Drone Africa is a registered aerial service partner of DC Geomatics (Pty) Ltd
Through the use of cutting edge technology, Drone Africa offers potential clients professional photos, videos and counting services at a fraction of the cost which would be incurred by helicopters, planes and permits. Drone Africa’s remote controlled drones offer less noise disturbance as well as video and photographic footage of wildlife and land at close range.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are cost effective as far as labour and permits are concerned and disturbance of wildlife is much less when using a drone.
What is a Drone? – “Drones” are probably the most advanced equipment in the field of robotics, aeronautics and electronics. The technical name of drones is “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (UAV’s). They are aerial vehicles which come in wide varieties of sizes, shapes and functions, which are controlled either by remote or control systems from the ground. They are generally used to carry out tasks in which manned flight is considered to be risky. Drones mostly find use in military services, but are now days finding use in various civilian operations such as search and rescue, weather analysis etc.
A number of multirotor UAS are purposely built for aerial photography:
*Octocopters (8 rotors)
*Hexacopters (6 rotors)
*Y6 (Y – shape frame with top and bottom props)
*X8 (Basically a Quadcopter frame with top and bottom props)
Multirotors have been the platform of choice for professional aerial photographers because they are mechanically simpler than helicopters, thus reducing the risk of mechanical failure. Correctly built and tuned they also offer less vibration and greater stability.
Radio-controlled model aircraft:
Advances in radio controlled models have made it possible for model aircraft to conduct low-altitude aerial photography. This has benefited real-estate advertising, where commercial and residential properties are the photographic subject. Full-size, manned aircraft are prohibited from low flights above populated locations. Small scale model aircraft offer increased photographic access to these previously restricted areas.
Miniature vehicles do not replace full size aircraft, as full size aircraft are capable of longer flight times, higher altitudes, and greater equipment payloads. They are, however, useful in any situation in which a full-scale aircraft would be dangerous to operate. Examples would include the inspection of transformers atop power transmission lines and slow, low-level flight over agricultural fields, both of which can be accomplished by a large-scale radio controlled helicopter. Professional-grade, gyroscopically stabilized camera platforms are available for use under such a model; a large model helicopter with a 26cc gasoline engine can hoist a payload of approximately seven kilograms (15lbs).
UAS (also known as drones) are hot topics for the media. Numerous stories have been published about approved operators providing aerial photography services too low for manned aircraft, and too high for pole cameras. According to an article published by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), approved operators have become leaders in the aerial photography industry in a relatively short period of time.