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How Americans Really Feel About Drones

(Credit: Shutterstock) If you’re a fan of drone technology or a drone pilot yourself, it’s easy to think the tech is mainstream. It’s not. And it turns out drone owners are just a small sliver of Americans — just 8 percent own a flying drone, according to a December 2017 study from Pew Research Center. Even though many people don’t own drones, almost 60 percent have seen someone operating one. As of January, more than 1 million people have registered as drone owners with the FAA. That includes both hobbyist…

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Drone Light Shows Look Cool, But How Do They Work? Top Drone News Stories 

Drone Light Shows Look Cool, But How Do They Work?

If you were in Los Angeles on September 14, and looked up into the night sky, you would have seen a swarm of 300 Intel Shooting Star drones, equipped with LED lights, flying in sequence to form a huge W. Despite initial paranoia in downtown that the display was a subliminal message from a more advanced civilization, the drones were in fact working for Warner Bros/DC Comics, promoting the home entertainment release of Wonder Woman. Cool studio marketing stunts aside, you might have been curious to learn how drones fly…

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Professional Charter Jet Pilots Bring Experience to Startup Drone Business Commercial Drone Applications Top Drone News Stories 

Professional Charter Jet Pilots Bring Experience to Startup Drone Business

SARASOTA — Two Sarasota men have jumped into the world of commercial drones, knowing that federal regulations still stand between them and many job opportunities. But Chad Cox and C.J. Carlock, the co-founders of 4C Drone Solutions LLC, aren’t your typical hobbyists with dreams of making a living with the radio-controlled helicopters. They both have a lot of flight experience as professional pilots of luxury private jets carrying celebrities, professional athletes and wealthy business people around the world. Cox and Carlock fly out of Sarasota for NetJets, a Columbus, Ohio-based…

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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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