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Terra Drone Inspects Flare Stacks

Terra Drone Inspects Flare Stacks

Terra Drone Indonesia, a group company of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has conducted drone-based visual inspections of onshore flare stacks for energy major Chevron (PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia). The drone-based flare stack inspection was done in Duri field, one of the largest production fields in Rokan PSC, Sumatra. Using a multirotor drone equipped with high-resolution […]
10 Pro Tips for Professional Video

10 Pro Tips for Professional Video

I love everything about editing video: the software, the equipment, and how you can spend 40 hours working to get a 3-minute piece just right. When it comes down to it, I realize what I love most is the look on other people’s faces when they watch my work. Whether you’re an up-and-coming freelance editor […]

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New Lifting World Record

New Lifting World Record

FPT Industrial and Forvola have announced that the two firms have broken the Guinness World Record for the heaviest payload lifted by a drone in Turin, Italy. Forvola’s “megadrone”, with its 16 propellers, lifted a box full of FPT Industrial spare parts weighing 222.67 pounds to a height of almost 5 feet for more than 1 minute, 3 […]
21-Year-Old Student’s VTOL Drone

21-Year-Old Student’s VTOL Drone

Drones are not one of man’s recent inventions. Initially, they were used by the police department to capture pictures of people in crowded places for security purposes. And just a short while ago, we heard about them being used to spray pesticides. So here’s the latest development, drones can now be used to transport organs […]

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Drones Could Be a Virtual Wall

Drones Could Be a Virtual Wall

President Donald Trump has a vision of a “big, beautiful wall” made of concrete and steel on the US-Mexico border. In addition to that physical barrier, you could also see an armada of drones whizzing through the sky. Many in the tech industry envision a drone-protected border as not just likely but inevitable, helping the US Border […]
Drone Imaging 101

Drone Imaging 101

There’s no doubt about the fact that drones have become increasingly popular. They are more affordable than ever, and more advanced and sophisticated than before. But getting started with drones is not as straightforward as you might think. It involves some studying, knowledge of and complying with the regulations, and (most important) a lot of […]

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Monitoring Endangered Sea Lions

Monitoring Endangered Sea Lions

In this video, the South Australian Bight National Marine Park is using drones to survey endangered Australian sea lions, who live and breed on sheer cliff faces and rock ledges. Hunted to the verge of extinction, the endangered Australian sea lions refuge in the waters of the Great Australian Bight, with about 80% of the […]
Pensa Drone Checks Store Shelves

Pensa Drone Checks Store Shelves

For retailers, empty or incorrectly stocked shelves come with a high price tag. New startup Pensa thinks drones can help, giving close-to-real-time updates on in-store inventory to both retailers and brands. It’s a lightweight alternative to the armies of cameras that track a customer’s every move in Amazon Go convenience stores. The Pensa Systems drone […]

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From left, Kerry Jones '19 (ENG), Ryan Heilemann '19 (ENG), and Josh Steil '19 (ENG) look on as their drone takes off for a test flight on Horsebarn Hill in Storrs. (Christopher Larosa/UConn Photo)

Autonomous Firefighting Drone

Working with mentors from Sikorsky, three University of Connecticut engineering seniors are translating their classroom education to the field. Electrical engineering majors Kerry Jones and Joshua Steil, and computer engineering major Ryan Heilemann, are collaborating to build and program an autonomous firefighting drone to battle blazes without a pilot’s guidance. “In the world today there’s […]
AirMagic Drone Image-Editing Software

AirMagic Drone Image-Editing Software

AirMagic is an AI-based app built specifically to enhance drone photos. It automatically detects the drone and camera used to take the images, applying lens corrections and other optimizations specific to that model, while also removing haze, enhancing the sky, boosting colors, and revealing details that were hidden. It’s available as a standalone app for […]
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