E384-LR Adds Two New Custom Software Features

All new E384-LR Aircraft will now feature the addition of two new features designed to make them even more reliable and consistent for mapping large areas.

Wind Resist – Automatically optimizes flight speed to balance efficiency and ground coverage when headwinds reduce forward progress. Speeds up progress on windy days and improves the area that can be covered in each flight. Also improves safety for flying at high altitudes or in windy areas where wind speed may overcome the standard E384’s max cruise speed.

Terrain Follow – Loads in terrain altitude from global SRTM data or can accept custom DEMs. Automatically follows the terrain of the land to ensure a consistent ground sampling distance and to avoid crashing into hills or mountains.

These features will ship on all new E384-LR aircraft ordered from Event 38. Upgrades to existing E384-LR’s are possible with factory testing and refurbishment. Please contact us for more information.

All New Scout Drone Now Available

The much anticipated Scout drone is now available from Event 38 and worldwide partners. The Scout is designed to be a small, lightweight and transportable drone that falls under the 2kg exception several countries have made for flying UAS with fewer restrictions. Its small size also makes it easy for beginner drone users to approach as it requires little configuration and no flying skills. The extremely durable airframe is also forgiving of landings on or in a wide variety of surfaces and vegetation.

Despite its small size and 1.37kg weight, the Scout is still a workhorse. Its 60 minute endurance allows it to fly over 240Ha (600 acres) per flight at 120m (400ft) AGL. Its high wing loading makes it less susceptible to turbulence than similarly sized light drones. It also makes it better able to pierce through strong headwinds with its 48kph (30mph) cruise speed. It can also make its landing approach at a 20% gradient without picking up excess speed in any wind conditions, for more convenient auto-landings near obstacles.

The Scout will begin shipping on November 1st starting with standard payloads of Sony WX500 and Canon S110s. Micasense RedEdge and Parrot Sequoia will be made available soon after. The starting price of the package including radios, a battery and charger is USD $2,190.

Sample Orthomosaic Created by Scout

QX1 Companion Computer Now Available

Event 38 is today announcing the release of a Companion Computer to the Sony QX1 camera. The companion computer is a fully integrated solution for streamlining the mapping and geotagging process on the E384, E386, and other Pixhawk-powered drones. It allows users to completely bypass the normal geotagging post-processing step. This relieves a burden on operators running frequent missions, and improves the geotag accuracy of those missions at the same time. That can lead to faster and more accurate orthomosaic stitching, too.

The Companion Computer connects directly to both the Sony QX1 camera and the Pixhawk autopilot. When you power on the aircraft, the camera automatically powers up and connects to the Companion Computer. In flight, the Companion Computer verifies directly with the camera that each picture was taken as expected. As each picture is taken, the Companion Computer transfers the image from the QX1 in real time to its own, easily accessible thumb drive. As each picture is saved, its geotags are added directly into its EXIF data as part of the same file and also written to a text log. The images with EXIF data can be imported directly into almost any post-processing software without further handling.

The Companion Computer currently requires a modified version of the QX1 available from Event 38 or by request to a user’s camera. The system is available now at www.Event38.com.

PPK GPS Now Available

PPK GPS receivers are now available for integration with the E384/6 family of aircraft. See how the accuracy stacks up in our comprehensive case study.

Learn more about upgrading or adding PPK to a new aircraft.

Major Drone Data Management System™ Update

Major new features to the Drone Data Management System™ and new pricing are effective immediately for Pro and Advanced tier subscribers. To learn more, see our release notes on Droneyard or visit the DDMS™ page to sign up.

We Robotics uses E384 to Deliver Anti-Venom in Amazon

Non-profit organization We Robotics has achieved a world first by delivering anti-venom to a small village in the Peruvian Amazon. The area is densely forested and most transportation is on the water. As a result, transporting medical supplies from the nearest city can take up to 6 hours for a 35km trip. We Robotics has modified an E384, developed procedures and successfully navigated regulations in order to make the same delivery in just 35 minutes. For a region that reports 45 snakebites per year, their accomplishment may mean the difference between life and death.

Read more about the project here.

AgriDrone South Africa Joins Event 38 International Team


AgriDrone, maker of the AgriDrone Multirotor System, partners with Event 38 Unmanned Systems to bring high acreage mapping drones to South Africa. AgriDrone provides their drones with full training and support services to ensure their clients are successful.

AgriDrone will begin carrying the E384 and E386 aircraft by Q1 2017. You can find out more by visiting AgriDrone at their website below.


Event 38 & Embrapa Conduct Joint Research

In association with Bird Eye Drone Services of Brazil, Event 38 and Embrapa begin join research for using drones on Brazilian farms.

Read more about the partnership on Embrapa News.

Welcome to our Newest Partner, Drone Sense, located in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

Event 38 is pleased to announce its latest reseller partner in Brazil.

Drone Sense Tecnologia Aeria leverages Mauricio Gabiolli’s intimate knowledge of Event 38 drone operations and maintenance to bring local sales and support to Ribeirao Preto and surrounding areas. Visit the Drone Sense website for more information.


New E384-LR Promises Up to 2,100 Acres per Flight

Akron, Ohio – Event 38, a leading business drone solution provider, opened pre-orders for the E384-LR Long Range Mapping Drone. The E384-LR is a special configuration of the popular mapping drone, the E384. Incorporating a light-weight and high resolution Sony QX-1 camera with state of the art battery technology, the E384-LR can achieve a useful flight time of 110 minutes, covering as much as 2,100 acres (850Ha, 3.3sq mi) at a resolution of 5cm/pixel in a single flight. The E384-LR is expected to begin shipping on December 5th.

Jeff Taylor, CEO of Event 38, says, “Our customers depend on the E384 to produce aerial imagery of large areas from farms in Iowa to the most remote and inhospitable corners of 6 continents. By flying even longer, the E384-LR lets our customers spend less time swapping batteries and more time collecting data.”

Starting at just $4,298 for a complete drone mapping system including sensors and flight software, the E384-LR is also a very economical platform to acquire and maintain.

To see more options and check pricing, select the E384-LR configuration on the E384 product page.


About Event 38 Unmanned Systems: Based in Akron, Ohio, Event 38, www.event38.com designs and manufactures drones, (unmanned aerial systems), specialized optical sensors, and a precision analytics data platform for small and medium sized businesses. Today we have customers in 49 countries using our products for agriculture, surveying, construction, environmental preservation, and other applications.