KDE Direct News Releases — drone

The Pacific Drone Challenge | Can a Drone Fly Across the Pacific?

Will 2018 be the year that an unmanned drone flies all the way across the Pacific Ocean? That’s the question the Pacific Drone Challenge seeks to answer. The new competition challenges pilots and scientists around the world to fly a UAV from Japan to the United States - the first of its kind. The requirements are simple: fly from Japan to the Silicon Valley in California on a nonstop, unfueled, and unmanned drone mission.

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Multi-Rotor vs. Single-Rotor | Which to Use for Your Next Flight Project

Although multi-rotor drones get most of the attention in the UAV world today, they’re not your only option for a flight project. Learn about the basic differences between multi-rotor and single-rotor as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

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KDE Takes Hollywood | KDE Motors Used to Shoot Box Office Smash Hits

  Released on Friday, April 14th, 2017, Fate of the Furious directed by Felix Gary crossed the finish line just two days later as the biggest international opening in movie history at $532.5 million - beating out Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film has since surpassed the $1 billion milestone. Fate of the Furious is the first US Film by NBC Universal to feature cinematography by drone. Shot on 3 islands, including action sequence drone scenes in Georgia and Cleveland, KDE Direct industrial drone components were onboard to get the shots. In May 2016, shooting for Fate of The...

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Brushless Vs. Brushed Motors

The biggest difference between brushed and brushless motors, unsurprisingly, is the brush. But what does that really mean? The principle behind the internal workings of brushed and brushless motors are otherwise much the same. When motor windings become energized, a temporary magnetic field is created to repel or attract permanent magnets. This magnetic force is converted to shaft rotation, allowing the motor to do work. As the shaft rotates, the electric current is routed to different sets of windings, maintaining electromotive repulsion or attraction, forcing the rotor to continually rotate. The History of Brushed and Brushless Motors Brushed DC motors...

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Drones on Mars | To Boldly Go Where No Rover Has Gone Before

If NASA’s Mars rover can make groundbreaking scientific discoveries (like the fact that Mars had conditions to support life) on wheels alone, think of what we can accomplish by taking to the skies. NASA is in the planning process of its 2020 Mars rover mission, following the massive success of the Curiosity rover. When the next rover heads to Mars a few years from now, it’s likely that it will be accompanied by a drone to help expand our understanding of the planet’s landscape. NASA and Drones Drones have been exceptionally useful for investigating areas of our planet that are...

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