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Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Redundancy for your autopilot

Hello flight-buddys,

it has been quiet for a while from GIZMOtec and the AP-Manager.

But meanwhile the project is finished and we are happy to present the AP-Manager with even more features and flexibility as a redundancy-board between two parallel running (different)…


Added by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm — 20 Comments

Watch Easy Drone defy gravity on Discovery Channel

Hello Drone Lovers!

Ivan here from Easy Aerial Inc.

I am super-excited to invite you to watch my appearance on a Science Channel show called …


Added by Ivan Stamatovski on February 9, 2016 at 7:03pm — 3 Comments

Autopilot assisted thermalling exploitation

Hello ensemble,

this is a flight done with the Proxima II, using a UAVDevBoard v4 for autopilot assisted thermal exploitation.

Telemetry on screen is done with DashWare. I had to create a profile for UDB to use the telemetry file with that program and had to adapt a few gauges also. The profile is attached, in the case someone needs…


Added by Riccardo Kuebler on February 9, 2016 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

ADS-B on DJI M100

After typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and areas around it, a lot of UAV's have been utilized to do damage assessments. And some pilots complained that they saw UAV's flying in the area during the relief operations. 

As a POC, we have fitted an ADS-B receiver on the DJI M100. The ADS-B…


Added by clearskiesph on February 9, 2016 at 12:16pm — 3 Comments

New Research on Drone Buying Experience

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…


Added by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sand Casting Rotor Tip Weights

This is an "exploded" view of my rotor design.  Leading and trailing edge foam cores moved out of position to show internal details.

This design features a cylindrical bearingless rotor root, with droop stop.  Airfoil shaped pieces on inboard and outboard ends of rotor airfoil…


Added by Randy Sonnicksen on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.

Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…


Added by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am — 4 Comments

Converting a video to georeferenced 3D model tutorial (Agisoft PhotoScan, Sputnik GIS)

Nowadays, amateur drones have an amazing range of applications. You may wonder: “Can I use my drone for photogrammetry?” and the answer is “Yes”.

Source video (4k / 2160p):

3D Model created using Agisoft…


Added by Petr Pletnyakov on February 9, 2016 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk

Pixhawk is a great autopilot, we love its robustness and rich sets of features. Nowadays it is a de-facto to low cost autonomous vehicle application.

There’re always some changes you want to make in an open source design, this rule also applies to Pixhawk. First, I want to make it smaller, to fit it into a f5B glider fuselage, with built-in dampers and a plastic shell could survive a hard crash. Then I want to make the sensors to be replaceable, so I can test new…


Added by Jerry Giant on February 9, 2016 at 3:00am — 75 Comments

Its Tridge!!!

I can't embed this video because its disabled on the original. But Andrew reveals a little bit about the OBC and LOHAN. Well worth a watch.

Its only…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 9, 2016 at 2:52am — 6 Comments

Efficient Powerpath Balancing for Fuel Cell Battery Hybrid Powertrains

For those following my work, thank you and sorry for the long wait for an update!  I am currently writing up my doctorate so as you can imagine I have been a social hermit recently!

Nevertheless, I have now had a journal paper published which…


Added by Simon Howroyd on February 8, 2016 at 6:13am — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
Latest Dronecode stats. This thing is getting big!

And membership is up to 50 companies now.  Just a year and a half…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2016 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment

Using Aerial Robotics and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage, like the one below.…


Added by Patrick Meier on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Drotek releases first L1 RTK GNSS compatible with PixHawk (ArduPilot/PX4)

Dear Community,

Drotek, French tech start-up is proud to release its L1 RTK GNSS ! RTK technology allows to enhance GNSS positioning and to go down to centimeter level precision.

We have seen a lot of RTK boards coming up. However we have witnessed…


Added by DROTEK on February 6, 2016 at 1:40am — 78 Comments

The most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "Ultimate LRS 2000mW, 433MHz"

I have a great news for the RC community that you can DIY the most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "ULRS 2000mW" using OrangeRX 433MHz 1W module and my 2W power mode. You need to have a magnifying lens and a small tip knife to do this mod. My greatest gratitude to FlipFlap…


Added by Rana on February 5, 2016 at 8:00pm — 21 Comments

World's first hydrogen pellet drone flight

A demanding project for the platform in delivering maximum efficiency, and after some lamination schedule and power setup optimizations the Raptor E1 by RaptorUAS delivered the first ever hydrogen pellet powered drone flight.…


Added by Duffy on February 5, 2016 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Drone's related UI benchmark study

We'd like to share with you a study around the current state of UI related to drone flights to find positive aspects and improvements areas on them.

14 tools were analysed through video…


Added by Beatriz Palmeiro on February 5, 2016 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

The History of the Modern Consumer Drone

A comical view of the short history of the modern consumer drone.

Added by AKRCGUY on February 4, 2016 at 5:35pm — 15 Comments

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