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New Drone Partnership Close to Home

Droneflight and QuestUAV: A New Partnership.

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Droneflight is taking on QuestUAV products that will expand its current foreshore survey work.  Droneflight’s Head Quarters is less than 40 miles South of QuestUAV’s Manufacturing Base. The advanced QuestUAV PPK Datahawk aircraft will complement their current range of multirotor drones.

 

QuestUAV embarked on a lengthy Research and Development project spanning 3 years to enable the Datahawk to perform with Post Processing Kinematics (PPK) to deliver Ultra High-Accuracy Precision. The Datahawk PPK has had a good response all over the world so no surprise that a company on their door step was interested in the product.

Partnership:

Nigel King, CEO of QuestUAV, said ‘The Datahawk PPK is a great little aircraft and very well priced; I’m sure this fixed wing choice by Droneflight will help them move forward quickly and with minimum outlay. Andrew of Droneflight said he wanted a fixed wing tough enough and ugly enough to take a good beating; he won’t be disappointed”

 

Andrew Griffiths, CEO of Droneflight said ‘Working with QuestUAV was a just a sensible business decision. They are a UK based manufacturer so liaison, training and repairs are more easily managed than with a foreign company. We do a lot of foreshore work where PPK is ideal, so the Datahawk PPK, with its attractive pricing and rugged capability, made it a winner for us.’

 

The Datahawk PPK carries the highly regarded Septentrio Asterex L1/L2/L2/L5 with GPS, GNSS, GALILEO, BEIDOU and others. With the most advanced antijamming technology on the market it is integrated at a price point into the Datahawk that is placed well below the competition.

 

For UK and European customers within reach of QuestUAV training centre, it can make a big saving when entering the single operator, fixed wing, PPK market.

 

Droneflight also has a training division, DronePartners that is a CAA NQE and provides specialist inspection and PIX4D training.  The partnership will explore training opportunities for both companies.

QuestUAV:

QuestUAV is the longest running fixed wing manufacturer based in the UK.  They Design, Build and Fly small fixed wing unmanned aircraft (sUAV) that carries sensors including high-resolution cameras, infrared, thermal, multispectral and video surveillance.  Their network of clients spans across 6 continents and contains strong links with World-Leading Universities and Research institutions.

Contact Us:

QuestUAV: www.questuav.com

Telephone: +44 1665 479042

Email: sales@questuav.com

More information on Droneflight: www.droneflight.co.uk

 

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DATAhawk PPK Starter Kit

QuestUAV unfold their Fixed Wing Drone Rental to Europe and USA

Business Expansion Unveils Extended Drone Rental Service

QuestUAV have been hiring drone systems and sensors to a UK only market since 2013. However, for selected customers it is now expanding its rentals to include Europe and the United States. QuestUAV are offering Drone Rental from just £23 per day*

QuestUAV are market leaders in the drone industry. With a 10-year legacy and a vast drone knowledge they are aware of the capabilities of drones, whether it be fixed wing or multirotor. Many projects require a longer endurance and of a larger area coverage. QuestUAVs Datahawk packages are designed to be more efficient for Surveyors and Mappers and can now be rented in Europe and the United States.

DATAhawk PPK Starter Kit

QuestUAV drones are fixed wing drones. Fixed wing drones complement multirotor drones for a surveyor that needs a range of capability. Multirotor (eg DJI Phantom) have been available for hire for some time throughout UK and the rest of the world. However multirotor have limitations and HA coverage is the greatest limitation. Surveyors and Mappers have become increasingly aware that fixed wing drones are more efficient and can cover a larger area in a much shorter span of time.

Director Nigel King said ‘We have been doing this for years, we know how to overcome most of the problems and pitfalls of drone hire.  There are many challenges to overcome in the rental supply chain so the message is … choose your rental company carefully!’

Some Basic QuestUAV Rental Points:

  • Fixed Wing drone hire now available throughout Europe and the USA
  • Rental service with a larger range of models including PPK
  • Complete Systems available with Support, repair and replacement options
  • QuestUAV can progress UK PFCO multirotor users to become qualified fixed wing users within a day

With weekly, monthly or yearly hire available for fixed wing, the cost and potential of conducting a larger survey has just become more manageable. They also offer lease-purchase on some models.
QuestUAV also offer a ‘Fully Certified Drone Operation Team’ to assist in your aerial survey without the hassle, training, certification and insurance.
What they require of you is simply to look after the drone system, do what training is necessary, operate it safely and legally, and return it in good condition. In the event of damage or accident they have rapid repair facilities or replacement drone options.

QuestUAV is the longest running fixed wing manufacturer based in the UK. They Design, Build and Fly small fixed wing unmanned aircraft (sUAV) that carries sensors including high-resolution cameras, infrared, thermal, multispectral and video surveillance. Their network of clients spans across 6 continents and contains strong links with World-Leading Universities and Research institutions.

*based on a yearly hire contract

For further information please visit their Website and Rental Section.
www.questuav.com
Call: +44 1665 479042
Email: sales@questuav.com

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Keeping it Local

QuestUAV take on t-shirt sponsorship

Once QuestUAV found out there was an opportunity to sponsor our local football team we jumped at the chance. The company has been honored to take on the sponsorship for our local junior football team Amble East Junior Football Team. It is important to realize the value of local sports teams to show support the local community.

Amble East Junior Football team
Amble East Junior Football team with QuestUAV’s DATAhawk

QuestUAV took the opportunity to meet the team and show them the products and industry the company is in.

QuestUAV Sponsorship Logo
Sponsorship Labels

 

The young talented players were very happy with their new QuestUAV strips and enjoyed hearing about the UAV’s  when Nigel and Stuart King showed off the DATAHawk at the strip presentation and watched the team train.  We look forward to supporting Amble sports teams in the future.

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New Features to All QuestUAV PPK Products

QuestUAV PPK Septentrio Integration

In this article you will read everything you need to know about QuestUAV’s recent integration that will vastly change the UAV marketplace.

QuestUAV now include new features which will improve GNSS and Inband Interference. These are only available with the QuestUAV PPK products.

QuestUAV DATAhawk PPK
DATAhawk with Septentrio reciever

Thanks to the new Septentrio high-performance, ultra-low GNSS receiver, QuestUAV can offer clients All-in-view multi-constellation and multi-frequency satellite tracking capabilities. Not only this but our packages also carry the latest anti-jamming technology.

Quest UAV will take advantage of the Multi Constellation and Satellite Technology, appreciated by their Clients in the Southern Hemisphere.  This System now includes support for GLO, BDS, GAL and IRNSS. Accuracy from the QuestUAV products have increased greatly since the integration of the Septentrio reciever boards in the aircraft.

During this integration project QuestUAV have worked closely with highly skilled and experienced experts in this field of work to ensure that all tests and accuracy’s are reliable.

QuestUAV products accuracy using Septentrio’s receiver have been tested and proven, as can be seen in the whitepaper for these products (White Paper available on request)

All new features will be included in the PPK packages for both DATAHawk and Q200.

Contact Quest UAV to find out more about our range of products that could suit you company needs.

sales@questuav.com

+44 1665 479042

 

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CSR Conference Dec 2017

Picture of Rescue Equipment Drone

A Newcastle based initiative is pulling together best practice methods for the use of Drones in Search and Rescue and in particular the Search and identification of lost people.

The Centre For Search and Rescue, (CSR), a Newcastle University based charity, has been focusing on the use of drones in SAR and has discovered a lack of connectivity between agencies using drones.

QuestUAV has been involved, along with many emergency agencies such as the Police, Coastguard, Mountain Rescue, drone manufacturers, US Rangers and Icelandic Snow Patrols, to learn how to understand how each other is using their Drone technology.

Earlier this year, CSR, QuestUAV and a number of SAR agencies pulled together on a Northumberland based exercise to help evaluate the scope of drones vs other search methods ( foot, dogs, manned aircraft etc). The outcome was positive and this article heralds the next step; finding out how other agencies are managing the various challenges that come with the integration of drones in the world of the first responder, MRT and SAR teams.

CSR hopes to engage in a significant piece of research that will make a real difference to the lives of First Responders and in return to the benefit of those person in distress that need Emergency Services assistance. 

CSR has quickly found that there is a lot of experience from current drone users out there, as well as many newcomers who are lost themselves as the best way to go when it comes to drone integration onto a team.  It is clear that a drone is another asset in the toolbox of an emergency team and it should not be seen as a panacea to other methods of searching.   

If you have something to offer, or want to know more then please contact us at QUESTUAV or contact@searchresearch.org.uk

To read the Drone Exercise report click here

To visit the CSR website click here. http://www.searchresearch.org.uk

 

CSR Conference Pano
QuestUAV General Manager Presenting at CSR
CSR Paper Headers
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Winter Drone

Winter Words of Wisdom

 

Whilst that white layer of frost can be eye catching, lower temperatures bring warnings for the drone operator.

We have tried to capture some of the most important points here;

  1. Crew Fatigue. Everything takes longer in the cold and that means everything gets colder again. Crew will want to chase along a little quicker and can be inclined to miss important things. Find ways to keep warm and, captains, spot the blue mist fogging up good decision making in your crew.
  2. Battery Performance suffers below +10C deg. Get to zero degrees and a LiPo can reduce its performance by 50%. Get to minus 10C and a LiPo can have nothing to offer. The good news is that once in use and flying, lipos generate their own heat. The skill is getting them warm enough before flight. We recommend keeping them on a car dashboard with the heat on. Or even body heat. Anything to keep their temps up before installing in the drone. Of course laptop batteries are different, but the laptop can still stay in a warm car as long as possible.
  3. Glues and tapes don’t stick. Glue might take a lot longer to set. Materials become brittle, propellers break more easily, rubber becomes harder and plastics become brittle.
  4. Snow and frost gets everywhere, especially on landing. It’s not a problem until warming happens, and that could be from the sun or from warm air. Snow becomes water and infiltrates places that might affect electrics. Have a big paintbrush to hand and after landing brush the snow off. Try and knock it out of the camera bay otherwise the next operation could have moisture on the lens.
  5. Camera CCDs don’t like the cold. If a CCD goes below zero it might stop working. Keep the camera warm before flight and spot the signs of CCD failure ( unusual colour densities in pictures, blurring and eventual blackout ).
  6. Servos reduce performance and ailerons hinges become stiff. Check you have a good performance before launching.
  7. Excuse the pun but dropping your nuts and small tools in the snow isn’t fun. You will only do it once!!
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Keep an Eagle Eye Out For Fakes

Keep an eye out for fake QuestUAV products
Fake or Genuine?

Keep an Eagle Eye out for QuestUAV fakes.

QuestUAV Fakes don’t only come from China and they don’t have to come in the same colour as QuestUAV’s.

Unscrupulous former employees have set up a stall that looks just like a mini QuestUAV factory. They have copied our operation, methods, tools, IP and designs, claimed originality and  hold a fake patent. Not only this but hold both supplier and client database’s and are contacting our clients directly in order to try and bring in their sales. The police and legal teams have been involved, but this is a slow process.

The message is, if you want a fixed wing mapping drone that works, has the QuestUAV support and tech behind it then contact us. With a ten year heritage and multi million pound investment in the industry, we are the real deal.

If  are contacted by any companies purporting to be a QuestUAV replacement with an aircraft that looks strikingly similar to an original Datahawk or offer QuestUAV repair services, then please contact the QuestUAV team. We need to know. Despite what they might say, it is illegal.

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Topcon (Beijing) Chooses QuestUAV for High Altitude PPK Fixed Wing Operations on the Tibetan Platea

Topcon (Beijing) Chooses QuestUAV for High Altitude PPK Fixed Wing Operations on the Tibetan Platea

Collaboration between ROCtec - Topcon (Beijing) and QuestUAV has resulted in a first-time PPK land survey in the mountainous area of Mudao in the district of Qinghai.  With 99.9% unambiguity at better than 5 cm accuracy, the results display the full potential of the civilian mapping UAS.

Flying at 700ft agl and almost 15000 ft above sea level, QuestUAV’s 2kg DATAhawk aircraft covered an area of 150ha in less than 15 minutes.

This short video charts the operation of the QuestUAV PPK DAThawk by the ROCtec team and it’s post processing output.

It demonstrates the capability of the aircraft to operate entirely successfully with PPK in high altitude conditions and remote areas with little or no local RTK network.

QuestUAV’s director, NIgel King, said “This is an example of a great aircraft being used by a great crew. Jiang Chao and his ROCtec team (Topcon Beijing) are proving to be formidable partners with an assertive stance, ready to capture a new fixed wing drone survey market in Asia”.

“Their achievements with our QuestUAV DATAhawk, both in standard and PPK versions, are outstanding in terms of their quantifiable output following such high-profile flights as these. This mission is just one of their many achievements in China.

“Roctec have extracted the best of the stability of the aircraft, the exceptional quality of the SONY QX1 Camera and accuracy the Septentrio dual frequency AsteRx DGPS rover.

“The all weather capability of the system in sub zero, high altitude temperatures provided the final benefit for ROCtec to capture data for survey grade maps for mapping government construction.”

For more details contact us

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Commercial UAV Show – ExCel London 15th-16th November

The Commercial UAV Show 2017

We will once again be attending The Commercial UAV Show in London on November 15th and 16th.

This is an opportunity to meet up with us to discuss your Fixed Wing UAV needs, whether you have already made an enquiry with us or would just like to introduce yourself, we are more than happy to schedule an appointment with you.

If you would like to pre-book a time slot please contact us.

The Commercial UAV Show 2017
The Commercial UAV Show 2017
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Gas Sensor Takes Flight on UAV

Remote sensing of atmospheric gas concentrations is important in monitoring global greenhouse gas levels and industry monitoring. Monitoring is usually carried out via satellite sensing or laborious ground-based measurements.

With aerial measurement, a wider area can be measured efficiently, and repeat measurements taken of days, weeks and months gathering time-series data.

BGS Gas Sensor Q200

This spring, a study by QuestUAV and the British Geological Survey (BGS) used a custom QuestUAV Q200 airframe equipped with two sensors, one tuned for methane (CH4) and one for CO2. The sensors use an open-path gas mass spectrometer — a fiber-guided laser beam passed laterally across open atmosphere on top of the drone to a reflector and then back to the sensor itself.

Signals from the sensors were fed into a multi-core processing unit on board the drone. All readings were stamped with time and location provided by the standard GPS and flight units in the Q200.

The completed drone was commissioned in March. Over several months, trial flights were run over gas releases initiated manually on the ground over the test site. The recorded sensor data was processed immediately on return to base, and the data passed to BGS for analysis and appraisal.

The team plans to fine-tune the operational workflow and maintenance tasks for regular missions.

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