This article discusses the value of aerial imagery, the breadth of applications that can benefit from using small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) technology, the advantages and some of the challenges encountered when capturing aerial imagery with a sUAS.
The following is an excerpt from the article:
The Value of Perspective
The point of having flying robots, aka small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs), is as much about imaging as about flying. Amazon Prime Air may someday deliver instant shopping gratification from the skies, but for the near future the most valuable payload a tiny flying robot can carry is usually an image sensor, followed closely by a transmitter to beam images back to the ground for a remote view.
This should be no surprise—the insights we gain from high-level perspectives are profound and incredibly valuable. Whether from trees, hills, towers, or eventually balloons and aircraft, we have always sought higher vantage points. The urge to acquire them is fundamental, built into our bodies (better visibility is one theory for bipedalism) as well as our languages—think of words like “overview,” “supervise,” “surveillance,” and “understanding the big picture.” Poets have written about the gift of “see[ing] ourselves as others see us.” Perhaps the ultimate “perspective photo” is the one astronauts get looking back at earth; those lucky enough to experience it firsthand frequently describe it as life-changing. In some cases aerial views can also be life-saving…or at least day-making.
The workforce at Aeryon Labs Inc. has almost doubled in size over the last year and needed the room to grow to build its next generation of small unmanned aircraft systems.
The SkyRanger, the latest line in its fleet of aerial drones, were really taking off — no pun intended — and they needed the space to expand its operations.
It found that space at a new advanced manufacturing site at 575 Kumpf Dr. in Waterloo as company officials, employees and local dignitaries came to celebrate the grand opening of the facility last Wednesday, as the local success story gets ready for its next stage of development.
The federal government selected a fast-growing technology company in Waterloo — Aeryon Labs — to announce funding Monday in support of efforts to open up new foreign markets to Canadian goods.
Erin O'Toole, parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade, and Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid were at Aeryon's facility on Kumpf Drive to announce funding of $20,000 to Unmanned Systems Canada, the association representing the unmanned vehicle industry. It is among 39 industry associations who will receive a combined total of $3 million this year.
On Friday, July 11th Peak 3 Technical Services provided support and expertise to the Pan-Pacific Unmanned Aircraft Test Range Complex and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Peak 3 was an integral part of the mission planning and concept of operations development. They also acted as Pilot in Command (PIC) for the training missions that involved the Alaska State Troopers, the Fairbanks Police Department, and the Fairbanks Fire Department at the Fairbanks Regional Fire Training Center.
The Aeryon Scout was used to support four training activities, which included a mock Police Standoff, State Trooper accident scene forensics and fire demonstrations.
As Dave Kroetsch walks through the lobby of Aeryon Labs' new home on Kumpf Drive, the president and chief executive officer pauses for a moment to think about the tech company's growth.