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DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – what is the difference and is it worth the extra price tag?

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – what is the difference and is it worth the extra price tag?

Most of you may know, the DJI Mavic Pro has been given an adrenaline injection. A Platinum version of it now exists, and the additional title must mean something. So what is the difference between the Mavic Pro and the Mavic Pro Platinum apart from the price tag?

Apart from the obvious different packages that are offered, our team here at DroneSG has done some tests and here are the results:

  • Increase in flight time by 3 minutes.
    This is achieved not by a better battery but a much more advanced flight management on the rotors that ensures lesser power is wasted during flight.
  • 4 Decibel noise reduction.
    For those who prefer a quieter and stealthier drone, this 4 Decibels could make a significant difference.

These are the two most noteworthy differences between the DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. The price difference could range from approximately SGD 180 to SGD 220 for what you can find in brick and mortar shops as well as online sellers. The additional price that you have to pay for these benefits can only be judged by whether these two improvements are important to you and whether it is worthwhile to pay that much more for these improvements.

You know what they say, do it once and do it right. So we hope this article has helped you in any way possible to make that decision.

Nokia enters the drone industry

Nokia enters the drone industry

We are all familiar with the name Nokia, many of us can relate to them via the trusty Nokia phones that used to rule the mobile phone industry. All that has changed since the launch of Apple’s Iphone. So what have they been up to during this time? It seems that the Finnish tech company that used to dominate the mobile phone industry might have just set its eyes on the drone industry. It seems that Nokia has filed for a trademark and intellectual property application with the name of OVNI. Could the new drones from Nokia be called OVNI? Only time can tell, and we are waiting eagerly to see what they can bring to the drone world.

But is it too late for the Finnish tech giant to step up their game and enter into the drone industry after several others have already built up an impressive and reliable branding? What can they bring that is different from what is already out there in the market? To UAV and RC enthusiasts; the simplicity and safety measures recent technology has in place for RC aerial drones have been a big leap from its predecessors. Users no longer need to have in depth technical knowledge, not having the need to counter adjust the rotary motion and trims. This has allowed many users to pick up the hobby easily. Of course any innovative solutions and improvements are very much welcome, lets hang tight and wait for more news!

Tighter UAV security during NDP 2017

Tighter UAV security during NDP 2017

Singapore’s National Day Parade is just around the corner Singapore plans to step up their game to ensure that no drones are flown anywhere near the event. Some of you may think the reasons given are absurd, some of you may agree and support their decision to tighten the security during the event. Ultimately, Singapore is a country strict on our laws. So regardless of your stand on the matter, lets all stay out of trouble and live to fly another day!

 

Why you should not fly your drone recklessly?

The article below by Channel News Asia has highlighted that Singapore is now capable of deploying a radar that can detect drones 5km away. Boasting the ability to pin point the location of the drone and the pilot for authorities to take action.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tighter-security-measures-for-this-year-s-national-day-parade-9088408

The fines for flying a drone during the prohibited hours are hefty. you can be fined up to S$40,000. So considering all the possible consequences, we do strongly advise against trying anything that you would regret during this time.

 

What is this radar system?

Truth be told, i am sure many of us drone enthusiasts frown at the idea of having a watchful radar keeping an eye on our every action. But that did not kill our curiosity! So what exactly is this radar and what does it do? As mentioned in the CNA article, a UK based radar technology firm Aveillant sold the system to ST Electronics in February 2017. It would seem that the particular product in discussion here is the Gamekeeper 16U. All these can be found in their website in the link below.

http://www.aveillant.com/products/gamekeeper-16u/

So what are the features of this particular radar unit? Here is what we gather from their website.

  1. The Gamekeeper radar is able to detect, track and classify small Unmanned Air Systems (sUAS) in full 3 dimensions to a range of 5km. With no moving parts, it continuously “floodlights” the entire field of view providing location and velocity of every object detected.
  2. UAS design and technology is changing rapidly. Gamekeeper is a software defined radar. As UAS change, the software in deployed Gamekeeper units can be updated with new algorithms and features developed by Aveillant.
  3. Gamekeeper’s high speed update rate (4x per second) provides live output, enabling an operator to observe target behaviour. Standard data output format ensures ease of compatibility and integration with additional sensors, countermeasures and C2 systems.
  4. Gamekeeper has no moving parts, minimising maintenance and operating costs, and simplifying installation. Aveillant can provide remote monitoring and maintenance, along with regular software updates, maximising system availability.

Make sure you are aware of the Temporary Restricted Area for The Conduct of Aerial Activities for National Day Parade 2017

Make sure you are aware of the Temporary Restricted Area for The Conduct of Aerial Activities for National Day Parade 2017

Singapore’s National Day Parade is round the corner and we do believe that everyone is aware of the rehearsals that are going on. Do keep yourself up to date with the latest restricted area’s and time where you should not fly your zone. Hefty fines await those who break the law regardless of whether you are aware or not. So happy flying and welcome to our FINE city !

Check out the latest

Temporary Restricted Area for The Conduct of Aerial Activities for National Day Parade 2017

http://www.caas.gov.sg/caasWeb2010/opencms/caas/en/Media/news_details.html?newsURL=https%3A%2F%2Fappserver1.caas.gov.sg%2Fcaasmediaweb2010%2Fopencms%2FJournalist%2FPress_Releases%2F2017%2Fnews_0005.html

300 Strong Drone show is now a part of Singapore’s National Day Parade!

300 Strong Drone show is now a part of Singapore’s National Day Parade!

Its official! If you have not seen the video’s nor read the news, this year’s national day parade will feature a 300 strong drone show forming 7 different formations while putting on an amazing light show! Some of you might remember Intel’s 500 drone show that spread like wildfire on social media quite some time ago. Yes, these shooting star drones developed and manufactured by Intel are the ones that will be used here.

Find out moreon this Straits Times article link below! :
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/300-strong-drone-show-to-light-up-ndp-2017

Drone Racing League Semi Finals 12 July 2017

Drone Racing League Semi Finals 12 July 2017

Come 12th July 2017, the heat is on at the Drone Racing League Semi Finals held at the Boston Foundry! Adrenaline pumping and fast whizzing race drones compete in this amazing fast paced light fiesta! Looking like something out of Star Wars, this is a new breed of racers. Why is this a new craze among many young teenagers and adults alike? It rekindles their imaginations. Its hard not to understand why, with the super futuristic race setting and 3 Dimensional course playing with not only the traditional bends, curves and straights but also altitude.

You can catch this action live on ESPN 2 if you are the lucky ones who have access! Found out what the hype is with these racing drones!

Flying cars in the not so distant future!

Flying cars in the not so distant future!

Surefly Workhorse will be an affordable way to get to your destination and beat the peak hour traffic. What looks like a mammoth sized quadcoptor is actually an octocoptor designed for ease of use with simplified controls. Much like the DJI Mavic, the rotor arms can be folded to fit into your average garage. Looking at how far drone technology has come over the years and considering how easy these advancements and giant leaps have allowed almost anyone to fly a drone. We can somewhat imagine what future personal transportation would be like, remember the Jetsons?

However, we do foresee major hurdles such as infrastructure implementation of “skyroads” or “skyroutes”. How do we determind the different altitudes each flying vehicle would operate at? Would drivers change lanes vertically as well? These are all questions that have to be resolved to ensure safe usage of these personal flying vehicles.

Check out the video on the Surefly Workhorse below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7W_a8g03ns

DJI Spark in town!

DJI Spark in town!

Those of you who have been waiting for the DJI spark, the wait is over and they are finally here! This nimble little flying machine boasts alot for its price point. The fact that it is small and it packs easily so you can bring it along to those amazing holiday destinations is simply irresistible! But for those of you who are looking for a little bit more, how does the Spark measure up to the Mavic? We have yet do do some side by side comparisons of our own at the moment. But here is a video by Casey, he does awesome review videos by the way. So take a look and decide for yourself!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nujgBunvgBI

Singapore could have possible designated recreational flying zones!

Singapore could have possible designated recreational flying zones!

Singapore being such a small island with limited air space and numerous Airport Terminals, its inevitable to have limited safe flying areas. How can we then ensure the safety of air traffic and allow drone enthusiasts to still take part in the joy of flying drones? The article attached below discuss about the possibilities of having dedicated recreational flying zones for hobbyists.

Many of us responsible drone owners will say that we can limit our flying altitude, but it would be hard to control daredevils who would literally think that the sky is the limit. In the meantime, lets fly responsibly and safely! Happy flying guys!

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/study-explore-possibility-recreational-drone-flying-zone-singapore

Restricted flying during  NDP rehearsals

Restricted flying during  NDP rehearsals

Fellow drone enthusiasts, it is important to note that the flying of drones during this period of NDP rehearsals can lead up to hefty fines of up to SGD 20,000 for first time offenders and SGD 40,000 for repeat offenders. Do take note from the images below from Straits Times of the time and areas where flying is strictly not allowed.


You can read more from the article in the link below!

Straits Times Article