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January 23, 2020

Edgybees Helps Australia’s Firefighters

As fires rage across Australia, devastating regions and endangering wildlife, drones and related technologies have stepped up to help first response teams to combat and mitigate loss from the deadly flames. One such company is Edgybees, AR software platform that overlays key geo-spatial information onto live drone feeds to produce  […]
January 23, 2020
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Intro to Multispectral Imaging

Originally developed for military target identification and reconnaissance, multispectral imaging uses specific wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum to document environmental features of interest. Early NASA imaging of Earth from space incorporated multispectral imaging technology to map details related to oceans, landforms, and vegetation. More recently, modern weather satellites now produce […]
January 21, 2020
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A Day In the Life of a Commercial Drone Operator

Within the past few years, drones have become just another tool in the toolbox for movie creators, both big and small. The next time you finish watching your favorite feature film or TV show, pay attention to the credits at the end. More than likely, you will see the names […]
January 10, 2020

Best of CES 2020: Top Drones

At the 2020 CES event in Las Vegas, we were blown away by the new, innovative drones and gear on display! Here are RotorDrone Pro’s award winners from the event. Autel EVO 2 Autel Robotics set a new standard for the functionality of compact, foldable drones at CES 2020 with […]
January 8, 2020

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Back In Stock After Production Hiatus

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is back. The popular drone was discontinued in March 2019. At the time, DJI posted a note on its site saying, “The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is no longer in production. For the latest in DJI technology, please view our product recommendations below.” The […]
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 25, 2019

More Proof That The Near DJI Monopoly Is Real

Does it feel like every drone you see flying was made by DJI? You’re not imagining it. A new crop of data confirms something completely unsurprising: most drones out there are made by DJI, furthering the notion that a DJI monopoly is near. The 2019 Drone Industry Survey, which was […]
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
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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
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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 […]