[Osmf-talk] Notes & Bing Imagery
oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Tue Dec 3 18:02:55 UTC 2013
I agree absolutely. Flying a drone in a city is extremely dangerous.
That is why I pilot only a drone which weighs 420 grams (approximately a
Still it is capable of producing HD videos and photos.
I flew it numerous times in cities in Western and Easter Europe. I never
had any problem with it, not a word from anyone against it. But it can
fly only about 70 - 80 meters high (220 feet), it is the limit of a WiFi
The eBee weighs 0.7 kg (a pound and a half)
https://www.sensefly.com/drones/ebee.html . It can fly very high, the
limit is 3 km radio link.
If it crashes onto a car or a person it will not be fatal, probably not
even a scratch on a car or a black eye.
This is what written at SenseFly website: "... they weigh so little that
they represent a far lower risk to the population in case of failure.
... On top of that, our R&D team is according a large part of their
effort to implement fail-safe behaviors in order to cope with in-flight
The most important is airmanship, the knowledge of meteorology and
technology. For instance, one can fly early in the morning on Sunday,
when streets are empty. Avoid flying in a windy weather, in poor
The wind is the enemy number one. But one can well wait for a good
weather to create aerial imagery for mapping.
I doubt that anyone would care if such a drone flies over London or
Moscow. Probably nobody would even notice.
But I have reservations about heavy drones over a city. I think 0.7 kg
is about the limit.
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