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Drones in Hurricane Relief

In preliminary research conducted last year in Europe, drones found isolated people significantly faster than ground-based rescue teams. Drones can also deliver life jackets and rescue ropes to areas ground-based rescuers can’t access as well as predict further flooding and provide estimates of how long specific areas will remain underwater.

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OSU and KDE Direct Discover a New Way to Power Drones

Battery powered drones can fly for up to 60 minutes with specialized endurance systems, but most drones average around 20. Adding bigger batteries has traditionally been the method to try and increase flight-time, but the increased weight requires bigger motors, larger diameter propellers, and higher-power ESCs to lift them. This puts engineers and hobbyists alike wind up back where they started—without sufficient power to lift the drone. LiPo batteries, the highest-energy density power option readily available, create a similar challenge—it’s impossible to pack in more juice without increasing fire risks (volatility) or adding more weight. But what other options are there?

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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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What is an ESC and a UBEC? | Know The Basics

Let’s get geeky. In this article, we explain the differences between a UBEC and an ESC and the importance of both for your next custom drone or technical project.

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Aerial Photography | The Basics of Drones for Wedding Photography

Aerial photography for weddings is growing rapidly in popularity - and it’s no surprise why. Unlike ground photography, UAVs provide magnificent perspectives of a stunning location and a once-in-a-lifetime event. Drone photography produces cinematic aerial shots, offering a macro view of a wedding only a quadcopter could accomplish. Learn the basics of capturing the venue, the guests, the bride and groom, and the scenery from the sky to capture wedding memories that can never be forgotten. Planning Ahead Being prepared before the shoot will leave you free to let your creative flag fly and capture stunning shots the day of...

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