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DBUS Offer Generous Discount on Drone (To Customers Who Have…

(But still claim no affiliation to the Mota Group) Their drones may be little more than a bunch of rebranded year-old models from China’s High Great, but at least Drones by US (DBUS) are continuing to deliver creative marketing ploys worthy of any cutting-edge manufacturer. If you’ve been following our …

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DBUS Denies Ties With Mota Group, Then Uses Mota Mailing Lis…

If you haven’t been following our investigation of the Lily Next-Gen, the Mota Group and, more recently, Drones By US (DBUS), here’s a very quick recap. In October, we reported that a number of customers were having issues with the Mota Group, the company that picked up the pieces after …

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Here Are The Winners of SkyPixel’s 2018 Aerial Storytelling …

Aerial photography platform SkyPixel has announced the winners of its 2018 Aerial Storytelling Contest. The competition was run with help from DJI and attracted more than 30,000 submissions from 141 countries around the world. These contests always produce an eclectic mix of aerial creativity, pitting enthusiasts against professionals and consumer …

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Part Airspace Intelligence, Part Social Platform for Drone P…

Drone pilots are a pretty awesome community.  Whether Drone Nation is volunteering after an emergency, or answering questions on forums, flyers from all around the world are reaching out to help each other figure out where to fly and sharing their experiences.  Now, drone pilots can get airspace intelligence and …

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Has The Mota Group Quietly Shut Down? The Curse Of The Lily …

In October we published a brief investigation into goings on at the Mota Group, the company that purchased the marketing and branding rights to the original (and doomed) Lily Drone project. As part of the Mota Group’s marketing efforts, the company used its newly acquired list of let down Lily …

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Here Are The Winners Of Dronestagram’s 5th Annual Internatio…

Aerial photography social media platform Dronestagram has today announced the winners of its fifth annual Drone Photography Contest. Previously the competition has been split into multiple categories, but this time around the organizers decided to simplify the process and award a simple 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranking to the best …

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A First Look at the FT Aviator From Fluidity

We normally make a point of not hyping up products until they’ve actually launched. The drone industry has learned the hard way that crowdfunders and marketing campaigns with more style than substance tend to end in disaster: GoPro, Nano, Lily, to name a few. Drone crowdfunders are especially tricky. When it …

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Fake Reviews and Lily Next-Gen No-Shows: Is the Mota Group L…

When the Lily project imploded in 2017, it was huge news that went well beyond the usual drone industry circles: $34m worth of pre-orders, 60,000 backers left with nothing but the vague promise of a refund; many of whom were left scarred from their first foray into the exciting world …

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New Developer Platform Could Make Skydio R1 The Go-To Commer…

When Skydio launched the long-awaited R1 in February, it was clear that we were dealing with something special. The Skydio team had set out to build a drone that could build a picture of its environment and fly as intelligently as a human pilot as a result. And they appear to …

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