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Drones and garbage fights and license plates and microwaves and tractors and t-shirts and Machu Picchu

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Question of the week

Manitoba wheat farmer Matt Reimer has turned a tractor right into a fully-autonomous drone utilizing a Pixhawk, ArduRover and his personal ingenuity. Matt’s innovation has saved him greater than $5,000 in labor prices this yr, whereas not eliminating any jobs—as an alternative, it made his staff extra productive.

His innovation appeals to neighboring farmers, who already use tractors with autonomous steering, and Matt sees elevated autonomy as heralding an unlimited change for the agricultural business. In reality, he figures he’ll quickly have the ability to promote his system to different farmers round him. And who is aware of, since he’s thus far out in entrance of adoption, he may even be capable of give up his day job, or a minimum of hand it over. I’ll quickly element the entire story on the 3DR weblog.

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First drone delivery in US; Uber drones drop ice cream; the handgun drone saga; Sir Patrick Stewart sees the future and it’s whale snot

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Question of the week

This week noticed articles titled like “Seven ways drones are ruining everything” and “The dark side of drones” (from Fortune, no much less), to not point out the weird, unsettling and nonetheless unfolding handgun drone saga. But I spent the week in DC (therefore the break in Downloads), attending the New America Foundation’s summit on humanitarian drone efforts: defending property rights and human rights, fostering international improvement and enhancing emergency response and catastrophe aid efforts.

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FAA: Wildfires and Drones Don’t Mix

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In response to the latest stories of drones interfering with aerial firefighting operations combatting wildfires in California, the FAA issued a press launch yesterday. The gist of it helps the message the firefighters themselves have been delivering, a message we additionally need to broadcast: If you fly, we will’t.

From the discharge: “Often a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is put in place around wildfires to protect firefighting aircraft. No one other than the agencies involved in the firefighting effort can fly any manned or unmanned aircraft in such a TFR. Anyone who violates a TFR and endangers the safety of manned aircraft could be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties. Even if there is no TFR, operating a UAS could still pose a hazard to firefighting aircraft and would violate Federal Aviation Regulation.”

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Solo Gimbal Update

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For this submit, we need to allow you to inside 3DR by offering a glance into the general administration course of for a product just like the gimbal. In the previous we’ve centered totally on technical issues, so we hope that is an fascinating change of tempo.

To lower to the chase: we weren’t pleased with the efficiency of our gimbal over the previous month whereas we’ve been tuning efficiency. So we determined to make it higher, which suggests beginning manufacturing this week (first week of August), not in late July as we final promised. This was a troublesome resolution, to make sure – this put up explains our logic.

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Drones and shotguns, medicine, blood, Mars, wild animals, internet lasers, Pakistan, movies, marijuana, Facebook and bitcoin

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Question of the week

Admittedly, the rhetoric of drone rights advocacy generally does coincide with Second Amendment rights advocacy—“the responsibility lies with the user,” and so on. But just lately the 2 have collided violently. This week a Kentucky man shot down his neighbor’s drone, claiming a trespassing violation. He was shortly arrested and charged with two crimes. It doesn’t seem that the drone was the truth is trespassing on the time it was shot down—however you may learn extra about that within the articles under.

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Drones and volcanic eruptions, whale snot, ambulances, sound cannons, Burning Man, and a burning man

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Question of the week 

As of last week, the FAA has approved more than 1,000 commercial drone permits. Interestingly enough, the vast majority of these permits have gone to small businesses, not huge industrial, corporate or military players. (The first of these went to companies like AeroVironment and Boeing, operating in remote regions.)

But today: Realtors, film and photography outfits, farmers, freelance pilots, surveyors, transportation and delivery companies, inspectors, journalists, security providers, conservationists—drones can be applied to a broad range of commercial activities. AUVSI observed that the first 500 exemptions covered 20 major industries. To me, this is worth noting.

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3dRobotics 3DR RTF X8 Drone

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Overview

The 3DR RTF X8 is a great way to start taking shots for your aerial photography. With it’s built in in auto pilot system, Pixhawk, the X8 is capable of multiple autonomous flight modes such as waypoint navigation, loiter, circle, and return to launch. All these modes make the X8 capable of getting your ideal aerial shot.

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Specs

•Pixhawk Autopilot System
•3DR Power Module with XT60 connector
•3DR ublox GPS with magnetometer
•880 Kv brushless motors
•20 Amp ESCs with SimonK firmware
•10×4.7 slow-fly APC propellers
•One (1) 4S 6000 mAh battery pack, battery charger and battery bag
•Vehicle weight (with battery): 5.4 lbs
•Box dimensions: 24 in x 24 in  x 8 in
•Shipping weight: 14.5 lbs
•Average flight time:  12-13 minutes*
•Payload capacity: 800 g

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3dRobotics 3DR Y6 Drone

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Overview

Featuring the Pixhawk autopilot system, the 3DR Y6 is a light, foldable, and stable drone which is ideal for capturing aerial shots. With a new higher voltage battery the Y6 is capable of longer flight times as well as a higher lifting capacity.

Specs

•Pixhawk Autopilot System
•3DR Power Module with XT60 connector
•3DR u-blox GPS with magnetometer
•850 Kv brushless motors
•20 Amp ESCs with SimonK firmware
•10×4.7 slow-fly APC propellers
•4S 6000 mAh battery pack, battery charger and battery bag
•Vehicle weight (with battery): 4.2 lbs
•Box Dimensions: 20 in x 14 in x 8 in
•Shipping Weight: 12.5 lbs
•Average flight time: 12-15 minutes*
•Payload capacity: 600 g

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3dRobotics 3DR IRIS Drone

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3DRobotics Quad Dr Drone Frame comes essentially ready to go with all pieces you will need for assembly. It specifically has an upgraded design for camera and GPS security if you have ever had an issue with your accessories coming off this new design address that. As well, the design has great stability for takeoff and landing.

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