The 90-minute video and text-based course is geared towards brand new and beginner pilots who want to break into the industry and hone their flight skills.
“I built this online drone course to train new pilots how to fly safely and more confidently, and how to make money in the drone industry,” said creator Alan Perlman said.
The training course comes in light of news that the FAA will likely require all drones weighing more than a half a pound to be registered. The registration would take place through apps or Web sites, and could require some educational component.
ETH Zurich’s Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control in Zurich, Switzerland is using drones to build walkable rope bridges. Referred to as “flying construction robots,” the drones assist designers with constructing walking bridges that can support the weight of an average-sized adult, according to ETH Zurich.
We’ve all seen or read comparisons of drones like the Phantom 3 vs Phantom 2, arguments for GoPros vs built-in cameras, or the trending uses for drones such as wedding photography. While it’s all very much relevant, environmental uses for drones are becoming more prominent; specifically in farming.
Drones have become more specific to agriculture, coming with various types of sensors for temperature, plant surveillance, even water quality assessments.
The development for these types of drones have advanced, coming out with precision drones specifically for farming. Like their DJI counterparts, these drones will be able to be equipped with different cameras for different sensors.
The idea behind having advanced sensors is that it will give farmers the ability to increase productivity and reduce crop damage. Drones have the ability to see what farmers can’t, and they can do work at a faster rate. It also gives farmers the ability to be specific and pinpoint problems instead of having to treat the entire crop.
However recent updates will have sensors built into the drones themselves. Agricultural specific drones will also have sensors to track and keep stats on livestock, much like the drones being used to help track wildlife and prevent poaching.
Commercial uses for drones in gathering information are still against the rules and regulations, unless you apply for exemptions, and even then the exemptions come with heavy guidelines. Basically, use of these types of drones is no longer ‘illegal’, but gaining an exemption is a hefty process. Unfortunately, this leaves farmers little options for using drones unless they’re approved. It’s asking our agricultural workers to put progress on hold and stay in the past.
Where do you see the future of drones in agriculture and farming going? What are your thoughts on the FAA’s stance on these drones? And how do you think it could improve?
It’s small. It’s lightweight. It’s capable of powering the unmanned flying object for a decent amount of time. Getting ready to purchase your first drone (or upgrade to a new one)? Here are 5 tips for maximizing battery life.
● Choose the biggest battery possible that won’t weigh the drone down.
● Experiment with propeller size–if you aren’t attaching a camera, a smaller propeller is best.
● Charge the battery in the hours before you use the drone. Charging the battery days before causes rechargeable batteries to lose power.
● Avoid flying your drone in excessively windy or rainy conditions, as they cause the drone to work harder and therefore drain the battery.
But rumor has it GoPro will also soon announce a quadcopter drone.
The camera manufacturer has been eying the drone market for quite a while now, according to a November report in the Wall Street Journal.
This could be a good option for consumers looking to save money on a well-produced drone. While there are some drones for sale with built-in cameras from popular drone manufactures, the reality is that many professional drone pilots would rather purchase a drone compatible with GoPro cameras. But those drones tend to be more expensive and you still need to buy the GoPro separately, or in some rare cases as an additional accessory. A much better option would be to buy a GoPro Hero and a drone bundled, manufactured by the same company.
It’s also new territory for GoPro, as present drone users are mostly using cameras manufactured by other companies, many of which already come with built-in cameras.
In terms of pricing, the GoPro Hero 5 is estimated to sell for around $400-$500, but the drone and any additional accessories needed could bring the package to an estimated cost of $700-$1,000 — based on pricing for the 3DR Solo and DJI Phantom 3.
What do you think about GoPro finally aiming for the drone market? Do you think this will take business away from other drone manufacturers, or just draw more potential consumers into drones? Will the GoPro drone bring the perfect device to the hobbyist community?