Ugandan Delegation visits QuestUAV Headquarters

Ugandan Delegation visits Quest UAV HeadquartersImage of Q200 Surveyor Pro Package

A Ugandan delegation recently visited QuestUAV in Northumberland. The purpose of the visit was to carry out an inspection of the Q200 drone mapping equipment they had purchased from Quest UAV.

An inspection team had been nominated by the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports. The team included representatives from Makerere, Kyambogo and Busitema Universities and was led by Mr Twesigye Boaz Collins of Benefit Worldwide Ltd.

Benefit Worldwide is a company invested in bringing new technology to researchers in Uganda. Makerere University delegates will receive training later this year in UK. The university team consisting of Moses, Michael, Joseph and Gregory.

The team also learned about the further considerations needed to operate a drone safely in Uganda. As a typical liaison visit, the group were picked up from the local train station, driven to the QuestUAV premises, and shown around the business, prior to the inspection and consultation.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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DATAhawk AG with MicaSense

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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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

DATAhawk Pink

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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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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