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Exmaps: Online Flight Logbook for Ardupilot Update #3

More updates!…


Added by Weiliang on November 23, 2014 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

Aerial 360° of Tacloban to Ormoc one year after Yolanda

From our blog:

Leyte (Nov 8, 2014) - Exactly one year after Yolanda (Haiayan), the people of Leyte had started re-building their houses, their lives, and slowly starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. The aerial 360° panoramic…


Added by clearskiesph on November 23, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Apprentice Drone kit conversion

Because E-Flight Apprentice RC is very popular airplane and the fact that you can buy any replacement part for it I decided to design a 3D printed kit that would turn it into a Drone. The kit blends perfectly with the wing, it gives you easy access to the electronics from the top and also increases the wingspan by 3 inches. I am using the APM 2.6 but it could be used with any other autopilot, there is plenty of room, on the front I have a grill to let the air cool…


Added by Luiz Miranda on November 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Doing science with UAVs in the Arctic polar night

We spent a week on Svalbard and operated autonomous aircraft to collect atmospheric data. They were accompanied by a tethered weather balloon and an autonomous under water glider.

Added by Martin Mueller on November 23, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

Multicopter with Thermal Camera

Testing Flir Tau2 thermal camera with Y6 Multicopter (DJI WooKong-M). Below you can watch 4 flights.

Added by Ferhat Kurt on November 23, 2014 at 2:44am — 3 Comments

What bearings for my multi-rotor copter motor?

What bearings in copter motors?  The type of bearing is a “deep groove” ball bearing.  


The axial load (applied force is parallel to motor shaft) placed on the motor is no different than…


Added by thomas Butler on November 21, 2014 at 1:41pm — 6 Comments

Aeromapper 300 mapping drone –1.5 hr endurance with multisensor capabilities

The Aeromapper 300 is the latest UAV offer from Aeromao Inc. Canada.

The Aeromapper 300 is one of the most complete UAV for general mappping applications, at the most competitve price on the market. Powerful yet very easy & friendly to use, with 1.5 hour endurance, currently more than two dozen different sensors or combination of sensors supported…


Added by Mauricio on November 21, 2014 at 9:58am — 25 Comments

Phoenard: World's first all-in-one prototyping gadget as your Drone Controller?

Phoenard; The project currently running on Kickstarter.

It has lot of peripherals built in which is more than capable to be your next Drone controller.

10-degrees of freedom sensor, Accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer and barometer are included and powered by ATMEGA2560, identical to the one use on APM. Plenty of PWM GPIO pins are also available. The GPS, GSM and GPRS module are embedded by default as well on board. 

The full color LCD might be handy as…


Added by mykita paskov on November 21, 2014 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Wide angle laser beams for anti-collision

Wide angle laser beams can detect and measure the range to people, trees and other safety critical objects from moving aerial or ground based platforms.

We've been experimenting with a new version of our SF10 laser altimeter to see what happens when we change the normally narrow, parallel laser beam into a wider, fan shape and align it horizontally or with a downwards tilt. There is a practical limit to the wide direction (major axis) of…


Added by Laser Developer on November 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
3DR Announces the Release of New FPV Kit

Our First-Person View (FPV) Kit includes everything you need to start live streaming a video feed from the GoPro on your IRIS+ or X8+. Thanks to the 7-inch Bright View™ monitor’s sharp contrasts and LED backlight, you’ll see the live feed clearly on even the brightest days. Additionally, the powerful 5.8 GHz…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on November 19, 2014 at 11:05am — 24 Comments

CAD Drones News - ASME Student Design Competition 2014 + Bonus Footage

(Montreal, Canada) November 17, 2014

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering…


Added by Joshua Johnson on November 19, 2014 at 8:09am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Turbine-powered quad first flight

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm — 17 Comments

3d Printed Mini HexaCopter

I Have been working on this 3d printed hexacopter for some time now let me know what you think of the design ive been entertaining selling them and or the STL's so you can print them yourself here are some pics and some gimbal video feedback good or bad is much appreciated also if you would buy it what would you pay for it…


Added by Todd Urban on November 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — 20 Comments

Modifying a Powershot S95 for vegetation monitoring

As part of an ongoing project to monitor natural habitats with a UAV I've modified a Powershot S95 to allow near infrared photography to capture some NDVI data. I've created a short how to video for anyone embarking on a similar task.

The filters are supplied by as part of their infragram kit. The first test photos I have… Continue

Added by Mark Williams on November 18, 2014 at 1:03pm — 4 Comments

Defiance Airframe development

Hi guyz, its been a while since i reported back about my enthusiastic project, 'In search of design functionallity'.

Time has come to show you what i've been working on for long time, i'm very excited, the jurny was long and dreadful but every second of it was worth it.

Main design goal;

- compact and functional design

- protection of all…


Added by Dragan on November 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

FAA Can Make All Drone Flights Illegal, Federal Court Rules.


Drone Flights Illegal.

Excerpt from above article:

Some very bad news for drone pilots this morning: An appeals board has ruled that the Federal…


Added by Todd Harper on November 18, 2014 at 9:00am — 50 Comments

3D Robotics
Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

Platform Support

Gobot has a extensible…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Angela Merkel admires an IRIS

One of our great academic collaborators, Fabio Ramos at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, uses both Iris and Aero as a research platforms.…

Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:20pm — 10 Comments

3DR Robotics group flight

Here is 3D Robotics centric group flight. Iris+ and his grandpa 3DR Quad on a mission. Playing around with scenario to cover large area with multiple vehicles simultaneously. Can be handy for Search&Rescue, surveyors and others.

Additionally you can see a proximity warnings in UgCS in action. These can use ADS-B as a source as…


Added by Janis Kuze on November 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

2014 ASME Student Design Competition finishes

(Excerpt below is from this press release)

"(Montreal, Canada) November 17, 2014

Eighteen teams of…


Added by John Githens on November 17, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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