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190 size FPV racer build & review from GEP


A 190 size FPV racer kit review from the GEP brand (so called ZX5 model). What's different about the previous FPV racers build I did before is a X frame while my former builds were always made with a classical H frame.

X frames have an advantage over H frames in that they are more symetrical (useful in FPV racing) and they twist…


Added by Hugues on September 24, 2016 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

"Ardupilot": how to land a fixed-wing drone when TX or RX fails, using only the telemetry

Unfortunately these things can happen, and you've to know how to best manage, not to be caught unprepared.…


Added by Marco Robustini on September 24, 2016 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Introducing the AUAV X2.1 Flight Controller

The AUAV X2.1 is all about lessons learned. The X2 was a very successful board but there was still room for improvement. Following the PixRacer project we had time to invest into making the X2 the high quality PixHawk replacement we intended it to be. Major changes include: updated IMU sensors, power…


Added by Phillip Kocmoud on September 23, 2016 at 10:36am — 15 Comments

DJI Inspire 1 thermal Gimbal


Dual Sensor IR + EO Thermal gimbal for DJI Inspire 1/Pro with 16MP Daylight and Flir Thermal IR camera support. Onboard video recording, geotagging system combined with…


Added by fabio de matteis on September 23, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Academic research on how and when open sourcing software works best

Experts agree that best practice is a process known as open-sourcing – a form of crowd-sourcing that brings together software development leaders, external developers and stakeholders in an open and democratic process.

When managed well, open-sourcing results in a product…


Added by Paul Williamson on September 23, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Demo of Pozyx non-GPS (ultrawideband) positioning system

I was one of the backers of the Pozyx ultrawideband positioning system Kickstarter campaign, and after a pretty bumpy start (although they shipped the product, the…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Lego kit makes DIY drones easier for kids

What's interesting about the new Flybrix kit ($149) is that it has an original Arduino-based flight controller. Pretty hard core code (Kalman filters and such) so that might be a little gnarly for younger kids, but…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

Sense and Avoid for Drones is No Easy Feat

But development is vibrant, and you’ll see it work first in prosumer drones


“Sense and avoid” for drones is a popular topic in the press right now, but the phrase can mean different things in different contexts and for different people. To clarify,…


Added by Colin Snow on September 22, 2016 at 12:38pm — 4 Comments

Fold-up GCS with Android Telemetry

A flexible mission control kit

Thanks to the abundant comments from our friends and the ever growing requirements of our clients, we've been double busy working on some new GCS models for small series and batch production. One of the new models – or rather new versions – is this little kit, which caters for a long list of customer demands collected during the earlier production cycles and in this design phase. The primary goal of this exercise was to…


Added by Azjeg on September 21, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Delft VTOL project uses helicopter-style main rotor for effeciency

From NewAtlas:

We have seen a few different takes on Vertical TakeOff and Landing (VTOL) drones over the last few years. The idea behind such approaches is to harness the typically longer range and greater payload capacity of fixed-wing…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2016 at 11:30am — 31 Comments

APM Setup Guide for Parrot Disco

Compliments to Tridge and team for the great documentation in the Setup Guide for Disco should folks want to load APM.

I'm excited to see what the community…


Added by Greg Crutsinger on September 19, 2016 at 3:51pm — 4 Comments

GET distant wireless power solution for drone industry

Our company GET (Global Energy Transmission) has built and successfully tested the world’s first prototype hardware that can wirelessly power heavy drones over long distances. The prototype shows, that we can build a cell-tower like power network for drones, so that drones can safely grab enough energy in seconds to fly payloads across the…


Added by Dmitry Skotnikov on September 19, 2016 at 1:02pm — 14 Comments

TinyRTK Drone Edition - Fully integrated RTK module with u-blox NEO-M8P


u-blox NEO-M8P is the smallest high precision RTK GNSS (Real Time Kinematics) module available on the market and TINY RTK is the first global solution for u-blox NEO-M8P. The RTK algorithms are pre-integrated into the module. As a result, size and weight are…


Added by DROTEK on September 19, 2016 at 12:25pm — 13 Comments

The Good Drone: New book out

A new volume, The Good Drone, has just been published with Routledge, edited by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at…


Added by Kristin Sandvik on September 19, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Creating a Mesh Network With Drones

Operating in remote areas can present challenges in communications. In areas with weak or non-existing communication networks, large changes in elevation or obstacles, one must look for other purposes of establishing communications. Where there are no towers, drones can be used to set up temporary…


Added by Kristaps Brass on September 19, 2016 at 11:11am — 3 Comments

Climb-Glide: Improving the range of fixed-wing, electric UAVs

A climb-glide routine can potentially yield a useful increase in range compared with the same airframe/propeller/motor combination operating straight-and-level at best range speed point or best endurance point respectively.

Let me explain briefly with graphs of the results how I have…


Added by Andrew Rabbitt on September 18, 2016 at 12:56am — 22 Comments

RTK on Arducopter in Loiter Mode

Watch how Tersus GPS RTK works on Arducopter in Loiter Mode.

Great work from…


Added by TersusAdmin on September 17, 2016 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Wirelessly powered quadcopter

There have been a lot of quadcopters that get power wirelessly with lasers, but this is the first one I've seen at small scale that uses radio. From Hackaday:

[Sam M] wrote in with a …


Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2016 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Training autonomous cars with Grand Theft Auto

This is super cool -- training with scaleable simulations is the future of robotic AI.  From Hackaday:

For all the complexity involved in driving, it becomes second nature to respond to…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Worlds Smallest Pixhawk Powered Quadplane: SUAVX Nano VTOL UAV

Yesterday Was the first successful transition flight of my Nano Quadplane.  After limited success a few years ago with two separate pixhawks on the VTOL Anaconda, I decided it wasn't feasible to use multiple…


Added by Joseph Aletky on September 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

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