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Getting Started With Camera Drones: How One Small Rig Can Add So Much Production Value

by Mike Wilkinson Aerial videos that have been shot by drones have been flooding YouTube for the last few years, especially as the cost and expertise needed to get into it has come down. A birds-eye point of view can add a lot of production value to a video project, but where does one start when …

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What Makes The Quadcopter Design So Great For Small Drones?

Yuan Gao, Engineer Be careful here, some of the answers given are incorrect (edit: those answers have been since been deleted by their authors), and there are many misconceptions surrounding quadcopters and multirotors.  The single main reason that they are popular for small drones is mechanical simplicity.  It’s worth pointing out that a quadcopter is LESS …

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Drone footage shows devastation from Iselle on the Big Island

Drone VIDEO offers unique view of the damage the Puna community has incurred from Iselle. The best way to help is to donate cash and volunteer, according to Civil Defense: http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/20140812_Iselle_NR_Aid.pdf HONOLULU – As emergency managers continue to assist individuals and communities recovering from damage caused by the Tropical Cyclone Iselle, the general public can …

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The Master of Science in Unmanned Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

News reports of professional sports teams, media organizations and commercial enterprises engaging unmanned aerial systems to take photographs have become commonplace. Driverless cars may have once been a far-fetched idea, but now auto makers and technology developers are in the early stages of testing these autonomous vehicles for commercial use. And while military and government …

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Innovation: Drone Mapping of Coral Reefs and the Coastal Zone

By Steve Schill, Senior Scientist, The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program The small, agile quadcopter touched down and landed softly on the water. It took off again, circled 250 feet above us and smoothly drifted through the air along a pre-programmed path. The local Haitian fishers looked up and stared in awe at this strange new …

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