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3D Robotics
Perceptiv Labs image-tracking upgrade for IRIS+ now taking preorders

Perceptive Labs is now taking pre-orders for SHIFT, which uses computer vision to do optical tracking. It supports Pixhawk, the IRIS+ and the DJI Phantom.…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments


Hello all, sorry my english, I'm using google translator ..

I am building my first drone one tricopter

the controller board is an APM 2.5 + 3dr power module

the version of arducopter is V3.2.1 (36b405 fb)

the engines are Turning 5017 620 Kv + ESC Turning Multistar 45 AMP + APC propeller 13x8

Link ESC Turning >>> …


Added by Newton Coelho Monteiro on April 25, 2015 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Really moving BBC video on the Syria Airlift project, using APM drones to deliver aid

Regardless of your views on Middle East conflict, everyone in this community should feel very proud after watching this video, showing APM-powered planes used for humanitarian aid. Mark Jacobsen at the Syria Airlift Project is inspiring, and I personally will be backing his work.  

The power to…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

3D printed week-end goodie: Adjustable COG battery mount


To make center of gravity (COG) 's tuning easier when attaching your battery on its ship, here is a quick and simple 3D printed…


Added by Hugues on April 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

3DR Aero Intro and Flight Demo

All the craze is with multirotors these days but fixed wing aircraft have capabilities that rotorcraft do not.  There aren't many videos of the 3DR Aero in action so we put this video introduction together.  Hope you enjoy it.

It’s the perfect platform for regularly acquiring highly detailed and actionable data for large-scale operations such as…


Added by AKRCGUY on April 25, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Presenting the Vertex Hybrid VTOL Kickstarter Campaign

In a nutshell, the Vertex is a tilt-rotor UAV that combines the flight time, range and speed of an airplane with the hovering, vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a multicopter. The Vertex is designed to be a versatile platform that can be adapted to various performance levels by using interchangeable wing sections and flying with one or two batteries…


Added by ComQuestVentures on April 24, 2015 at 8:21pm — 22 Comments

Drones delivering aid in Syria [BBC]

Children watching on the airfield

Interesting idea, small deliveries adding up where large ones would be shot down.  These are Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing UAVs.

From the BBC:

How do you deliver food and medicine to people in an area where a cargo plane would be shot down? It was a question that kept US Air Force pilot Mark Jacobsen awake at night after he met Syrian…


Added by Jay Bryon on April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments


Since UAVCAN is now supported in the most recent versions of APM, it is now possible to use Zubax GNSS with ArduCopter and ArduPlane. We prepared a…


Added by Zubax Robotics on April 24, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Tilt Rotor Aircraft - The Flying Battenberg

I would like to share this design made by a group of undergraduate students in the course called "Aerospace Systems Design Project". 

Tilt rotor aircraft - The Flying Battenberg 


The iMechE set out a competition…


Added by Aldo Vargas on April 24, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

And they say smoking is bad - part 2

And they say smoking is bad - Part 2

Last time I looked at a set of 18650 batteries that had some nice specs, but in the end proved to give me less flying time than my half capacity LI-PO.

I got a lot of…


Added by Jesper Andersen on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

TwoDee EVO NG brushless dslr gimbal

We did not build that, but you can!

 I would like to introduce TwoDee Evo Ng.It is a dslr sized ( it can be discussed if you notice the photo ) brushless diy gimbal.You can define the size of your gimbal with 4 pieces carbon…


Added by Ozan Özkök on April 23, 2015 at 10:48am — 14 Comments

"How it is made" 3DR Pixhawk and Sagetech ADS-B integration

In January we published news that we completed test integration of 3DR copter with Sagetech XPS-TR transponder.…


Added by Janis Kuze on April 23, 2015 at 4:26am — 6 Comments

DIY Ghetto Mapping Project

(my image: 2015)

Yesterday, I finally felt happy enough with my first mapping experiments to share my ideas, experiences and results with you. I was a little bit apprehensive at first; the prospect of adding gps location information to a non-gps camera seemed too daunting a task for…


Added by benbojangles on April 23, 2015 at 3:30am — 13 Comments

Pixhawk vibration dampener.


Added by Andreas Habit on April 23, 2015 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

Test Flight - Autonomous Landing Attempt #1

Hey everyone,

Just to introduce ourselves, we're CUAir, Cornell's Autonomous Aerial Vehicle team. We've been working with the ArduPilot for the year, switching over from a commericial autopilot. Most of our work is going into designing a new web based ground station (which will be available at the end of this year). I'll be mostly talking about our work so far with the ArduPilot, what we've learned, and what it's like to try to perform a full autonomous mission with…


Added by CUAIR on April 22, 2015 at 12:43pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)

It's like the best of both worlds! APM software with a familiar white GPS puck and nice wasp-waist controller box. Just $98 at…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2015 at 11:57am — 71 Comments

Fully-automated Precision Landing Mission

I finally got around to editing the footage of this fully-automated Precision Landing mission. The purpose of this mission is to demonstrate how vision-assisted Precision Landing can be a solution to the 'last 100 ft' problem, where traditional GPS is not sufficiently accurate to navigate to a precise location (RTK GPS systems are another possible solution).…


Added by Thomas Stone on April 22, 2015 at 8:15am — 4 Comments

Its every drone owner’s worst nightmare — the batteries going flat over the ocean.


Added by Simon on April 22, 2015 at 4:30am — 20 Comments

Cheap 1-2cm (scale) accuracy for your surveys

Image: Topcon RTK collecting survey points

High precision GPS systems are getting more known and used and RTK is already becoming a familiar acronym. This post is about the use of RTK for collecting ground control points to be used in high quality survey results, not about RTK for…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on April 21, 2015 at 7:46pm — 22 Comments

Ascent AeroSystems - Are you ready?

We're pleased to share this new video of our upcoming vehicle release!  Follow us at

Comments welcome!

Added by Ascent AeroSystems on April 21, 2015 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

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