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Adam Conway replied to Adam Conway's discussion Flight modes question Arduplane
"Hi iskess, I am not sure I understand what you mean.  I have the mode change pugged into…"
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"DroPix is an advanced autopilot system designed by the PX4 open-hardware project. When has this…"
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Jon replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Building Copters with Round Tubes - Stronger, Lighter, Easier to Mount Motors than Square Tubes in the group ArduCopter User Group
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This community is the home of ArduPilot, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

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From the SUAS Feed

Earlier this week a pilot from Idaho was preparing to begin a spray run through a field. Barely visible ahead of him was a small stationary object. He decided it must be a kite since a bird would not remain motionless. As he neared the object, it rapidly shot straight up.…

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Capturing Images With Film Not a Digital Camera, A Pioneer of UAS

Posted by Rob Thompson on July 25, 2014 at 8:49am 1 Comment

We like to think what we are doing is new, however some folks have been pioneering the way for us for a long time. People like Bert Wagner of Advanced Aerials can remember a time he would use film to capture images and then run to the 1 hour photo to have them developed. Only when the film was developed did they find out if they got the shot or if they had to go back and re-shoot. This article I am linking to is from 1998 Rotary Modeler Magazine…

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Nymbus 650 Kickstarter Project Endorsed by Gary Gress

Posted by Tom Ciesielka on July 25, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

The Nymbus 650 Kickstarter Project was the result of a licensing agreement between CUVR and Gary Gress of Gress Aerospace and the…

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DroTek releases DroPix flight controller

Posted by sixtimesseven on July 25, 2014 at 4:00am 8 Comments

Just received the newsletter that DroTek is finally ready to release it`s Pixhawk compatible flight controller made in France! So no more NSA style regulation from our "friends" and no more DF-13 connectors ;-) They release a hole bunch of modules as well, for example a neo-7 GPS... …

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Seattle's Komo News does Tame Story about Drone Buzzing Space Needle

Posted by Timothy Clemans on July 25, 2014 at 12:30am 9 Comments

Seattle's Komo News did an excellent piece about a drone buzzing the Space Needle this week. The video is at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-investigate-drone-strike-on-Space-Needle-268518072.html?tab=video&c=y I was…

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Multiple UAV Path Planning and Optimization

Posted by Gustavo Avellar on July 24, 2014 at 2:45pm 7 Comments

I have recently finished my Master studies in electrical engineering and robotics. The focus of my thesis are UAVs and the title is UAV Navigation for Area Coverage and Time Optimization. One of the goals of this study was to answer two questions:

  1. What is the best path that will reduce each UAV flight time and the overall mission time?
  2. Does…
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"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Flight Mode Drift + Head-tracker for control)

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on July 24, 2014 at 12:18pm 5 Comments

Started a little pet project as I further develop a flight system that we can use on all of my crafts. This was going to include a uniform setup for several pieces that made the system work for me. I wanted to include a head tracker,as I started getting into this I remembered a episode that I liked very much on Top Gear, yes I am a gear-head also. So as I thought more about it,a nd as I get this setup consistent across the fleet this would be a good time to question how to…

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UAV news from sUAS News

First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

Earlier this week a pilot from Idaho was preparing to begin a spray run through a field. Barely visible ahead of him was a small stationary object. He decided it must be a kite since a bird would not remain…

FAA grants comment extension at the request of AMA

FAA grants comment extension at the request of AMA

Well done the AMA, now its time for folks to really get writing so far its been lackluster. I wonder if this will allow the FAA to delay the more important for our readers, small rule making NPRM?? At the request of…

FAA launches investigation into Cleveland drone company after drone flown during bridge demolition

FAA launches investigation into Cleveland drone company after drone flown during bridge demolition

Paul Kiska Cleveland Aerial Media told NewsChannel5 last week they violated a temporary flight restriction July 12, when they flew a drone over the Innerbelt Bridge demolition and posted the video online. That flight triggered a letter of investigation by…

Police investigate after drone buzzes near Space Needle

Police investigate after drone buzzes near Space Needle

SEATTLE – It was a tall order, but police were quick to react late Tuesday after receiving eyewitness reports of a drone flying near Seattle’s world-famous Space Needle. Space Needle security personnel called police just before 8:30 p.m. after several…

White House Prepares Executive Order on Commercial Drone Privacy Guidelines

White House Prepares Executive Order on Commercial Drone Privacy Guidelines

by Anna Forrester The administration is set to pass an executive order to establish privacy guidelines and voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles in the U.S. commercial market, POLITICO reported Wednesday. Erin Mershon and Kevin Robillard report that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration would…

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