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The Vertex can hover like a quadcopter, or fly fast like a fixed-wing aircraft

As consumer drones are becoming increasingly common, we seem to be seeing more of a certain "value-added" feature – quadcopters that are able to hover as needed, but which can also transition to faster and more efficient fixed-wing flight. Recent examples have included the Skyprowler and the X PlusOne. Now, there's also the Vertex.  Read More

ONR has been conducting demonstrations of the LOCUST project for swarming UAVs

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has revealed that it has been conducting demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at various locations over the past month. The demonstrations were part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program, which is developing quick launching UAV swarm technology to overwhelm adversaries.  Read More

Seattle-based Freefly Systems unveiled its new Alta drone at this week's NAB show in Las V...

If you're in the business of making drones for photography, it takes a bit to stand out from the crowd these days. Drone-mounted cameras are only getting better, and the vehicles themselves are only becoming more capable of accommodating higher quality lenses and equipment. Freefly Systems is looking to add another element to the airborne filmmaking mix with a professional-grade UAV that can fly with a camera above its body.  Read More

The Ares autonomously follows flight paths drawn by the user on their mobile device's scre...

Many people have likely watched aerial video shot by drones, and dreamed of getting such footage with a drone of their own. What they might not realize, however, is that controlling the little UAVs can be difficult, particularly if the user is trying to both fly the drone and keep a subject centered in the frame. That's why a group of entrepreneurs are creating the pre-programmable Ares quadcopter.  Read More

The 3DR Solo quadcopter is a consumer-level quadcopter designed to make impressive aerial ...

3D Robotics, the company that grew out of the popular DIY drones website and the imagination of Wired Magazine Editor Chris Anderson, has announced a new consumer level quadcopter drone called the Solo. Touting its latest creation as "a breakthrough in intelligent flight," 3DR's new drone leans away from 3DR’s roots in hobbyist, DIY UAV flying in favor of a a slick, packaged, all-in-one consumer-oriented system that works right out of the box with a minimum of fuss.  Read More

DJI Inspire 1: the most sophisticated all-in-one, ready to fly aerial camera you can buy (...

We recently had a chance to spend some time with the most advanced all-in-one video drone on the market, DJI's Inspire 1. It's a clear step forward from the Phantom 2 Vision+ we've been playing with lately, but what's it like to fly, and where does it sit against DJI's new Phantom 3?  Read More

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera - light enough to fly on a compact quadcopter, but with an ...

Blackmagic Design has just announced yet another disruptive pro video product – the US$995 Micro Cinema Camera. Weighing just 10 ounces (300 grams), the BMCC is designed to be a GoPro killer action camera that puts an unprecedented level of control into a package small enough to be carried by a compact quadcopter. Here's a drone camera that will let you mount your choice of micro 4/3rds lenses, and control everything from focus to iris and even zoom from your remote control. Plus it will record everything in uncompressed CinemaDNG raw video for extreme editability in post production. The world of drone videography just got a lot richer.  Read More

Amazon has been granted permission to test delivery drones outdoors in the US (Image: Shut...

Last month it emerged that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had granted Amazon permission to begin testing a delivery drone prototype for its Prime Air service, a venture that aims to transport packages to Amazon customers in under 30 minutes. But there was a hitch, with the company since revealing the vehicle cleared for use had already become obsolete. Things are now back on track with the FAA giving Amazon the green light to put its current models to the test.  Read More

The SkyOrbiter about to take off on its maiden flight

A Portuguese company that wants to use drones to provide internet access to offline areas of the world has completed its first test flight. Quarkson plans to use solar-powered SkyOrbiter drones that will stay airborne for weeks, months or even years at a time and will fly at altitudes of up to 22,000 m (72,000 ft).  Read More

Fotokite claims that somebody can be taught to fly its device within five minutes (Photo: ...

Learning the intricacies of drone photography can involve a steep learning curve, but flying a kite is a much simpler proposition. For Russian roboticist Sergei Lupashin, blending these old and new forms of flight could be a key to unlocking the potential of aerial photography. By putting his Fotokite quadcopters on a leash, he hopes to get airborne cameras into the hands of more journalists, enabling them to tell stories from exciting new angles.  Read More

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