Soar Cast

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

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.

Episode 12 - Anybody know what’s happening on the jobsite? Using drones for construction progress reporting

April 29th, 2020

Drones are helping to develop niches in all walks of business. Rich Charpentier of RLC Design in Flagstaff, Arizona has traveled many roads in his career. Quite literally as after winding down a career in network and communications infrastructure, Rich hit the road in an Airstream trailer to travel and vlog before it was a thing. The use of a drone to compliment his videography was fundamental in the development of construction progression reporting for companies throughout the sunshine state. Tune in for insight on how developing your videography, mapping skills, and client deliverables can translate to providing competitive and high value services.

Episode 10 - Are smoke and haze ruining your drone, aerial, or satellite images?

March 27th, 2020

Soar is joined by Tayo Akiwumi of Spacevee, specialists at improving image visualisation issues caused by smoke, haze, and airborne particulates. Tayo has a compelling story, how his love of the earth's history and deep desire to utilise remote sensing technology for identifying possible archaeological sites has led to the development of new technology to improve image visualisation and utilisation through haze removal, limiting the effects of smoke and pollution on satellite images, and for textural improvement in featureless images.

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Episode 9 - Drone Orthomosaics - What are they? Insights from an expert

February 26th, 2020

What is a drone orthomosaic? How are they created? Why are they so large and what can I do with them?
Knowing more about the data gained from drones is critical to delivering accurate and valuable maps. We've engaged Chris Strassbaugh of OSU to give us valuable insight on drone orthomosaics and how they can be utilised in land management, urban planning, and agriculture.

Episode 6 - Street Art with ‘Barry’

November 13th, 2019

The drone photography available on the Soar platform focuses on urban environments and the photographic composition presented by buildings, roads, and other man-made structures which are best viewed from above. Today's Soar Cast focuses on street art as seen from a drone. We're profiling Barry, a street artist based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Barry specialises in floor art: large scale pieces painted on the ground. So tune-in and find out why street art is at it's best when seen from a drone.

Episode 5 - Andrew Dedman from Stratus Imaging

September 26th, 2019

Join us for Soar Cast episode 5, our first in-house broadcast where we're interviewing Andrew Dedman of Stratus Imaging - the first company in Western Australia to become government certified for drone swarm operation. It's an exciting step forward for WA's drone industry as these agricultural specific UAV's improve drone operation efficiency and crop yield.

Episode 4 - Ed Ricker

September 10th, 2019

Darren Smith of Soar chats with Ed Ricker, a YouTube veteran delivering instructional drone and videography videos since 2013. Ed has steadily gained traction in the YouTube arena with his most popular video 'Beginners Guide Part 1 - DJI Mavic Pro' garnering 3,745,588 views since February 2017.

Episode 3 - Evgeny Tchebotarev

September 9th, 2019

In this episode, Darren talks to Evgeny Tchebotarev from Skylum about the magic recipe for capturing the perfect drone photo, as well as post processing. They also touch on the company history of Skylummand how they developed Airmagic.

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