Quadcopter

  • ​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.
  • Mini drones are notoriously difficult to keep hovering in one place, plus they're not known for shooting great video. Chinese startup Ruiven claims to be out to change that, however, with its new Kudrone. The tiny quadcopter shoots at a maximum resolution of 4K, plus it's equipped with GPS.
  • What does it take for a quadcopter to carry a 10-kg (22-lb) payload and fly for three hours straight? It takes petrol power - and a clever variable pitch rotor system that makes this gas-powered drone just as stable, quick and responsive as its electric brethren.
  • ​When it comes to drone racing, the folks at Freedom Drone Sports apparently believe that the bigger the aircraft, the better. With that in mind, the company is developing a big drone for use in a new type of racing, known as Freedom Class.
  • ​What started as crazy DIY project in an Australian backyard six years ago has now blossomed into a cutting-edge aircraft for the US Army, with military officials showing off a version of Malloy Hoverbike in flight.