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etodd
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« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2017, 05:28:06 PM »

It's really freaking hard to document flood waters or tornado damage on any more than a 3 block scale with things that only go 15 minutes on a charge and can't leave line of sight.

A tool, not the tool.

Of course. But once DHS and FEMA gets deep into this, look for them to go into much larger drones. Something in-between these quads and a full blown Predator. Something will come down the line soon that will be cheaper than this fleet of Cessnas.  As a Mission Pilot I hate the thought. But its the long range future.
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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2017, 06:37:58 PM »

Something in-between these quads and a full blown Predator. Something will come down the line soon that will be cheaper than this fleet of Cessnas.  As a Mission Pilot I hate the thought. But its the long range future.

It already exists. It's only a matter of (a very short amount of) time. And it will be glorious.

https://www.autelrobotics.com/kestrel
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Luis R. Ramos
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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2017, 09:38:53 PM »

And remember, electronics progresses at a fast pace. Expect more advanced batteries, taking bigger charges.

Maybe even solar-powered drones... That charge their batteries as they fly.
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etodd
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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2017, 10:30:41 PM »



It already exists. It's only a matter of (a very short amount of) time. And it will be glorious.


I wouldn't go quite that far. As a Mission Pilot and also a UAS Remote Pilot ..... I really enjoy flying the airplanes. I use the drone for my business. Its just a tool. No fun standing on the ground wishing I was in the air.
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THRAWN
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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2017, 08:17:40 AM »

Ran across this a bit ago, and thought it was interesting.

http://dronelife.com/2017/04/17/passing-highest-test-hydrogen-drone-smashes-high-altitude-barrier-drone-rescue/
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« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2017, 08:38:52 AM »

And remember, electronics progresses at a fast pace. Expect more advanced batteries, taking bigger charges.

There looks to be some exciting developments in battery technology in the coming years.  Can't wait for my smart phone to hold a charge for more than half a day...oh, wait, they'll probably just make it thinner instead of improving power capacity.   >:(
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