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Be careful out there. Drone battery pack likely caused house fire

A battery pack to a drone likely caused a fire in Milton which destroyed a home Saturday night, Acting Battalion Chief Marc Lash said in press release.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Lash said a drone battery pack was charging in a bedroom at the back of the house. He believes it sparked and set the house on fire.

“That’s the second drone-related fire we’ve had in the past couple of months,” he noted.

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One of the biggest drawbacks of drones? Short battery life.Inexpensive beginner drones often can only fly for about 7 minutes, while high-end models like DJI’s line of premium quadcopters have an average flight time of about 25 minutes.

But for drone pilots who capture aerial photos and videos for weddings, agricultural data collection, large building inspections and other purposes, even 25 minutes will seem too short.

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Drone photography/video techniques

drone-photog-tips-1200x0Few emerging technologies have risen as quickly as unmanned aerial systems — that’s drones and quadcopters, of course. Because of this, more people today own one of these RC vehicles than ever before. Beyond a drone’s simple ability to act like a remote-controlled toy for adults, its budding worth lies with its potential to capture stunning photos and video. Many consumers have purchased models outfitted with on-board cameras or camera (or GoPro) mounts.

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How to Avoid Immediately Destroying Your New Drone

2014-09-23-Parrot-mini-drones-02-1024x683With most consumer drones these days, you can head straight out the door and have your new toy in the air in a matter of minutes. And your new toy would probably be in the air only a matter of minutes.

If you’d prefer your first time flying a drone not to include close up shots of leaves and large amounts of cursing, we suggest taking a deep breath, slowing down, and doing a few things before your maiden flight.

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How scary are drones really? Not so much.

addisplay2-965x644With the increasing utility and public interest in commercial drones, we’re only now beginning to realize the wide-ranging potential applications of these devices. German University FHP’s Urban Complexity Lab, a research space at the intersection of information visualization and urban transformation, has decided to amass a collection of personal sentiments to learn about the public opinion of living with quadcopters circling above us.

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