DJI announce new cinematic drone

You can certainly shoot movies with drones right now, but that doesn’t mean drone cameras are ideally suited to movie-making. They seldom have the resolution and image quality of the pro movie cameras you see on the ground, let alone the high-quality lenses.

DJI is trying to fix that — it’s introducing the Zenmuse X7, billed as the first Super 35 digital camera tuned for pro drone cinematography. Its large sensor lets you shoot 6K RAW video (in CinemaDNG format) with 14 stops of dynamic range, promising crisp, editing-ready video with plenty of detail in low light. And like any good movie-grade camera, the glass plays a prominent role.

The X7 relies on a dedicated mount system built for carrying prime lenses. You have choices of 16mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm lenses, all of which have a maximum f/2.8 aperture. You should get a shallow, film-like depth of field for closer shots regardless of which lens you use. The 16mm lens has an ND 4 filter, while all the other lenses tout mechanical shutters.

Software may play as much of a role as the optics themselves. There’s a Cinema Color System to offer more flexibility in the editing booth, and a new mode imitates the behavior of film cameras to help preserve info.

To no one’s surprise, airborne cinematography won’t come cheap. The base Zenmuse X7 costs $2,699 by itself, while every lens save for the 50mm costs $1,299 (the long-ranged lens costs $100 less). Completists will probably want to buy a four-lens bundle at $4,299. At least you won’t have long to wait before you can start on your aerial magnum opus, as the X7 and its lenses start shipping in early November.

Mercedes trials van-drone delivery system

While plenty see drones replacing certain delivery methods, the idea that they could simply complement them is also beginning to gather some momentum. Mercedes-Benz flagged its intentions in this area last year when it unveiled a concept van that incorporates delivery drones to handle some legs of a journey, and has now taken another step forward by kicking off trials of the technology in Switzerland.

Mercedes kicked off trials of its drone-van delivery service last week
Mercedes-Benz originally teamed up with drone company Matternet to explore how drones could be combined with…
As part of trials underway in Switzerland currently, Mercedes-Benz Vito vans will serve as connected, mobile…
Swiss online retailer siroop is taking part in drone delivery trials with Mercedes and drone company…
Mercedes-Benz originally teamed up with drone company Matternet to explore how drones could be combined with vans for more efficient deliveries, and it is now joined by Swiss online retailer siroop to carry out some real-world testing. Mercedes-Benz Vito vans will serve as connected, mobile landing platforms for Matternet’s M2 drones, which can carry packages up to two kg (4.4 lb) over distances of up to 20 km (12.4 mi).

So rather than the drones carrying out the final leg of the journey, they will instead bring items ordered by siroop customers from the merchant’s warehouses to the Vito vans parked at one of four pre-defined “rendezvous points” around the city of Zurich. There, the driver collects the package and completes the last-mile of delivery as normal, while the drone returns to the warehouse.

This is similar to the system tested by UPS earlier this year, but in that case drones would launch from trucks to act as a last-mile delivery platform for out-of-the-way stops while allowing the truck to continue making deliveries by road. So where the UPS system would save the truck from heading off the beaten path to make deliveries, the Mercedes/Matternet system would prevent the truck from needing to run back to a warehouse to stock up on deliveries.

While plenty see drones replacing conventional delivery methods, a the idea that they could simply complement…
“We believe that drone-enabled logistics networks will transform how we access goods every day – we will be able to order something online, and like magic, receive it within minutes, for a fraction of the cost and energy expended today,” says Andreas Raptopoulos, Founder and CEO of Matternet. “Switzerland is at the forefront of this technological revolution – this is the first time that a drone delivery network is operating in a major European city and the first time a van and drone network is operating anywhere in the world.”

The trials kicked off last week and will run seven hours a day, five days a week, over a period of three weeks, weather permitting. It is hoped that further down the track this kind of system could take the form of a fully automated e-commerce drone network, which would help ease traffic in urban environments and cut the cost and time of on-demand deliveries.

Autonomous Passenger Drones

The field of flying taxis is one that is starting to fill up. Joining the likes of the Ehang 184 and Volocopter is the newly announced Passenger Drone, which is built to help usher in an era of personal aerial transportation by autonomously carrying people from point A to point B.

These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
Passenger Drone, which is built to carry people autonomously from point A to point B
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
Just like the Ehang 184 and Volocopter, the Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination and then have the autonomous software take care of the actual flying. These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities, and nowhere is keener than Dubai to see how they fare, this week kicking off trials of the Volocopter with tests of Ehang’s personal taxi drone also in the pipeline.

The makers of the Passenger Drone tell us they are currently testing the vehicle in Europe and have carried out manned flights with one person onboard. The aircraft is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors, each powered by its own electric motor. There is also a joystick should it need to be flown manually, and two passenger seats, one behind the other.

These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
“Range is 30 to 35 mins with speed of 30 to 35 knots (34 to 40 mph),” Passenger Drone’s Peter Delco explains to New Atlas. “These are the realistic numbers. There are other VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) projects out there promising hours of flying in the air but it is just impossible with current battery technology. So range is around 20 miles (32 km).”

This kind of range should be plenty enough for the kind of trips imagined for the Passenger Drone, one day helping to alleviate traffic by simply hoisting urban folk over the top of it. Like all VTOL projects, there is obviously a ways to go before the Passenger Drone enters use, not just in terms of proving the technology, but also in getting the all-clear from lawmakers to allow it to fly around cities. But another player on the scene won’t do the industry’s chances any harm.

The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
Delco tells us the company will be showing off its work at CES in January next year, along with other trade shows in Europe and the US.

You can see the Passenger Drone take flight in the videos below – the first shows an unmanned flight, while the second is of the first manned flight test. The image gallery also offers a good look at it in action.

The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination

Soldier uses drone to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief effort

By now, most people are acutely aware of how Hurricane Harvey plowed through the coastal region of Texas Aug. 26. In the wake of his path, the hurricane left a tremendous amount of destruction and devastation to the lives and cities of those most directly affected.

As a result, Texans from all over the state stepped up to offer their assistance through an outpouring of supplies, living essentials and time.

Out of thousands of volunteers in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, a major assigned to U.S. Army South, found a unique way to offer his support through a special skillset.

Maj. Michael Stump, U.S. Army South fire support officer, received a call and was personally requested by the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, or GVEC, to assist in the small town of Ezzell, Texas.

The GVEC learned Stump is licensed as a drone pilot with the Federal Aviation Administration and flies drones during his spare time. Stump was contacted by GVEC a few days after the hurricane disaster and asked to fly his drone in areas where they could not assess the condition of potential downed power lines.

After hearing reports of elderly citizens being stranded in the town with no electricity for more than five days, Stump immediately volunteered his services and spoke with his military leaders about taking personal leave.

“I was glad they called me and heard I had the special skill and means to help out,” Stump said. “I wanted to do what I could and help them get to where they needed to go to restore power for the people who needed it, especially for medical reasons.”

The aerial survey Stump was able to conduct also provided observation to identify any signs of citizens needing assistance and confirm which power lines remained intact. Stump’s support also allowed an aerial survey for route options of an area deemed unsafe for vehicles and personnel to travel.

“I’m happy to have been able to help,” Stump said. “I also volunteer for Comal County Search and Rescue, so this was just another way I could give back and help the distressed people in our state.”

It was later found out that because of Stump’s support, the electric company was able to enter the area safely and efficiently repair and restore electricity to approximately 147 isolated civilians that had been without power or main road access for several days.

DJI causes concern as it imposes a mandatory software update

DJI Spark drones will not fly after 1 September unless owners apply a mandatory software update, the device’s maker has warned.

DJI said the update to the small drone’s core software fixes some flight control issues suffered by the gadget.

The drone maker said it had warned owners about the deadline so they could avoid having their craft grounded.

But the mandatory update has caused some owners to question the control DJI retains over their devices.

In a statement, DJI said the update would improve how the Spark manages power. It also helps it work with smart spectacles that give owners an immersive view of what the drone films.

It added: “If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off.”

The update is now available via the Go 4 management app used to configure and fly the craft as well as DJI’s Assistant 2 desktop software.

A spokesman said it issued the warning so it could be sure Spark owners took the chance to update their drone before the deadline so craft are not grounded.

Gary Mortimer, writing on drone news site SUAS News, said DJI’s demand that people apply the software had caused “consternation”.

He said performance fixes bestowed by the software were welcome but DJI’s ability to throw a kill switch to stop the device working was more “questionable”.

Earlier this month, the US Army ban serving soldiers from using DJI drones saying their use posed “operational risks”. In response, DJI drones were given a privacy mode that restricted who saw the video they shot.

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Commercial Drone Market is estimated to Reach $2 billion by 2022

Global commercial drone market size is estimated to reach USD 2,069.6 million by 2022, as per a new research report by HexaResearch. Increasing application of these machines in various industry sectors such as military, agriculture and energy among others is expected to drive industry demand. Growing investments in industrialized markets for technology innovation and commercialization is likely to provide opportunities for future applications in the commercial drones market.

Drones are being increasingly used for commercial purposes such as delivering products to customers without hiring a driver. For instance, Dominos adopted these machines in order to deliver food items. In addition, solar powered drones with five years airborne capacity are increasingly used as mobile access points to provide internet access in remote areas. Media and entertainment industries are expected to fuel the demand considerably owing to its small size and flying capability. These machines are also used in real estate industry to capture aerial shots of the infrastructure.

Rotary blade accounted for over 75% of the overall industry share in 2014. It is expected to dominate the industry due to its fixed position hovering and multi-directional flying capability. Nano drone was valued at USD 38.7 million in 2014 and is projected to witness highest growth rate over the forecast period. This spur can be addressed to its portability and efficient application in security and photography activities

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Event organizers are increasingly using drones for safety and proper crowd management. Growing usage in law enforcement activities is projected to fuel the demand. It is mainly used to gather evidence and also investigate crime scenes by capturing high definition videos as well as photos.

Strict government norms regarding safety and privacy concerns are anticipated to hinder the industry growth. Scarcity of trained pilots in the industry owing to lack of training and career opportunities pose as a key challenge to the industry demand. Commercial drones are anticipated to witness significant growth opportunities due to increasing demand from agriculture industry for crop management to augment yields.


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Walmart plans for a warehouse in the sky to make deliveries with drones.

Walmart has applied for a U.S. patent for a warehouse in the sky, which could make deliveries to shoppers’ homes with drones .


CNBC reported that it could be the big-box retailer’s latest move to take its e-commerce business to the next level.

Bloomberg first reported the news Friday, while the patent was first submitted in February.

The machine, similar to a blimp, could fly as high as 1,000 feet, the application says, and it would be operated either autonomously or remotely by a human pilot.