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Drones & Conservation: Monitoring Arctic Sea Ice

Drones & Conservation: Monitoring Arctic Sea Ice

Flying the Ptarmigan hexacopter in challenging conditions Springtime in northern Alaska is the right time for a whale hunt. Vast sheets of sea ice crumble together into huge masses that grind into the ocean floor, anchoring it for a time. To get to open water to hunt whales, Inupiat whaling crews will break miles of […]
Drone Cowboys

Drone Cowboys

Recently, we got a chance to talk to Nick Swartzendruber, who owns a successful drone company out of California: Drone Cowboys. Nick is also a part-time drone instructor at Drone Universities, which helps new pilots prepare for the FAA 107 test. Nick tells us a little about his company and what it is like behind […]

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Drone Defender

Drone Defender

A conversation with Colin Guinn Colin Guinn is a major advocate of the drone industry and has held positions at DJI North America, 3D Robotics, and testified before Congress. He paused from his busy schedule at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, to chat with RotorDrone. His enthusiasm for the […]
Drones and Frame Rates

Drones and Frame Rates

One of the questions we get all the time is why are there different frame rates for some of the screen resolutions on my camera?   And which frame rate should I use? Most cameras have the option for pilots to select not only the screen resolution—such as 640×480, 1280×720, or 1920×1080—but also different frame rates […]

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Drones & Making Money

Drones & Making Money

Expert keys to a successful small business As the demand for the unique capabilities of drones soars ever higher, even as the advances in drone tech lower the barriers to meeting those demands, the chance for pilots to turn their skills and enthusiasm for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into business opportunities is exploding. But with […]
Green Drones

Green Drones

Precision agriculture gets a boost from multirotors Here at the Roswell Flight Test Crew, we typically focus on the “sexy” applications for rotor drones: flying a First-Person View (FPV) machine over a burning building to support firefighters battling the blaze on the ground below, or using an aerial cinema rig to capture a dynamic shot […]

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Aerial Photography: The Secret is in the Lens

Aerial Photography: The Secret is in the Lens

One simple pro mod for better aerial images Multirotors and sports cameras are very nearly synonymous at this point in time. The popularity of one has undoubtedly boosted the popularity of the other. I bought my first DJI Phantom in part because I already owned a GoPro and wanted to see if I could make […]
Drones: Expert Tips You Need to Know

Drones: Expert Tips You Need to Know

13 Pro Tips for Better Flying, Filming, and More Fun When you get your first multirotor, you’ll probably have a barrage of questions about this new endeavor. Here at RotorDrone Magazine, we hear many different “getting started” questions, so we reached out to our experts for their solutions. Now that I have a multirotor where […]

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Drones Help to Preserve the American West

Drones Help to Preserve the American West

Aerial exploration of a gold rush ghost town The folks at Monarch, Inc., and their precision multirotors have surveyed everything from agricultural crops to crime scenes and everything between. When a call came in from the California State Parks system asking if they could fly over a historic gold-mining ghost town to analyze its structures, […]
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