LCCC Drone Courses and Plans Even More Training Drones In The News New Drone Technology 

LCCC Drone Courses and Plans Even More Training

Drones are becoming popular in a number of industries from real estate to photography, and so the demand for those licensed to operate a commercial drone is increasing. To meet demand, Lehigh Carbon Community College introduced its first classes on commercial drone certification last year. After a successful initial run, the community college will be hosting a second series of drone classes on campus this semester. Richard Wilt, dean of the School of Communication Arts, Computers and Technology at LCCC, which is offering the classes, said the classes are being…

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See the New Drone Lithium-Metal Battery Take Flight  New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

See the New Drone Lithium-Metal Battery Take Flight 

A Massachusetts-based startup says it’s doing something that no other company has been able: sell lithium-metal batteries commercially. And they’re appearing first in drones. SolidEnergy Systems, a spin-out from MIT, has developed a battery that it says has double the energy density of current lithium-ion batteries. That means that a battery from SolidEnergy Systems could be half the size of a standard lithium-ion battery and hold the same amount of energy, or it could be the same size as a lithium-ion battery and hold twice as much energy. For drone…

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4 Reasons GoPro's Drone Dreams Evaporated Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

4 Reasons GoPro’s Drone Dreams Evaporated

GoPro’s (NASDAQ:GPRO) stock plummeted in early January after the action camera maker reduced its fourth quarter sales forecast, lowered the price of its flagship Hero 6 Black camera, and exited the drone business. The death of GoPro’s drone business was particularly devastating since it was seemingly the company’s best chance to pivot away from the saturated action camera market. It was also surprising. GoPro claimed during last quarter’s conference call that the Karma was the second best selling drone in the US priced above $1,000, and that it controlled 24%…

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An Inside Look at How Drones Fly Top Drone News Stories 

Take a Detailed Glimpse on the Inside with a Look at How Drones Fly

Drones these days are easier than ever to pilot, but the science behind the technology often goes overlooked. That is why Rhett Allain, a Physics Professor from Southeastern Louisiana University, created a video explaining how drones fly. How drones fly: Hover Professor Allain used a DJI Mavic as a model to explain a drone’s flight. When a quadcopter hovers, there are two opposite rotors that spin clockwise, while the other rotors spin counterclockwise. To keep the drone stable, all the rotors are powered equally. READ MORE! >> Source: Inside look…

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Autonomous Drone Navigation based on Traffic Below New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Autonomous Drone Navigation based on Traffic Below

In countries where commercial drone delivery is permitted beyond line-of-sight (hint: not the US), autonomous drones still have a big blind spot: Urban areas. Due to interference from tall buildings, navigating city streets is all but impossible with GPS alone. Researchers at the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR Robotics) set out to tackle that problem. Their solution? Design an algorithm that allows drones to autonomously navigate by mimicking the very traffic that delivery drones were invented to avoid. The algorithm, called DroNet, uses…

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American Drone Companies Aren't Built to Compete Top Drone News Stories 

American Drone Companies Aren’t Built to Compete

GoPro’s announcement this week that it would exit the drone business was greeted by many observers as a foregone conclusion. Karma, the company’s first foray into drones, had sold poorly after an embarrassing recall in 2016. Under pressure to cut costs amid slowing sales in its core action-camera business, GoPro’s hand was forced. Viewed in that light, Karma was just one more tech company side hustle that didn’t pay off. But to shrug off GoPro’s drone is to ignore a larger question: why have American efforts to build a popular…

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Security Researchers Can Detect When Spy Drones Are Filming You New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Security Researchers Can Detect When Spy Drones Are Filming You

A group of security researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Weizmann Institute of Science have developed techniques that can determine if someone is using a drone to illicitly film someone. The research was detailed in an academic paper released in early January. Concerns of privacy invasions by way of drones—especially those with attached cameras—have skyrocketed in recent months. The methods detailed by these researchers could help individuals and businesses protect their privacy, and give them legal proof of a spying attempt. The methods can be used to…

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The US Military to Create Laser-powered Bat Drones for War Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

The US Military to Create Laser-powered Bat Drones for War

The American government’s defence department is offering funding to companies that can create a new generation of autonomous bat-like drones powered by lasers. They are particularly interested in “biomimetic” technology, which is a design mimicking real-life biological systems or functions. The department’s Defence Enterprise Science Initiative is offering grants between $1.5 million and $6 million for companies who can make them nature-inspired unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Operators sitting in the ground control operating station for a remotely piloted air system in the RAF The new generation of vehicles would need…

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Ballard Launches Next-generation Fuel-cell System for Drones New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Ballard launches next-generation fuel-cell system for drones

Ballard Power Systems announced that the company has developed a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the 1.3-kW system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform. Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation of fuel cell technology – a complete hydrogen power system for an unmanned fixed-wing and Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) platforms –…

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Quaternium Claims to Have Set a Drone Endurance Record Top Drone News Stories 

Quaternium Claims to Have Set a Drone Endurance Record

Quaternium, a European company that designs and develops multi rotor drones, claims to have set the world record of endurance with a flight of 4 hours and 40 minutes with its HYBRiX.20 fuel-electric quadcopter. In a release they state that “this flight time beats any former demonstration ever made with an electric, hybrid of hydrogen multicopter.” This flight would be 4 minutes longer than one made by Skyfront. You can view their video demonstrating the flight time here. From the video it appears the drone simply hovered for the time…

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