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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QuestUAV Survey Port of Sunderland using PPK Datahawk

An RGB land survey at the Port of Sunderland used 1400 images to create a 150 hectare pointcloud and ortho image.

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QuestUAV Ltd was commissioned to undertake an orthographic survey for the Port of Sunderland in the UK.  The 150 hectare survey used one of QuestUAV's Datahawk PPK fixed wing drones, equipped with a Sony RX100 RGB camera capable of a 3cm resolution at 400ft.  The survey took one day to complete, including travel induction, risk assessment and setup of Trimble base station.

QuestUAV was chosen due to its ability to image relatively large areas of land in a short time and process to a high standard using professional techniques that can be verified using classical survey methods.  The QuestUAV team of two CAA qualified pilots chose two different sites for launch and landing to keep the drone visible always.

When airborne, one pilot acts as remote drone controller and one acts as commander with laptop and telemetry communications, at all times the drone is kept in visual sight by at least one member of the team.

One geolocated high resolution image is taken automatically every 2 seconds by the drone.  The total flight time was 1hour and fifteen minutes in which total of one thousand eight hundred images were taken of which one thousand four hundred were used for the survey.

The final processed results were given to our client three days after the completion of the flights.  Post processing came next with the generation of a point cloud and ortho model.  The resulting survey accuracy was within 5cm absolute accuracy, based on 12 check points from around the survey area.

QuestUAV has a professional survey team that has operated for ten years. The company also manufactures fixed wing drones for commercial survey use around the world.

Port of Sunderland Data Examples

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QuestUAV Closes Deal to Map World’s Largest Construction Project

QuestUAV Closes Deal to Map World’s Largest Construction Project

Client comes all the way from Kazakhstan to hand pick his drone

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QuestUAV welcomed Paul Reynolds of Aardvark LLP to their head office this week to hand pick his new drone fleet.  Aardvark and QuestUAV are about to embark on mapping the world’s largest construction project in Kazakhstan.

QuestUAV already have a good connection with Kazakhstan after many years supplying drones and having a hands-on approach there in 2016 raising safety and efficiency for a copper mine working with Kazminerals.

Initially approaching QuestUAV for a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to withstand extreme weather and handle temperatures below -24 degrees; a good relationship was already moulded with Aardvark LLP.  Once finding out more about their project QuestUAV were more than happy to supply Aardvark with the most efficient fleet.

They have initially procured two Q200 Surveyor – Extreme Weather Packages to their extensive fleet including the popular PPK Package.

Aardvark recently completed their extensive manufacturers and UK CCA PfCO training at QuestUAV Flight School and are ready to start operating using their new drones in Kazakhstan.

Here is some brilliant footage of the QuestUAV Q200 Surveyor Pro out in Kazakhstan with Aardvark LLP.

 

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.

www.questuav.com

Call:  +44 1665 479042

Email: sales@questuav.com

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Introducing the DATAHawk II

QuestUAV DATAhawk II

QuestUAV, the UK’s most established fixed-wing UAS developer, has applied its expertise to a new airframe model, the DATAHawk II.  Two years in the making, this new high density moulded design brings improved performance and greatly reduced costs.

The key to its success has come from then listening carefully to what the customer wants, and blending that with the optimum arrangement of components and performance of the final product.

The biggest request we had was for lower prices. In order to achieve that, we needed to reduce our own manufacturing costs and this has meant big changes in the way we work.  Our new business model is leaner and more efficient, meaning we can move cost savings on to the customer.  Choosing to use a pre-cut moulded body for the DATAHawk II was always an option and working alongside DS Smith has proven to be a good partnership and a huge benefit to Quest and its Clients.

DS Smith produced a promotional video all about QuestUAV and how their services helped us move forward with our new business model. Check it out.  We look forward to working them again very soon.

More details of the DATAHawk II will be available publicly soon.  If you would like to know more about its affordable pricing please contact QuestUAV. sales@questuav.com +44 1665 479042 or make an enquiry using our contact page.

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QuestUAV Clients in Top 20 Drone Service Providers

Drone Industry Insights recently comprised a Top 20 of Drone Service Providers. In this ranking, they displayed the TOP 20  based on an analysis of 200+ global operating drone service providers. Since the drone industry does not yet offer a solution that can fully incorporate drone services as they currently exist, drone service providers and drone operators working within larger organizations are the ones providing actionable information for clients in agriculture, construction, mining, oil & gas and many other vertical industries.

Top 20 Drone Service Providers

Within the Top 20 list, there is a chunk of Quest UAV Clients using their Fixed Wing Drone.  We hope that by the end of the year we can help our present and future clients all get into the top 20 of service providers.  Let QuestUAV help your company get into the Top 20 and become one of the top companies.

Read more at the Drone Industry Insights website.

Contact:

sale@questuav.com or call on +44 1665 479042

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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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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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Grande Cote Operations

Grande Cote Operations

Papa Mamadou Diouf (Grande Cote Operations) recently visited QuestUAV to complete his training for the Q-200 UAV system.

If you want to learn more about what our UAV is being used for click on the link below.

http://www.tizir.co.uk/projects-operations/grande-cote-mineral-sands/

Papa Mamadou Diouf (Grande Cote Operations)
Papa Mamadou Diouf completing flight training

“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

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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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