San Diego Selected for Commercial Drone Delivery Testing

Wednesday, May 9 2018 the US Department of Transportation announced that San Diego was selected to participate in its experimental commercial drone program called the "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program."  The US Government has chosen San Diego, along with nine other state and city agencies to perform commercial drone testing for autonomous package and food deliveries in real world environments.  San Diego's winning proposal included real-world applications as put forth by it's government, research and business partners - including UCSD, Qualcomm and Uber.

Lithium-Silicon Batteries on the Horizon

Significant advancements in lithium batteries are only a few years away!  The new lithium silicon batteries have the potential to double the operation time of electric cars and drones with their increased energy capacity.  These batteries are manufactured differently than traditional lithium ion and lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries, and use silicon instead of graphite in the anode.  Various companies are using different ratios of lithium and silicon as part of their secret formula... 

Link to the Wall Street Journal article is below:

The Battery Boost we've been waiting for is only a few years out...

Islands of Tofino

I recently uncovered one of the most rustic and naturally beautiful places I have ever seen... Tofino, British Columbia.  With it's prehistoric landscape and countless islands, there's no limit to the adventure that can be found here. Some of my favorite activities included paddle boarding, ocean kayaking, surfing, hiking and just cruising around the beaches on a beach cruiser.  I was pleasantly surprised when Mike's Bikes delivered a brand new beach cruiser to my campsite.  I highly recommend Mike's Bikes to anyone looking to rent a bike.  

I completed two hikes which I highly recommend as well.  The first hike was to the top of Lone Cone which had magnificent views from the top.  Lone Cone is one of the tallest island and requires a 20 minute boat ride to get to the trail head.  I recommend Tofino Water Taxi for the boat ride over. Once on the island of Lone Cone, it's a 2,200ft vertical ascent to the top.  This hike is grueling but the views at the top are worth it; you can see all of Tofino, the peninsula and dozens of surrounding islands from the peak.  The hike took about 5 hours start to finish.  The other hike I did was much easier, only about a 2 hour hike to a WWII bomber crash site deep in the temperate rainforest.  This hike is called the Bomber Trail or Canso Crash Site and is on the mainland of Tofino so it does not require a water taxi.

The local culture seemed to revolve around surfing and art, with a entrepreneurial spirit and a little hippy as well.  There was tons of live music on the streets of downtown Tofino and even on the beach!  The food was also fantastic and I would highly recommend Shelter to anyone looking for an amazing yet laid back dining experience.

I camped on the beach for 6 nights at MacKenzie Beach and it was just perfect.

I put together a short aerial video to show the Islands of Tofino in all it's beauty.  Enjoy!

360 Drone Photos with Hangar

360 drone photos are now available via the Hangar 360 mobile app!  The Hangar 360 mobile app is free and is compatible with most DJI drones including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 3, Phantom 4 and Inspire 1.  The app uses the drone's existing camera so no additional hardware/cameras are required.  Once you download the Hangar 360 app on your mobile device, simply connect to your controller and power on the drone.  Then you can control your drone with the Hangar 360 app, no need to use the DJI GO app at all. 

Once you launch the drone using Hangar 360, it flies to a designated height (up to 300ft) and takes 23 systematic photos within a few minutes.  Then your drone automatically lands at the homepoint, and you can then wirelessly upload the pictures from your drone directly to your mobile device.  The 23 photos can then be processed and stitched together to create a high quality 360 aerial photo.  I have provided a link below to a recent Hangar 360 photo I took with my DJI Inspire 1.  Enjoy!

Aerial 360 Photo of Del Mar, CA

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