Hey guys I am back after a very long time…
In this gone time i had been working a lot on GIS Mapping here in India.
We worked with a lot of vendors and government bodies for various different types of mapping solutions.
I have registered a company for UAV Solutions here in Mumbai : ThinkAerial Autonomus Systems Private Limited : https://www.thinkaerial.com
Well coming to the point this post if about the various softwares used for GIS mapping.
As i mentioned earlier we have tried and experimented on a lot of projects now made our custom UAV’s other than DJI and Fixed wings.
We got to test the data quality too due to which we had to try out various softwares.
Well GIS mapping Softwares are of two types: 1. Data capture 2. Data processimg
Data capture Softwares/Apps :
1. Pix4d – The GUI didnt intrest me much it seems old and i guess still the kml importing and continue of mission isnt supported yet.
2. DroneDeploy – Best application for data capture till now works on both IOS/Android also supports a lot of sub-apps supports kml and shp files for mission and allows to continue the mission when ever needed also you can manage different drones mission from a single account if you are a company
3. DJI GS Pro – This is a good application too but only works in IOS i suggest all begineers to go with Drone deploy though also DJI GS Pro has been carrying bugs recently the images gets missed by the application.
Rest for processing software will update soon as i get some free time to write about it stay tuned
Here’s the First 81-Megapixel Photo by the Light L16 16-Camera Camera
When the L16 takes a picture, 10 or more cameras fire simultaneously, capturing slightly different perspectives of the same scene. The L16 intelligently chooses a combination of its 28mm, 70mm, and 150mm modules to use in each shot, depending on the level of zoom. These individual shots are then computationally fused together to create an incredibly high-resolution 52MP photograph.
So guys i came across this company named “Drona Aviation” a colleague of mine they have been doing awesome work in making drones available for all students and developers for programming and using their very own Flight Controller.
This is a only Rs.7000/- kit which can be very easily assembled in less than 10mins. and to be flew with a android or Ios app named “Pluto”.
Small description of PLUTO is as follows:
Pluto is the perfect Nano-Drone for beginners and enthusiasts alike. It comes in the form of a DIY kit with all the joy of building it yourself and is very easy to get used to because it is controlled by a smartphone app which connects to the drone’s portable WiFi hotspot which is on board the drone’s Flight Controller. Its firmware is kept open source, giving you the freedom to experiment with its source code and achieve unique results from your Pluto Flight Experience. It weighs a mere 54 grams and can fly up to 100 metres with relative ease. Pluto’s flight control boasts of four advanced sensors. An Accelerometer, Barometer, Magnetometer and a Gyroscope. Pluto is a product that has been completely developed and designed by Indians in India. Contents of Box: 1) Frame Base, 2) Brushed 7mm Motors (4) 3) CW and 4 CCW propellers (4 each) 4) LiPo Battery 5) Prop Tool 6) Propellor Guards (4) 7) Pluto PCB, 8) Manual 9) Pluto Stickers (3)
So as you guys would know that i have been using flytpi since a while now i wondered if i can test the apps that i make without risking my setups… so i came across “flytsim” by flytbase.
Now if you havent seen the previous blog posts about flytpi,flytbase,drones applications check the below links:
Coming back to ubuntu installation :
Step 1: Visit this url and read all the documentation : HERE
Step 2: Download the source files recently posted from here : FLYTSIM
After you have downloaded the files extract them to any place you feel appropriate i always keep all files on desktop on which i am working on.
Now you need to browse the folder and choose the OS that you are using in my case i am using UBUNTU 17.04 so i opened Ubuntu and then choose the graphics that you are using i am using Intel graphics you can check that in software update section or “about this computer section” on the top right corner.
Software update section.
After clicking on the about this computer section.
As you see my laptop uses graphics based on Intel i will use Intel folder.
Step 3: Open a new terminal, and go to the directory where you have unzipped our latest release.
Get to intelgraphics directory inside linux directory.
$ cd Desktop/flytsim-docker-0.2.0/linux/intelgraphics
Copy paste this command if you are following the same way that i am doing it if your extracted folder is on the Desktop also you can rename the folder which you extracted to keep it simple.
If you are running Ubuntu, execute the setup.sh script with sudo permission which would install docker and docker-compose on your machine. In case you are using any other flavour of Linux, please install them manually by following their individual guides from Docker installation guide
$ sudo ./setup.sh
Once setup is completed (or you have manually installed docker and docker-compose), start a sample docker example to make sure it is indeed setup correctly.
$ sudo docker run hello-world
Start your FlytSim session by executing start.sh script, with sudo permission. This script would start a docker container running FlytSim app and also open a tab in browser pointing to http://localhost/flytconsole, once it detects a successful launch.
$ sudo ./start.sh
Since, FlytSim is running in its default configuration, you won’t get to see any Gazebo environment.
FlytSim is by default configured to run APM-SITL which is NOT Gazebo based. You would have to configure FlytSim to run PX4-SITL to get Gazebo GUI. Click here to know how.
"If you are in India and working on a Jio connection i would suggest pls. switch to some other network or visit a friend who has a unlimited plan for internet i personally am trying this after returning home and my broadband plan is over and i didnt had any connectivity other than JIO. Well this start.sh does check for latest image on the server and downloads it roughly about 1gb of data is downloaded and as you know we only have 1Gb of data usually used by JIO users, so keep a check on that."
So after the download procedure is compeleted give the terminal about a minutes time it will boot up FlytOS and you will see a browser popup with new window opened in url : https://localhost/flytconsole.
So now thats for todays post will update how to use it and get the GUI console in the next blog post stay tuned and you can subscribe to get new updates from the blog in the pop-up that you see while browsing the blog.
In this video tutorial, you will learn about Calibrating your drone and getting it ready for first flight. The video shows – Connecting to FlytPi Access Point – Opening FlytConsole – FlytOS CE Update settings – Frame Select – RC Calibration – Flight Mode settings: RC Manual, Altitude mode, Position Control Mode | RC-Manual, API-mode(Offboard or Guided) – Sensor Calibration – Accelerometer, Mag, Gyro, Level – GCS for Waypoint missions, HUD, Messages
FLYTPI REVIEW : HERE
CONNECTION VIDEO : HERE
So today i got my FLYT PI sent to me for testing by FLYTBASE. Its a awesome board for all DIY Hobbyist and Commercial Use.
FLYTPI is a Raspberry-Pi preconfigured for the using various autonomous functionalities via Web console or IP based applications, there are various use-cases and applications platforms supported by FLYTOS.
Coming to What we get in the FLYTPI KIT.
So the contents of FLYT PI KIT are as follows :
To visit the official instructions for using FLYTPI : FLYTPI DOCS
VIDEO : FLYTPI UNBOXING
Lets get started:
First step is to remove all the contents out and explore them.
Later after removing all the packaging and all i could see a raspberry pi with sd card preconfigured and installed with “flytos” by flytbase.
So coming to the connections
As you see RPI comes preconfigured with flytos and with a nice case and all wires required, you will find a molex cable coming out of the RPI case so that goes to your Pixhawk Telemetry port 2 for communication between (RPI)FLYTOS and PIXHAWK.
So you are all set when you order a FLYTPI. You get all ready to go device thats plug and play.
You just simply have to connect this cable as shown below :
Now that you can browse wifi settings on any of your mobile device or laptop and connect to flytpi.
This is a image of FLYTPI been booted up and in ready mode.
Now that you are in the link : 10.42.0.1/flytconsole/ in your browser you can see something like this:
NOTE : While powering on your FLYTPI remember to power on your Pixhawk so as the Flytos detects Pixhawk.
So as you see your license is already activated from flytbase. Just and Plug and Use.
Frame selection is as follows :
So lets check out some more things like calibration:
So all the features that you see above arent available with FLYTPI as of now but then you can use the sensors calibration tab and RC calibration tab easily.
Coming to the PLUG AND PLAY POINT again you can connect camera or any USB devices and use them easily check out some features for camera below:
So to get the maps functioning properly you will have to connect a dongle to FLYTPI to get the maps downloaded which it doesnt all on its own if you are planning to use auto-missions.
Now that you can see the GCS:
If you do not have internet connected it might look something like this:
But is totally workable if you are just to explore it and not use it.
Battery status checking
Hey guys so i came across a post about GDU O2 drone they have a series of drones but specifically O2 is a DJI MAVIC Killer.
GDU O2 has mostly all the features with some extra gestures all you can check below:
O2 Plus and O2
So they have 2 products you can visit the links below for details specs and all :
This Drone is way cheaper than DJI although i havent used it seems a good design and all features seems nice … might turn out to be a DJI Mavic killer soon…
All India | Written by Neeta Sharma | Updated: August 31, 2017 00:41 IST
NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry is planning to bring in a draft policy next month that will regulate the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones in the country instead of completely banning them.
“We are working on a draft drone act, which will focus on regulating the use of drones instead of banning. It should come out in public domain by September after which comments will be taken from stakeholders,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said on Wednesday.
Currently, the use of drones is being regulated only through an executive order. Whenever someone is caught violating the law they are booked under the aircraft act.
“There is an entire act for planes which regulates their operation and as of now if someone is caught operating drones they are also booked under aircraft act,” said a senior official.
There are no radars to detect the presence of a drone or its path. So the government says it feels it does need some basics which need to be worked out, which will be addressed in this new act.
Till the time the government did not ban drones anyone could buy one and operate it. But once the act is enforced, officials say things would streamline.
“Essentially the act will spell out the mechanism to police a drone i.e., a procedure who all can buy for what purpose they can buy, which all areas they can fly a drone and lastly how much punishment will a person get who flies an unlicensed drone,” explained an officer who is dealing with drafting the act.
Earlier this month, the pilot of an Air Asia flight complained of getting distracted by drones while landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Following the pilot’s report, operations at Delhi airport were shut for two hours.
According to rules, the airport security force have been told to treat drones as possible security threats, but there is no guideline as to how to react when a drone is spotted in the vicinity of an airport.
Every month, six to seven cases of pilots getting distracted by different objects while landing/taking off are reported from Delhi airport.
MUMBAI: Only defence forces, law-enforcement agencies and a few select government companies are allowed to use drones, but that is not stopping civilian ‘droners’ from hitting the skies. Over the past two years, Indians have spent close to Rs 40 crore buying civil drones, as per estimates of the Consortium of Unmanned Vehicle Systems India (CUVSI). Civil drones, which also include toy drones, bear price tags in the range of Rs 2,000 and Rs 50,000; a rough calculation hints at the presence of 40, ..
Despite a blanket ban on the use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the country, civilian drones worth Rs 40 crore were bought by Indians in the last two years, reported Economictimes.com.
Although the rules prohibit the use of commercial drones, the daily reported that their sale is not banned per se.
Talking about the trend, Huzefa Tavawalla, who heads international commercial law practice at Nishith Desai Associates, says to Firstpost : “As per Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rules any civilian use of drones in India is illegal, but people still use them by taking permission from local authorities, which is also according to me not legally acceptable.”
According to Tavawalla, the blanket ban on the use of commercial drones is reactionary and lacks a long-term vision of incorporating drones in achieving goals of socio-economic development.
Apart from defence and reconnaissance, drones have several commercial use. They could be used for the quick delivery of donated organs, enhancing agricultural efficiency by identifying factors such as moisture content and nutrient soil availability. Remote sensing through drones can be of significant use in disaster-prone areas for pinpointing and fighting fires or detection of theft and pilferage of goods meant for public utilisation, or in detection of LPG gas leaks which can save several lives.
Presently, people mostly use drones for aerial photography in weddings and for hobby flying. Drones are also used to take aerial shots in movie and documentary making. These drones typically include toy drones which cost between Rs 2,000 and Rs 50,000.
Drones have been used in India for some time, however, their use caught public attention when a pizzeria in Mumbai delivered a pizza by a UAV to much fanfare in May, 2014. The police, realising that there were no regulations on drones, banned their use.
This was followed by the DGCA issuing a public notice on 7 October, 2014, imposing a blanket ban on the use of civil drones in the interest of national security.
While the ban has been imposed due to ‘national security’, the DGCA acknowledged that drones have potential for a large number of civil applications.
“It’s perfectly fine to regulate advance drones as these can be misused by unscrupulous elements…But a blanket ban is unfair. Drones have enormous commercial possibilities,” says Pritam Sahu of Edall Systems, a Bengaluru based drone maker, to Economictimes.
Talking to Firstpost, Sahu says that there should be a guideline from the government in terms of the use of drones for civilian purpose.
“Currently people are importing drones illegally from abroad and using them. What I think is the use of the UAVs can be regulated here,” Sahu says.
Drones are quickly becoming cost effective and more capable and have been widely adopted by the law enforcement agencies in India. Currently, India accounts for the highest percentage of the world’s UAV imports (for defence purposes) at 22.5 percent. The government of India has recently entered into an arrangement to purchase armed drones from Israel and the US.
“With India’s innovation flight taking off with the launch of key initiatives such ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’ and a strong focus on IT start-ups, the government must use this opportunity to make India the global manufacturing leader for drones,” Tavawalla said.
NOTE : This is a repost much intresting to read about it …
For more info about the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian: http://www.dji.com/phantom-4-pro
August 31, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today introduced two new drones, the Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and will also demonstrate the Spark with newly added features at IFA 2017 in Berlin.
“DJI continuously look for ways to improve its products and introduce new features, many of which are the result of the positive feedback and requests we received from customers around the world,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “Starting with our Osmo Mobile Silver handheld stabilizer, DJI has been expanding its product variations to meet the different lifestyles and needs of consumers. Similarly, we’ve done the same with two of the most iconic DJI drone products, the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro. The newly added features of the Spark will also introduce new ways for people to experience flight and the fun of aerial photography.”
The Mavic Pro Platinum features a sleek design and compact body that is both powerful and alluring. A new and improved 30-minute flight time coupled with 60% noise reduction makes the Mavic Pro Platinum DJI’s best portable drone yet.
Conclusion: Paying $100 you get around 4 mins extra and some sound reduction…. Although with that $100 you can get a new battery and fly for more 25mins and have no issues if you dnt mind the sound that the drone makes…
As per my experience with DJI drones its very silent compared to inspire and p4pro so it atleast doesnt matters for me so i have a mavic pro those who always wanted a silent drone can go for the pro version also more drones are going to be launched check out DJI NEWS.
I got this Product today and feels awesome finally i can use my old dead laptops hdd in this one and i literally used this for a long time and it works awesome nice product ..
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IMAGINE LOGGING INTO your checking account and seeing that you now also have a second account, stocked with an equal amount of a newly created currency. It could happen this morning to many people who hold the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
Not long after 8 am EDT, a new currency called Bitcoin Cash is due to appear, split from bitcoin in a technical maneuver called a “hard fork.” It’s the project of a group that says bitcoin’s keepers are limiting its reach by resisting change.
The creation of Bitcoin Cash is the most striking result yet of a 2-year-old feud over bitcoin’s future. Bitcoin is collectively valued at $47 billion but remains a niche product. Backers of the new currency say it’s necessary if bitcoin is to make a real mark on how the world uses money.
Bitcoin Cash’s confusing origin—and name—risk making it harder for cryptocurrency to gain wider acceptance. “Bitcoin’s an incredibly well-known brand, and to the extent it’s fracturing into various pieces, that’s confusing to regulators and consumers,” says Dan Morehead, founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, which invests in bitcoin and digital-currency startups. Morehead says he’s neutral on the dispute. “It just sounds bad; we’re not used to currencies that split into two.”
Adding to the confusion: Not everyone who holds bitcoin will get an instant stash of Bitcoin Cash today. Some leading bitcoin-storage services have said they won’t recognize the new currency, forcing people to move their business if they want to claim the new variety of cryptocoins.
Bitcoin was created by a pseudonymous coder (or coders) known as Satoshi Nakamoto, who released the software that powers the currency in 2009. It relies on a network of computers linked over the internet that collaborate to process and record all transactions in a digital ledger called the blockchain. Computers dubbed “miners” keep the ledger updated by adding to the sequence of “blocks” that make up the blockchain as new transactions take place. Proponents say this system creates a trustworthy currency free from political oversight and capable of faster, cheaper digital transactions than possible with conventional currencies.
Acrimony among bitcoiners stems from disagreement about limits on the blockchain’s capacity baked into Nakamoto’s design, and what to do about them. The bitcoin network can only support around seven transactions per second, compared with thousands per second piped through conventional financial networks such as Visa.
Bitcoin Cash is a variation on bitcoin’s design, incorporating much bigger blocks, allowing for more transactions in a given time. Supporters say their project is necessary because planned changes that could expand bitcoin’s capacity are not sufficient. “At this point, it seems that the differences are irreconcilable and a split is unavoidable,” says Amaury Séchet, an ex-Facebook engineer who has developed code to implement Bitcoin Cash.
Owners of pre-split bitcoin will be recorded as owning cryptocoins on both blockchains. Some bitcoin exchanges—where owners transact and store cryptocurrency—have said that they will support the new currency and credit customer accounts with Bitcoin Cash when it appears. But others will not.
Bitcoin Cash’s value, and its effect on cryptocurrency’s place in the world, will be determined by how many investors and users switch from traditional bitcoin. Late Monday, one futures market pegged the value of a unit of Bitcoin Cash at about $300, roughly 1/10 the value of one Bitcoin.
The Bitcoin Cash adjustment to Nakamoto’s original creation does help address the currency’s capacity problem, says Emin Gün Sirer, an associate professor at Cornell who has studied bitcoin’s design. “The science to the extent we’ve measured it aligns with their reasoning,” he says. More important, and trickier, is whether enough people will use and invest in Bitcoin Cash to keep it going. “The crucial part is the amount of economic interest in this new currency,” Sirer says.
Support by bitcoin exchanges will enable use of Bitcoin Cash. Crucially, that could motivate more miners to put their computing power to work on maintaining Bitcoin Cash’s new blockchain, making it more reliable and stable, Sirer says. Miners are incentivized with new bitcoins for their work, and if Bitcoin Cash looks healthy, earning some early could strike miners as a good bet.
Would success for Bitcoin Cash come at the expense of the original bitcoin’s ideals? It depends on whom you ask.
Defenders of the original design say too sharp an increase in capacity could raise the computer hardware requirements for contributing to the blockchain too much, opening the door to centralizing control in the hands of a few dominant players. Séchet argues he’s fighting for the soul of bitcoin, and Bitcoin Cash will force the cryptocurrency community to take scalability more seriously, even if the project fails. “Either bitcoin does not scale and Bitcoin Cash will overtake it over time, or it will scale because of the pressure created by Bitcoin Cash,” Séchet says. “Either is a win for bitcoin users.”
Some trying to build businesses on top of bitcoin are becoming frustrated by the ongoing arguments. “It really has dragged on,” says Morehead of Pantera Capital. Nobody ever said that upending the financial system would be easy.
credits : wired