Sky Earth Drones Pages

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Yuneec Typhoon H Can Be Ordered, With Expected Delivery in April, 2016

Things have moved faster than we expected with Yuneec's sonar drone.

The Yuneec Typhoon H consumer drone with sonar is upcoming in the drone universe. See the video at Yuneec Typhoon H.

Amazon.de in Germany has the option to pre-order the Yuneec Typhoon H for expected delivery in April at a price of €1799, but nothing comparable was found yet at Amazon.com.

Addendum: We found three versions of the Yuneec Typhoon H being offered on a pre-order basis at Drohnenstore24.de, with the highest price at €2199 and the lowest at  €1499.

The above are not paid-for ads, but merely information.

Intel "Real Sense" (TM) Technology Being Applied to Professional AscTec and Consumer Yuneec Drones for Navigation Around Objects

You may wonder what we are doing posting so much about drones -- but drone technology will be an integral part of the world of the future and it is coming sooner than you think, once the legal and regulatory aspects have been settled.

Intel (R) "Real Sense" (TM) Technology is the new kid on the block and it is spectacular for what it will be bringing to the drone universe in terms of  "Real Sense" cameras combined with Intel CPU computing power.

See CNET Gadget News and the article by Carrie Mihalcik at Intel wants to do for drones what it did for PCs: The chipmaker acquires German drone company Ascending Technologies as it expands to technology beyond the PC. "AscTec" is a maker of high-tech drones for professional use.

See the CES 2016 video of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showing an intelligent professional AscTec drone outfitted with Intel's "Real Sense" technology in action, especially at the end in navigating through a thick forest. See video.

Intel has also invested in consumer drone manufacturer Yuneec (pronounced "unique") in China, a Chinese aircraft manufacturer with a futuristic not yet released "intelligent" CES-exhibited Yuneec drone that incorporates Intel's "Real Sense" technology into its drone camera and navigation system and can, for example, navigate around trees and other objects. See the video.

The release date of this drone technology to the consumer public is unknown, but we imagine that this new Yuneec will initially be quite pricey, so that the recently released Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4k quadrotor vz. quadcopter and variants of that drone still look good to us in terms of being DJI competitors.

Be that as it may, Intel's involvement seems destined to propel Yuneec into a "unique" position in drone manufacture very soon down the road.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAA Drone Registration Already Exceeds Number of Planes

368472 drones have been registered by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in meeting the February 19, 2016 agency deadline.

Drone registrations far outnumber planes.

One registration can cover multiple drones.

The story is reported in

Newly Registered Drones Outnumber Planes

by Matthew Rocco at Fox Business.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Best Drones for First Drone Buyers

Looking to buy your first drone and need to know where to start? Korey Smith at MyFirstDrone has an updated February 2016 List of Best Drones For Sale.

First Drone Purchase : What You Need to Know

Purchasing one's first drone can prove to be a daunting task. Korey Smith at MyFirstDrone has an updated February 2016 List of Best Drones For Sale and links to other useful information.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ambulance Drones as Life-Savers

One of the future beneficial uses of drones will surely be for beneficial purposes, such as "ambulance drones".

Alec Momont directs a project to design such "ambulance drones",
a project showing that the 100 mph speed with which drones
can reach a particular location unimpeded in a straight flight line
can greatly reduce the time required to bring needed equipment
to a critical medical situation.
See the video at
https://www.youtube.com/embed/y-rEI4bezWc.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Flying Floating Diving Loon Copter for Underwater Inspection and Study

 At Gizmag, Ben Coxworth reports that the Loon Copter drone flies, floats and dives underwater and could potentially be used for "... search-and-rescue operations, bridge foundation inspections, underwater pipeline inspections, tracking of oil spills at different depths, and marine life studies."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Delivery Drones May Be Grounded By Law Due to Safety Concerns

Why Amazon's and Google's Delivery Drones Can't Get Off the Ground is the title of a story by Graham Winfrey at Inc.com, reporting that "delivery drones" may be grounded by law for the foreseeable future due to safety concerns.

Drone Registration USA Legal Requirements in 2016: Reposted from LawPundit

Drone Registration Legal Requirements in 2016: Reposted from LawPundit __________________________


FAA Announces Mandatory Drone Registration
Effective Virtually Immediately ! Get it Done !

We refer here to a very important article by Nick Lavars at Gizmag in

US government announces mandatory drone registration.

This is an urgent posting relating to mandatory drone registration, so that if you get one of these unmanned small flying "aircraft" called DRONES for Christmas, for example, then you are required to register the drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before flying it and also to stick a unique identification number on the aircraft. Failure to do so can result in immense fines or even prison sentences, so this is no small potatoes.  If you register the drone prior to January 20, 2016, the FAA waives the registration fee. Get it done!
If you have anything to do with drones, make sure you read that article at Gizmag:

US government announces mandatory drone registration.

__________

FAA Requires Modelers and Hobbyists to Make Drone Registration as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Starting December 21, 2015 Also for Drones Already in Possession

As regards our previous posting on drone registration, please now read the official FAA announcement concerning the drone registration requirement, starting December 21, that drones (also those used by modelers and hobbyists) must be registered with the FAA as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). See their FAQ for the definition of UAS.

Anyone who has made, purchased or otherwise obtained a drone prior to that date has 60 days to register. Yes, Christmas gifts and homemade drones also fall under the registration requirement.

When operating a drone, the operator must have his or her drone registration certificate in their possession.

Civil fines for non-registration can reach $27500 and "criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years".

As one sees, the registration requirement must be taken seriously by all.

No drone registration is required for drones below a certain weight (250 gm viz. 0.55 lb. or less) which are regarded to be unmanned aircraft systems viewed in the category of "toys".

Also excluded from the drone registration requirement are "paper airplanes, toy balloons, Frisbees, and similar items" which are not connected to control systems for the unmanned aircraft.

Make sure to check out the FAA Drone Registration FAQ for all the details.

__________

Quadcopter How-To Postings at Gizmag
in the Loz Blain Drone School Series

Quadcopters and similar drones have not only legal aspects such as the requirement of FAA registration in the United States, but also require enhanced tech savvy on the part of the user, especially for safety reasons.

Gizmag has a series of "how to" postings on drones by Loz Blain:
We do not know how many "how to" "schools" there will ultimately be.

See also for general information on mandatory registration in the USA:
 __________

FAA Drone Registration Website Now Operational

TechCrunch reports that The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running. Lots of info there, take a look.

___________

Quadcopters and More: Where Can You Fly Your Drone? The Legal Answers are Not Clear

Santa, Santa, what hast thou wrought!? The problems that are coming with the proliferation of cheap and ubiquitous recreational and other drones such as quadcopters are immense while the legal answers for privacy rights are unclear. Annie Sneed discusses the issues at Scientific American So Your Neighbor Got a Drone for Christmas.

300000 Drones and Counting: FAA Drone Registration Takes Off

Nearly 300,000 Drones Have Been Registered With FAA in the first Month

according to Personal Tech at the Tech Times by Anu Passary who writes:

"The registration is valid for three years. Those who do not register their UAV could be subject to fines of $27,500, possible criminal penalties of $250,000, as well as three years in prison if the offense is serious."

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hermes 450 UAV to Check Crops from the Sky: A Game-Changer in Farming and Agriculture

Checking crops from the sky: Hermes 450 UAV to be escorted by manned plane is a report by Sue Roesler at the Farm and Ranch Guide which shows that drone use will be a "game-changer" in farming and agriculture.

Positive Drone Use: Climate Change Being Mapped by Citizens Using Drones

'Citizen scientists' use drones to map El Nino flooding in a report at Phys.Org by Gillian Flaccus showing that positive use of drones by citizens can be of assistance in mapping climate change.

Sky Earth Drones Started as a Blog -- "Sky Earth Drones" & "SkyEarthDrones" Trademarked

On 24 January 2016 21:30 Berlin time,
Sky Earth Drones
viz.
SkyEarthDrones
as in the domain name SkyEarthDrones.blogspot.com
was started as a blog and trademarked as
Sky Earth Drones(TM)
and
SkyEarthDrones(TM),

neither of which were found as combined word names of anything
via Google Search, giving the following results:

"No results found for "Sky Earth Drones"."
and
"Your search - "SkyEarthDrones" - did not match any documents."