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New UAS Designed for Broadcasting

March 11, 2016

Aerobo to announce new Mini drone at SxSW
On Monday, March 14, New York-based drone startup Aerobo will officially unveil a new micro unmanned aerial vehicle, called the Mini, designed for broadcast television and news casting. The Mini will be released at South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual music, film, and technology festival held in Austin, TX.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Senior Advisor for UAS Integration Marke “Hoot” Gibson are slated to be in attendance for the release, which indicates support from the FAA for Aerobo’s efforts to better integrate drones into the broadcasting sector. 

Aerobo has significant experience recording UAS telecasts; according to the company’s website, “Aerobo has completed more live telecasts from a drone than any company in the world.”

In a video released to promote the Mini, Phil Salisbury, Aerobo’s mechanical engineer, explained the need for a new kind of UAS for broadcasters. “We looked into the market for professional news acquisition with drones, and there really wasn’t anything there,” he said. “These drones had terrible video quality, the signal would drop out on set, and half the time, you couldn’t even connect to the satellite truck.”
“What excites me most about the Mini is the potential to change newscasting forever,” said Brian Streem, CEO and co-founder of Aerobo.
After eight months of working on the Mini, Aerobo fulfilled this need. Constructed with a combination of 3D printed plastic and carbon fiber, the drone is designed to be both durable and emergency-ready. The Mini is also equipped with two auto-launching parachutes in the event of propulsion loss.

"We've already had significant interest in the Mini from the broadcast TV community, some of whom helped in the early development of the product," said CEO and co-founder Brian Streem in the video.

Streem also expressed his enthusiasm for the widespread impact the Mini could have on the broadcasting community. “What excites me most about the mini is the potential to change the news casting world forever,” he said.

Visit the Aerobo website for more information about the company.