7-05-2013 The Rise of Commercial Drone Photography
Commercial Drone Photography
Drones in the Solar Industry
The use of drones in commercial photography has been on the increase, becoming one of the most popular use of drones. Advances in technology make them easy to use and affordable. Drone technology has rapidly crossed over from the military into gaming, hobby and commercial use.
The adoption of commercial drone photography is cheaper and safer than using a helicopter, and has an ever expanding range of applications. In real estate, photographs and videos of houses and properties for sale are able to give the buyer a bird’s eye view, in what real estate agents now call a ‘fly-by’. Construction projects that require ‘progress’ visuals, are switching over to commercial drone photography to assess work being done. Any process that is faster, safer and cheaper is quickly adopted in the construction industry. Farmers are now using drones to help optimize water usage, monitor crops, and to potentially increase crop yields by have more accurate real time data. According to Jonathan Downey, an MIT engineer, “There are a lot of things being measured from the ground today that are either personnel intensive, infrastructure intensive, or time intensive. If any one of those three things can be decreased by doing it from the air instead, a drone has a role to play. ”GreenLancer is one of the first “green companies” to utilize commercial drone photography for solar projects. The drones are used for everything from assessing the potential energy output of an area, to conducting quality assurance inspections. With custom made drones and expert pilots, GreenLancer is able to take on any solar project. Drones can be deployed on short-notice and can cover long distances quickly, giving GreenLancer the ability to get things done quickly and efficiently.
The Specifics of GreenLancer’s Drones
GreenLancer’s drones are made of feather-light composite materials, and use state of the art electronics. The pilots used are licensed, insured, and are fully trained to fly on any mission.
The lithium based batteries used have a long battery life, easily able to reach altitudes of over 200 feet, and last long enough for extended flights and aerial shots. They can be adapted for a variety of uses, with payloads including HD cameras, LiDAR, Thermal Imaging Cameras, and various sensors and scanners. Standard camera system includes high-performance camera from RED, SONY, CANON and LUMIX which can all provide HD images. Oscillations caused by flight are automatically offset by the dynamic camera mount, guaranteeing wobble-free images and videos.
For More Information
If you would like to read more about the uses for commercial drone photography, then check out Wired’s interview with Jonathan Downey here. If you would like to find out more about GreenLancer, then click here. You can get information on how to start a solar project with GreenLancer, or read some of our other articles.