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David replied to Kevin's discussion Development Routines of TF LiDAR on Arduino
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David replied to Kevin's discussion Development Routines of TF LiDAR on Arduino
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Non-GPS loiter using POZYX

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Welcome to DIY Drones!

Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.

This community is the birthplace of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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ComNav Technology K726 dual antenna GNSS RTK board for UAV autopilot

Posted by Wade Zhang on January 17, 2018 at 11:54pm 0 Comments

ComNav Technology had released K726 dual antenna RTK&Heading GNSS OEM board half years in domestic market, had got successful cooperation with some UAV manufacturers during this period. This video is showing the K726 using in spray UAV for agriculture, test the performance for autopilot in "L" shelter environment.…


L1/L2 GNSS RTK Kit for Drone DIY

Posted by Tersus GNSS on January 17, 2018 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

Get the centimeter-accurate multi-GNSS L1/L2 GNSS kit for your drone DIY projects. Standard 433/915 MHz and high-end radio versions are available.

Standard radio versions are 915 MHz (US) and 433 MHz (Europe). The two radio transmitters in an RTK system need to be able to pass RTCM data…


ZTW Flash 30A OPTO For Multirotor

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on January 17, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments


Brand Name: ZTW

Item Name: ZTW Flash Series 30A BLHeli OPTO ESC 2-4S

Model: Flash 30A

Input Voltage: 2-4S…


ZTW Agricultural Drones electronic speed control(ESC) for your Agricultural Drones

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on January 17, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

ZTW Agricultural Drones electronic speed control(ESC) for your Agricultural Drones More info:…


The Drone Market Environment Map – These companies will disrupt 2018

Posted by Kay Wackwitz on January 17, 2018 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

The changes and developments we saw throughout the drone industry in 2017 were incredible and deserve a proper examination. For the most part, the hype that drove so much misunderstanding and frustration in this space is gone and that’s a good thing. While…


Pacific Drone Challenge

Posted by Charles Blouin on January 16, 2018 at 2:29pm 8 Comments

The Pacific Drone Challenge, inspired by the Xprize, has the goal of pushing the boundaries of what is possible with civilian drones. You have to do it for your name in the history books as there is no financial prize. Could…


Biomechanical simulation of Artificial Aquatic & Marine Animals (2)

Posted by Yutaca Sawai on January 16, 2018 at 2:30am 2 Comments

Task 2.8 : Biomechanical simulation of Butterfly swimming (Improved version)

The biomechanical mechanism of butterfly swimming technology is very difficult and it is still necessary to continue the research. I could not be satisfied with my first achievement in this year and I rebuilt it over and…


Tattu R-Line 1300mAh 100C HV LiPo Review: Extra Boost for your Racing Drone

Posted by sarah lee on January 14, 2018 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

Tattu 1300mAh 100C HV lipo battery review charging

When I review niche products like this Tattu R-Line 4s HV LiPo battery, it is very hard to find an exciting introduction. I already rewrote the first sentence three times and still didn’t find something satisfying…

In nutshell, LiHV batteries are like nitro for racing cars. While standard LiPo packs can be charged with up to 4.2V/cell, the Tattu R-Line HV LiPo allows you to charge it up to 4.35V per cell safely. Consequently a standard fully charged 4s LiPo has 16.8V…


Radiation Source Localization in GPS-denied Environments using Aerial Robots

Posted by Kostas Alexis on January 12, 2018 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

This is to share results on radiation source localization in GPS-denied environments using autonomous aerial robots that estimate the nuclear (Cs-137 in the experiments) source location and intensity, while simultaneously planning for informative measurements. Smart selection of measurement points is critical as the robot has to dwell for…


Field Strippable, 300 sized, Multirotor Concept Release. STL files available for download for the Price of: FREE.

Posted by Andrew Ocejo on January 12, 2018 at 5:36am 13 Comments

The Misfortune

Thursday March 10th 2016, sad, stressful, and rainy day in New England. I ran the misfortune of having MassGov deny my appeal for my only speeding ticket, and my only infraction with the law to date. Meaning now I owe them some money,…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Iris Automation Closes $8M Series A led by Bessemer Ventures to Bring AI Technology to Autonomous Flying Vehicles

Iris Automation, the leading provider of collision avoidance for commercial drones, today announced an $8 million Series A financing round to fund the development of crucial unlocking technologies for the autonomous flying robotics industry. Combining novel approaches in artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision, and sensor fusion, Iris Automation has built a situational awareness platform for […]

Sky’s The Limit for Health & Safety Inspection as Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures Join Forces

Against the backdrop of an increased focus on health and safety in all commercial disciplines, Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures have joined forces in a pioneering new partnership designed to take inspection strategy to, quite literally, a whole new level. Drawing on Bureau Veritas’ vast repertoire as a world-leading inspection company and  Sky-Futures’ cutting-edge, drone-based approach […]

Consortiq Teams with US College to Offer Drone Pilot Course

Many employers are seeking recent graduates who know how to operate drones and have achieved the necessary certification to fly drones commercially. As cutting-edge innovators in drone and unmanned technology, Consortiq makes it safer and easier for organizations to put drones in the sky. Consortiq transforms businesses through unmanned aircraft system (UAS) software, training, consultancy, […]

ABJ Drones, operators required USA, UK and India

ABJ Drones / Global is a highly respected UAV / DRONE aerial operations company with current operational bases in the USA, UK and INDIA. Our clients span a variety of industry sectors including Agriculture, Asset inspection, Cell towers, Off shore, Communications, Power distribution and Security to name but a few. Due to exponential growth in […]

Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition 2018

susbexpo As we head into Drone symposium season, sUAS News is pleased to announce that we will be presenting the sixth annual SUSB Expo. Way back in 2013, few believed that there was a commercial interest for drones. We knew better and launched a live event where industry professionals and our readers can network and discuss […]

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