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Rustom Jehangir replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion Your own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Project in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi Tom, This is looking great. Excellent progress! The only thing I want to point out is that…"
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Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A
"I agree John, It basically looks like it is stating a position of being in compliance with the 336…"
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Craig replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"On my 800 class X8 I use RCTimer 30A opto escs and they works…"
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Billy B commented on EngineerX's blog post FLIMMER: THE FLYING, SWIMMING DRONE
"Not sure if it's meant to come out of water and fly again. That would make things lot simpler…"
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This community is the home of ArduPilot (now known as APM), the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

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Posted by lianpinkoh on September 2, 2015 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

One of the major challenges encountered bynatural resource management agencies is the lack of information on the occupancy, distribution and population trends of species of concern, many of which are cryptic, small bodied, and idiosyncratic in habitat selection over large extents of remote areas. And yet these same species are the most threatened due…

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FLIMMER: THE FLYING, SWIMMING DRONE

Posted by EngineerX on September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Og6-oFKoV0

Dan Edwards of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory is the principle investigator of Flimmer - a flying, swimming unmanned air vehicle (UAV)/unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Flimmer can operate in the air and underwater to significantly improve tactical…

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AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A

Posted by Gary Mortimer on September 2, 2015 at 12:13pm 4 Comments

Just promulgated by the FAA

1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft” contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model…

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FAA Approves a Fleet of 324 Commerical Drones

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on September 1, 2015 at 2:45pm 6 Comments

  @ahiza_garcia

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's…

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3DR launches 3DU, its program for drones in education and research

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

3DR, North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has launched its new academic program for drones in education—called “3DU”—to support the numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs taking flight at schools…

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The force is strong with this one - SteadiDrone VADER

Posted by Duran - SteadiDrone on September 1, 2015 at 12:38pm 9 Comments

Hello again everyone, it's been a while since my last post, been somewhat busy with our latest offering, the VADER. I'll keep this post short and to the point, for those who've not yet seen the Vader (announced at sUSB Expo earlier this year) and the first batch shipped out already.



The…

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Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to Aid Wildfire Victims

Posted by Pepper Petersen on September 1, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to
Aid Wildfire Victims

 Big Sky UAV, a multi-state drone service company, is offering Montana victims of wildfires…

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Quick fold Medium lift Quad.

Posted by Vince Hogg on September 1, 2015 at 5:13am 2 Comments

Hi everyone.

I would like to share my latest 7kg multicopter design with the DIY drones community.

Having designed and operated fixed wing, helicopter and multicopter camera systems for a number of years now I have learned what is important, at least to my operation, namely low vibration, endurance and ease of use.

The first two are…

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Landing of a helicopter UAV on a mobile platform without GPS

Posted by Antidio Viguria on September 1, 2015 at 2:11am 9 Comments

The EC-SAFEMOBIL project, initiative that belongs to the VII Framework Programme for R&D of the European Commission led and coordinated by CATEC and the University of Seville in the field of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) and robotics, continues advancing its research and has achieved…

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RCAPA response to SB142

RCAPA response to SB142

by Dear Governor Brown, We appeal to you to not sign SB142 into law. We are concerned that the Bill is potentially flawed, as representatives may not fully understand all of the complexities and nuances of safety regulating the national…

Unconfirmed midair between Piper Apache and unidentified RPA (update)

Unconfirmed midair between Piper Apache and unidentified RPA (update)

by A little bird tells us one of its family was responsible for the recently touted tail strike. Manned aviation forums were attributing the damage to the tail of what turns out to be a late model PA-23, Aztec (thanks Roger)…

AC 91-57 is dead long live AC 91-57A – Model Aircraft Operating Standards

AC 91-57 is dead long live AC 91-57A – Model Aircraft Operating Standards

by The FAA has employed new folks and moved the bar. For many folks the dodge they have been using to fly commercially for years has had its ambiguities removed. 1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons…

New Venture Focuses on Image Processing Services and Consulting to The UAS Industry.

New Venture Focuses on Image Processing Services and Consulting to The UAS Industry.

by TORONTO, Ontario (August 30th, 2015) – A group of geospatial veterans have identified the need to address the global commercial UAS/drone mapping market and have formed The GPS Group to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding segment within…

FAA Selects New Unmanned Aircraft Executives

FAA Selects New Unmanned Aircraft Executives

by The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Marke “Hoot” Gibson and Earl Lawrence for two executive-level positions that will guide the agency’s approach to safe, timely and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace. Hoot Gibson…

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