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New Hampshire Rapid Assessment Technologies Summer Mapping Challenge UPDATE

We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in NH-RATs Summer Mapping Challenge to attend our first meetup scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday August 1st, 2014 at Kingman Farm located in Madbury, NH.

A tentative agenda is included below:…


Added by Matt Wallhead on July 22, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Drones at the Robot Film Festival: IRIS Wins a Botsker!

This weekend, 3DR and the filmmakers behind the movie Sugar Mountain screened a short film at the Robot Film Festival in San Francisco, and took home the…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on July 22, 2014 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

Common Misconceptions About Humanitarian UAVs


Superficial conversations on the challenges and opportunities of using UAVs in humanitarian settings reveal just how many misconceptions remain on the topic. This is admittedly due to the fact that humanitarian UAVs are a relatively recent innovation. There are of course legitimate and serious concerns around the use of UAVs…


Added by Patrick Meier on July 22, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

ObliX: multirotor-blimp-drone

I am very excited to present ObliX to you! ObliX is my multirotor-blimp-drone idea, which will hopefully combine the flight time endurance of a blimp with the agile dynamics of a quadcopter.

The largest dimension of this hybrid-blimp would measure about 3 m and the lifting force of the helium volume would be close to 3 kg.

Starting to build ObliX, I decided to make a development blog about it. To be able to present and discuss…


Added by Daniel Wibbing on July 22, 2014 at 8:18am — 2 Comments

DroneLogbook on iPad

iPad version of DroneLogbook is available today.

You can now manage all your data : flights, drones, equipments and…


Added by Yves Jusot on July 22, 2014 at 6:31am — 4 Comments

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Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm — 4 Comments

Phantom of the Operator: Discussing the Future of Drones with DJI’s Eric Cheng

Chances are, you have seen a DJI Phantom.

bilton-drone-videoSixteenByNine600 Whenever a local news station picks up a story about a local police chief or real estate agent using a drone, it’s almost always a…


Added by Alan Phillips on July 21, 2014 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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CreativeLive Aerial Video course on-air now (free for a limited time)

This CreativeLive online video course, featuring top experts, is live and open to all today from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST.  It will cost money after that, so if you want a free taste now check it out …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

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Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)

Time Magazine makes a good point about why the new generation of drone pilots are getting in trouble in a way the previous RC hobbyists didn't:

Learning to build and fly R/C aircraft was once a time-consuming, arduous process, factors that kept the hobby from spreading. Now, new technology like user-friendly quadcopter designs, equipped with smaller, high-powered…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 22 Comments

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Nice Hexo+ press

Nice press for the Hexo+ team from Canadian TV after their $1.3 million Kickstarter campaign. They used Iris to prototype their platform.

MONTREAL -- Like a…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it

I've never owned a quadcopter, but have often thought of getting one. I work in the remote robotics industry and have been a fan of quadcopters, FPV and personal "drones" for years. That may change, though, if what I experienced yesterday is what we can expect in the future.

My wife and I were at…


Added by bigkahuna on July 21, 2014 at 8:00am — 58 Comments

levelling the fighting ground

A few months ago we were invited by a Non Government Organisation to fly at a hill resort. They are exploring the possibility to use drone equipped with camera or Gopro to monitor the status of the forest reserve.    


Until recently, in the name of development and some “Unknown” reason, a lot of pristine forest has…


Added by keeyen pang on July 21, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

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Legendary Java creator James Gosling at "Friday Funday" 3DR open house

Every Friday afternoon we have an open house/fly-in at 3D Robotics Berkeley, and this Friday we were honored to be joined by famed Java creator James Gosling, who is now with Liquid Robotics.…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

FlightBots Interview with Award-Winning Aerial Photographer Brent Foster

Brent Foster is one of Canada’s leading aerial photographers.

He is also passionate about helping others to discover and practice aerial photography and cinematography.

We approached Brent about answering questions about how he got started, what equipment he uses, and what are the best first…


Added by on July 20, 2014 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Free UAV Photography and Video course

Hey guys, I just wanted to let everyone know that Jeff Foster is teaming to produce the following 2-day course on UAV photography and video. They'll be shooting live from Treasure Island, California!…


Added by Topher Kelly on July 20, 2014 at 12:13pm — 5 Comments

Are you still "puffing" LiPos?

This is a compendium of information on LiPos.  At this point in the UAV/multicopter game users should not be damaging their LiPos. That is just giving away money to the battery manufacturers. A few simple rules will help the LiPo last a long time. 


Please feel free to add or correct…


Added by thomas Butler on July 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

Maps Made Easy

     If you have experience making maps from aerial photographs, you know it takes effort. 

When I stumbled upon another UAV-related kickstarter, Mapping with…


Added by Michael Pursifull on July 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

ArduAnalysis Excel Macro for Plotting Flight Logs

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Hey Folks,

A little while back we at Falcon Unmanned developed a tool that we like for doing data analysis on a flight.…


Added by cmiser on July 20, 2014 at 9:08am — 6 Comments

Christmas in July

I recently received 2 products I'm excited to try out:

$30 FPV goggle from Hobbyking __Link


$100 Car starting battery/ground station power …


Added by Daniel Lukonis on July 20, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Quadcopter build using APM2 flight controller

Recently I started to get interested in the Arduino open source micro-controller project. I bought an amazing little sensor board from ebay called the GY-80 which has 10DOF (degrees of freedom) and can be bought for £10.

The GY-80 IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) has 10 (plus temperature)…


Added by Clive Gregory on July 20, 2014 at 6:40am — 4 Comments

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