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November 25, 2019

Autonomous Firefighting Drone

Working with mentors from Sikorsky, three University of Connecticut engineering seniors are translating their classroom education to the field. Electrical engineering majors Kerry Jones and Joshua Steil, and computer engineering major Ryan Heilemann, are collaborating to build and program an autonomous firefighting drone to battle blazes without a pilot’s guidance. […]
November 23, 2019

New York Drone Corridor Is Finally Here – All 50 Miles Of It

Remember that 50-mile drone corridor we told you about last year? The New York drone corridor is finally here and open for business. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this month announced the completion of 50-mile corridor, supported by the state and designed for drone testing, particularly drone traffic management […]
November 8, 2019

This Drone Can Carry A DJI Zenmuse For More Than An Hour At A Time

So you want to fly a DJI Zenmuse through the air, but the less-than-30-minutes of flight time on the DJI Inspire 2 won’t cut it? The TerraView RangePro X8 can fly with a Zenmuse on it for more than 70 minutes. That’s on average two and a half times longer […]
November 8, 2019

Czech Castles & Fairy Towns

I never considered the Czech Republic as a travel destination when searching for new and exciting places to visit. Yet, when my girlfriend decided she wanted to celebrate a big birthday on a National Geographic Vienna to Prague Hiking Adventure trip through the Czech Republic, I was amenable. Little did […]
October 31, 2019

249 Gram Mavic Mini Was Designed For Safety, DJI Says. Sure, But That’s Not The Whole Story.

The $399, 249 gram Mavic Mini launched on Wednesday with one standout feature: an ultra small size. Coming in at 249 grams exactly, that’s 1 gram short of the Federal Aviation Administration’s threshold for when recreational pilots need to register your drone with the government. Since the drone is under […]
October 31, 2019
DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Mini Is Here: Everything You Need To Know About The Tiny New Drone

The DJI Mavic Mini is DJI’s tiniest drone yet, weighing in at 249 grams. Yes, that’s less than 250 grams. That means, the new Mavic Mini won’t fall under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA currently only requires drones weighing 250 grams or more to be registered, […]
October 14, 2019

Skydio: The Drone Industry “Is Not Healthy”

The drone industry is unhealthy. At least that’s according to a memo issued by Silicon Valley-based dronemaker Skydio. Skydio this month released its new Skydio 2 drone, an ultra-smart camera drone with six sensors that enable it to autonomously track and film subjects. The drone company is one of just […]
October 11, 2019

The Best Drones For Agriculture

Drones have drastically improved agricultural efficiency, both in terms of cost and labor. They’re spraying crops with pesticides and herbicides, better targeting where exactly those chemicals go to improve plant health while protecting the environment (and saving money).  They’re being outfitted with sensors to analyze plant health, water levels and […]
October 5, 2019
Skydio 2

The Skydio 2 Is Here — And It Costs Less Than US$1,000

Skydio this month finally revealed the Skydio 2, an upgrade to its original Skydio drone, but with a lower price point. The original Skydio R1 drone shocked crowds with its ultra-smart sensor capability, able to fly autonomously through complex environments thanks to sensors on all sides of the drone. But […]
September 24, 2019

The Best NDVI Camera Drone On A Budget

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about agricultural drones with an NDVI camera AND on a budget. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. I am heavily involved in the farming industry and have people interested in crop analysis with an NDVI camera. I […]
September 23, 2019

Flirtey Sets Serious Tone With Latest Drone Delivery Announcement

Flirtey made its first impression on the drone industry by way of a series of media-friendly announcements that amounted to a lot of hype, but not necessarily a lot of action. The drone delivery started came onto the scene by constantly announcing delivery “firsts” including the first-ship-to-shore drone delivery, the first FAA-approved […]
September 15, 2019

Yuneec Mantis G: Can It Stand Up To The DJI Mavic?

Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec just launched a new drone to its lineup of consumer drones under $1,000: the Mantis G. The Mantis G is a $699, 4K, foldable camera drone that largely resembles the DJI Mavic Air. And there’s not a lot of reason that it’s any better, save for […]
July 3, 2019

What’s The Best Drone For Roof Inspections?

For most people, you really don’t need to do anything fancy! I was thinking about the use case for drones in roof inspections when I was at my mom’s house in Missouri over the weekend. (I live in a condo building in San Francisco, so no need for me to […]
May 14, 2019
Project Wing

Australian Company Nabs First Drone Delivery Approval

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Project Wing’s plans for drone delivery of food and medicine in suburbs around the capital city of Canberra, a “world-first,” according to a new report by the Guardian. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has been testing self-flying delivery drones […]
May 2, 2019

Want To Earn More As A Drone Pilot? Put Your Drone Photos On Soar

If you’re looking to profit from your aerial photography, there’s a new (and pretty easy) way to do it. Australian-based drone & satellite imagery provider Soar is set to launch a drone imagery marketplace this month. But ahead of the launch, Soar is allowing drone operators to upload their images […]