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Liftoff: Drone Racing

Liftoff: Drone Racing

Liftoff: Drone Racing will teach you what it is like to start your own drone racing career. This new fast-paced drone racing simulator for consoles offers different game modes for single-player and multiplayer for up to 6 players and is the perfect alternative to fly a drone on bad weather days. Challenge yourself in races […]
Flying Under the Midnight Sun – High Arctic drone operations

Flying Under the Midnight Sun – High Arctic drone operations

“This is a crevasse minefield!” yelled Louise. In flat light I was skiing in front, trying to pick the safest way forward. Bumps of blue glacier ice were all around me. My ski tails would settle, leaving behind holes of blackness. Louise moved left to avoid one of my holes. Dave also stepped left into […]

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FoxFury 3060 Drone Light

FoxFury 3060 Drone Light

The next time you are out flying a mission during civil twilight, or under a daylight waiver to 14 CFR Part 107, spare a thought for the people who design your beacons. As drone pilots, we demand a lot from our strobes: they should be bright as the sun, light as a feather, tough as […]
Starting a Drone Service Business  – Ten fundamental steps to success

Starting a Drone Service Business – Ten fundamental steps to success

There are few events in your professional life more rewarding than starting your own business. The ability to take an idea and grow it into a thriving entity is a dream many people share. Unlike some business endeavors that require large amounts of capital or extensive training, drones offer a chance for anyone to become […]

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Drone Mapping Versus Terrestrial Laser Scanners

Drone Mapping Versus Terrestrial Laser Scanners

In the drone industry, it is taken nearly as gospel that small uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) will allow people to do their jobs better, safer, and faster than whatever the traditional method happens to be—especially when it comes to public safety. However, if you are making decisions that have financial consequences or lives on the […]
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Night Photography 101

Once you receive your daylight waiver from the FAA, no doubt you will be anxious to exercise your hard-won privilege. Night-time aerial photography is a great way to begin your exploration into darkness while capturing some dramatic images that you can add to your portfolio. From a photographer’s perspective, the key difference between day and […]

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Watch this Drone Fly Like a Bird

Watch this Drone Fly Like a Bird

The northern goshawk is a fast, powerful raptor that flies effortlessly through forests. This bird was the design inspiration for the next-generation drone developed by scientifics of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems of EPFL led by Dario Floreano. They carefully studied the shape of the bird’s wings and tail and its flight behavior, and used […]
Free webinar: Improve Photogrammetric Workflow

Free webinar: Improve Photogrammetric Workflow

SimActive’s 8.6 version of its photogrammetry software Correlator3D has many new features, such as the use of intensity data from LAS files for image registration, the ability to improve mosaic seamlines with a DSM and the support of  DJI sun sensors. This free, 1-hour webinar will teach users how to: – Use LiDAR intensity for […]

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VTOL Pharmacy Delivery

VTOL Pharmacy Delivery

Volansi, Inc., a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), middle-mile drone delivery service,  has begun a commercial healthcare drone delivery project in North Carolina. In collaboration with Merck, known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada, Volansi is piloting the delivery of cold chain medicines from Merck’s Wilson, N.C. manufacturing site to Vidant Healthplex-Wilson, a Vidant […]
Amazing Aerials: Pro photography advice from the world’s best

Amazing Aerials: Pro photography advice from the world’s best

Aerial photos and videos produced using drones has developed into a major industry. There are literally thousands of enthusiasts snapping digital images with their drone hoping to turn their exciting pastime into a money making proposition. The cameras and equipment available today are top shelf and image quality is constantly improving. So what does it […]
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