‘Personal Drones’ topic of SNARL lecture

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7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Page Center, 1016 Mt. Morrison Rd., Mammoth Lakes
“Personal Drones! How They Work and Why Their Use is Up in the Air”
Paul Page, Volunteer, Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

Paul & Drone

Paul Page

Have you ever wondered how personal drones work and how they can be used by geeks everywhere for science and fun? What is the future use of personal drones in this evolving regulatory environment?

Please come to the free SNARL Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m., “Personal Drones! How They Work and Why Their Use is Up in the Air”, to learn from Page Page, Volunteer at the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve.

Paul will be sharing his expertise and passion of “personal” drones as well as showing dramatic video taken from above. Paul will be discussing “personal” drones and he will not be discussing larger industrial or military drones. He will be bringing a number of actual personal drones to look at that range from a toy helicopter costing less than $20, an amazingly high performance DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter in the $1,500 price range, up to a semi-professional Inspire 1 camera drone that costs roughly $5,000.

Paul started with digital photography in the early 2000’s and when he first saw an article on personal camera drones in 2013 he bought the first Phantom 1 to give it a try. After the first images, he was hooked on photography from an aerial platform, which offers a completely different perspective than ground based photos.

In the last 3 years, he has been tracking the unbelievably rapid technological advances of the DJI Phantom product line, culminating in the recent announcement on March 1st of the DJI Phantom 4 with many amazing new features, including vision and obstacle avoidance. He will show you how these drones work and what they can do. He will also be discussing regulatory status, conditions for safe and ethical operation, look at the DJI Phantom Quadcopters in more detail, and review some of the surprising new applications made possible by low-cost drone technology.

The SNARL Lecture Series, 2016 is held Tuesday evenings throughout May at the Page Center, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL), 1016 Mt. Morrison Rd., Mammoth Lakes.

The lectures run one hour and begin promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for parking and finding a seat. Thank you for leaving your dogs at home as no dogs are allowed on the SNARL campus. The lectures are not suggested for young children.


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