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A huge, crossover video game and drone race is coming — and $50,000 is up for grabs

A huge crossover FPV drone race is coming to California, and $50,000 is up for grabs.
The Xfinity CA Drone Speed Challenge Level 2, put on by California-based drone racing group Aerial Sports League, will take place July 18 and 19 at the Golden1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
And it’s not just a drone race. The event is actually a crossover of FPV racing with what’s called Velocidrone, which is a fast paced multi-player and single player FPV drone racing simulator game .
To participate in the big race, pilots need to qualify in one of four races, which are underway right now.
Two qualifier races were held over the weekend, and two more will take place next weekend — on June 23 at 8 p.m. ET and June 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Two drone companies land on Wall Street Journal’s 2018 list of tech companies to watch

The drone industry is still flying high — at least according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal named 25 emerging leaders as tech companies to watch in 2018, and among them are two drone companies. Kespry landed on spot No. 15, while Airobotics made it as No. 21.

Kespry is a Silicon Valley company founded in 2013 to gather data using drones and analyze it for industries such as mining, insurance and construction. Its services are mostly used for inspections and inventory and operation management. The company has 104 employees and has raised $61.4 million in funding, and is led by founders Paul Doersch, Nathan Hall-Snyder and Ben Stabler.

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President Trump holds a drone as George Mathew, CEO of Kespry, explains how it works during the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event.

Kespry was among a handful of companies invited to attended a historic White House meeting last year between drone industry leaders and U.S. President Donald Trump. Continue reading Two drone companies land on Wall Street Journal’s 2018 list of tech companies to watch

Another potential income stream for drone pilots: stock video creator

Want to make some easy money off of the photos you take from your drones? There’s a pretty easy way now for you to become an aerial stock video photographer by simply recycling the scenic shots you’ve already taken.

Drone network site DroneBase released hundreds of its 4K aerial videos to license on Shutterstock’s Footage Collection. If your video is one of them, then you’ll get $15.

So how does it work?

Drone operators who are a part of DroneBase’s Pilot Network can upload their 4K clips via the DroneBase Pilot App.

If accepted by DroneBase, those videos will appear for sale on Shutterstock, which is a royalty free stock photo, picture and video site. All videos that are not accepted will receive quick, constructive feedback on what could be improved.

And how much money can you make off of your stock video? Continue reading Another potential income stream for drone pilots: stock video creator

DJI, B&H Photo offering a big Father’s Day drone sale this weekend

Father’s Day is this weekend! Thinking about getting dad a DJI drone? Now you can get a deal on it, too.

DJI is running a big Father’s Day sale, and you could save up to $150 on each product.

New York-based dealer B&H Photo is also running similar deals on drones for Father’s Day. A big perk of purchasing through B&H? The shop doesn’t charge sales tax to buyers in most states, which could mean a huge amount of savings — especially on a big purchase like a drone.Father's Day sale dji

Among the best deals? On the DJI site, you can get $100 off the DJI Mavic Pro PLUS a free spare battery, which is valued at $89. B&H Photo is selling the same drone for $899 as well. Continue reading DJI, B&H Photo offering a big Father’s Day drone sale this weekend

Yuneec Typhoon H Plus with Intel RealSense brings small upgrade to Typhoon H Pro

Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec just gave its Yuneec Typhoon H Pro a big sister.

The company this week launched  the Typhoon H Plus with Intel RealSense, dubbing it “Yuneec’s most powerful consumer product.”

The product was first announced back in January as the second generation of Typhoon H. The drone makes improvements to the Typhoon H’s iconic six rotor hex airframe, including a 40 percent reduction in noise from previous hex models, and stable flight in winds up to 30mph. The Typhoon H Plus’s camera is equipped with a high aperture, one-inch sensor camera capable of 20 megapixel stills and 4K resolution video at 60fps. The camera claims to have improved low-light performance as well due to larger aperture optics and extended ISO range. Continue reading Yuneec Typhoon H Plus with Intel RealSense brings small upgrade to Typhoon H Pro

These industries are the fastest-growing drone adopters, according to DroneDeploy

Since drones have gone mainstream over the past few years, dozens of industries have claimed how drones have helped their businesses.

Many suggested that the agriculture industry would see the most benefit from drones as they fly over sparsely populated areas, and much of the public is still banking on the shipping industry to adopt drones to deliver their packages.

But which industry is REALLY using drones the most?

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According to a report released by mapping software startup DroneDeploy, the construction industry has seen the most growth in drone adoption. Use of drones in the construction industry has grown a whopping 239% year-over year, followed by 198% growth for the mining industry. Drones have seen 172% adoption growth in the agriculture industry; that’s still a massive increase, but perhaps not the massive growth that some predicted. Continue reading These industries are the fastest-growing drone adopters, according to DroneDeploy

Now you can buy drone books for kids

Looking to get your kiddos into drones — but perhaps not ready to put an actual drone in their hands?

Put some drone books in their hands.

A new children’s book series is now available on Amazon. There are two paperback books so far –  a coloring and activity book at $12.52 and a book called “Drone Girls And The Air Show Adventure” for $12.54. (There’s no affiliation with this Drone Girl).drone books air show kids stem sharon rossmark

The books were cowritten by Sharon Rossmark and Wendy Erikson, who both lead a group called Women And Drones. Continue reading Now you can buy drone books for kids

FAA adds more places where you can no longer fly drones, including prisons and coast guard facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration this week announced new restrictions on places where you can no longer fly drones.

The FAA, in cooperation with Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on Thursday released a list of new places, primarily coast guard facilities and prisons, where it is illegal to fly drones over.

This is the first time the Agency has placed specific flight restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or “drones,” over Federal Bureau of Prisons and US Coast Guard facilities.

The FAA in the past has placed similar flight restrictions over military installations, as well as over ten Department of Interior facilities, including New York’s Statue of Liberty National Monument, and seven Department of Energy facilities.  Those restrictions remain in place.

Here is the complete list of the newly added facilities where it is now illegal to fly a drone: Continue reading FAA adds more places where you can no longer fly drones, including prisons and coast guard facilities