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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.”

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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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National Pink Day

National Pink Day / Cancer Research

National Pink Day for Cancer Research

Pink Day Cancer Research
of people born after 1960 who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime

Friday 23rd June is National Pink Day - This year we're supporting Cancer Research UK. Statistically 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer. That's nearly a third of the people you know or work with.  QuestUAV are proud to play their pink datahawk.

Let's beat cancer sooner.

Cancer Research UK

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Precision Capture Partnership With QuestUAV

Precision Capture and QuestUAV Form Strategic Partnership For Fixed-Wing Sales and Training in USA

Precision Capture and QuestUAV Form Strategic Partnership For Fixed-Wing Sales and Training in USA

Precision Capture Partnership With QuestUAV


QuestUAV are pleased to announce a premiere partnership with Precision Capture, Kentucky-based survey specialists who are now our Sales and Training Reseller for continental USA. Precision Capture have been successfully delivering innovative solutions in 2D and 3D data capture, measurement and imagery for 24 years.


Lead flight team members Scott Shufflebarger and Jack McIntosh have spent the last two weeks taking part in intensive training with Stuart King, QuestUAV’s Flight Team Lead, alongside other members of the training squad. Successful completion of this training led straight to a combined team aircraft demo for a UAV veteran looking to purchase here in the UK.


QuestUAV and Precision Capture are well suited to partnership. PreCap pride themselves on engaging with their clients at every level of service and support. QuestUAV are known for their client-focus and customer-centric delivery of both drone packages, tailored training and survey services.


QuestUAV and PreCap alike believe in a rigorous training regime that tests skills well outside the standard requirements for normal flight. Training facilities at QuestUAV are comprehensive in the UK, with Precision Capture providing their training from their new UAV centre in Louisville, KY.


Support for products and packages post-sale is often overlooked or underdeveloped by suppliers. QuestUAV and Precision Capture have a long track record of backing available systems long term. PreCap is centrally located in the USA – allowing them access to over 60% of the US population within a day’s travel. Site visits can be arranged at clients’ convenience. Both training and support can be provided in the field or directly at PreCap facilities.

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PPP Group

PPP – A New Style of Accuracy | QuestUAV

PPP - A New Style of Accuracy


PPP Group
The team of researchers from Newcastle University with QuestUAV flight staff and the UAV used for test data collection


Historically, QuestUAV has worked hard to foster and support research outside the direct product areas the company R&D department often focus on. This can mean levels of involvement from working in partnership with other institutions and organisations, to sharing data and equipment with individuals or groups.

One current data-provisioning and equipment-sharing relationship is with a Newcastle University PhD student and one of their supervisors, Dr Nigel Penna. The project is entitled UAS trajectory improvements for ground control and is sponsored by EPSRC. Flight survey data from a suitable QuestUAV drone forms part of the data used by the project. Dr Penna was kind enough to answer some brief questions to give a better understanding of the project aims and requirements.

Tell me about the project

We’re interested in seeing if we can position UAVs to cm level without any ground control or base stations. It’s called PPP: precise point positioning. Usually, a longer time span of GNSS data are needed for this compared with relative post-processed kinematic (PPK) positioning.

What stage of development are you at?

We’re at the early stage, what we want to be able to do is to show is it feasible. We’re collecting data, processing it and comparing it to our base station PPK positioning to assess the PPP positional quality.

 How long have you been on this project for?

It’s a PhD student project that started in 2014.

 How much time and money would be saved using PPP instead of PPK?

Basically it negates the need for a GNSS base station on the ground, which does not have to be set up (in a secure site) and operated. Hence the user does not need to spend money on their own base station and will save any time spent setting one up. Exactly how much time or money saved is difficult to put a value to – given it will depend on the manufacturer, type and quantity of equipment normally purchased and what the overall end use would be.

 How soon could PPP become commercial?

 If we can prove that it works, then with the right software there is no reason why it can’t be done soon. We’re currently working on testing and enhancing the scientific software developed by a Chinese University to make it more robust. The problem at the moment however is that there is only one journal paper that hints at the feasibility of PPP for UAV positioning and therefore a lot more research and testing needs to be done in this area before it can be used routinely by industry.

Given that the hardware exists, and that’s what you’re trialling, is it possible for data collected by our hardware today to still be processed in the future should the software become available?

Yes of course, there is nothing wrong with the hardware that we are currently trialling with the PPP software. The main issue in terms of hardware is the length of time in which the aircraft is airborne. But currently there is no need for the hardware itself to change.

What do you see as the scope for Newcastle University and QuestUAV working together to get a solution for PPP?

It’s always very useful for us to have a company like yourself being able to come to us with an industry problem. We’re always aware of academic problems but not always industry and therefore by QuestUAV coming to us asking for a solution, we’re able to keep up to date and get access to data that could lead to new industrial practices and methods, i.e. an instrumental change.

The problem at the moment is the software, the product itself (the hardware) is there and therefore the scope for this research partnership depends on the software being available.


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BGS Q200 Gas Launch

QuestUAV and BGS Work in Partnership to Develop Innovative Aerial Gas Sensor Platform

QuestUAV and BGS Work in Partnership to Develop Innovative

Aerial Gas Sensor Platform

A Gas Sensor Project

BGS Q200 Gas Launch
Simon Holyoake of BGS Launching the Gas Sensor UAV

Gas Sensing Overview

Remote sensing of atmospheric gas concentrations is an important activity, especially the monitoring of greenhouse gas levels on a global level.

This monitoring is currently carried out via satellite sensing and by laborious ground-based measurements. The ability to measure concentrations over a focussed areas (circa 1km2) and over more immediate timescales, is a pressing need.


Current Techniques

Satellite time is precious and expensive.

Current techniques require complete studies to be funded, or data to be borrowed from other studies; here the data collection may not be exactly in sync with the requirements of an analysis. There is also a trade-off

between special and spectral resolution in space-based platforms; generally the higher the special resolution, the lower the corresponding spectral resolution must be.

Ground based sampling is used most often in the initial stages of construction and infrastructure projects, although it is also found in use around facilities where gas monitoring is important, such as in the oil and gas industry or for waste landfill sites.


UAV Landing
UAV Landing

In these arenas, the analyst’s need can’t be overstated to assess the potential release of ground gases and the ability to monitor the movement of that gas following release.

Sampling occurs at either fixed sites (boreholes) or with handheld sensors. The main issue with accuracy is that the atmospheric concentrations are generally inferred from indirect measurement of gas accumulated in a concentrator/borehole or measured instantaneously for only a certain number of times by handheld instruments.

The advantage of aerial measurement is that a wider area can be measured efficiently, with repeat measurements of days, weeks and months possible to get time-series data for a given area.



Methane (CH4) was the gas chosen to run trials against. Historically both a greenhouse gas and a ground gas commonly released by both earthworks projects and pastureland farming, methane is a colourless, odourless compound which is non-toxic but extremely flammable. It can form explosive mixtures in air at the right concentrations.

BGS Gas Sensor UAV
Gas Sensor Q-200 Surveyor Pro



BGS Sensor
BGS Gas Mass Spectrometer

The sensor incorporated into the BGS/QuestUAV airframe uses an open-path gas mass spectrometer (a fibre-guided laser beam which is passed laterally across open atmosphere on top of the drone to a reflector and then back to the sensor itself.)

The collector is tuned to a particular gas type (for this study two sensors were used – one tuned for CH4 and one for CO2.)

Signals from the sensor are fed into a multi-core processing unit (also onboard the drone.) All readings were stamped with time and location information provided by the standard GPS and flight units in the QuestUAV Q200.

The equipment was built into a custom QuestUAV QPOD – the beauty of this system is the ability to customise sensors and layouts within the QuestUAV Q200 airframe.


Workflow / Trials

Trial flights of the custom Q-200 Gas Sensor drone took place over several months, with initial integration flights consisting of QuestUAV flight crews and later flights including team members from BGS.

The completed drone was commissioned in March 2017, running trial flights over gas releases initiated manually on the ground in locations over the test site.

Each set of flights recorded sensor data which was processed immediately on return to base. The resultant harmonised and raw data were passed to BGS for analysis and appraisal.



The project had a fully successful outcome.

The UAV flies well and the sensors performed their tasks correctly.

There is still work to be done to fine tune the operational workflow and there are maintenance tasks to be designed for regular scheduled missions.

"It's been a very challenging project. It took a lot of work by both team - BGS and QuestUAV working in very close partnership. From beginning to end we've succeeded - we have a brilliant end-game with vehicles that fly well with gas sensors [integrated] in them. A great experience"


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Mission Kit May

Mission Kit May – Free Kits Worth Up To £1000 With Each UAV

Mission Kit May


Great offer to cover all your operational needs. Buy any full QuestUAV airframe and get your choice of mission kit included free of charge (worth up to £1000).



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