Drone

51 Miles in 51 Minutes: A trip down the LA River

51 Miles in 51 Minutes:  A trip down the LA River

"Viewings of "Exquisite Corpse" and all of the Current:LA artworks and events are free to the public — a reminder that, even in the middle of a drought at the tail end of recession, civic generosity is flowing."

The Parrot Mambo: If Bart Simpson made a drone.

With it's one-eyed design and whimsical colors, the Parrot Bebop is absolutely adorable

Trolls rejoice!  
The truly innovative and unique French droning company Parrot has done it again. 
With a penchant for the visually interesting and stunningly cute (such as the Bebop on the left), Parrot intends to maintain their sense of whimsy with the newest addition to the Parrot family: The Mambo.  This drone will offer all of the reliability of any other Parrot quadcopter, however, this one comes with some super cool (and totally troll-tastic) attachments:  A pellet gun, and a grabbing claw.  This is the first time that Parrot has included attachments with it's drones, and let me tell you, we're so excited to fly it around the office and shoot each other...in a safe responsible fashion of course. Parrot is expected to launch this airborne squirrel spooker at some point this year.

Sources: 
http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/parrot-s-next-drone-will-have-a-bb-gun-and-a-grabbing-claw-1324479
http://www.topdronesforsale.org/parrot-drones-with-bb-gun-grabbing-claw/
http://www.parrot.com/usa/drones/

Piloted by a smartphone and equipped with a claw and pellet gun, the Mambo looks like an absolute blast.

Piloted by a smartphone and equipped with a claw and pellet gun, the Mambo looks like an absolute blast.

DJI's new GEO Software

Really excited to try out the more advanced Geofencing software by DJI!
Get more information on DJI's Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) new software here!


https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/05/dji-geofencing-system-drone-controller-app/

FAA Guidelines: Part 107

The new addition to the FAA guidelines promises big changes for the future of commercial droning. This part is intended to simplify and streamline the licensing process, increase safety of operators, technicians, and bystanders, and broaden the abilities of drone operators.  

Our friends over at Skyward have compiled a handy summary, comparing the 333 Exemption to the new part 107.  Click the photo below to check it out!
 

The FAA's most recent guidelines will no longer require that a commercial drone operator hold a pilot's license 

The FAA's most recent guidelines will no longer require that a commercial drone operator hold a pilot's license 

Building Bertha

prototyping and retrofitting 


The parts for our new heavy lift drone are finally here! 

We've spent the last few weeks prototyping the main hub for our new custom-built X8 octocopter frame. The original center plates are not designed with enough space to accommodate our KDE Direct ESCs, so we had to form a slightly larger core to fit them in. The new plates design will also allow Anderson Powerpole connectors to be hard mounted to the plate, making connecting the motor wires a cinch.