Soar Cast

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

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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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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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.

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 11 - Getting insights on multispectral cameras straight from the people who build them - Aaron Kingaman of Lucint Systems

April 9th, 2020

We are joining Aaron Kingaman of Lucint Systems of Portland, Oregon. Lucint provides modular multispectral mapping cameras for use on both drones and manned aircraft. In addition to that Lucint provides a variety of services, notably orthorectification, camera calibration, and builds custom camera arrays to suit the agricultural, municipal power, and surveying industries.

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.

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