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The Drone Radio Show is a weekly podcast about drones and the people who use them for business, fun and research. Our guests share how they’re using drones to make a positive impact, build a business, lessons they’ve learned and insights that you can use to take YOUR interest in drones to the next level.
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Mar 27, 2018

What’s going on with efforts to develop the unmanned traffic management system?

If you ask today’s guest, he would tell you a lot has been accomplished and there are some exciting things ahead.  Parimal Kopardekar, PK for short, serves as manager of the NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project. The goal of the project is to develop autonomy related concepts, technologies and architectures that will increase efficiency, safety, and capacity of airspace operations. At NASA, he has initiated many innovative research projects.  Prior to this current project, he managed the Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen) Concepts and Technology Development Project. He has published more than 40 articles, and is recipient of numerous NASA awards including Outstanding Leadership Medal and Engineer of the Year. He holds a doctorate and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree in production engineering.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, PK talks about NASA’s role in developing the Unmanned Transportation Management System and shares what’s been accomplished, the current status and what we can expect in the future for unmanned traffic management.

Mar 20, 2018

Why did Pix4d set up a R&D office in Berlin?

For that question, we turn to Jorge Fernandez, Product and Solution Manager for Pix4d Berlin.  Jorge is responsible for the vision of Pix4D in the Agriculture industry. He is responsible for advancing product strategy, managing internal engineering resources and coordinating communications with key stakeholders and media. Backed with over ten years of scientific research, Pix4D is the industry leader in professional drone mapping and photogrammetric software solutions. The dynamic and rapidly expanding company is based in Switzerland, with offices in San Francisco, Shanghai and most recently, Berlin. In this edition of the Drone Radio show, Jorge talks about the opening of Pix4d’s research and development office in Berlin, Germany and how the company is positioning itself to support the agriculture industry with photogrammetry, computer vision, and machine learning. 

Mar 13, 2018

What do you do when you’re passionate about drones?

If you ask today’s guest, he would say, create a YouTube channel with more than 75,000 subscribers. Kelly Shores lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children. By day, he’ does video production. But in his off time, he runs a successful YouTube channel, called Ready Set Drone, where he showcases his drone experiences. Since 2014, he's produced hundreds of videos, featuring product reviews, lessons learned and personal drone perspectives. As indicated, his channel attracts more than 75,000 loyal subscribers who tune in regularly to find out what Kelly is up to with drones. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Kelly talks about how he turned his passion for drones into a successful YouTube sensation and gives some advice to others who would like to create their own on-line drone presence.

Mar 6, 2018

What might we see happening in the worldwide drone industry?

Fortunately, we don’t need a crystal ball, as today’s guest gives us some key insights. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Execgives Editor for Commercial UAV News. He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and more for various communities as a contributor and editor. He is also the author of a number of industry specific reports that feature exclusive insights and information around how drones are being used in various markets. One of those reports is called the Commercial Drone Predictions for 2018, which makes 8 bold predictions for the North American and European drone markets. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Jeremiah shares insights into those predictions and updates on the plans for 2018 Commercial UAV Expos in Europe and the United States.

Feb 27, 2018

Is it really possible to build a UAV company around autonomy with current regulations?

Today's guest on the Drone Radio Show believes it is.  Dor Abuahsira is the CEO and co-founder of Percepto, a technology company that brings together real-time machine vision and advanced AI capabilities to create fully autonomous and dynamic drones. The drones are capable of handling multiple missions, reacting to pre-set triggers, and optimizing operations all while reducing operational costs. Dor is an industry expert with over 10 years of experience and is committed to creating connected autonomous drones that are fully operational without human involvement. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Dor talks Percepto and its autonomous technology and how the company works with regulatory bodies to deliver autonomous solutions.

Feb 20, 2018

Can we get paid more for following the rules?

Today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show not only believes that we can, he’s jumped full force into creating a platform that will do it.  Steven Flynn is the CEO and CoFounder of SkyTango, the world's first marketplace connecting drone operators, their content buyers, and landowners in a digital space where all can do business in a new and revolutionary way.

Recently, SkyTango teamed up with Pond5, a global media marketplace, to give drone operators the ability to earn a premium for their content if they document that the mission complied with all regulations and that all required image permissions were obtained. These types of certifications are commonplace in the TV and Film Industry, but drone cinematography got out ahead of the rest of the industry in this regard. As a result, questions arise as to the risk of buying video content that may be subject to privacy laws, copyright infringement or regulatory compliance.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Steve talks about the impetus behind SkyTango, how drone operators can earn a premium for their work and the partnership with Pond5 the could revolutionize the drone videography business. Steve is also joined by his wife and Cofounder of SkyTango, Susan Talbot. 

Feb 13, 2018

What are the business opportunities in the STEM Education Sector?

For that question, we turn to Ron Poynter, President of OnPoynt Aerial Solutions, the nation’s leading supplier of Drone Education Kits and training for STEM Education. OnPoynt was established in 2012, following the passage of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Ron talks about OnPoynt Aerial Solutions, the rise of drone technology in STEM Education Programs and the challenge of serving the education market. This is a great example of how one entrepreneur found an opportunity to serve a niche market while doing something really worthwhile.

 

Feb 6, 2018

What are we learning about how drones can be used for public safety?

Mike Uleski is an officer with the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department. He has a private pilot’s license, earning it before graduating high school. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences. He has a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for instrument flight, single-engine, and multi-engine aircraft. In addition to being a patrol division sergeant with the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department, Mike is also cross-trained as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and EMT. He is also the Chief Public Safety Instructor at DART Drones.  Additionally, Mike has more than 17 years of experience building and flying remote-controlled aircraft, including fixed wing, helicopters, and multi-rotors.

Under Mike’s supervision, the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department has been using drones in its public safety operations. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Mike talks about four case studies where drones where used by his department, the lessons learned and what public safety agencies should consider when creating their own drone program. 

Jan 30, 2018

What do you need to know to make money shooting real estate?

Today’s guest is going clue us in on all the details.  Josh Boughner is founder and CEO of SoldByAir, a drone services company that provides real estate drone photography nationwide.  His company has created a suite of tools for running an aerial photography business.  With hundreds of drone pilots in their user base, they are the largest aerial photography network focused entirely on real estate. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Josh talks about SoldbyAir, how drones are used in the real estate market, and what drone operators should expect if they want to make money shooting real estate.

Jan 23, 2018

What’s the most important part of the drone delivery equation?

Today's guests would say it’s getting the package into the hands of the customer, wherever they are.  Bashir Khan is CEO and Founder of ScorpioX Technologies, an early stage drone start-up company that has developed a proprietary delivery process and mechanism, which addresses many of the challenges posed by last minute-last meter delivery in urban spaces.  He is joined by Alexandra McCalla, COO, Armel Njinkeu, CPO and Talha Javed, CTO, all of ScorpioX Technologies.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, the ScorpioX Technologies team talks about their exciting technology that they hope will make drone deliveries in challenging environments possible. They’ll also share their experience with the Brinc accelerator in Barcelona, Spaine and the lessons learned that could help other early stage entrepreneurs launch successfully

Jan 16, 2018

Do you have an idea that could provide benefits to our military?

Then you’re going to be really excited to hear what today’s guest have to say. We’re going to be hearing from three individuals who are part of an innovative technology transfer program in Tampa, Florida. Under an agreement with the US Special Operations Command and the Doolittle Institute, Sofwerx was created to act an intermediary for collaborating with private industry, research labs and academic partners to develop new technol  ogies. In short, Sofwerx is a portal by which the commercial UAS industry can quickly access and jointly develop applications and technologies to solve the most pressing needs of special operations.

Sofwerx is sponsoring a special program called, ThunderDrone, a series of rapid prototyping events that focus on different aspects of drone technology. Industry and academia have been invited to submit their best ideas to the special operations community.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Kelly Stratton-Feix, director of Acquisition Agility for the U.S. Special Operations Command. John Coglianese, ThunderDrone Lead at Sofwerx and Captain Barron Stone of the US Air Force and ThunderDrone Project Manager talk about Sofwerx, Thunderdrone and how collaborations like this can benefit the commercial drone industry.

 

Jan 9, 2018

What’s it take to create a really compelling drone video?

For that question, we turn to two people that spend most of their day watching and ranking drone videos submitted by people from all over the world. Megan Gaffney is Vice President of Marketing and Tyler Mason is Director of Digital Media, both from AirVuz.  AirVuz was was launched in late 2015 as a video-sharing platform for the worldwide drone community. Featuring a blend of user-generated content and original programming, AirVūz has become the premiere online video site for the emerging Drone Age.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Megan and Tyler talk about the factors that can boost a video’s likeability and push it to the top of the charts. Anyone wanting to take their drone videos to the next level will be interested in hearing what Tyler and Megan have to share.

 

Jan 2, 2018

What’s it take to build a drone based business in 2018?

If you asked today’s guest, he would say “Persistence, Flexibility and a lot of thinking outside the box”. Matthew Johnson is President of M3 Aerial Productions and an Instructor at Brandon University UAV Ground School in Canada. In 2015, Matthew launched his drone services company, and like a lot of new small drone based businesses, he struggled to establish his operation. But by continually to refine his business plan and menu of services, Matthew was able to transition the once part-time operation into a full-time, profitbable business. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Matthew talks about the challenges of creating a drone based business in today’s climate and how operators can achieve a positive cash flow by seeking multiple income streams.

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