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Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: JPK
Date: September 02, 2014 05:15PM
It seems the term drone is becoming the accepted term. It seems that drone implies clandestine and illicit activities, where R/C quadcopter is more of a kids toy.

Is there a difference?

Is my son being a terrorist and endangering FAA operations when he flys his AR Parrot?

JPK
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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 02, 2014 05:28PM
Below 83ft on your property is legal recreational use. Between 83ft and 500ft is a gray area that is still being litigated. Above 500ft is public airspace regulated by the FAA.

[www.npr.org]



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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 02, 2014 05:32PM
"Drone" sounds like something scary that government needs to "do something about".



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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: September 02, 2014 06:15PM
There are several features that are debatable as to whether it is a drone or a quadcopter:

- Live video feed during flight
- Autonomous, GPS programmed flight

We've had some pretty amazing flights with our DJI Phantom 2+ the past few weeks. Amazing this level of flight control is available off the shelf.
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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 02, 2014 06:15PM
I believe that the idea is that from 0-83ft it is a recreational RC quadracopter, from 83ft-500ft it is still under debate, >500ft it is a drone as it would be a semi-autonomous device self-navigating between its origin and destination.



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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 02, 2014 06:27PM
A drone is an unmanned vehicle. An rc quad copter is the smaller and most innocent version of a drone.



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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: September 02, 2014 06:29PM
Even a small model rocket can get to altitudes far higher than 500 feet.
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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: September 02, 2014 06:43PM
Here's the Quad I'd like to have, it's not been released yet.

[youtu.be]

[www.parrot.com]



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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: DRR
Date: September 02, 2014 06:47PM
The terms seem like they're use interchangeably these days. To me, drone implies some level of autonomous flight, which many consumer "drones" don't do. If you can program its flight with GPS waypoints then yes, I agree that can be classified a "drone."

The media latches on to a term and they overuse it. It happens all the time.
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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 02, 2014 06:52PM
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freeradical
Even a small model rocket can get to altitudes far higher than 500 feet.

True, but that doesn't change the law for drones/RC planes/copters.

Amateur rocketry is exempt so long as operators comply with the pertinent regulations:
[www.ecfr.gov]



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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: RE:up
Date: September 02, 2014 07:33PM
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The National Park Service in that June policy memorandum decreed that the ban on “unmanned aircraft” includes a ban on drones and model aircraft, specifically they stated:

For the purposes of this Policy Memorandum, the term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, drones that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

Forbes
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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: Numo
Date: September 02, 2014 08:18PM
What sort of things would someone use one of these consumer/prosumer models for?
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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: davester
Date: September 03, 2014 01:08AM
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Ammo
What sort of things would someone use one of these consumer/prosumer models for?





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Re: Difference between "Drone" and R/C Quadcopter?
Posted by: JoeBob
Date: September 03, 2014 07:41PM
That looks like something I would buy, if the price is reasonable.
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