The LAANC program allows drone operators to use an interface (designed by FAA-selected private companies) to request approval to fly in restricted airspace. Operators will then receive approval almost instantly. That instantly speeds up the ability to legally fly in controlled airspace such as near airports — a cumbersome process that had previously required individual applications and took months.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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→