Yesterday

A man, by the name of Ben, was trying to shoot some footage of an Alaskan river filled with Salmon, but unfortunately, he crashes his DJI Mavic Pro drone into the river. Ben is able to recover the drone after it had been submerged in the fast-flowing water for a few minutes. All of the video footage, except the last clip when he crashed the drone, is saved. However, the most important question is, will the drone ever fly again after having been fully submerged in the water?

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Imagine you need a drone to get into a space for inspection purposes, for instance like they did at the Fukushima power plant. what kind of drone would you use? A very small one, that can fly through openings? That would probably be limited in flight time or other operations that require more battery power. A caged-in one, that bounces of walls and obstacles? That might get stuck or may not be able to perform inspections or pick things up. Or an autonomous flying drone, like the Skydio R1? That might work but may not be able to works its way through small or narrow openings. The roboticists at the JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo came up with a different approach, called the DRAGON drone which basically is autonomously flying arm that can twist and turn its way through openings.

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Good morning, here are yesterday’s headlines. We have news about a special Adorama event taking place in New York City next week, a sweet deal on a Yuneec Breeze 4K drone and an amazing racing drone taking on the Honda Red Bull Formula One racecar. Enjoy!

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June 21

Today, Chinese drone-maker DJI showed off their latest commercial on YouTube, called the “Epic Struggle”. This one, however, seems to be a little less well received than some of the previous commercials or short films, if you go by the comments. The video shows an active, outdoorsy-type woman climbing and hiking through the ‘wilderness’ but she has nobody to help her take some nice selfies or action shots. Toward the end of the clip, our main character all of a sudden sees this other female runner with… a DJI Mavic Air drone flying in front of her (Skydio R1-style) and filming her every move. A light bulb goes on. Never travel without a drone. Now, she too needs a Mavic Air!

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Adorama’s Inspire event will take place in New York City next week (June 25 – July 1) at various locations. Most interestingly for fans of unmanned aerial aircraft are the drone workshops that the company will be hosting. Dirk Dallas, who you probably know from #fromwhereidrone, will be teaching you the ins and outs of drone photography and videography in different hands-on workshops. So if you are in the area be sure to stop by and check it out!

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Take some sweet aerial photos w/ this Yuneec Breeze 4K drone bundle: $170 ($330 value)

Today only, Woot is offering the Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone bundled with a controller and two extra batteries for $169.99 with free shippingfor Prime members. Otherwise, a $5 flat rate fee will be tacked on. Amazonand Best Buycharge the same price for the drone by itself, with all the additional controllerand batteriesadding up to nearly $160. Rated 4.1/5 starsfrom over 200 quadcopter pilots.

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