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Is it a hobby or not?

I have been posting here for a couple years. Back when it consisted of a lot less drone and a lot more DIY. So please refrain from making silly comments like,"Do you know the name of the site you just posted on?"

Now that that's taken care of. You may have noticed the Commander in Chief told the FAA yesterday to do their job. That made me  think. Not that I don't have this thought at least once a week. What happens if we lose our hobby what will I do?



Added by Jake Wells on January 28, 2015 at 7:27pm — No Comments

First Peek

Faucon Alpha V1.0 first plugs-in test for GPS satellite aquisition. Covers and GPS mount not installed, one temporary wire harness visible (in white). This is a fully autonomous drone entirely designed and 3D printed in-house.…


Added by Bill Isaacs on January 28, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Can Your Frame Do This

There has been some question on the strength of a 3d printed quadcopter I had some wonders myself as to just how…


Added by Todd Urban on January 28, 2015 at 2:30pm — 16 Comments

DJI to release mandatory firmware update

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

Vulture 2 spaceplane HIL simulation

We've been quietly beavering away at hardware-in-the-loop simulations for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, and Pixhawk wrangler Linus Penzlien has finally got the aircraft to land itself at a virtual Spaceport America.

The HIL work involves ArduPilot controlling an…


Added by Lester Haines on January 28, 2015 at 6:28am — 2 Comments

Thanks for a great first week!

It's been just over a week since we launched, and we've had an INCREDIBLE response to Mach-Up - the free, web-based design tool.

We've had over 2,000 visitors and now have over 600 registered users. Amazing. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support!

(If you missed it, you can check it out at …


Added by Blucraft on January 28, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

The A to Z of UAVs

For the Full list visit: A to Z of…


Added by UAV Vision on January 27, 2015 at 11:46pm — No Comments

ardurover Latency and Tracking problem using joystick mode in mission planner

We are tring to build a FPV Rover combining a logitech racing wheel with an RC Car for an FPV platform.

However we are having some problems with the latency and tracking of the steering wheel input. 

- I have checked the RC inputs using MAVlink and checked that the rc override was working fine

(The racing wheels seem to be in sync with the rc…


Added by 404Warehouse on January 27, 2015 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

5 Ways Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 27, 2015 at 5:42pm — 2 Comments

Adventure Time

I'm currently in the void between uni and full time work, so naturally I have a lot of time to go out and fly! I will be travelling to some pretty spectacular places over the following weeks to practice my cinematography. To keep up, follow my…


Added by Lach Kilby on January 27, 2015 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Review: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ vs. 3DR IRIS+

Compared key features of each drone, including flight time, technology features, ease of getting started, camera systems, and price. 

Full review here:…


Added by drnes on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

OpenMV Cam on KS

Hey all, remember OpenMV Cam? It's the machine vision module that runs Python.

Well, we finally launched it on Kickstarter It does color tracking, object tracking, records movies and photos, too. All scriptable with Python. And…


Added by Bot Thoughts on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

Hover - #1 iOS App for Drone Enthusiasts Launches on Android!

We've just launched on Android!  If you have an iPhone, we launched a few weeks ago on…


Added by Dan Held on January 26, 2015 at 11:06am — 2 Comments

Percepto - computer vision for drones



My name is Raviv Raz and I am a co-founder of a really cool startup called Percepto. I really hope you will like it since it pretty much grew out of reading and following this community.


Percepto is an add-on device, some may call a companion computer, that is designed to give almost any UAV computer vision…


Added by Raviv Raz on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 6 Comments


Sometimes gear fails you! This was Cinecopter experience in Peru filming for animal planet!

Added by Rui Costa on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Ground station survey

Ground stations are the means you have available in the field to interact with your autonomous vehicle, so they're a very important part of the toolset to conduct your work or hobby. The ground station as we know it now is not just there to support your activities to plan or execute the flight, they also contain functions for initial setups,…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on January 26, 2015 at 7:12am — 3 Comments

Two aircrafts in 3D

Now have a closer look at our two aircrafts Cumulus One and Nimbo One, online!

Do feel free to take the time and enjoy every angle of our aircrafts…


Added by Little Smart Things on January 26, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 16 Comments

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