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Pictures: Humanitarian UAV Mission to Vanuatu in Response to Cyclone Pam

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Above: Aéroport de Port Vila - Bauerfield International Airport. As we land, thousands of uprooted trees could be seen in almost every direction. Below:Massive roots were not enough to save these trees from Cyclone Pam. The devastation reminds us how powerful nature is.

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After getting clearance from the Australian Defense Force (ADF), we pack up our UAVs and head over to…

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Added by Patrick Meier on March 29, 2015 at 7:33pm — No Comments


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Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

ESC with FOC and sensor - why not

So for a while I was thinking of creating a big ass tilt rotor tricopter with a X8 as a base frame. All good, but which ESC to use? After deciding that I don't really like anything on HobbyKing, I started working on my own. It had to have good quality components, rated for automotive applications (don't want my ESC to fail when flying...), FOC…

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Added by Jure M on March 28, 2015 at 1:10pm — 5 Comments

Iris+ Mapping Tutorial and Data Set

MultiSpek Data Processing Overview from MultiSpek on Vimeo.

UAV mapping is getting easier by the day.  From agriculture to mining and construction, companies are looking for real time mapping to increase…

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Added by MultiSpek on March 28, 2015 at 12:37pm — 5 Comments

Flrir ps hot Shoe final model.

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Added by Remco Bos on March 28, 2015 at 8:19am — 2 Comments

Europe agrees on regulatory drone framework to move industry forward

During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad…

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Added by IKE on March 28, 2015 at 7:32am — No Comments

First flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+

Hey guys!

Today we’ve made the first flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+.

Navio+ is an autopilot HAT…

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Added by Emlid on March 28, 2015 at 7:16am — 12 Comments


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Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments


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GeoUAV Workshop, 1-2 October 2015, La Grande Motte, France

GeoUAV is a specialized Workshop in the frame of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015. Dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), it will bring the…

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Added by Thorsten on March 27, 2015 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

Steel out of feather: the new version of Raptor e1

Just got the new version of the raptor off the scales. It came better than we expected and it now weighs a mere 2,700gr without motor and battery. This means we can fly 3kg of useful payload with 16000mah for 1hour 20 minutes. or 1kg pf payload for 3hours plus. 

Excited also to see…

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Added by RaptorUAS MD on March 27, 2015 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

300-sized 3D printed quadrocopter for FPV

Hi, let me introduce my latest plan, a 300-sized FPV quadrocopter. My goal was to design a small 3D printed quadrocopter that can be printed on any cheaper DIY 3D printer. Additionally I wanted to simplify wiring and maintenance. So I decided to make a modular design. The hard-cased…

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Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on March 27, 2015 at 7:01am — No Comments

Win a Percepto - App Idea Competition

We would like to thank all our backers and to everyone who shared, posted and tweeted about our campaign! Because of your strong support, we've reached our goal!…

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Added by Raviv Raz on March 27, 2015 at 5:31am — 2 Comments

Wing lift distribution presentation

A very interesting and thought provoking explanation of why the conventional wisdom of elliptical lift distribution needs rethinking.  Interesting for lovers of fixed-wing but also might be applicable for propellers and rotors...?

Added by Andrew Rabbitt on March 27, 2015 at 12:50am — 9 Comments

PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign

Here it is! Finally, the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) is ready for a wider audience and we've launched a crowdfunding campaign so that everyone can get theirs. We've been iterating through…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 26, 2015 at 10:44am — 40 Comments


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3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…
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Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am — 15 Comments


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Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am — 1 Comment


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First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am — 13 Comments

Uploading telemetry from UgCS to Droneshare (UgCS Integration with DroneShare)



We have added new functionality to UgCS. Integration with DroneShare to ease sharing and "bookkeeping" of your flights.

In this article we are going to show you how to fly a mission in UgCS, replay the mission in the telemetry player in UgCS and then upload the telemetry…

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Added by Janis Kuze on March 26, 2015 at 5:21am — 3 Comments

BrushedSparky v0.2

This is an update on the BrushedSparky that I posted about a month ago.

I got…

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Added by James Cotton on March 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

OpenFC: a new Autoquad software compatible Open-Hardware Flight-Controller

OpenFC is a new Open-Hardware Flight-Controller:

  • Standard-Size: 50x50mm (45x45mm holes) 
  • CPU: STM32F405 @ 168MHZ
  • Gyro/ACC: MPU6000 (SPI)
  • Compass: HMC5983 (SPI)
  • Baro: MS5611 (SPI)
  • Serial-Ports for GPS, Telemetry and SBUS
  • 8 PWM-ESC-Connectors + CAN-Bus
  • PPM and SBUS inputs
  • microSD…
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Added by Olli on March 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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