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October 12, 2015
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Meet Aviator, The Professional Drone Pilot’s Hub

Aviator launches a platform to fill the need of professional drone pilots getting found, booked and paid by clients. A fully-featured dashboard helps you strengthen the credibility of your profile. You can maintain your drone fleet, log historical flights, and discuss a project’s scope with potential clients. The payment processing […]
October 11, 2015
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Drones Could Make Australia’s Fire Season Even Riskier

Besides high temperatures, wind and dry conditions, Australian firefighters have one more thing to worry about this summer: Drones. A mid-air collision between a civilian drone and a firefighting plane or helicopter could be devastating, and drones spotted in the airspace around fires could force aircraft to be grounded, suspending […]
October 10, 2015
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Tricopter vs Quadcopter: Efficiency, Flight Time, And More

The tricopter uses 3 motors and propeller propulsion units with servo which rotate one of the propellers to compensate for the adverse yaw. They were popular earlier when brushless motors and propeller units were scarce. The copter suffers from lower performance and they don’t scale well to the larger sizes. […]
October 8, 2015
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FAA Misses Deadline To Broadly Legalize Commercial Drones

Source: The Verge By: Ben Popper In what comes as a surprise to precisely no one in the drone industry, the FAA has missed the deadline set by Congress back in 2012 to integrate drones — which it calls small unmanned aircraft, or UAVs — into the national airspace. The goal […]
October 8, 2015
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Utility For Merging Mapped Areas In Google Earth

One of the great things about using drones to map areas is that you can do the same mapping mission many times, showing change over time. But it’s sometimes hard to merge that data into Google Earth for viewing. Thankfully, the team at the Google Earth blog have created a […]
October 8, 2015
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Drones Blazing a New Path

Source: Boston Herald By: Brian Dowling A fleet of self-flying drones is being developed by local researchers that could soon swoop around wildfires and gather invaluable real-time intelligence for fire crews battling out-of-control blazes. Professors from Olin College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on the autonomous drones with […]
October 7, 2015
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A Silicon Valley Startup Unveils a Simple and Safe Way to Fly Your Drone

Source: FreeSkies By: Jay MENLO PARK – Available Oct 1st on the App Store, the FreeSkies CoPilot app will offer DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 owners an intuitive way to visualize and plan flight paths in 3D, enabling commercial drone pilots and hobbyists to safely and reliably capture high quality video.  […]
October 4, 2015
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Amazing Stanford Work On Adding Cinematic Camera Control To APM-Powered Drones

[embedded content] SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Niels Joubert*, Mike Roberts*, Anh Truong, Floraine Berthouzoz, Pat Hanrahan Cameras attached to small quadrotor aircraft are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous tool for cinematographers, enabling dynamic camera movements through 3D environments. Currently, professionals use these cameras by flying quadrotors manually, a process which requires much […]
October 3, 2015
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Experimental Octocopter Drone For Agricultural Research

Demonstrator technology takes to the skies to collect data for field trials. [embedded content] Following the revelation that English Premiership football club Everton FC is using drones to monitor player training sessions, it seems there’s nothing these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) aren’t being primed to do: everything from delivering post […]