Chapter 5. Quad Squad

These expert pilots and developers are working to make quadrotors cooler and more useful than ever.

Everyone loves a flying machine. Since launching just over a decade ago, DIY quadrotors and other autonomous aerial platforms have matured rapidly, thanks to an obsessive community and access to technology advancements like lithium-polymer batteries, brushless motors, and increasingly small, high-powered processors and sensors. With these components, drones are now incredibly strong, stable, and capable of doing most if not all of the piloting themselves.

So if these machines fly themselves, what do enthusiasts do to stay involved and excited? To help answer that question, we assembled a diverse gathering of top UAV flyers, ...

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