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The one quality every successful drone delivery service must have

The key to a successful drone delivery service isn’t necessarily using the fanciest, most expensive drone. It’s not necessarily the ability to fly hundreds of miles on a single battery. It’s also not necessarily the ability to carry tons of weight.

The key to a successful drone delivery service is mastering the process.

“The process is more important than the technology,” said Patrick Meier, co-founder of humanitarian drone group WeRobotics. “The workflows and standard operating procedures, preventative maintenance strategies are so key.”

WeRobotics, which has been testing delivery drones for humanitarian aid in Peru, today released a highly detailed report on cargo drones, which they are making free to the public — something rare for the highly secretive drone delivery business. Continue reading The one quality every successful drone delivery service must have

Drone community to Donald Trump: give more power to local governments to develop drone operation policies

The drone community (well, some key members at least)  has a message for President Donald Trump: give more power to state and local governments to experiment with ways of integrating drones, but don’t compromise the FAA’s sovereignty of the national airspace.

More than two dozen drone-related companies and organizations signed a controversial letter addressed to Trump this week calling for a pilot program to get input from states and municipalities to develop policy on UAS operations.

The letter was signed by delivery stakeholders such as Amazon, Fedex and UPS, manufacturers such as GoPro and DJI, and other organizations including AOPA and AUVSI.

“A pilot program would allow for a data-driven process, within a controlled operational environment, to explore the best options for states and municipalities to address their needs, as it relates to different types of UAS operations,” according to the letter. Continue reading Drone community to Donald Trump: give more power to local governments to develop drone operation policies

DJI Zenmuse X7: this is the 6k camera all filmmakers need

DJI’s newest camera, the DJI Zenmuse X7, is blowing all other camera drones out of the water.

The Chinese dronemaker, which sprung to fame for its ready to fly, GoPro-carrying drone, the Phantom, today announced the DJI Zenmuse X7.

It’s a Super 35 digital film camera optimized for professional aerial cinematography, designed to work with the DJI Inspire 2 drone.

The Drone Girl hinted at the Zenmuse X7’s launch last month when we interviewed Hollywood filmmaker Phil Pastuhov, but it’s finally here. Continue reading DJI Zenmuse X7: this is the 6k camera all filmmakers need

4 ways drones are transforming Dubai

Human-carrying drone gimmick aside, the United Arab Emirates, and more specifically Dubai, is rapidly adopting drones for a variety of uses.

The city of Dubai has benefited from a number of government-backed initiatives under what’s called the “Dubai Smart Government Plan” to increase the use of a range of technologies, including augmented reality and 3D-printing. Here are four ways the city is incorporating drones into that initiative:  Continue reading 4 ways drones are transforming Dubai

Aerix just made the ultimate indoor drone racing kit

Want to get into “Tiny Whoop”-style racing?

The Aerix drone racing kit is the complete package for getting into indoor drone racing. It’s called the Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package, and for $245 (* currently on sale for $195!) offers everything you need to get started drone racing, including the controller, goggles, and even light-up archways to fly through.aerix indoor drone racing kit

The drone looks similar to the wildly popular “Tiny Whoop” drone, an ultra-lite, pocket sized drone with rounded ducts around the blades for safety. Continue reading Aerix just made the ultimate indoor drone racing kit

Lily drone is back — with none of the cool features originally promised

Still have your heart set on getting a Lily drone? If you’re still hanging onto the prospect of getting one, your dreams are about to come true.

Lily Next-Gen launches next week and will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

The only problem is, your dreams — if they weren’t already crushed by Lily’s failure to launch after a wildly-hyped Indiegogo campaign — are probably going to get crushed a little further.

The Lily Next-Gen drone launches without two of the most hyped features of the original designs: it won’t be waterproof, and it won’t have the ability to fly after being tossed in the air.

According to the creators, those two features “would have added significant cost and reduced performance.”

Instead, the Lily Next-Gen drone launches with features similar to pretty much every other drone on the market –4K video, 13 MP photos,  follow-me mode and object tracking to follow the user or another person. It has 18 minutes of flight time, and has features like geofencing and automatic return to home. Continue reading Lily drone is back — with none of the cool features originally promised