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The drone revolution by the numbers (infographic)

Who is the drone hobbyist today? Where on earth do they fly the most? Which devices are the most popular? At what price? What about "dronies"? How drones could make you save money, get a job or even save lives?

The answers are gathered in this brand new…


Added by edupin on October 23, 2014 at 5:39am — No Comments

3D Robotics
UAVs with artificial muscles

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm — 3 Comments

Flying an Unmanned Aircraft - Transport Canada

Transport Canada rolled this out yesterday.  

Expects you to follow these basic Do’s and Don’ts or else there will be fines involved.


  • Only fly your aircraft…

Added by LHardy on October 22, 2014 at 6:01pm — 2 Comments

DIY Drones at 59,000 members!


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Drone for the Masses


A drone for everyone? It's about time.

Anura Pocket Drone is currently on KickStarter.…


Added by Jason Lam on October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Dedicating a page to the Pixhawk

-3dr Pixhawk- Page Link

Each time I integrate the pixhawk into a platform I am impressed with the ease and prowess to which it performs. Working with it often I had put together a single page for…


Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Vibration Mitigation Blocks- VMB1

Vibration is the bane of multirotors, and needed something that I could produce very inexpensively in small quantities for quadcopter builds and other robotic applications. This is what I came up with that I could cut on demand on the waterjet.

I have used zip ties, nylon screws and traditional bolts with nylock nuts to secure them in a frame, and were very impressed with the operation, if…


Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 9:25am — 9 Comments

DIY Ghetto 5.8g wireless monitor project

Hello, I decided to make a guide for people who wish to make a neat budget wireless fpv monitor. I figure that it costs less than half the amount to make your own than to buy an off the shelf monitor. And besides, it is fun to hack and be creative. You also learn some valuable skills.

Here we…


Added by benbojangles on October 22, 2014 at 5:29am — 7 Comments

Finally got to fly in restricted airspace!

We finally got to take our helicopter into restricted airspace a couple weeks ago, where our pilot got out of the cockpit for the first time! (We always fly with a pilot onboard when operating in normal airspace) This video shows formation flight, sideways flight, and landing and takeoff on a moving platform. Later flights we did a 5…


Added by Phillip Jones on October 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

DroneDeploy launches real-time mapping

DroneDeploy is launching the first drone software capable of creating orthorectified maps in real-time. Farmers, surveyors and search and rescue teams typically had to wait for 4-6 hours for maps to be created out of drone imagery, but now can start making decisions with data as it’s collected…


Added by Jono on October 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Redesigning multirotor ESC's

It's been quiet on my front, but that was because I was redesigning ESC's (for multirotors and AP's).

Most of the ESC's for multirotor use the SimonK firmware on a relatively simple Atmel microcontroller. There's a single control wire running from the autopilot to the ESC, which is a signal…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on October 21, 2014 at 6:18am — 47 Comments

PrecisionHawk Joins 3DR And Other Industry Leaders As Members of Small UAV Coalition

PrecisionHawk, an information delivery company that uses a small, lightweight UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data, announced…


Added by Lia Reich on October 20, 2014 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

Meet the T1000, 1+hr flight times w/ 1kg payload

I would like to introduce the DIYD community to my project, the T1000.  This is a tandem rotor helicopter based on T-Rex 450 parts, with custom 425mm asymmetrical blades.  The initial goal for the project (in 2011) was to have a fpv platform that could fly for over 1/2 hour.  I now think we can now achieve a 1+hr flight…


Added by Sean Skirvin on October 19, 2014 at 11:33pm — 21 Comments

Applied Aeronautics - Albatross Design Contest

As we are rapidly approaching the official release of the Albatross line of aircraft, we thought there would be no better way of saying thank you than by giving away a free airframe to someone in the community. As such we have decided a design contest is in order for the best paint scheme, with the winning…


Added by Applied Aeronautics on October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — 38 Comments

3D Robotics
Foam-printing ArduCopter on display at the Science Museum in London

From the Guardian: "Currently on display at the Science Museum, London, is a 3D-printing drone created by Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College London…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2014 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Spaceplane Project Trials

Chris Courtois has been working the trials on the Condore spaceplane project with Team Prometheus for several years now. After all his wonderful work we are gaining experience needed to proceed ahead.

  In conjunction Jetmanhuss at VskyLabs has been developing the model for X-Plane allowing us to try different configurations and develop the model…


Added by RocketMan on October 19, 2014 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Review and tests of anti-vibration systems


Added by Hugues on October 19, 2014 at 8:13am — 15 Comments

DVD Delivery By DRONE

Netflix joked about it, I thought I'd give it a try since my brother in law wanted to borrow one of my DVD's.  Here are the results.

Added by AKRCGUY on October 18, 2014 at 8:42pm — 17 Comments

Air Traffic Control for Drones - MIT Technology Review

Repost from MIT Technology Review:

How do you keep small drone aircraft safe in the world’s busiest national airspace? One idea is to have them use cellphone networks to feed data back to an air traffic control system made just for drones.

A startup called Airware is working with…


Added by Marco Sterk on October 17, 2014 at 1:41pm — 10 Comments

Air bag parachute for drones as extra safety feature?

Due to the safety aspects of the man drone we "invented" a combination of airbag and parachute with the purpose of opening the parachute in a spit second. We made a small testing sample. and we think it can work. So the idea is that a drone in an emergency situation would ignite a rocket parachute and that this one would open by airbag at the the top. Think that for normal drones (_tumble bee_ ) this might also be interesting. Anyone interested in such development, or sees…


Added by Winfried Rijssenbeek on October 16, 2014 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

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