of more than 40 flight hours.

In 2017, the team increased the frequency and amount of trials imaged. The flight crew conducted 70 flights totaling 17 hours of flight time on the X4-P, and with their newly purchased Draganflyer Commander system, flew 260 flights consisting of 70 hours of flight time.

All this without a single incident that resulted in a crash.

“The quality of Draganfly Innovations products is evident by how many hours we have put on their aircraft without any problems.”

Draganfly also acted as an engineering support unit for the team, performing customized integration work, designing and developing specialty applications, and even making modifications to the UAVs.

“Draganfly has and continues to be much more than a UAV provider for us. They have been the industrial partner in our research and it has been because of their expertise that we have been able to collect so much aerial imagery”

– Quotes from Dr. Steve Shirtliffe, University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources Professor

 

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Starscream Aerial Services – Oil & Gas Industry: Drill Pad Footprint Analysis

Digital Terrain Model with Contour Lines
 

This paper examines the benefits and cost savings of conducting a drill pad footprint analysis by Starscream Aerial Services, using the Draganflyer X4-P drone and photogrammetry Pix4D post-processing software in contrast to traditional methods.

With the Draganflyer system, capturing aerial data with the correct image overlap required and processing the data is very simple. We design the flight using automated flight planning software, then point, click, fly, and process the data.

For inspection of equipment, the Draganflyer system was flown to capture high resolution photos of flare stack tips and other tall structure equipment..

The immediate benefits are crew safety and a dramatic savings in time. High resolution aerial photography is used for structure inspection and the resulting highly detailed 3D computer models provide the team with updated site information, topography, and where needed, volume calculations.

 

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Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Aviation Pioneer, Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart with Lockheed Electra

 

Amelia Earhart Day honors the incredible life of the famous aviation pioneer and author. Born 120 years ago today, Earhart paved the way for so many advancements in the aviation industry.

She received the US Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Earhart was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization that provides professional opportunities for female pilots. The group was founded in 1929 by 26 licensed female pilots for the mutual support and advancement of women pilots.

She was an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment as well as a member of the National Woman’s Party.

She was a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor to women students.

Her disappearance while attempting to circumnavigate the globe resulted in one of the largest search & rescue efforts in history.

She’s pictured here standing in front of the Lockheed Electra.

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Draganfly Announces Expanded Solutions-Based Product Line with Fixed-Wing Aircraft, Ground-Based Robot, and Universal Control System

The Draganfly Tango2 long-endurance fixed-wing aircraft, the DraganScout morphing ground-based robot, and the Draganfly Universal Control System (UCS) announced at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 are Draganfly Innovations Inc.’s newest and most advanced products to date.

SASKATOON, SK & VENICE, CALIFORNIA – MAY 9th, 2017 – Commercial UAV specialists, Draganfly Innovations Inc.- today announced the development of the new additions to their product line. Like Draganfly’s existing offerings, these new products are purpose built to save time and money for operators while improving the quality of mission critical data used within the many industries the company serves.

The new handheld Universal Control System (UCS) enables the user to operate the Tango2 fixed-wing, the DraganScout ground-based robot, or any of the Draganflyer multi-rotor platforms, including the Draganflyer Commander quadcopter.

The Tango2 increases commercial use cases by offering long duration flight times and the innovative design allows for lower airspeeds, which translates to lower altitudes and higher resolution. This high endurance, multi-battery small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) is capable of carrying a wide array of payloads and is ideal for tactical operations, search and rescue, agriculture, industrial inspection, surveying and mapping, and aerial 3D modeling.

The DraganScout is a unique ground-based robot capable of morphing into different configurations to traverse a wide range of obstacles, including climbing stairs, to perform mission critical jobs. Draganfly’s patented folding wheel design makes this one of the most versatile robots on the market, allowing it to quickly move into position and then transforms the wheel shape to climb stairs or stand vertically. The DraganScout is ideal for public safety use, including bomb detection and tactical situations, as well as a variety of industrial inspections.

Universal Control System (UCS)

  • Adaptive software suite controls multiple vehicle types (multi-rotor, fixed-wing, ground robot)
  • Draganfly-developed mission planning software and mapping system with sophisticated data logging
  • Secure digital video down-link and recording
  • The UCS is integrated with aerial acquisition and 3D Pix4D mapping software
  • Ergonomically designed and balanced to accept multiple style tablets, including the Panasonic Toughpad™
  • For the first time, Draganfly will offer white label and OEM opportunities on this new universal control system

Tango2 Fixed-Wing

  • The aircraft flies 2 to 3 hours with standard battery packs, 4 to 6 hours with additional batteries, and 14+ hours with solar panel add-ons, and supports a wide range of payloads to deliver exceptional performance
  • The aircraft uses Draganfly’s intelligent power management system to not only prolong flight time but to increase the level of operational safety
  • The high-performance tandem-wing configuration enables the Tango2 to fly at slower speeds than other fixed-wing aircraft, which supports greater image resolution and precision.
  • The autopilot system features automated take-off, flight plan execution, and landing with refined fail-safe features
  • Launched by catapult, the plane’s high-lift wing design provides both a steep takeoff and steep landing profile, allowing for operations to be performed in areas with short runways and small clearings
  • The modular payload bay supports multi-axis stabilized data acquisition options such as high-res EO color, thermal, multi-spectral, LiDAR, hyperspectral, and other customized sensors
  • Digital video down-link range of 5km

DraganScout Ground-Based Robot

  • The patented morphing wheel design and telescopic payload extension boom make this robot multi-mission capable
  • Easily switch between configurations to roll, climb, stand, and look under objects, all on uneven surfaces or sloped terrain
  • Exceptional endurance and wireless range
  • On-board autopilot
  • Powerful stabilized color zoom payload with optional infrared lighting or visible spotlight
  • Two-way audio
  • Secure digital video down-link

“At Draganfly, we focus on continuously innovating in order to maximize the performance with every new product we launch. We’re incredibly proud of the UCS, Tango2, and DraganScout and how they can work in concert in many different operations and we believe they will further accelerate the already significant growth in commercial use of drones,” said Draganfly’s founder and president, Zenon Dragan.

Draganfly’s CEO, Cameron Chell, said of the announcement, “These products signify Draganfly’s continued leadership in the commercial space. Providing our customers the ability to use one controller to operate all of their Draganfly drones creates ease and reduces costs. Further, the addition of the Tango2 fixed-wing and DraganScout ground-based robot rounds out our portfolio by having all aspects of an operation covered. Imagine the benefit of having a fleet of our drones working together to provide solutions with maximum efficiency. For example, envision a public safety operation that requires the ability to generate valuable information safely from the ground with our robot, aerial footage from our hovering quad, and wide, sweeping surveying intelligence from our fixed-wing that can loiter in the air for hours on end never missing any of the action. We think this is a huge force multiplier for our customers.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Draganfly Innovations creates quality, cutting-edge unmanned vehicle systems and software that revolutionize the way people do business. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 19 years, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer within the commercial UAV space, serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, and mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives.

 

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Paul Sun, CFO

416-569-5070

paul.sun@draganfly.com

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Draganfly Innovations and Radio Hill Technologies Join Forces in C-UAS Jam and Pursuit Solution

Draganfly - Radio Hill

Pursuit drone and jamming technology offers affordable counter-drone capability.

Saskatoon, SK & Portland, OR – May 8, 2017 – Portland, Oregon-based Radio Hill Technologies (RHT) has teamed up with Canadian drone manufacturer, Saskatoon-based Draganfly Innovations Inc. to explore an emerging counter-drone technology.

Radio Hill, inventor of the Dronebuster, a 5 lb., 21-inch long, handheld counter-drone detection and jamming system, recently completed a large sale of Block 3 Dronebusters for the United States Army. With over 19 years’ experience developing robust, high-performance drones, Draganfly is the world’s longest-running multi-rotor UAV manufacturer. A Draganflyer system flown by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2013 was credited as the first sUAS to save a person’s life. As this was an industry-first, the Draganflyer was subsequently included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

In this partnership, Draganfly and Radio Hill are combining the ability to detect and deter nuisance or nefarious drones with the capability to “follow them home”. The Dronebuster interrupts radio signals in the ISM, UHF HAM, and GPS bands, which are used on consumer drones. At this point a Draganflyer UAV is launched to pursue the adversary drone back to its operator, capturing evidence with imagery and position information. Draganfly’s CEO, Cameron Chell commented, “This innovative concept provides an affordable deterrence, pursuit, and surveillance solution. We are thrilled to partner with Radio Hill to get this easy-to-use technology in the hands of facility security personnel all over the world.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Draganfly Innovations creates quality, cutting-edge unmanned vehicle systems and software that revolutionize the way people do business. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 19 years, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer within the commercial UAV space, serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, and mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives.

About Radio Hill Technologies
Radio Hill Technologies was formed around the efforts of three entrepreneurs in the summer of 2015. During that time, California was exposed to regular and significant wild fires. Firefighting efforts were negatively impacted by drone operators flying over the fires, and preventing firefighting aircraft from safely extinguishing founders of Radio Hill were determined to create a tool that law enforcement can use to keep these drones away from restricted areas.

For interviews and/or further information please contact:

Clay Wild, Marketing and Business Development
772-205-0646
clay.wild@radiohilltech.com
www.radiohilltech.com

Paul Sun, CFO
416-569-5070
paul.sun@draganfly.com
www.draganfly.com

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Draganflyer Night Search Technology Demonstration

Night Search Technology Demonstration
 

The Draganfly SpotLight series of articles are typically focused on our customers, their success, and the application of our systems, but this paper is an exception. This SpotLight features a project by Draganfly Innovations, an amazing group of volunteers, and our business partner SureFire, to provide you with a “behind the scenes look” at product research and testing. At Draganfly we always make an effort to ensure the technology we’re testing is practical, reliable, and most importantly, delivers the results we “think” it should provide.

The technology we’re talking about is an aerial search light. At it’s core a simple concept and make no mistake, we’re not the first company or researcher to fly a light on a drone. What we learned leading up to the scenario testing, is that there’s so much more to this than meets the eye.

 

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Starscream Aerial Services – Project with Amisk Creek Aggregates Consulting Ltd.


 

Starscream Aerial Services was approached by Meghan Sohen of Amisk Creek Aggregates Consulting Ltd.(Red Deer, AB) to apply aerial data that could assist with a regulatory submission concerning three neighbouring pits bordering a major water body. Since we had already completed some GIS projects for Amisk Creek on pit applications and remediation requests, we knew we could gather valuable insights to their standing issue and add value to the project.

Sourcing a local OEM was an advantage we wanted to leverage in our business plan. For circumstances that we wouldn’t be able to handle independently, it was important to have a direct line. After researching the sensor integration, required, hardware tolerances in Northern climates, and price point we called Draganfly. The rest took care of itself, and it has remained our ‘go to’ platform for much of our work.

 

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