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Could Drone Delivery Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

We’ve heard about Amazon’s mission to revamp their package delivery service with the aid of drones for years. Reducing the needs for trucking by delivering certain packages with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would save fuel—and carbon emissions, as a result. Aerial delivery drones could potentially release less of the gases that lead to climate change like carbon dioxide. But how much could drone deliveries help?   The Rise of Drone Delivery The China-based retailer, JD.com, has already launched drone delivery in four provinces in the country, while DHL and Zipline are currently using drones to deliver medicine to rural and...

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Brushless Motors for Manufacturing

  The manufacturing industry has always been closely connected with engineering. So why don’t many motor manufacturers keep industrial design in mind when crafting their brushless motors? At KDE Direct, we pride ourselves on serving the manufacturing and fabrication industries. Our brushless DC motors are frequently used in areas where stable operation and precise motion control are essential to smooth project operation. But where, exactly, are these motors used and why?   Why Use Brushless Motors for Manufacturing? The manufacturing industry requires high-power, durable brushless motors. Likewise, a compact design is essential in applications with tight space constraints. Brushless motors...

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The Evolution of Aerial and Drone Photography

  Viewing our world from above is a unique experience; it forces our perspective to change. Aerial photography has been used for everything from geographic mapping to artistic endeavors to spy missions, giving people a realistic vantage of the world few had seen before. In the recently released book Above the World: Earth Through a Drone's Eye, today’s top aerial photographers offer vivid displays of color, shadow, and pattern that couldn’t have been accomplished even ten years ago. Drones have launched a new era in photography and continue to change our view of the world. A drone’s ability to hover...

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Brushless Motors for Robotics | Common Questions Answered

  As of 2018, KDE Direct has expanded into several new industries, including robotic applications. Since the launch, we’ve received a few questions regarding brushless motors for a wide variety of robotic applications, from BattleBots to microrobotic systems. Here is our roundup of common robotic questions along with our answers so you can get to building.   What Counts as a Robot? The definition of the word “robot” isn’t as broad as you’d expect. A robot is a man-made mechanical device that can move by itself, whose motion must be modeled, planned, sensed, actuated and controlled, and whose behavior can...

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Everything You Need to Know About KDE Direct Folding Propellers

  You know what motors you’re using for your latest drone project. You’ve picked out your weather-proof ESCs. But which propellers will be holding up your rig? We’ve broken down everything you need to know about KDE Direct’s propeller blades so you can get right to flying. Folding Propellers Over Fixed Propellers Our idea for propeller blades over fixed propellers came out of the helicopter technology that was the predecessor to KDE Direct before the rise of drones in our industry. The performance benefit of folding propellers is the lead-lag operation of propellers (the same as on a helicopter), that...

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