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First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

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From the SUAS Feed

Earlier this week a pilot from Idaho was preparing to begin a spray run through a field. Barely visible ahead of him was a small stationary object. He decided it must be a kite since a bird would not remain motionless. As he neared the object, it rapidly shot straight up.…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments


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Drone Stuff: Parachutes, Politics, and No-Fly Zones

By Evan Ackerman…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Cargo UAS set to deliver

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Capturing Images With Film Not a Digital Camera, A Pioneer of UAS

We like to think what we are doing is new, however some folks have been pioneering the way for us for a long time. People like Bert Wagner of Advanced Aerials can remember a time he would use film to capture images and then run to the 1 hour photo to have them developed. Only when the film was developed did they find out if they got the shot or if they had to go back and re-shoot. This article I am linking to is from 1998 Rotary Modeler Magazine…

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Added by Rob Thompson on July 25, 2014 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Nymbus 650 Kickstarter Project Endorsed by Gary Gress

The Nymbus 650 Kickstarter Project was the result of a licensing agreement between CUVR and Gary Gress of Gress Aerospace and the…

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Added by Tom Ciesielka on July 25, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

DroTek releases DroPix flight controller

Just received the newsletter that DroTek is finally ready to release it`s Pixhawk compatible flight controller made in France! So no more NSA style regulation from our "friends" and no more DF-13 connectors ;-) They release a hole bunch of modules as well, for example a neo-7 GPS... …

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Added by sixtimesseven on July 25, 2014 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

Raspberry Pi Quadrotor running PenguPilot on Linux

Raspberry PI Quadrotor running PenguPilot on Linux

A picture of our UAV:

The electronics:…

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Added by Tobias Simon on July 25, 2014 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

Seattle's Komo News does Tame Story about Drone Buzzing Space Needle

Seattle's Komo News did an excellent piece about a drone buzzing the Space Needle this week. The video is at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-investigate-drone-strike-on-Space-Needle-268518072.html?tab=video&c=y I was…

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Added by Timothy Clemans on July 25, 2014 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

Multiple UAV Path Planning and Optimization

I have recently finished my Master studies in electrical engineering and robotics. The focus of my thesis are UAVs and the title is UAV Navigation for Area Coverage and Time Optimization. One of the goals of this study was to answer two questions:

  1. What is the best path that will reduce each UAV flight time and the overall mission time?
  2. Does…
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Added by Gustavo Avellar on July 24, 2014 at 2:45pm — 8 Comments

"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Flight Mode Drift + Head-tracker for control)

Started a little pet project as I further develop a flight system that we can use on all of my crafts. This was going to include a uniform setup for several pieces that made the system work for me. I wanted to include a head tracker,as I started getting into this I remembered a episode that I liked very much on Top Gear, yes I am a gear-head also. So as I thought more about it,a nd as I get this setup consistent across the fleet this would be a good time to question how to…

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Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on July 24, 2014 at 12:18pm — 5 Comments

DON'T FLY DRONES HERE

A map represents areas where it is not recommended to fly drones due to regulations.…

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Added by Tilman Griesel on July 24, 2014 at 7:10am — 7 Comments

I was looking to get better radio range.. Found XRange

As reported from their website, seems like a great upgrade for the telemetry radio, maybe to also carry RC control, and depending on bandwidth  maybe using it also for a digital video feed. 

It is on indiegogo 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xrange-extreme-long-range-wireless-module-for-868-915-mhz

As listed on…

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Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on July 23, 2014 at 8:30pm — 22 Comments


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Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm — 17 Comments


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Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm — 11 Comments

Even Burning Man has drone regs

From free spirits to regulated r/c:



http://88nv.burningman.com/drones-rc/

Introduction:

The rising popularity of remote control (RC) aircraft including: fixed wing planes, helicopters, multicopters aka…

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Added by Cliff-E on July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Letter to my Congressman

This is my very first post here, so forgive me if this isn't the most appropriate place to share this.

I live in rural south GA, and have been tinkering with RC planes and homemade UAVs for a…

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Added by James Daniel on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane roars into X-Plane

We're very much obliged to Billy Bargagliotti of Memphis, Tennessee, for putting together an X-Plane model of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.…

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Added by Lester Haines on July 23, 2014 at 3:16am — 1 Comment

Amateur drone pilot finds man missing for three days

Apparel-company owner David Lesh found a missing elderly man in a bean field Saturday using a camera-equipped drone.

http://www.examiner.com/article/amateur-drone-pilot-finds-man-missing-for-three-days

When Virginia resident Guillermo DeVenecia went missing last Wednesday, police and searchers were dispatched to find the 82-year-old man, who suffers from dementia and hearing…

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Added by Bob on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am — 24 Comments


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Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm — 17 Comments


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Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

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