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NASA's Greased Lighting Drone is Part Helicopter, Part Plane, All Awesome: VIDEO

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NASA's latest drone prototype, GL-10 (better known as the 'Greased Lighting') is a sight to behold - combining a helicopter's maneuverability and vertical take-off with an airplane's speed and endurance.

Oh, and its also quieter than your neighbor's lawnmower. 

Via NASA:

NasaThe team, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is looking at the idea initially as a potential unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). "We have a couple of options that this concept could be good for," said Bill Fredericks, aerospace engineer. "It could be used for small package delivery or vertical take off and landing, long endurance surveillance for agriculture, mapping and other applications. A scaled up version -- much larger than what we are testing now -- would make also a great one to four person size personal air vehicle.""

Now if NASA could just get to work making one of those S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarriers from the Avengers films.

Watch the hybrid flyer in action, AFTER THE JUMP...

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VIDEO: Pilot Takes Drone Aeronautics To New, Frightening Heights

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A drone pilot posted a video to YouTube showing off his impressive, yet frightening drone piloting abilities with his tiny but incredibly nimble quad-rotor drone. The pilot has the drone perform several tricks such as barrel rolls and loops at dizzying speeds with deadly precision that evokes ideas of its potential future implementation in combat situations.

Watch as the pilot puts the drone through its paces, which the drone handles rather easily, AFTER THE JUMP

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Drone Footage Shows What a Devastated Nepal Looks Like From the Sky: VIDEOS

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BY TIMOTHY MCGRATH / GlobalPost

Click HERE for information on how you can help relief efforts in Nepal.

It's hard to capture how much death and ruin has come to Nepal, but this aerial footage helps.

The official death toll is now over 4,600. That number could rise significantly when we get more information about how the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit remote areas. In the hard-hit city of Kathmandu, people are sleeping in the streets, many because their homes have been destroyed, others because they're terrified to be indoors during the aftershocks.

New drone footage shows what their world looks like now. 

It was shot by Kishor Rana and uploaded to his Facebook page. Some HD versions are now hosted on Storyful's YouTube channel. Rana has shot three videos so far, but he plans to shoot more in the coming days, so key an eye out for them.

Here's what the devastation in Nepal looks like from the sky:

Rana has been delivering on his promise to keep shooting footage of the earthquake destruction. Here are more videos he's posted to Facebook.

 

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Here are the fresh footages from today. All of the revenues generated from the videos I post will be donated to the victims who are in desperate need. Please help share these videos to make a difference in the lives of people who were affected.P.S. Without the assistance from my good friend Sagun Lama these videos would not be possible! Many many thanks to him.

Posted by Kishor Rana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
 

Sitapaila

Here are the fresh footages from today. All of the revenues generated from the videos I post will be donated to the victims who are in desperate need. Please help share these videos to make a difference in the lives of people who were affected.P.S. Without the assistance from my good friend Sagun Lama these videos would not be possible! Many many thanks.

Posted by Kishor Rana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
 

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This particular area has not gotten any attention at all. Small village completely wiped out. This is approximately 6 KM east of Kathmandu. All of the revenues generated from the videos I post will be donated to the victims who are in desperate need. Please help share these videos to make a difference in the lives of people who were affected.P.S. Without the assistance from my good friend Sagun Lama these videos would not be possible! Many many thanks.

Posted by Kishor Rana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Click HERE for information on how you can help relief efforts in Nepal.


Get Ready for the Dazzling Display of the World's First 'Drone Ballet' - VIDEO

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Fjuze, a Dutch event organizing group, has partnered with the Royal Dutch Air Force for what can only be described as as a psychedelic, TRON-esque take on Cirque du Soleil performed entirely by drones. The event, called AIR, is being billed as a drone ballet featuring lights, lasers, and synchronized “illusions.”

“In this high energy and explosive show, drones will take center stage to bring a collaboration and fusion of music, video, projections and special effects.” the show’s website promises. “AIR allows you to experience a variety of ballet and battles, races and lasers, circus, illusions and most of all magic from hundreds of drones.”

Check out the first trailer for AIR, the drone ballet AFTER THE JUMP...

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How The Future Of Drones Will Change Our Skies: VIDEO

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Last year Amazon made the announcement that they would be exploring the idea of delivery-by-drone for people who bought from their online store. Proposed FAA regulations stand to increase costs and erode the value of the delivery method for the immediate future, but this Pandora's Box has been cracked open and a new video from The Verge looks at the greater concept of drones in our skies beyond getting your Rufskin clothing on-demand.

You can watch the video that explores drones as delivery, security, and more AFTER THE JUMP...

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Drone Offers Bird's-Eye View Of Umbrella Revolution In Hong Kong: VIDEO

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Yesterday, we brought you news of the burgeoning Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, so named because of the umbrellas used by pro-democracy protesters to ward off the tear gas being used by riot police. Even as government officials shut down Instagram throughout the country--which was being used to disseminate images of anti-government insubordination--protesters continued to flood the streets in Hong Kong, refusing to back down.

Global Post's Timothy McGrath sums up the unrest:

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Hong Kong in an outpouring of frustration over politics and representation. Under Hong Kong's present electoral system, citizens don't elect their own leaders. Instead, they're appointed by a Beijing-friendly electoral committee. That will change — sort of, but not really — in 2017, when Hong Kong citizens will get to choose from among two or three candidates pre-selected by a Beijing nominating committee.

Protesters call the new electoral system "fake democracy." 

Check out a stunning video filmed by a drone showing the thousands of protesters who took to the streets on Monday, AFTER THE JUMP...

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