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The commercial drone industry is projected to be worth more than $20 billion in the next 10 years. Commercial Drones FM is the podcast for the drone industry. Your host, Ian Smith—a helicopter pilot and international drone operator—guides you in discovering the people who power the drone industry, the concepts that drive it, and the global industries who already use drones in their businesses today.

Commercial Drones FM Ian Smith

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The commercial drone industry is projected to be worth more than $20 billion in the next 10 years. Commercial Drones FM is the podcast for the drone industry. Your host, Ian Smith—a helicopter pilot and international drone operator—guides you in discovering the people who power the drone industry, the concepts that drive it, and the global industries who already use drones in their businesses today.

    #098 - DroneInsurance.com with Dr. Ernest Earon

    #098 - DroneInsurance.com with Dr. Ernest Earon

    Dr. Ernest Earon is EVP of Artificial Intelligence at REIN, AKA DroneInsurance.com.

    • 28 min
    #097 - Impossible Aerospace

    #097 - Impossible Aerospace

    Impossible Aerospace is a US startup that manufactures an all-electric, high-endurance multirotor drone called US-1. The drone platform is marketed mainly towards first responders—law enforcement, firefighters, and more. US-1 boasts a flight time of 78 minutes on a total vehicle weight of 17 pounds.

    Keenan Johnson, one of Impossible Aerospace's co-founders, joined me on this podcast that was recorded at AUVSI's 2019 XPONENTIAL Conference in Chicago, IL.

    • 32 min
    #096 - PrecisionHawk with CEO, Michael Chasen

    #096 - PrecisionHawk with CEO, Michael Chasen

    Ian Smith is joined by Michael Chasen, CEO of PrecisionHawk. The two discuss the latest from PrecisionHawk and the drone industry as a whole.

    • 27 min
    #095 - Heavy Lift Drones with Parallel Flight Technologies

    #095 - Heavy Lift Drones with Parallel Flight Technologies

    Joshua Resnick is CEO of Parallel Flight Technologies. Parallel Flight Technologies make hybrid powertrain, heavy-lift drones for commercial applications. Joshua is an ex-Tesla engineer who worked on their semi-truck. He created an incredibly novel powertrain for drones that gives hours of endurance.

    • 36 min
    #094 - Multispectral Drone Cameras For Agriculture with MicaSense

    #094 - Multispectral Drone Cameras For Agriculture with MicaSense

    Drew Baustian, Business Development Manager at MicaSense, joins Ian to explain the finer points of multispectral drone cameras and imagery for precision agriculture. The pair discuss data capture, the science behind the tech, and use cases where multispectral imagery has been a difference-maker for agriculture end users. MicaSense recently released their Altum multispectral sensor.

    • 28 min
    #093 - How LAFD Uses Drones

    #093 - How LAFD Uses Drones

    LAFD is one of the largest fire departments in the world. Derrick Ward, a firefighter with 30 years of experience, is spearheading the use of drones as Lead UAS Pilot at LAFD. As Derrick reveals, there are many ways to use drones in fighting fires and on search and rescue missions. But the way to truly supercharge them is by sticking thermal cameras on them. Enter FLIR: the world leader in thermal imaging technology.

    • 28 min

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