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December 16, 2020
DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced: Who it’s for and when you can get your hands on it

DJI’s newest drone is going all in on thermal an RGB sensors — a crucial component for use-cases like using drones for thermal inspections. DJI today launched the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, improving on the Mavic 2 Enterprise which launched in 2018. With the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, DJI improved […]
December 4, 2020

Altavian Acquisition Sets Stage For FLIR’s Move Deeper Into Drones

Thermal-sensor maker FLIR has long been one of the most important, drone-adjacent companies out there — providing the tech needed to enable drones to use thermal cameras for purposes like finding missing people in remote areas, sensing the hottest spots in fires, or testing solar panels, among other use-cases. But […]
November 19, 2020
DJI Matrice 300 RTK

The Top Drone Manufacturers Of 2020

To probably no one’s surprise, the top commercial drone manufacturer of 2020 is DJI, which has an estimated 70-80% market share. The numbers are based on a report from German analytics firm Drone Industry Insights, which analyzed 430 global companies whose core business is to manufacture drones. “(DJI) is the […]
November 5, 2020
DJI Mini 2 on a Desk

DJI Mini 2 Maintains 249g Weight, While Improving On Video

DJI’s newest drone is a tie for smallest drone yet, but it wins the award for tiniest drone with 4K video. The DJI Mini 2 launched on Nov. 4 as an ultra-light (249 grams, to be exact), portable drone that’s capable of recording 4K video — particularly impressive given the […]
September 28, 2020

Real Estate Drones Get Their Moment With Coronavirus Restrictions

Can’t tour your future dream home in-person due to local limitations on real estate showings — or because you just don’t want to travel to see a potential home? Real estate drones can help. 45% of homebuyers said they made a bid on a home without first seeing it in […]
September 4, 2020
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Teal Golden Eagle Drone Launches Publicly, Bringing Government-Approved Surveillance Drone To Masses

Teal, an American drone company that first caught the public’s attention with a CEO who was still in high school, has grown up — big time. The company’s CEO, George Matus, is now in his early 20s. And the company is maturing too with the launch of Teal Golden Eagle, […]
July 18, 2020

This Rugged Drone Passed A Level 5 Hurricane Test – And Can Withstand 155mph Winds

You typically shouldn’t fly drones in strong winds, unless you’re flying something like a Percepto drone. The Israel-based drone maker that makes what it calls an “autonomous drone-in-a-box” just became the first drone company to build a product that passes Level 5 hurricane testing. Their drone can fly at a […]
July 9, 2020
eHang 186 Drone

Ride An EHang Passenger Drone Directly To Your Hotel

I’m typically an avid traveler, frequently taking my drones to spots around the world like Australia, Oman and even the Arctic Circle. This summer, I’m staying at home — but that doesn’t mean I’m not dreaming about travel every day. And since they’re just dreams — why not dream of […]
June 26, 2020

Skydio 2 Review: Yes, It’s A Freakishly Smart Drone

NOTE: The Skydio 2 is not yet available in Australia and no time frame has been given. Prices quoted below are in American Dollars. I’ve flown, and crashed, a lot of drones in my lifetime. Especially in the early days of drones, I sent a lot of drones into trees […]
June 23, 2020
Autel Robotics Evo

Drones Made In The USA: The American Drone Companies You Need To Know

There are a number of reasons to buy a product made in the USA — supporting your local economy, potentially better customer service (ie. you can coordinate with someone in your own time zone and shipping moves faster), a general ‘buy American‘ sentiment and more. But in the drone community, there’s […]
June 21, 2020
The XAG Drone JetSeed Module conducts direct seeding over a rice paddy.

This Rice Planting Drone Could Mitigate China’s Labor Shortage

Amidst fears that an ever-decreasing agricultural workforce could undermine future production and supply of food, a rice planting drone might save the day. XAG, a Chinese manufacturer of agricultural drones based in Guangzhou, Guangdong, just demonstrated a drone that can seed rice. The drone maker, formerly known as XAircraft, hosted […]
June 20, 2020
Mavic Air 2 Camel Promo

Mavic Air 2 Review: It’s Everything You Expect – And That’s A Good Thing

Reviewing new drones can often be unexpected. The first time I flew the original Mavic Pro, I was delighted by how small it really was — and surprised to find myself wanting to carry it with me wherever I went. When I flew the Skydio with its obstacle avoidance for […]
June 12, 2020
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Why The Phantom 4 Pro Is Still The Reigning King In Photogrammetry (with a caveat)

The following guest post about the Phantom 4 Pro for photogrammetry was written by Jon Ellinger, an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and Mapping Scientist in Remote Sensing with over 12 years experience in the aerial mapping industry.  He is currently building a team of pilots as the Remote Sensing manager for […]
May 20, 2020
5G Sunset Cell Tower

What Is 5G, And What Does It Mean For Drones?

You’ve heard the buzzword at CES, drone conferences, on forums and in tech company marketing. 5G. It’s the future of drones. But what is 5G, and what does it actually mean for the drone industry? 5G is short for “fifth-generation networks.” In human-speak, 5G means significantly faster networks than the […]
May 14, 2020

North Carolina Delivery Drones Hone In On Coronavirus Relief

For a glimpse at the future of drone delivery, look to the skies above North Carolina, where drones are providing a number of delivery-based tasks. It’s all centered around supporting a variety of aspects of life that coronavirus has upended, from delivering medical test samples to bringing food to people’s […]