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NASA Plans To Take Drones to Saturn’s Largest Moon, Titan

A false-color view of Titan, a moon of Saturn surrounded by a thick orange haze. Titan is believed to contain an ocean with an icy crust on top, which will be simulated in future research., Credit: NASA Drones truly are amazing and they have been changing the world (largely) for the better since [...]

By |2017-10-04T12:53:06-08:00August 28th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting|Comments Off on NASA Plans To Take Drones to Saturn’s Largest Moon, Titan

The (Recent) DJI Rollercoaster Ride

DJI, the most well known brand in the drone industry, is catching a lot of heat and it's forcing them to make some rapid changes. Just consider the following: On Friday China-based DJI got word that the U.S. Army will stop using the company’s products due to cybersecurity-related concerns. Army units were ordered to remove [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:22-08:00August 22nd, 2017|Drones, Interesting, Opinion|Comments Off on The (Recent) DJI Rollercoaster Ride

In Australia, CASA Uses YouTube And Social Media To Track Pilots

In Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or CASA, which is similar in purpose and function to our FAA, has gotten a lot more active as of late in the process of identifying and punishing drone operators who are breaking local laws. Surprisingly a lot of the activity is happening on-line, specifically on YouTube; as [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:22-08:00July 26th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Interesting|Comments Off on In Australia, CASA Uses YouTube And Social Media To Track Pilots

Child Recovers Submerged Drone In Looking Glass Falls, NC

Sullivan George recently discovered "lost treasure" while on a family trip to Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina. Sullivan spotted something underwater, then with the help of his father, they recovered a submerged drone that contained a working video card. A local family found a drone while swimming at Looking Glass Falls recently. "It was like [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:23-08:00July 24th, 2017|Drones, Interesting|Comments Off on Child Recovers Submerged Drone In Looking Glass Falls, NC

The “Int-Ball” Photo Drone Designed For Use in Space

I found this little "drone" while doing my regular quadcopter related reading; while not a drone in the traditional sense, the BB-8 style Int-Ball "drone" was intriguing enough to make it into the blog. Largely due to the "cute" factor. If you don't believe me, follow the link below. Space watchers have seen footballs, mini-soccer [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:23-08:00July 24th, 2017|Drones, Interesting|Comments Off on The “Int-Ball” Photo Drone Designed For Use in Space

Dear Pilot: It Wasn’t A Drone, It Was A Bat That You Collided With

I'm always happy when I see an article like the one below. This article, titled "Bat, not drone, blamed for light plane collision during landing at Parafield Airport" makes a correction to an earlier story. In Australia, originally they were attributing a collision incident with a light plane to a drone, now they are attributing [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:23-08:00July 22nd, 2017|Drones, Interesting, Safety|Comments Off on Dear Pilot: It Wasn’t A Drone, It Was A Bat That You Collided With

Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

AI has reached the point of being a sexy new buzzword and, commensurate with it's status, AI is everywhere these days. How can AI improve your drone? In Zurich, a group of scientists and researchers believe they can use machine vision in place of GPS. To prove their point, they were able to do so using inexpensive [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:24-08:00July 19th, 2017|Drone Aided Research, Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting, International|Comments Off on Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

Drones: Fighting a Negative Image in the Media

As a member of the drone community, when I read the news daily, I'm regularly scanning the news headlines for anything drone or UAS related. As the article references below notes, most of the stories we read have a negative tinge. In the past week, DJI and drone technology more generally have had some pretty [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:24-08:00July 18th, 2017|Drones, Interesting, Journalism, Opinion|Comments Off on Drones: Fighting a Negative Image in the Media

Improving the Hexacopter: From 6 to 12 Degrees of Freedom in Flight

A website that I really enjoy is Hack A Day. Each day Hack A Day publishes fresh "hacks" from around the Internet. While browsing today, I ran into this interesting article titled "Harrier-like Tilt Thrust in Multirotor Aircraft." The article covers recent work from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and Zurich University of [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:25-08:00July 14th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting, New Drones|Comments Off on Improving the Hexacopter: From 6 to 12 Degrees of Freedom in Flight

Russian Company Coptersafe Is Jailbreaking DJI Drones

Current news is saturated with stories about Russia due to FBI Director Robert Mueller's investigation. While the following story isn't related to that investigation, it is related to Russia and the subject matter is legally questionable at best. For around $350, a Russian software company, named Coptersafe, will "jailbreak" your DJI drone. Once jailbroken, your DJI [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:29-08:00June 28th, 2017|Drone Software, Drones, Interesting, International, Modifications, WTF|Comments Off on Russian Company Coptersafe Is Jailbreaking DJI Drones