If you couldn’t make it to the desert in September to attend Commercial UAV Expo Americas this year, or if you just couldn’t make every booth on the exhibition hall floor, check out these 12 interviews that Commercial UAV News was filmed live on location to get a taste of some of the ongoing conversations, new and innovative solutions presented, and more.
Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of AgEagle, explains why it’s time for end users to invest in drones
In his speech, Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of AgEagle, addressed solution providers calling on them to continue to innovate and end users to invest, saying:
“My call to action is, let’s not wait. No more waiting to really invest in drone technology and deploy it on a large scale. I think we’ve proven the value, time and time again, and we’ve done the math and can show the cost savings and the value, so it’s time to step up and really make those investments.
Commercial UAV News caught up with Torres Declet after his keynote to discuss why it’s time for end users to invest, how the industry can innovate, and other key points of the discussion.
Commaris unveils the ultra-quiet eVTOL finder scope
At the Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commaris, a brand of Terrafugia, unveiled the Seeker UAV, an ultra-quiet, long-range eVTOL capable of carrying multiple sensors for the long-range data collection needs of most businesses. We spoke with Fred Bédard, director of
Business Development at Terrafugia, to learn more about the researcher’s capabilities.
The Potential of Hydrogen Fuel Cells for UAS
Doosan Mobility Innovation used clean hydrogen fuel for long range drone applications.
The range of any UAS platform depends on how long it can remain powered for a single flight, and several companies strive to balance weight, range and time in the air using advanced battery technologies. or alternative fuels to try to expand that. range. For Doosan Mobility Innovation, the future of fuel may lie in hydrogen fuel cells. These cells combine hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity, and could potentially allow much longer flight times and distances. With a prolonged ramp-up, deliveries to remote areas, search and rescue and other large-scale work for inspections, etc. are more accessible – all without battery replacement. We caught up with Doosan to discuss how their hydrogen fuel cell works and how fleets can get hydrogen delivered when and where they need it.
The capabilities and applications of Emesent Hovermap’s stand-alone Lidar mapping system
At the Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Daniel Fuller, Director of Technical Business Development for America at Emesent, spoke with Commercial UAV News about the history, capabilities and applications of their SLAM-based autonomous Lidar mapping system, and of their latest integration with Acecore’s Zoe drone.
Exyn platform independent stand-alone mapping solution
Commercial UAV News has spoken to Nader Elm, CEO of Exyn Technologies, on several occasions about the importance of defining autonomy for the drone industry. So when they joined us at Commercial UAV Expo Americas, we made it a point to stop by their booth to take a look and get more information about their standalone and platform independent mapping software based. on their proprietary SLAM-based algorithm.
Are fleet management services the key to the development of UAS programs?
By removing some of the work required to maintain and operate drones, Fortress Solutions hopes to help businesses think bigger.
Implementing drone workflows can be straightforward when there are only a few platforms to manage, but scaling up to work with a fleet of drones at various company locations can pose challenges. additional challenges. Rather than dedicating internal staff to maintaining, deploying, charging or refueling drones, Fortress Solutions offers an alternative to fleet management. By supporting repair, refueling and logistics, Fortress Solutions’ business model allows companies to expand their drone programs without hiring additional staff. At the Commercial UAV Expo, we spoke to Fortress Solutions about their services and their partnership with Doosan to provide hydrogen fuel cells for their long range drones.
Ignis Drone Amplified: Fighting fire with fire
Fighting fire with fire may seem counterintuitive, but the practice of Backburning has been a long-standing firefighting technique. By starting small fires to burn forest fire fuel, or by creating fire breaks before a forest fire arrives, this can be an important tool in stopping forest fires. However, backburning can present extreme risks to firefighting crews. The process usually requires the firefighters to traverse dangerous terrain to start these fires, or the helicopters flying dangerously close to the ground, which is incredibly risky.
Ignis Drone Amplified has created a solution that turns humans off by providing firefighters with the technology to start these fires by drone from a safe and remote location. Commercial UAV News stopped by its booth at Commercial UAV Expo Americas to find out more.
Pendleton UAS range provides a proving ground for drone technology
The Pendleton UAS lineup in northeast Oregon has an impressive 14,000 square miles of FAA-approved airspace to test drones of all sizes in almost all conditions. The range accommodates between 400 and 1,000 operations per month, making it one of the busiest ranges in North America. Commercial UAV News spoke to the team at Pendleton to learn more about how he helped drone makers get their products to market faster and more.
Qualcomm 5G AI Compatible Drone Platform
If you’ve spent any time watching the news on the Mars Ingenuity helicopter, you’re probably already familiar with the technology from Qualcomm, which helped bring this project to fruition. Commercial UAV News spoke with the Qualcomm team to talk about their new Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G platform with AI, heterogeneous computing and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to learn more about its applications and capabilities.
TopoDOT helps fight terabytes
At Commercial UAV Expo, there was no shortage of solutions at the show that enable data collection for every use case imaginable. Laser scanning, mobile laser scanning and UAV imaging systems can now produce terabytes of point cloud and image data for every project. This abundance of data, however, can have a downside when it comes to data processing and management. How can this data be transformed into useful and actionable information? And what is the best process that makes sense for your projects?
For TopoDOT, these difficulties were a priority when they developed their processing software. TopoDOT is designed to extract topography, 3D models, GIS assets and more from point cloud data, whether collected by plane, hand or vehicle. We caught up with TopoDOT Business Development Director Jennifer Triana to get an overview of how TopoDOT software can help streamline the data management process for UAV projects and beyond.
Vayu solves long-term and long-lasting needs of the drone industry
Vayu Aerospace Corporation is solely focused on solving transportation problems by providing long-range and long-lasting drones. Commercial UAV News spoke to TK Eppley, president of Vayu, to find out more.
Discover Explorer, YellowScan’s new versatile mid-range lidar
News from Commercial UAV Expo Americas was not limited to the new drones, but also included the sensor makers, who brought in their latest lidars, cameras and other technology. Lidar makers YellowScan launched a new mid-range lidar sensor, which attendees first experienced during “Beyond the Cage” flight demonstrations on the first day of the exhibit, when it was presented on Skyfront’s Perimeter 8 hybrid multirotor drone. YellowScan’s new Explorer lidar is said to be a versatile choice that is light enough to be mounted on a UAS platform, but also has the resolution and speed to be mounted on manned airplanes.
We spoke with Cliff Holle, Business Development / General Manager at YellowScan to learn more about Explorer and the rest of their lidar portfolio.