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More Amazing Rocket Footage Shot From Multirotor

Video of Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking its first test flight at our rocket development facility. F9R lifts off from a launch mount to a height of approximately 250m, hovers and then returns for landing just next to the launch stand. Early flights of F9R will take off with legs fixed in the down position. However, we will soon be transitioning to liftoff with legs…

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Added by AKRCGUY on April 20, 2014 at 12:40pm — 11 Comments

Announcing The UAV Guide

DIY Drones community,

We are proud to announce the launch of The UAV Guide, a centralized source…

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Added by The UAV Guide on April 20, 2014 at 10:54am — 8 Comments

Russian Heavy-LIft Hexacopter Breakthrough!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa9RXH2WoP4&feature=youtu.be

The Russian approach to aircraft design has always been famous for robustness and extreme simplicity, and this now extends to multicopters! Here's their latest, with these features: moving part count, zero;…

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Added by Oliver on April 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Speed Racer's Drone

Just some drone trivia the first flying "Drone" in a cartoon.  Named "Gizmo" was activated by pressing the big "G" in the middle of the Steering wheel.…

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Added by Monroe Lee King Jr. on April 20, 2014 at 7:06am — 2 Comments

Angry goose takes down my UAV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL9jGwRI92I

Preface: My fault, I should know better.  I've flown over to these geese on numerous occasions without incident. But this time I was controlling from further away and therefore my depth perception wasn't as keen.  I don't blame the goose all, however…

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Added by Pedals2Paddles on April 20, 2014 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

FPV intiation of my 11 yrs old son on a Pixhawk trainer quadcopter

If you're old enough, do you remember in the late 80's how we surpassed our own parents when first personal computers, commodore 64 and other Atari computers came out ? Well I feel…

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Added by Hugues on April 20, 2014 at 5:11am — 9 Comments

Announcing the T4 Mini 250 Quadcopter

Joining the T6 hexacopter and very popular T4 quadcopter, the newest addition to the 3D printed "T"ubular family of multi-copters is the…

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Added by Brendan22 on April 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 4 Comments


3D Robotics
"Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"

From Quartz

Last October, Ridley Scott and more than a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2014 at 9:47pm — 12 Comments

Pew Research Poll: Americans Pessimistic About Personal Drones

A new Pew Research Internet Project poll on U.S. Views of Technology and the Future has found that most respondents were pessimistic about the benefits of personal and commercial drone technology.

Among the findings:

  • 63% think it would be a change for the worse if personal and commercial drones are given…
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Added by Jonathan Price on April 19, 2014 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

FireFLY6 Demonstrates Half Hour Flight Time

Read the whole story here.

Today we loaded down the FireFLY6 with double the "normal" battery load.  In addition, it carried a full suite of avionics, including a Naza M…

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Added by BirdsEyeView Aerobotics on April 19, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Guess what was seen at the NMAM in Muncie, IN?

This week I visited the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indiana. If you have never been, put it on your short list of 'to-do' items - seriously. Just inside the main front door, to the right is a double set of doors, with glass windows, that lead into the Claude…

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Added by R. D. Starwalt on April 19, 2014 at 10:30am — 7 Comments


3D Robotics
How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs

This is a quick demo of how we vibration-test our next-gen autopilots at 3D Robotics labs. Two big bass speakers are programmed to generate vibrations at a range of frequencies, and the autopilots are mounted on a structure that's driven by them in two dimensions. We then measure the output from the autopilots to look for aliasing and harmonics, which helps us design the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 16 Comments

Lipo teardown

Tore down a completely puffed, dead, 0V cell.  It was still air tight.…
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Added by Jack Crossfire on April 18, 2014 at 1:51pm — 9 Comments


3D Robotics
Drones in Archaeology: UAV Reveals Ancient, Invisible History

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This summer Jesse Casana will fly a drone over northern Iraq—in the name of archaeology. “It’s definitely not something a lot of civilians do,” he acknowledged with a laugh.

Casana, a professor and researcher with the University of Arkansas Department of Anthroplogy, recently made news after using a drone to reveal a buried prehistoric Puebloan community in New Mexico. The…

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Added by Roger Sollenberger on April 18, 2014 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Mikrokopter BL-Ctrl i2c ESC support now in ArduCopter with Pixhawk/PX4

Mikrokopter UAV are very common in Germany. They use their own Brushless ESCs, controlled with i2c by their own Flightcontrol.



From now on, it is easy possible, to convert a Mikrokopter UAV into a fully featured ArduCopter with a Pixhawk or PX4 only by…

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Added by Marco Bauer on April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Drone TV at National Association Of Broadcasters Show In Las Vegas

Drone TV We see a wide array of different systems and new products at NAB…

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Added by Patrick Egan on April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

First APM controlled aerial photography flight

I finally getting the APM installed in my Bixler 2 this week. After a bit of tuning and configuration I ran my first aerial photography mission.

The image below shows the composite image overlaid in satellite imagery in Google Earth.

This image shows the difference in quality between Google Earth's satelite imagery and my render…

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Added by Mark Williams on April 18, 2014 at 11:00am — 14 Comments


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Prop testing on a 'copter

I wanted to do a few real world hover tests with different prop sizes to satisfy my curiosity.

I tested 3 sizes of some commonly used props, the RCTimer Carbon 10x4.7, 11x4.7 and 12x3.8, all carefully balanced. There are other very similar props branded differently.

The 'copter is a carbon…

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Added by Graham Dyer on April 18, 2014 at 9:43am — 11 Comments

New Taranis 6 Position Switch

Frsky have finally delivered on a 6 position mode switch for the Taranis.  Unfortunately info is scant at this stage. What I can say is we start to ship these late next week. Installation instructions will be available around…

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Added by Mark on April 18, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Coanda Effect and a cool UAV using it.

I have not seen this posted on DIY Drones yet so I thought I'd throw it out as interesting.

Somewhat safer than a quadrotor I imagine but somewhat less maneuverable.

Still interesting though :)

Added by Monroe Lee King Jr. on April 18, 2014 at 4:22am — 70 Comments

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