The Drone Files Blog
Recently, a man did something that would baffle anyone in military circles — land a consumer drone undetected on UK’s largest aircraft carrier — the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The man not only landed his DJI Phantom, he managed to fly off undetected as well.
Affordable 3D printers for home use have been around for several years now and although they allow hobbyists to “manufacture” custom-made parts and designs, they have mostly been limited to plastics and a few exotic materials such as wood and metallic filaments. Now all that is about to change with Desktop Metal.
An American company has developed a drone that is armed to the teeth — the stuff that creates nightmares for infantrymen on the wrong side of the battlefield. Specifically designed for military use, the Tikad drone comes equipped with a machine gun and grenade launcher.
When DJI and GoPro unveiled the Mavic Pro and Karma last year, they helped ignite the foldable drone craze. It wasn’t long before other companies started to follow suit. At the start of this year alone, foldable drones can be found in almost every price segment from the $1000 Mavic Pro down to the $40 JJRC H37.
The sub-$700 price range is the most exciting segment for aerial photography drones. This is a highly contested battlefield where emerging brands such as XK and Cheerson get to take on established players such as DJI and Yuneec for market dominance.
Whether you’re new to quadcopters and looking for something light and easy to play around with … or an aspiring drone pilot looking for a trainer drone to hone your flying skills, mini quadcopters are a great way to start familiarizing yourself with the world of multirotors.
The Arfun Pro 95mm is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, sub-100mm micro FPV racer currently in the market today. Featuring a BLHeli-S 4-in-1 20A ESC with a maximum current burst of 25A and light overall weight, it’s not surprising why the Pro 95mm has such blistering speed.
Russian scientists at the Moscow Technology Institute (MTI), in collaboration with medical equipment manufacturer Altomedika, have developed a drone which comes with its own defibrillator.
GearBest is currently offering discount coupons for a couple of sub-$400 DIY 3D printers. This includes the recently released TronXY X3S which is a serious competitor to the highly popular Creality CR-10. Also included in the list is the Zonestar Z5F, Anet A8 and Ender 2 Mini.
Recently, a little over a dozen DJI Spark owners have reported that their drones have failed mid-air causing crashes. Although the number Spark owners reporting this problem number less than two dozen at the moment, it’s possible that more will surface in the coming weeks.
Earlier this month, popular 3D printer brand Tevo unveiled its latest DIY 3D printer kit — the Tevo Tornado. This latest addition to Tevo’s lineup comes in the wake of the Creality CR-10 which has been receiving plenty of rave reviews since it was first released.
Although prices of aerial photography drones have gradually tumbled over the past few years, models such as DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro are still expensive to own and don’t hold their value well after a year or two. Fortunately, there is an increasing range of affordable alternatives for the aerial photographer on a shoestring budget.
Micro toy drones have come a long day since two years ago. The Realacc 374 is one of the newer generation of toy drones that offer a lot of fun for so little — at less than $20 shipped. The 374 makes a great novelty toy as much as it is a nice toy drone to practice your flying skills with.