- Drone Surveys: Ground Control Points
For an construction or architecture firm to make the most of their drone hardware, especially in the pursuit of accurate orthomosaic or photogrammetry based surveys, Ground Control Points (GCPs) are an absolute must. These strategically placed decals around your survey area provide a reference point for post-flight analysis.
Placing three or more in your survey area will provide a frame of reference for scale, orientation, and elevation. Ground Control Points are affordable and reliable, and a must to include in every surveyor’s toolbox.
- DRONERESPONDERS – the Five C’s
DRONERESPONDERS has distributed a guide for all LEAs preparing to, or that already have, implemented a drone / UAS program. It is encouraged that any LEA, public safety, or other government agency review the document distributed by DRONERESPONDERS when considering implementing a program.
UAS Vues can help your agency in the Hudson Valley and New York metropolitan develop and implement a UAS program, as well as answer questions about drone detection and counter-drone systems.
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- FAA UAS Symposium to be 100% Virtual
Will you be attending the virtual FAA UAS Symposium?
- FLIR Systems Micro UAS for Defense
A very cool new 33g device is hitting the U.S. Army’s arsenal soon coming from FLIR Systems. This micro dual rotor UAS called the Black Hornet 3 provides up to 25 minutes of flight time and real time video transmission.
The capabilities of a device like this are invaluable when considering surveillance and counter surveillance operations as well as strategic operations planning.
- Drones & 3D Printing: New Guerrilla Warfare Tools
Drones are reportedly being used by unknown militants in the Syria conflict to drop mortar rounds on troops from the United States and other forces. According to Business Insider and other news outlets, “a drone carrying a mortar dropped it near where they were sleeping.” Source: Business Insider.
Additionally, there are reports that some of the mechanisms being used to activate the payload delivery is 3D printed. We don’t talk much about 3D printing here, but there are significant technologies that are readily accessible for home manufacturing via 3D print. This technology has been used for everything from repairs around the house to full 3D printed guns.
The reality is that a home-built drone can be produced with 3D printed parts, and have customized mechanism engineered for delivering payload including explosives.
This introduces a severe complexity when assessing and implementing a drone detection system. Most drone detection systems identify the 70% of commercial off the shelf (COTS) drones that utilize WiFi signals (2.4 – 5.8 GHz). However, most home-built and hobby drones do not use these frequencies for communications, they leverage 400/900 MHz band communications.
As validated by a facility’s design basis threat, and if the risk of aerial delivered improvised explosives devices is real, the cost justification for the deployment of a more comprehensive drone detection system must include the assessment and analysis of multiple bands covering both COTS and home-built drone systems.
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