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July 18, 2016
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Olaeris Signs $55 Million in Orders

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Olaeris, manufacturer of the ‘21st Century Helicopter’, has launched a crowd-based, online fundraising campaign after disclosing it has signed over $55 Million in orders for its unmanned VTOL aircraft called AEVA. Since Olaeris exhibited at the HAI Heli-Expo sixteen weeks ago, aviation dealers have committed millions […]
July 14, 2016

DJI Introduces First Integrated Aerial Zoom Camera Zenmuse Z3

SHENZHEN, CHINA – On Thursday DJI announced the Zenmuse Z3, DJI’s first integrated aerial zoom camera optimized for still photography. The Zenmuse Z3 will offer up to a 7x zoom. The camera incorporates DJI’s leading gimbal technology, which has been upgraded to work optimally with its zoom capabilities. “The Zenmuse Z3 […]
July 14, 2016

DJI and AirMap Deliver Real-Time Wildfire Awareness and Geofencing Capabilities for Drones

SANTA MONICA, CA – DJI and AirMap added real-time wildfire alerts to their geofencing data Wednesday to help keep unauthorized drones from interfering with firefighting operations. AirMap now obtains wildfire information directly from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s incident command system and immediately pushes it to drone pilots through […]
July 12, 2016

Velodyne LiDAR Targets Emerging Markets for Drone Mapping

Aiming squarely at the emerging markets of drone mapping and mobile robotics, Velodyne LiDAR today announced a partnership agreement with Dibotics, a Paris-based pioneer in GPS-denied and infrastructure-less navigation. Under the agreement, Dibotics will provide consulting services to Velodyne LiDAR customers who require 3D SLAM software, while Velodyne will assist […]
July 6, 2016

The Truth about Drones in Construction and Inspection

We have just released a new research study titled “The Truth about Drones in Construction and Infrastructure Inspection.” The free report is the second in series of studies sponsored by BZ Media that looks objectively at each major commercial market for drones and drone technology. In the report, we show how drones have […]
July 5, 2016

Vanguard by Airborne Drones

The Airborne VANGUARD is ‘next best thing’ in high endurance multi-rotor aircraft systems, based on the reliable Airborne SENTINEL+. The  Airborne VANGUARD is a modular unmanned aircraft system (UAS) offering multi-payload support whilst combining reliable technology with tried-and-tested engineering. This enables the Airborne VANGUARDsystem to meet a wide variety of applications and the design needs of the user. The VANGUARD supports detachable arms for […]
July 4, 2016

Something For The Weekend (Yes I know its Monday)

Our American readers will be having the day off, so why not make one of these . . . It was created by TheModelMaker and is just one of many amazing designs. I am an architect, designer, customizer, model maker and geek. I am interested in all sort of art and […]
July 1, 2016

Up & Go, Crowd Funder with GoPro Style Branding.

After seeing a potential GoPro Karma patent yesterday, an Indiegogo that has no shame when copying branding. That to me is a warning flag. Another folder like Ryan Goldsteins, but they have been around forever so its not all that novel as an idea. The same factory in China must […]
July 1, 2016

Parrot Announces Drone Educational Program

Until recently, no one could have imagined that ‘Drones 101’ would be listed as a course students could register for. Now, drone educational programs are springing up in schools, community colleges, and universities across the globe offering students a whole new perspective on learning….an aerial one. Parrot Drones, a global […]
July 1, 2016

Is This The GoPro Karma Drone?

Inventor Ryan Michael Goldstein, has had a patent published June 23rd 2016. Nothing unusual in that. But for the fact that he works for GoPro. Of the choices there, I rather like the sphere version. Its widely believed the autopilot on board is a PX4 variant. Ryan tells us he […]
June 30, 2016

DJI & Flyability Partner to Bring Collision-Tolerance to UAVs

In another industry first, DJI has partnered with Swiss aerial technology company Flyability to integrate the Lightbridge 2, an ultra-reliable image transmission system, with the collision-tolerant Elios aircraft. Elios is the first UAV designed for inspection and exploration of inaccessible or confined spaces. With a robust enclosure giving the system the ability to […]
June 30, 2016

Skyward and senseFly Join Forces

Portland, Oregon and Cheseaux­Lausanne, Switzerland ­ June 29, 2016 ­ Skyward and senseFly, global leaders in the UAV industry, are partnering to deliver a custom operations management software and consulting services package for senseFly aircraft. The package, available for customers in North America through the senseFly distribution network or Skyward, […]
June 28, 2016

Another Coaxial Takes to the Sky

Just like waiting for a bus, not one but two on the market now. It considerably undercuts the Sprite, available for pre order at US $849. The ROAM-e retails for US $399 When ROAM-e’s inventor Simon Kantor, thought about how we could make the selfie stick better, his idea was […]
June 28, 2016

The Truth about Drones in Precision Agriculture

Over the past few years, the press has emphasized how much commercial drones will be used to improve farming. The assumption is that drones provide more accurate data for use in variable rate technology (VRT) so farmers who use drones will experience increased yields. But truth be told very little […]
June 26, 2016

Sprite, Coaxial Helicopter

Remember Sprite? The clever coaxial ardupilot helicopter. On Kickstarter 532 backers pledged $406,061 to bring it too life. A new video has hit YouTube. [embedded content] Dimensions & Performance Length: 13.2 inches (350mm) Diameter: 3.8 inches (100mm) Weight: 2.6 lbs. (1,200g) with battery and standard camera Displacement: 215 cu. in. […]