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The Very Best Beginner Drone

Summer is finally here, which means it’s finally time to replace that drone you crashed on Christmas Day. Here’s some advice. Don’t buy an expensive drone if you don’t know how to fly. Cheap drones have gotten really good, and there’s no better way to hone your skills without exploding money into the side of a tree.

Watch This Pilot's Frantic Dash to Save His Dying Drone From Drowning in a Lake

It’s the fear of anyone who’s ever spent hundreds of dollars on a drone. You’re out flying, capturing beautiful footage of a lake, when suddenly the battery on your craft begins to die, and the drone starts its pre-programmed slow descent to what should be a safe landing—except that it’s over water. Dave Svorking…

At 60 Frames Per Second, It Feels Like I'm Riding This Drone As It Races Down a Mountain

If there was ever a good reason to fullscreen a video on your computer, this is it. The third episode of Team Blacksheep’s Long Term Paradise series, featuring some of the best drone pilots in the world, might have you experiencing vertigo if you’re brave enough to watch this footage running at a full 60 frames per…

Earth Looks Like a Bleak Alien World Under the Blinding Glow of a Drone Carrying a Spotlight

As soon as cameras got small enough to ride along with drones, the internet quickly filled with amazing aerial footage shot by pros and amateurs alike. But in addition to a camera-equipped drone, filmmaker Ian Montgomery used a second quadcopter carrying a bright spotlight to capture these eerie videos of what barely…

Real-life Thor Builds a Flying Mjolnir Hammer That Returns to Him

We all fantasize about what life would be like with the same superpowers that Marvel’s heroes wield. But inventor Allen Pan does more than just daydream, he hacks together gadgets that give him similar abilities to characters like Captain America, and Thor, with this flying Mjolnir hammer.

Incredible Footage of a Drone Racing Up a Mountain Had Me Reaching For a Seatbelt

Remember the RC toys you had as a kid? The ones you would lose control of when they went out of range 50 feet away? Gabriel Kocher’s custom-built camera drone has a range of almost two miles, allowing him to pilot it to the top of a mountain and capture exhilarating footage along the way.

This Footage of a Drone Buzzing a Cargo Train Turned My Stomach Inside Out

Your childhood fantasies of soaring through the air like Iron Man or Superman will seem far less fantastic after this sobering first-person footage of a drone racing alongside a moving cargo train reveals just how terrifying (and slightly nauseating) it would be to actually fly.

Kaleidoscopic Drone Footage Takes You To Mind-Bending Places That Can't Really Exist

It looks like drone pilot and videographer Alban Roinard somehow managed to fly his quadcopter into the dream worlds of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But watching these European cities fold onto themselves isn’t the result of a million dollars-worth of special effects; it’s just simple mirroring tricks applied to…

Rocket-Powered Ninja Swords Are the Best Way to Take Out a Nuisance Drone

In the United States, it’s illegal to interfere with any aircraft soaring over your property. So if your neighbor’s drone is caught spying on you, you can’t just shoot it out of the air. But apparently the laws are different in Sweden, where you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; like a…

Taking Down Drones With a $38,000 Stinger Missile Feels Like Overkill

Last week, an amateur drone pilot landed his DJI quadcopter on the deck of Britain’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier. The incident was accidental, but highlights the irony of how difficult it is to neutralize threats from smaller aircraft like drones that are slowly filling the skies. But perhaps modifying a…

Build This DIY Cannon to Catch Rogue Drones

Unlike an RC car that will simply crash into a wall if you lose control, an expensive drone can potentially fly for miles after it stops heeding your remote’s commands. But while a shotgun can blast your treasured robot out of the sky before causes any trouble, this net-firing, air-powered, anti-drone cannon seems…

Don't Blink or You'll Miss the World's Fastest Drone Flying Faster Than a Sports Car

Watching first-person footage of racing drones makes it seem like the tiny craft fly somewhere close to the speed of light. In reality, due to the limits of their human pilots, they top at around 80 miles per hour. That’s incredibly fast, but the Drone Racing League managed to double that with a new world record speed…

Music Festival Confetti Cannons Might Be Our Only Surefire Defense Against Drones

As if random asteroids and vengeful hawks weren’t enough of a reason to keep a wary eye on the skies, drones have gone from being harmless RC toys to genuine weapons. Until now, the only way to stay safe was to only go outside on windy days, but it looks like there’s a new weapon for the war on drones: confetti…

Oscar Mayer Made a Drone to Rain Hot Dogs Down on Humanity

As is currently en vogue for any company making a product that ends up in consumers’ hands, Oscar Mayer is expanding its Wienermobile fleet with a phallic flying drone that can (supposedly) drop a single hot dog on someone not too worried about what they’re eating. If Silicon Valley had its way, we’d only eat things…

Watch Cherry Blossoms Suddenly Explode Into Life in This Stunning Timelapse Footage

It’s that time of year when Mother Nature puts on her best fireworks show with pink and white cherry blossoms. By now your Instagram feed is probably clogged with endless shots of cherry trees, but this spectacular drone footage captured by Jack Johnston is still worth your time.

This Sick Video Drone Is the Future of Inescapable Advertising 

Advertisers have found ways to bombard us with promotions no matter what we’re doing: watching TV, checking social media, and even when streaming music. But the future of advertising could be even more invasive when the next public event you attend is full of flying video drones projecting inescapable video…

Drones Are Giving Us Never-Before-Seen Close-up Views of Volcanic Eruptions

It’s not just the intense heat that makes it hard for researchers to closely study an active volcano, there’s also a potpourri of noxious gases that are less than ideal to inhale. But at the controls of a sensor-laden drone, scientists from the University of Cambridge have been able to capture amazing close-up footage…

Watch These Drones Get Fried by Over a Million Volts

Tom Scott took a pair of DJI Phantom 3 drones to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they can manufacture lightning strikes measuring over a million volts. The goal was to see what happens to a drone were it to get struck by lightning while flown in a storm, and the results will probably…

Drones Built Like Squishy Bugs Won't Break When They Crash

Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren’t immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have designed a flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes,…

Watch Football Stars Get Bombed by Ball-Dropping Drones

The NFL’s Pro Bowl game kicks off on Sunday night ahead of next week’s Super Bowl, and part of the pre-game festivities included a fun series of “skills showdowns.” For some reason, this meant pitting some of the game’s best wide receivers and defensive backs against football-dropping drones.

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