Where do you go when you need hardware solutions for your UAVs?
Bob Schmidt is the Founder and President of UAV Propulsion Tech, an unmanned aerial vehicle hardware solution provider of nearly everything having to with UAVs. The company markets global UAV technology to the defense and commercial UAV markets. These include commercial off the shelf (COTs) and custom hardware solutions that are flying on several high-end global UAV platforms.
Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (rom Lawrence Technological University, a Master of Science in Administration from Central MI University, and has over 30 years industry experience in automotive propulsion/fuel systems and aerospace UAV hardware solutions. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Bob talks about UAV Propulsion Tech, the UAV hardware supply market and he provides his perspective on the growth of the drone industry.
Is it possible to deliver packages with drones under current Part 107 rules?
Today’s two guests say they already have. Both are from DroneUp, a drone services company that provides end-to-end aerial data solutions by matching a organization’s data collection and delivery needs with the right hardware, software, training, pilots, and program integration requirements. Brendan Stewart is the Training Director responsible for training and program development for enterprise and public safety clients. Joe Fuller is CIO and designs aerial data capture and processing for clients to ensure a return on investment in their drone projects.
In early April of this year, the duo led a series of tests to demonstrate package deliveries by drones under Part 107 regulations. Over the span of 3 days, the exercises focused on delivery to residential and commercial areas with the aim of identifying best practices for safe operations. In this edition of the Drone Raido Show, Brendan and Joe talk about Drone Up, the Last Mile Drone Delivery Challenge and the lessons learned from the demonstration project.
How do you make drone data actionable?
Jono Millin is co-founder and CCO of DroneDeploy, a cloud-based software company that specializes in building solutions for mapping business assets with drones. DroneDeploy powers tens of thousands of commercial drone operators from 160 countries to make automated, high-resolution 2D maps and 3D models . At Drone Deploly, Jono is responsible for the overall customer experience of the DroneDeploy platform. He has a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Rhodes University.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show Podcast, Jono talks about DroneDeploy, the successful growth of drones in the agricultural sector and he share some insights into how make the conversation around the data to engage customers in decision making.
What’s the market for long-distance drone delivery service?
Daniel Buchmueller is CTO of Volansi. Volansi builds and operates long-range, high-payload unmanned aerial systems for various applications, helping their customers save millions of dollars on down-time costs. The company operates two remote piloted drones capable of delivering payloads up to 350 miles. Before joining Volansi, Daniel was Vice President and Head of Drone Cargo at Airbus, and before that, he was co-founder of Amazon Prime Air. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Daniel talks about Volansi’s long-distance drone service, the Voly C-10 and M-20 long-distance delivery drones and how the company successfully found a niche serving clients engaged in operations located in remote areas.
One Company's Path To BVLOS
Rob Knochenhauer is Head of UAS Regulatory & Operations at Green Sight. Green Sight provides autonomous aerial data collection hardware and data analysis software tools t o support a wide variety of industries and applications.
At Green Sight, Rob leads the development of the UAS operational scheme wherein unmanned aircraft are run at customer locations with a 107 certificated remote pilot on site who maintains visual line of sight with the drone while it flies. While the drone is flying, the operation is overwatched by another 107 certificated Remote Pilot in Green Sight’s Boston office. This is all part of Green Sight’s goal to eventually run unattended drone operations in the future.
In this edition of the drone radio show, Rob talks about Green Sight, the BVLOS waiver process and what companies need to know to prepare for fully autonomous operations.
Can a Smart City Make Flying Drones Easier and Safer?
Eben Frankenberg is CEO and Co-founder of Echodyne Corp. Echodyne is a 5-year old company that makes revolutionary compact radar sensors for a range of applications for commercial, defense, and government customers. Their high-performance radars combine patented technology and powerful, intelligent software to achieve maximum radar performance. Echodyne radars are used the Autonomous Vehicle, Perimeter and Border Security, Security Integrator, Airspace Management, UAS Service Suppliers, and commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems industries.
Eben has over 20 years of experience starting and growing technology companies. Prior to founding Echodyne, Eben was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Intellectual Ventures (IV) where he created and incubated new companies including: Echodyne Corp and several other leading startups. In this edition of the drone radio show, Eben talks about how smart cities data networks could play a role in supporting unmanned air flight operations in urban environments.
Dealing With State & Local Property Rights
Brent Skorup is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. The Center advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. In addition to his role as senior research fellow, Brent is also a member of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He has authored several articles for National Affairs, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and others. He’s appeared on TV and radio for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS News, ABC News and CNBC Asia. He has recently co-authored an article in GovTech on drones and local and state property rights and he also released an report card on which states are prepared for the drone industry. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Brent talks about these publications, how local and state property rights laws could affect where drones fly and why these units of government should become more involved in the air management discussion to better prepare themselves for the future.
Brian Streem is CEO and Founder of Vermeer, a technology company that is developing an augmented reality drone solution that enables anyone to easily capture aerial photos, videos and data. Users can design their aerial shots on their smartphones and then send it to a drone to execute autonomously in the real world. Vermeer’s solution is designed for people who want to create high-end drone photos and videos, but don’t own a drone and don’t want to buy one. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Brian talks about Vermeer, its augmented reality drone solution and how people can get the exact video or image they are seeking without ever having to fly a drone.
Have you ever wondered how the New York City Drone Film Festival got started?
Well today’s guest gives us the inside scoop. Randy Scott Slavin is an award-winning director, photographer and aerial cinematographer and is the founder of the New York City Drone Film Festival. He is a drone expert who is regularly featured on television and in publications around the world. As a director, he is known for his use of cutting edge camera technology to further the impact of storytelling.
Randy first gained attention for racking up millions of television views and YouTube hits for brands including American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, AdWeek, Tribeca Film Festival, Sunoco, Island/Def Jam Records for which he has received multiple awards. As a surrealist photographer, his work can regularly be found in the pages of Time Magazine, Gizmodo, Mashable, The Washington Post, Fast Company Design and other publications around the world.
In 2014 Randy founded the New York City Drone Film Festival, the world's first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. It has experienced rapid growth since its inception, counting companies like SAMSUNG, RED, GE, NBC News, Adobe and DJI as headline sponsors. The NYCDFF includes a dynamic slate of interactive panels and a "Day of Drones" hosted at the New York City Drone Film Festival and hosts thousands of attendees over festival weekend and hundreds of millions of media impressions worldwide. In early 2020, the New York City Drone Film Festival was acquired by AirVuz.com, the premier website for drone video content. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Randy talks about the evolution of the New York City Drone Film Festival, what makes an award winning drone film and he gives us some insights into the role of drones in film making.
An Update From NASA
Today, we head to the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California to speak with Parimal Kopardekar and Misty Davies. The Ames Research Center is one of ten NASA field centers. Since 1939, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center's core capabilities. Ames Research Center supports virtually every major NASA mission and initiative through its expertise in aerosciences, air traffic management, advanced computing and IT systems and many other capabilities. Dr.
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, or PK for short, serves as the Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute. In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aviation in the areas of autonomy, aeronautics manufacturing, and advanced air mobility. Dr. Misty Davies is Deputy Project Manager for NASA’s System-Wide Safety Project. Her work is focused on predicting the behavior of complex, engineered systems early in design as a way to improve these systems' safety, reliability, performance, and cost.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, PK and Misty give us an update on the work NASA is doing to support unmanned aerial systems, they talk about the challenges of developing autonomous systems and they provide some insights into NASA’s Grand Challenge for Urban Air Mobility.
How Will We Manage Autonomous UAV Fleets?
Nitin Gupta is the Founder and CEO of FlytBase, a Silicon Valley startup that offers an enterprise drone automation platform to power large scale deployments of intelligent autonomous UAV fleets. The hardware-agnostic IoT platform features intelligent plugins at the edge, cloud-based real-time fleet management, and APIs for seamless integration with business workflows. FlytBase is working with a large number of enterprise customers spread across US and Europe, helping them deploy fully automated drone applications for public-safety/security, warehouses, and inspections.
Nitin has over 15 years of experience in the automation and aerial robotics industry. Before founding FlytBase, he worked with multiple startups and with Samsung electronics. He has extensive background in aerospace control systems, robotics and automation. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Nitin talks about FlytBase, the challenges of building a system to manage autonomous fleets and he shares his thoughts on the future of the drone industry.
Are RF Detection Systems Effective In Stopping Drones?
Linda Ziemba is founder and CEO of AeroDefense, a New Jersey-based company that provides a proven drone detection solution for locating a drone and pilot simultaneously. The technology is named AirWarden™, and it uses passive radio frequency detection methods to detect and locate known and unknown drones without demodulating or decoding signals. The Department of Homeland Security recently recognized AirWarden with a Developmental Testing and Evaluation SAFETY Act Designation. The designation provides AirWarden users, who choose to take advantage, full immunity from liability claims alleging technology failure in the event of a terror attack. AirWarden is the first and only drone detection solution to be on the DHS SAFETY Act “approved technologies” list. AirWarden is currently deployed at MetLife Stadium and correctional facilities in Georgia and Massachusetts.
Linda’s experience spans internet security, telecommunications and entrepreneurship, at companies including Websense, Secure Computing, Finjan, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Prior to founding AeroDefense in 2015, she served as a key executive for LiveLOOK, a collaboration software company. Linda’s leadership across sales, marketing, and general operations resulted in numerous contracts with global financial services, telecommunications and computer firms, and ultimately acquisition by Oracle in 2014.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Linda talks about the company's proven AirWarden technology, how AeroDefense pivoted to stay within Federal regulations for Counter UAS and the challenges and opportunities of creating a Counter UAS company.
What's In The Cards For The Drone Industry in 2020?
Christopher Korody is a 45 year marketing veteran with deep experience in the technology, aerospace and automotive sectors. He launched DroneBusiness.center to provide UAS companies with the research, strategy and communication programs necessary to stand out in this fast growing marketplace. Dedicated to ‘connecting the dots,’ he edits an ocassional weekly newsletter, Dronin’ On, which is read by senior managers around the world. His deep knowledge of policy makes Korody a popular choice to participate on industry advisory boards and to moderate industry events. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Chris talks about the drone industry in 2019, the outlook for 2020 and he shares his thoughts on a variety of drone related issues that are key to moving it forward.
What’s the outlook for the drone industry?
That’s the question we explore in a 4-part series of podcasts with industry analysts, writers and editors. In this series, I interview guests with diverse opinions and perspectives on the industry. They’ll provide a range of insights on are some of the industry’s current topics and trends. By the end of the series, you should have a good sense of where industry is going and how you can position yourself to take advantage.
In this podcast, we’ll hear from Patrick Egan, editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Patrick also serves as the Director of Special Programs for the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association. Patrick has spent the last 15 years working as a proponent for the business use of unmanned aircraft systems.
If you’ve ever read some of Patrick’s news articles or posts on Twitter, where he goes by The Drone Dealer, you’ll soon find that he some strong opinions. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Patrick talks about the drone industry in 2019, the outlook for 2020 and he shares his thoughts on what’s holding the industry back and what could be done to move it forward.
How can high school in middle school students prepare for a future in the drone industry?
Matthew Johnson is CEO of the Drone Training Zone and M3 Drone Productions. Matthew founded M3 Aerial Productions in 2015 as an aerial data and diagnostics company using unmanned aerial vehicles. As the company evolved, Matthew began offering training courses which grew to become a major focus of the company, so much so that he created two separate entities to deliver aerial data and drone pilot training.
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Matthew taught high school mathematics in Manitoba for five years. He used drones to instruct students on the principles of trigonometry. Matthew developed a trainee course for teachers to give them an understanding of the business opportunities in the drone industry so they could transfer that knowledge to middle and high school students.
n this edition of the drone radio show, Matthew talks about the Drones in the Classroom program and how students can prepare themselves for exciting opportunities in the drone industry.
How are the Drone Responders advancing the public safety use of drones?
Charles Werner is Director of the DroneResponders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate preparedness, response and resilience using unmanned aircraft systems operated by public safety organizations around the world. Charles Werner is the retired Charlottesville Virginia fire chief, a 44 year veteran of public safety and a FAA certified Part 107 remote pilot. He organized and is the Chair of the National Council on Public Safety UAS. He also serves on several local, state and national committees and has authored more than 120 published articles on public safety. In 2018, he was selected as Homeland Security Person of the Year by Homeland Security Today Magazine for his work on public safety UAS. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Charles gives us an update on the Drone Responders and what to look forward to in the months ahead if you’re interested in advancing the public safety use of drones.
Can drones be used for social good?
Tiamyou Radji is Director of KRANTH Senegal Flying Labs, a Social Enterprise that develops concepts of collecting, sharing and using drone data to stimulate change. KRANTH is part of the WeRebotics global network of local knowledge hubs in emerging economies. The goal of Flying Labs is to localize the safe, responsible and meaningful use of robotics to accelerate social good solutions. Flying labs build local ecosytems and markets, creating new jobs through the use of robotics and associated data products.
Tiamiyou has worked and consulted for a variety of social good organizations, including the UN. His experience spans business development, technology resource planning, technology risk management. Feasibility studies and consulting with international donors and agencies. Tiam led and implemented numerous information and communication technology research and projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He is a certified professional UAV pilot and has extensive experience in network security and satellite communication.
In this edition of the drone radio show, Tiam talks about the use of drones in West Africa to provide social good and create sustainable economic development for communities.
Can we really stop drones?
Ken Geyer is CEO and Co-founder of Liteye Systems, a world leader and technology solutions provider and integrator for the military and commercial markets. After a successful career as a stock broker in the late 80’s, Ken realized his true interest resided in developing new companies. He successfully launched eight companies primarily focused on cutting-edge technologies and bringing useful and effective products to market.
For the last 19+ years with Liteye, Ken and his business partner, Chief Technology Officer Tom Scott, built a strong and profitable core business with military and commercial customers. They have strategically aligned with key partners, and they continually bring new and cutting-edge solutions to market. Liteye has over $60 million in Counter Unmanned Defense systems deployed with the US Air Force and US Army in 6 different countries. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Ken talks about Liteye Systems, the effectiveness of counter drone solutions and the need to focus attention on the regulatory environment to protect airports and other critical assets.
What can we learn from independent drone operators?
Chris Anderson, also known as The Drone Trainer, is a drone operator, podcaster and educator. As a drone industry expert who has been flying for 6 years, Chris has a proven wealth of knowledge in deployment, strategy, and drone flight training. He has worked with over 7000 students from around the world, providing instruction in everything from initial drone flight training, to real estate, mapping, modelling, public safety, inspections, construction and more. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Chris talks about how started and grew his drone business, how he became The Drone Trainer and he offers insights into the UAV industry from the perspective of the independent drone operator.
What goes into creating a successful first-responder drone training program?
Joey Edwards is Vice-President of Operations for Argus Rising. Argus Rising provides First Responder Drone training, designed to equip public safety departments with the flight skills and knowledge needed to use drones in law enforcement and rescue operations. There are a lot of company’s providing drone training today, and I wanted to find out how do providers create training programs in such competitive market. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Joey talks about Argus Rising, its first responder training and what goes into creating a successful drone training course.
Ever wonder how drones are used to save people from drowning?
Samuel Proffitt is a paramedic,firefighter and lifeguard for the Town of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Sam has been in public safety since 2000, working for multiple agencies in North Carolina and Virgina. He received his Masters of Studies In Homeland Security from the Pennsylvania State University, Hershey School of Medicine, where he conducted extensive research in emerging technology in public safety and homeland security. He also obtained his MBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Sam talks about how drones are used in water rescue situations, their best use and limitations and what organizations should consider when using drones in such situations.
Are you interested in learning about 3D mapping and other photogrammetry skills?
Christopher Cressy is the Regional Managing Director and Chelsea Cox is Marketing Manager both at Pix4D. Pix4D is the leader in photogrammetry and drone mapping software for professionals. Its software is widely used in the drone industry for a variety of applications. Earlier this year, the 8-year old company announced its first conference specifically for Pix4D users, to held in Denver on October 3-4. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chris and Chelsea talk about Pix4D, the user conference and why we should consider attending this event.
Is there a way to safely and legally take control of a rogue drone?
Sotirios Kaminis is the CEO and founder of Drone Defense Systems, a start up company that provides integrated drone detection and mitigation solutions to a variety of customers. Under a newly inked licensing agreement, the company received exclusive rights to commercialize an innovative counter drone technology developed at Embry-Riddle University. The technology, developed by Embry-Riddle faculty member Dr. Houbing Song, suggests a safe, affordable way to neutralize rogue drones – without having to shoot them down or force them to crash-land – even in civilian settings such as large outdoor entertainment arenas and airports. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Sotirios talks about Drone Defense Systems, the “Drone Jacking” technology developed by Dr. Houbing Song and how this technology could make the skies a whole lot safer.
Ever wonder how all of these drones are going to be maintained?
Andy Osantowske is Director of Operations for Robotic Skies, the only global network of certified UAS maintenance centers. Robotic Skies offers comprehensive turnkey field service programs designed to keep UAS flying safely, efficiently and affordably around the world. Founded in 2014, the company has more than 170 certified centers in more than 40 countries, providing maintenance, repair, operations and support services for commercial UAS. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Andy talks about company’s UAS maintenance and repair service and how it can help operators save time, money and maintain mission readiness.
Want to fly a drone in an exotic world location?
Tal Fromchenko is Co-founder and CEO of FlyThere, a new start up that lets people remotely fly drones all around the world from their own laptops. It’s an immersive way to experience the world without actually traveling. Tal has several years in the software industry and with tech start ups. FlyThere is his most recent venture and offers exciting opportunities for people wanting to travel and fly drones. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Tal talks about the origins of the company, how users can easily and safely pilot a drone in far away lands and how real time remote flying could change the we travel.