Soar Cast

On this podcast series we will give you updates on all things Soar, including new developments, news, competitions and more!

Unlocking the secrets of the past using recently declassified spy satellite imagery

March 17th, 2021

A treasure trove of declassified spy satellite imagery is just waiting for the geosaptially-savvy like today's guest Sergio Volkmer to unlock and reveal to the world. With millions of worldwide images dating back upwards of 50yrs, the secrets of the past are waiting to be unlocked.  Join us as we engage Sergio on his mission to bring these images to light.


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SUPER POD! Remote sensing, where it’s come from and where it’s going

December 23rd, 2020

Enjoy the Soar Cast end of year SuperPod as hosts Darren Smith and Neil Prentice are joined by Mike MacDonald and Jim Rhetta, two old-school remote specialists who are keen to share tasty tidbits of remote sensing knowledge from a combined 80 years of looking at the Earth from above.


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How an oceanographer got lost in space

December 16th, 2020

Valters Žeižis is an oceanographer from Riga, Latvia. Since childhood, Valters has been inspired by tales of explorers and the maps that symbolize their travels. Mapping was a required skill and key source of information throughout his study of geography, geology, and geomatics. He began officially mapping in GIS about ten years ago, but he fondly recalls the abstract and imaginary maps he dreamed up as a kid and likes to think his mapping truly began then.


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Birds of a feather flock together. How Birdi connects clients and drone pilots in Australia

November 19th, 2020

New Format! Our usual host, Darren Smith is joined by Soar COO, Neil Prentice and Birdi Founder, Sebastian Robertson for fly-over of Birdi, a unique Australian-based platform directly connecting drone service providers and potential clients.

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Expert remote sensing hobbyist shares his insight on high resolution multispectral satellite imagery.

October 30th, 2020

As far as hobbyist remote sensing goes, Sergio Volkmer is an expert.  Though trained as a geologist, Sergio has spent the bulk of his career as an architect.  But his passion for earth science and remote sensing never died.  Listen in to Sergio's intriguing journey as a remote sensing hobbyist and for ticks and tips on the utilisation of high resolution multispectral analysis for minerals typing and environmental monitoring.

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Episode 16 - Australian mapping prodigy Aiden Holding

September 25th, 2020

You don't need to be an rich old dude to have fun and map on Soar.  Join the Soar Cast was we interview Australian mapping prodigy, Aiden Holding of Perth, Western Australia. Aiden has an interesting story, he wanted to get into mapping with a his DJI Spark but was brushed off by the big mapping companies.  When got the invitation to use Soar's drone mapping app, The Drone Mosaicing Toolset (in beta status) he said, "heck yes!".  At 14yrs young, there's virtually nothing Aiden's not willing to map using Soar's Drone Mosaicing Toolset.

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Episode 15 - Advanced Satellite Image Processing for Mineral Exploration and Environmental Monitoring with Jose Manuel Lattus

July 21st, 2020

Satellites capture more electromagnetic energy than is visible to the naked eye. Advanced processing techniques as described by our guest, Jose Manuel Lattus, explore and exploit the both ultra-violet and infra-red energy for the identification of minerals and highly variable environmental conditions.

Episode 14 - From the early days of droning to heavy payload fixed wing UAVs - Paul Dewar of Aquila Australia & Drone Pilots

June 15th, 2020

Paul Dewar has been flying UAVs since the late 90s when he first strapped a camera under a remotely controlled helicopter. Since then Paul has founded Drone Pilots, a UAV-focused consultancy and is also the chief pilot for Aquilla Aero, an Australian-based manufacturer of large fixed-wing composite UAVs. Paul's insight on what it takes to get a newly designed UAV off the ground shows us just how involved the process is.

Bonus Episode - Gear Review with Nathan Lu: Contixo’s F24 Pro GPS Drone

May 9th, 2020

Nathan Lu of Long Beach, California has the distinction of being Soar's most prolific image uploader. And while he's young compared to the average mid-40's dronnie, Nathan has flown everthing with four props that he can get his hands on. Starting with El Cheapo 'toy bin' level drones to smart GPS drones and on to FPVs, there's nothing Nathan isn't willing to have a go with.
Whether young or old, you'll love Nathan's enthusiasm for drones and his frank and forthright review of the Contixo F24 Pro

Episode 13 - Microscopic AG. Crop investigation by drone using Taranis Ag

May 1st, 2020

Two of Australia's premeire agricultural drone service providers, Stratus Imaging & Stevtech have partnered to `advanced crop management using Taranis Ag's AI-powered high resolution crop management system. While traditional multispectral images have served the industry well, Taranis ag has implemented a game changing system to increase ground resolution to 0.03m to facilitate insect identification, plant disease, and initial emergence of new crop growth. All while rapidly increasing the acquisition time.

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