Quadcopter

  • ​If you're looking for a quadcopter that can land on the water's surface to shoot underwater video – well, that would be Urban Drones' Splash Drone. Now, the company has joined forces with tech firm SwellPro to create the Spry drone, which can actually make short "flights" beneath the surface.
  • We've heard about "solar-powered" quadcopters before, in which their battery is charged by photovoltaic panels. Now, however, engineering students have built a copter that draws its power directly from onboard solar cells, apparently allowing it to stay airborne as long as the sun is shining.
  • DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program has successfully wound up its Phase 2 flight tests, putting its drones and algorithms to the test in three primary scenarios – all without human assistance or control.
  • Quadcopters are most stable with their four propellers arranged in a square configuration, with one prop at each corner of the square. Such a setup makes it difficult for the aircraft to fit through tight spaces, however. That's where the Quad-Morphing drone comes in.
  • ​Traditional quadcopters can be kind of awkward to transport, with their four propeller arms sticking out to the sides. As a result, we've recently seen a number of folding drones. One of the latest, the LeveTop, takes the form of a cylinder when not in use – plus it has some other useful features.
  • DJI has announced its latest consumer drone, the Mavic Air. Like its predecessor (the Mavic Pro) the Air has a compact design, folding propeller arms, and a 4K/30fps-shooting camera – although it has some new features, too.
  • Drone manufacturer Quaternium is claiming a new milestone, after flying its HYBRiX.20 fuel-electric quadcopter for four hours and forty minutes in what it describes as a world record flight for a self-powered multicopter. ​
  • ​The hot dog-shaped Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is undoubtedly one of the most well-known promotional vehicles of all time. Now, in order to promote its new line of wieners, the company is introducing the WienerDrone.
  • Aerospace giant Airbus outlined its developing portfolio of urban air mobility solutions at the Paris Air Show yesterday. The roadmap puts the company's previous electrification projects in context and outlines future projects we'll see over the next few years.
  • Announced at AUVSI in Dallas today, AeroVironment's new Snipe Nano Quadrotor UAS is a man-packable​ drone with the potential to be carried by every foot soldier, vastly increasing situational awareness and individual capability.
  • ​We've seen those propeller LED displays make their way from shop windows to bicycle wheels, but now Japan's mobile phone operator, NTT Docomo has utilized the technology in a vehicle of the aerial kind. The result is a what the company believes is the world's first flying spherical drone display.
  • DJI is replacing its Phantom 4 camera drone with the Phantom 4 Advanced, which packs a number of spec upgrades and features found on the Phantom 4 Pro for less cash than its predecessor. It will be available as the Phantom 4 Advanced+, which sports a 5.5-in display integrated into the controller.