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Topcon Survey Yanqing District with Fixed Wing Drone – Flythrough


Topcon Survey Yanqing District with Fixed Wing Drone


A QuestUAV's Chinese reseller recently surveyed the Yanqing District, located North West of Beijing, China as part of a UAV demonstration. They were able to create a flythrough to show results.  The team used QuestUAV's Q-100 DATAhawk drone to survey the area and processed their images using the Pix4DMapper software.

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Beijing Topcon Business & Trade (BTBT) are a Positioning Business, which uses high-precision GNSS positing technology to achieve the automation of civil engineering construction and farming. Topcon supply a range of survey technologies globally including QuestUAV's Q-100 DATAhawk drone.

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BTBT with QuestUAV's Stuart King and Q-100 DATAhawk 


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Multispectral Field Monitoring with the QuestUAV DATAhawkAG, MicaSense RedEdge and MicaSense ATLAS

QuestUAV’s All-Round Package for Precision Agriculture Mapping

Multispectral Field Monitoring with the QuestUAV DATAhawkAG, MicaSense RedEdge and MicaSense ATLAS


Simple Mapping Workflow - Quality Data - Better Decisions


Aerial images captured with a drone is a great asset for growers and agronomists. They can monitor the health and vigour and track change over time.

When equipped with the MicaSense RedEdge camera, the Q-100 DATAhawkAG captures images in five discrete spectral bands, designed to detect patterns correlated to crop vigour, plant stress and nutrient content.

 

 

This easily operated fixed wing drone covers hundreds of hectares in a single flight; providing high-quality multispectral data for crop monitoring and analysis in an automated workflow.

This means fewer flights, better information to alter nutrient inputs, actions to address diseases and the ability to monitor progress over time using the analytical map interface.

MicaSense Data Processing and Analysis WorkFlow

MicaSense Data Processing and Analysis WorkFlow

Data processing and analysis has never been easier with the MicaSense ATLAS processing service. QuestUAV users can upload their data to the ATLAS cloud for processing, storage and data management. An intuitive map interface allows access to crop health maps from any internet-connected device.


Soil Analysis with Rugged Equipment


QuestUAV Q-100 DATAhawkAG

The Q-100 DATAhawkAG is a compact multispectral mapping drone with an exceptionally easy hand-launch.

The entire UAV is ultra-rugged, can be rapidly deployed and flies an autonomous and stable route even in high winds.

Flight endurance is up to 55 minutes at 18 m/s covering up to 300 hectares per flight at 400ft.

Multiple landing options, including automatic and parachute landing, allow for an easy and safe operation in open and confined environments.

DATAhawk Ag and Tractor

DATAhawkAG

MicaSense RedEdge

The Q-100 DATAhawkAG carries the MicaSense RedEdge sensor, a multispectral unit capturing data in five discrete spectral bands (near-infrared, red-edge, red, green and blue) optimally sensing plant reflectance.

Plants reflect light in a predictable pattern across visible and non-visible wave-lengths. These patterns are correlated to crop vigour and plant stress as well as nutrient content.

Plant Reflectance Spectrum

MicaSense RedEdge optimally sense plant reflectance with narrowband filters delivering the information needed to assess crop status.

Growers and agronomists can alter nutrient inputs and take action based on the images.


8cm Res Data Acquisition


QuestUAV’s intuitive flight planning software allows users to plan a flight mission from autonomous take-off through site surveying at specific height and image overlap until autonomous landing.

Having arrived on site it only takes a pilot 10 minutes of preparation to get airborne. Images are acquired as soon as the Q-100 DATAhawkAG approaches survey height and starts flying the grid lines.

Every second the MicaSense sensor captures five images (one for each spectral band) and writes them to the internal SD card. The Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) at 400ft is 9cm. Geo-coordinates are directly written to the image EXIF.

QuestUAV planning software (L) and (R) Q-100 DATAhawkAG

Data Upload and Processing


After flight images can be directly uploaded from the SD card to MicaSense ATLAS for storage, photogrammetric processing, analysis and presentation.

Datasets are processed as soon as the upload is completed and outputs are available within 24 hours.

MicaSense ATLAS is a cloud-based solution enabling users to automatically process multispectral data and extract multiple outputs such as orthomosaics, vegetation index maps (e.g. NDVI and NDRE) and Digital Surface Models (DSMs).

Each layer is reflectance-calibrated and registered at the sub-pixel level, with the value for each pixel indicative of percent reflectance for that band, providing valuable information on crop health at all stages of growth.

Image Processing Results

Image Processing Results


Data Management, Analysis and Presentation


Once MicaSense has completed the processing, all layers can be viewed in a secure web-based map interface. All data can also be downloaded as GeoTIFF files for advanced analysis in GIS software.

Datasets are organised in a ‘Farms and Fields’ structure. Users can create field boundaries online and ATLAS automatically organises the data into the field boundaries.

The map interface allows users to view RGB orthomosaics, DSM and index maps in a multi-layer stack as well as to scout the field and share information with their farm management team.

MicaSense field analysis

Field analysis is supported by a note function where users can annotate fields with points, lines and polygons and add a description or a photograph to it. Zooming to full resolution is possible without the need to download large files. Layers can be turned on and off by selection.

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AG Equipment



Summary


QuestUAV provides farmers and agronomists with a simple workflow to monitor crop status and plant health over time. The QuestUAV Q-100 DATAhawkAG autonomously maps hundreds of hectares in a single flight.

Equipped with the MicaSense RedEdge camera, the Q-100 DATAhawkAG captures images in five discrete spectral bands, designed to detect patterns correlated to crop vigour, plant stress and nutrient content.

Datasets can be securely uploaded to MicaSense ATLAS for processing, storage and management.

The intuitive map interface of ATLAS allows users to view and analyse their data from any online device. Datasets can also be downloaded as GeoTiff files for advanced analysis in GIS software.


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Precision UAV Showcase the Q-100 DATAhawk at the 49th Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors Conference


Precision UAV Showcase the Q-100 DATAhawk at the 49th Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors Conference


Precision UAV (formally Your Precision) attended the 49th annual Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors (TAPS) Conference. The company showcased QuestUAV's Q-100 DATAhawk over a two day period.

Visitors at the conference were keen to see the fixed wing drone with Precision UAV reporting a great response to the Q-100 DATAhawk with many responding positively to the design and price compared to competitors.

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Precision UAV Stand

Precision UAV Conference Stand

Q-100 DATAhawk on Show at TAPS

Q-100 DATAhawk on Show at TAPS

Overall I thought the TAPS event was a great success.  We were able to talk to many customers about UAV technology and introduce them to the QuestUAV DATAhawk option.

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SCOTT SHUFFLEBARGER

Precision UAV

 

The Q-100 DATAhawk is a fixed wing industrial survey drone primarily used for construction and mining applications. A rugged and reliable 2kg drone, the Q-100 DATAhawk can cover up to 380Ha in one flight and features a parachute for safe landing. 

DATAhawk Survey Northumberlandia
DATAhawk Survey

Q-100 DATAhawk


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Drone Girl’s Coastal Article Published Locally


QuestUAV DroneGirl's Study Reaches Regional News


 

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Kerstin with the Article

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Kerstin is a QuestUAV DroneGirl

The results of a four-year study into coastal erosion, by Kerstin Traut, on a Northumberland Coastline has been published in the Northumberland Gazette.

The study has become part of a shoreline management plan for the county to help the county manage risks in a sustainable way.

QuestUAV’s owner and CEO, Nigel King, says drones have a valuable role in recording and assessing change in many areas, and coastal erosion is just one.

The study, using high accuracy global positioning (GPS) of hundreds of scientific images, has not only highlighted the degradation on parts of the coastline but actually managed to quantify the loss in volumetric tonnes using advanced aerial techniques.

Kerstin Traut is an international Drone Operator for QuestUAV and has commanded commercial drone missions across the globe. Her work as a QuestUAV DroneGirl has reached audiences the world over.   Kerstin has a degree in Remote Sensing from East Germany’s Jena University and has worked with QuestUAV for three years.

To read the study click here.

To read more on Kerstin and QuestUAV Team click here.

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QuestUAV DroneGirls React To Sexist Complaint


QuestUAV DroneGirls React to "Sexist" Comments


 

 

Jo Harris, DroneGirl

Jo Harris, QuestUAV DroneGirl

 

Jo Harris, female marketing consultant at QuestUAV wrote an article entitled “Drone Boys vs Drone Girls” on 21 Feb 2017.

SuasNews received a complaint following the publishing of the article complaining that the article was “flagrantly sexist, male-centric and benighted”.

The complainant went on the say “You owe your readers, both female and male, an apology for posting such a degrading article.”

The following is a statement from QuestUAV director Nigel King, defending the author of the original article “Drone Boys vs Drone Girls”.

 

 

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Kerstin... "It was an ironic piece phrased in an unassuming way to show women's presence in the drone world."

Kerstin QuestUAV DroneGirl

DroneGirls Kerstin and Carla on PPK trials

DroneGirl Jess

DroneGirl Jess and Her Dad

 


Comment By Nigel King.  QuestUAV Director 

 

“Jo Harris, my marketing publicist, is a DroneGirl through and through, having been in the industry for five years now.

She was itching to write a piece on one of her favourite subjects; That woman have as much a right to a role in the drone world as anyone. (And by process of deduction that simply means as much as any man!).  

I gave her my blessing. And then hid under the desk….

Now we have a saying here in the North of England. Jo Harris “isn’t backward in coming forward”. It means she is pretty outspoken. Most DroneGirls are.

In fact let me tell you a little about my female staff in general…… the “DroneGirls” of QuestUAV.

Kerstin Traut, international drone operative, the smallest of my DroneGirls, can throw me to the ground quicker than anyone I know. Donna can organise accounts better than a Ninja warrior can dispatch enemy heads. Heather is fearless, loves her bright red lipstick and tells me I don’t work hard enough. Actually so does Jess, my grandaughter (part time worker).   Jo Harris looks after a family of five and still manages at least four days a week at work. Carla Taylor took one look at the picture of the guy that wrote the complaint and went “he’s cute’ and promptly sent a Linkedin invitation to him. Between them they do a hundred different jobs including, yes, drone stuff.

Don’t you love it that kind of variety and uniqueness? I do! Life wouldn’t be the same around here.

So, who was to know that Jo and her DroneGirl colleagues, in all their feminine uniqueness, would be then hailed as (I quote)

“Flagrantly sexist, male-centric and benighted”, degrading their own feminine uniqueness in a  “demeaning”, “sexual” and “callow” way.

For real? Having read the complaint, the members of the pink flight-line naturally looked at each other with that “very confused” look. And then took great interest in the writer of the complaint… Believe me, it’s a dangerous situation for a bloke to be in the middle of.

Their accuser is, it seems, a MALE drone business owner, unable to identify Jo’s sense of humour OR identity as a the DroneGirl who penned the article (Two pictures of her were in the article).

When I asked Jo for a statement on the validity of the complaint Jo said in typical Jo Harris simplicity….

“Idiot”.

 

 

QuestUAV Drone Girls

DroneGirls Heather, Carla and Jo

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Our Pink DATAhawk, icon of the QuestUAV DroneGirls

 

The complainant has since requested to withhold his complaint from being published but has demanded an apology from SUAS news on behalf of the rest of the world.

Well, truly, to anyone who has been offended (only one that we can make out so far) we offer our genuine apologies. There is no offence made at all. We hope that any reader can read between the lines of humour to the real message that each DroneGirl is a professional and rightly treated (and paid) as such.

My message to Mr Fox is;   “Do you really want to take these DroneGirls own self expression and competence out of their own hands and protect them with some faux grandeur that you want to call anti-feminisim? If so I suggest you go and find a woman who doesn’t want to have a door opened for her and then don’t open the door for her. Just don’t try it on here. It’s not welcome.”

Kerstin, DroneGirl, also had something piercing to say.

“I’ve travelled the world, operating complex UAVs all over the world and done missions that Luke probably cant even dream about. I’m not an arrogant person. I know about my knowledge and my skills and therefore this article isn’t sexist at all. I feel like I am a professional UAV operator and this article was just an interesting way to show our take on DroneGirls in the industry. It was an ironic piece phrased in an unassuming way to show our presence in the drone world.”

 

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Grande Cote Complete Manufacturers Training


Grande Cote Complete Manufacturers Training


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Papa Mamadou came from Senegal on a mission to learn how to operate the QuestUAV Surveyor Pro on his Grand Cote mines. A great character, full of smiles and fun, he braved the roughest of English weather and Storm Doris to complete his training with us.  

Some quotes from him both in English and his native French tongue.  

“Wonderful good great I enjoyed my time"

"Javoue vraiment davoir passer d’excellent monments avec l’equipe QUESTUAV. Cetait une occasion pour moi de decouvrir northumberland et decouvrir aussi lhospitalite anglaise. Du professionalisme et de lexcellence chez Quest UAV et lhistoire ne fait que commencer sachant que nous avons un grand chemin a parcourrir ensemble.”-Papa

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Drone Boys vs Drone Girls


Drone Boys vs Drone Girls   


 

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Kaz Operator During Training, Kazakstan

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Female QuestUAV Pilots, Philipinnes

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Pink QuestUAV DATAhawk

QuestUAV Drone Girls

Heather Ainsworth (left), Carla Taylor (Centre), Jo Harris (Right)

Drone Girls Collage

by Jo Harris, DroneGirl, QuestUAV

The face of the Drone industry is changing. Girl power is taking an increasingly important role in the Drone industry. And not before time.

It has long been proven that women have skill sets in engineering, training and project management that more than complement their male counterparts.

Enter Drone Girl. A new breed and welcome force in the rapidly changing fashions of the Drone industry.

As a male driven hobby, given the focussed engineering that goes into the build of a drone or UAV, it’s not surprising that men were historically at the forefront of the game. But as the Drone Industry has flourished its not surprising that girls have decided it is their frontier too.

At QuestUAV we have a team of 20 people, almost a third of whom are women. Two of our staff are truly “Drone Girls” and fulfil roles on the flight team itself.

Kerstin Traut is our Geoinfomatics and Remote Sensing Specialist and UAV Operator. She is often complemented on the fact that a mission runs smoother when she is on the team, it is better organised and more productive. And more fun! She has carried out missions in Germany, UK, Philippines, Thailand, Cyprus and Indonesia.

Carla Taylor who comes from our Sales Team has recently carried out her Flight Commander training and joined our flight team on a recent demo in the USA. She found that being a woman on the flight team created positive dynamics, particularly on the States. Of course an English Accent helped.

Jo Harris and Heather Ainsworth are on QuestUAV’s Marketing Team and keep up to date on daily drone news. Jo comes from a Multirotor background and has a thirst for drone technology and enjoys reading up on new developments, which she applies to the formation and editing of QuestUAV’s news articles. Heather has spent quite a bit of time with both our social media followers externally and our research, development and production teams internally – as a result she is one of our more fluent members of staff when it comes to our drone technical specifications.

Throughout the drone industry more women are getting involved, SheFlies in Australia are becoming a big hit and even launching demo and training days in Australia and New Zealand. QuestUAV are followed by many female pilots around the world and they are finding out first hand that our product is designed to be easy-to-use – something the male pilots have been keeping to themselves when showing off their mission prowess.

Already the QuestUAV product is being flown by several female clients who have attended training at our UK based flight school. A fixed wing drone package is a leading solution in the Mining, Surveying and Agricultural sectors. For those who look to benefit from the survey outputs without the expense of managing their own flight teams, QuestUAV offer Industrial Services as well as sales of the product.

Links to Drone Girls websites:

Drone Girls http://thedronegirl.com/

She Flies http://www.sheflies.com.au/

Woman and Drones http://womenanddrones.com/

The Helicopter Girls http://thehelicoptergirls.com/

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QuestUAV Releases New High Performance (HP) Wings for DATAhawk


QuestUAV Releases New High Performance (HP) Wings for DATAhawk


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DATAhawk HP Wings

With an increase in surface area of around 22%, out new HP wings are having a significant boost for users where high altitude and/or turbulence are key factors to overcome. The image shows the new (HP) wings in black and the standard wings in grey.

The wings are a straightforward retro-fit with no changes required to the standard DATAhawk.

The wings increase the ceiling of the DATAhawk to 10000ft and beyond and have the effect of reducing the stall speed; a benefit in turbulent conditions. The wings also improve launch capability in light winds.

For more details including pricing contact sales@questUAV.com.

 

 


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