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The Future of Infrastructure Inspection using Drones

The US has more than 900,000 bridges. According to regulation, each bridge requires inspection every two years to ensure that there are no cracks, rusting, or other damage. This means that every day, 1,232 bridges need to be inspected. Inspection of such bridges requires a crew of inspection professionals, heavy machinery with lifts, people rappelling from dangerous heights, resulting in each inspection taking a few days.

And this is only to understand if there is a problem! Infrastructure inspection, which can include bridges, pipelines, electrical grids and other facilities, is crucial for structure usage and safety, yet it is expensive, time consuming and dangerous. Fortunately, new professional-grade drone inspection technologies can help alleviate these challenges.

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Firefighter Drones – How Drones are Being Used for Helping Fire Departments

While drones continue to get much smaller, more powerful, and have better payload options, one thing that will stay the same is its ability to quickly reach a vantage point where humans cannot easily get access to. This remote controlled or even autonomous flying platforms can be used to make people's jobs easier and more efficient through better information gathering and surveying. Firefighter Drones are sent to fire locations as scouts, using cameras with thermal imaging technology to help first responders in their rescue efforts. 

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FPV Goggles Comparison Guide | Fatshark, Aomway and Eachine Review

Your FPV Goggles are what lets you actually become your drone. They allow you to jump inside and see things from a pilots perspective and are what makes drone flying so magical and addictive. With so many options out there choosing the best fpv goggles suited exactly for your needs can be difficult. We've written indepth guide to help you get on top of things and send you in the right direction!

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Law Enforcement Drones: Public Safety and First Responder Operations

As more and more consumers turn to drones to capture new aerial perspectives, law enforcement offices have been doing the same. Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have been growing in popularity ever since drone manufacturers have made them extremely easy to use and available in a large range of sizes and performance. With the ability to be quickly deployed, capture high-quality video, and be equipped with thermal imaging cameras it is easy to see why law enforcement would want to use drones and get an upper hand on the scene.

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Martian II Build Log

It is the martian II 220mm with 4mm arms. This is new version that has new camera mount with optional angles instead of just one. There is also some other small changes which I can not point out specifically. All the bolt holes line up good  and it feels really solid. The PDB is going to really speed up and clean up the build as well. This is great build on a budget, and recommended for first build.

Martian II Parts List
Frame Martian II 220mm Racing Drone Carbon Fiber Quadcopter Frame
Flight Controller Raceflight Betaflight CC3D REVO F4 STM32F405 Flight Controller
ESCs FVT LittleBee Spring 30A ESC BLHeli_S OPTO 2-6S
Motors Racerstar Racing Edition 2205 BR2205 2300KV 2-4S Brushless Motor
Propellers KingKong 5040×3
FPV Camera Foxeer XAT600M HS1177
FPV Transmitter Eachine TX526 5.8G 40CH
Batteries Dinogy 1300mAh 4S
Goggles Eachine VR-007 Pro
Balance Charger SkyRC iMAX B6 Mini Professional Balance Charger
Tx FlySky FS-i6 2.4G
Estimated Build ​​Price

300 $