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March 13, 2018

PlexiDrone Promise Deliveries to Begin March 2018 – Well Access to a Delivery Portal

Apparently, the PlexiDrone will land with backers very shortly. Remember Plexidrone a crowd-funded drone that has still not arrived, they raised $2,269,158 USD on the 1st of December 2014. Some jolly unsporting tactics were used to quell unrest in the Plexidrone camp for those seeking refunds, say nice things in your social media […]
March 13, 2018

New Zealand Chosen for Kitty Hawk Cora Air Taxi Service.

Eight years in the making and with some very funky looking propellers. Apparently flying in New Zealand since October of 2017. A big separate lift thrust (SLT) chuck out the people and deliver meaningful amounts of stuff! Sebastian Thrum was the founder of X (previously Google X) and now is […]
January 10, 2018

Bell Urban Air Taxi at CES

Bell took a VR cabin to CES, they are not yet ready to reveal the rest of their flying car’s brave new world entry. I also see eVTOL (electric VTOL) becoming a term. Hopefully, they will take this to FIA2018 and I can blag a ride. Bell certainly have an advantage […]
January 10, 2018

Yuneec makes Entrance Into Fixed Wing and Racing Drone Categories at CES 2018

An entry into the fixed wing world for Yuneec, are they trying to get a slice of market share that DJI seems to have no interest in? Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, entered two new categories with the unveiling of the all-new fixed wing Firebird FPV and […]
January 4, 2018

Plexidrone Refunds, But There Is A Condition.

Hands up all those that remember crowd funder Plexidrone, the Canadian quadcopter that became an octocopter. All really very good on paper, but now after multiple excuses, and three years late refunds are on the table for a lucky few. This is what the current missive from DreamQii says about the […]
December 13, 2017

Aluada Airspeeder Manned Multirotor Racing

Manned Multirotor Racing, do I think it could become a thing? Yes I think it probably could. I don’t like crowd funded drones as a rule, but I must concede to being impressed by the teams willingness to show failures in the journey so far. After two years of development […]
August 28, 2017

Terra Drone Is Set To Release A New Image Processing Software “Terra Mapper”

Terra Drone Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Tokushige Toru) have launched their image processing software “Terra Mapper” designed to assist drone surveying services. Terra Mapper is an automated drone navigation, image processing, and 3D image analysis program. It can be utilised on its own, rather than requiring the […]
July 18, 2017

THOR Transformable HOvering Rotorcraft from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

A whole heap of my that’s clever and obvious and hard. Hats off to the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) team that created it. I immediately want to try and build one, but wouldn’t know where to start. Efficient forward flight with all the benefit of VTOL. [embedded […]
June 7, 2017

Drone Industry A Critical Piece of China’s $124 Billion “New Silk Road”

When Chinese President Xi Jinping and 29 other heads of state agreed to an open economy and a policy of free and inclusive trade last month, the announcement rippled across industries.  But China’s “New Silk Road” – the multi-billion dollar initiative which will build new infrastructure and trade links across […]
May 25, 2017
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DJI Spark Launch

Well, here it is. Standing out for me the claimed 16 minute flight time. That is astounding. Ten minutes used to be a goal back in the day. Some amazing work coming out of DJI’s R&D to achieve those numbers. Work with the larger Mavic and Phantom 4 have bought […]
April 5, 2017

Canon Drone PD6E2000 AW CJ1

Oh dear, another platform that is at least a year behind the crowd.  A snappy name as well, the PD6E2000 – AW – CJ1. I believe, and the name would suggest it, that this is a Pro Drones platform. So not really a Canon drone as is being reported elsewhere but […]
August 15, 2016

DJI and UC Berkeley Students Team Up to Find UAV Power Solution

One of the pillars of UC Berkeley’s Mechanical Engineering program is the Senior Capstone Design Course. Every year, senior students are asked to work on an ME design project that addresses a specific problem or mission. For the 2016 Spring semester, six students in Team SkyBison were asked to design a […]
August 4, 2016

A Step Change in UAS Capability Has Hit Both Maritime & Aerospace Systems

Blue Bear engineers, in partnership with CREATEC, inspected the HMS Illustrious (R06), an aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy. The RISER system demonstrated how automated unmanned systems can safely fly inside ships for inspection. The trials were also conducted in partnership with Lloyd’s Register, and demonstrated the safe navigation and […]
August 1, 2016

UPair One, Cheap as Chips 4K Quad

All the bits look familiar and it even comes with its own monitor. I’m sure its Ardupilot or PX4 inside so should be suitable for a little bit of hacking. If you are needing a simple quad for some experiments you would spend close to the Up airs $369.99 just […]
July 4, 2016

Something For The Weekend (Yes I know its Monday)

Our American readers will be having the day off, so why not make one of these . . . It was created by TheModelMaker and is just one of many amazing designs. I am an architect, designer, customizer, model maker and geek. I am interested in all sort of art and […]