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AeroPoints: new smart ground control points for easy survey grade drone data

Hi all,

At PropellerAero we think it is too hard and expensive for commercial drone operators to capture survey grade data - we needed a solution which was separate from drone or camera, and didn't require expensive GNSS rovers out on site.

Today we are launching our new AeroPoints - easy to identify ground control targets with built-in PPK to capture very accurate (~2cm in X,Y, 3cm in Z) positions to georeference your aerial surveys.…

AeroPoint ground control point by Propeller


Added by Rory San Miguel on August 24, 2016 at 10:34pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
PX4 running on Parrot Bebop

Support for the Parrot Bebop has been added by the ETH team so it can be used more in research and testing. More details here

Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 10:25pm — 3 Comments

New anode doubles battery energy density - For "some drones" this November

You may have seen reports about SolidEnergy's batteries that use a new type of Li-metal anode which enables a doubling of the energy density of lithium batteries. I looked into it some more and found their first market is going to be drone batteries, this November. The article says "some drones" will be able to use this battery…


Added by Dale Greer on August 24, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

INF Jupiter JM-1 Flight Controller

$799, available here


MAVLink Compatible Protocol

Can be used with Mission Planner, Qgroundcontrol, UgCS (v2.10)

Free 50 waypoint navigation…


Added by Ryan Vu on August 24, 2016 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 80,000! 

There has been a huge amount of change in the drone market since this started as a hobby scratchpad for me back in 2007. We helped…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

How To Move The Entire Route In UgCS

Hey, DIYDrones community,

We've had the request to implement a feature that allows moving the entire UgCS route.

This feature is coming, however, in the meanwhile, we have developed a script that allows you to move the entire route with ease.

The script is…


Added by Kristaps Brass on August 24, 2016 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

The Thinnest 4K Drone In The World: A Film of Wingsland S6

Wingsland just unveiled its new mini smart drone S6. This video is the official film of Wingsland S6. Only 26.8mm thick, it is the thinnest drone right now. Portable and light, it can be carried anywhere. Air battle, FLYING Emoji and search light! Check more features at …


Added by Alansone on August 23, 2016 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

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We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here

Nine years and 80,000 members ago, we started with this

That first Lego Mindstorms autopilot was feeble, sure, but it was also…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 23, 2016 at 9:55pm — 9 Comments

Heavy lift X8 and sprayer system

Hello everyone, I have received some questions in another thread regarding my large X8 build and I wanted to take a minute and share a project that my company has been working on for the last 18 months. We have put together a heavy lift X8 multicopter as well as a sprayer system for…

Added by Brian Riskas on August 23, 2016 at 7:03pm — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Navigating the byzantine FAA Part 107 exam registration process

As always, this post is mirrored over on my website with the rest of my musings on drones at

I am as excited as anyone in the commercial drone field for the passage of…


Added by Daniel McKinnon on August 22, 2016 at 2:00pm — 21 Comments

Ardupilot API port to atmega328p.

This is a most focused development for beginner APM developers to understand how…


Added by hiroshi takey on August 22, 2016 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

S6: New flagship drone from WINGSLAND TECHNOLOGY.

WINGSLAND, a Chinese drone company,  has just taken the wraps off the S6 in a successful launch event on August 18, Beijing, China.


First time to look at S6, the most notable things are the 4 foldable motor arms and an ultra-thin body design. Its size is roughly the same as an iPhone 6 Plus. Featuring a 13MP low distortion camera, S6 becomes world’s thinnest 4K drone an it  weights only 230g include battery and is only 28.6mm thick.

There are…


Added by Alansone on August 21, 2016 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Daxo's Defiance PRO. almost there ;)

Thought to share, something I've been working on for the last year or so.


Anyhow, hope you like the PRO and happy flying guyz!  

Will share more details when I make it…


Added by Dragan on August 21, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

APM Planner 2.0.23-rc4 Beta Released

A new version of APM Planner 2.0 has been released (OSX build available now)

see ;

- Updates to support new parameter names for ArduCopter 3.4-rc1/rc2

- Extended…


Added by Bill Bonney on August 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

PX4 Sapog - advanced open source ESC from the PX4 team

Hi everyone,

A part of the PX4 team has been working on an open source ESC since late 2013. The objectives we had in mind were roughly as follows:

  • BSD licensed codebase.
  • CAN bus interface (using UAVCAN as a high level protocol), with specific…

Added by Zubax Robotics on August 19, 2016 at 7:23pm — 25 Comments

Log data with external data logger and convert it into RINEX

Watch this video that shows how to log data with external data logger. The logged binary observation data can be converted in to RINEX format with Tersus GNSS Center.…


Added by TersusAdmin on August 18, 2016 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Mavlink port in Pascal

Mavlink Pascal Unit

For developers interested, i pushed a Mavlink port to Pascal language at this PR:


Especial thanks to Andrew Tridgell, Randy, Lucas de Marchi, Gustavo José de Sousa and Ardupilot Team for

let me learn and show me the power of the API APM.

Thanks to Lorenz Meier to…


Added by hiroshi takey on August 18, 2016 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

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