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What are Technical Readiness Levels?

Technical Readiness Levels (TRLs) are self-certified standards for the development, implementation, and use of new technology. The idea is to give well-defined development benchmarks for new technology. It’s important to note that TRLs are not an engineering process. TRLs are guidelines and self-certified standards for the engineering process.

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Andrew Cain
Looking Ahead to Flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight

What is BVLOS? BVLOS means Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations for drones. BVLOS is the natural progression for commercial drone operations, but before it can take off the FAA will need to make it safe, until then everyone is in a holding pattern. So, when BVLOS happens, the question is with what regulation, which technical leaps, and where upgrades need to occur to put your drone into the national airspace?

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Andrew Cain
Does Sharper Drone Imagery Mean Better Data?

Sharpness is arguably the most important factor in perceived image quality because it is one of the first things we see when we examine imagery. In their application to photogrammetric data, sharp images with high neighboring pixel contrasts are crucial to the detection and matching of features, yielding high informational content for the creation of 3D point clouds using dense matching methods. At the same time, having drone imagery that looks sharp and crisp can, on the surface, help sell your data product.

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Andrew Cain
The Difference in Survey Accuracy of Drone Data in Retail and Commercial Drones

What is the difference in actual survey accuracy of drone data from a retail system and a commercial system? We collected two sets of data: one with a DJI Mavic Pro and one with an Altavian Nova F7200. We then compared the results to a traditional ground survey, which we used as our data control. With established GCPs from a ground survey, we can get a clear idea of how the accuracy of consumer and commercial systems stack up.

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Andrew Cain
Considerations for Integrating a Custom Sensor into an Altavian Payload

We build our systems at Altavian with an open architecture design principle. Our belief is that the more interchangeable our drone technology is, the more users can maximize the value of incorporating drones into their business. This open architecture design allows technically savvy customers to integrate your own custom sensor into an Altavian payload, which generates more value for those customers. This article will help you understand the procedure for successfully integrating your custom sensor into our payload.

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Andrew Cain
Why You Should Use DSLR over Point-And-Shoot Cameras, Part II

We saw in Part I of this series that bigger is, in fact, better (at least when it comes to pixel size and image noise), but overall image quality is not just a function of one or two things. The entire imaging chain must be considered in system design, with proper attention given to size, weight, and cost in the context of drones. So, let’s consider another key area of distinction between DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) and point-and-shoot cameras: the lens.

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Andrew Cain
The Problem with Drone Data and Cloud Processing

These days we’re all living in the clouds—or at least our data is. Cloud-stored data is estimated to have exceeded over 1 Exabyte in quantity—or well over 1 billion Gigabytes. In the drone world, the potential of cloud-based data processing is an exciting proposition. Using the cloud, data processing can be automated to create beautiful data products with a fraction of the time and effort spent doing local data processing.

Or can it?

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Andrew Cain