Awesome Drones

FlyNova Flying Spinner

FlyNova Flying Spinner

If a fidget spinner and a mini drone had a baby, it might look something like the FlyNova. When you spin it up, the motorized plaything lights up. Toss it up and out, and it hovers smoothly before returning like a boomerang. Toss it downward to play catch with a friend.

Drone Swarm AI

Drone Swarm AI

Flying multiple drones near each other can lead to accidental collisions. Now, engineers at Caltech have developed an data-driven method that can safely control the movement of multiple drones in crowded spaces, without pre-mapping the space or knowing what patterns the other drones will fly in.

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Skydio 3D Scan

Skydio 3D Scan

Drone maker Skydio is showing off a slick piece of technology that could improve the safety of bridges and other structures. It allows a drone operator to select a location to be inspected, then charts a flight path and captures a 3D scan of the environment in real-time. Coming to the Skydio S2 and X2 drones later in 2020.

SHIFT RED Drone Package

SHIFT RED Drone Package

This compact quadcopter is perfect for novice flyers. It has a 1080p/30 camera on board, and offers eight different auto-pilot modes for capturing cinematic shots, software-based stabilization, and includes a one-handed controller that offers an intuitive piloting experience. Save 20% in with code SUMMERSAVE20 (exp. 5.26.20).

DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI Mavic Air 2

The Mavic Air 2 is just a little bigger and heavier than its predecessor, but it now supports 4K 60 video, 48 megapixel stills, and 8K hyperlapses. It flies for up to 34 minutes, and its remote runs for 240 minutes. It’s also got the latest obstacle avoidance and tracking tech, and can transmit 1080p video up to 10 km (~6.2 mi).

Lighting with Flares

Lighting with Flares

Filmmakers Hugo Manhes and Madcow collaborated on the short film Trajectoires, which uses a simple concept to produce a dramatic effect. By dangling bright flares from a couple of drones, they created a unique source of illumination for their natural surroundings. Set to an ethereal soundtrack by Linky Larson.

Chasing Sand Rails

Chasing Sand Rails

First-person drone pilot NURK FPV takes us on a fun ride-along with his pals as they take to the California desert in AXA’s powerful sand rail ATVs and kick up sand from the dunes. Play it in full-screen for maximum immersion, and catch more footage from the outing on Rotor Riot.

Manned Racing Drone

Manned Racing Drone

Over the years, we’ve seen a couple of drones that could carry a person, but none of them were designed for speed. FliteTest visited with the guys at the Drone Champions League (DCL), who built a single-person flyer with a Formula One cockpit for maximum speed. For now, they’re only flying it with a dummy, but it is awesome.

Drone-killing Laser

Drone-killing Laser

Drones can capture amazing imagery, but they can wreak havoc in the wrong hands. To eliminate threats from UAVs, Israeli defense tech company Rafael has created Drone Dome, a system that can jam drone communication or pluck them out of the sky using a laser. It can spot objects as small as 0.02 sq. ft. from 2.1 miles away.

Flocking Patterns

Flocking Patterns

The term “sheep” is often used to refer to those who blindly follow others. As this aerial footage of sheep and cows moving in unison in New Zealand shows, flock mentality is truly the order of business in the farm animal kingdom.

Making a LEGO Drone

Making a LEGO Drone

Making homebrew drones can be quite tricky due to the precise balance and weight requirements of smooth flight. But thanks to the consistency of LEGO parts, Brick Experiment Channel was able to put together a reasonably stable – if somewhat fragile – LEGO flying machine using off-the-shelf motors and rotors.

A Bird’s Eye View of Hawaii

A Bird’s Eye View of Hawaii

FPV drone pilot Nicolas Gaillard was invited to Oahu by Beautiful Destinations to capture aerial footage of some of Hawaii’s most spectacular sights. We think he did a masterful job zooming around the skies and shooting amazing imagery of the island’s natural splendor.

Amazing FPV Drone Shots

Amazing FPV Drone Shots

We’ve previously seen some of aerial photographer Viggo Koch’s work in his amazing rollercoaster fly-alongs. Now, Viggo has released a reel of some of his other breathtaking first-person drone shots from 2019, from snowy mountaintop landscapes to dusty rally races.

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Skywatch

Skywatch

Colin Levy’s short sci-fi film follows two teens who prank people by swapping the contents of their drone deliveries. But when a hack goes wrong, they discover a dark secret about the unmanned aerial vehicles flying overhead. The production was funded via Kickstarter and through the efforts of volunteer CG artists.

Mavigadget Foldable 4K Drone

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This inexpensive, palm-sized drone has foldable rotor arms, so it’s small enough to take anywhere. It offers smooth flight, and can shoot 4K video or 5mp still images. Keep in mind, it’s no Mavic Mini, and flight times are limited to about 8 minutes and distance of about 250 feet. Save an extra 15% with code BFSAVE15 (expires 12/13/19)

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI’s latest drone is simply tiny. It weighs about as much as a smartphone, is small enough to stash in a pocket, a backpack, or purse, but packs plenty of capability. It’s got a 3-axis gimbal, 2.7k video, and can fly up to 30 minutes using DJI’s smartphone app and remote controller. For more fly time and accessories, grab the Fly More combo.

Airplanes from Drones

Airplanes from Drones

During the opening ceremony for China’s 2019 Nanchang Flight Convention, a veritable army of 800 illuminated drones took to the sky, arranging themselves to conjure images of a propeller plane, a jumbo jet, and a fighter jet, among other images to kick off the air show.

Drone Chases Roller Coaster

Drone Chases Roller Coaster

Racing drone flyer Viggo Koch captured this epic aerial footage as he chased down the twisty and turny Helix roller coaster at Liseberg park in Gothenburg, Sweden. Note that the coaster was unoccupied at the time of the shoot for safety reasons. Check out more of Koch’s amazing drone vs. roller coaster footage here.

BC Drone Mountain Surfing

BC Drone Mountain Surfing

FPV drone pilot Mactac takes us on another epic flight, this time traversing the tops of a steep mountain range on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, as the UAV flies between the trees and craggy rocks, it comes across the glorious sight of Cobalt Lake. After a long hike up, it required patience between all the clouds that rolled in.

Flying Over Iceland

Flying Over Iceland

Photographer and FPV drone pilot Danny McGee takes us on a trip to some of the most scenic spots on the planet, as he zooms in and around massive rock formations, grass-covered volcanos, glacial ice, and crystal clear waterfalls on a dizzying flight.

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Chasing Cars at Gotthard Pass

Chasing Cars at Gotthard Pass

A duo of Porsches takes to one of world’s best roads – Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, and DJI was on hand to capture the action with their Mavic 2 Pro drone, FPV system, and Osmo Action camera. Whether you’re into cars, cinematography, technology, or travel, there’s a little something for everyone in this brief clip. BTS here.

Skydio 2 Drone

Skydio 2 Drone

Skydio’s latest drone makes tracking subjects easier than ever. Its autonomous flying tech uses AI and six 4K cameras to map out the world around it, allowing it to avoid obstacles, and to track people and vehicles at speeds up to 36 mph. Captures video up to 4K 60 in HDR, flies for up to 23 minutes, with a 3.5km wireless range.

The Flying Dragon

The Flying Dragon

A group of engineers got together to launch this crazy looking thing we never thought would get off the ground. Using a similar construction to his Flex 9 plane, Ran D. St. Clair’s wacky flying machine takes off vertically like a drone. Its innaugural flight seemed to be more successful than flights 2 and 3 though. Videos by Wcolby1.

Islandia

Islandia

Simply put, Iceland is one of the most stunning, and unspoiled places on our planet. Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov visited some of the country’s many beautiful landscapes with his DJI Mavic 2 Pro camera, and compiled the footage into this all-too-short film.

R/C Flying Man

R/C Flying Man

We’ve seen some pretty wild remote-controlled flying machines over the years, but this might just be our favorite so far. In this clip from RC Media World, flyer Graner Berg shows off his custom-built drone that looks like a full-size human wearing a jetpack. It’s impressively agile and stable in flight, given its awkward shape.

Max Cooper: Perpetual Motion

Max Cooper: Perpetual Motion

Visual artist Nick Cobby combined amazing top-down drone footage with abstract digital art to create the hypnotic video for Max Cooper’s Perpetual Motion, an audio-visual piece commissioned by London’s Barbican Centre. The work transforms the movements of people into ever-changing geometric patterns.

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