Tag Archives: Drone

Hands On With the DJI Mavic Pro: A Serious Drone That Fits in Your Daypack

I’ve been a bit slow getting into flying serious drones, after my early experiences with nanocopters and the Parrot made me worry I’d crash an expensive piece of hardware. But with the introduction of DJI’s practically pocket-sized Mavic Pro ($ 999 at Amazon), I decided to take the plunge. At $ 1,000 plus the need for a smartphone, the unit isn’t really any less expensive than a Phantom 4. But it is impressively compact and crams most of the important features of a Phantom 4 Pro into its small chassis. 4K Video, ...

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Best drone picks for every budget

Drones come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can get a nanocopter for a few bucks, or an industrial-strength rig for thousands. We’ve picked out what we think are some of the best options for a variety of budgets and applications. Aside from the sheer fun of hobby flying, photography (and videography) are the most popular application of drones, so we have several of those among our picks. In the commercial market, site surveys, industrial inspections, and architectural research and planning ...

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A US ally just shot down a $200 drone with a $3.4 million Patriot missile

The MIM-104 Patriot missile is a surface-to-air system that combines an advanced radar with an interceptor missile. First deployed in 1980 as an anti-aircraft weapon, ballistic missile interception capability was gradually added and enhanced throughout the 1980s and 1990s, though its success rate in conflicts like the first Gulf War remain highly disputed. But at least one Patriot missile had a confirmed hit, albeit not a very attractive one. Speaking at a military symposium this week, General David Perkins told the audience that one of our allies had successfully used ...

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China to return seized US underwater drone, Pentagon says

The Pentagon says it has “secured an understanding” with China that it will return an underwater drone seized in the South China Sea. China captured the US vessel in international waters on Thursday. It has not explained why and accused the US of “hyping-up” the incident. US President-elect Donald Trump accused the Chinese of “stealing”. The incident is among the most serious military confrontations between the two powers for decades. The Pentagon said the drone, known as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), was being used to carry out scientific research ...

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Amazon completes first Prime Air drone delivery

Amazon started talking about its plans for Prime Air drone deliveries back in 2013, but at the time the US didn’t even allow commercial use of drone aircraft. Well, things still aren’t ideal for Amazon’s drone deliveries in the US, so it has started the first field test of Prime Air in the UK. A handful of customers in the Cambridge area can place orders with a nearby Amazon warehouse and have products flown over to them in just a few minutes. So, drone deliveries are a thing now — ...

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Powerup FPV: See yourself fly in your own paper-airplane drone

Making paper airplanes is a time-honored hobby. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid, but I didn’t imagine a time would come when it’d be possible to could see what it was like to be on board. With the FPV paper-airplane drone from Powerup Toys, now you can. Once folded, the paper plane supports a frame that includes control electronics, two motors, a battery, and a tiny camera. There is also a microSD slot for recording your exploits. A boon for do-it-yourself-ers the FPV kit lets you construct, or ...

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GoPro recalls Karma drone because it loses power mid-flight

We tested DJI’s new foldable drone GoPro issued a recall for a batch of its new Karma drones — due to the gadget’s tendency to lose power while in the air. It’s the latest bad news for the innovative camera company, which recently saw its stock drop 20% because of terrible sales figures. The Karma, which costs $ 800, was the very first drone made by GoPro (GPRO, Tech30). It’s a black and white quadcopter that folds and can fit into a backpack. It’s meant to capture stunning aerial footage ...

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Ship relies on drone to avoid ice blocks in Arctic waters

Drone helps ship navigate Arctic ice Even in one of the world’s most desolate areas, gridlock is still a problem. A ship on a mission in the Arctic Circle found itself surrounded by blocks of ice this summer. So the ship’s crew launched an autonomous drone for a bird’s eye view of its situation. Rather than attempting to steer through a maze of ice chunks without knowing what lay ahead, the ship’s captain had live footage from the drone to guide it through the most treacherous passages. The tactic saved ...

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Who really invented Iraq’s ‘Al Robot’ combat drone?

These days, a lot of tech firsts are coming not from those who can create the most impressive inventions, but from those who are willing to use them: a local police force jury-rigged a bomb squad robot into a rolling grenade, while open source groups of civilians are breaking conceptual taboos by creating 3D printed weapons. Now, another achievement in combat robotics has emerged not from the mighty American or Chinese militaries, but from the fierce desert battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. The militias fighting this battle ...

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