The explosion of ‘Unmanned Aerial Systems’ (UASs) enable new approaches to existing tasks that are often significant cost savers. It also opens the door to solutions that have not been imagined yet.
Floating Cameras, LLC keeps up with what is happening in the UAS industry and identifies services that are emerging. The UAS industry is in its infancy and our primary focus is to:
- Identify useful UAS services
- Explain which UAS services might benefit a business and how
- Creating flight plans and delivering those services
Drones have hit the mainstream with every major camera maker coming up with some kind of offering. Drones are cool, but what are people doing with them besides taking selfies and flying them around?
Drones perform the ‘zip line’ operation without the restriction of a physical wire. Instead of being attached the the camera floats from position to position. It is possible to to follow complex paths with precision over and over again so retakes possible. Not only can you do more, setup only takes seconds. With computer aided and autonomous flight the possibilities are limitless.
First Person Visual (FPV – Goggles) are a natural marriage of technologies and the drone racing industry has emerged. This is incredibly exciting to watch and is catching on everywhere.
Much more than aerial photography, the evolution has just begun.
Things to do with you UAV
There are online services, DroneDeploy.com, Altizure.com to name a couple that offer a program for capturing images with a drone. Regarless of how the images are captured these sites provide an online services for ‘stitching’ them together. Visit their sites for details on their offerings, but here is a quick summary.
- Photogrammetry: A 3D virtual image. This provides an accurate map that can be imported by many of the software packages for designing landscapes. This is a potential service that would be inexpensive and provides an amazing tool for the home-owner, landscaper, or property owner/developer.
- Mapping: Highly detailed, custom maps to scale. These can be used in agriculture to help identify crop health, landscaping for planning, site assessment, and more.
- Construction: Site history in the form of time lapse aerials or 3D models. Keep complete histories of projects with incredible detail. Flying regular ‘missions’ to create a collection that provides a birds eye view. This is a powerful tool for tracking progress because it captures ‘meta data’ making it possible to determine details like trenching, completion times, job duration, material deliveries and consumption, and more.
The ability to utilize a drone effectively business is a lot more than flying the drone. For construction it means establishing a series of flight plans which would be based on services desired.
Fly your own missions?
Absolutely. The majority of services begin after a mission is completed so it doesn’t matter who flies the mission. For example you may find working with the 4K video captured by a drone difficult. Let us help you discover services that are reasonable and enable you to accomplish your goals.
Commercial use of drones requires that a Part 107 Remote Pilot operates the UAS. We provide certified pilots on referral allowing us to offer our services anywhere.
Probably the most exciting evolution in sUAS has been the racers. With Goggles and incredibly responsive little craft that are inexpensive it is possible to fly at outrageous speeds through complex obstacle courses.
For the Do It Yourself-er or adrenaline junkie building your own multi-rotor is an amazing way to get into flying drones. In learning to race you will crash a lot. Assembling your aircraft from parts helps you in diagnosing and fixing your aircraft after flying through a bush or crashing into the ground at a high speed.
Follow the adventures as I venture into the world of FPV and racers.
This site has been established with the intent of creating a useful resource for unmanned aerial vehicles enthusiasts and people looking for information on what a drone could do for them. I will share my techniques and experiences and I encourage others to join the community and share theirs.