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The new site isn’t the only news, though! We also announced a full drone program giveaway when we launched!
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Image courtesy: NASA
That’s one small step for man, and one 980 foot leap for drone-kind. NASA has come out with a “Helicopter” hat they intend to send to Mars to just hop around in 2021. Ingenuity is its name, and other world flight is its game.
The aircraft will be sent to Mars onboard a rover where it will be launched on the foreign surface. It will be pretty much autonomous flight, but will be able to send data back to earth via radio waves. Only a few commands will be sent to Ingenuity before each flight and after that, it’s up to the engineering. The craft will be able to fly roughly 10-15 feet off the martian surface and remain airborne for about 90 seconds. In comparison, the first manned flight was only 12 seconds long on some sand dune in North Carolina. Take that Wright Brothers!
If only Wilbur and Orville had a $23 million budget, and the greatest minds in the field working on their airplane, maybe they wouldn’t have had to sink to selling popcorn.
Photo courtesy: DroneDJ
Well, there are no longer any excuses for anyone who says flying a drone is too difficult for them. The POC for this mission is not Bubbles, the famous chimp owned by Michael Jackson but rather a rescued chimp named Sugriva at Myrtle Beach Safari in SC. His brother Vali is running the battery swaps for the mission.
The organization isn’t just overflowing with money that they can give a $1200 drone to the apes to mess around with. The original post by Kody “Tiger Guy” Antle, said they were sending the drone for conservation purposes to Africa, where they would use it to watch over the last remaining 900 mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Before you do your own research, yes… Kody Antle is Doc Antle’s son.; aka the crazy guy from “Tiger King”. Wait… That’s not specific enough. The one that rides around on an elephant with all the girlfriends.
Back to the original reason we’re here. Drones have become so easy to fly recently, that there is effectively no barrier to operating one, other than the price, but even that has started to diminish recently. For the first time, we’re seeing more affordable drones come out and it’s allowing more people to realize the benefits of flying drones.
July 15th – Ask the Experts! – FB Live with Matt Sloane & Ben Kroll
July 22nd – Forming Multi-Agency UAS Programs & Regional Groups – FB Live with Greg Smith
July 29th –Mapping for Fire Prevention/Inspections – FB Live with Michael Marquardt
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