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Video: If you thought drone racers simply rolled up to an event, grabbed an RC toy out of their trunk and lined up to race, you've got a lot to learn. We popped by the US National Drone Racing Championships, recently held in New York, and asked one of the competing teams to show us what it takes to compete.
Video: You can pretend to be disappointed every time SpaceX's Falcon 9 crashes during a landing attempt, but deep down you know part of you wants to see an explosion. That's why this video of a miniature flying SpaceX Falcon 9 drone is both awesome and disappointing, because there's never going to be a fireball.
Video: The talented pilots and cinematographers of France's BigFly skillfully piloted a camera-equipped drone through the sanctuary of the 137-year-old Église Saint-Louis de Paimbœuf. Given that the church is filled with priceless art and architecture, the skills needed to ensure the drone didn't hit anything are easily as impressive as the stunning footage they captured.
Video: Drones are already a fantastic tool for capturing footage. But when the cameras are turned on the flying drones themselves, they prove to be equally spectacular performers as part of this Japanese multimedia dance troupe called Elevenplay. They also never miss a performance and don't need dressing rooms, so how long before their human co-performers are made completely obsolete?
Having made drones easy enough for even a child to fly, Spin Master has taken one of its quadcopters — which impressed us in the past — and turned it into a flying version of Star Trek's USS Enterprise. You don't need any Starfleet training to take the controls, but you will want to spend a bit of time practicing piloting your starship.
Video: You have to be careful when attending a renaissance festival. Some of those in attendance take historical accuracy very, very seriously. Whipping out your smartphone could lead to a night in the stocks, and trying to film the festivities with a flying drone will incur an even worse fate for your quadcopter.
A drone crash can be catastrophic no matter where it happens, but watching your expensive toy plummet into a lake is especially tragic because water and electronics don't mix. There's now a relatively simple way to ensure your drone survives an unexpected water landing, though. The inspiration? Insects.