Articles tagged "drone-news"

AirMap announces real-time geofencing alerts on Android, iOS for DJI drones

A feature alerts pilots visually and/or verbally when their drone is approaching airspace that is unsafe or areas where drone flying is not permitted.

ISO drafts the first worldwide drone standards, expected to be adopted later next year

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a draft set of standards for drone operations.

Vantage Robotics Snap drone receives FAA-certification for flights over crowds of people

Rutherford County, Tennesee is the first US county where the drone can be flown overhead for commercial purposes.

DJI challenges drone plane collision test, accuses researchers of 'sowing fear'

Following the release of footage showing what kind of damage drones can do to airplanes, DJI has responded with a critical open letter.

New Pennsylvania bill will fine drone operators up to $300 for invading privacy

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1346 into effect, which imposes a fine upwards of $300 to drone operators who invade the privacy or harm the physical wellbeing of citizens.

PSA: This is what happens when a drone hits the wing of an airplane

The University of Dayton Research Institute created a video detailing what damage is caused when a drone strikes the wing of an airplane.

US Congress approves bill granting warrantless private drone take-downs

The United States Senate has passed that gives law enforcement officials the authority to shoot down and/or confiscate private drones if they're deemed a threat.

FAA program now lets DJI approve drone operation in controlled airspace

Drone maker DJI has been approved by the FAA to authorize drone flights in controlled airspace around airports and other secured location as part of the LAANC program.

DJI debunks rumor: Leaked 'Phantom 5' was just a custom-built Phantom 4 Pro

Last week, some 'leaked' photos were published online that purported to show a DJI Phantom 5 drone with interchangeable lens camera and several prime lenses. The rumor was widely reported, but DPReview has learned that those images do not, in fact, show a Phantom 5 at all.

Leaked photos of DJI Phantom 5 drone with interchangeable lens camera

These newly leaked images and sketches show the upcoming DJI Phantom 5 drone, which will allegedly feature a 1-inch sensor camera with interchangeable lenses.

DJI launches Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drone with 'OcuSync' and 60% quieter flight

DJI has released a new(ish) drone: the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. The updated P4P features almost all of the same internal specs of the original, but integrates a new high-res low-latency 'OcuSync' transmission system and decreases flight noise by 60%.

The FlyJacket soft exoskeleton turns your body into a drone controller

Researchers with Switzerland's EPFL have developed a soft exoskeleton that enables its wearer to control a drone using their upper body. The human-robot interface is said to offer "natural and intuitive control of drones."

DJI launches Zenmuse XT2 4K visual and thermal camera for enterprise drones

The Zenmuse XT2 features a 12MP 4K visual camera with a 1/1.7" CMOS sensor, and two different thermal resolutions: 336 x 256 and 640 x 512. It also sports 9mm, 13mm, 19mm, and 25mm lenses, and an IP44 rating for flights in fog, rain, snow, and smoke.

Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft

A Russian drone pilot took his little camera drone to an altitude of 10 kilometers (~33,000 feet), and while the flight didn't break any local regulations and was done in a remote region, it's still an incredibly reckless and stupid thing to try.

Parrot's 'Flight Director' automatically creates highlight videos from drone footage

The Flight Director function automatically edits your drone footage, using algorithms that study the drone's behavior and flight paths and picking the best highlights to edit together.

This SkyPixel 2017 photo contest winner wasn't shot from a drone...  or in 2017

When DJI and SkyPixel unveiled the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel Aerial Photography Contest earlier this month, they accidentally gave 1st place in the Landscape category to a photo that wasn't taken from the air... or in 2017.

Drone may have caused helicopter crash in South Carolina

A helicopter pilot and his student claim a civilian drone was the cause of their crash landing last week. If their story is confirmed by an ongoing investigators, this incident would mark the first time that a drone has caused an aircraft crash in the US.

Skydio R1 4K camera drone boasts game-changing autonomous tech

Skydio claims the autonomous R1 drone is "the most advanced autonomous device—of any kind—available today." It uses the NVIDIA Jetson AI to continuously track you, even through complex environments like dense woods.

DJI will set up temporary no-fly zones at the 2018 Olympics

DJI's temporary no-fly zones will cover four cities for the duration of the Games: Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bongpyeong, and Jeongseon. And if you somehow get around the software, South Korean authorities with security drones are waiting...

DJI unveils the Mavic Air: Mavic Pro specs in a Spark-sized body

What happens when you fuse a Mavic Pro with a Spark? You get DJI's new Mavic Air, a lightweight, foldable drone with features that will appeal to enthusiasts and pros on the go.

DJI Mavic Air leaked ahead of announcement, looks like a Spark-Mavic hybrid

Less than 24 hours before the official announcement, the DJI Mavic Air has been revealed in a massive trove of leaked photos and specs. Find out why we're feeling very lukewarm about the folding drone announcement now that we know what's coming.

DJI teases new folding drone announcement for January 23rd

Drone giant DJI has released a teaser video titled 'adventure unfolds,' implying that a new folding drone is coming on January 23rd at 10am Eastern time.

Autel unveils the EVO drone, serious competition for the DJI Mavic Pro

The Autel Robotics EVO looks like the first serious competitor for DJI's Mavic Pro Platinum. With a better remote, slightly better camera, and a slightly cheaper price tag, this drone could steal some serious Mavic market share.

Yuneec's new Typhoon H Plus drone boasts a 1-inch sensor camera that shoots 4K 60p

Hong Kong drone manufacturer Yuneec has announced three new drones at CES including an update to the Typhoon H with a bigger sensor with more resolution and the ability to shoot 4K at 60fps.

GoPro exits drone market, cuts over 250 jobs, and drops price of Hero6 Black by $100

GoPro is making some really tough decisions as part of its commitment to "[turn] our business around in 2018," according to CEO Nick Woodman. That includes exiting the drone market entirely, cutting over 250 jobs, and dropping the price of the Hero6 Black from $500 to $400.

Trump administration reinstates mandatory drone registration

President Trump has signed a bill that reinstates mandatory drone registration in the US, reversing a court ruling from earlier this year that eliminated the requirement.

The Dutch police have shut down their drone-catching eagle program

Dutch police began training eagles to take down illegal drones all the way back in 2016, but after running into some training issues and a lack of demand for these trained birds, the program is being shut down.

DJI adds 'voluntary identification' for drone pilots who want to broadcast their credentials

DJI has just added the option to voluntarily broadcast your drone ID and flight info, so concerned authorities using the company's AeroScope system can see what you're up to without tracking you down first.

Leaked government memo claims DJI is spying on the US for China

A newly leaked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo claims the company may be spying on the US on behalf of the Chinese government. For its part, DJI claims the allegations are 'profoundly wrong.'

Proposed UK bill will let police officers ground and seize drones

The UK has just revealed a new set of proposed drone regulations that it hopes to enact this spring. Simply called the Drone Bill, it would allow police to ground and seize drones, and may further tighten drone restrictions around airports.

WiBotic PowerPad brings wireless charging to drones

The WiBotic PowerPad is a three-foot by three-foot landing pad that, according to its makers, is capable of charging almost any drone wirelessly.

DJI 'AeroScope' tech shares your drone's ID and location with law enforcement

DJI has developed a technology called AeroScope that allows law enforcement to identify and track airborne drones that are breaking UAV regulations, while simultaneously addressing privacy concerns.

New FAA drone rules restrict flying near 10 major US landmarks

The FAA just made it illegal to fly within 400ft of several well known US landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and the Hoover Dam. Pilots who want to get around these new regulations will have to submit a plan with the FAA first.

Judge determines FAA drone rules take precedence over local regulations

A court ruling our of Newton, Massachusetts has set an important legal precedent for drone pilots: federal drone laws will now trump local drone regulations in situations where the two are in conflict.

UN seeks worldwide drone registry to pave way for global standards

The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization agency wants to establish a unified database where all of the world's drone pilots would be required to register their UAVs.

The Lily Drone is back: Gets a makeover, better features and a new parent company

The ill-fated Lily Drone has been resurrected by a company called Mota Group, and re-released with better looks, additional features and a new name: Lily Next-Gen.

DJI releases Mavic Pro Platinum with better battery life and quieter flight

DJI debuted an updated version of the Mavic Pro at IFA today. It's called the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum, and it boasts 11% better battery and 60% quieter flight than the original Mavic.

DJI offering up to $30,000 'bounty' to anyone who finds a critical software vulnerability

DJI is offering 'bug bounties' ranging between $100 and a whopping $30,000 to anybody who can find software vulnerabilities in the company's products.

DJI releases mandatory firmware for DJI Spark: update by September 1st... or else

DJI just released a mandatory firmware update for the DJI Spark. If you own a Spark and don't update your firmware by September 1st, DJI will remotely ground your drone.

DJI releases offline mode to calm fears over privacy and security

DJI has developed a 'Local Data Mode' that lets pilots fly without being connected to the Internet. The mode should calm recent fears over data privacy and security when flying DJI drones.

DJI launches Phantom 3 SE entry-level camera drone

Compared to the standard Phantom 3, the SE model offers a vision positioning system, 4K video and an improved video transmission range of up to 2.5 miles.

UK government will require drone users to register and take safety tests

The UK released a preview of their upcoming drone safety regulations, and it looks like drone pilots will have to both register their device and pass safety awareness tests.

FAA offers drone registration refunds following court ruling

If you registered your small drone with the FAA back in 2015, but don't intend to use it for commercial purposes, you're entitled to a registration refund. A crisp $5 bill, straight from the US government into your pocket.

Arizona man arrested for flying camera drone over wildfire, impeding firefighters

54-year-old Gene Alan Carpenter has been arrested by Arizona police for flying his camera drone over the Goodwin Fire to take pictures, impeding efforts to manage the wildfire.