SharkTank’s Mark Cuban Invests $300K in DARTdrones

BY ALAN PHILLIPS Mark Cuban is the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and now he is a ten percent owner of drone training company, DARTdrones.  On Friday’s episode of SharkTank, Cuban was quick to accept CEO Abby Speicher’s pitch and terms – $300,000 for 10% ownership. Cuban, a regular on SharkTank made his fortune in the early days of the internet. Founding Audionet which later became Broadcast.com, Cuban sold it to Yahoo! for nearly six billion dollars. Since that time, Cuban has Read More

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DronetheWorld Video of the Week! Alpine Adventure!

BY FRANK SCHROTH Each week we feature a video sent to us by Dronetheworld.com, a site that collects and maps drone videos from around the world. This one was shot with a DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro from the folks at DronetheWorld: Joshua Cowan’s ΔLPINE ADVENTURE is an almost surreal winter clip. Joshua is inviting you to dive right into a dream you never thought possible. This is an outstanding production with perfectly done audibles – it does get stuck in your head! Kai & Read More

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Nevada May Be Leading the Way for BVLOS flights

BY FRANK SCHROTH Image – Drone America Experiments in cloud seeding, the highly scientific method for modifying precipitation, are leading the way in drone flights that can fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS ). In Nevada a research team has recorded the longest unmanned, cross-country flight in Nevada history. Flown at Hawthorne Industrial Airport under Nevada UAS Test Sites Certificate of Authorization (COA) and led by the Desert Research Institute (DRI) flight operations node, the Read More

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An Open Letter to State and Local Policy Makers

BY MIRIAM MCNABB By SiBr4 and respective authors of base files [CC BY-SA 3.0] Vic Moss is an award-winning professional photographer.  He’s also a licensed and experienced drone operator, teaching aerial photography at The DroneU, and he’s an active administrator of the UAV Legal News and Discussion group on Facebook.  He’s an intelligent, reasonable guy to speak with  – and he’s become a passionate advocate for intelligent, reasonable drone regs. Moss has published “An Read More

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New Enterprise Tracks Headline InterDrone 2017 Call For Speakers

BY DRONELIFE BZ Media LLC announced today an open call for speakers for InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition being held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Sept 6-8. Last year’s program had over 180 top speakers in the commercial drone market, including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta presenting the Grand Opening Keynote. The 2017 edition of InterDrone will highlight 5 new Enterprise Tracks: Precision Agriculture – sessions will emphasize the use of drones, Read More

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AirMap Scores $26million in Series B Funding

BY MIRIAM MCNABB image courtesy AirMap AirMap, an airspace management platform for drones, is the latest drone company to land major investment to support explosive growth. CA-based AirMap announced a $26 million Series B funding round led by Microsoft Ventures, with additional participation from Airbus Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures (the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated), Rakuten, Sony, Yuneec, and existing investors General Catalyst and Lux Capital. The new investment brings Read More

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Drone User Group Offers Recreational Operators a Group Just For Them

BY MIRIAM MCNABB Steven Cohen was a professional photographer five years ago – but that was before he started to fly drones.  Five years later, Cohen is a passionate drone advocate and enthusiast who now teaches the next generation about drone tech at a renowned technical high school. Somewhere along the way, he became President of the Drone User Group Network (DUGN), founded by Timothy Reuter in 2012. While you may not have heard of it, the DUGN boasts nearly 20,000 members globally, Read More

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Lions and Tigers and Drones Oh My!

BY ALAN PHILLIPS What are the two favorite social media videos categories? Cats and Drones! Now we have the opportunity to show you both in one video.  Siberian Tigers capture a taunting drone! “The video was filmed in a Siberian tiger enclosure in China’s Heilongjiang Province. The tigers, some of which look a bit overweight, have fun chasing the drone. The tigers managed to take the drone down & tried to rip it apart, but were rather surprised when smoke started coming out of the Read More

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Professional Drone Services Available at Rule Boston Camera

Boston, MA, February 21, 2017 – Rule Boston Camera, New England’s premiere source for digital cinema equipment rentals, sales and service, has added professional drone services to its roster of capabilities. Broadening its commitment to providing the most current technology and world-class customer service, this new endeavor offers customers an opportunity to capture cinematic aerial images by renting one of two professional drone systems, along with the expertise of a skilled drone Read More

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UPS Is Testing Residential Delivery via Drone & Trucks

BY FRANK SCHROTH UPS is not a company that plans to be left behind. With WalMart, Amazon, DHL and others all making forays into next gen package delivery systems using drones, UPS is looking to keep pace.  UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced today that it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of a UPS® package car, autonomously delivers a package to a home and then returns to the vehicle while the delivery driver continues along the route to make a separate delivery. UPS Read More

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