“I have had an excellent time with the QuestUAV Team. This was a great opportunity for me to visit Northumberland, the English hospitality and the professionalism of QuestUAV was amazing. It has been wonderful, excellent, I have really enjoyed my experience here”– Papa Mamadou Diouf – Grande Cote Operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
International Drone Expo is a 3 day event being held from 19th April to 21st April 2017 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. This event showcases products like Motor/Driver/Control technology, Propeller/Camera/ Imaging & Vision system/ Navigation & Guidance System/Sensor/Battery/, Simulation/Software/Materials/ etc etc. in the Automation & Robotics industry.
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”.
Kerstin... "It was an ironic piece phrased in an unassuming way to show women's presence in the drone world."
DroneGirls Kerstin and Carla on PPK trials
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….
DroneGirls Heather, Carla and Jo
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.”
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
Q-200 Launch Line System V2 - Safety and Efficiency Combined.
The Q-200 airframe, the workhorse of the QuestUAV fleet now flies with an upgraded launch line system. The system improves upon the original launch line in several ways, bringing more efficient and safer launches to flight crews for every mission.
Line Launched UAV
The Q-200 is a 2m wingspan UAV that launches via an extending bungee line.
-Dual Ground/Air launch trigger
Seamless transfer of launch power from line to prop.
-70% shorter line length
With a much-reduced line length, the launch area required is considerably smaller - opening up more options for launch site selection when flying missions.
-Raised Anchor Point
The new setup includes a static tripod guide which raises the line well above the final anchor point - keeping the launch profile well about Foreign object Debris (FoD) levels. The new higher end-point flattens the launch line angle which improves the UAV's launch trajectory.
-Double the power delivery
With the improved line materials, the power transferred to the UAV during launch is doubled, giving the UAV motor a head-start and saving launch battery power.
-Accurate Launch Trigger
-Static tripod guide
raises the launch above Foreign Object Debris (FoD) levels and optimises the launch trajectory.
-50% more efficient.
-Well specified for the entire fleet of sensor mounts.
The new launch system is capable of launching UAVs weighing up to 6kg - well in excess of QuestUAV's current line-up.
-Zero wind and cross wind capable
No power on until 2m from operator (safety)
Still packs down to 30x20
ZERO failed launches with the new line.
Passed the stringent safety standards for the world's mining community.
QuestUAV Provides Own PPK Solution For Q-200 Surveyor UAV
PPK (Post-Processing Kinematic) provides much higher accuracy in GPS location when stored against images taken in a UAV. Standard GPS signals are accurate to 10's of metres - PPK increases that accuracy to cm-levels. On board the Q-200 UAV, PPK eliminates the need for physical Ground Control Points (GCP) that are often used to gain high accuracy in surveys. This saves hours of mission planning and setup time, physically measuring location points and walking the survey site for placement.
GCPs – The underestimated part of a UAV survey
Surveys involving GCP generally run like this:
Initial site is viewed to establish useful locations for Ground Control targets.
Each location is visited with a GCP and a Differential GPS receiver to accurately place the target.
Targets may need revisiting before survey takes place.
Locations are stored for post processing reference.
In most cases - up to half of the mission time is taken up with GCP placement. GCP targets may shift or collapse with changing weather conditions – requiring the original placement to be repeated (often wasting up to an hour of survey setup time); coastal surveys can suffer from tidal changes and cliffs make it difficult to place GCPs across the survey area; general survey ground conditions can make it difficult to secure GCPs - quarries are a good example of difficult, variable ground surfaces.
The advantage of PPK - Overcoming GCPs
The PPK solution offered by QuestUAV uses a higher performance, highly-accurate receiver placed within the aircraft - following more than 10 GPS satellites at any given time and storing location information against the triggered images taken. Combined with differential signal information collected by the fixed position Ground Station (which stores signal drift and signal error values), the image locations are recalculated to a much higher accuracy – down to centimetre level in x, y and z direction.
Compared to RTK (Real Time Kinematic), PPK also eliminates the need for a real-time data link with a fixed reference station during the flight, whilst guaranteeing RTK cm-level position accuracy of the images once post-processing has taken place, after the UAV lands. This simplifies the UAV set-up, reduces the requirements and power drain on-board and eliminates any loss of accuracy in data due to potentially unreliable radio links - which often plague RTK UAV operations.
The Q-200 Surveyor Pro is available with PPK at purchase or as an upgrade to an existing aircraft with the provision of just the PPK QPod.
QuestUAV Training Team Starts Large-Team International Training with the Q-200 with GGP
One of QuestUAV Ltd's flight training teams arrived in Indonesia this past weekend, to provide in-country training for GGP (Great Giant Pineapple). Sunday saw the completion of a successful series of test flights with Q-200 AGRI Twin NDVI aircraft.
Training began in earnest yesterday and today saw the first flights with the flight teams in-country. Some 18 people from these teams (and other GGP staff with a need to understand the technology) are taking part in QuestUAV international training within Indonesia this week.
GGP grow a majority of premium Pineapple crop, although they are also responsible for Banana, Palm Oil and Casava plantation areas and a growing segment of other tropical fruits. The plantations are over 30,000 Ha in area. UAV images and the UAV project are phase one of GGPs initiative to integrate precision agriculture firmly within their growing processes. Phase 1 of this initiative are the UAV flight, monitoring and image collection missions that this current training is enabling. Phase 2 will see GGP purchase large GPS-driven farm machinery to make use of the GIS output provided by the teams in Phase 1.
QuestUAV trainers will continue to assess and instruct the flight teams throughout this week and into next. We will keep you posted.