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Top 10 Drones for 2017: The Beginner’s List

Changing Planet<p><i>The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography.</i><p>On the market for a great first drone? This ultimate …

8 Nat Geo Photographers Share Images of Gratitude

We asked our photographers to choose a moment they are thankful for having witnessed.<p>This Thanksgiving, we asked eight National Geographic photographers to share images they are grateful for. We wanted to see photographs that they were thankful for having taken, thankful for the access granted to …

25 striking wildlife photos that show nature at its most tranquil and brutal

LONDON — The winners of the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have already been declared, but now you can have …

10 Ways Drones Are Changing Your World

Drones have been a hot topic in the news for some time. Depending on what you’ve read, they’re devastatingly effective weapons of war, the next big …

Virginia Tech

Drone Photo Shoot!

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These Drone Photos Of Orcas Are Stunning And Important

Scientists hope this new monitoring technique will help save the killer whale population near Vancouver.<p>How do you figure out if a killer whale is …

British Columbia

Drones just captured the most detailed photos of wild killer whales yet

Just below the water's surface, a 20-year-old Southern Resident killer whale nursed her baby calf — as a drone hovered 90 feet above.<p>The stunningly clear photo taken by the unmanned aerial vehicle is the clearest image of a wild killer whale nursing ever captured, National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Whales

5 Drone Photos That Leave Us Speechless

<i>by the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p><i>Courtesy fuadariff_user/SkyPixel</i><p>Our friends at SkyPixel are running a drone- and aerial-themed photography competition and some of the submissions have been (very literally) over the top. This technology has already changed the way we capture our …

Photography

Iranian drone takes "precise" photos as it flies over US aircraft carrier

An unarmed Iranian drone has flown directly over a US aircraft carrier operating in international waters and taken “precise” photos, according to state television in the Islamic Republic.<p>The US military labelled the move “abnormal and unprofessional,” but said it posed no risk to the vessel.<p>Images, …

These Drone Photos of Istanbul are Vertigo-Inducing

Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş uses Photoshop to make his city straddle dimensions.<p>Though we exist in three dimensions, we spend an inordinate amount of time looking at and into two-dimensional screens. There is an illusion of space and dimension within these frames, and yet there are entire …

Drones

Lux Noctis photos light landscapes with drones, turn nature into sci-fi

In a new photo series by Reuben Wu (@itsreuben on Instagram) he extracts alien landscapes out of already-kind-of-great Earth landscapes by flying an LED light above the scene with a drone. The photographs look alien and eerie, but with that touch of optimistic exploration that harkens back to the …

Photography

Colorful Drone Photos Take You Soaring Over Hong Kong

Andy Yeung captures sublime photos of one of the world’s most dense cities.<p>Anyone who’s ever flown into or out of a major city knows that the sublime scale of a metropolis is impossible to comprehend when you’re on the ground. Photographer Andy Yeung mines the amazing feeling of seeing huge cities …

Photography

8 incredible photos of Australia that were taken by drone

Drones have ushered in a whole new era of aerial photography.<p>Gabriel Scanu, a content curator based in Sydney, Australia, is just one of many experimenting with drone photography. His photos of Sydney and the nearby coastline are breathtaking to say the least.

Drones

A drone captured these shocking photos of inequality in South Africa

For nearly 50 years, systematic racial suppression and segregation gripped South Africa. While the tides turned in the early '90s and laws were overturned, apartheid had already seeped into the country architecture. Roads, rivers, and fields functioned as "buffer zones" to separate people by …

South Africa

These Are the Top Drone Photos in the World

See the winners of the third annual Dronestagram contest.<p>Drones can be controversial. As unmanned flying vehicles that can stealthily spy or drop weapons on people, they’ve been the subject of intense ethical and national security debates. But drones don’t have to be military machines. In the hands …

These could be the 9 best drone images you see all year

Imagine an Instagram that’s just for drone photos. Got it? Good, because that’s what Dronestagram is all about. Now, imagine that all the best photos …

Drones

Maersk Oil in world first as drone completes internal tank inspection on FPSO

LIVINGSTON, Scotland — Cyberhawk Innovations, a leader in aerial inspection using remotely operated aerial vehicles (ROAV), has completed its first …

New drone technology will enhance energy infrastructure safety

charlotte: Very excited about this legislation and the potential for the use of drones in oil and gas applications! Drones are already being used to …

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Exclusive: Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers, stymied by American regulation, are now developing their unmanned domestic delivery service<p>Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated …

British Columbia

Radar developed to detect small drones

Last year a radio-controlled drone came within 20 feet of an airliner landing at Heathrow.<p>Recently Manchester airport closed one of its runways for 20 minutes after reports of a drone nearby.<p>Currently radar technology can not spot the drones, but a new piece of equipment being made in the UK could …

Drones

DJI will now cover the cost of repairs if you crash your drone

It can be thrilling to fly your drone at top speed low to the ground, but that's also asking for trouble, since accidents can be quite expensive. Owners of DJI drones, the Phantom or the Inspire, can now push the limit without worrying about covering the full cost of repairs. The drone maker is now …

Drones

Safety questions remain as drones spread their wings

The commercial drone industry has won a doubling of the space in which the unmanned aircraft systems can fly, while proposed rules for flight …

Study quantifies the impact that drones can have on bird life

A new study shows that drones used to investigate sensitive water bird species in the wild can be used in a way that has little impact on their …

Ecology

Drone Footage of 2016 US Open Water Nationals

USA Swimming has begun taking aerial drones to its open water 10km national championship meets in an effort to give audiences a different view of a …

US Navy's solar drone flies from and lands on water

Unlike most quadcopters, the Aqua-Quad doesn't take off from solid ground. Dr. Kevin Jones and his team from the Naval Postgraduate School developed it to fly straight up from the ocean or any body of water. And it can land back on water after it has fulfilled its mission, staying on or under the …

US Army will put nano-drones in soldiers’ pockets by 2018

The US military has been using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for years, but they’re mostly large, long-range aircraft. That’s going to change by …

FAA committee says small drones should be allowed to fly over cities and crowds

If you can prove it won't hurt when it crashes, you can fly it over people<p>A working group commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration has released a set of recommendations for how small drones should be regulated, opening a path for commercial drone flight over US cities. The report …

Drones

AirMap raises $15M Series A round to develop its airspace management system for drones

AirMap, a startup that provides drone operators with airspace information to let them know when and where they can fly, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round. The round was led by General Catalyst Partners, with Lux Capital (which led the company’s $2.6 million …

Venture Capital

Google wants to call drones to medical emergencies at the push of a button

If you’re out in the park and someone has a heart attack, what do you do? Dialing 911 would be the most sensible option, but there’s no guarantee help will arrive in time. A new patent from Google suggests it may have a solution.<p>A new patent awarded to Google today (April 5) outlines a device that …

Autonomous Cars