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Multiple UAV Path Planning and Optimization

I have recently finished my Master studies in electrical engineering and robotics. The focus of my thesis are UAVs and the title is UAV Navigation for Area Coverage and Time Optimization. One of the goals of this study was to answer two questions:

  1. What is the best path that will reduce each UAV flight time and the overall mission time?
  2. Does…
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Added by Gustavo Avellar on July 24, 2014 at 2:45pm — 3 Comments

"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Flight Mode Drift + Head-tracker for control)

Started a little pet project as I further develop a flight system that we can use on all of my crafts. This was going to include a uniform setup for several pieces that made the system work for me. I wanted to include a head tracker,as I started getting into this I remembered a episode that I liked very much on Top Gear, yes I am a gear-head also. So as I thought more about it,a nd as I get this setup consistent across the fleet this would be a good time to question how to…

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Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on July 24, 2014 at 12:18pm — 4 Comments

DON'T FLY DRONES HERE

A map represents areas where it is not recommended to fly drones due to regulations.…

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Added by Tilman Griesel on July 24, 2014 at 7:10am — 3 Comments

I was looking to get better radio range.. Found XRange

As reported from their website, seems like a great upgrade for the telemetry radio, maybe to also carry RC control, and depending on bandwidth  maybe using it also for a digital video feed. 

It is on indiegogo 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xrange-extreme-long-range-wireless-module-for-868-915-mhz

As listed on…

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Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on July 23, 2014 at 8:30pm — 21 Comments


3D Robotics
Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm — 16 Comments


3D Robotics
Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm — 10 Comments

Even Burning Man has drone regs

From free spirits to regulated r/c:



http://88nv.burningman.com/drones-rc/

Introduction:

The rising popularity of remote control (RC) aircraft including: fixed wing planes, helicopters, multicopters aka…

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Added by Cliff-E on July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Letter to my Congressman

This is my very first post here, so forgive me if this isn't the most appropriate place to share this.

I live in rural south GA, and have been tinkering with RC planes and homemade UAVs for a…

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Added by James Daniel on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane roars into X-Plane

We're very much obliged to Billy Bargagliotti of Memphis, Tennessee, for putting together an X-Plane model of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.…

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Added by Lester Haines on July 23, 2014 at 3:16am — 1 Comment

Amateur drone pilot finds man missing for three days

Apparel-company owner David Lesh found a missing elderly man in a bean field Saturday using a camera-equipped drone.

http://www.examiner.com/article/amateur-drone-pilot-finds-man-missing-for-three-days

When Virginia resident Guillermo DeVenecia went missing last Wednesday, police and searchers were dispatched to find the 82-year-old man, who suffers from dementia and hearing…

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Added by Bob on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am — 24 Comments


3D Robotics
Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm — 17 Comments


3D Robotics
Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

Yet another Flight Control Board

Encouraged by the success of my previous custom board (Version 2), which happily carries my quad in the air (maiden flight) with some advanced features like self-stabilization, course lock, control loop operating at 400 Hz, etc., I decided to jump on a more ambitious project - the board with more sensors, more ports, etc.

In summary, the new board (Version 3) has the following…

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Added by Alex Zarenin on July 22, 2014 at 9:30pm — 18 Comments

The issues with current multirotors and how we want to fix them

Hi everyone! My name is Jonathan Parrott, and I’m with Stephen Dade and James. We are all members of the CanberraUAV non for profit organisation from Australia and between us have been involved with “drones” for over 13 years between us.



We love multirotors, and have bought and/or built A LOT of them between us, only to be let down by one thing or another. Lazy and unsafe design compromises, poor build quality, substandard…

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Added by UASys on July 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

The big 3 without editing



With so many unemployed programmers, it was only a matter of time before someone would try to free the bits & upload some videos. We'll see how long this lasts until the indy movie studios crush the rebellion. These videos covered what currently are the 3 mane copters, in a rare appearance without any editing.



Collinn was a lot more down to Earth than…

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Added by Jack Crossfire on July 22, 2014 at 6:38pm — 5 Comments

RPAS Logger Lite for Android – Another logbook for your UAV’s

In the interests of sharing .... RPAS Logger Lite for Android – Another logbook for your UAV’s

RPAS Logger Lite is built to support all companies and pilots flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) as a hobby or for commercial activities to establish a safety culture and also record the…

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Added by Howard Addison on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

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:…

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Added by Matt Wallhead on July 22, 2014 at 1:15pm — 3 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…

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

Common Misconceptions About Humanitarian UAVs

SkyEyeGrassRoots

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…

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Added by Patrick Meier on July 22, 2014 at 11:03am — 2 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…

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

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