The energy, enthusiasm and the inventiveness that is going into UAV* technology these days is truly remarkable. There has been a proliferation of manufacturers, suppliers, users and conferences promoting the technology. We have all seen stunning video clips and images taken from UAVs – the low altitude aerial perspective enables unique views of a wide sweep of surrounds as well as the foreground focus of attention.
In July 2012 I attended the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego and assisted a UAV manufacturer on their trade exhibit, fielding questions from potential customers of this technology. It was a revelation, not only because of the technology, but because of the reaction of the punters. I could see it in their eyes. Everyone wanted to do this for a job. “Get paid to have fun? I’m in!” Read more
The general trend in all industries is automation, the aerial photogrammetry industry is no different. The advent of digital cameras and poweful computing platforms has automated the image processing workflows from the film camera days. The advent of electric powered aircraft and affordable, small autopilots has made the business of flying and capturing imagery automated as well. The industry has started drawing on all the UAV experience garnered in the defence research and hobbyist arena into commercial products. Read more