Shooting Down Drones Isn’t Funny or Brave

By Faine Greenwood The first gunshot didn’t faze Lenny Helbig too much. He was setting up an aerial photograph of his friend’s under-construction house, and he knew a nearby quarry was favored by local plinkers. It was the next three shots that got his attention. “I looked to my left and this woman is out on the balcony—she’s yelling ‘What the fuck are you doing, you pervert?’ I’m like: ‘Oh my god! You just fucking shot at my drone!’ ” It was September 2014, and Read More

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Uber is Planning Self-Flying Drone Taxis

By Rachel Dicker Uber has been pioneering self-driving technology for a while now, debuting the first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh last month. But it seems the ride share company wants to push the envelope even further – or higher, if you will. According to technology website Recode, Uber is researching “vertical take off and landing” technology, or VTOL. The technology would allow Uber riders to beat city traffic by taking to the skies in passenger drones. Uber head Read More

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Inside the Drone Journalism Lab’s open source operations manual

Sam Berkhead Across the world, journalists are increasingly using drone technology to augment their reporting at a fairly inexpensive price. In order to help journalists become more adept drone users, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Drone Journalism Lab recently released a free operations manual online. The manual, produced by Matt Waite, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab, is open source and Creative Commons licensed. The manual is meant to act as a guide for the whole newsroom, Read More

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Inside DJI’s high-tech drone-racing arena

Drone maker DJI opened the first ever dedicated drone arena in South Korea last month, offering a high-tech environment for fans, experts and first-timers to get to grips with remote controlled quadrocopters. In a building that measures in at 1,395 square metres and resembles a high-tech but clinical warehouse, DJI’s new arena is ideally suited to drone pilots wanting to battle it out. There’s a circuit for drones to race around, but things have come a long way since the days of radio Read More

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The 3 Things to Remember About Drone Wedding Photography

by Sandy Malone Just when you thought your options for wedding photography couldn’t get any more expansive, along came drones. Long used by the military for aerial surveillance, drones equipped with cameras are now appearing in the skies above weddings. The pictures are absolutely amazing. Gone are the days when the only way to get a shot from above involved your photographer performing precarious balancing acts. Now, we can get the same 360 degree view of our weddings filmed with the Read More

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The compact Yuneec Breeze drone is built for 4K selfies

Steve Dent Yuneec is known for high-end drones with features like 4K and collision avoidance, but is going straight for Joe Consumer with its latest model. The Breeze is a $500 compact drone with five flight modes and an on-board 4K camera, making it ideal for types who want high-quality aerial selfies.Yuneec didn’t reveal many specs, but CEO Tian Yu did say it it includes “Ultra HD and flight mode capabilities of our top end drones.” Judging from the lifestyle pics, one of Read More

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Allstate Insurance embraces drone technology to process claims faster

by BRYAN CLARK Allstate — an American insurance company — used drones to inspect over 20 home roofs in an area outside of San Antonio Tuesday. Each of the homes had varying levels of damage caused by (in some cases) softball-sized hail that left holes in roofs “you could see through” Glenn Shapiro, Allstate’s executive vice president of claims told Fortune. The storms were months ago — April through June of this year — but the sheer number of claims and the lack of available Read More

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‘Growing global tension’ to drive drone sales, seen doubling by 2025: Research

Katy Barnato Sales of drones are set to nearly double over the next decade, due to increased geopolitical instability and the growing use of unmanned technology in military operations, IHS Jane’s said on Sunday. The defense information provider forecasts global sales for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would jump to more than $11 billion per year by 2025 from $6 billion today. “Growing global tension and the foreseen increasing role of UAVs in operations will keep demand Read More

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Lufthansa Aerial Services to Inspect Wind Turbines

Interdisciplinary collaboration across sector boundaries: the Nordex Group has formed a partnership with Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) for drone-supported inspection of its wind turbines. In doing so the manufacturer intends to draw on the experience of a global aviation expert that has know-how in research, development and automation and itself uses drone-assisted inspections in the construction industry or for aircraft. For Nordex Service customers this offers additional possibilities Read More

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Registration is Open for Spaceport America Drone Summit

by Doug Messier Spaceport America, NM (Spaceport America PR) – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA has partnered with the New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back, the International Cinematographers Guild and the AMA – Academy of Model Aeronautics to bring together drone enthusiasts from across the USA and beyond to share in threeaction-packed days of racing, workshops, R/C fixed wing airplane demos and an Read More

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