A new world record for the longest distance flown by a self-powered multicopter has been set, according to European drone company, Quaternium. The manufacturer’s flagship drone – its HYBRIX-20 – is reported to have notched up four hours and forty minutes of uninterrupted flight, making it the longest recorded flight carried out by this type of drone.
DJI’s latest consumer drone — the Mavic Air is currently flying off retail shelves and selling like hotcakes but buying one online isn’t exactly straightforward for some people. This is particularly true if you live in one of those countries that are not covered by the DJI Store.
For some time now, potential DJI Spark buyers often faced a dilemma. The Spark is no doubt a great beginner’s drone, it packs plenty of DJI’s intelligent flight features and is the most portable and affordable aerial photography drone in the company’s lineup.
As the world slowly steps into the era of driverless cars, unmanned freight trucks and other forms of automated transport, the principal cause of hesitation has been concerns over safety.
For the past two years, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California has been dedicating its efforts towards research in autonomous drone technology. The lab’s achievements in vision-based navigation, which were funded by Google, were put to the test late this fall, in a race between one of its unmanned drones and a professional drone pilot.
Things are getting more exciting in the sub-$100 toy drone segment soon as GPS is starting to trickle in with the release of new GPS-enabled drones such as the new Hubsan H216A X4 Desire which costs just $92 shipped.
Up to this point, we’ve seen the release of many affordable selfie drones but only a handful of them are capable of taking truly good selfies. While the best selfie or lifestyle drone so far is still the DJI Spark, it is priced beyond what many can afford.