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3D Robotics
Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)

Interesting proof-of-concept by DARPA researchers using a Pixhawk-powered drone to autonomously navigate a cluttered warehouse environment at 20 m/s.

DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently demonstrated that a commercial quadcopter platform could achieve 20-meters-per-second flight while carrying a full load of sensors and…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 12, 2016 at 1:36pm — 8 Comments

Drone locates man's stolen motorbike

Drone locates B.C. man's stolen motorbike. Ryan Sandnes' bike was stolen last Friday, and despite security camera footage of the thief the police couldn’t help. Sandnes decided to fly a camera-equipped drone over a nearby field and found the bike.

Full story …


Added by Katrina Rosen on February 12, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Design of a 3-Axis Gimbal for Land Use

There was a joke that one could take the gimbal from a quadcopter, flip upside-down, put it on a handle, and it becomes a handheld gimbal for use on land. It was an intriguing idea. I would like to share our interesting experience in the design process.


Popular Gimbal…


Added by Rick Hwang on February 12, 2016 at 11:22am — No Comments




Late last year, the FAA expanded a Special Flight Rule Area (SFRA) that applied to Unmanned Aerial Systems, drones, and RC airplanes around Washington DC. This SFRA was created around the year 2000 – for obvious reasons – and applies to more than just quadcopters and airplanes…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:13am — 1 Comment

Drones could follow trails to find lost hikers

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen ...

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen trail

(Credit: University of Zurich)

From gizmag

By    FEBRUARY 10,…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

New OS image for Erle-Brain 2: "denim"

Hi all!

Erle Robotics team announces the release of the new version of the Debian OS image for Erle-Brain 2 codenamed "denim". The image includes the following enhancements:

  • New version of kernel PREEMPT_RT 

  • Live video…

Added by Lander Usategui on February 12, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

New DroneThermal - Smallest Thermal Camera for Drones

Hi Everyone,

After 5 months of design and test process, new DroneThermal v022016 thermal camera boards are ready to announce. 

This is probably the smallest analog (PAL/NTSC) thermal camera in the world. 

Dimensions : 20mm x 20mm x 15mm (included Lepton 25 degrees…


Added by Melih Karakelle on February 11, 2016 at 6:11am — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Redundancy for your autopilot

Hello flight-buddys,

it has been quiet for a while from GIZMOtec and the AP-Manager.

But meanwhile the project is finished and we are happy to present the AP-Manager with even more features and flexibility as a redundancy-board between two parallel running (different)…


Added by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm — 20 Comments

Watch Easy Drone defy gravity on Discovery Channel

Hello Drone Lovers!

Ivan here from Easy Aerial Inc.

I am super-excited to invite you to watch my appearance on a Science Channel show called …


Added by Ivan Stamatovski on February 9, 2016 at 7:03pm — 4 Comments

Autopilot assisted thermalling exploitation

Hello ensemble,

this is a flight done with the Proxima II, using a UAVDevBoard v4 for autopilot assisted thermal exploitation.

Telemetry on screen is done with DashWare. I had to create a profile for UDB to use the telemetry file with that program and had to adapt a few gauges also. The profile is attached, in the case someone needs…


Added by Riccardo Kuebler on February 9, 2016 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

ADS-B on DJI M100

After typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and areas around it, a lot of UAV's have been utilized to do damage assessments. And some pilots complained that they saw UAV's flying in the area during the relief operations. 

As a POC, we have fitted an ADS-B receiver on the DJI M100. The ADS-B…


Added by clearskiesph on February 9, 2016 at 12:16pm — 3 Comments

New Research on Drone Buying Experience

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…


Added by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sand Casting Rotor Tip Weights

This is an "exploded" view of my rotor design.  Leading and trailing edge foam cores moved out of position to show internal details.

This design features a cylindrical bearingless rotor root, with droop stop.  Airfoil shaped pieces on inboard and outboard ends of rotor airfoil…


Added by Randy Sonnicksen on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.

Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…


Added by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am — 4 Comments

Converting a video to georeferenced 3D model tutorial (Agisoft PhotoScan, Sputnik GIS)

Nowadays, amateur drones have an amazing range of applications. You may wonder: “Can I use my drone for photogrammetry?” and the answer is “Yes”.

Source video (4k / 2160p):

3D Model created using Agisoft…


Added by Petr Pletnyakov on February 9, 2016 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk

Pixhawk is a great autopilot, we love its robustness and rich sets of features. Nowadays it is a de-facto to low cost autonomous vehicle application.

There’re always some changes you want to make in an open source design, this rule also applies to Pixhawk. First, I want to make it smaller, to fit it into a f5B glider fuselage, with built-in dampers and a plastic shell could survive a hard crash. Then I want to make the sensors to be replaceable, so I can test new…


Added by Jerry Giant on February 9, 2016 at 3:00am — 117 Comments

Its Tridge!!!

I can't embed this video because its disabled on the original. But Andrew reveals a little bit about the OBC and LOHAN. Well worth a watch.

Its only…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 9, 2016 at 2:52am — 6 Comments

Efficient Powerpath Balancing for Fuel Cell Battery Hybrid Powertrains

For those following my work, thank you and sorry for the long wait for an update!  I am currently writing up my doctorate so as you can imagine I have been a social hermit recently!

Nevertheless, I have now had a journal paper published which…


Added by Simon Howroyd on February 8, 2016 at 6:13am — 12 Comments

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