Know more about DJI S 1000

According to aviation experts, Spreading Wings is one of the most well recognized and popular airframes and meant for both amateurs and professionals. Since the time it was launched, it has rapidly evolved into an upgraded version popularly known as S800 Evo, which incorporates updated designs and advancements that give a new definition to DJI.

In field of drones, it was like a boon as it is meant to perform superb aerial photography with the use DJI’s Zenmuse line of camera gimbals. With advanced professional grade cameras encroaching the market, larger and heavier than what has been used with the S800 before, DJI saw an urgent need for a more powerful, and so the DJI S1000 was introduced.

Built on conventional frame and knowledge, DJI has come up with an Octocopter that incorporates all of the things popular in the S800, in line with some new features that are poised to make it a strong push. Above all, it will be powerful enough of carrying cameras such as the Canon 5D mark 3, as well of course as all of the other varieties cameras people are knowledgeable enough to using with Zenmuse gimbals.

The DJI S1000 comes in a big box which contains two trays with all of the components packedgreatly inside them. The upper tray contains the airframe, which is completely assembled, and the parts that prepare the landing gear legs. There is also a bag of miscellaneous hardware stored in the center of the tray. The bottom tray contains the eight booms, each with a motor, ESC, and prop already attached.

The most distinguishingadvantage of the S1000 is the fact that the arms (or booms) are feasibly foldable. All eight arms fold straight down, thus making this huge Octocopter greatlyin no time. At the base of each arm is an aluminum “knuckle” that contains a large bolt through the bottom of it, which the arm lands on. Once the arm is in the raised position, a tough plastic lock rotates into place, pulling the arm in towards the frame as it locks. The lock has a very hard and positive click once it locks in place, and there is no movement in the arm once it is locked. Each arm has a high intensity LED mounted on the underside of the ESC, two red at the front and the rest are green. The props also fold back comfortably, and are put in place on the boom with small foam holders.

Drone Aircraft – An Innovative Tool for Humanity

Did you know drone aircraft offer one of the best technologies ever to help humanity? Did you know you cannot buy a sophisticated drone aircraft from an American company? Did you know the US Military now uses drones to deploy the primary communications medium in Afghanistan?

If you answered ‘no’ to all of these questions then you are not alone. Many people are unaware drone aircraft represent a significant advancement in how a host of old and new technologies are now being deployed.

Yes-drone aircraft can be deadly. Just ask the Taliban soldiers of Afghanistan. The military’s new Reaper Drone can pack a walloping 5 tons of sophisticated munitions and deliver those munitions with pin-point accuracy. The fact is drones are quickly changing the face of warfare. Instead of risking soldier’s lives the US Military now dispatch drone aircraft to handle the dangerous work.

In addition to being used as an attack vehicle the military also uses drones for communications. This new communications medium comes in the form of airborne cell phone towers also known as ACPTs for short. These flying towers offer the same communications options as does all of the commercial cell phone towers you see scattered around America. Whatever you can do with your cell phone or Blackberry an American soldier can do on the battlefield.

Unfortunately for us civilians the military dominates the use of drone aircraft in America. Like I said at the start, “you cannot buy a sophisticated drone aircraft from an American company”. I am not exactly sure why this is so because General Atomics, located in San Diego, builds the best and most sophisticated drone aircraft in the world.

When I say unfortunate I am referring to the many uses drone aircraft offer other than being used for just warfare. For example ACPTs (airborne cell phone towers) offer the best emergency communication network yet designed. Remember the tremendous logistical problems posed by hurricane Katrina. People were still stranded on roof tops days into the event and tens of thousands of people were left homeless to wander the streets of New Orleans.

Would ACPTs have helped the rescue efforts in New Orleans? Just think-with a working cell phone system what FEMA could have done. First and foremost hurricane victims could have called their families to say they are still alive. Beyond personal usage every emergency official in New Orleans could have been in real time communications with coordinators. I will leave it to the reader to decide what these benefits mean but the bottom line is, in any widespread emergency, more lives can be saved when good communications are made available.

When it comes to emergency communications I cannot help thinking how California is going to handle the next big earthquake. Depending on where the epicenter is located it is possible millions of people can be left homeless. Given this possibility I would have to say ACPTs would be an essential element in managing such a widespread crises-but there is a problem here.

Even though America owns a good number of drone aircraft these aircraft are first dedicated to the military and secondly the frequencies used by military ACPTs are not the same frequencies used by commercial cell phones in America. Therefore in the advent of a widespread disaster in America these military ACPTs could not be used to manage such a crises.

At the very least I am accusing the US Government of very poor planning where ACPTs are concerned. That is we Americans paid for the development of a very sophisticated communications network yet when we have an emergency on American soil we are denied the very use of such a network. This does not make good sense to me. One day, maybe soon, American lives will at stake and the very technology which can help save American lives will be denied us because of American policy. Sounds crazy I know but this is how things work these days.

Beyond the concept of using drone aircraft for communications (ACPTs) lays a host of other useful drone applications.

* Measurement – There is no better way to map environmental problems than by using drones. For example during the Gulf oil spill dozens of aircraft were dispatch daily to track the spill. Were a drone made available and equipped with the right cameras and sensors the cost of tracking the spill could have reduced costs by a factor of 100. Also by centralizing the means of data collection the task of data analysis would have been much easier and certainly more accurate.

* Incidental Weather Conditions – Several years back an ice storm adversely affected thousands of square miles around the State of Kentucky. The problems included power outages, phone outages and people literally being stranded by ice and cold. Here ACPTs would have given this ice bound area temporary communications allowing people a means of reliable communications.

* Agricultural and Forest Management – Given the horde of new scientific sensors available drones are an ideal platform to constantly measure soil and environmental factors. Such information collected could easily be dispersed to farmers and forest rangers to help manage fertilizer and chemical use and as well predict future growing factors such as moisture. These types of measurements are already being done but in limited amounts due to cost. Drone aircraft could help reduce these mapping costs considerably.

* Structural Analysis – Given the condition of nation’s highways drones offer a simple means to survey and evaluate road and bridge condition. The low cost per mile for road evaluation would allow state engineers to see how road conditions, over an entire state, change over time which in turn would provide a more efficient means of dispersing highway construction funds.

* Photography – Aerial photography allows a great way to measure just about anything including the population of people, animals and even insects. With sophisticated software and a new generation of super cameras you can see just about anything from the air you can see on the ground. For example a single drone can photograph thousands of square miles, at high resolution, in a matter of minutes, and download these images in real time. You could even find a lost child in a forest at night using heat sensitive cameras.

These are just a few ideas when it comes to using drones to help humanity. There are many, many more ways drones can be used to efficiently collect information and hopefully, in the future, mankind will get around to using drones to help mankind rather using drones for strictly warfare.

What’s Good About A Camera Drone – And Why Buy UAV

The unmanned aerial vehicle is not limited to military use, just like flying in general it is not used primarily for military use but the primary use of the skill of flying is that of convenience. To have access to the true three dimensional travel and observing is very much so a convenience, it enables one to view the world from the third dimension, from the bird eye view. It can be used to check on structures that are not easily accessible because of the height or other obstructions in the way.

It was also previously possible with the use of a hot air balloon, but it was more expensive and time consuming. Unlike hot air balloons, gliders, paraglide and real size planes and helicopters the U.A.V or a drone for the civilian use is more like a toy size, which is affordable to purchase and inexpensive to operate.

The joy of flying via a remotely controlled U.A.V is in most part in the modern invention of the digital technology in video and still photography. It is also in the real time visual monitor view from the flying U.A.V that makes it so much fun.

The applications are many, the range of products in drones and U.A.V’s available is numerous, and there are toy size drones suitable for indoor use, other drones suitable for outdoor use.

The basic elements to consider is how high does the U.A.V need to fly, how long for, are there any factors that can be harmful to the U.A.V and potentially work against the joy of flying, e.g. wind, air currents, trees, power lines and bodies of water.

The wrong use of the U.A.V is becoming more of a concern for some people because of the potential disregard to personal privacy. There are the unwanted intrusions of privacy that has become more apparent with the new technologies available, criminal elements with fraudulent intensions to steal and rob others for material gain. But there are also other instruments that can be used for spying on others, if there is apparent need, or just being disillusioned; mobile phones, digital cameras, binoculars, tape recorders, phone numbers, and street address, all that spy stuff that can be seen on movies.

Unlike the above instruments drones are not silent, hidden microphones/cameras and phone taps are silent ears and eyes, but a domestic drone is relatively loud when it is flying. It could potentially fly into someone’s back yard during a busy traffic or absence of the occupants and land on a tree and view what is happening on someone’s back yard, also listen with an audio microphone, and depart 24 hours later, or at some other convenient time. But it sound very much a twisted banal preoccupation, but has been and still are people selling specialized “spy on other people” gadgets, for some people to alleviate their paranoia.

The military U.A.V has much more stealth and far more distance between the platform and the target; they are multimillion dollar platforms that entirely at a different scale to the UAV and drones that are available for a few hundred dollars. The U.A.V for a domestic use is a relatively loud flying object; it can have 3,4,6,8 rotors, with as many electrical motors that increase in volume.

You won’t sneak up on anyone while the engines are running, gliding past on a single wing could be stealth without anybody taking any notice, if they are face down on a beach or if their eyes are closed. There are many good reasons as to why buy a toy drone or a U.A.V, here are some of them: fly indoors, dust the top of cupboards, fly and view the world from the sky, view the local environment from above, take images and video footage from the sky, check the roof for any damage, a new hobby, learn the new skill of remotely flying a U.A.V, and possibly many other environmental and regional reasons.

Depending on the personal interest and need, indoors, outdoors and the entry level for this new hobby, and whether kids will use it un-supervised by an adult, there are several levels to choose from; a toy drone, a serious toy, or an U.A.V.

Which every entry level is chosen it is a new challenge to master, flying via a remote control can be a great discipline, coordination for the cognitive mind and for a sharp eye, yet another reason as to why buy U.A.V.

The AR Drone – A Must Have

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is an advanced gadget designed to augment the gaming experience on devices equipped with iOS and Android through a Wi-Fi connection. It is a ready-to-fly radio controlled device that runs on batteries. The quadricopter is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor operations. It can very easily fly up to a reasonably good distance of 165-200 feet away from the pilot.

This toy features a HD 720P front camera along with a down facing low resolution one. These cameras provide a video recording facility. The device is equipped to share real-time videos, which is a unique feature. The user can view the video on the smart phone´┐ŻEUR(TM)s screen streaming at 30 frames per second. The camera can easily recognise shapes and colours for the gaming purposes.

The AR Drone 2.0 works in complete sync with the smart phone. As soon as it is connected to the iPhone or the iPad, the controls of the copter become visible on the screen of the handheld device. These controls can be used to help the Drone take off, move in any given direction, hover at a single place, or land. All of this can be done by simple movements on the smart phone´┐ŻEUR(TM)s screen. One can also tilt the toy while it is flying by tilting the phone in the apt direction. Apps like Auto Pilot and Absolute Control ease the process of flying the Drone. The best part of the flying is the 360 degrees flip that the device is able to perform to the complete delight of the flyer.

The AR Drone has a pressure sensor which acts as an altimeter and assists in controlling the vertical speed of the device.

The quadricopter is powered by rechargeable, high capacity lightweight lithium polymer batteries for long flights. The batteries can last for as long as 30 minutes of the flying time. The machine is accompanied by a mains charger which helps in reviving the batteries once they are drained. The charger comes with international adapters, to suit the convenience ofusers.

So if, you are tech savvy, this is something you need to get your hands on. Just go online and find the best available deal for this device and you are good to go. Do not forget to check some trendy accessories for your Drone, such as a customised carrying bag, a race donut, a customisation pack for the indoor, as well as the outdoor hull and other such exciting stuff.

Are US Airline Pilots Worried About the UAV Drone Traffic

The short answer is no, they are not worried, but they are concerned. Pilots have always had to deal with flying hazards. Pilots are accustomed to looking outside the window and scanning for traffic and other conflicts. Up high, an aircraft has far fewer collision hazards to worry about. As the aircraft descends, there are more and more small airplanes. Go lower, and birds start to become a threat. Pilots start to sit up, keep their head on swivel and watch for dangers, wherever (or whatever) they might be.

With the recent report of a pilot spotting a small drone on approach to JFK many pilots are taking notice. Pilots are starting to do their research and find out what these drones are all about. Like the general public, many pilots are unaware of all the drone activity going on in the United States. They are finding out that lots of police departments and other local, state and federal agencies are flying these small surveillance drones. It seems that currently, most pilots feel that these small craft are being properly handled and managed. Probably because there are so few pilot reports of a near miss with a drone. Should that change sometime in the future and reports start becoming more frequent, that feeling will change.

Prudent flight departments and airlines are monitoring the situation to ensure the FAA stay on top of the situation. While many pilots feel comfortable about the situation right now, they are concerned about the future. Anytime you increase air traffic, you increase the risk of mid-air collisions. The FAA is projecting a very large amount of drone traffic in the future over the U.S. If these projections come true, collisions will become a very real threat, and they will occur. A small craft like the one that was spotted near JFK may cause little or no damage, or it could go into an engine inlet and cause complete power loss. A small craft (like this one) offer about the same danger as a large bird. Larger military drones, or (some of the proposed) cargo drones could cause catastrophic damage.

Flyers should know that today, there is very little danger from drones. Drones are a new phenomenon and as this industry evolves there are sure to be growing pains. The FAA is opening small test areas for further study on possible dangers. The results of these tests will aid in the development of strong regulations to control this additional traffic. One thing that appears certain is that drones are coming.