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Gary Mortimer replied to Lieutenant Casey Kerwin's discussion Drone information for urban firefighting
"Maybe get in touch with some UK or Australian fire services, they have the most experience at the…"
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"hmmmm I'm connecting via usb, pixhawk soft works that way"
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Drone information for urban firefighting

Started by Lieutenant Casey Kerwin in Unassigned category. Last reply by Gary Mortimer 4 minutes ago. 2 Replies

3DR DIY 2014 Quad

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Police Drone

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Exploring caves with a Drone Help

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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:

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seL4 Secure Micro kernel

Posted by Chris Norris on July 28, 2014 at 6:11am 0 Comments

"A nippy microkernel mathematically proven to be bug free*, and used to protect drones from hacking, will be released as open source tomorrow."

Has anyone heard about or seen this? How applicable is this to the Pixhawk, Pi or BeagleBone flight controller efforts? The best bit is that it seems to assure that all user mode code…


V-Map precise aerial mapping

Posted by Nuno on July 28, 2014 at 4:30am 5 Comments

New product, seems fine to making mapping, but don't know the cost, and whats the advantages/disadvantages comparing to     

The standard V-Map system now features the…

Continue - interactive map of videos of all the places of the world

Posted by MoviesOnMap on July 27, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

We're creating interactive map of videos of all the places of the world This will allow to see any places of the Earth or help the tourists to better plan their routes.

Anyone can add videos to the map. After approval, it will appear on the map.

Many drones owners from Germany, Sweden, France, China, USA, Holland, Ukraine are adding awesome HD video of beaches, mountains, deserts, towns,…


Its time for a little drone humor

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 27, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

It looks like even parents are getting in on the drone phenomenon to see what their kids are up to!


TCIII ArduRover2…


First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm 33 Comments


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.…


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

Posted by Rob Thompson on July 25, 2014 at 8:49am 2 Comments

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…


Nymbus 650 Kickstarter Project Endorsed by Gary Gress

Posted by Tom Ciesielka on July 25, 2014 at 6:30am 3 Comments

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


DroTek releases DroPix flight controller

Posted by sixtimesseven on July 25, 2014 at 4:00am 21 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... …



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

Take off & land anywhere: Russia unveils hybrid amphibious drone vehicle

Take off & land anywhere: Russia unveils hybrid amphibious drone vehicle

A drone hybridized with an amphibious hovercraft has been presented at the Innoprom-2014 technology exhibition in Russia’s Yekaterinburg. This unique UAV doesn’t need an airfield to launch, so the only alternative is a helicopter. Russia’s Rostech state corporation presented the…

Scientists Developing Futuristic Tech for Swarm UAV Missions

Scientists Developing Futuristic Tech for Swarm UAV Missions

By Anantha Krishnan M | ENS BANGALORE: The next generation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems will be equipped with high performance, specialised payloads to carry out ‘dull, dirty and dangerous’ missions. In addition to gathering intelligence over sustained periods of time…

Philippines:- CAAP regulates the use of drones

Philippines:- CAAP regulates the use of drones

— Elizabeth Marcelo/DVM, GMA News The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently issued a memorandum regulating the operation of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones. Under the CAAP’s Memorandum Circular No. 21 series of 2014 dated June…

Educators express Special Rule for Model Aircraft concerns

Educators express Special Rule for Model Aircraft concerns

The FAA must be starting to bounce emails from Lawyer Brendan Schulman from office to office hoping that somebody else will open and deal with them. This time several Universities make fair and valid points. A month ago Peggy Gilligan, Associate…

New 20Hz version of V-Map precise aerial mapping system.

New 20Hz version of V-Map precise aerial mapping system.

We have just delivered the first two units of the new 20Hz version of our V-Map precise aerial mapping system to a UAV mapping company in the USA. With dual frequency GPS observation rates as high as 20Hz, the V-Map…

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