Drone Light Shows To Light Up the Sky for Summer Celebrations

Drone Light Shows To Light Up the Sky for Summer Celebrations

Fourth of July celebrations may look a little different this year. Great Lakes Drone Co. have shows planned to replace the night sky with an extravagant and dramatic drone light show. The company based out of Michigan will be traveling across the country to perform this summer, with some shows already under their belt.

Memphis

In May, the company headed to Memphis to perform at Celebrate Memphis, a month-long celebration of the mid-south city. Not only was there an extravagant fireworks show, but 60 drones also took to the night sky with a light show synced to music and the Hernando de Soto Bridge that lasted about 14 minutes. Engineers from Great Lakes Drone Co. spent over 100 hours creating the show for the celebration.

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Other shows lined up for the Summer include Fourth of July celebrations at Lake Oswego, Oregon, and the California State Fair.

Lake Oswego

In Lake Oswego on July 4th, the show will implement a light show of 60 quadcopters featuring explosions of color, light, and music. The show is titled, “Independence Day Illumination: A Light Show in the Sky.” The drones will be operated by Great Lakes Drone Co. and will take off from the top floor of the parking lot at Lake View Village.

The recreation supervisor and events coordinator has been working with a team for the past year to find a suitable replacement to the traditional firework show. Last year’s firework celebration at Lake Oswego was slightly disappointing for guests as much of the show was blocked by trees, causing the show to not be visible.

The drone show provides an improved line-of-sight and should be visible just about anywhere in downtown Lake Oswego. Not only that, but it will lower the risk of creating a fire hazard. Oregonians can appreciate this considering the increasingly hot and dry summers.

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Sacramento

South of Lake Oswego, in Sacramento, California, traditional fireworks will be replaced with choreographed drones for the California State Fair. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night during the fair’s run from July 12-28 drones will take to the sky.

For the first time, the two-week fair in Sacramento will put on a light show at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand using swarm technology and drones moving to choreographed music. The visuals will be seen as far as two football field for the fair.

The biggest reason for the change was after attendees and fair officials were spooked when a mortar misfired 10 minutes into a fireworks show, sending sparks flying and signing small fires in the area in 2015. A year before that, a large grass fire on Cal Expo property, where the state fair is held, nearly led to the Fourth of July fireworks show being cancels.

Great Lakes Drone Co. is an aerial video, photography, and survey firm dedication to producing high-quality imaging. For their light shows, they make their own drones which can be seen from three miles away. Engineers spend countless hours creating the displays and are on sight during the shows.

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Kennedy Martinez is a resident writer who joined Dronethusiast at the beginning of 2019. She has years of experience reviewing drones and other tech products. When it comes to flying drones, Kennedy loves the ability to create artistic videos from a unique point of view. Kennedy enjoys researching new drones and other exciting products that are available to consumers which is why she is committed to creating the best buyer’s guides for our readers.

Uber Eats To Test Drone Deliveries in San Diego this Summer

Uber Eats To Test Drone Deliveries in San Diego this Summer

Uber has transformed the way people get from point A to point B with their ride-sharing service. The company is now hoping to revolutionize the way people get their food too with Uber Eats. The company is taking this phenomenon a step further by delivering food with drones rather than people. This summer, in San Diego, Uber aims to test out ways to connect a payload to customers in a dense environment. But, this may difficult as there’s no easy to fly to their front door.

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Uber Eats is collaborating on the experiment with Uber Elevate, the company’s urban air mobility division. Luke Fischer, Uber Elevatie’s head of flight operations, said it’s crucial to figure out how drone delivery will work in dense urban environments, where 68% of the world’s population is expected to live by 2050, with few easy access points like suburban backyards.

The test program in San Diego is under the auspices of the federal UAS Integration Pilot Program, launched in 2018 in ten locations around the U.S to work out ways to integrate drones into local airspace. Fischer said Uber is in the final stages of winning FAA certification as an air carrier under Part 135 rules.

Last month, Uber made a few initial test deliveries going beyond visual line of sight from a McDonald’s to the campus of San Diego State University using an off-the-shelf AR200 drone. The company is building a drone customized for food delivery that it plans to debut later this year.

Uber Eats has been a financial bright spot for Uber, which is continuing to lose billions a year with growth slowing in its core ride-share business. Uber Eats could generate at least $1 billion in revenue this year on deliveries of $10 billion worth of food worldwide, up from an estimated $6 billion last year.

As a consumer, you could potentially never know a drone was involved in your delivery because your meal will still be hand-delivered by an Uber Eats driver. For the San Diego tests, drones only bring the food from the restaurant to the driver, cutting down on the number of time drivers have to waste getting to and from restaurants.

The way it will work is that a restaurant will load a meal onto an Uber Eats drones, which will then fly to a staging location for hand-off to an Uber Eats courier who will travel the last mile or so to the customer. The company is also planning to land drones on the roof of Uber Eats cars that are equipped with an identifying QR code.

According to the Washington Post, a spokesperson for McDonald’s confirmed the fast food giant has been working with Uber but they do not have any immediate plans to partner on drone delivery. However, the drone delivery pilot program plans to expand beyond McDonald’s to other Uber Eats restaurant partners, including a San Diego favorite, Juniper & Ivy.

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Flock launches first ‘real-time’ insurance and risk-management product for drone fleets

‘Flock Enterprise’ will help drone fleet operators take proactive steps to reduce drone flight risk, and reward them with cheaper insurance premiums.

London, 18 June 2019 – Flock, the London-based insurtech startup, unveiled today ‘Flock Enterprise’, a first-of-its-kind insurance and risk management solution for drone fleets.

The product leverages real-time data to provide highly bespoke insurance policies for enterprises using drones. This data-driven approach transforms how organisations insure their connected drone fleets, offering greater visibility into flight risk and rewarding safer flights with cheaper insurance premiums.

Flock Enterprise is the first product worldwide to offer real-time insurance for drone fleets. Several notable organisations are already using the solution including Flock’s flagship customer Texo DSI, a drone survey and inspection company who operate the world’s most dynamic, multi-million-pound drone fleet.

Flock Enterprise is powered by Flock’s proprietary Risk Intelligence Engine, which analyses and prices real-time drone flight risks on an individual basis. High-risk drone flights (such as those undertaken in densely populated areas, or during bad weather) receive higher risk metrics, and therefore higher insurance prices. Safer flights (such as those undertaken in rural areas, or during optimal weather conditions) are met with lower prices. Individual flight prices are then seamlessly aggregated to calculate the monthly premium, which fairly reflects the actual usage and risk profile of a drone fleet in a given month.

Flock’s Risk Intelligence Engine

Unique to Flock’s innovative insurance model are the granular risk insights that are shared with customers. By using these insights, enterprises can proactively improve safety standards across their fleets and reduce their insurance premiums as a result.

Flock has already demonstrated the financial and safety benefits of its risk analysis technology. After launching Europe’s first Pay-as-you-fly drone insurance product in conjunction with Allianz, Flock has analysed and priced the risk of more than 500,000 drone flights. By clearly visualising these risks in Flock’s app, thousands of drone pilots have been empowered to optimise towards lower-risk flights, and reduce their policy price by an average of 15% as a result.

Thousands of pilots have used Flock’s Pay-as-you-fly mobile app to pinpoint where and when it is safest to fly

In conjunction with the launch of Flock Enterprise, Flock has published a white paper detailing the use of real-time data in insurance and risk management. To access the white paper for free, visit Flock’s website.

Ed Leon Klinger, Flock CEO said: “At Flock, we believe that insurance can be so much more than a piece of paper. We’re using cutting edge data science to not only unlock fully digital, customer-centric insurance products, but to completely transform the way organisations understand, manage, and mitigate their own risks.”

He added: “Our Pay-as-you-fly insurance policies have now helped thousands of small businesses fly safer. With the launch of Flock Enterprise, we’re making our technology available to some of the largest drone companies in the world. We’re delighted to be enabling Texo and others to expand the use-cases of our technology and theirs.”

David Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Texo iHUB said: “We see Flock more as a partner than as an insurer. Rather than simply offering us a price, they actively help our pilots and risk managers identify and minimise the organisational risks we’re undertaking.”

He added: ‘We’re excited to work closely with them moving forward to really push the boundaries of what’s possible in the commercial drone industry.”

Mining & Aggregates Survey Results

Kespry, the leading drone-based aerial intelligence solution provider, today announced the results of the industry’s first mining and aggregates customer survey. Kespry surveyed its 220 mining and aggregates customers that use its platform across 3,311 worksites across North America, with 22,987 missions in 2018 alone. These companies typically use Kespry for inventory management, mine planning, materials management, contractor benchmarking, and boosting employee safety.

“These survey results highlight why our growing customer base continues expanding its usage of Kespry,” said George Mathew, CEO, Kespry. “More and more mining and aggregates companies are experiencing tremendous productivity, efficiency and safety benefits as they standardize on Kespry and roll out our platform across multiple sites and geographies. We couldn’t be more pleased with the positive feedback and insight into how Kespry is positively impacting companies’ operations and the day-to-day lives of mining and aggregates employees for the better.”

It Is So Much More than a Dharma Bomb!

3DRobotics bit the dust, Karma was a full-fledged GoPro Dharma bomb, Parrot continually posts losses (Chris Anderson makes up some informative graphs when he’s not rubbing #ChiComms in DJI’s face), and Insitu is laying folks off. DJI gave Airmap the Ike Turner treatment in public and is in desperation mode trying to wipe the sting of humiliation off of the brand. Some of the other larger drone dabblers have enough money to bury any bad news in the sandbox.

The only bright spot on the scoreboard is PrecisionHawk. They just got their pockets lined with private equity, and their CEO is heading up the reconstituted DAC. If that wasn’t enough, they just on-boarded LoBo (Frank LoBiondo for you Best Buy bumpkins) as an advisor. They’ll be no stopping this company, as they are hell-bent for leather or hail Mary-ing for VC funding.

The AUVSI has lost 20% of their membership, and it feels like the selfie drone show pool is evaporating. A little consolidation can be expected in any industry, but not one forecasted to have 250% year over year growth and on the way to an $82 billion (and sometimes $127 billion) future. The ex-CEO of AUVSI was purportedly overheard saying that they way underestimated the actual value in the forecast. I guess Ag is now 180% of the market? It sounds like there is a snow-job in here somewhere.

The FAA fiddling while the US drone industry dried up and blew away from being under the regulatory jackboot of a ten-year commercial prohibition. We also had the AUVSI employing an active “let’s not work ourselves out of a job by getting anything done” agenda. The AMA, was the champion of the RC hobby? Both of these groups spent a boatload of money lobbying Congress and the end-user, and the hobbyist got collectively hosed.

What did we get? We got an FAA symposium with a $769 gate fee replete with moderators/facilitators filtering the questions for people whom our tax dollars pay a generous wage. The RC hobbyist got a summer without flying in controlled airspace and a hobby LAANC to look forward to. The FAA was soft selling USS providers that this was an additional and potentially lucrative income stream. Why have one profitable version of free LAANC when you can have two ways to hustle a mandated customer base? Good news: AUVSI and AMA are purportedly getting $5 million for education, and I suppose that the bread will help ease the pain from losing dues-paying members for both associations.

Why anyone would be a member of either group is beyond the throngs of folks who have left the ranks. How much money have the DoD vendors lavished on the AUVSI, and what did they get? The people over at the UASIO call them “pros” even though no one on the Hill trusts AUVSI or holds them in high, or even medium, regard. The old “if you’re not part of the AUVSI, you’re nowhere” is over. AMA is a notch below in the regard department, as they have painted themselves with the broad brush of sell-out just looking for funds.

How much longer are the VCs (Grandma’s retirement money) going to fund the liquored-up it’s more than a drone dying show? Rumors are swirling that some of the cellphone app companies are burning through a million dollars a month. Drones as a Servicio are dealing with a down-the-drone-aisle-square-peg-round-hole business model, and the AUVSI would purportedly be on the ropes without the FAA handouts. Let me try and make it country simple for you: the regulation is falling into place that will preclude most of you from the unmanned airline business. That truth is becoming just too big to paper over with braggadocio.

Do you just read Egan recreationally, or is it medicinal too? I’m not here to judge, so it doesn’t really matter what you’re telling yourself about your habit: don your Acapulco shirt and head over to Twitter for some daily @TheDroneDealer

Empirical Systems Aerospace Inc. Receives NASA task order for X-57 “Maxwell” wing and system integration

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), a leading Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) System design, development and manufacturing services provider announced today receipt of a follow-on purchase order from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center for the X-57 “Maxwell”, the first all-electric X-plane, for Wing and Distributed Electric

Propulsion System Integration. ESAero has previously completed multiple contracts for system analysis and design phases, while wing fabrication, load testing, and integration is currently underway.

This new Task Order calls for the integration of an experimental, high-aspect ratio wing to the aircraft including all flight structure, flight propulsion systems and sensors. The contract will also address recently realized requirements for traction system modifications, followed by environmental testing of key subsystems and instrumentation. In addition, ESAero will support NASA aircraft and system verification and validation efforts. This next step will support NASA and the UAM Industry better

understand the challenges with and bring the robustness required for distributed electric air vehicle propulsion operation. Additionally, the high-lift features of the distributed propulsion will help the team to better understand the unique flight control attributes of distributed propulsion systems, both Fixed Wing and VTOL. Like previous work on the X-57 “Maxwell”, many of the critical lessons learned will be released and provided to Industry to enable safe and efficient UAM, eVTOL and electric Fixed Wing operations.

“Conducting these important integration and test efforts will enable us to lead these new electric air vehicle propulsion components and technologies into the qualification and certification process, keys to expanding the UAS and UAM markets. Lessons learned from this effort will benefit our existing DoD and Commercial UAS manufacturing lines, but also our subsystem, qualification, standards development and certification work for air-vehicle electric and hybrid-electric propulsion customers in the eVTOL and UAM

space. Specific thanks to NASA for their confidence in a small business to continue to conduct this important work on X-57,” – Andrew R. Gibson, President & CEO, Co-Founder.

ESAero is certificated to the international aerospace quality standards of AS9100:D and ISO 9001:2015, reflecting ESAero’s ongoing commitment to meeting and exceeding increasingly stringent industry requirements for aerospace-related products for both the defense and commercial markets, including bringing them to the eVTOL and UAM space.

About Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero)

Since 2003, Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), an aerospace engineering design and manufacturing small business, has served the needs of the aerospace industry through its work on military and commercial conceptual air vehicle designs, electric and hybrid propulsion system

development and qualification, aircraft modifications, sub-scale technology demonstrators, rapid system prototyping, design for manufacturing, lo rate initial production, manufacturing, and engineering support. ESAero is the Prime Contractor and Integrator of the NASA X-57 “Maxwell” all-electric airplane.

ESAero customers include multiple NASA Centers, AFRL, AMRDEC, and multiple Tier I and Tier II Aerospace Industry Primes in both manned and unmanned aviation. With a 32,200-square foot design & manufacturing facility located in San Luis Obispo, California and an 8,000-square foot integration and test location at the Oceano County Airport (L52), ESAero has

expanded manufacturing and quality operations and takes full advantage of available airport space for system testing and product development. ESAero will continue to provide the UAS, UAM, and broader aviation and aerospace industries with cutting-edge systems, capabilities, and optimized manufacturing solutions. ESAero is AS9100:D and ISO:9001:2015 Certified, NIST 800-171 Compliant, and has a DCAA Approved Accounting System. For more information, please visit www.esaero.com.

MMC to Attend Shenzhen International UAV EXPO

MMC (MicromultiCopter Aviation) is set to attend the 4th Shenzhen International UAV EXPO from June 20 to June 22, showcasing its brand new industrial chain products within UAV-Ecosystem including UAV frame, flight control system, payloads and motors which are now open for sale. It is notable that MMC will present a series of drone platforms with open source flight controllers that allow secondary development and minimizes the users’ concern over cybersecurity.

They can even customize their UAV by matching up drone platform with different components or payloads within the MMC industrial chain. In addition, all MMC-developed payloads can be easily mounted to different drone platforms thanks to the standardized quick-release connector.It makes the UAV products instantly switchable among different functions to meet user needs under various circumstances.

Ever since the launch of MMC UAV-Ecosystem in September of 2018, the company has been insistently expanding the ecosystem with a “share for win-win” mindset. Devoted to producing high-performance UAV, MMC aims to boost automation level in the way people work for greater safety, higher efficiency and lower cost.

MMC will be located at booth NO. 2A60 and NO.2D51 in Hall NO.2 of Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition center. Visitors will be more than welcomed.

About MMC

MMC is a leading company in industrial UAV that is devoted to producing high-performance UAV. With its industrial chain integration advantage, the company offers excellent UAV solutions in areas like inspection, public safety, search & rescue, surveying & mapping, environmental protection and many more to help people work with greater safety, higher efficiency and lower cost.

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Best Drone Under $500 [2019] 16 Quadcopters For Less than 500 USD

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Updated: June 18, 2019

Personal drones under 500 have become really popular in the market these days and you can get yourself a pretty good deal within a reasonable budget but which one of these drones should you go for? Due to the advent of good battery-timing quadcopters and their excellent stability, people generally tend to go for these four-engined drones instead of the plane or chopper-type models that were so popular during the early days of the RC Drone era. According to the recent statistics, more than 2.5 million personal drones were sold in 2016 and the figure is expected to rise exponentially in the coming years.

Now for the best drones under 500, you need to have some kind of comparison and trade-offs to study before you can get the best deal and we are here to help you do that.

Instead of comparing just a few of these products, we have gone for a whole range of these UAVs including First Person View (FPV) as well as simple video drones that people use to record video logs. Now what are the different types of drones available in this price range and what are their features? Here is a simple explanation of some drone-related nomenclature.

Table of Contents

  1. FAQs About Drones Under $500
  2. Best Drones Under $500
  3. Best GPS Drone Under $500
  4. Best Budget Recreational Drone Under $500
  5. Verdict About Drones Under $500

Take a look at our Best Drones for Adults review article here.

Best Drones Under 500

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1. The Outlaw SE DroneOur #1 Drone Under 500

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The Outlaw SE Drone is an excellent quadcopter which is available for under $500. Its GPS-assisted flight features include an automatic return-to-home feature that activates whenever it runs out of power, loses connection, or flies out of range of the transmitter. You can also set GPS waypoints in your drone app and have the Outlaw SE fly to your set points.

Plus, The Outlaw SE has follow me mode which allows your drone to follow you wherever you move. This drone gets great range, too at 600 feet.

The camera is a definite step up from the default that comes with the Tomahawk (although both drones are compatible with most GoPro and action camera models.) Not only is it a higher resolution at 1080p, but it has a 110 degree panoramic field of view that allows you to take extra-wide shots if you so use. This feature is great for recreational drone photography and even better for any task involving serious surveillance or photo-taking.

We gave this drone our #1 position because it’s a great choice for first-time fliers AND more advanced pilots. Take, for example, the GPS flight mode feature, in which the drone keeps itself hovering completely stable in the air even without additional input. This is obviously useful for beginners, as it lets them ease their way into taking full control of the aircraft. But it also lets more advanced aerial photographers take the time they need to line up the perfect shot.

For a great drone at a great price, consider buying the Outlaw today!

Tech Specifications

• 1080p HD camera with 110 degree panoramic field of view

• GPS-assisted flight and “follow me” mode

• One-key takeoff and altitude hold modes

• Android and iOS wireless FPV streaming

• Takes a 2800 mAh LiPo battery

• Has a flight time of up to 20 minutes

• 600+ meter Flight Control Range

• 500+ Meter fpv video transmission range

Pros

• High-tech GPS functionality

• Long flight time of 20 minutes

• Panoramic video camera

• Awesome step-by-step videos at altairaerial.com

Cons

• No propeller guards

• Drone must be re-calibrated every time you remove the battery for charging

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2. Altair Aerial AA818 Plus HornetBest Budget Drone Under 500

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The AA818 Plus Hornet is included here as our best budget recreational drone under 500 dollars. Like the HS700 and the Tomahawk, this is a great choice for a beginner or a first-time flier. This is especially true for anyone who wants to get into aerial photography. The AA818 Plus is easy to control, impressively durable, and comes with a lot of ease-of-use features. These include Headless Mode (which makes it much more intuitive to control), Altitude Hold Mode (which keeps it steady in the air), multiple speed settings for different levels of user experience, one-touch take-off and landing, and the ability to control it either from a mobile device or from a videogame-style controller – whatever works best for you.

The most impressive feature here is the 15-minute flight time per battery. With two batteries included in the box, you can fly for 30 minutes at a time, which is perfect if you need practice, if you’re flying for fun, or if you want to practice some aerial photography. In fact, this is a great drone for that specifically thanks to its shape and stable hover (not to mention the high-definition built-in camera.)

Tech Specifications

• Built-in 720p HD camera

• Ease-of-use features like Headless Mode, Altitude Hold Mode, three speed settings, one-touch take-off and landing

• Comes with a Low Battery Alarm for safety purposes

• Has a 6-axis gyro for ultimate stability

• Android and iOS wireless FPV streaming

• Takes a 1800mAh LiPo battery

• Has a flight time of up to 15 minutes

Pros

• 15 minutes of flight time off of a single battery charge, two batteries included

• Long range (150 meters!)

• High quality 720p camera

Cons

• Handles poorly in wind

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3. DJI Spark Portable Mini DroneBest Professional Drone Under $500

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That’s right – we’re putting the Spark about the Phantom 3. Why? Well, you can read our full review for more detail. But mostly, it comes down once again to the fact that the Phantom 3 is the best 500 drone for videographers and budding professionals, while the Spark is a great drone for everyone.

The Spark is newer, which means that it will likely receive support for longer and that it has a newer camera that produces better colors and has more advanced processing algorithms. It also has a longer range and a forward obstacle avoidance system, which makes it a lot more beginner-friendly. It’s also easier to use – DJI brags that you can take it from the box to the air in less than a minute, while the Phantom 3 requires you to install the props, connect the remote to a mobile device, and spend multiple minutes waiting for it to pair with the drone.

So, yeah, if you’re a hardcore dronethusiast, you’re probably gonna stick with the Phantom. But if you’re looking for an extremely high-quality option that works for everyone from beginners to advanced pilots, the Spark is an excellent choice at a reasonable price.

Tech Specifications

• Available in 5 different colors

• Features Quick Launch, Face Aware, UltraSmooth technology, Object Avoidance, Return to Home, Dynamic Home Point/Home Point, Auto Exposure Bracketing, Timed Shot, Shallow Focus, and more

• Includes a 12 MP camera with 1080p video resolution at 30 FPS and a live video feed

• Uses a WiFi connection through the DJI GO 4 app

• Includes a range of up to 300 feet

• Able to reach speeds of up to 31 mph when in Sport Mode

• 2-axis mechanical gimbal

• Flight time of approximately 16 minutes

Pros

• Twice the range of the Phantom 3

• Easy-to-use even with all its high-end features

• Small and portable

• Newer camera

• Forward obstacle avoidance

Cons

• Shorter flight time compared to other options in its price range

• Limited range of video options compared to the Phantom 3

• Its size makes it slower and less stable, which might make some videos blurry.

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4. DJI Phantom 3 STANDARD Quadcopter Drone with 2.5 K Camera

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All right, here’s the drone you probably expected to see in the number one spot. The DJI Phantom 3 only costs about $440, but it’s still as impressive an achievement as the day it was first revealed. The quality of the product is evident from a noticeable difference in its performance as compared to its competitors.

For instance its maximum range is close to the 1 Km mark that many other drones in this list won’t come close to getting. The camera quality is great as well with the option to upgrade to 4K if you have couple of hundred bucks more on the budget. The battery timing of 23-25 minutes is an industry high and you will be hard pushed to find a drone that offers more. So, it is definitely among our best picks in this range. Let’s have a more detailed look at it specs-wise and also list down some pros and cons for you so you can make it easier for yourself.

Tech Specifications

• Read-to-fly

• View live image streamed to your phone using the DJI go app

• 25 minutes maximum flight time (may decrease after a certain number of cycles)

• 2.7 K/30 fps video recording capability

• 1 Km maximum range (recommended)

• Simple GPS module

• Follow-me feature

• Intelligent battery that lets you manage effectively

Pros

• Some of the best specs

• Great camera and video recording capability

• Amazing controls and companion app

• Really good for beginners and experts alike

• Generally favorable customer reviews

Cons

• A little expensive compared to competitors

• Poor customer service since the company is relatively new

• Battery cycle numbers are a suspect but it is like that in almost every other drone.

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5. Force1 UDI U818A WiFi FPV Drone in Black

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Force1 has a way of pushing out powerful drones for insane price tags that almost don’t seem fair. The UDI 818A WiFi FPV Drone in Black is set at only $150 and comes with a VR headset and power bank.

This is a great drone for anyone who wants some great features, a decent build, and the VR aspect all wrapped up into one. You get some of the more traditional features, such as Altitude Hold, paired with some of the features that aren’t usually present in drones under 500, such as Custom Route Mode.

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly

• Up to 9 minutes of flight time

• Streams real-time video to a smartphone

• 2MP 720p photos and video recording capability

• Up to 120m of range

• Comes with a bonus VR headset

Pros

• Comes with 2 LiPo batteries for double the flight time

• Has Altitude Hold, Custom Route Mode, and Headless Mode

• HD camera with 1280p x 720p at 30 fps

• One Button Take Off and Landing

• Lightweight, easily maneuverable design

• Perfect for beginners

Cons

• Issues with going out of range on its own

• Problems reported with one motor not working

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6. 3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter

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Now everyone doesn’t have the deep pockets to purchase a $450 drone and that is where our budget pick comes into play. The 3DR Solo is a decent drone that comes at half the price of our top drone under 500. Let’s see what it is capable of.

The first thing you will like about the quadcopter is its gaming-style controls that feels as if you are playing a video game. As a result most of the users were able to adapt to the new drone very easily so it is a big plus point if you are buying a drone for the very first time. Rest of the features are pretty ominous as compared to the drone market like the camera is adjustable, you can pause flight in the mid-air and an HDMI port in the controller that you can use to stream the video on virtually any screen possible. It is a fairly simple drone and it has mostly garnered good reviews on Amazon.

Let’s have a closer look at it vis-a-vis specs and pros/cons.

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly

• 18 minutes flight time

• Streams video to smartphone

• HD camera

• Upto 700m range

• 40 mph speed

• GPS navigation

• No inbuilt camera

• Gimbal camera support

• Follow me feature

Pros

• Within a tighter budget

• No inbuilt camera is also a pro for some people as they can customize the camera experience as they want.

• Cool gaming-style controller

• Smart drone

• Smart Shot capability

Cons

• Have to spend extra for camera if you don’t have one already so the price difference might be nullified

• Availability issue

• Customer service issue that seems to be associated with literally every drone on Amazon

• Some technical glitches reported by a few customers

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7. Parrot Bebop 2 Drone

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The Parrot Bebop 2 drone is a good drone under 500 that escapes that radar generally, but it is a really nice product if you look at it overall. Costing a bordering $480, the drone has some exceptionally strong motors that allows it to fly higher altitudes with ease as well as a few other great features.

While the range is its main feature, its flight timing is pretty impressive at all, clocking 25% more than average drones in this price range to the level that take it to 23-25 minutes worth of it. The flight time averages more or less than the DJI Phantom 3. Another great feature is its bright LED light in the rear that allows much improved visibility compared to other drones especially in low-lighting conditions.

Tech Specifications

• It is a ready-to-fly drone

• Up to 25 minutes of flying time

• Streams real-time video to a smartphone companion app

• !4 MP 1080p video recording capability

• 1 Km RC radius, probably even more but video streaming deteriorates after an initial range

• 3-axis digital stabilization capability that offers a fixed angle of view which is revolutionary for a drone so you don’t lose its orientation

• Control with the help of smartphone or the sky controller

Pros

• Best range with the Sky controller

• Great for beginners

• Stunning camera that is one of the best in this range

• Highest battery timings in drone under $500

• Fish-eye lens for better navigation

Cons

• No sky controller remote and that is very expensive

• Controls don’t work well with smartphone app or other controllers so price has to be jacked

• Near the upper limit of price range

• Wi-Fi signal tends to drop

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8. Force1 F100 Ghost GoPro-Compatible Quadcopter

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The F100 Ghost GoPro-Compatible Quadcopter by Force1 sits in the category of standard drones that are capable of incorporating a GoPro, yet it differs in some very cool ways that make it stand out. With a $200 price tag, it’s worth its weight in gold and so much more.

It’s an ideal GoPro-compatible drone for those interested in aerial photography and videos, thanks to the quiet High and Low speed settings and the brushless motors. Audio and images are both clear as day even speed control settings are set to High.

Interestingly enough, most camera-compatible drones have a large drop in battery power when a camera is mounted. Although, in this case, without a GoPro you can expect up to 15 minutes of flight time, and only up to 12 minutes of flight with a mounted GoPro.

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly

• Up to 15 minutes of flight time

• Compatible with GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 4 mounted cameras

• Has a 300m distance range

• Powerful brushless motors for better control

Pros

• Comes with a bonus battery to double your flight time

• High and Low speed modes ideal for photos and videos

• Performs 360° stunts and flips

Cons

• Does not come with any distinctive or useful features

• Not very durable

• Controller’s start sequence can be iffy

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9. UPair One Drone with 4K Camera Bundle

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4K camera drone!? Now that we have your attention, this is easily one of the best drones under 500 yet! Costing $349 at the moment, it is a mid-range drone price-wise and promises to be a really good one. One of the very noticeable things you will like about the drone is its huge LED screen controller. It is almost like a portable console and feels really good in the hands. It comes bundled with over 11 items in the packaging and it seems really good to see it all together.

While the battery accompanied with the drone is bigger than most, the flight time per charge is not that impressive at all with a maximum 18 minutes time being touted by the supplier which will likely mean around 15 minutes in practice. It has U-shape design that forms its fuselage that is linked to better video shooting capability and GPS features.

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly drone

• Gimbal and camera included

• FPV monitor included

• PVC composite construction

• Up to 18 minutes of flight time

• 800m (2624 feet) maximum flying range

• One-click return feature

• Max live video transmission is 500 meters or 1640 feet

Pros

• Comes packed with accessories that include several items many other manufacturers charge extra

• Great remote control with nice LED display

• FPV capability

• Battery overcharging avoidable

Cons

• No-auto return feature so it can easily fall dead to the ground

• Camera’s performance is a big question mark and you cannot change it or tinker with it

• Battery timing really average

• Battery cycles are a suspect

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10. Yuneec Breeze Flying Camera with 4K videoBest Video Drone Under 500

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Now the quadcopters under this heading are specifically designed for the best video experience in this price range. While the drone’s performance markers could be down in this category of video drones under 500, you will be hard-pushed to find better video quality than these two.Now Yuneec promises a lot of good stuff in its product description.

We are immediately introduced to its stunning 13 MP 4K video recording capability that can shoot some incredible videos and capture some amazing pictures for you as well. This drone has been designed for novice users and thus special focus has been done for the ease of the media capture process. It has several modes for this purpose including automated flying modes like selfie, pilot, orbit, follow me and Journey. So, you can just do your thing and the quadcopter will just go around its business. There is also a nice indoor positioning system as well so that it won’t crash into the ceiling or nearby objects while filming or capturing shots. With its companion app, you can share the snaps and videos in one tap as well.

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly RC drone

• 4K stunning camera performance

• Automated flying modes

• 12 minutes flying time

• Streams video through

• Controlled via smartphone app but you can also check out the new controller but that will cost you a little extra

• Connects through Wi-Fi

Pros

• Stunning camera experience

• Well-designed automated features

• Incredibly lightweight so you can hold it around with ease

• Indoor positioning system makes it a good choice for indoor photography and flying experience

• $375 for a great video drone

Cons

• Poor battery timing which is literally half than its competitors that are not classified as video drones

• No controller and has to be controlled via smartphone

• Connectivity issues reported by many customers

• App updates have been an issue with some causing the drone to malfunction

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11. Yuneec Typhoon G Quadcopter with Go Pro Gimbal and a Steady Grip

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This drone’s price is currently quoted at a whopping $780 but it also includes a GoPro Hero and a few other extra items that you might be able to knock off from the price. There is also the condition of its delivery that it can’t be delivered anywhere else in the world except the mainland states which shows how much advanced its technology is.

Now it is from the same company as the previous drone in this category and this one too can be classified as a video drone. It comes with a 3-axis gimbal that stabilizes the camera and allows you to get the best snaps and videos. It comes with a familiar watch me and follow me features. There is also a live feed option and the drone’s battery lasts around 18 minutes maximum so while it is better than the previous drone by Yuneec, it is still pretty average compared to the best drones in the business.

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly quadcopter

• 3-axis gimbal support for GoPro cameras

• Up to 18 minutes of flight time

• Comes with an ST10 ground station and transmitter that boosts signal strength

• Follow me and watch me features

• GPS assisted location

Pros

• Great gimbal support for GoPro

• Comes with a long-range controller

• Smooth flying experience with minimal interference due to the good transmission signals

• You can attach a GoPro camera of your choice

Cons

• Doesn’t come with inbuilt camera support

• Battery timing really average

• Very expensive compared to other competitors

• While the GoPro and hard and waterproof, the drone itself is not so thus taking away the huge advantage of the camera

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If you have limited knowledge of drones and don’t know what an FPC drone is, you can see a detailed explanation in the FAQs we presented at the very start of this list. To summarize it, an FPV drone is a quadcopter with the ability to stream live video to the user below to the user’s FPV goggles or VR. This gives a first person feeling to the guy piloting the drone and is considered a revolutionary technology when it comes to the development of drones. Now RC drones under the price of $500 may not offer the best FPV experience but we were able to find some decent ones on Amazon. Lets us have a look at them now.

12. Force1 DYS XDR220 FPV Carbon Fiber Racing Drone KitBest FPV Drone Under $500

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The Force1 DYS XDR220 FPV Racing Drone goes for approximately $500, if not somewhat less, on the market these days and is one of the best kits to start with if you have an interest in racing drones.

For one, the brushless SE2205-2300K motors are paired with premium propellers to ensure that the overall system is a seriously powerful one. Speed tricks, such as donuts, for example, are incredibly easy. Overall, the speed pairs with the high precision for a fast performance without crashing.

Tech Specifications

• Comes as a kit that you must build yourself

• Uses an FPV racing feature paired with premium 5.8GHz FPV goggles and the onboard camera

• Flight time depends on the battery – for example, 1300mAh 3S 45c LiPo gives 4 minutes

• Uses a 2.5mm HD CCD camera

• 1500m air and 900m ground ranges

• Uses 9 channels with customized switches

• Frame made of carbon fiber for maximum durability

• Equipped with a balance charger

Pros

• Enhanced camera and sensors for higher quality images

• Color LCD screen with an intuitive setup

• Real-time video transmission

• Balance charger for equal battery lifetime and increases the power

• Adjustable camera angle with a hard shell for protection

• Uses a single button to change the channels for an easy integration

Cons

• The kit can take quite a long time to fully put together

• Balance charger may not have the adapter you need

• You will have to obtain your own LiPo battery

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13. Walkera F210 3D Edition Racing Drone With Devo 7

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Currently costing $399, this FPV drone is a good place to start if you are looking for a worthy drone under $500. Normally FPV drones are also associated with drone racing so this one is also designed in part keeping that in mind and also named accordingly. It is a tough little RC plane and it can withstand a considerable number of crashes and failures and still live to tell the tale. Since it is meant for racing purposes, it is very fast as well and accelerates amazingly well.

It goes with many of the famous racing accessories like Headplay goggles and you can experiment with a GoPro slot as well. You can control and alter many of its perimeters with the help of your smartphone and it comes with a Devo 7 controller as well for high speed chase.

Here are its various specs

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly quadcopter

• Comes with a Devo 7 controller for better racing experience

• Lithium Polymer batteries

• Comes with an extra GoPro attachment point that you can use for photography purposes

• Flight controller is adjustable with the help of a smartphone

• Motors are capable of rotating in both directions

• Speed more than 30 mph

• Expected flight time around 15-20 minutes

Pros

• Good racing drone

• Great for both beginners and pros

• Really rugged drone for all kinds of terrain

• Mostly garnered positive reviews from customers around the world

• Mid price range

Cons

• Doesn’t have simpler functions like return home and follow the user

• No goggles that come with the drone

• Battery timing suspect

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14. Walkera QR X350 PRO With Devo 7

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The Walkera QR X350 PRO is pricier than $500 but we have considered it if you don’t mind raising another $60 or so extra for your RC drone. It also comes with a Devo 7 controller for your FPV experience its camera has iLook capability. With a 5200- mAh battery that can provide between 20-25 minutes of flying, and advanced gimbal support, this one shapes up to be a great drone.

In some instances it doesn’t live up to its price as it is not pre-programmed with no-fly zones like the DJI copters are that don’t allow it to take-off in unsuitable places like cramped quarters. But, its range is considerable with the wireless experience ranging 1-2 Km outside and near flawless transmission of signals for big chunks of time.

Here are its specs

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly RC drone

• Devo 7 controller unit comes along

• 5200 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that makes its flight time last for around 20-25 minutes

• Camera iLook capability

• Gimbal G-2D included as well

• 13 MP camera

Pros

• Long range transmission that is fun to experience

• Really good camera

• Comes with its own controller Devo 7

• Good battery timing 20-25 minutes

Cons

• Average net review by customers

• Unreliable flight pattern

• Battery issues

• Product service issues reported

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15. ARRIS X-Speed 250B 250mm Quadcopter Racer FPV 250

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One thing that visibly annoys me is the length of the name some companies have the audacity to associate with their products. We aren’t going to use this long name under any circumstances so let’s just call it ARRIS drone. It is a ready-to-fly drone that costs around $309 at the moment and comes with an FPV ability, and has a long-range AT9 transmitter and RD9 at the receiving end. You can adjust the angle of the FPV camera as well from 0-30 degrees so it is pretty cool to use and feels like a realy battle drone while we are using it.

Just like other quadcopters in the category, its flight perimeters can be adjusted with the help of a smartphone. It uses a vibration damping plate that according to the manufacturers can provide better media capture performance, stabilize the drone and prolong the life of the electronic parts as well. Plus, this is a very fast drone.

Tech Specifications

• Ready-to-fly quadcopter

• Adjustable FPV camera up to 30 degrees

• Employs vibration dampening mechanism

• Propellers can be replaced as well with tri-bladed ones and bi-bladed ones available

• F3 flight controller

• Flight controller can be adjusted with the help of smartphone

• Very fast flight and quick response so it is good for racing

Pros

• Controller included in the package

• Adjustable FPV camera is an amazing utility

• Fast response and speedy drone flight

• True racing drone and hence the ridiculously long name

• Fast motors and customizable props

Cons

• Flight not that stable due to focus on racing aspect of things

• No view on RC

• No goggles included

• Most customer’s reviews were good but there were some issues as well

• Signal loss reported in a few cases but it could easily be due to non-utilization of the right antenna

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16. EACHINE Wizard X220S

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The EACHINE Wizard X220S is one of the best racing drones under 500 you’ll ever hope to find. This is the ARF version of the racing drone, which is an FPV racing drone that is paired with the Omnibus F4 5.8G 72CH 200mw/600mw Switchable VTX 30A Dshot600. In short, you’re looking at an incredible amount of power and speed for a price you can’t turn down.

The Omnibus F4 V3 flight controller gives you a powerful processor that allows for faster PID loops when compared to the previous board the EACHINE Wizard X220S used. You are able to customize a number of aspects any which way you like. For example, a rubber HD camera mount is included if you want to add a Runcam 3 or even a GoPro Session. You can also add your own propellers if you’d like, as well.

It’s recommended that you use a 1500mAh 4S 14.8V 75C LiPo battery, but depending on the way that you customize it yourself if you choose to do so, it’ll generally be up to you. Either way, if you want a customized racing drone that gives you the ultimate amount of power for under 500, this is definitely the one you want.

Tech Specifications

• betaflight_3.1.5_OMNIBUSF4SD firmware

• Built-in galvanometer

• LC filter

• Built-in 5V/3A BEC

• 30-degree camera mount

• 800TVL camera

Pros

• Powerful racing drone under 500

• Can be highly customized

Cons

• Does not come with a battery or charger

• Camera must be purchased separately

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Verdict About Drones Under 500

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Now the verdict part can be tricky as we had to cover such a large number of drone from various categories but it is fair to say that the DJI Phantom 3 drone is among the best in the business and has some serious background research and practical implications on the back of it. Its price is competitive and simply put there is no better balanced, “well-behaved” drone out in the market than the DJI Phantom one. Other notable picks include Walkera F210 for FPV drone and racing experience while in the video drone category, Yuneec Typhoon G really seems to be the better one.

FAQs About the Best Quadcopters Under $500

What is a drone?

A drone, also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV, is an RC aircraft designed to fly without a human pilot on board. They are flown using a ground-based controller, or transmitter, but they can also be autonomous, as well.

What is a video drone?

Video drones are exactly what they sound like – drones that are able to record videos! There are a lot of best drone under 500 that are able to record high quality, crystal clear videos that put even some of the more expensive drones to shame.

What is an FPV drone?

An FPV drone is capable of First-Person-View, which gives you a direct seat into the drone without actually being in it. This means that, through a live transmission feed to the transmitter or smart device, you can see exactly what the drone is seeing in real-time!

How long can a drone fly for?

Flight times range based on the LiPo batteries used. The average amount of time a drone can fly is typically around 10 to 15 minutes, so you may want to invest in some extra batteries before you hit the skies.

How far can a drone go?

Every drone has a different range span. Some are only able to go up to 150 meters away, while others can reach a maximum distance of up to 500 meters. The perfect range for you all depends on what you plan on doing with the drone. For example, using FPV transmissions or taking some photos.

What is the average life expectancy of these drones?

This is a complicated question that doesn’t really have a straight answer. The life expectancy of your drone depends on whether or not it’s crashed, how well you take care of it when you’re not flying it, how you fly the drone, etc. Basically, as long as you take care of your drone, you’ll be able to get hundreds of flight hours in.

What is a quadcopter gimbal?

The gimbal on a quadcopter is designed as a support system, which is used to stabilize the onboard camera. Having a drone with a gimbal is the best way to ensure your shots come out perfectly. With this in mind, if you’re in the market for a new camera drone under 500, we suggest it has a gimbal. You’ll thank us later!

What is a 4K drone?

A 4K drone is exactly as it sounds – it’s a drone with 4K video quality, which makes it the best of the best.

Is 4K under 500 possible?

Absolutely! The possibilities when it comes to the quality of drones has improved so much these days. You don’t have to have thousands of dollars to get the best quality possible, being 4K, anymore.

What is the nominal range and battery timing of the drones under 500?

The range and battery timing of drones vary according to their functionality and the quality of battery present. At maximum, you can get twenty minutes of flying time on your drone and that is more than enough for a good video log and taking breathtaking overhead snaps from a distance. The range of these drones also varies significantly. The maximum range we are looking at is around 400-500 meters.

Are there any other things I need to consider?

One thing that freaks some people out is the kind of assembly required before a drone can take-off in the air. So, if you are wary of any assembly, always buy drone that are marked RTF or Ready-To-Fly. If you enjoy assembling stuff, go for BNF or Bind-and-Fly drones and if you want even more tinkering, opt for a ARF or Almost-Ready to-Fly. These drones come equipped with drone kits and you can modify your drone according to the manual. There may or may not be a standard remote control with the ARF ones so you need to make plans accordingly. This nomenclature is easily available as labels on the packaging of these drones.

Also, not all drones are easy to fly. While quadcopters seem easy, what makes them so simple to fly is their onboard flight controller that stabilizes it. So, you need to look for a drone that customers have termed easy to fly in their reviews.

Tell us what you think and which other drones need to be included on our Best quadcopters under $500 list.

Further Reading

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Originally Published: June 18, 2019

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Kennedy Martinez is a resident writer who joined Dronethusiast at the beginning of 2019. She has years of experience reviewing drones and other tech products. When it comes to flying drones, Kennedy loves the ability to create artistic videos from a unique point of view. Kennedy enjoys researching new drones and other exciting products that are available to consumers which is why she is committed to creating the best buyer’s guides for our readers.

Raytheon and Black Sage team to deliver counter-drone tech

As drone use continues to increase, authorities will need ways to detect, track and — if necessary — land drones operating where they shouldn’t.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Black Sage are now partnering through a formal teaming arrangement to provide an integrated drone detection and mitigation system for civil authorities, critical infrastructure and military organizations around the world.

“As we saw at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, drones operating inside commercial air corridors are posing a real challenge,” said Todd Probert, vice president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “And though Raytheon has developed a range of counter-drone systems, from missiles to lasers to high-powered microwaves, authorities also need a system that can safely stop and land a drone where it may not be safe to shoot them down. That’s why we’ve teamed with Black Sage on a solution safe enough to operate in a populated area.”

To defend urban environments, like airports and cities, against drones, Black Sage’s sensors, AI, and radio-frequency jammers have been integrated into Raytheon’s Windshear command and control system. This combined system allows a single operator to control a network of sensors and effectors that safely and quickly track, take over or land drones flying where they shouldn’t.

Though the integrated system is designed primarily for urban environments, the systems are rugged enough to operate at even the most remote military bases.

“Together we address a diverse range of customer missions combining some of the deepest and strongest capabilities in the industry,” said Dave Romero, managing partner at Black Sage. “Customers now have access to an unprecedented and complete kill-chain; one that can be deployed as narrowly or broadly as the mission requires.”

Visit Raytheon’s counter-drone technologies webpage to learn more about the company’s wide range of counter-drone solutions.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

About Black Sage

Black Sage is a fast-moving defense technology integrator specialized in autonomous airspace protection solutions to take down small remote piloted aircraft systems. With an ensemble of sensors, effectors and machine intelligence tools, Black Sage answers some of the most challenging counter-UAS mission requirements in critical infrastructure, internal security, and civil defense. Black Sage is dedicated to regaining safety and security for the U.S. and its allies.