Drone-catching drone portends coming drone arms race

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This drone-catching drone video from Airspace Systems suggests that drones and counter-drones will soon be filling the skies. Drone deliveries will be skyjacked by robber drones, then cops and private loss prevention firms will use drones to catch those drones (and probably target all kinds of benign drones). Read the rest

Beautiful drone flyovers at Scientology's Gold Base compound

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Tony Ortega at The Underground Bunker posted a fascinating overview of Gold Base, aka Int Base, the Scientology compound near Hemet, California. It includes beautifully piloted and filmed drone footage from an anonymous contributor. The 4K is so detailed you can watch adherents playing soccer. Read the rest

Bright lights, big drones: new frontiers in night-lit aerial filming

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The state of the art for drone-based lighting options continues to improve rapidly. Check out some of the great footage rctestflight got with a drone-mounted 1000-watt LED light bar. Read the rest

Cops hassle filmmakers flying drone near cattle feedlot

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Animal-rights group SHARK thought they'd launch their drone on public property in July to get some footage of Harris Feeding Company, a massive and apparently pungent cattle feedlot near Coalinga, California. Each day, local cops got called out every time they tried to film. Read the rest

FPV night drone racing on a neon-colored course

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Extreme Drone Circuit built a night course this year that had a dizzying array of LED-lit obstacles. Watch a drone's eye view of zipping arround the challenging course. Read the rest

Experience Norway's midnight sun by drone

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Michael Fletcher collaborated with Alan Mathieson to capture drone footage of northern Norway's mist-shrouded mountains during this summer's midnight sun. It's like watching a moving Bierstadt painting. Read the rest

UK gives OK to Amazon for drone delivery exploration

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Amazon.com says it has entered into a partnership with the British government to get the nation's aviation authority approval for deliveries via small drones.

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Gorgeous drone footage in a light-drenched Byzantine church

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French cinematographers BigFly took their drone into Byzantine cathedral Église Saint-Louis de Paimbœuf, and the breathtaking results are almost otherworldly. Read the rest

Dizzying footage of a drone chasing an RC plane

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At Joe Nall Week last month, Mr Steele flew his FPV drone inches from Giant Scale remote control planes as their operators did some fantastic stunts, with remarkable results.

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Kickstarter hires journalist to investigate failed drone campaign

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After a Kickstarter campaign raised $3.5m to make drones only to fly away into the void, it brought the shortcomings of crowdfunding into sharp relief. But Kickstarter itself is hiring an investigator to unravel the circumstances of the failed venture.

What's more, the pick isn't a buttoned-up accountant-type, but a journalist, Mark Harris—signaling its intent to tell a meaningful story of how things can go wrong on its platform. James Vincent reports that the drone's backers are an audience—and that they deserve the truth.

In a blog post on Medium announcing the news, Harris writes: "[Kickstarter] wants to help the backers of this failed project get the information they are entitled to under their agreement with the project creator. They would like to uncover the story of Zano, from its inception to the present, and decided that the best way to do that was to hire a journalist." Harris says his "primary audience" is the Zano's original backers, and that he will try to publish the story "in the middle of January."
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Drone footage of insanely huge "sinkhole" outside of IHOP restaurant

Did you hear about the International Hole of Pancakes, the massive drainage structure collapse that swallowed a at least a dozen cars in an IHOP parking lot in Meridian, MS just a few days after the restaurant opened? Here is Jason Hartwig's drone footage of the site.

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Animals attacking drones

They've already made up their minds about annoying buzzing noises we humans are in two minds about. Read the rest

Millennium Falcon quadcopter

Skinning drones with iconic spaceship shells is an absolute natural and I expect to see a lot more of it -- here's a salvo, Air Hogs's Millennium Falcon quadcopter, which hits stores on Sept 15 -- part of a family that includes landspeeders, TIE fighters, X-wings, and speeder bikes. Read the rest

Watch: hypnotizing aerial timelapse videos

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“Bird's-eye aerial timelapse cinematography.”

Superman Drone

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“I duct-taped a Superman figure to my Phantom 3 and flew it over Victoria Park. Glorious!” Read the rest

Watch an eagle take down a drone

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"Eagle was fine - she was massive, and used talons to 'punch' the drone out of the sky," writes the drone operator from Australia's Melbourne Aerial Video. Read the rest

Drone footage of gray whales and calves

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Photographer Mark Carwardine got this lovely drone footage of a pod of gray whales frolicking off the coast of Baja California. Unfortunately, the boaters then approach and touch the whales. Read the rest

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