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3D Robotics
Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

GeoUAV Workshop, 1-2 October 2015, La Grande Motte, France

GeoUAV is a specialized Workshop in the frame of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015. Dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), it will bring the…


Added by Thorsten on March 27, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Steel out of feather: the new version of Raptor e1

Just got the new version of the raptor off the scales. It came better than we expected and it now weighs a mere 2,700gr without motor and battery. This means we can fly 3kg of useful payload with 16000mah for 1hour 20 minutes. or 1kg pf payload for 3hours plus. 

Excited also to see…


Added by RaptorUAS MD on March 27, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

300-sized 3D printed quadrocopter for FPV

Hi, let me introduce my latest plan, a 300-sized FPV quadrocopter. My goal was to design a small 3D printed quadrocopter that can be printed on any cheaper DIY 3D printer. Additionally I wanted to simplify wiring and maintenance. So I decided to make a modular design. The hard-cased…


Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on March 27, 2015 at 7:01am — No Comments

Win a Percepto - App Idea Competition

We would like to thank all our backers and to everyone who shared, posted and tweeted about our campaign! Because of your strong support, we've reached our goal!…


Added by Raviv Raz on March 27, 2015 at 5:31am — 1 Comment

Wing lift distribution presentation

A very interesting and thought provoking explanation of why the conventional wisdom of elliptical lift distribution needs rethinking.  Interesting for lovers of fixed-wing but also might be applicable for propellers and rotors...?

Added by Andrew Rabbitt on March 27, 2015 at 12:50am — 5 Comments

PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign

Here it is! Finally, the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) is ready for a wider audience and we've launched a crowdfunding campaign so that everyone can get theirs. We've been iterating through…


Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 26, 2015 at 10:44am — 37 Comments

3D Robotics
3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…

Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

Uploading telemetry from UgCS to Droneshare (UgCS Integration with DroneShare)

We have added new functionality to UgCS. Integration with DroneShare to ease sharing and "bookkeeping" of your flights.

In this article we are going to show you how to fly a mission in UgCS, replay the mission in the telemetry player in UgCS and then upload the telemetry…


Added by Janis Kuze on March 26, 2015 at 5:21am — 3 Comments

BrushedSparky v0.2

This is an update on the BrushedSparky that I posted about a month ago.

I got…


Added by James Cotton on March 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

OpenFC: a new Autoquad software compatible Open-Hardware Flight-Controller

OpenFC is a new Open-Hardware Flight-Controller:

  • Standard-Size: 50x50mm (45x45mm holes) 
  • CPU: STM32F405 @ 168MHZ
  • Gyro/ACC: MPU6000 (SPI)
  • Compass: HMC5983 (SPI)
  • Baro: MS5611 (SPI)
  • Serial-Ports for GPS, Telemetry and SBUS
  • 8 PWM-ESC-Connectors + CAN-Bus
  • PPM and SBUS inputs
  • microSD…

Added by Olli on March 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

25° Thermal Camera Cores for Drones

Hi Everyone,

Good news for small drones, New FLIR Lepton 25° camera cores just arrived. 

If you have read this post before , I have tested our new camera design with 50° version of Lepton and…


Added by Melih Karakelle on March 25, 2015 at 12:32pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones

(representative DIY version shown, not Google's)

"Google’s quest to introduce small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into low altitude airspace within a “few years” has driven the company to launch an unexpected foray into the avionics market, says Dave Vos, head of the Internet…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 1:30am — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
FAA issues blanket approval for commercial drone use under 200ft for Section 333 holders

Great news from the FAA, and part of an encouraging trend towards a much more progressive regulatory process in the US:

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process,…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 24, 2015 at 1:09pm — 9 Comments

Teleoperating drones with ROS and Computer Vision

Erle Robotics continue working towards improving ROS support and creating packages that people can use to build applications.…


Added by Alejandro Hérnández Cordero on March 24, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

DIY Drones at 65,000 members!

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 65,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.5 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 50,000 page views a day on average). It…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 24, 2015 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

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