Drone Flyover Of “Secretive” Apple Spaceship Campus

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Progress Flight Over Apple Campus #2 Construction

Hey guys!  Check out the steady progress of the new Apple Campus 2, currently under construction.

You can see why they call it the Apple Spaceship Campus!

Watch the September 2015 progress video, narrated by Steve Jobs

Some Quick Facts:

  • Location:  Cupertino, California
  • Employ 12,000 people
  • 2.8 million square feet ring building (The Pentagon is 3.7M SF; currently the world’s largest office building)
  • 100,000 square foot fitness center
  • 120,000 undergound auditorium for hosting events
  • Scheduled to be completed at end 2016
  • Hundreds of trees and orchards will adorn the campus (apples maybe!?)
  • Central garden inside the ring

Aligning with Apple’s “tight-security” directives, the entire campus will be surrounded by earth-berm banks which obstruct views from the adjacent community.  However, the campus will contain a visitor’s center, complete with a cafe, observation deck, and an Apple store (of course!).

Watch the updated Set-Oct progressvideo

Update:  In San Jose, Apple is securing a development agreement for a plot of land that could hold a 4.15 million square foot campus!   As if the 2.8 Million Apple Spaceship Campus wasn’t big enough!

Thanks to UAV pilot Duncan Sinfiel for these flyovers!

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You’ve Probably Never Seen Istanbul Like This

Incredible Aerial View of Istanbul From A Drone

Istanbul is the 5th most visited city in the world today, with over 12 million visitors in 2015.  But how many have seen it like this?  These are some incredible views, shot with a DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter.

See if you can spot these famous landmarks in the video below.

1. The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally built as a church in the 6th century by the Justinian the Great.  It was once used as a mosque, but now is a museum.

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2.  The Bosphrus waterway is one of the busiest in the world.  It’s the only route between the oil-rich Black Sea and the Mediterranean.  Over 200 million tons of oil are shipped through this channel each year.

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3.  Maiden’s Tower  is located at the south entrance of the Bosphorus waterway, and has a history dating back to ancient times.  It was used as a strategic defense tower, watch tower, lighthouse, barracks, and quarantine station. In modern times, it was used in the 1998 James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough”.  Now, it’s a popular restaurant.

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Can you spot these landmarks in this video?

Special thanks to Adem Duvan for this awesome video – see his you tube channel for more cool videos.


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image 1 source: “Turkey-3019 – Hagia Sophia (2216460729)” by Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada – Turkey-3019 – Hagia SophiaUploaded by russavia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.

Image 2 source: “Ships under Second Bosphorus Bridge (September 2011)” by TariqabjotuOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Image 3 source: “Maidens Tower“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons.

Drone Video Of A Light Bulb Change 1500′ Up

Could You Do This Job For A Living?

Driving past tall towers in my car, I always wondered what it would be like to climb one of those.  After seeing this, I’m glad I don’t have to!

On this clear fall day, Kevin Schmidt climbed a 1500 ft. TV tower located about 30 miles west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Fellow UAV pilot Joesiph Thorin from Prarie Aerial was there to capture some great video of Kevin’s amazing climb!

Note: Remember, kids be safe by NOT attempting this.  Special permission is needed for high altitude quadcopter flights above 400 ft.

Watch the video below, and let us know what you think!

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How To Use DJI Auto-Flight Modes App

Use These To Sharpen Your Quadcopter Camera Skills

DJI phantom 3’s and DJI Inspire 1’s have some new automatic flights mode apps to capture great shots (like follow me, waypoint, point of interest, etc.)

This is a really helpful demonstration video on how they are used.

Thanks to Colin Smith for testing and reviewing these modes!  He ran into a snag on one of them , but found a work-around right on the spot.

Watch and happy flying!

Adam Savage’s Handy Quadcopter Accessories

See What This Clever Mythbuster Has Been Up To

Adam Savage – the legendary Mythbuster, is obsessed with his quadcopter.  In this video, he’s gushing with creativity by showing some clever improvements to enhance his flight experience.

Adam runs a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter, rigged for a 2 man set-up (one pilot, one camera operator).  Even if you don’t have such an expensive set-up, there are some great DIY ideas you can take away from this video.

He runs down his take on the following (#8 is the coolest):

  1. Custom set-up Table
  2. ipad Sun Visor
  3. Flight Log
  4. Startup Checklist
  5. Custom Case for Small Parts
  6. Painted Propeller Locks
  7. Gang Charger for (3 batteries & 2 controllers)
  8. EVF Chest Harness – to frame precise camera shots in real time

Watch and share!

Fascinating Drone Video of Whales & Paddleboard From Down Under

Check Out These Remarkable Giant Beauties

This footage was taken in Esperance, Western Australia by Jamine Hudson with his quad-copter.   

Australia is quite privileged when it comes to whales – over 50% of the world’s cetaceans are found in Australian waters. According to recent estimates at least 45 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises visit or live permanently in Australia, including nine baleen whales and 36 toothed whales species.

Have a look at this beautiful drone video – it is really something to experience (good music choice too)!

Jamine is a self-proclaimed “Quadriplegic with a Quad-Copter.”  If you liked this drone video, he’s got another incredible one of a dolphin pack jumping surf waves.

Check it out on the next page–> 

This Hands Free Camera Drone Hovers Like A Loyal Pup

Just Toss It Up And It Flies Itself

This is Lily, the first self-flying camera drone.  For those wanting to DIY their own action shots, this is about as hands off as it gets!  Just toss the drone in the air, it stabilizes, and then waits for your command like a well trained dog.

Lily will set you back $1,000 ($500 for pre-order launch by Feb 2016).   But rumor is that in a couple of years time, it will probably come down in price and size as development continues.

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Check out the video and article below

Henry Bradlow holds an RC controller and a horribly cracked Moto X, but he’s only gripping these devices in case something goes wrong with his demo. When Bradlow, the CTO and co-founder of Lily Robotics, gives the go sign, Nghia Ho, the company’s computer vision engineer, flings a drone straight up into the air. It rises, and then immediately begins to fall. For a split second, it appears as though this 3D-printed prototype with a camera attached is about to shatter into a thousand pieces. But just as the drone starts to descend, Lily’s four rotors flick on. The machine steadies itself in mid-air, then rises about twenty feet and hangs there, awaiting instructions.

Bradlow never once touched the controller, or his phone. That’s the whole point of Lily, the first product from Lily Robotics, a five-person company co-founded by a couple of recent Berkeley grads with funding from Silicon Valley heavy-hitters like Ron Conway. Lily is a self-flying drone that is always following you, following a certain set of commands. It follows a small circular tracker, which you can have in your pocket or on your boat. With one tap of the tracker, Lily can execute some nifty camera moves, all while staying focused on you. The camera inside, Bradlow says, is roughly equivalent to the GoPro Hero 3: It can shoot 1080p video, or 720p up to 120 frames per second—there’s some tech inside that will detect when you hit a jump while snowboarding and automatically kick the camera into slow-mo. It’ll also shoot 12-megapixel stills and it can make a cool 360-degree panorama. It can fly 25 miles per hour, is totally waterproof, lasts up to 20 minutes on a charge, and has range up to 100 feet. Bradlow says it could move faster and have more range, but the point isn’t to map agricultural landscapes—it’s to take pictures, or have the Lily chase you down the slopes while you carve some powder.

It’s a drone, sure, but mostly it’s a flying camera. And at $499 if you pre-order (or $999 after), it’s a pretty expensive one too. You can tweak the default settings using either the companion app or the small tracker, but you don’t have to know a thing to get it to work. You can’t take over the piloting if you want to—there is no manual mode.

It’s not the future of drones; it’s more like the future of the point-and-shoot.

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Article thanks to David Pierce at wired.com – click to continue reading about Lily

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This Drone Exposed The Most Disgusting Business Operation You’ve Ever Seen

You Might Pass On The Bacon When You See This

Put down your ham sandwich for a minute, and watch this.

When a drone recently flew over a pig farm, it exposed a disgusting environmental atrocity.

The drone’s owner is filmmaker Mark Devries, and he’s been working on a documentary since 2012 to expose factory farms causing environmental devastation.  You are looking at an open air sewage pit roughly the size of 4 football fields.

In this video, he flew his multi-rotor drone over a pig factory operation that is typical of roughly 2,000 farms in the state of North Carolina alone.

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You won’t believe what they do when the pit gets full.  This is just gross.

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