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Ben Fisher is the co-founder and CEO of Bookadrone. Ben comes from a background in marketing and digital product development. A keen surfer and nature lover, Ben is continually looking to combine his fascination for technology with the real world. His focus is on designing a platform that can create greater access and relevance to advances in drone technology.



by   -   July 21, 2015

One of the main problems with putting cameras into the sky via a flying platform is weight. The heavier the camera, the bigger the rig you need to put it into the sky. This is why GoPro have successfully surfed the growth of the drone industry with their small, relatively cheap and lightweight package. But digital imaging experts have announced their new Z Camera. E1 is the smallest 4K camera with an interchangeable lens system.

by   -   March 28, 2015

This week closes with a very positive announcement from European stakeholders on the future of drones. During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad agreement on the main principles to guide the regulatory framework to allow RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) operations throughout Europe from 2016 onwards.

by   -   March 26, 2015

dronekit1

3D Robotics has unveiled DroneKit, an open-source development kit for app development. This is a clear invite for the wider development community to build upon 3DR’s flight control software.

by   -   March 25, 2015

google-project-wing

The head of Google’s moonshot lab Google X has recently announced they have scrapped the initial ‘Project Wing‘ design that they have been testing in Australia. According to X lab Director Astro Teller, the old design was difficult to control and they are now working on a new design. 

by   -   February 11, 2015

3D_Robotics_Tower

3D Robotics, the largest drone manufacturer in the United States, has announced its latest version of the Flight Controller App ‘Tower’ to the open-source community. Tower acts as a powerful ground control station to command any 3DR-powered drone. Tower is only available on Android at the moment, and forms the latest iteration of DroidPlanner. 

by   -   February 9, 2015

KMel_Qualcomm

In Qualcomm’s quest to shape the future of robotics, the US-based semi-conductor juggernaut acquired KMel Robotics last week for an undisclosed sum.

by   -   January 27, 2015

As of December 2014, there are 442 operators approved for ‘aerial work’ in the UK.

by   -   January 26, 2015

The White House was put on high alert today as a drone was flown at low altitude onto the south-east side of the complex. A secret service spokesperson said “An investigation is under way to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects”. It’s been reported that the drone was a 2ft long quadcopter and wasn’t carrying a dangerous payload. 

by   -   January 20, 2015

Companies are increasingly looking into how to use drones to their advantage.

by   -   December 26, 2014

OpenRov

The OpenROV submersible is a low cost and open source kit designed for exploration and education. Originally launched on Kickstarter in 2012 it has now grown into a dedicated global community launching missions everywhere from Hawaii to the UK.

by   -   December 15, 2014

SkySense

Skysense is a Berlin-based start up designing and manufacturing a range of products to enable the remote operation of drones. Their first two products are the Skysense Charging pad and Skysense Hangar. 

by   -   December 9, 2014
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced updated rules that will give operators an annual permission to operate in built up areas.

by   -   November 6, 2014

Imperial College London today announced it is to develop the UK’s most advanced aerial robotics laboratory. The aim of this state-of-the-art laboratory is to become one of the UK’s leading centres for aerial robotics research and development. It is predicted that the global market value of unmanned aerial robot manufacturing is to reach an estimated $US 89 billion in the next ten years.