We are all familiar with the name Nokia, many of us can relate to them via the trusty Nokia phones that used to rule the mobile phone industry. All that has changed since the launch of Apple’s Iphone. So what have they been up to during this time? It seems that the Finnish tech company that used to dominate the mobile phone industry might have just set its eyes on the drone industry. It seems that Nokia has filed for a trademark and intellectual property application with the name of OVNI. Could the new drones from Nokia be called OVNI? Only time can tell, and we are waiting eagerly to see what they can bring to the drone world.
But is it too late for the Finnish tech giant to step up their game and enter into the drone industry after several others have already built up an impressive and reliable branding? What can they bring that is different from what is already out there in the market? To UAV and RC enthusiasts; the simplicity and safety measures recent technology has in place for RC aerial drones have been a big leap from its predecessors. Users no longer need to have in depth technical knowledge, not having the need to counter adjust the rotary motion and trims. This has allowed many users to pick up the hobby easily. Of course any innovative solutions and improvements are very much welcome, lets hang tight and wait for more news!
Singapore’s National Day Parade is just around the corner Singapore plans to step up their game to ensure that no drones are flown anywhere near the event. Some of you may think the reasons given are absurd, some of you may agree and support their decision to tighten the security during the event. Ultimately, Singapore is a country strict on our laws. So regardless of your stand on the matter, lets all stay out of trouble and live to fly another day!
Why you should not fly your drone recklessly?
The article below by Channel News Asia has highlighted that Singapore is now capable of deploying a radar that can detect drones 5km away. Boasting the ability to pin point the location of the drone and the pilot for authorities to take action.
The fines for flying a drone during the prohibited hours are hefty. you can be fined up to S$40,000. So considering all the possible consequences, we do strongly advise against trying anything that you would regret during this time.
What is this radar system?
Truth be told, i am sure many of us drone enthusiasts frown at the idea of having a watchful radar keeping an eye on our every action. But that did not kill our curiosity! So what exactly is this radar and what does it do? As mentioned in the CNA article, a UK based radar technology firm Aveillant sold the system to ST Electronics in February 2017. It would seem that the particular product in discussion here is the Gamekeeper 16U. All these can be found in their website in the link below.
So what are the features of this particular radar unit? Here is what we gather from their website.
- The Gamekeeper radar is able to detect, track and classify small Unmanned Air Systems (sUAS) in full 3 dimensions to a range of 5km. With no moving parts, it continuously “floodlights” the entire field of view providing location and velocity of every object detected.
- UAS design and technology is changing rapidly. Gamekeeper is a software defined radar. As UAS change, the software in deployed Gamekeeper units can be updated with new algorithms and features developed by Aveillant.
- Gamekeeper’s high speed update rate (4x per second) provides live output, enabling an operator to observe target behaviour. Standard data output format ensures ease of compatibility and integration with additional sensors, countermeasures and C2 systems.
- Gamekeeper has no moving parts, minimising maintenance and operating costs, and simplifying installation. Aveillant can provide remote monitoring and maintenance, along with regular software updates, maximising system availability.
Surefly Workhorse will be an affordable way to get to your destination and beat the peak hour traffic. What looks like a mammoth sized quadcoptor is actually an octocoptor designed for ease of use with simplified controls. Much like the DJI Mavic, the rotor arms can be folded to fit into your average garage. Looking at how far drone technology has come over the years and considering how easy these advancements and giant leaps have allowed almost anyone to fly a drone. We can somewhat imagine what future personal transportation would be like, remember the Jetsons?
However, we do foresee major hurdles such as infrastructure implementation of “skyroads” or “skyroutes”. How do we determind the different altitudes each flying vehicle would operate at? Would drivers change lanes vertically as well? These are all questions that have to be resolved to ensure safe usage of these personal flying vehicles.
Check out the video on the Surefly Workhorse below!
Those of you who have been waiting for the DJI spark, the wait is over and they are finally here! This nimble little flying machine boasts alot for its price point. The fact that it is small and it packs easily so you can bring it along to those amazing holiday destinations is simply irresistible! But for those of you who are looking for a little bit more, how does the Spark measure up to the Mavic? We have yet do do some side by side comparisons of our own at the moment. But here is a video by Casey, he does awesome review videos by the way. So take a look and decide for yourself!