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MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype

Posted by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 4, 2015 at 2:57am 5 Comments

MyGeekShow is back! This week I finalized the design and built the 50% scale solar airplane prototype. I'll complete it's first flight next week!



My current mission is to build an RC airplane capable of indefinite flight, where solar panels installed on the wings power the airplane and charge the batteries by day, and then those same batteries power…

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Experiments with an industrial USB webcam

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on July 3, 2015 at 3:51pm 3 Comments

Above is a fullsize image of a 5MP webcam. A webcam usually has a CMOS sensor and commercial ones support up to 720p resolution. 720p is a result of the usb bus bandwidth available to stream the images and since many computers still use USB 2.0, this is the maximum resolution for reasonable framerates of 25fps…

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What happens when you bump into a drone ?

Posted by Laurent Eschenauer on July 3, 2015 at 2:04pm 2 Comments

Last month I shared with you our 'spherical drone' concept and promised to come back with more technical content. Well, I have just published a…

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1 hours 43 minutes Flight with 2S NCR18650B Batteries

Posted by Melih Karakelle on July 3, 2015 at 8:51am 4 Comments

Hi Everyone



Last weekend I've tested Panasonic NCR18650B batteries on my maiden PolyClub EPP airplane. 

I was expecting ~40 minutes flight but I landed after 103 minutes 24 seconds! (1h43m24s)



This batteries are definitely working!

Only disadvantage of the batteries are low discharge rate. It is max. 2C.

So, discharge current should be less than 7A…

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Steampunk Tricopter project

Posted by Skyview Creative1 on July 2, 2015 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

I am finally about finished with my Steampunk Tricopter. I have been working on this design since last December on and off. After crashing last fall I decided to completely rebuild as a steampunk airship. I looked extensively on line to get some ideas and to see what was out there but I couldn't find anything that inspired me. Using my electronic components from my existing tricopter, I completely redesigned every part. I mean, the only parts I used from my old frame was…

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iDroneCtrl 1.4.1: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

Posted by Bryan Galusha on July 2, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Latest update of iDroneCtrl ground station fixes a small bug affecting some of our users, where iDroneCtrl would repeatedly request the mission. Using the Fighting Walrus Apple MFi approved …

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New Solo Update: Improvements to GPS, live video and more

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 1, 2015 at 3:44pm 11 Comments

This week we’ve rolled out some important updates that will go a long way toward making your Solo experience even more smooth and easy. This includes updates for both Solo and the Solo app—remember, the Solo app will do all of the update work wirelessly, without any need to connect to Solo with cables.…

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DroneBoX Team presentation

Posted by DroneBox Team on June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm 9 Comments

Hi all

Do you know how many parcels were delivered last year to persons like you or me? UPS delivered last year 4.6 billion parcels worldwide, imagine the rest of companies.

Do you think the current transport…

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Multi-beam Laser for Forward Looking Obstacle Detection along the Flight Path.

Posted by Laser Developer on June 30, 2015 at 2:04pm 13 Comments

Laser range finders can be very effective in detecting even small obstacles at long distances from a moving UAV. To cover large areas the laser beam is usually…

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This Week: Drone vs. shotgun; FAA vs. NFL; robobees vs. pollen; Tom Cruise vs. drones; all of us vs. that fake viral video

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on June 30, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

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Shotguns. Snoops. Surveillance. So many stories in recent weeks have been calling attention to the…

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Drone pilot accidentally knocks himself out with his own quadcopter

Drone pilot accidentally knocks himself out with his own quadcopter

by By Mary-Ann Russon A man has captured the moment he managed to accidentally knock himself out with his own quadcopter drone. YouTube user doctorsnaketown uploaded hilarious footage of himself flying a ZMR250 mini racing quadcopter drone around his garden on a…

Drones tested to prevent ocean drownings

Drones tested to prevent ocean drownings

by By Wayne K. RoustanSun Sentinel Drone or drown? Seems like an obvious choice and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue has been conducting a feasibility study to see if these daring young flying machines can shave precious seconds off rescue response times.…

Firefighting planes grounded again due to drone

Firefighting planes grounded again due to drone

by AP REDDING – Authorities briefly grounded a U.S. Forest Service reconnaissance plane flying over a series of small wildfires in Northern California after a drone flew too close to the scene. The Forest Service said the plane fighting the…

Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

by By Gary Wickert It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to…

South Africa cricket team apologise to Bangladesh for drone

South Africa cricket team apologise to Bangladesh for drone

by South Africa’s cricket team apologised to the Bangladesh military for using a drone at a practice session in Dhaka. The home cricket authorities ordered a halt to the use of the device, which was flying overhead taking photos during…

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