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A brief chat with the Sprite UAV Team

  We wrote about the Sprite UAV during it’s crowd funding efforts – After its crowd funding success we chatted with the team to learn more When we wrote about the Sprite UAV Kickstarter project on May 24th they had 20 days remaining and had already raised $137,000 of the $200,000 goal.  It was clear they would be a crowd funding success story. By the time their campaign completed they had 532 backers who pledged $406,061. They not only met their goal, they smashed it. Q. Could you tell our readers a…

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How drones have evolved – Chatting with Professor Homayoun Najjaran

In this article we reached out to UBC Professor Homayoun Najjaran to learn more about his thoughts on how drones have evolved University of British Columbia Professor Homayoun Najjaran has been researching drones for a long time.  We thank the Professor, and the University as well, in taking time to participate in this discussion on how drones have evolved since he began his research and how he sees them evolving in the future. Q. Professor Najjaran, you have been researching drones since 2007, what sparked your interest in this space? It…

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Drone Search and Rescue – Project ICARUS

  Project ICARUS was born out of a disaster, seeing that drone search and rescue was still far better theoretically than in practice. ICARUS, a drone search and rescue project in the EU, notes this on its website: “After the earthquakes in l’Aquila, Haiti and Japan, the European Commission confirmed that there exists a large discrepancy between (robotic) technology which is developed in laboratory and the use of such technology on the terrain for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and crisis management. Thus, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and…

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3D Robotics discusses competing with DJI, Solo, and drone innovation

  The release of Solo is a big step forward for 3D Robotics.  See how they are closing the gap on DJI as well as their thoughts on innovation in the drone industry The team at 3D Robotics are great citizens in the drone marketplace and they took time out of their schedules to answer a few of our questions about Solo and more. Q. DJI is clearly the market leader in drone manufacturing, how is 3DRobotics looking to close this gap? Many ways! First, there’s Solo, the world’s first Smart…

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ConservationDrones.org – Bringing drones to the battle to save animals

  ConservationDrones.org seeks to share knowledge of building and using low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles for conservation-related applications with conservation workers and researchers worldwide Q. I love the story behind ConservationDrones.org, how do you define success for the organization? We measure success by looking at the number of people that we help to get started, train, provide other drone advice to, website traffic, and collaborative projects. Q. Why drones? How did you get involved with them in the first place? We wanted to have a more efficient method to monitor orang-utan distribution and density.…

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Want to become a builder? Check out the Build a Drone Workshop

  Live in Arizona or nearby?  The Build a Drone Workshop is based in Tempe, Arizona and is teaching students how to build and program a quadcopter. Education is a critical need in our industry.  If you want to build a drone, become a licensed operator, learn to fly a quadcopter, or simply better understand the latest rules and regulations, education is the key.  The Build a Drone Workshop is focused on helping people learn to build and program UAVs, inspiring people to learn more and get into this growing market.…

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What parts do you need to build a drone?

  Interested in learning to build a drone?  Here are the parts you will need to get started heimkinothx / Pixabay If you want to build a drone you have to understand the parts that are needed.  Here is a quick walkthrough of the important pieces to get the job done. Frame If you want to build a drone you have to have a frame to keep it all together. Frames can be bought from various sources, 3D printed and can be made from plastic, wood or aluminum (DIY).  As you start out stick with an inexpensive frame…

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First response and the use of drones

  Drones are clearly already playing a role in first response during natural disasters. Expect to see them used much more often in everyday first response situations soon. Drones providing Disaster Assistance When The Visual Arts Group received their Section 333 exemption to conduct “Research on UAS safety protocols and to develop an enhanced platform for first responder use” we felt it would be a good opportunity to understand their thinking on the use of drones in first response. All I can say is WOW. Here are the questions I would…

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The ARCAA – Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation

  The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) is doing amazing research that is moving the drone industry forward The ARCAA conducts research into all aspects of aviation automation, with a specific focus on autonomous technologies which support more efficient and safer utilisation of airspace and the development of autonomous aircraft and on-board sensor systems for a wide range of commercial applications.  Projects like this one (using UAVs to count Koala’s) intrigued us. First, watch the video, then check out the interview below. Q. The ARCAA Research Centre sounds like it…

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A conversation with Event 38 Founder Jeff Taylor

  Event 38 provides UAS-related services worldwide from bases in North and South America. We have known about Event 38 for a while and decided it was time to reach out and learn more about their business.  Their Founder, Jeff Taylor, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to share more about their business. Q. Could you share a bit of your pre Event 38 background with our readers? I studied aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where my senior design project first got me into…

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