How Do Drones Work And What Is Drone Technology

Drone technology used in various popular Quadcopters

What is a drone and how do drones work is answered here in this easy to understand article. Drone technology is constantly evolving as new innovation and big investment are bringing more advanced drones to the market every few months.

Below, we discuss UAV technology on the most popular drones on the market, which have all the latest drone technology.  Most drones will have very similar systems incorporated.

Unmanned aerial vehicle technology covers everything from the aerodynamics of the drone, materials in the manufacture of the physical UAV, to the circuit boards, chipset and software, which are the brains of the drone.

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7 Best Aerial Photography Drones At Very Affordable Prices

Aerial Photography Drones And Prices

Flying a top aerial photography drone is the only way to capture stunning landscapes. Here are the best drones for aerial photography, each having 4k cameras, super smooth stabilization, first person view, intelligent flight modes, excellent automatic and manual camera … Read more

DJI Mavic Mini Review Includes Features, Specs Along With FAQS

DJI Mavic Mini Drone review of features, specifications, FAQs and review videos.

This DJI Mavic Mini FlyCam review looks at the outstanding features, specifications and frequently asked questions on this latest mini quadcopter. To fit so much technology into the Mavic Mini drone is a tremendous feat of engineering, elegant design and … Read more

DJI Mavic Air Features Review, Specifications and FAQs Answered

DJI Mavic Air Features And Specifications

This DJI Mavic Air review looks at the outstanding features and answers your many questions regarding this new quadcopter. The Mavic Air is another feat of elegant design and new innovative technology from DJI. This DJI Mavic Air has a … Read more

Top DJI Phantom 4 Pro Intelligent Flight Modes Reviewed Including New V2.0

DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Flight Modes

The Phantom 4 Pro intelligent flight modes make flying and producing meaningful aerial imagery so much easier.  Here, we review the Phantom 4 Pro including the new Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 intelligent flight modes, specifications and features.

The Phantom 4 Pro autonomous flight modes, along with new stabilization system and professional 4k camera make this drone an exceptional investment.

For aerial cinematography, the Phantom 4 flight modes allow you the capture film from various different flying angles.

The Phantom 4 Pro is an excellent quadcopter for professional site surveying, 3D imaging of terrain and photogrammetry of structures.

You can read further on these uses in this the article “Introduction To UAV Photogrammetry and Lidar Mapping“.

The Phantom 4 Pro also has many autonomous safety systems such as obstacle detection and smart return to home technology.

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12 Top Collision Avoidance Drones And Obstacle Detection Explained

Drones With Obstacle Avoidance

Drones with obstacle detection and collision avoidance sensors are becoming more prevalent in both the consumer and professional sectors. This year, we have quite a few drones with collision avoidance technology. This obstacle detection and avoidance technology started with sensors … Read more

12 Top Lidar Sensors For UAVs, Lidar Drones And So Many Great Uses

7 Top Lidar Sensors For Drones

Lidar sensors on UAVs capture imagery which only a few years ago needed an aircraft carrying large heavy lidar sensors and a crew to accomplish.

Here, we look at 12 of the best lidar sensors for drones along with the best lidar drones.

We feature lidar sensors from manufacturers such as Velodyne, Routescene, Leddartech, Riegl, YellowScan, Leica and Geodetics.

The lidar drones include quadcopters, fixed wing drones, UAV helicopters from manufacturers such as DJI, Harris, Velos, Vulcan, OnyxStar and many more.

A lidar sensor mounted on a UAV, along with the lidar software can process images very quickly in the cloud, allowing for effective decisions to be made by stakeholders and relevant parties.

The output from these lidar drones and sensors is outstanding.  The pace of development and improvement in the lidar sensors over the past few years has been tremendous and will continue with more entrants into this sector.

Over the coming years, we are going to see most of the lidar sensor work moving from aircraft to lidar drones.

In fact, all the manufacturers of the large lidar sensors for airplanes have developed smaller lidar sensors for drones.

We start off this post with the lidar drones being used for the various sensors, followed by how lidar sensor technology works. Then, we look at the best lidar sensors for drones.  Along the way, we have some terrific lidar drone sensor videos.

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DJI Assistant 2 Mavic Software, Download, Guide, Mods And More

DJI Assistant 2 Mavic

The DJI Assistant 2 software contains extra settings and utilities for all DJI equipment such as drones, gimbals and cameras.

With the DJI Assistant 2 Mavic, you have options to upload  flight data, black box information, calibrate your vision sensors and upgrade your firmware.

There is also a DJI Assistant 2 Simulator for testing flight parameters and practice flying your Mavic drone.

The DJI Assistant 2 download and install only takes a few minutes and is available for Windows and Mac computers.

This post contains all the essential information and more on the DJI Assistant 2 app for the Mavic quadcopter. Now, if you have a Phantom 4 or DJI Spark, the DJI Assistant 2 is the same version. Therefore the below Assistant 2 settings and utilities will be very similar.

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Drones For Deliveries From Medicine To Post, Packages And Pizza

Drone Delivery Service - Is it the way forward

Drones for delivering parcels and all types of goods is receiving massive investment from some really big players all over the globe.

With large companies such as Amazon, Walmart, UPS, Google and other global postal companies investing in drone delivery projects, it is only a matter of time before their drone parcel delivery service goals become a reality?

Will the day come, when we look above and see thousands of drones busily zipping along to deliver mail, parcels, medicine, pizza and any other small to medium sized item?

It is probably only a matter of a few years before we have our skies full of drones delivering parcels.  There certainly are loads of technical challenges to overcome.  There are also widespread privacy concerns to overcome. Perhaps drones for delivering parcels will be limited to just far out hard to reach places.

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Skydio 2 Follow Drone Review Includes Features, Specs And FAQS

Skydio 2 Quadcopter Review

This Skydio 2 follow drone review looks at the outstanding features, specifications and frequently asked questions on this new quadcopter to the market. It’s a small quadcopter with a lot of new innovative drone technology. The Skydio 2 has perhaps … Read more

Multispectral Imaging Camera Drones In Farming Yield Big Benefits

Multispectral imaging agriculture drones with sensors

Multispectral imaging camera sensors on agricultural drones allow the farmer to manage crops, soil, fertilizing and irrigation more effectively.

There are huge benefits both to the farmer and to the wider environment by minimizing the use of sprays, fertilizers, wastage of water and at the same time increasing the yield from crops.

Multispectral camera remote sensing imaging technology use Green, Red, Red-Edge and Near Infrared wavebands to capture both visible and invisible images of crops and vegetation.

The multispectral images integrate with specialized agriculture software which output the information into meaningful data.

This land telemetry, soil and crop data allow the  grower to monitor, plan and manage the farm more effectively saving time and money along with reducing the use of pesticides.

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12 Top Drones With Excellent Cameras, GPS, Autopilot And Low Prices

Walkera Scout X4 With Drone GPS Autopilot and 4k Camera

The top drones reviewed here all have excellent 4k cameras, GPS and autopilot systems giving you many options when it comes to flying, aerial filming and photography.

These drones have incredibly low prices due to the competition in the drone sector.

Along with excellent low prices, these top drones all have 4k cameras and can be flown by pilot manually or on autopilot. A drone flying on autopilot has big advantages over manual flight.  A drone on autopilot can fly a programmed route, called waypoints and take aerial photos or video much better than any pilot can.

This is especially true in difficult weather conditions.  A drone flying in autopilot mode is monitoring and adjusting its position thousands of times per second.  Manual flying will never be able to achieve this flight accuracy.

For aerial photography, it is great to let the drone fly on autopilot on a given route, while you concentrate on working the camera capturing the best of video and stills.

Having a drone with a GPS autopilot flight system and a 4k camera is very  essential for aerial photogrammetry, 3D mapping and multispectral imaging in the agricultural sector.

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12 Best Follow Me Drones And Follow You Technology Reviewed

Follow Me GPS Drone Technology and Best Follow ME UAVsw

With Follow Me drone technology, the UAV is programmed to automatically follow you around, giving you plenty of opportunities to film unique aerial shots.

At present there are 2 types of drone Follow Me technology.  Here, we look at the technology used in drones that follow you.

Then, we review the 12 best follow me drones on the market right now, with some terrific videos along the way.

We review drones which follow you from DJI, Walkera, Yuneec, AirDog, Hover and more including Skydio and Autel, which are pretty new manufacturers of tracking follow drones.

Drones that follow you came on the scene in 2016 and the follow me innovation has continued ever since. Generally, drones with follow me GPS mode, also have other intelligent flight systems (Orbit, ActiveTrack, Points of Interest, Waypoints, Circle, Terrain Follow etc) giving you even more flying and filming options.

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro And Zoom Review Includes Features, Specs With FAQS

Mavic 2 Pro And Mavic 2 Zoom Review

This DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom review looks at the outstanding features of these 2 new quadcopters. Both Mavic 2 drones are a tremendous feat of engineering, elegant design and new innovative technology from DJI. In our … Read more

Terrific Benefits Of Drones In Rescue, Wildlife, Farming And Business

Best uses of drones providing solutions across many sectors

There are many terrific benefits of drones across multiple sectors.  Every week, we read about the new benefits of using UAVs for inspections.

Drones being used in sectors, such as science, agriculture, construction, marketing, archaeology, conservation, the environment. Drones are benefiting search and rescue missions immensely.

They are saving lives, time and money. A couple of years ago, you would only see drone scenery videos on the Internet with very few news items about drones in other sectors. Not any more.

Drone innovation and technology have improved immensely. Combining improved drone technology with existing technology (cameras, infrared, sensors, 3D mapping and software) has given Researchers, Scientists, Universities and Business new avenues for their use.

The drive to seek better solutions to problems is perhaps the main reason why drones are becoming so popular.

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What Are Drones Used For From Business To Critical Missions

What are drones used for answered with full list

What are drones used for answered here covering every sector you can think of.  Drones are being used to save lives, environment works, archaeology, farming, property management, mining, construction and much more.

We start by looking at what drones are used for in specific sectors and include some terrific videos along the way.

The drone industry is growing fast and every week we see press releases and research papers on what new areas drones are being used for.

The usage of drones in some of these sectors was originally completed using helicopters and airplanes. However, these are expensive to hire and not always available when they were required.

Using helicopters and airplanes is also very time consuming as they have to fly in from other locations and then do their work.

Along with present uses for drones, we also look at new drone uses, which are still in the experimental and research stages.  Without doubt, you will see hundreds of new uses for drones in the coming years.  There are also some terrific videos throughout this post.

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10 Top Drone Aerial Filming Tips To Give Your Videos The WOW Factor

Top drone aerial filming and photography tips

These top drone aerial filming tips, flying techniques and maneuvers are easy to follow and with some practice your aerial filming will improve dramatically.

Great aerial filming is more than knowing camera settings such as white balance, shutter speeds, aperture and ISO settings.

To get great aerial video, you need to plan your trip, check your equipment and visualize the type of video or photos you want to capture.   This post covers all of the above and more with some great aerial filming videos.

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8 Top Anti Poaching Drones For Critical Wildlife Protection

Anti Poaching Drones And Technology Technology For Wildlife Protection

Anti poaching drones are making a big impact in the saving of Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers, Gorillas and other critically endangered species.   Drones with anti poaching technology are assisting Park Rangers across the globe and especially in Africa and Asia. … Read more

Flash Lidar Time of Flight (ToF) Camera Sensors On Drones And 10 Terrific Uses

Flash Lidar Time-of-Flight Sensors For Drones

A flash lidar also known as a ToF camera sensor on a drone or ground based system has numerous powerful uses. These flash lidar Time-of-Flight camera sensors can be used for object scanning, measure distance, indoor navigation, obstacle avoidance, gesture … Read more

10 Thermal Vision Cameras For Drones And How Thermal Imaging Works

Heat Vision Camera Sensors And Imagery

A thermal imaging camera on a drone turns it into a powerful tool, which can be used in many sectors from construction, mining, electrical, surveillance, firefighting, search and rescue. Thermal drones which use vision imaging cameras have so many positive … Read more

Top Drone 3D Photogrammetry Tips Including Photograms For Beginners

Excellent Drone 3D Photogrammetry Tips For Beginners

Here are 10 drone 3D photogrammetry and photogram tips for the beginner or anyone using their drone to create 3D models, photogrammetry maps and Digital Elevation Models (DEMS). What is great about creating 3D photogrammetry images is that you don’t … Read more

Introduction To UAV Photogrammetry And Lidar Mapping Basics

Using UAVs for photogrammetry and aerial LiDar mapping

UAV lidar and photogrammetry imaging applications are increasing rapidly. This is not surprising as using GPS enabled UAVs for aerial surveying is very cost effective in comparison to hiring an aircraft with photogrammetry equipment.

Because UAVs are relatively inexpensive, organisations will have their own UAV fleet, allowing for rapid surveys over large land areas and infrastructure projects where required. 

With GPS equipped drones, digital cameras and powerful computers, surveys have an accuracy right down to 1 centimeter.

This post takes an overall look at this drone mapping technology. We also take a quick view at the sectors benefiting from using UAVs for photogrammetry and lidar mapping.  We also look at some of the best mapping drones on the market along with the compatible software.

Another closely related sector is using LiDAR sensors mounted onto drones.  It’s another growing sector and you can read further regarding drone LiDAR use here.

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12 Best Photogrammetry Software For 3D Mapping Using Drones

Best 3D Mapping Photogrammetry Software For Drones

When it comes to 3D photogrammetry software for drones, there is quite a choice.  There are many 3D mapping software companies, which provide a free version or free evaluation period, allowing you to try the software first before any purchase.  … Read more

Drone Gyro Stabilization, IMU And Flight Controllers Explained

Three And Six Axis Gyro Stabilization Drone Technology

For a drone to fly perfectly, the IMU, gyro stabilization and flight controller technology is essential. Drones today use three and six axis gyro stabilization technology to provide navigational information to the flight controller, which make drones easier and safer … Read more