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ArcticDEM for safer UAV flights

Press release by UgCS 

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Recently new digital surface model ArcticDEM Release 3 has been released for wide list of territories – Alaska, Baffin Island (Canada), Svalbard (Norway), Iceland, Novaya Zemlya (Russia) and Franz Josef Land (Russia) enabling safer UAV mission planning.

ArcticDEM-Domain-Map
Image source: http://pgc.umn.edu/arcticdem

This is exciting news for UAV industry, as UAV usage has increased in Arctic region during last 5 years, but previously available public elevation data for hard-to-reach regions was outdated and imprecise. Continue reading ArcticDEM for safer UAV flights

Keyshare Technology Introduces Kimon Drone to US Market

Press Release by Keyshare Technology

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Kimon Aims to Be First Successful Mass Market Selfie Drone

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV – January 3, 2017

Keyshare Technology announced today the launch of their Kimon “selfie” drone in the US market. Selfie drones have been hovering on the horizon for some time now. The Kimon, which was successfully introduced in China in July 2016, is the first to deliver on the promise of these devices. Selfie drones eliminate the standard selfie limitations – small photo area due to length of your arm or selfie stick – while delivering quality photos at an affordable price.

The Kimon selfie drone
The Kimon selfie drone by Keyshare Technology

The Kimon is easy to use, portable, has a replaceable battery and is capable of taking quality photos with a high-definition camera.

Continue reading Keyshare Technology Introduces Kimon Drone to US Market

Yuneec International Announces Industry-Leading Customer Service Program Upgrades for U.S. and Canada

Press Release by Yuneec

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Program Provides New One Year Warranty, New Regional Service Centers Nationwide and Continues All U.S.-based Customer Service

ONTARIO, CA (January 5, 2017) — Yuneec International, a world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its industry-leading customer service offerings. These customer service upgrades include a new one year warranty, a total of twelve authorized service locations for after-warranty repair across the U.S. and Canada and Typhoon H product hotline, all effective immediately.

Yuneec Typhoon H

“At Yuneec, we’re committed to ensuring our customers receive the maximum benefit and enjoyment from our products and that ultimately comes down to having a customer service team that’s always performing at its optimum level,” said Ryan Borders, vice president of business operations. “We feel that by extending our product warranty to one year and providing quick, nimble and reliable support across the U.S. and Canada when customers need help, we will do just that.” Continue reading Yuneec International Announces Industry-Leading Customer Service Program Upgrades for U.S. and Canada

Yuneec International Expands Commercial UAV Offerings with All-New H520

Press Release by Yuneec

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H520 Builds Upon Yuneec’s Proven Six-Rotor Platform and Incorporates Industry-First Commercial-Grade Features and Software Developer Kit

ONTARIO, CA (January 5, 2017) — Yuneec International, a world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its commercial UAV offerings with the unveiling of the H520, an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications. The H520 builds off Yuneec’s proven six-rotor platform and incorporates industry-first commercial-grade cameras and applications for high-end commercial use. The H520 offers longer flight time, greater payload, modular design and enhanced components while staying true to Yuneec’s standard of excellence in aviation precision and safety.

Yuneec H520
Yuneec H520, , an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications

The H520, engineered for optimal use in industrial and commercial environments, features high visibility Hazard Orange fuselage and a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors. A 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal coupled with retractable landing gear provides an unobstructed view from any angle. The camera and gimbal are capable of a 20 degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections. Continue reading Yuneec International Expands Commercial UAV Offerings with All-New H520

A drone that flies (almost) like a bird

A drone developed by the Dario Floreano’s team in the Laboratory of Intelligent systems in the EPLF (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland is geared toward flying more like a bird than like small helicopters, as most available multirotors currently do.

This should allow a much greater tolerance to challenging environmental flight conditions.

For more information check full story on the EPFL website here and the video below.

Stay tuned on the Personal Drones Blog for the latest quadcopter and multirotor news!

SPH Engineering releases UgCS software update 2.10

Riga – December 15, 2016 – SPH Engineering’s latest update to UgCS mission planning software for drones brings improvements to features, user interface ergonomics and a new affordable licence type for UAV professionals.

Added support for PX4, DJI Matrice 600 and DJI A3 autopilot, expanding the already wide base of UgCS supported drones.

The UgCS version 2.10 features many changes, one of the biggest is automatic route calculation in the background as you draw it. Once the route is created – just upload it to the drone and it is ready to fly. Continue reading SPH Engineering releases UgCS software update 2.10

The five most unusual uses for drones

Most users will use drones to have fun flying and maybe for capturing some aerial photos and videos. However there is much more to it, as reported in this article about five unusual drone uses by Adam James from The Drone Worx. Enjoy the read and the nice videos!

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By Adam James

In the past two years, the rise of hobby and personal use drones has risen dramatically. They are now considered a mainstream gadget. But us hobbyists aren’t the only people coming up with exciting uses for drones. In fact, a study by Drones Direct found that the top business sectors using drones were trades & manufacturing.

Flying drone
Flying Drone – Photo by Richard Unten, Flickr Creative Commons

But what are the most exciting applications for drones, and what could they be used for in the future?

Here, The Drone Worx, look at five of the most unique uses for drones out there. Continue reading The five most unusual uses for drones

Yuneec Releases Breeze First-Person View Controller for Immersive Flying Experience

Breeze First-Person View Controller Enhances Flying Accuracy and Turns Smart Device into Display Screen

ONTARIO, Calif. (December 6, 2016) — Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the availability of its all-new Breeze First-Person View Controller, creating a new means to pilot the ultimate flying camera. The Breeze FPV Controller is now available at a suggested retail price of $69.99.

yuneec-breeze

The Breeze FPV Controller provides pilots with an enhanced flying experience. The portable game controller connects to the users smart device via Bluetooth and enables users to accurately control Breeze with physical joysticks and buttons. It is compatible with the Breeze Cam mobile application on iOS (8.0 and above) and Android (4.4 and above) devices, giving pilots the ability to operate with joysticks, while the smart device is turned into the display screen held by the headset for a first-person perspective via the Breeze onboard 4K camera. The upgraded piloting set up creates an immersive and uninterrupted flight experience. The Breeze FPV Controller features two view modes: FPV Mode and Normal Mode. Pilots can view images through the FPV Goggles or from their smart devise placed on the controller. Continue reading Yuneec Releases Breeze First-Person View Controller for Immersive Flying Experience

Tech startup Makeblock releases Airblock, a Modular Drone that Transforms Into a Hovercraft

Tech startup Makeblock releases Airblock, a Modular Drone that Transforms Into a Hovercraft

SAN FRANCISCO — November 2, 2016 — Shenzhen-based robotics startup Makeblock released the new Airblock, a modular six-axis drone that transforms into various flying configurations, including hexacopter and hovercraft. Airblock combines the best of building blocks with flight physics and engineering to make each flying experience unique.

Airblock, a modular and programmable Drone
Airblock, a modular and programmable Drone

Airblock consists of magnetic, modular parts that are easy to assemble and disassemble without tools. Included in each set are a control core, a hovercraft base, six blade modules, six spare blades, ten blade shields, one wall charger, one lithium-ion rechargeable battery and one USB cable.

The central processor, motors and rotors are all enclosed in a soft foam frame that is durable and strong. Its pieces snap together using magnetic connectors. The large styrofoam base can be configured with the aforementioned pieces to construct a hovercraft that zips over water or smooth terrain. Continue reading Tech startup Makeblock releases Airblock, a Modular Drone that Transforms Into a Hovercraft