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Screen shot of our new iPad app

We flew our remote hexacopter on Cape Cod from over 60 miles away over a cellular connection using only this iPad interface. Beautiful day for a flight. Actual screen shot from the flight.…


Added by Ted Morgan on August 27, 2015 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

Erle Robotics in the top 30 robotic startups worldwide

Hello everyone,

Erle Robotics is happy to announce that has been selected by RoboHub as one of the 30 most…


Added by Iñigo Muguruza on August 27, 2015 at 8:02am — No Comments

Fotokite Phi Tethered Quadrotor on IndieGoGo

Looks really interesting! I like the fact that it gives accountability as to who is using it, seems relatively safe given the prop guards and the flexible props, and at least there won't be any flyaways! This was done by some guys that worked in ETH Zurich's lab.

Here's the IndieGoGo link.…


Added by healthyfatboy on August 27, 2015 at 5:37am — 2 Comments

Theoretical analysis of obstacle detection using LIDAR

Small LIDAR (scanning laser) systems can be used for obstacle detection and SLAM from a moving drone. Whilst more work is still needed on the integration of the data from these sensors into the flight software, the theoretical performance can be evaluated based on the specifications of the…


Added by Laser Developer on August 27, 2015 at 4:42am — 2 Comments

First in the line.

Over the past few years my company has been experimenting with various types of UAV hardware. We have developed six versions of drones using off the shelf air frames and have tested several types of flight controllers.

 Each has had its pro's and cons and a lot of data has been collected in the past 24 months. We have built UAV's for customers providing custom built aircraft for everything from professional…


Added by Aaron Chadd on August 27, 2015 at 3:42am — 4 Comments

Raptor UAS setting records to support Search & Rescue

Raptor UAS has partnered with Horizon Energy Systems and Northern Colorado Search & Rescue to attempt to set loiter endurance and a distance record using commercially available fuel cell and a small UAV to fly over the North Sea powered by hydrogen gas. Raptor UAS has started a Kick Starter campaign to help fund this Project. We will be using a Raptor E1 and a Horizon Energy Systems fuel cell to fly from Scotland to Norway. A portion of the funds raised will be…


Added by NOCO Search and Rescue on August 27, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

New patented tilted coaxial VTOL


Added by VGR-Systems on August 26, 2015 at 9:53pm — 18 Comments

Brushless Motor Dynamometer from RCbenchmark

RCbenchmark dynamometer website

Please comment and send feedback below. A few months ago, I posted here asking if you would be interested in a dynamometer. I received quite a lot of comments. My colleague and I had the idea of a dynamometer for brushless motor after working over one month…


Added by Charles Blouin on August 26, 2015 at 1:21pm — 9 Comments

Open Ocean test run

Just a quick update on the research platform. I launched it on its final shakedown cruise into the ocean off the Central California Coast. Once out in the ocean, it completed a 30 mile circuit (15 miles straight out to sea, 15 miles back).

One reason for the final test is the addition of AIS for…


Added by PacificBots on August 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
New EKF viewer in Mission Planner/APM:Copter 3.3

Many here may not follow the behind the scenes work of the dev team, but here's one glimpse of a cool new feature for data geeks in APM:Copter 3.3. As you may know, the APM flight code uses an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF), which is a sophisticated way (based on Baysian statistics) to…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2015 at 8:44pm — 12 Comments

3DR X8+ | DroneKit | Vision System | Part 2

Hello diydrones community :)

For those who are interested:  Part 1.

It has been 3 weeks now since I published…


Added by dronebohne on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Report: Documents reveal nearly 700 close calls between drones and planes

From Mashable

By Chris Perkins

If for some reason you think the lack of drone regulation in the U.S. isn't a problem, read this.



Added by Thomas J Coyle III on August 25, 2015 at 6:30am — 23 Comments

3D Robotics
Sony's VTOL drone first flights

Transitions to and from vertical pretty well!

From Gizmodo:

The drones …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2015 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

Nica Drones Mag Lifter EPM688 Next Steps

My Partner and I have retrofitted a 3DR's IRIS with a designed cradle for the lifter. It has worked fine with the Pixhawk Controller, 8 Channel PPM Encoder, and 8 Channel Tx/Rx. Here is a link to the lifter-

Currently, it engages the…


Added by Harjit Sethi on August 24, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Flying from computer

As a by-product of a research I’m working on right now, I’m showing this videos of me controlling a multirotor from a computer. Its done in different multirotor platforms, two flight controllers, Pixhawk and MultiWii.

So, the basic idea is to send data to the companion computer and then the companion computer will use it to several purposes.…


Added by Aldo Vargas on August 24, 2015 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

Genuine custom designed APM powered UAVs in Spain - droning

Hi all,

We would like to share with you our company "droning" ( devoted to create and operate professional UAVs. 

Our team has been around diydrones for some years now and we all share our passion…


Added by Jesus A on August 23, 2015 at 3:56pm — 9 Comments

A new AUTOBOTS was born!

It's an PRO-X1 Customized!

PRO-X1 is an OpenhHardware drone designed, developed and manufactured by

This one has a Multiwii mod. performed software to this…


Added by hiroshi takey on August 23, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Using 3DR SOLO for Archaeology class

Almost a year ago we had the chance to present one of the most magical uses of drones at SEAC 2014 Materiality of the sky. Combining Photogrammetry from small UAS, Surveying, Sky-Celestial body Simulators and Archaeoastronomy we managed to calculate the exact age and day that an ancient temple was…


Added by James on August 23, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Early Dynamic Test Result of Single-Frequency RTK

Antenna: Harxon HX-CSX601A

Receiver: SkyTraq GPS/BD RTK receiver

Baseline: 1.7Km

Max Speed: 81.2Km/hr

Blue point: single solution

Yellow point: float solution

Green point: fixed solution

RTK is well known for land survey and automated precision farming applications,…


Added by Oliver Huang on August 22, 2015 at 6:25pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Using unique LED patterns for drone identification

From Mashable:

The rapid rise of amateur-piloted drones has created somewhat of a regulatory nightmare. Countless reports of pilots spotting drones…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

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