About the Author

David MacQuarrie

David MacQuarrie is a 35 year+ veteran of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He worked in St. John’s,  Ottawa, Toronto, and Beijing where he worked as a news writer, reporter, producer for the national and local television and radio networks.  His stories on science and technology won ACTRA and Columbus awards.

Today

What’s the biggest obstruction to widespread drone deliveries? Government red tape? Customer wariness? The answer may be more elemental than that. It’s the elements. A new study suggests the weather may be a roadblock to drone delivery schemes.

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FPV drone pilot Jay Christensen is back with another one-take wonder. This time, he tested his nimble flying skills out in another Minnesota landmark. Take an FPV tour through the Glensheen mansion below.

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June 17

Golf’s a game of poise and control. But action? Not so much. So NBC plans lots of camera tricks to keep its coverage of the US Open moving. Look for drones to capture the world’s top golfers.

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June 16

If Kannon was ever going to catch the coronavirus, she sure won’t now. Japanese workers scaled a giant statue of the Buddhist goddess to keep her and her devotees safe. Watch this drone video of a giant mask installation.

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June 15

Drones might be the very best way to film a potential environmental catastrophe. And people who own them in Rockton, Illinois, sure put them to use this week. There are plenty of dramatic drone views of the Chemtool factory fire.

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June 12

Firefighters rescued two dogs from the enormous sinkhole in Puebla, Mexico. Drones show the animals trapped on a ledge inside the monstrous crater.

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June 10

That terrifying sinkhole that suddenly opened up in Mexico last week is still growing. And the sinkhole trapped two dogs in its depths.

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Our readers love a good drone show. And while this one isn’t the most dazzling display of lights we’ve seen, it does have some new ideas and set a Guinness world record: Most consecutive formations by a single group of drones.

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Flying a drone over a grain elevator may not sound like much of a crime, but that’s not the way they see things in Louisiana. The governor of the Bayou State is about to sign a bill to increase penalties for flying drones over critical infrastructure – including those pesky grain elevator flyovers.

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June 7

An ocean titan, famous for its mighty spout, is becoming a squirt. In just 30 years, the average right whale has become a meter smaller, according to a new study. Drones reveal the right whales are shrinking.

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After detaining Benjamin Briere in prison for months, Iran will finally prosecute the French drone pilot for espionage. His crime? Taking pictures of the Iranian desert.

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June 6

Swimming ten storeys high in a transparent pool open only to residents of an apartment complex where rents start at £1,800 a month is a new way to get soaked, alright. Watch this drone video of London’s startling sky pool.

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June 1

A Pentagon audit cleared two DJI drones for U.S. government use, according to a report summary just obtained by DroneDJ. The Hill website initially reported the audit found the drones provide “no malicious code or intent” and are “recommended for use by government entities and forces working with US services.”

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May 26

If you’re unfamiliar with hoons, burnouts, or gender reveal parties, then watch this video to see all of them at once, capped by a fiery blast at the end. A drone captures a strange Australian ritual gone explosively wrong.

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With little warning, Mount Nyiragongo erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the weekend and torrents of lava spilled into villages. Drones show the chaos of the African eruption.

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May 15

Here’s a Titanic that actually is unsinkable. In landlocked Sichuan province, a full scale replica of the doomed ship is nearly completed in dry dock. Take a drone tour of the new Titanic and see if your heart does go on.

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May 12

When we hear about drones in the construction industry, it usually has to do with site surveying or inspection. But here’s an aircraft that actually builds: a drone that ties rebar together.

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Spending three hours at the Chernobyl exclusion zone probably won’t shorten your life (much.) But why take the chance when you can float above the abandoned cities and their radioactive debris and take a drone tour of one of the most hazardous places on Earth.

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May 7

NASA just released a video that not only shows the Ingenuity aircraft flying, but captured a little of what a drone sounds like on Mars. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t sound like a theremin.

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May 6

The gang at TechRadar noticed something odd about the photos taken by the DJI Air 2S. Its 20MP, 1-inch sensor capable of capturing 5.4K video at 30 FPS is good alright. But the Air 2S RAW photos seem too good.  

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