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Hans Bouwmeester replied to DG's discussion INAVerr- Is it the GPS or FC or neither?
"Hi DG, I too see "missing" datapoints in the KMZ file. See attached picture. They do not…"
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Andy Windle commented on Peter Gulin's blog post FPV Racer X8 Quadcopter
"Why not use a mini apm. Ive just buit a 330mm quad racer with mini apm external compass and GPS…"
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"I understand that I can fly on the property we manage that is closer to the site of interest So…"
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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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A Microsoft Vision of the Future...

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on February 28, 2015 at 8:30am 2 Comments

Microsoft’s vision of the future: Everything is a screen, and thin is in

Redmond shows us a…

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Drones flying at Oshkosh! Part of EAA AirVenture's Aviation Gateway Park

Posted by Dick Knapinski on February 27, 2015 at 2:34pm 0 Comments

Wanted to pass this along as an FYI.…

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Pacificbots - Update

Posted by PacificBots on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Finally was able to get one of the bots out onto the water. For this test, I chose an area of San Francisco Bay that is subject to strong currents during the tide changes. As the tide was going out, the current was about 3 knots. The bot did fine. There were plenty of settings to tweak and a few adjustments of the Pixhawk PID had things working smoothly.

Some takeaways from the test.

Turn radius: Once I threw the switch into autonomous mode, I notice some…

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Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 26, 2015 at 3:34pm 19 Comments

Forbes

By Frank Bi and Ryan Mac

Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones, one California-based drone company sealed its latest…

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DAS LAB using 3D printer technology on making rapid UAV prototyping

Posted by DAS Lab on February 26, 2015 at 6:00am 12 Comments

                                                                                   

We started to make a lightweight, high performance, long endurance UAV airplane for multiple purposes. The features will be, live monitoring, 3D aerial mapping, thermal monitoring ect. To make an extra challenge for our self we planned to  make the air plane weight less than 1 kg and see how quickly we can make the plane.

3D print is that it allows us to print very…

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FPV Racer X8 Quadcopter

Posted by Peter Gulin on February 26, 2015 at 4:01am 14 Comments

Hello,

Ive recently crashed my FPV Racer (Pictures below).

The problem was I lost contact with the transmitter on my end and ended up falling from a 30 Meter Height onto hard concrete. Thought it would have completely destroyed the drone, but as i panicked and came to my…

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Drones used to monitor Koala population

Posted by Quadzimodo on February 25, 2015 at 10:35pm 3 Comments

The Queensland University of Technology are employing drones to assist in monitoring Koala population and distribution. This is important work that could help to improve our understanding of this…

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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

NWUAV:- First Commercial UAV Propulsion System Approved For Export

NWUAV:- First Commercial UAV Propulsion System Approved For Export

NWUAV announced today the initial shipment of their NW-44cc Fuel Injected engine to an undisclosed foreign customer. This is the first of three customers that have signed up for the COTS 44cc Multi-fuel engine that has been in development for…

Drones with heat-tracking cameras used to monitor koala population

Drones with heat-tracking cameras used to monitor koala population

By Jessica van Vonderen Queensland researchers are hoping drones will aid in the conservation of threatened species like koalas. Traditionally, koalas were counted by people on the ground but now they can be tracked by robots from the air. Researchers fitted…

Italian Air Force becomes the launch customer of Piaggio Aerospace’s P.1HH Unmanned Aerial System

Italian Air Force becomes the launch customer of Piaggio Aerospace’s P.1HH Unmanned Aerial System

The Italian Air Force will be the launch customer of the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), a state-of-the-art multipurpose UAS, designed and developed by Piaggio Aerospace. This decision was announced at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi, in presence of…

Resource Group (UK) and DroneView Technologies Collaborate on Drone (UAV) Training in the United States

Resource Group (UK) and DroneView Technologies Collaborate on Drone (UAV) Training in the United States

Resource Group, an international supplier of resource solutions to the aviation industry with offices across the UK, Germany, Switzerland and China together with DroneView Technologies, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan today confirmed that they are working towards collaborating on the delivery…

Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round

Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round

By Frank Bi and Ryan Mac Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones, one California-based drone company sealed its latest round of financing. North America’s largest personal drone manufacturer, 3D Robotics,…

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