Category Archives: Commercial

Related to Commercial or Defense drone use rather than hobbyists

Sheep Adapt Readily to Regular Drone Monitoring, Says Virginia Tech Study.

Researchers flew a drone at varying heights above a flock of sheep, recording their reactions and behavior. The results point to little interference.

Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been studying the effects of drones on a variety of agricultural implementation, such as microbe analysis, and indeed, how drones affect the behavior of actual livestock such as sheep. According to Farmer’s Weekly, the evidence gathered seems to support the notion that sheep are largely undeterred from their regular patterns of behavior by nearby drones. Though some individual sheep may be put off at first by the unexpected presence of a whirring, aerial shepherd, adaptation occurs quickly and standard behavior resumes.

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Drones Replace Live Models at Dolce & Gabbana’s Runway Show.

Dolce & Gabbana used drones to carry its handbags down the runway at the ‘Secrets & Diamonds’ eveningwear event on Saturday night.

f one of the most prestigious fashion brands in the world is using drones as a vital part of its show, at which it’s unveiling a new line of products, then surely, drones are firmly locking themselves into mainstream culture.

The show reportedly began with the sound of church bells, followed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” booming from the speakers. Finally, it was time for the aerial surprise—drones carrying a series of handbags down the runway, to resounding applause from the audience.

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Charleston, South Carolina helicopter crash blamed on drone.

Federal authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that happened Wednesday near the southern tip of Daniel Island.

A Robinson R22 helicopter struck a tree and crash-landed Wednesday afternoon, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen.

The instructor told police he was giving a lesson to a student pilot at approximately 3:30 p.m. While the student was practicing “low impact and hover taxi maneuvers” above undeveloped land on Daniel Island, they turned and saw a white “DJI Phantom quad-copter” drone headed into their airspace, the report states.

Police say the instructor took controls of the helicopter to avoid the drone and while attempting to land, the helicopter’s tail rudder struck a small tree, causing him to lose control of the helicopter.

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Surveillance Drone catches trainer Brian Sylvia secretly medicating harness racing horse.

The disturbing video shows Sylvia rip the tube from the horse’s nasal passage, causing it to recoil as it hits its nose.

Despite being caught in the act, Sylvia lied and protested his innocence right up to the day of his HRV disciplinary hearing in September.

He was given a 15-month disqualification and fined $2000 after pleading guilty to five charges including giving false evidence and failing to produce the horse for drug testing.

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MesoLoft Balloon-Drones Scatter Ashes of Loved Ones at Edge of Space.

MesoLoft uses high altitude balloons to deliver your loved one’s ashes 15-20 miles up into Earth’s stratosphere, and release them to the elements. This “release and remember” approach will result in the remains falling back down to Earth during the course of several months. For those who are absolute in their desire for cremation and have an equally passionate attachment to space and our planet, this might just be for you.

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