Can Someone Design a Drone to Fly All the Way Across the Pacific?

A new contest will aim to push the limits of commercial drone flight. The Pacific Drone Challenge hopes to offer a modern response to Charles Lindbergh by asking who can make the first non-stop, un-refueled and unmanned flight from Japan to California. Compared to, say, the Google Lunar X Prize, with its splashy films and $30 million payday, the Pacific Drone Challenge is currently a shoestring affair, more a rallying cry than a formal race. With some sponsorship from competitive teams like Read More

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The Story Behind DroneDeploy And How It Built The Largest Drone Mapping Repository

DroneDeploy is a company that builds cloud-based software for drone mapping, making it possible to create aerial maps and 3D models with a single click. DroneDeploy’s software automates drone flight and makes it easy to capture aerial data with a mobile app. The DroneDeploy software platform processes the imagery using computer vision —turning millions of images into thousands of maps and models every week for customers. After a customer has their map or 3D model, they can discover Read More

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Drone hits passenger jet in Canada, the first time it’s happened

A passenger jet in Quebec City collided with a drone, the first incident of its kind in Canada and one that prompted a message from the Canadian government reiterating drone flying rules. According to Digital Trends, the Skyjet was set to land at Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City on Oct. 12 when it hit the drone. Luckily, the plane only suffered minor damage and no one was hurt. In a statement, Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said it was the first time an incident of that Read More

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Project Wing testing drone deliveries of medicines and burritos in Australia

Project Wing, born from Alphabet’s X innovation lab, has announced that discount pharmacy chain Chemist Warehouse and Mexican food chain Guzman y Gomez will be trialling its drone delivery technology in Australia. Customers who have purchased items from Chemist Warehouse and Guzman y Gomez using the Project Wing app on their smartphones will have their orders delivered to their homes via drone. James Ryan Burgess, project lead at Project Wing, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the Read More

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School’s drone program takes off

As drones evolved from toys to tools, South Hills School of Business embraced it, said the school’s drone program coordinator Jeff Stachowski. The school touts its Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School at the State College campus as the first of its kind in central Pennsylvania. Students learn from a professional drone pilot who uses state-of-the-art equipment. The classes teach how to fly safely and includes classroom preparation for the Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 Drone Commercial Read More

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Drone hits passenger plane in Canada

A plane operated by charter airline Skyjet was approaching Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport on Thursday when a drone struck one of its wings, according to local media reports. There were six passengers and two crew members aboard the plane. “I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely,” Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement Sunday. Based in Quebec, Skyjet operates a fleet of small Read More

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DJI Unveils Technology To Identify And Track Airborne Drones – Aeroscope

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones with existing technology that can address safety, security and privacy concerns. AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as a registration or serial number, as well as basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed and direction. Police, Read More

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DJI is now a camera company, and we should probably pay attention

When most people think of DJI, they think of drones – Phantoms, Mavics, and Sparks. Some may also know DJI for camera stabilization systems and gimbals, but it’s fair to say that most people probably think of DJI as a drone company. At an event in Hollywood, the company introduced its new Zenmuse X7 cinema camera, which includes some very impressive features including 6K Raw video. (You can find the full rundown of specs in our news story.) It’s a camera aimed primarily at the high-end Read More

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DJI Says Project Vertex Will Let You Plan Flights Using Custom 3D Location Models

Wednesday was DJI’s big Zenmuse X7 event, where DJI officially announced that they were releasing the Zenmuse X7 camera, complete with a Super 35mm sensor and 6K RAW capabilities. But the Zenmuse wasn’t the only project that DJI announced at the event. They also announced a new pre-production project called Project Vertex, which is supposed to allow users to model and pre-program their drone’s flight path in 3D. The way the DJI described Project Vertex is that you would first go to the Read More

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Drone Community To Donald Trump: Give More Power To Local Governments To Develop Operation Policies

The drone community (well, some key members at least) has a message for President Donald Trump: give more power to state and local governments to experiment with ways of integrating drones, but don’t compromise the FAA’s sovereignty of the national airspace. More than two dozen drone-related companies and organizations signed a letter addressed to Trump this week calling for a pilot program to get input from states and municipalities to develop policy on UAS operations. The letter was Read More

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