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.

Yesterday

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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May 5

Not only do Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, apparently so does just about everyone in Orlando, Florida. A drone revealed a fantastically long line of people anxious to try the food at the new location.

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April 30

A successful proposal on an Irish cliff, an unsuccessful attack on a police officer, a school of fish that looks like a plate of ravioli, and a wild pursuit of a mountain biker by a black bear. Those, and an FPV sequence of that hoverboard guy, are some of the drone videos you may have missed this month.

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April 25

This will likely remind you of the unfortunate blockage in the Suez canal last month. But while there was never any serious danger or threat to trade, a drone shows how a super yacht nearly overwhelms a Dutch canal.

April 24

Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano causes a sensation, but La Soufriere causes chaos. In a new video, drones show how daunting the cleanup will be in St. Vincent and the Grenadines once the Caribbean mountain finally stops erupting.

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April 21

It turns out one-take drone storytelling may be actually be a genre. If you liked the viral Bryant Lake Bowling Alley video, wait until you see how the private lives of Singaporeans are peeled away in this surprisingly emotional drone FPV.

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The DJI Mini 2 is an impressive piece of hardware. But it doesn’t offer any way to grab objects and drop them somewhere else. If you have a soldering iron and nerves of steel, pilot Everett Bradford shows you how to hack your Mini 2 to deliver payloads.

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April 20

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority will allow a West Sussex-based drone company to operate regular flights beyond the pilot’s line of sight. It’s to test the safety of the technology. And it could be the beginning of a logistical transformation, leading to delivering parcels by drone.

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April 19

A statue of Jesus under construction in southern Brazil will be even taller than its more famous counterpart in Rio de Janeiro. Take a drone tour of Christ the Protector in Encantado, Rio Grande do Sul.

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April 17

The viral FPV drone video of the Bryant Lake Bowling alley drone video sold as a NFT at auction. The “Right Up Our Alley” drone video sold for the handsome price of…

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There are many good reasons why people don’t want to live in the frozen ghost village of Severny, but that just makes the northern Russian community a great destination to visit with a drone.

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April 16

The biggest British cliff collapse in more than a half-century sent 4,000 tonnes of rock down the Dorset coast. Drones reveal just how much rock that is.

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This drone photograph of a stunning Iceland road trip won the People’s Choice Award at the British Photography Awards. But if you think this still is amazing, wait until you see the Iceland road trip video.

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April 15

If you liked the FPV drone video of the Bryant Lake Bowling lanes last month – and who didn’t? – good news! Now you can own it. The “Right Up Our Alley” drone video will be auctioned as an NFT.

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If you’ve wondered where Amazon finds room for all its drones and drone supplies (more than 60,000 in its latest search results), wonder no more. A new distribution center under construction near Syracuse, New York, has room for drones, and probably other stuff as well. Take a look at this drone video of the massive Amazon warehouse

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April 14

There’s a new item to be added to the list of drone hazards. Somewhere below molten lava and eagles but above moths, squeeze in protective ewes. Watch this sheep headbutt a herding drone.

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Ohio hopes to win UNESCO World Heritage status for a prehistoric observatory near Columbus. Right now, it’s a golf course. But new video shows it sure doesn’t look like a typical country club. Take a drone tour of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.

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April 13

The pandemic forces us to see and think differently. Probably not as different as a red-tailed hawk soaring above the Niagara region – for three hours. But that’s what Canadian filmmakers believe they’ve achieved with an epically long drone journey of Niagara.

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April 12

In the UK, the Merseyside cops arrested three people after a drone reportedly flew near Aintree Racecourse last week. The charges are suspicion of offences under the Air Navigation Order. But the actual circumstances seem to make it a uniquely British drone crime.

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