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July 29, 2020

Drones For Conservation

When you hear the word “drones” the first thing that comes to mind is probably not conservation. But as the technology of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones continues to advance, they are proving useful in many facets of conservation work. At the forefront of this venture is The Nature […]
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
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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 […]
July 1, 2020
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The Art of a Drone Selfie

Generally speaking, I always thought of selfies as being harmless fun. However, the idea of people becoming obsessed with the manufacturing of their own self-portraits came across as somewhat narcissistic. Because of that I always steered away from taking pictures of myself, and never in a million years would I […]
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
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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
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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 […]
May 3, 2020
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What The 48MP Mavic Air 2 Really Means For High-Resolution Photography

Chinese drone maker DJI in April launched the Mavic Air 2, and photographers are head over heels about the promise of high-resolution 48mp photos. More megapixels typically means more details. If you’re printing your images, more megapixels allow you to print in larger formats. When flying your Mavic Air 2, […]
May 2, 2020
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Best Construction Use Cases for Drones

Drones could save your construction business a ton of money and time, and even boost your reputation. The commercial drone market is yet in its nascent stages since the Federal Aviation Administration just approved quadcopters for business uses last year. But, it is predicted to be a huge success, and […]
April 28, 2020
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Mavic Air 2 Is Here, And It’s A Photographer’s Dream

The Mavic Air 2 was announced on Monday night as part of a launch event dubbed “Up Your Game” — and it’s a dream for photographers. This drone is all about photography, featuring 8K functionality and a larger 1/2″ camera sensor. With the Mavic Air 2, DJI is especially honing […]
February 13, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak: DJI Covers Shenzhen With Disinfectant

Drone giant DJI is stepping in on the fight to control the coronavirus outbreak in China. The Chinese dronemaker this month announced that it would pledge almost $1.5 million in aid to help contain the coronavirus outbreak. But DJI is doing more than just giving out money. It’s putting its […]