Author: Douglas Spotted Eagle

  • RTK and Drone Mapping: Do You Need It? Is It Worth It?

    RTK and Drone Mapping: Do You Need It? Is It Worth It?

    Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) is a buzz term in the UA industry, one many pilots may not understand, even though they may be “mapping” with an uncrewed aircraft (drone).   When it comes to RTK and drone mapping, how necessary is the technology to a drone services provider?  Will it earn a services provider more money?…

  • LUTS, LOG, 10Bit, and Drones

    The latest trend in UA camera systems is an ability to record in 10bit file formats, as well as in LOG formats, which allow the use of Look-Up Tables (LUTs, often pronounced “Loots” and more generally pronounced “luhts”), providing significantly greater dynamic range. This greater dynamic range enables color matching, greater opportunity to color correct…

  • UNDERSTANDING TURBULENCE for sUAS

    As sUAV/drones become more and more popular, it seems that more and more of them are striking the sides of buildings, trees, or poles without the pilot understanding why. “It was flying fine and all of a sudden it zipped up and into the side of the building.” “Everything was great until the drone had a…

  • WHAT IS LiDAR?

    Oct 2015- LiDAR’s name sounds a lot like Radar, because it is similar. LiDAR is “Light Detection And Ranging.” Like radar, it’s a technology used to see what the human eye can’t see, either close up or far away. LiDAR uses pulsed lasers instead of the radio waves that Radar uses. As a data collection system, LiDAR…

  • WHY WE DON’T CATCH OUR DRONES

    Oct 2016Catching a drone in midflight seems to be a badge of honor amongst some drone pilots, and the reasoning behind it is baffling. It’s “so easy to do” there are even videos that teach drone operators how to catch their drone. They have a number of arguments in favor of doing so. “I don’t…

  • Is Information Security (INFOSEC) Important to Your UAS Program? (it should be)

    June, 2018 Last week I gave a seminar on various aspects of UAS in Public Safety, and a component of that discussion was information security/infosec. During the presentation, one officer from a California beach community made a comment while shrugging his shoulders, explained their use of a popular brand of drone sharing information with and…

  • What to look for in a LiDAR Sensor

    2022 is clearly the year of LiDAR.  At all of the UAS shows in the USA, Mexico, Canada, and EU, the hot topic is LiDAR in 2022, and 2023 is ramping up to be more of the same, with significant growth. LiDAR is a “LIght Detection And Ranging” sensor, utilizing a laser, position-controlled mirror, an…

  • Western Regional Survey Conference 3/23-25 2024

    Western Regional Survey Conference 3/23-25 2024

    Today started the Western Regional Survey Conference where our team was provided a room for all-day training. We helped attendees learn more about LiDAR, Photogrammetry, basic safety, advanced safety practices, how to optimize missions, risk mitigation (same as our FAA certificated course ALC-678), LiDAR workflows blending terrestrial and aerial data, and tours of our mobile…