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3dr Solo Review from a Long Time DIYer

I've been a long time DIY Droner right back to the APM 1, mainly on fixed wing platforms but more recently quad-copters.

There is surprisingly little info and discussion on DIY Drones about the 3dr Solo, despite the fact that it is ripe for hacking and modding.

The Solo…


Added by Toby Mills on October 12, 2015 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

How safe are you flying? New DPZ Safety Rating Estimator

The debate is raging about how the 1 million drones sold this Christmas will fit into our lives and our society.  Rules and laws are being crafted left and right.  People are reacting, people are nervous, people are terribly uninformed. The consumer drones available today span a huge spectrum of…


Added by Mitchell Valentine on October 12, 2015 at 11:04am — No Comments

FPV control over 3G celllular connection

We developed a simple controller to pilot drones/cars/boats/etc. via 3G cellular connection, using a custom PCB on top of a Raspberry A+ with a camera.

Here is a video of test flight controlled via a 64Kbps cellular connection:

A view of the Raspberrry Pi "Hat":…


Added by David Janssens on October 12, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

WebRTC video over internet hobby solution


I have prepared two simillar tools for fun and hobby real time video stream from an android phone or a PC supporting WebRTC and view it anywhere.  - a minimalist web page using…


Added by Petr Hubacek on October 12, 2015 at 1:53am — 5 Comments

$99 Drone Parachute on APM 3.3

The is the ninth and final test of an affordable parachute system designed with the Iris+ in mind. 42" chute with 3D printed parts, wires and servos. These are handmade.

Added by Jimmy Oliver on October 11, 2015 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
MIT vision-based navigation with IRIS+

The IRIS is navigating by looking at the cones -- no GPS.  Nice job Squilter!

Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Using "generative design" to design a quadcopter frame the way nature would

Autodesk Research is doing work on "generative design", which creates shapes the way nature would. The software is given some simple constraints -- some physical attachment points and strength/weight targets -- and then it "evolves" a shape that is nothing like the one a human would design. See…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 8:58pm — 4 Comments

Boundary Layer Part Two

Turbulent Taylor-Couette flows with endcap rings

This is the second part of boundary layer miniseries.

The …


Added by Jose.L.Jr on October 10, 2015 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Drone crashes outside White House, existing laws applied, owner cited.

Another unwitting newbie with their shiny new toy, totally oblivious to the rules.  I do not know what brand/model it was, although we can probably all make a rather educated guess.  The big take away here is existing laws were applied and the owner was cited appropriately by local police. Gloating politicians everywhere are in tears.  Finally,…


Added by Pedals2Paddles on October 9, 2015 at 4:13am — 11 Comments

Copter-3.3 released!

After months of testing by the beta-testing team and no significant issue during the soft release, Copter-3.3 has been released.  You can load this version onto your vehicle using the…


Added by Randy on October 8, 2015 at 9:58pm — 28 Comments

3D Robotics
Solo firmware update brings major performance improvements, much more coming soon

Solo is now available with gimbal included, and the latest 1.2 firmware update (automatically loaded by the app) has made major improvements to its wireless range, video…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 8, 2015 at 3:31pm — 3 Comments

Courtship of the drone fireflies: A short movie with flying robots and lights

Drones, lights and nature combine in Drone Courtship, a short movie about a magical encounter between two flying robots set in a forest of centennial trees. A collaboration between Atelier D. Schlaepfer and …


Added by AdrienB on October 8, 2015 at 7:51am — 3 Comments

Long range Laser Altimeter for commercial Drones and Light Aircraft

The SF00 long range laser altimeter

Measurements of the height above ground up to and beyond 250m (820 feet) provide important information to many different types of aircraft. For commercial and military drones…


Added by Laser Developer on October 8, 2015 at 5:43am — 13 Comments

Crawl around our offices with Erle-Spider

As some of you may know, we’ve designed Erle-Spider to deliver an open, low cost and Linux-based robot powered by ROS that hopes to bring robotics to many. To show it to the world…

Added by Víctor Mayoral on October 8, 2015 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

Nocturnal Flying Robots Emerge

The passing of the autumnal equinox provides more opportunity to test luminary robots. Over the last few years, at about this time, I find myself deep in lighting experiments for upcoming projects. It's important to test any candidate lighting systems to understand how they might…


Added by earthpatrol on October 7, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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Utility for merging mapped areas in Google Earth

One of the great things about using drones to map areas is that you can do the same mapping mission many times, showing change over time. But it's sometimes hard to merge that data into Google Earth for viewing. Thankfully, the team at the Google Earth blog…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 7, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A new board?

Hello after a long time,

I have been working about my previous post in my spare time and i have decided to work on new board to expand my playground.

Now i am working on a sensor board that includes inemo imu module, gps receiver, pressure, humudity and temperature sensors. as…


Added by Alican Kurutepe on October 7, 2015 at 1:43pm — No Comments

In Nepal, a model for using drones for humanitarianism emerges

The Humanitarian UAV Mission I spearheaded in Nepal a couple weeks ago was just…


Added by Patrick Meier on October 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

DIY Mimic - Or how to have fun with IMU and Arduino on ground

I had this idea in mind for a long time now, and when I heard about the Mimic from Freefly, I decided to do it for real. This is also part of some small projects I did about all the ways you can connect an Arduino to your radio transmitter to extend his capabilities.

So let's start with the Mimic, you can see here in action:…


Added by Benoît Courty on October 7, 2015 at 7:32am — 8 Comments

Short Course on Mission-Specific Aircraft Design

Hey guys,

Sam Weiss and I have put together a short, 30 minute course on designing aircraft for specific missions. Would you mind watching these three 10-minute videos and leaving some feedback? We're looking specifically for comments and suggestions of what areas within aircraft design are not well understood or are the most…


Added by Doug Hunsaker on October 7, 2015 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

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