Buying a drone: how cheap should you go?

By Paul Archer, Dronesgator.com

Considering the range of prices for a drone these days, the decision is sometimes as hard as buying a car.

However, quadcopters can also get cheap and still deliver what you’re looking for at most. Here’s a list of the best drones under $200 where you can learn more about potential choices.

Just as with most technology equipment, after a certain price, the additional functions get more expensive and become more of a gimmick than real useful things.

This is why we’re going to do an overview on what are the most important aspects you should look for in a drone. Continue reading Buying a drone: how cheap should you go?

Parrot Mambo FPV: Become a FPV Race Pilot

A press release by Parrot, through Realwire

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Compact, ultra-light, agile and easy to pilot, the Parrot Mambo is THE ultimate fun-to-fly minidrone – and now provides a unique FPV racer experience!

Parrot Mambo FPV

Thanks to its FPV HD camera, the all new Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 (FPV goggles) and accompanying Parrot Flypad piloting controller, the Parrot Mambo FPV opens the pilot to an exciting world of fully immersive, drone racing experiences.

Ideal to fly indoors and outside in the garden, the Parrot Mambo FPV transforms its environment into a giant playground – turning everyday items around the home into obstacles and racetracks.

It also comes fully equipped with a range of brand new piloting modes, perfect to train yourself before a big race, and Parrot Mambo FPV’s new power battery provides up to 10 minutes of flight time*.

The Parrot Mambo FPV creates an all new flying experience, putting you at the heart of the cockpit, and into the role of the drone’s pilot!

Parrot Mambo FPV is available in September 2017 at Argos, Currys, Amazon.co.uk and at parrot.com.
MSRP: £159

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Ecommerce & Drones: What The Future Holds

By Victoria Greene – @vickyecommerce

The ecommerce industry is one area that really stands to benefit from the increased use of drones in our society, especially when it comes to logistical evolution. As drones become easier to control and are given greater levels of autonomy by legislators, their commercial uses will only continue to increase. The future of drones and ecommerce is bright and promising. Here are a few things that we might be able to expect in the years to come, from same-day deliveries across the globe to drone-based photography services.

drone at sunset

Used By Big Businesses

Drones are already used by businesses like Amazon, who plans to have 80-90% of its deliveries fulfilled by drones in future. As the technology becomes more prevalent, more and more businesses are going to start doing the same. Amazon is a huge industry influencer and if it comes up with a new initiative, you can be sure that everyone else will be vying for a slice of the pie. Amazon has the ability to wield its enormous influence and purchase power, but eventually drone delivery should trickle out to smaller retailers and brands too. (It’s predicted that a lot of large businesses will pay for their drones by renting them out).

Drones Powering the Future of Delivery

The more that drones are used, the more convenient home deliveries will be. Consider the following ways in which drones will impact the delivery experience across the globe: Continue reading Ecommerce & Drones: What The Future Holds

Parrot Extends Its Education Offer Worldwide And Builds New Collaborations With Major Players

A press release by Parrot through realwire

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  • Launched In 2016 In The US, Parrot Education Is Now Expanding Worldwide With Programs For Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Field Researchers And Developers.
  • Parrot Strengthens Its Collaborations With Renowned EDU Players

Parrot Education has been created by Parrot to support academic and non-profit institutions to enable the use of drones in classrooms, labs and fields. Launched one year ago in the US, the program today works with more than 400 schools and 50 major universities across North America that use Parrot products as part of their curriculum. Now, the program will expand to make Parrot educational content available worldwide!

Key collaborations with major players

Parrot Education has developed strong collaborations with renowned companies so educators can teach students essential STEM skills, such as mathematics, science, art, physics and coding, and so kids can continue to learn coding at home.

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An history of drones – Infographic

Thanks to David from DronesBuy.net for sharing this nice story and infographic with us! Make sure you check out his nice original full article at https://www.dronesbuy.net/history-of-drones/ 

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If you’re on this site, you’re already familiar with the incredible drone revolution going on these days.

Personal drones are becoming more and more popular, their prices are coming down, their technology is getting better and simply put, they become more accessible to more people- that’s why you keep hearing about them all over the place.

Personal drones however, have evolved, like much of our cutting edge technology from a more scary past – a military past. The commercial and consumer drone revolution has both an interesting, a curious and even a more terrifying past – the history of drones is, in fact, extremely interesting.

It’s interesting to read and understand how drones technology has come about and how it has matured over the years – incredibly drones have been evolving for more than two centuries. Quite a lot of different technologies had to come together to eventually enable the current version of drones.

The following Infographic from DronesBuy.net fully explains the timeline of the historical evolution of drones as it happened through the ages, from the first ever unmanned hot-air balloon flight, to the current usage of personal and commercial drones.

History of drones infographic
History of drones infographic

But let me tease your curiosity with a few questions about the history of drones: Continue reading An history of drones – Infographic

Limited Edition Parrot Bebop 2 & Parrot Disco Adventurer Packs: Explore the World from the Sky

Press release by Parrot

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Set off into the great outdoors and discover new horizons with the limited edition Parrot Bebop 2 and Parrot Disco Adventurer packs.

 Both packs are tailor made for adventurers and designed to meet the demands of a new generation of explorer, equipped with lightweight, ergonomic backpacks that include all of the flying essentials. This includes: 

·         Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer: a Parrot Bebop 2 quadcopter; a Parrot Skycontroller 2 controller; one pair of Parrot Cockpitglasses FPV goggles; one battery offering 25 minutes of flight time; and the Follow Me GPS and visual tracking app

Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer pack
Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer pack

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MicroPilot autopilots compatible with Lockheed Martin’s mGCS

Press Release

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MicroPilot autopilots have achieved STANAG 4586 compatibility through integration with Lockheed Martin’s unmanned systems software ecosystem.

June 1st, 2017 – Stony Mountain, Canada – Working with Lockheed Martin CDL Systems, MicroPilot Inc. has developed a Vehicle Specific Module (VSM) to communicate with STANAG 4586 compliant ground control station (GCS) software. This will enable MicroPilot customers to utilize Lockheed Martin’s many previously unavailable tools as part of its unmanned systems software ecosystem with over 1.5 million flight hours worldwide.

 

Micropilot autopilot
Micropilot autopilot

STANAG 4586 is a NATO standard interface for Unmanned Control System and UAV interoperability. MicroPilot was able to cooperate with Lockheed Martin CDL Systems to create the VSM to make MicroPilot autopilot’s able to communicate with Lockheed Martin’s mGCS software, which is STANAG 4586 compliant. Continue reading MicroPilot autopilots compatible with Lockheed Martin’s mGCS

Parrot develops its commercial drone offer with end-to-end solutions dedicated to small & medium business

Press release by Parrot

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Parrot develops its commercial drone offer with end-to-end solutions dedicated to small & medium business.

  • Complete and multi-purpose decision-making tools especially designed for agriculture and architecture / engineering / construction professionals.
  • A new entry- level “prosumer” range built on parrot’s commercial offer across drones, sensors, software and services.

Parrot is expanding in the commercial civil drone industry since 2012 via stakes and acquisitions in selected companies such as AIRINOV, MicaSense, Pix4D, senseFly as well as the creation of its specialized UAV service platform Air Support. The Group is combining a range of advanced and renowned solutions bringing high-value data and models meeting the needs of professionals in precision agriculture for farmers and agronomists; mapping and inspection for industries such as construction, real estate, architecture as well as GIS for humanitarian, environmental, mining and public services.

 Parrot BEBOP-PRO 3D Modeling
Parrot BEBOP-PRO 3D Modeling

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Aerix Drones Releases Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package

Press release by Aerix drones

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All-in-one set has everything you need to bring “Tiny Whoop”-style racing into your home

ROCHESTER, NY — April 3, 2017Aerix Drones announced the release of the new Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package. This “Tiny-Whoop” inspired set includes everything you need to start enjoying the thrill and excitement of drone racing in your home. The ready-to-race (RTR) drones are safe to fly indoors, but fast enough to be seriously fun.

The Aerix nano FPV drone
The Aerix nano FPV drone

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UGCS PHOTOGRAMMETRY TOOL FOR UAV LAND SURVEYING MISSIONS

Latvia, Riga – March 7, 2017 – Before the introduction of small UAVs for aerial photogrammetry, planes, helicopters and metric cameras were used. Not only was this costly, it was also complex due to the images being taken from high altitudes. UAVs have made aerial mapping more affordable, faster and precise. When it comes to planning survey missions for small UAVs, UgCS is the right software for the job. It supports most UAV platforms and provides useful tools such as Photogrammetry tool, Image geotagging tool and other.

UgCS Photogrammetry for land survey
UgCS Photogrammetry for land survey

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