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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
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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
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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 […]
February 13, 2020
DJI Mavic Mini

Mavic Mini Getting Started Guide

What you need to do and set up before flying your drone So you just got a DJI Mavic Mini?! Congrats! This may be your first foray into drones, in which case welcome! Before you get flying though, here’s your Mavic Mini getting started guide. Whether you want to know […]
February 10, 2020

Battle To Control Coronavirus Outbreak Gets A Lift From Drones

Drones are playing a major role in the effort to stop the coronavirus outbreak. Some of their work is being largely lauded, such as delivering medical supplies. But some of the drones working in the midst of the outbreak are also quite controversial, such as the drones that fly around […]
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 […]