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In less than 30 days, our team will leave Brussels to Darwin in Australia.

Scorpix was chosen by the Solar Team to follow them during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017.

We would like to thanks our generous sponsors for the truste they put in us.

Canon offered  us the possibility to test their brand new camera, the Canon C300 MKII and the Canon 5DMKIV. We will produce a daily video summarizing the day. Of course our team will explain you how we used this incredible camera. Feel free to follow our Facebook page for more informations and news.

 

 

The DJI Phantom 4 PRO+ is a must to have when you want to travel light and make amazing pictures. Dronevolt is a well known store, worldwide, we like to work with them for their professionalism and disposability. They also offer nice technical support.

 

 

Belgibo Aviation Insurance always provides a full risk management analysis and offers tailor-made solutions in aviation (drone) insurance coverage that best serve your company’s or private interests. Scorpix works since a long time and once again Belgibo will cover us for this amazing trip. Drone, Transport, Health and travel Insurances.

 

The Unifly UTM platform connects authorities with pilots to safely integrate drones into the airspace. Authorities can visualize and approve drone flights and manage no-fly zones in real-time. Drone pilots can manage their drones and they can plan and receive flight approvals in line with international and local regulation. Definitely necessary for our mission.

Lipo, un danger insoupçonné

Lipo, un danger insoupçonné

Lipo, un danger insoupçonné

Petit rappel sur l’utilisation des batteries LiPo pour les drones. Batterie pour un Phantom ou une plus grosse machine: cela n’a pas d’importance. Voici quelques astuces pour éviter les ennuis.

Règle numéro 1 : Laisser refroidir sa batterie.
L’ennemi numéro un des batteries LiPo c’est la variation excessive de température mais principalement la chaleur.
Après une utilisation ou une charge, il faut laisser votre batterie refroidir même si elle est froide au touché. Celle-ci ne l’est peut-être pas au centre. Ne laissez jamais vos batteries à proximité d’une source de chaleur ou encore dans votre voiture en plein soleil.

Règle numéro 2 : Lipo, savoir charger ses batteries correctement.
Stockez vos batteries de manière correcte. Chargez votre batterie à 100%, puis déchargez la afin d’atteindre une charge de stockage située entre 50% et 70%. Certains chargeurs ont un mode stockage.
Si la charge de votre batterie descend en dessous de 30%, elle sera plus que probablement endommagée de manière irrémédiable. Stockez toujours vos batteries dans des LiPo Bag (une batterie par LiPo Bag) ou une valise anti-feu.
Dans notre cas, nous avons choisi d’utiliser une valise de couleur vive de manière à pouvoir l’identifier rapidement en cas de problème. N’oubliez pas, un LiPo bag va contenir un départ de feu mais rien de plus.
Pour vous donner un petit aperçu, voici une vidéo qui fait réfléchir. 
Ayez toujours un extincteur à mousse à proximité des batteries qui sont en charge ou en stockage.
Un détecteur incendie de type Nest est une très bonne solution pour garder un œil sur vos batteries et encore plus si vous êtes en mission à l’étranger. En cas de problème, vous recevrez une alerte sur votre smartphone vous signalant l’incident. 
Règle numéro 3 : Equilibrer sa batterie.

 Utilisez uniquement des chargeurs spécifiques pour les batteries LiPo. N’oubliez pas de connecter l’équilibreur du chargeur sur la batterie, cela permettra une charge optimale et un contrôle des cellules.


Règle numéro 4 : Une Lipo qui refuse de charger.
Si votre batterie refuse de charger, neutralisez la immédiatement. Le risque qu’elle prenne feu est trop grand. Souvenez-vous: une batterie LiPo a besoin de peu d’oxygène pour bruler, elle pourra même prendre feu dans un sceau d’eau.
Règle numéro 5 : Utilisation d’une batterie par temps froid.
Si vous opérez dans un environnement très froid, essayez de garder une température moyenne de 18°. Suivant le drone utilisé, celui-ci pourrait refuser de décoller sous prétexte que la batterie est trop froide.
Une solution très pratique et économique, sont les pochettes chauffe mains que vous trouvez facilement dans le commerce. Celles-ci permettent de garder vos batteries à température. Faites attention quand-même: par mesure de sécurité, ne mettez pas ces pochettes directement en contact avec la batterie.
Règle numéro 6: Les lipos en voyage.
Si vous partez en voyage avec votre drone, respectez les consignes de l’International Aviation Transport Association (IATA). Le transport des batteries LiPo en soute, est strictement interdit.

Si vous voulez quand-même transporter les batteries quand vous voyagez en avion, elles doivent être déchargées à 50% et être transportées dans un LiPo Bag (une batterie par LiPo Bag) dans votre bagage cabine. Il en va de la sécurité de tous les passagers.

Dernière chose à savoir. Si une fumée se dégage de votre batterie, déplacez la rapidement dans un lieu où elle pourra brûler.

Eloignez-vous rapidement.
Si vous respectez ces quelques règles et prenez soin de vos batteries, elles ne devraient pas vous créer de problèmes.

Fly Safe and Secure.

Drone applications on the rise, new market for Finland

The uses for unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, have multiplied in recent years and applications are being developed at a frantic pace. Finnish developers are hoping to cash in on the trend with drones that are well adapted to Nordic conditions and are specially designed for a range of purposes.

 

Radio-ohjattava kuvauskopteri.
Image: Ilkka Kemppinen / Yle

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are already used the world over for missions that are too dull, dirty or dangerous for manned aircraft. At the moment, they are mostly found in military and special operation applications, although civil and recreational uses are increasingly being developed.

Here in Finland, the Finnish Board Guard has introduced them to help secure its borders, and they have also proved handy for surveillance. UAVs supplement traditional security cameras, in that they make it easy to for example “peek around the corner” if movement is detected.

Several Finnish companies are now promoting the use of drones for observing and maintaining electricity and power lines, as well as terrain mapping. The United States has already pioneered the transport of packages by drone.

Others are exploring the use of UVAs in emergency situations and aerial fire fighting, and even more are using UAVs to assist with the design of housing complexes.

It looks more than likely that in the future, drones will be used for a number of tasks, including perhaps, even food production.

“The latest novelty is using microdrones for pollination in areas where bees are scarce. Another new idea is to develop drones that can both go underwater and fly,” says Jari Lahti of The Finnish Aeronautical Association.

Potential for good and bad

Model enthusiast Tuomas Laatikainen from the city of Kajaani says drones will revolutionise package delivery within 10 years.

“There are many situations in which they can be used, bad ones, too. The American news reports daily about the fear that they will be subject to a drone bomb attack. It is definitely one of the most worrying features of the UAVs,” he says.

The Aeronautical Association’s Lehti agrees.

“Sure, you can use them for an evil purpose, just like with a gun. They are a tool that can be used for a variety of reasons,” Lehti says.

Easier to fly and cheaper

It is already possible to buy a cheap drone on the market for less than 100 euros.

“I’ve had UAVs that cost 100 euros or less, but you really have to be skilled to keep them in the air. The newer models rise into the air by design and stay there, so you don’t have to use so much effort. They are much better automated and easier to fly,” says Laatikainen.

Commercial drones and their applications are set to become the next big export product for many Finnish companies.

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, has opened an UAV unmanned aircraft testing centre in the southern city of Mikkeli, and the first drones are expected for assessment this spring. The surrounding areas of South Savo and Southern Karelia provide plenty of open skies for extensive tests.

Tekes is confident UAVs will change the way the world does business and is pumping money into the industry.

Changing the world

Sharper Shape Ltd, for example, is quickly becoming a world leader in UAV-based automated inspection of power lines and natural gas and oil pipelines. The Espoo-based company already has offices in California and North Dakota and new projects are underway in India, France, Mexico and Belgium.

GoParking, a project from the Pohjonen Group, is making inroads in surveillance. A parking garage in Tuusula is being fitted with a shelter for drone that will be activated when motion sensors in the area pick up any unexpected movement.

“The security company can watch the drone’s image, register that someone is in the area, and send a guard to check it out,” says GoParking’s operative director  Jesse Paananen.

An infrared camera on the drone will mean that it will be able to capture images even at night. CEO Teemu Pohjonen says the drone’s can capture images at angles and go around buildings, something stationary cameras aren’t able to do.

Terrain mapping in Europe

A company called Arbonaut out of the eastern city of Joensuu is making a name for itself in the field of forest inventory and natural resource management with its drone-assisted laser scanning of terrains.

“Monitoring and measuring technology is getting cheaper all the time and this creates new opportunities,” says CEO Tuomo Kauranne.

The European Union estimates that there are over 2,500 companies working in Europe in the UAV industry, and turnover will increase by 20 percent in 2016.

The advantage of Finnish technological know-how in this area is its arctic specialization.

“In terms of weather durability, we definitely stand out from the others. Our drones work in minus 30 degrees Celsius and they can be washed off easily with normal water from a garden hose,” says Pohjonen.

Source: http://yle.fi/uutiset/drone_applications_on_the_rise_new_market_for_finland/8742029