Awesome Drones

Medieval Castle Fly-through

Medieval Castle Fly-through

As pilot Benoit Finck’s drone emerges from the clouds over Normandy, France, it descends into the ancient castle atop the island of Mont Saint-Michel, then flies through the structure and its surroundings, giving us a fantastic first-person view courtesy of his GoPro HERO8 camera.

Ninja Dragon Vortex 9 Drone

This palm-sized quadcopter has a built-in 4k camera and the ability to send real-time images to your phone via wi-fi. It offers a 6-axis gyroscope and altitude-hold mode for stable flight and automatically returns to where it started with one click. Save 46% in The Awesomer Shop.

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Mall of America Drone Flight

Mall of America Drone Flight

Twin cities’ drone pilot Jay Christensen previously wowed us with an awesome flight through a bowling alley. Now he’s taken his aerial acrobatics inside of the Mall of America, zooming past storefronts and through its indoor amusement park to chase a group of rollerbladers celebrating the return of the Mighty Ducks to the ice.

Hoverboard Drone

Hoverboard Drone

Omni Hoverboards is working on a flying machine that allows pilots to take to the skies while standing atop a drone. In this clip, you’ll get a look at one such flying machine they showed during a Japanese TV show that imagines what sort of technology Doraemon might bring back from the future.

Skydio 2 Autonomous Drone Tracking Test

Skydio 2 Autonomous Drone Tracking Test

The soon-to-be-released Skydio 2 drone is supposed to be capable of automatically tracking and following subjects in challenging situations. Warped Perception got his hands on an early unit of the autonomous flyer to see just how good it is at tracking and avoiding obstacles, and the results are very impressive.

Working Baby Yoda’s Floating Cradle

Working Baby Yoda’s Floating Cradle

The guys at Hacksmith Industries have been building out a collection of replica armor and props inspired by The Mandalorian. Among them is a version of Grogu’s floating cradle. The trick to making it hover is that it’s basically a lightweight aluminum drone with a vinyl skin.

Pinball Warehouse Fly-through

Pinball Warehouse Fly-through

The Pacific Pinball Museum is home to thousands of vintage pinball machines. Video producer Eddie Codel toured their warehouse and shot some awesome aerial stills and videos of the collection. Some machines are kept for archival purposes, while others will be repaired and placed in the museum for the public to enjoy.

Melting a Drone in a Volcano

Melting a Drone in a Volcano

We recently witnessed some amazing drone footage of an Icelandic volcano in action. Photographer Garðar Ólafs went one better by flying his drone directly over the volcano’s vent, sacrificing his equipment to bring us this spectacular footage. We only wish we had an exterior shot of the drone melting.

Drone Goes Bowling

Drone Goes Bowling

With the proper pilot at the controls, photography drones can capture visuals that once seemed impossible, like this sequence shot by Jay Christensen. The scene starts outside of Minneapolis’ Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, zooms down the lanes, through the pinsetters, around the bar, then into the movie theater.

The Flying Roomba

The Flying Roomba

One of the big problems with Roombas and other robot vacuum cleaners is that they can’t go up or down stairs. Leave it to builder Peter Sripol and his pals to come up with a solution. They attached three ducted fans to a cheap Roomba knock-off, so it can fly like a drone between floors.

DJI FPV Drone

DJI FPV Drone

The DJI FPV is designed for ease of use by beginners, and precise control for skilled pilots. It relays instant HD images to its goggles while shooting smooth 4K/60fps video. It’s flown using a standard dual-stick controller or an optional one-handed motion controller. It also has brake-and-hover and return-to-home functions.

Laser Fabricates a Drone

Laser Fabricates a Drone

Engineers from MIT CSAIL have developed LaserFactory, an innovative fabrication machine that uses a modified laser cutter to create entire devices. It can cut parts, pour silver circuit traces, and place electronic components all in one system. In this video, it makes a drone, which flies straight out of the machine.

Jetson ONE Test Flight

Jetson ONE Test Flight

How’d you like a drone you can fly inside of? Jetson is working on a single passenger manned drone and is showing off test footage from its production prototype. The electric quadrotor is expected to have a 25 minute flight time (plus 20% reserve) depending pilot weight. Here’s footage of an earlier prototype with a pilot aboard.

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Drone Chases Ice Skater

Drone Chases Ice Skater

Photographer Brandon Rieck of Wanderlust Imagery captured this glorious FPV footage by flying his drone along the top of an ore dock in Marquette, Michigan, then diving down to follow a hockey player skating on the ice below. The transition from above to below is buttery smooth. (Thanks Craig!)

Little Big Romania

Little Big Romania

Photographer Joerg Daiber of Spoonfilm takes us on another eye-opening virtual vacation, this time through the hills and mountains of Romania. Along the way, you’ll visit Maramures, Bucharest, and the surprisingly idyllic region of Transylvania, along with both the fake tourist trap “Dracula’s Castle” and the real one.

Salt-Spreading Drone

Salt-Spreading Drone

Covering sidewalks and driveways with salt in the wintertime can be a pain. Sure, there are salt spreading machines out there, but how many of them can fly? FliteTest created an over-engineered solution which uses a powerful drone to lift a hopper of salt into the air, then spits it onto the ground below.

Flying a Drone in a Submarine

Flying a Drone in a Submarine

Submarines are notorious for their incredibly close quarters, so you might not think it would be a good place to fly a drone. But with a talented pilot behind the controls, it is possible to negotiate the claustrophobic passageways, like in this video from the Royal Netherlands’ Navy’s 2020 Onderzeedienst Live event.

FPV Drone Chases Off-Roaders

FPV Drone Chases Off-Roaders

Drone pilot Johnny FPV takes us on an exhilirating off-road journey through the King of the Hammers desert in Johnson Valley, California. Throughout this epic one-shot clip, he stays hot on the tails of SxS racing champions Seth Quintero and Mitch Guthrie Jr.

Mountain Surfing the Austrian Alps

Mountain Surfing the Austrian Alps

Drone pilot Shaggy FPV takes us on a ride through the mountains of Austria with breathtaking footage of the Dorfertal Valley he captured with his aerial photography rig. The reverse perspective offers a great sense of speed and changes things up a bit from the typical forward view.

CUC Stunt Team Demo

CUC Stunt Team Demo

Where do you go when you want to be a stunt person? Stunt school, silly. Campus Univers Cascades offers training to future daredevils in France. To bring attention to their school, they produced this epic promo video that shows off some of its students’ skills, along with impressive choreography and drone photography.

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Long-Exposure Drone Photography

Long-Exposure Drone Photography

Photographer Reuben Wu employs drones in an unconventional way, using a bright light aboard the UAVs to create perfect halos, straight lines, and arcs in the sky, illuminating landscapes in long exposure images. See more of Reuben’s work on his Instagram page. If that’s not enough, he’s also 1/4 of the awesome group Ladytron.

Herding Sheep Drone View

Herding Sheep Drone View

If you’ve never seen sheep being herded by sheepdogs, it’s a pretty impressive sight. A few years back, New Zealand-based photographer Tim Whittaker piloted his drone over a farm to observe thousands of sheep as they moved in concert between their paddocks.

Magnetic Sticky Drone

Magnetic Sticky Drone

The guys from Rotor Riot rigged up one of the cooler drone mods we’ve seen. By adding a set of four electromagnets beneath a quadrotor’s arms, they were able to land the flying machine sideways on metal surfaces, then release the magnets remotely to continue flying.

TRNDlabs Spectre Drone

This bargain-priced, short-range drone is really easy to use, with automatic take-off, landing, and altitude hold. Its camera captures 720p HD video, and you can watch a live feed of its footage using its companion mobile app. It also has LED lighting for night flights. Grab one today in The Awesomer Shop.

The Drone that Cannot Fly

The Drone that Cannot Fly

Making drones out of lightweight materials is a must if you want them to fly. But Motores Patelo went the opposite direction, and created a flightless drone out of metal. Sadly, he couldn’t record the whole build due to the lockdown, but the finished piece is still amazing… and could easily take off a finger.

Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.

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