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Infiltrating 3D Robotics Workshop in San Diego

Obviously, the notion that we “infiltrated” the 3DR facility in San Diego is nothing but a filmy excuse for me to use all of the video filters that came pre-installed with my copy of…


Added by Lucidity on July 7, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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Commercial use of drones in the US skyrocketing

The easier FAA Section 333 process and an overall sense that the US commercial drone regulatory process is heading in the right direction is leading to a boom in applications and approvals. Excerpt from a…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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The Weekly Drone Download: NASA’s new Mars drone; largest-ever humanitarian drone effort; Mexico rising; drone on the Fourth of July

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Question of the week

This week Atlanta, Georgia, banned the use of drones within city limits. They…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on July 7, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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Omidyar-sponsored DC conference on drones for good

From the New America foundation, an interesting conference in Washington DC  on…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

The 360º camera with GLOBAL SHUTTER (60FPS, 4K)

Interesting camera with Global Shutter. Can imagine so many VR applications when mounted on a drone! This has 60FPS and 4K video output

Hope the Wifi thingy can be turned on and off to avoid radio interference. Update: Wifi can be turned on and off!! (Jeffrey has added a comment at Kickstarter…


Added by Ruwan on July 7, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Commercial Drones Report: Current State of the U.S. Industry

I just released a new research report.  It details the state of the commercial drone industry in the U.S. as of the end of June 2015.  It looks at recent innovations, business applications, key ecosystem companies, and market forecasts. It analyzes the business impact and market…


Added by Colin Snow on July 7, 2015 at 10:07am — No Comments

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New smartphone-controlled gaming drones (with GPS) on Kickstarter

Impressively tiny given the GPS, autopilot and promised LTE connection option. Virtual FPV racing and indoor/outdoor use. On Kickstarter…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 8:16am — No Comments

Sputnik Web - 3D landscape hosting

GeoScan team is glad to invite drone owners to our upcoming project Sputnik Web:

This is an online service for publishing and sharing 3D…


Added by Dmitry Rykovanov on July 7, 2015 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

The Bebop Drone goes crazy if it passes from shadow to the sun, and vice versa (Video )


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Added by Danilo Scarato on July 7, 2015 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

New solar UAS record.

This is some really exciting news. Curious what FC is onboard. From the team:

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered…


Added by Chris Cloutier on July 6, 2015 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

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Parrot Bebop running APM!

I just got back from Paris, where I was meeting with the Parrot team, who are now part of the DroneCode project. Here's the first glimpse of what they are working on: the APM code running on the Bebop drone! The…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2015 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

Drones in Firefighting (and fire reporting)

Drones & Firefighting

I wanted to (quickly) share some experiences with the use of drones in firefighting, as my UAS and goals differ a bit from most departments we've seen that are starting to use drones. 

I am a career…


Added by MarioSpeedwagon on July 6, 2015 at 3:57pm — 6 Comments

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Just how good are Solo's autonomous landings?

There has been a lot of discussion recently on DIYDrones about GPS accuracy, the reliability of autonomous flight modes like Return to Home, and safe flying conditions. These are all valuable discussions to be had, but it is also is helpful to consider how well GPS-based positioning works in…


Added by Daniel McKinnon on July 6, 2015 at 2:42pm — 6 Comments

GoPro Session $399

GoPro Hero 4 Session:  $399

GoPro just released the Hero 4 Session!!!  Nice looking camera but now we have to redesign all of our gimbals.  The size and weight savings along with the symmetry could prove beneficial to drone applications?!?…


Added by Brian Martin on July 6, 2015 at 1:17pm — 14 Comments

DIY RC Gimbal Part 2

Hi all,

A few months back I posted about making my own RC controller:

I finally got around to making it work. I am very happy with the results! I ended up using code posted on RCgroups to format the PPM signal:…


Added by Jonathan Hair on July 5, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

AEROMAPPERS UAVs mapping drone updates

Aeromao Inc. A leading edge UAV manufacturer from Canada has recently made several updates to its Aeromappers family of drones as well as additions to its payload offerings.


The Aeromapper family of UAVs consist of three different drones aimed for mapping and survey applications with…


Added by Mauricio on July 5, 2015 at 1:00am — 6 Comments

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Database of FAA drone exemptions

From the excellent Center of the Study of the Drone, a searchable spreadsheet with all the current FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial use:



Added by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:58pm — 9 Comments

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Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone

From Hackaday:

A while back, we wrote about the ducted fan, single rotor, VTOL drone that [Armin Strobel] was working on. It wasn’t quite finished then, and hadn’t got off the ground yet. He’s posted an update, and from the looks of it, he’s made tons of progress,…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:39pm — 7 Comments

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Hackaday Wings, Wheels and Propellers contest

From Hackaday:

Have a project that moves? Then get it entered this week for your chance at one of 15 quadcopters. …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:11pm — No Comments

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