Latest Wingcopter delivery drone can haul three packages at once

German drone maker Wingcopter has today introduced a new generation model, the Wingcopter 198. This tilt-rotor/fixed-wing eVTOL drone is capable of delivering three packages to multiple locations during one flight.

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Rugged Scout drone designed to inspect tanks for leaks

The liquid-carrying tanks on tanker ships have to regularly be inspected for cracks – a task which is typically performed by humans. A new drone, however, is claimed to do the job much quicker and more thoroughly.

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Collaborative tech lets drones work together to lift heavy loads

While aerial drones do show promise as a means of urban parcel delivery, their small size will limit them to carrying relatively light packages. An experimental new system, however, lets multiple drones team up to hoist heftier items.

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Skyfront claims endurance world record for gas-electric multirotor drone

California-based drone manufacturer Skyfront is claiming a new endurance world record for its Perimeter 8 gas-electric hybrid multirotor, which stayed airborne for 13 hours, 3 minutes and 57 seconds, covering 205 miles in the process.

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Flying Drone Blanket will charge and launch swarms of quadcopters

Although it's getting more common to see swarms of illuminated drones being used for aerial light shows, simultaneously charging and launching all of those drones can still be tricky. That's where the Flying Drone Blanket is intended to come in.

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Wacky-winged drones may have a flying ace up their sleeve

There are now a lot of fixed-wing drones on the market, and most of them look pretty similar. FLY-R's aircraft are different, though, in that they incorporate a rhomboidal wing design – it's claimed to offer some distinct advantages.

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Sony starts its own drone company, Airpeak, to fly Alpha cameras

Sony's mirrorless Alpha series cameras have become hugely popular filmmaking tools, thanks in large part to the company's excellent sensors. At this year's CES, Sony announced it's starting up a drone business specifically to work with Alpha cameras.

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Knuckles-5 allows drone pilots to keep one hand free

Conventional dual-joystick drone controllers require pilots to use both hands – this can be inconvenient, plus not everyone has two functional hands. That's where the one-handed Knuckles-5 controller is designed to come in.

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360-degree camera drone can depth-map its surroundings with 8K video

Maryland firm Door Robotics has hit Kickstarter with what it claims is the world's first fully integrated 360-degree camera drone. The Vista combines the output of two ultra-wide cameras into an all-encompassing, depth-mapped 8K/30-fps video stream.

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