• Drone technology: a boost to the economy

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    Government Europa takes a look at how drone technology is changing and the limitations for their take off in the commercial industry.
    It is believed that drones could make up one tenth of all aircraft operating in the European Union in ten years. The European Commission predicts that by 2050 the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will account for 150,000 jobs across the continent. When it comes to the regulatory environment, the European Parliament are fighting to change the regulations set by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the UK. However, regulations differ across the EU and this is the major thing preventing new drone technology.

    An agreement on advanced aviation
    As of the 12 June 2018, MEPs approved an agreement on EU-wide regulations for drone usage. Most drones come under different national rules, and it is believed that these can hamper market development. However, MEPs agree that the common level of safety that these principles will follow can allow manufacturers the predictability necessary to develop products and services.

    Drones will now need to be designed differently, so that when they are under operation they do not put people at risk. The European Commission are deciding which kinds of drones will need to be equipped with specific requirements, such as:

    Altitude limits;
    Maximum operating distance;
    Collision avoidance;
    Flight stabilisation; and
    Automated landing.

    All of these features will enhance the safety of drone usage, hopefully then allowing more research into drone technology.

    There will also be a change in how drones are operated, with operators needing to be placed on a national register and their drones marked for identification. Providing a uniform level of safety across the EU and providing clearer rules into the manufacturing and operating of drones will hopefully help to boost the sector and, therefore, also increase research into future UAVs.

    Drone technology and the use of drones in the commercial industry
    Drone technology is quickly evolving in the hope that, subsequently, UAVs can be used by businesses and organisations to help boost their efficiency and, eventually, generate more income. Indeed, new drone technologies are proving to take precedent after a new government-backed trial in the UK saw the CAA grant permission for a drone to be flown beyond the operator’s line of sight for seven miles.

    New technology being developed for UAVs is also demonstrating that longer distances and battery life is possible.

    Ordinarily, there are strict rules behind how high and how far a drone can be flown in the UK, depending on its weight. These regulations are based around safety standards and any drone over 20kg in weight requires the operator to hold a licence which is granted by the CAA.

    Media industries were one of the first sectors to benefit from the use of drone technology as people realised the ease of shooting aerial footage at a fraction of the cost, in contrast to the usual method of flying a helicopter or light aeroplane. Media organisations have also noticed that UAV technology has allowed them to generate different and new footage. However, not everybody is happy about drone technology being on the rise when it comes to capturing imagery and footage.

    A number of premier league football grounds have set restrictions by geofencing to stop drones flying overhead. The restrictions have gone as far as being embedded into the GPS systems at the time of manufacture. As reported in a press release by Finn Partners, Dr Kevin Curran, senior member at the IEEE, a technical professional organisation for the advancement of technology, also expressed the importance around drone usage and the new EU privacy laws: “Businesses should take into account the privacy laws if they are taking an image/video with a drone as these could fall under Europe’s recent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

    Drones are also being used in the defence sector, with emergency services, such as the police, benefitting from enhanced technology. Police forces are using UAVs to monitor large crowds, and it is perhaps only a matter of time before drones start being used in car chases. The fire brigade is also using drone technology during incidents, where a drone can transmit high-definition and infrared images, allowing the firemen to assess situations and take charge.

    New technological adaptations for agriculture
    Drone technology is also being extended into agriculture as new technology allows farmers to fly drones over their crops, collecting data about where fertiliser needs to be increased or decreased. Farmers can then upload this data into their tractor’s GPS, which will then spread fertiliser based on the data collected using the technology.

    It is perhaps of little surprise as to why the European Parliament and the European Commission are wanting to change regulation in commercial drone technology and operation across the EU as a whole, as their uses are becoming more advanced than many other operating aircraft systems, but they are also noticeably cheaper to use and run.

    Curran elaborated on his thoughts on the role of UAVs in commercial industry, adding: “It will not be uncommon in five years to see drones delivering packages, with groceries just the beginning. One example of the sort of retailer who will be using them will be local pharmacies: people will order repeat prescriptions online and have the prescription delivered to local homes by drones. Drones will also start to be used as first response units for medical emergencies, reducing the cost of helicopters in many scenarios. However, increased flight time will be important if there is going to be significant growth here.”

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  • España alista el retiro de los restos de Franco del Valle de los Caídos

    El gobierno español está decidido a trasladar los restos de Francisco Franco del Valle de los Caídos para cambiar el significado de un monumento que, 42 años después de su muerte, se rige por los principios que el propio dictador estipuló. El Ejecutivo del PSOE, que preside Pedro Sánchez, propondrá este lunes que el gobierno elabore un proyecto de ley que incluya ese traslado. El Ejecutivo también podría recurrir a un real decreto, mucho más rápido, porque los proyectos de ley suelen retrasarse al menos un año. En cualquier caso tendría votos: en 2017 una propuesta del PSOE para trasladar los restos obtuvo 198 votos a favor y 140 abstenciones.

    Pedro Sánchez, quiere ir “paso a paso” cumpliendo compromisos adquiridos en los años de oposición del PSOE; atender peticiones de las asociaciones de víctimas del franquismo y asumir las recomendaciones de la ONU sobre el Valle de los Caídos, las fosas comunes, o una comisión de la verdad, según confirmaron a El País fuentes del gobierno y del partido.

    El traslado de los restos de Franco formaba parte de la propuesta de reforma integral de la ley de memoria histórica que el propio Sánchez presentó en diciembre pasado en un lugar simbólico, el llamado paredón de España, en Paterna, donde se cree que fueron fusiladas cerca de 2.000 personas. “Al principio se dijo que las heridas estaban demasiado frescas. Cuando pasaron los años se dijo que no merecía la pena remover una historia olvidada. Es decir, que primero era demasiado pronto y luego demasiado tarde”, declaró el socialista al presentar la propuesta. “Ignorando un pasado incómodo no se puede construir un futuro confortable”, agregó.

    Desde el Ejecutivo se ha empezado a estudiar la fórmula más adecuada para transformar el Valle de los Caídos y no descartan la del real decreto. De momento, este lunes el secretario del área de Justicia y nuevos derechos de la comisión federal del PSOE, Juan Andrés Perelló, llevará la propuesta de convertir, con algunas novedades, aquella proposición de reforma de la ley de memoria que plantearon desde la oposición en un “proyecto de ley” elaborado desde el gobierno. “Eso incluye el traslado de los restos de Franco del Valle de los Caídos, que es, además, un compromiso adquirido en el último congreso socialista”, afirma Perelló. Tras derogar de facto la ley de memoria de 2007 al dejarla sin dotación presupuestaria, el Ejecutivo de Rajoy vetó en marzo la reforma de la ley de memoria que planteaba al PSOE por el gasto que implicaba.

    La entrada España alista el retiro de los restos de Franco del Valle de los Caídos se publicó primero en La Tercera.

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  • Hawkin’s Bazaar: VN5 Harrier Drone Review

    Hawkin’s Bazaar: VN5 Harrier Drone Review

    Product Review Category: Toy Class

    When it comes to budget drones under £30 you are usually looking at toy level or entry beginner kits to get started with flying drones, one such quadcopter we found under the £30 mark was the VN5 Harrier drone from Hawkin’s Bazaar.

    Out of the box

    The VN5 Harrier comes near enough ready to fly out of the box complete with a controller, attachable leg stands, camera and four spare props. Also included is a manual. The controller will need 3 AAA batteries.

    First impression removing theVN5 from the packaging is how light this quadcopter is, weighing in at around 80grams with the battery and camera makes this very lightweight for its size. Secondly, the matt finish on the plastic gives a nice quality feel over a typical shiny gloss finish which can sometimes make the plastic look cheap on some lower end drones, the turquoise logo and props also look very nice against the matt black.

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    Prop guards come as standard already fitted to the VN5 when first unboxing, these are also removable via one little screw per guard giving the option to fly with or without them, although we would recommend they are present while flying indoors or when taking up for the first time as a beginner.

    The controller comes with the same turquoise colour scheme, although it is a little on the small side at 8 x 11cm it is slightly larger than some we have previously tested on lower entry drones such as the Eachine E010.

    Once the drone and controller are out of the box the 4 feet included just snap straight on.

    First Flight

    Syncing the controller with the VN5 drone was very simple and synced first time by pushing the left lever up and then back down, the controller will beep once the VN5 and controller are paired, the drone is then ready to take off, The controller is set up in mode 2 (left stick throttle) the left stick is horizontally spring loaded while the right stick is fully spring loaded.

    VNH Harrier drone 0.3MP In flight capture

    Once in the air, the VN5 Harrier is quite stable and easy to handle, the controller is very user-friendly for children and beginner drone enthusiasts, the features of the controller make it very easy to perform one button tricks, such as a preset flip function.

    As many quadcopters before it the VN5 hosts three-speed settings, you can set the throttle to 40, 60, or 100%. the beginner mode kept the drone stable with less sensitivity on the sticks, while at 100% made the drone much more agile and responsive, a very good feature to help adapt as you improve flying skills. You also have trim buttons to really get a locked in and stable feel.

    The camera has two function buttons on the controller for video and photo selection, there is a memory card slot to save footage but this is not included.


    The Video

    The video resolution was much better than previously anticipated, the resolution itself is at 640 x480. While photo caption comes out as 0.3MP.

    Do not expect to much from the resolution but it certainly is not bad for a toy class drone, especially as many in this price range can come without a camera or with even lower resolution.

    The video footage itself is good for its spec but can leave video footage looking jumpy and grainy in just slight windy conditions, this is usually standard for most toy drones this light and without a gimbal.

    This said the drone performed best indoors and outside with little to no wind. The camera is also detachable, this gives you to option to fly without it to gain longer battery life.


    Flying the VN5 is good fun and certainly a great option for anyone looking to learn the pure basics of how to fly a quadcopter, the prop guards allow for safer use for children and indoor flight.

    The drone is not great at handling wind due to how light it is, but a windless summer day or a open indoor space would put the lightweight frame to a better advantage.

    A slight negative could be that the VN5 Harrier comes without any internal memory or a micro SD card but the fact it does actually have a micro SD slot means you do have the option to view footage with ease on your media devices.

    Regarding the battery, we achieved an average of 5 minutes flight time flying outdoors at 100% performing tricks and six minutes flying indoors with just hovering. The battery does take quite a while to charge at around a 120 minutes but a  positive about the battery itself is the fact that it is not built into the drone but removable, this gives you the option to buy additional batteries for longer fun. The battery is 3.7v 350mah and is widely available with a search online. (You do not need to remove the camera to get to the battery) Simply apply slight pressure to the camera while opening the battery tray and pop open.

    As mentioned before the camera is 640 x480, for a toy class drone it fairs up ok, keeping in mind that this is aimed at cheap fun with the family and not for drone photography. The recomended age is 14+

    In all, we give the VN5 Harrier drone from Hawkin’s Bazaar a thumbs up based on the features, ease of use and competitive price! ideal for family fun or as a low end beginner drone to see what all the fuss is about without breaking the bank.

    You can purchase the VN5 Harrier drone here

    To avoid bias our product reviews are neither sponsored or affiliated unless individually specified.

    The features and use of the VN5 Harrier drone have been reviewed based on the toy drone category.

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