New Small drone rules

A new world of opportunities for drone operators opens next week on August 29 when the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists becomes effective. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to make sure you have the information you’ll need to take advantage of those opportunities.



Aeronautical Knowledge Test

One very important step you have to take is to obtain your remote pilot certificate. Under the new rule—also known as Part 107—the person actually flying a drone must have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate.

To qualify for the certificate, you must either pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center or have an existing non-student Part 61 pilot certificate. If you are qualifying under the latter provision, you must have completed a flight review in the previous 24 months and must take an FAA UAS online training course. The Transportation Security Administration will conduct a security background check of all remote pilot applications prior to issuance of a certificate.

The FAA has posted extensive materials, including a test guide and sample questions, to help you prepare for the knowledge test. You can review the materials by clicking on the “Knowledge Test Prep Part 107” button at


NASA Awards Contract to Increase Water Recovery on Space Station

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NASA has selected Paragon Space Development Corporation, a small business headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, to develop a system that will increase the rate of water recovery from the urine of astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

The contract is valued at $5.1 million for the delivery of one Brine Processor Assembly (BPA), and is sponsored by NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division. Work on the contract will be performed at Paragon Space Development’s Tucson facilities.

The technology, currently scheduled for flight in 2018, will undergo a test demonstration on the space station to verify it further closes the “water loop,” with a goal of achieving at least 94 percent recovery of water from urine. The Water Recovery System, currently used on station, captures and processes astronaut urine, but additional unrecovered water remains in the resulting effluent (brine). The BPA assembly will be used to reclaim more water from the brine.

The reduction of costly resupply launches from Earth is essential to future human deep space missions, including NASA’s Journey to Mars. By reusing in situ critical resources to the greatest extent possible, technologies such as BPA will aid in accomplishing this reduction.

Through a series of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards initially funded in 2010, Paragon Space Development created the unique technology to recover water from brine. In 2014, a peer-review panel selected Paragon’s water recovery system in a competitive process.

The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development that also has the potential for commercialization. Including qualified small businesses in this arena stimulates high-tech innovation and builds upon the entrepreneurial spirit of American industry, as it also meets specific research and development needs.

The International Space Station serves as the world’s leading laboratory, where researchers conduct cutting edge research and technology development that will enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including asteroids and Mars.

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Mars volunteers head back to life on Earth

The six crew were allowed out occasionally — but for only a short distance and when wearing a full spacesuit and helmetNEIL SCHEIBELHUT/ASSOCIATED PRESS

One Nasa volunteer had a liking for cooking chilli with double doses of garlic, another indulged an amateur interest in playing the guitar and a third admitted to sometimes finding his crewmates severely annoying.

As they emerged last night after a year in a cramped inflatable habitat 8,200ft up a volcano on Hawaii — an experiment meant to simulate living on Mars — it seemed that diplomacy was one of the greatest challenges that faced the six volunteers on the US space agency’s latest isolation mission.

One of the crew, admitted to the Huffington Post that he had at times felt bored to deathNOT KNOWN

“In many ways, we’ll be aliens among our own kind,” Sheyna Gifford, the American…

Best Drones of 2016. Ranking And Review

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Even if you have no good reasons to justify buying one, you have to admit that drones are cool. And if you’ve ever thought about dropping money on a quadcopter, but you’ve managed to wait this long, good news: the tech has come a long way in a very short time. There are models on the market now that put last year’s copters to shame in terms of video quality and stabilization.

And now the bad news. You get what you pay for, and if you want an aerial video platform that can capture stunning footage, you need to be prepared to spend some serious cash. Because drones are such a pricey proposition, it pays to do your research before buying one. We’ve tested many of the ready-to-fly models on the market to determine what’s important to look for, and the best models available.

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Inspire 1 Dji – Review

Inspire 1
Best low cost professional video drone 2016

THE GOOD The DJI Inspire 1 is a well-built, ready-to-fly quadcopter that captures excellent 4K-resolution video. Its camera is removable, giving it the potential for upgrades and is also compatible with a handheld mount. Option for two-controller operation with one for piloting and the other for camera control. Supports DJI’s Intelligent Flight options including autonomous waypoint navigation or Follow Me.

THE BAD The battery life will seem all too brief and additional batteries are pricey. To get the most from the Inspire 1, you’ll want to buy it with two controllers, which drives the price up to $3,399, £2,747 or AU$5,279. Android support is limited.

THE BOTTOM LINE The DJI Inspire 1 offers an excellent aerial photo and video solution for professionals or well-heeled enthusiasts looking for a simple, ready-to-fly drone with camera-swapping potential.


There are quadcopters with cameras out there that could be considered nothing more than toys. The DJI Inspire 1 is no toy.

Larger and, frankly, more menacing-looking than the company’s chunky little Phantom 3 drones, the Inspire 1 was made for professionals, but is as ready to fly and easy to pilot as the Phantom models. However, at $2,900 in the US, £2,380 in the UK and AU$4,130 in Australia, its price is more than twice the top-of-the-line Phantom 3 Professional.

Considering the Phantom 3 Professional and Inspire 1 have the same camera specs and features — both capture video at resolutions up to 4K (4,096×2,160 pixels) at 30fps and 1,080p at 60fps and 12-megapixel stills — it’s fair to ask where the extra money is going.

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For starters, while the cameras may perform the same, the Phantom 3’s can’t be easily repaired or upgraded. The Inspire 1’s camera and gimbal, on the other hand, can be removed by releasing a lock and twisting it off. This not only makes it safer for travel, but future upgrades are possible for better or different cameras. Plus, DJI developed a mount to use the camera and gimbal as a handheld camera.

The gimbal can also rotate the camera 360 degrees and tilt it 125 degrees, so instead of having to move the quadcopter around to get the shot you want, you can just move the camera. The gimbal itself is more substantial and designed for a higher level of stability and longevity than the Phantom’s, which can be said for the rest of the quadcopter, too.

From the carbon-fiber landing gear that lifts and lowers automatically on take-off and landing to its specially designed brushless motors that are powerful while being more efficient, the Inspire 1 is built for high performance. And the performance is noticeably swifter and smoother than the Phantom 3, which is excellent in its own right. The Inspire 1 handled high winds with ease and the larger body makes it easier to spot in the sky. It also looks pretty badass and I almost expected it to have lasers. (Note to DJI: Add lasers.)

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Sitting to the back of the gimbal is DJI’s Vision Positioning System, a set of sensors to help the Inspire 1 hover while indoors when GPS isn’t available. There are many caveats for it to work properly, however, such as not flying over sound-absorbing materials, water or highly reflective surfaces. Also, according to DJI’s site, it’s only effective up to about 16 feet (5 meters). That’s higher than the Phantom 3’s 10-foot (3-meter) range, but still, if you’re thinking of getting the Inspire 1 to fly above crowds in an arena or auditorium, you better up your piloting skills first.

When you’re outside, GPS is used to help the drone determine its position and yours and is what makes it possible for the drone to stop and hover in place when you release the controller’s sticks as well as delivering accurate location data for safety features like automatically returning to a home position. The more satellites it can lock onto, the better off you are, so DJI added the Russian navigational system, GLONASS, which lets it tap into more satellites than GPS alone.
Satellite acquisition speeds are noticeably faster compared to the older Phantom 2 Vision+, so you can lock on and start flying more quickly. Also, with the Vision+ there were times I would struggle to get a solid lock on six satellites (the minimum for GPS-assisted flight). The Advanced never had a problem grabbing onto 10 satellites or more in a matter of seconds and regularly had upward of 15 in my testing. This makes a huge difference when it comes to putting the drone in the exact position you want for photos and video.


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The controller and DJI Go mobile app (formerly called Pilot) are important, too, of course. The Inspire 1 and its controller have DJI’s Lightbridge technology for better video transmission between the sky and ground at distances up to 1.2 miles away (2 kilometers). Lightbridge allows for a continuous connection back and forth between the two and increases flight range over the wireless range extender used for the Phantom 2 and the entry-level Phantom 3 Standard. This does mean you’ll need your iOS or Android device’s charging cable to use it, but the performance improvement is well worth it.

On each of the top corners you’ll find discrete camera controls for starting and stopping recordings, taking pictures, reviewing your shots and two wheels, one for adjusting exposure compensation, ISO and shutter speed and the other for the gimbal’s tilt. Two customizable buttons are on the bottom as well that can be used for a handful of camera or gimbal functions, including switching the wheel for adjusting camera tilt to have it adjust camera rotation instead.

DJI also included a Return-to-Home button for those times when panic starts to set in and you just want to bring it on back. (A switch around this button controls the landing gear.) The controller’s battery is built in and will last through several flights before you’ll need to recharge it. DJI simplified charging, too, using one power supply with two cables attached: one for the controller’s battery and one for the drone’s.

With the Inspire 1’s controller, you also get a Mini-HDMI output for connecting to an external display. But, more importantly, you have the option to add a second controller, which allows one person to pilot (Master) while the other controls the camera (Slave) and both people have a live view from the drone’s camera.

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Connecting your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet is as simple as plugging in your device’s charging cable into the USB port on the Inspire 1’s controller. (It’ll keep your device charged while you use it for flying, too.) Then, with the controller and drone turned on, you just open the DJI Go app and tap to get the camera view.

The controller’s device mount can handle phones and tablets big and small, however the app is optimized for use with the iPhone 5S , 6 and 6 Plus. Android device support is thin, with just the Samsung Galaxy Tab 705c, Samsung Galaxy S6, S5, Note 4 and Note 3, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 7 (second-gen), Ascend Mate7, Nubia Z7 mini, Sony Z3 Experia and Xiaomi MI 3 and MI Pad listed. DJI does continue to add support, though. I tested with both a 6 Plus and a Galaxy S5, and the app performance was clearly stronger on the iOS device than with the S5, which locked up a couple times forcing me midflight to restart the app of drone.

Professional Thermal Camera Drone – Flir A65

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I ve discovered this new made in Italy drones, that seems to satisfy radiometric features really well. The drone, mount a Flir A65  with radiometric sensor and have the ability to record .fff file where you can explore all radiometric image data.


I ve seen a test in Bergamo, and drones seems to satisfy all the promise. Once recorded data can be edited with flir tools or with Horus Dynamics software. In comparison with other tested model seems to be the best of his category, expecially for design.

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Even if you have no good reasons to justify buying one, you have to admit that drones are cool. And if you’ve ever thought about dropping money on a quadcopter, but you’ve managed to wait this long, good news: the tech has come a long way in a very short time. There are models on the market now that put last year’s copters to shame in terms of video quality and stabilization.

And now the bad news. You get what you pay for, and if you want an aerial video platform that can capture stunning footage, you need to be prepared to spend some serious cash. Because drones are such a pricey proposition, it pays to do your research before buying one. We’ve tested many of the ready-to-fly models on the market to determine what’s important to look for, and the best models available.

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Best drone 2016


Before we get started, if you didn’t already know, all of these drones for sale are actually considered multirotors, but most people still call them drones because it’s easier to say. A quadcopter is another type of multirotor aircraft with four rotors.

If this is your first time looking at drones for sale, then you probably don’t understand all of these crazy drone terms. Check out “ Things You Should Know Before You Buy“. After that, you can come back to this page with a lot more drone buying knowledge.

It’s August 2016. MyFirstDrone will be posting the best deals we can find online, and info on DJI’s Phantom 4 drone. This month we’ll also feature some of the hottest new racing drones and FPV drones, so come back frequently as we update this page and the rest of our site as fast as we can.

This guide will take you through all of the best ready-to-fly drones for sale. It should also give you a reason to pick one over the other. You will learn about all of the most popular models out there, from camera drones to toy drones.

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If you want a drone, you probably don’t want just any drone. That’s why we’ve broken all of the drones up into three very distinct types. Click on the type of drone that you’re interested in to learn more about them, and find the best drones in that category.

Each model in the three categories was picked based on features, quality, ease of use and value. Although these are numbered lists based on which models we personally like in a particular category, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider all of them when buying your first drone.

Everyone has different needs and reasons for wanting one over the other, so just keep that in mind when looking at drone reviews online.