A local paper mill has three large piles of wood chips that get replenished by 20 to 30 trucks every day. They have a requirement that these piles get measured monthly. This task is typically done by two surveyors, one of whom has to actually climb to the top of these piles which is a little bit like trying to walk through waist deep snow. It takes the better part of two days.
Using our 3D Robotics Solo platform we were able to gather the data to measure these piles in about 20 minutes.
The next step to compare the data gathered from the aerial platform with the surveyors data. As the computers finish crunching all of the high resolution data we will know how accurate the solution is. If it works reasonably well there is a good case for the paper mill to start using it regularly since it's somewhere in the vicinity of $1000 per day cheaper.
I present to you the fictional Crave Copter. Very few things could make me happier. Maybe a Portillos copter...
Caleb and I were in our bank branch manager's office yesterday and he showed us a fraudulent check he just busted someone on. He just happened to see the payer name was "Ford Motor Crop." The moral of the story is to stay in school. Spelling is important.
One of my biggest personal problems is sitting back when it gets easy. I've never ever ever experienced anything good because of this personal habit. Just a reminder to myself as we start a new month to never be content.
There's more to do than can EVER be done and I can't think of anything MORE exciting than that.
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. The went out and happened to things" -Leonardo Da Vinci
My Dear friend Robert is the focus of Episode two of JJ Abrams / Bad Robot's latest documentary series. Robert and his team are an amazing group and I'm so glad JJ did such a good job doing something I tried to do for this competition for years. I get to say "I knew them before" and nothing could make me happier.
"FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Sally French, "The Drone Girl," today led a lively panel discussion about the future of small unmanned aircraft at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin on Monday. The panel included a diverse group of innovative thinkers from industry and government.
In his opening remarks, Administrator Huerta outlined recent progress on several important initiatives, including a robust unmanned aircraft system (UAS) registration system that is expected to pass 400,000 registrants this week, the MicroUAS aviation rulemaking committee that will deliver recommendations to the FAA by April 1, and the FAA’s B4UFLY app for iOS and Android devices. He noted partnerships among the FAA, industry and other government agencies are key to safely and expeditiously integrating unmanned aircraft into our skies.
"The wide array of industry representatives here today underscores that while we may sometimes have different opinions and ideas, we’re all coming from essentially the same place: We all view safety as our top priority, and the safe integration of unmanned aircraft is a goal that we’re committed to pursuing together," Huerta said.
The panel discussion included representatives from NASA, Amazon Prime Air, Intel, PrecisionHawk, Aerobo and Fresh Air Educators. Topics included steps to speed integration while maintaining today’s high levels of safety, future uses for UAS, research on how to safely expand UAS operations, and ways to spread the FAA's safety message to even more UAS pilots. One message that came through from the participants was that partnerships between government and industry are essential to educating the public on how to fly carefully and to safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the nation's airspace.
Helping people understand where they can and can’t fly their unmanned aircraft is critical and the FAA is counting on industry’s support. Many UAS users have no experience with the U.S. aviation system, so they may not be aware they’re operating in shared, and potentially busy airspace.
Huerta announced the Android version of the FAA’s B4UFLY app is now publicly available. The app tells pilots whether it’s safe to fly in their current or planned locations. The Android version includes updates to its beta version based on feedback from drone operators who tested the app. Huerta also committed to making the app’s programming and logic available to the general public.
The FAA is committed to the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system. The FAA’s website has important information for drone owners on registration, flying guidance for hobby or recreation use, commercial operations, public/government operations, law enforcement guidance, educational campaigns, and more. The FAA plans to publish a rule for small unmanned aircraft this spring. The agency has authorized more than 4,000 exemptions for commercial operations, and works with our research partners through the UAS Center of Excellence, six test sites, and the Pathfinder program."
As an entrepreneur and developer I'm in a "should I build it or should I just buy it" situation currently. A lot of what I've tried isn't very good.