Watch an Eagle Kill a Poor, Defenseless Drone

If you’ve ever crashed a drone before, you know how sickening that can be as you walk toward the crash site. However, seeing an eagle attack a drone and knock it out of the sky has to be one of the most satisfying drone crashes I have ever seen.

As the drone operator points out, “This is the last thing a small bird sees when a Wedge-Tailed Eagle decides that you are dinner…”

The pilot notes that he hung around the crash area to observe that the eagle was fine after the attack. “[S]he was massive, and used  [her] talon’s to ‘punch’ the drone out of the sky.”

And a word of advice going forward:

“Do not fly drones near birds of prey, they clearly attack seeing you as a threat or the right sized dinner. This will cost you money and potentially harm to the bird. This one was fine.. the drone needed some attention before it could fly again.

If you see a bird of prey while flying. Land. I have added this to my operating procedure.”

[via Gizmodo]

Yuneec Officially Launches Typhoon Q500 4K Drone

Yuneec Q500 4K

We saw the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K quadcopter teased back at NAB 2015 and now it has officially launched with units expected to start shipping over the next few days.

The Typhoon Q500 4K builds off its 1080p predecessor with a new camera that shoots 4K video. It will also capture 1080p video at up to 120fps. Still images are 16MP and can be saved as JPEG or DNG RAW files – even while recording video. The built-in camera is stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal, which can be controlled remotely from the ST10+ ground station transmitter. [Read more…]