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RotorDrone Pro January - February 2020

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United States
Air Age Media
6 Issues

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1 min.
2020 and beyond

In the five years since we first published RotorDrone Pro, UAV aircraft have been gearing up to take center stage in package delivery, surveying and mapping, infrastructure inspection, environmental studies and more. In this first issue of 2020, we asked 10 industry insiders to give us their perspective on how drones and their use will continue to evolve. How will these aircraft and related technologies evolve in five or 10 years? Find the answers to those questions and more in “Future Tech.” In October 2019, a Wing drone delivered a FedEx package to a home in Christiansburg, Virginia in the first FAA-approved door-to-door drone delivery in United States history. Benefits of drone delivery include better delivery speeds, greater accessibility, and even fewer greenhouse gas emissions. David Daly shares the inside scoop…

2 min.

Mission Profile Fly by Night Patrick Sherman An adjunct faculty member at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University specializing in sUAS, Patrick is a pioneer in the drone industry, with 10 years of operational experience flying alongside public safety drone operators, as well as scientists and industrial managers. In this issue Patrick highlights his recent trip to Prescott, Arizona at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Department of Flight. Be sure to check out his antics working with law enforcement as he investigates specially equipped drones and their applications in the black desert night. Delivery by Drone David Daly A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, David is a professional journalist, commercial drone operator, and an industry consultant. When he isn’t running his company, Vigilante Drones, he volunteers for search-and-rescue operations and runs a nonprofit, Vigilante Cares, to…

3 min.
return to home

RotorDroneMag.com › Storm Drones Our story about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln leading an ambitious drone-based investigation of severe storms and tornadoes certainly had you folks talking. More than 50 scientists and students from four universities will participate in the TORUS project (Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells), deploying a broad suite of cutting-edge instrumentation in the U.S. Great Plains during the 2019 and 2020 storm seasons. The project will exceed $2.5 million, with the National Science Foundation awarding a three-year, $2.4 million grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration providing additional financial support. It is the largest-ever study of its kind, based upon the geographical area covered and the number of drones and other assets deployed. Thomas Jenkins: Somehow this reminds me of the movie where the storm chasers drive…

4 min.
delivery by drone

There is little doubt that the future of drones includes uncrewed aircraft delivery services. From online ordering to life-saving medications, our skies will soon teem with drones. Several of the world’s leading companies have been in a race against each other to be the first to provide a drone delivery service. Over the last few years, giants such as Google, Amazon, UPS, and Uber have poured enormous resources into the dream that is drone delivery. The potential benefits of delivering goods through drones are enormous. Speed of delivery, accessibility, and environmental impact are just a few of the areas likely to see gains. According to an economic study released by the New York-based research firm AlphaBeta, drone delivery has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 99 percent when compared…

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sneak peek: dji mavic mini

When it comes to the world of aerial selfies and personal drones, size is not always relevant to performance. You can now open up your sky with the new, compact yet powerful Mavic Mini. The perfect companion to your creativity, the Mavic Mini captures moments in a way that effortlessly elevates the ordinary. Together with the easy-to-use DJI Fly app, you’ll be able to enjoy a simplified flight experience with a point-of-view simplicity beyond any other combination. Exceptionally portable and almost as light as a smartphone, the Mavic Mini weights only 249 grams (8.78 ounces), so it is below the weight that requires FAA drone registration, which is 250 grams (8.82 ounces). With a satisfying 30-minute flight time, the Mavic Mini includes a 4km HD video transmitter, Vision Sensor + GPS Precision…

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join our team!

Add your unique perspective to our content mix! We’re looking for drone operators to share their expertise and advice in videos and posts. (Original and unpublished content only, please.) If you like taking videos and photos of your newest drones and accessories, are interested in sharing how you created your latest amazing image or video, or would like to give us the inside story on how you’re using drones in your work or for recreation, we hope you’ll consider joining us. Team members will get featured posts on our site and, of course, unlimited bragging rights. If you’d like to contribute, here are a few topics we’re interested in getting articles and videos about, or send us your own ideas! SAMPLE ARTICLE TOPICS • Drone and gear reviews: tell us about your latest…