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Drone 360 April 2017

Drones already film our favorite movies, keep watch over our neighborhoods, and wage our distant wars. Someday, they might save our lives. Find out more about these versatile unmanned aerial vehicles in ALL-NEW Drone 360, including: • How UAVs are changing law enforcement and warfare. • Where and how high a drone can fly — and who makes the rules. • When it’s illegal to fly a drone over private property. • How UAVs might revolutionize emergency response. Order your copy today and take a closer look at this emerging technology!

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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drone’s-eye view

Whether wading into the water for fish or taversing the woods for game, drones can give you the upper hand. But there are strong opinions about whether drones cross an ethical line. Dive deeper into the issue on Page 42. ZOOM ZOOM Commuting can be such a drag — but what if traffic could be eliminated? Clearing up congestion, both in the air and on the ground, is one of the many goals of autonomous vehicles. Flip to Page 70 to learn how it could be done. AERIAL ARCHAEOLOGIST Behold! The Pyramid of the Sun! Not only are drones capturing stunning images like this, but they’re also helping archaeologists unearth and preserve history. Find out more on Page 54. IN THE CROSSHAIRS Ever been scared someone will shoot at your drone while out flying? The danger…

2 minutos
editor’s welcome

If you’ve paid any attention to the consumer side of the drone industry recently, you have probably witnessed some tectonic shifts. Perhaps the most public shakeup was the tooth-shattering reversal of fortune 3D Robotics suffered last year, resulting in 150 layoffs and expending nearly $100 million in venture capital with very little to show for it. Parrot missed its fourth-quarter sales estimates by 15%, and announced in January that it would let go of one-third of its drone division — nearly 300 jobs. Frankly, it’s hard to compete in the consumer market when the biggest drone manufacturer, DJI, can slash model prices multiple times per year, while also introducing new hardware that comes in cheaper than similarly capable aircraft from competing brands. This has led some to lament (or rejoice) that we’ve reached…

6 minutos
droning on

DURING THE SUPER BOWL 51 halftime performance, pop superstar Lady Gaga sang “This Land Is Your Land” in front of a fleet of 300 Intel Shooting Star drones — considering the television audience of an estimated 111 million people, the performance marks the most mainstream, widespread public drone demonstration to date. Intel’s lightweight quadcopters briefly sparkled, swirled, and swarmed, eventually forming a somewhat pixelated semblance of Old Glory waving over NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. The drones were shown again after the full halftime performance, creating an aerial Pepsi logo and then rearranging themselves to form the Intel logo. As news of the drone performance leaked the weekend of the big game, industry insiders speculated as to how the stunt would be executed — the FAA had announced a 34.5-mile radius of…

3 minutos
5 questions

1 HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE WORLD OF UNMANNED VEHICLES? I wish I could tell you that I flew R/C aircraft from a young age and I’ve been tinkering with them ever since, but that’s not the case. I’ve spent most of my career in the defense sector, and my first involvement with unmanned vehicles was with the U.S. Army’s Future Combat System — a large modernization program that included both unmanned aircraft and unmanned ground vehicles. Over the years, I’ve worked on military and commercial unmanned systems from ones that fly in the air to those that float on the sea. It’s the incredible rate of technology change for unmanned systems that keeps it exciting. 2 IF YOU COULD IMPROVE ONE BIT OF UAS TECHWITH A SNAP OF YOUR FINGERS,…

6 minutos
pro tips: demystifying lens filters

One of the best accessories you can purchase for your drone is a quality set of lens filters. Lens filters can help protect your camera lens from debris while you’re flying, but just as importantly, a properly used filter can turn an average photo into a spectacular, eye-popping image with no editing required. They can add more flexibility when recording video, too. A neutral-density (ND) filter is the most common type of filter for aerial platforms. Typically colorless or gray, ND filters reduce the amount of light entering the camera. The majority of drone cameras currently on the market only come equipped with the option of changing ISO (the camera sensor’s sensitivity to light) and shutter speed. This means that in order to avoid overexposure on bright days with your standard…

6 minutos
drone gear

Have you had your eye on the world of drone racing? Want to experience the thrills of aerobatic flight without the hassle of building and tuning something yourself? Then the Blade Conspiracy 220 offered by Horizon Hobby might be the machine you’ve been looking for! Out of the box, you’re looking at the basic Conspiracy 220 quad, complete with motors and receiver, an FPV camera, a set of tri-blade props, a decal sheet, and a user manual. To get in the air, you’ll need a 6-channel Spektrum DSMX transmitter, 3S or 4S LiPo battery and charger, and FPV goggles — why fly FPV if you aren’t gonna go for the full experience? First, you’ll need to refer to the manual to set up your Spektrum transmitter to fly the Conspiracy. Navigating all…