UM explores new drone program

UM explores new drone program

UM explores new drone program MISSOULA COUNTY MISSOULA, Mont. – On Thursday University of Montana students and community members practiced flying the drones on campus. Faculty members say the field of unmanned aerial systems or drones is taking off. They hope the new program will help students get jobs in the field. Autonomous Aerial Systems director Jen Fowler says drones can be used anywhere from surveying natural disasters to mapping […]

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Dueling drones detect, avoid

Dueling drones detect, avoid

With registered drone hobbyists now outnumbering certificated pilots, it may comfort some that two major manufacturers (including the market leader) have developed consumer drones that can detect and avoid. The initial offerings have limitations—it does not appear that either system is robust enough to detect an oncoming aircraft at a range sufficient to prompt a timely evasive maneuver by the unmanned aircraft—but they do give these small systems some “smarts.” […]

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DIY HDMI video Downlink for under $300

DIY HDMI video Downlink for under $300

What you will need: -2x Ubiquiti Loco M5 NanoStations ($140 on amazon.com) -1x Tx/Rx Kit, Jtech-Digital , or Distancer, HDMI to ethernet over IP ($120-$140 on amazon.com) DIY List: -2x Power step up modules. -2x Power step down modules. -2x POE (Power Over Ethernet) Injectors.(If you are clever, you can make your own with ethernet keystone jacks) -2x 1ft Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet wire. -1x 3ft+ Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet […]

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5 Tips for Flying Your Drone in Winter

5 Tips for Flying Your Drone in Winter

5 Tips for Flying Your Drone in Winter Limited battery life, brittle materials (prop plastic, arms), difficulty to “keep the controls smooth” with fingers frozen to the bone, and setting correct camera exposure and white balance – all these challenges make flying drones in cold winter temperatures an entirely different sport. Follow these five easy tips and you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous snowy landscape shots or a cool winter sport […]

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Autonomous search-and-rescue drones outperform humans at navigating forest trails

Autonomous search-and-rescue drones outperform humans at navigating forest trails

Autonomous drones have already mastered the wide-open skies. DHL , Amazon, and Google have each demonstrated self-piloting drones that can deliver packages — in fact, the latter two, as The Verge recently reported , are ready to implement full-scale drone delivery operations in the US and are simply waiting on regulators to get out of the way. But drones that can fly autonomously in complex environments with multiple obstacles (i.e. […]

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