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IdefixRC replied to IdefixRC's discussion Pixhawk Relay - How to drive a 5V reed relay to trigger a camera
"Thanks a lot. Final question :-) is there a way to control 2 relays via the remote?I believe Copter…"
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Roger Boulanger replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Oh, OK thanks Randy. It seems to be pretty well behaved in Alt Hold, Loiter, etc, so it's just…"
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FlyToSky replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
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"Same thing happened to me after accepting the update prompt. Empty drop down menues. Descriptions…"
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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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New Solo Update: Improvements to GPS, live video and more

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

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 8 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 0 Comments

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Question of the week 

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

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Multirotors Festival

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on June 30, 2015 at 12:24pm 0 Comments

Photos from the Festival multirotor machines, which took place on June 27 in the village of Ulyanovka, Mytishchi district. At the festival ‪‎FPV3DCam‬…

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Harvard Robobees

Posted by Damian McKay Earl ll on June 30, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Led by Robert Wood, Harvard University is trying to make Robobees

http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu/home

INSPIRED by the biology of a bee and the insect’s hive behavior ...

we aim to push advances in miniature robotics and the design of compact high-energy power sources; spur innovations in…

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Intro to BoxBotix and BBots

Posted by Coby on June 30, 2015 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Just letting folks know what we have been up to over the last year or so.  Finally getting close to something we can release.  Essentially an all open source hardware modular robotics platform.  The short version is it's a BrainBox that can accept several different modules so it can be configured as a plane/copter/rover/whatever.

  Figured it was about time the community had a modular frame system to match the different flavors of autopilot code.  Still lots to do…

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Woman knocked out by drone at Seattle Pride parade

Posted by John on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am 16 Comments

Something like this was bound to happen with the mass market of drones to people not having safety in mind.

By Stephanie…

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Drones in Environmental Research conference at Liverpool JMU

Posted by Mark Williams on June 30, 2015 at 2:00am 3 Comments

Liverpool John Moores University are holding their second conference on the use of drones in environmental research on July the 7th and 8th. There are some great pieces of research being presented and it should be a very interesting couple of days.

I'm…

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Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm 8 Comments

A Pixhawk-powered hexacopter had an encounter with an overzealous and somewhat paranoid neighbor. Ars Technica tells the story:

That day, Eric Joe…

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Dutch Government successfully uses Aerialtronics drones to control traffic

Dutch Government successfully uses Aerialtronics drones to control traffic

by Altura Zenith used to monitor traffic and provide real-time information at the Concert at Sea in Zeeland for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment used three Altura Zenith ATX 8 drones…

Could This Become the First Mars Airplane?

Could This Become the First Mars Airplane?

by Jay Levine, X-Press editor NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center When an aircraft makes its first flight on Mars in the 2020s, a NASA Armstrong innovation may have made it possible. A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to…

CybAero delivers first helicopter system to Chinese AVIC

CybAero delivers first helicopter system to Chinese AVIC

by After extensive flight trials and factory testing, CybAero received the client’s approval today, enabling it to deliver the first helicopter system to Chinese AVIC. CybAero signed an eight-year framework agreement with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in…

Drone Maker AeroVironment Revenue Climbs

Drone Maker AeroVironment Revenue Climbs

by By CASSANDRA JARAMILLO Drone maker AeroVironment Inc. saw revenue rise sharply, buoyed by increased sales of its unmanned aircrafts, though profit declined as the company boosted its spending in research and development. Shares of AeroVironment rose 3.9% to $27.10…

Drone restrictions law one of many taking affect Wednesday

Drone restrictions law one of many taking affect Wednesday

by By Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster A law aimed at protecting Floridians from unwanted surveillance is one of more than 100 that take effect Wednesday. While the law — dubbed the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act — spells out that unmanned aerial…

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