Counter Unmanned Aerial System (CUAS)

The long awaited 2018 Winter Olympics is currently on-going in Pyeongchang, S Korea. Apart from the usual focus on security threat; the latest threat comes from drones which has become a major concern. With numerous athletes, spectators and heads of state, the S Korean authorities have made threats from drones as the latest possible and potential danger. The threat is not only from the possible payloads the drones may carry, example explosives or and other hazardous cargo, but also from the numerous hobbyist and armature drone pilots attempting to fly over the Olympic events that will be taking place. The thought of drones crashing into each other and safety concerns are quite real.

DJI had taken the initiative to implement a no-fly zone around stadiums and sporting arenas where the Olympic games will be held. This is not the first time they have carried this out. They had implemented the same restriction during the Euro 2016 soccer games in France, both major party conventions ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the G7 Summit in Japan.

To achieve drone security, Counter Unmanned Aerial System (CUAS) has been initiated. Drones can now be captured by a number of ways such as nets (from another drone), signal jammers and worst-case scenario shooting them down.
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DJI Mavic Air

DJI  has recently unveiled the DJI Mavic Air. This amazing quad-copter is about half the size of the Mavic Pro and is much lighter at 430 grams. DJI has added rear sensors for the Air in addition to the front and bottom on the Mavic Pro. It also has the similar gesture control features as the DJI Spark. The battery on the Air allows for 22 minutes of flight time and takes about 55 minutes to charge. Also built-into the drone are new photography modes; that is, It can take 12-megapixel stills and put together 25 different photos into a single 32-megapixel sphere panoramic photo right in the drone. No external apps or software are needed. DJI has also introduced two new video modes – the Asteroid and Boomerang. The former starts with a spherical image that zooms in as it descends toward the subject on the ground, while the latter flies around (like a boomerang) the subject. Mavic Air is available in three colours – Flame Red, Onyx Black and Arctic White. The US price for the standard kit, which includes the drone, battery, remote controller, carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards and four pairs of propellers, is US$799 (RM 3136). The Mavic Air Fly More Combo meanwhile includes the drone, three batteries, a remote controller, a travel bag, two pairs of propeller guards, six pairs of propellers, a battery to power bank adapter and battery charging hub for US$999 (RM 3921).
(Source: DJI)
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The Visuo XS809H-W-HD-G

The Visuo XS809H-W-HD-G resembles the DJI Mavic and fun to fly. However,  don’t expect high quality video nor GPS stabilisation. Priced at RM168.50 in 11 Street, the Visuo would certainly be another fun beginner drone for those of you who are looking for some sophistication in their drone and yet simple enough to fly. It is a large-scale quadcopter to train with and get to grips with a transmitter.

Product battery: 3.7V 900mAh (proprietary battery)

Charging time: About 60mins

Flying time: About 10 mins

R/C range: 80-100m

Camera: 2MP 720P wide angle, 0.3 MP

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Let the drone games commence

There has been a number of incidents and reports on irresponsible hobby drone pilots having flown their multi-rotors into restrictive and sensitive airspace. Does this mean that we need to further tighten rules, regulations and be more restrictive as to where one can fly. From the security perspective, one can understand the dangers arising from drones in the wrong hands. Lately, National Geography aired a documentary where drone detection and prevention of incursion was carried out to see how both the perpetrators as well as the security personnel deal with the threat. Fly safe

DJI Mavic Pro vs DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

This post is long overdue considering I own a DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum was unveiled end of August 2017. The biggest difference between the two is the Mavic Pro Platinum’s enhanced endurance of 30 minutes as compared to 27 minutes on the Mavic Pro. Three additional minutes may not seem much, but to a serious aerial photographer it could make a world of difference in taking that shot or to return to home. The second significant difference is that its much more quieter. The 8331 propellers along with the Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) on the Platinum contributes to a quieter flight since it controls how fast and efficiently the motor spins. However, it would not make much of a difference if its flying further from you for you can hardly hear both.

Personally, I am not too excited by both. After all, the DJI Mavic is not meant for professionals but more for armature aerial photographers who wish to learn the ropes before migrating to the more sophisticated and professional drone platforms. The video I have attached, also states that both the batteries and propellers are compatible. In fact, when using the Platinum propellers on the Mavic Pro, there seem to be a slight reduction in noise as well as the RPM of the motor.

So, if you are considering which one to buy, price could be another issue depending on your budget. The DJI Mavic Pro fly more combo is priced at RM4,819.00 while the Mavic Pro Platinum is priced at RM8,323.20 on 11 Street. Fly Safe

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Parrot’s New Releases

Parrot is planning to launch two new prosumer drones that certainly has its practical use. One has firefighters in mind while the other is for the farmers.

The Bebop-Pro Thermal
This drone has been designed with aerial thermography in mind and proves to be very useful for firefighting, construction and inspections. Equipped with both a 14MP camera and a FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera it has a flight endurance of 25 minutes on one battery. It retails with a Skycontroller, 3 batteries and a backpack. It should be in the market by November 2017and is priced at $1,400.00.

Bebop-Pro Thermal Specs & Features
• RGB camera Full HD 1080p
• Thermal imaging: FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera
• Battery life: 25 minutes flying time (with Power Battery)
• Internal memory: 32 GB Extended memory
• Max horizontal speed: 16 m/s
• Weight: 604g / 1.33 lb with the FLIR ONE Pro camera
• Range: up to 2km with Parrot Skycontroller 2 in an interference free and unobstructed environment
FLIR One Pro Thermal Imaging Camera Specs
• Thermal resolution: 160×120
• Visual resolution: 1440×1080
• HFOV / VFOV: 55 ° ± 1 ° / 43 ° ± 1 °
• Frame rate: 8.7Hz
• Scene dynamic range: -20 °C to 400 °C (-4 °F to 752 °F)
• Accuracy: ±3 °C (5.4 °F) or ±5%, typical Percent of the difference between ambient and scene temperature. Applicable 60s after start-up when the unit is within 15 °C to 35 °C (59 °F to 95 °F) and the scene is within 5 °C to 120 °C (41 °F to 248 °F)
• Size: 68mm W x34mm H x14mm D (2.7in x 1.3in x .6in)
• Weight: 36.5g

The Parrot Bluegrass
Designed especially for agricultural applications, the Parrot Bluegrass comes equipped with an HD camera and a a special sensor called the Parrot Sequoia. It is designed to detect problem areas in the many different types of crop fields. can fly 30 hectares at 70m/230ft flight altitude per battery. It retails at $5,000.00 and will also be available in November 2017. The price includes a year’s access to Parrot’s software that allows autonomous flight path.
Bebop-Pro Thermal Specs & Features
• Area Coverage: 30ha (74ac) in a single flight at 70m flight altitude (230ft)
• Range: Up to 2km – 1.2 miles, in an unobstructed area free of interferences
• Ground resolution: 7.4cm/px (2.7in/px) at 70m (230ft) flight altitude
• Automatic flight plan powered by Pix4Dcapture mobile app
• Vertical take-off and landing
• Weight: 1850g / 4lb
• Size: 50 x 44 x 12 cm / 20 x 17 x 5 in.
• Removable propellers for transport

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The Blade Inductrix 200 FPV

The Blade Inductrix 200 FPV drone is a lightweight fully assembled airframe. It has an exclusive SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology in controlling that simplifies flying it. It comes with a beginner, intermediate and experienced modes of flying. It has a fully integrated FPV flight camera that is compatible with FatShark headsets and video monitors on 5.8GHz. Its durable rotor guards help prevent damage which is a plus point for beginners both to normal flying as well as FPV flying. It comes with powerful brushless out-runner motors as well as brilliant LED status lighting. It is powered by an 800mAh 3S Li-Po flight battery. Fly Safe
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