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April 13, 2021
Bat Drone

These Gorgeous, Bio-inspired Drones Are Ready Ro Fly Like Bats Through Boston’s Sewers

Boston’s aging sewers are crumbling – but it’s not exactly easy to send a human through them to pinpoint exactly where infrastructure updates are needed. Robots seem ripe to do the job, but rovers are too slow to navigate the enormous, maze-like system. Traditional drones with fast-rotating blades can’t fly […]
March 24, 2021
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The Best Drone Photos of 2020

The best drone photos of 2020 are official, thanks to the newly-announced winners of the SkyPixel 2020 Aerial Storytelling Contest. SkyPixel, which is a photo and video aerial community affiliated with drone maker DJI, announced the winners of its annual photo contest. Perhaps it was an abundance of people sitting […]
March 18, 2021
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Dronehub and RCS Engineering To Create An Innovative Property Monitoring And Security System

Dronehub – the European leader in drone-in-a-box solutions – and RCS Engineering – a provider of telecommunication solutions related to security – integrate their technologies. They will create an innovative monitoring and security system based on breach detectors that trigger an autonomous control raid of the drone. The solution will […]
March 3, 2021
DJI FPV Racing Drone

DJI’s Expansion, Its New FPV Drone, And How It Fits Into The Drone Racing Industry

DJI this week announced its first-ever FPV drone, bringing drone racing to the masses with a ready-to-fly racing drone. Aptly named the ‘DJI FPV’, this drone is largely ready for takeoff right out of the box. Priced at $2,099, could DJI’s new FPV drone be the golden ticket to bringing […]
March 3, 2021

DJI FPV Drone Is Here: Everything You Need To Know

DJI has cornered the market of photography drones, drones for kids enterprise drones, drones for agriculture, drones for roof inspections and more. And today, DJI adds one more, super-important vertical to its collection: FPV. DJI today announced DJI FPV, a drone designed for racing, and it can fly at nearly […]
February 25, 2021
New DJI FPV Drone

Likely New DJI FPV Drone Launches March 2

Get ready for a new drone to launch on March 2. Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has scheduled a new product launch event set for next Tuesday, March 2 at 9 a.m ET. And all signs indicate it’ll be a DJI FPV drone. Redefine Flying | MARCH 2, 20219 AM EST […]
February 22, 2021
Drone Commerical

An Interesting Way Drones Can Help Outdoor Businesses During Coronavirus

Thousands of small enterprises across the country have shut down due to the coronavirus, more than half of them permanently. Of those that re-opened, many are struggling to draw back customers still wary about how safe some businesses — even outdoor businesses — may be. What does their outdoor setup […]
February 3, 2021
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DJI Care Refresh Flyaway Coverage: Is It Worth It?

Worried that your drone will suddenly fall from your command and fly on its own, never to return? It’s a scary possibility, but the fact is that it is a possibility. Flyaways are never good. The drone will inevitably crash somewhere, which could create a dangerous situation on its own. […]
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
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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 18, 2020

Flying Under the Midnight Sun – High Arctic drone operations

“This is a crevasse minefield!” yelled Louise. In flat light I was skiing in front, trying to pick the safest way forward. Bumps of blue glacier ice were all around me. My ski tails would settle, leaving behind holes of blackness. Louise moved left to avoid one of my holes. […]
November 18, 2020
Mayan Lidar NatGeo

Drone Mapping Versus Terrestrial Laser Scanners

In the drone industry, it is taken nearly as gospel that small uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) will allow people to do their jobs better, safer, and faster than whatever the traditional method happens to be—especially when it comes to public safety. However, if you are making decisions that have financial […]
November 18, 2020

Night Photography 101

Once you receive your daylight waiver from the FAA, no doubt you will be anxious to exercise your hard-won privilege. Night-time aerial photography is a great way to begin your exploration into darkness while capturing some dramatic images that you can add to your portfolio. From a photographer’s perspective, 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 […]