Bird’s eye view of baby seal birth

By Carl Fallowfield Thanks to the latest drone technology, staff at Cumbria Wildlife Trust are able to monitor the grey seal colony at South Walney Nature Reserve near Barrow more effectively, but yesterday there was a special treat in store for them. Sarah Dalrymple, reserves officer at the nature reserve, describes what happened: “Yesterday our marine trainees set off the drone as normal to do our fortnightly count of seals. The drone flies very high, to avoid disturbing the seals and Read More

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Rescue dogs team up with drones to save lives

By Anand Chandrasekhar The Swiss rescue dog service Redog has partnered up with the Swiss Federation of Civil Drones to improve the efficiency of search operations to find missing persons on difficult terrain. The drones will be equipped with night vision and thermal cameras to spot people in distress. The dog handlers and dogs will then be directed to the spot to rescue those in need.“We have already tested the dog-drone combination during our last three operations and we are now Read More

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How to capture amazing sunsets with a DJI drone

Barry Blanchard, a jewellery designer by trade, is never without his camera. He spends hours photographing his native California. And he’s fortunate: there sunsets there can be breathtakingly beautiful – which is why he uses DJI systems to capture, and revel in, the local landscape. SECOND SIGHT One day, without warning, Barry suffered acute hearing loss – later attributed to Ménière’s disease. A period of introspection followed, which aligned with the launch of Google+, on Read More

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Home-made camera captures the Gold Coast in stunning new light from great height

Suzanne Simonot HERE’S proof the Gold Coast really is a world of its own. Melbourne photographer Andrew Griffiths’ feet have barely touched the ground on the Coast, but as these magnificent images show, he’s masterfully captured our city’s essence from the sky. Using a unique camera he designed and built himself, the trained architect turned professional photographer recently spent two nights flying over and photographing the Glitter Strip with night-graded helicopter pilot Shayne Read More

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Drone photography captures the dramatic inequality of Nairobi

Lily Kuo Kenya, the largest economy in East Africa, has some of the starkest inequality in the region. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Nairobi, where the wealthy and middle class live and work next to slums housing some of the country’s poorest. American photographer Johnny Miller, supported by Code for Africa and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has tried to capture that inequality through aerial images taken by drone. Miller previously photographed similar scenes in Cape Town in Read More

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This survey drone takes safety seriously

By Magdalena Petrova New Zealand-based drone manufacturer Altus Intelligence wants to make sure its US$39,000 survey drones don’t end up as rubble. Most of Altus’ customers use its flagship drone, the Long Range Extreme Weather (LRX), for construction and engineering surveying/mapping and expect a rugged, dependable vehicle to get the job done. That’s where the LRX’s three separate fail-safe systems come in. The first is a triple auto pilot design, meaning that if Read More

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Fall in Denmark Is Even More Beautiful Seen From a Drone

LAURA MALLONEE THE FORESTS OF beech, oak, and ash trees that dot the Danish countryside erupt in shades of orange and gold each fall. As beautiful as it is to see from the forest floor, it’s even more impressive from above. “When you look down, the colors are more dense,” says Danish photographer Michael B. Rasmussen. “You see much more of them at once.” Rasmussen discovered this in November, 2015, after his wife bought him a DJI Phantom III drone for his birthday. He took it Read More

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GoPro is offering a free Hero5 camera as part of its Karma drone recall

By Trevor Mogg GoPro’s first foray into the drone market took a bit of a nosedive recently when technical issues with the device forced the company to recall it just a couple of weeks after launch. A small number of users reported that their Karma quadcopter suddenly lost power during flight, a potentially dangerous fault that left the California-based company with no choice but to withdraw its debut flying machine from sale until further notice. All 2,500 customers who forked out $800 Read More

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Eddie Jones’ use of drones sends out a really strong message to the rugby world

By SIR CLIVE WOODWARD I love the fact that England are using drones in training, both for what it can do for the team and the message it sends out to opponents. But as ever with technology what really matters is how it can substantially improve performance. It should never be a gimmick, it must have value. We had a saying in the England squad when we introduced cutting-edge technology of the time such as Prozone, or vision coach Dr Sherylle Calder. And that was that players are either Read More

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Couple capture 400-day, 48-country honeymoon with the help of a drone

By Kristen Amiet In July of 2015, newlyweds Kaz and Mariko set off on what was to become their 400-day honeymoon, capturing every flight, activity, and destination with the help of a drone. Among dozens of others, they’ve visited Colombia, Thailand, Singapore, the USA, and Ethiopia, though they find it difficult to choose a favourite. “We went to 48 countries in 400 days, we really can’t pick one,” Kaz told Elsewhere. “But some of our favourite countries would Read More

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