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Rover Release 2.49 is OUT!

Rover Release 2.49 is OUT!

We know you love Rovers the most.  They don't randomly fly off, they don't fall out of the sky and they don't have nasty spinning props to cut fingers.  You can RELY ON A ROVER.  Follow the link to…

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Added by Grant Morphett on March 4, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Low Cost Crazyflie Clone Nano Quadcopter Kit for Android

Found this Crazyflie clone while doing a Google image search on nano quadcopter controller boards. Has anyone played with this particular unit?

NEJE Gravity Sensor Operated Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Kit for Android Cellphone - Black $58.25…

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Added by Vincent Wilson on March 4, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Ten more drones have been spotted flying over Paris

Ten more drones have been spotted flying over Paris and reports say police are searching for four men after a chase in the east of the city. The latest drones were seen hovering near the Eiffel Tower and several other areas further away from the center.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31725302…

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Added by Katrina Rosen on March 4, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Vulcan UAV Frames from CreativeFlyers

We have just started to use these fantastic frames at Creative Flyers, and are looking for some feed back on them. The Z Arm design is fascinating, it really gives the camera a clear field of…

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Added by David Barclay on March 3, 2015 at 11:30pm — 16 Comments


3D Robotics
This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone

I showed a tour group of 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with the Tower app today. After they flew a mission, I checked the logs on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2015 at 11:07pm — 12 Comments

New DIY drone build

Hi All! I've been busy building this new experimental screened-in drone.

It's built out of many DIY style components. 3D printed motor mounts, rain gutter screen "finger protector rings", some spare foam, rubber damping balls, random bits of carbon fiber cut up, epoxy, hot glue and a…

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Added by Daniel Lukonis on March 3, 2015 at 7:58pm — 2 Comments

Happy Birthday NACA

NACA, the precursor to NASA, was founded 100 years ago today. NACA was instrumental in furthering fundamental knowledge of airfoil theory, and created well-known families of airfoils still widely used today.

To honor the NACA legacy, we've added the NACA 4-digit airfoil series to Mach-Up in high-resolution. That's 10,000 airfoils…

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Added by Blucraft on March 3, 2015 at 5:53pm — 5 Comments

Aerial Camera from the 1941-1945.

Found this for sale on my local Canada Kijiji Classifieds, call Ebay Classifieds in the US.

WW2 Fairchild K-20 Aerial Camera RARE 



$180.00 



The Fairchild K-20 was an aerial camera made by the Folmer-Graflex Corporation during World War…

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Added by Paul on March 3, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Storm32 BGC gimbal

After combining my retracts from my previous blog post and my conversion plate to turn the 2-axis into a 3-axis gimbal

then also adding a mounting plate for the Storm32 BCG controller, further testing and setup goes great so far

Also did some tests using the spektrum sat option for the second operator to control the gimbal movements remotely (with…

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Added by Charles lakins on March 3, 2015 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Rapide Lite 200XL - 400mm Desktop Plus 3D Printer

For those of you, still looking for an affordable and high quality 3D printer - this one may be the one you are looking for:

Indiegogo: Rapide Lite 200XL - 400mm Desktop Plus 3D…

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Added by Andreas on March 3, 2015 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

What to Know When Using Humanitarian UAVs for Transportation

UAV payload unit

UAVs can support humanitarian action in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most common and well-documented use-case is data collection. There are several other use-cases, however, such as payload transportation, which I have blogged about here, …

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Added by Patrick Meier on March 3, 2015 at 7:38am — No Comments


3D Robotics
New drone magazine from Discover

Looks pretty generic but the fact that they're launching a mag is probably a sign of the times...From Discover:

Whether you’re curious about the ethics of unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement or itching to break into the quadcopter hobby, Drone 360 is packed with ideas and information to help you get started!

You'll…
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Added by Chris Anderson on March 2, 2015 at 8:36pm — 6 Comments


3D Robotics
How Canada handles "beyond visual line of sight" drone operation

From Diana Marina Cooper on Robohub:

The FAA’s Notice of Proposed…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 2, 2015 at 7:59pm — 3 Comments

iDroneCtrl 1.2.0: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

We are pleased to announce the release of iDroneCtrl 1.2.0 for iPhone and iPad. The iDroneCtrl iOS app works with our iDroneLink™  lighting accessory for iPhone and iPad and allows long range control of your…

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Added by Andy Brown on March 2, 2015 at 2:32pm — 14 Comments

Skywriting! Just need to add more colors and use the GPIOs to toggle them based on position

Think of the things you could write or draw! It's a software project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/946052725/telaero-drone-flight-planner-for-precision-imagery

The next step will be to add multiple LEDs of different colors that can be toggled by the GPIO pins on your autopilot so you can draw amazing 3D…

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Added by Rhett "Wreck" Phillips on March 2, 2015 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Digital flight control research from the '80s

I tripped over this on my suggested links and thought it might be of interest to the DIYD crowd.  Fascinating to see an original Macintosh being used as a ground station!

Added by Andrew Rabbitt on March 2, 2015 at 4:25am — 11 Comments

"The Davos of Drones" - DroneApps & Expo 2015 - Switzerland

I am Chairing a panel on "Humanitarian UAVs" at the DroneApps & Expo 2015 in Lausanne,…
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Added by Patrick Meier on March 1, 2015 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Precision Land ArduCopter

Did some test flights this weekend for my precision landing program(A detailed explanation of this project can be found here.). They were short due to the cold conditions and battery life but beneficial. I was able to attempt the landing four times. All…

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Added by Daniel Nugent on March 1, 2015 at 9:09pm — 11 Comments

Lynxmotion Quadrino Flight Controller (ex Flyingeinstein)

  • ATmega2560, Arduino Compatible Microcontroller 
  • Very small size: 53x53mm (in case) 
  • Integrated Sensors (Gyroscope / Accelerometer / Magnetometer / Barometer) 
  • Built-in GPS Module with External Antenna 
  • Easy Connection for Motor Controller and Radio System 
  • Semi-transparent case to view LED status 
  • MultiWii software compatible 
  • Expansion ports for experimentation (I2C, UART, GPIO)…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 1, 2015 at 1:44pm — 8 Comments

Thumbs up! Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines opens its doors to Philippine UAV operators.

Was glad to be part of this meeting. And here's the write-up about the recent event from one of the attendees.

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(Pasay City, Philippines) - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently opened its doors to a “UAV Industry Stakeholder” Conference with various…

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Added by Teejay on March 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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