KDE Direct Press Releases

RAS Team Wins "Best System Design" at International Aerial Robotics Competition with KDE Direct Motors

The International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) is an annual competition challenging teams to develop aerial robots to solve engineering problems on the cutting edge of what is achievable by industry or government robotics. The current mission involved developing an autonomous drone capable of interacting with randomly moving robots on the ground to direct them toward a specific goal. The Robotics and Automation Society at the University of Pittsburgh (the RAS team) designed and produced a drone to compete in Mission 7 of the International Aerial Robotics Competition. The IARC team from RAS, sponsored by KDE Direct, competed in IARC Mission...

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KDE Direct Supports FAA's Know Before You Fly

BEND, OR, June 15, 2017 – KDE Direct today announced its support of the FAA's Know Before You Fly campaign. “KDE Direct is pleased to support the safety and responsibility of unmanned aircraft,” said Leslie Koegler, co-founder and co-owner of KDE Direct. "And to that end, we are pleased to do our part in keeping the skies safe."

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KDE Direct Components Used in Aerial Filming of the Biggest Global Opening in Movie history

Released Friday, April 14th, 2017, Fate of the Furious directed by Felix Gary Gray crossed the finish line on Sunday as the biggest global opening in movie history at $532.5 million; also bringing the biggest international opening in movie history. Shot on 3 islands, including action sequence drone scenes in Georgia and Cleveland, KDE Direct industrial drone components were onboard to get the shots. 

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KDE Direct Motors and ESCs used to Shoot Latest xXx Movie

When the movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage filmed in Toronto last summer, drones were used by DroneBoy to shoot the local drone shots, including the car chases, stunt performance sequences and special effects. The thrilling film employed KDE Direct motors and ESCs on DroneBoy’s heavy lift drone with a Red Dragon sensor to fly through the mayhem and capture the dynamic and spectacular action scenes.

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KDE Direct Commercial brushless motors used in Fast and Furious Fast 8 filming


KDE Direct industrial brushless motors and components were onboard an Aerobo X8 heavy lift drone used in the filming of Fast and Furious, Fast 8, 
due to hit theaters on April 14, 2017. KDE Direct continues to lead the market in technology, utilizing the highest grade components which create longer flight times and more durable systems. 

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