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Project Wing: Google Reveals It Has Been Working on Drones for Two Years

Google today revealed it has been working on a top-secret drone delivery program for the last two years. Nick Roy, an MIT roboticist on sabbatical for two years, has been leading the project based in Australia.

Google has developed a tail sitter aircraft, capable of VTOL transitioning to forward flight.…


Added by Dan Murray on August 28, 2014 at 5:17pm — 3 Comments

Hobbyking seems "Serious" now

Hobbyking just came with new large multirotor brushless motors.

 9235-100kv , that spins 30" props on 12S and capable of lifing 11kg each.

And for sure , these are cheap again, 1/3 of Tiger motor 10kg level, U11 motors.…


Added by Tipu on August 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

Sony to begin developing drones with sony commercial sony sensor

Sony to begin developing drones from Biz / Tech Aug. 27, 2014 - Updated 23:26 UTC-4

Officials of Sony say they have…


Added by tazdevil on August 28, 2014 at 7:04am — 8 Comments

Payloader max prototype complete

So, the first payloader max is built - time for testing!

Just got the APM to put back onto the lifter, and away we go.

Payloader max: 5kg capacity via parrallel EPM's, no moving parts to fail, full autonomous integration with arducopter…


Added by Euan Ramsay on August 27, 2014 at 2:22pm — 11 Comments

A new cheap obstacle detector for robotics

There are a few obstacle detectors and rangefinders on the market, but are usually either very expensive or don't work

great outside (I am looking  at you Kinect). We decided to try to make a product that it is cheap and rugged enough to be used outdoors.

Here are some parameters:

  • detectable range: 200 mm to 1500 mm (7 to 60 inches )

    7.5 degrees angular resolution

    2 scans per second

    180 degrees view

    easy readable output data in…

Added by Harry Olar on August 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 22 Comments

Ground/Air Drone Delivery

With all this talk about Amazon and other less serious drone delivery concepts out there, there has been a large amount of discussion regarding the feasibility of delivering a package via drone for same day delivery or general delivery. While I don't think this is really all that feasible from a logistical or safety point of view, the…


Added by healthyfatboy on August 26, 2014 at 6:17pm — 5 Comments

Bend boy’s drone among those cited as ‘emerging hazard’ for forest firefighters

From the SUAS Feed

BEND — It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on August 26, 2014 at 4:00pm — 27 Comments

FAA BVLOS Committee Formed

The FAA has formed a new committee with industry participation for end-users that want to fly Beyond-Visual-line-Of-Sight (BVLOS). RCAPA was included in the list of thirty-one different industry groups to give input to the current FAA…


Added by Patrick Egan on August 26, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Urban Mapping with a small APM 2.6 controlled quad drone

Above is a video of a presentation we recently gave about the work we did for the World Bank in Albania. It shows that small drones are much more than toys - they have become productive tools for innovative surveyors. 

Added by Walter Volkmann on August 26, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Official UN Policy Brief on Humanitarian UAVs

ICARUS Quadcopter

Cross-posted from iRevolution…


Added by Patrick Meier on August 26, 2014 at 11:29am — 11 Comments

Should We Let the Drone Hype Run Its Course?

The mere mention of “Autonomous Vehicles” conjures up visions of machines able to carry out complex tasks that have taken us a millennium to evolve or tasks we have yet to take on ourselves.  With national discussion (in this case, Unmanned Aerial Systems…

Added by Tim Haynie on August 26, 2014 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Community Drones : A Short (unprofessionally made) Clip

Dear all: Thanks lot for all the insights, time, information and most importantly is the spirit that you all share here in DIY Drones. It is just a quick post as I am still in Borneo and not having too good internet connection. We just want to share a short (unprofessionally made) clip that we (hardly) tried to make. I hope it will give you all some information on how far…


Added by Rai on August 25, 2014 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
A clever design exercise in visualizing drone no-fly zones

From Mitchell Sipus, an urban planner doing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon (scroll down for more good design examples of displaying drone legal and safety…

Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2014 at 8:24pm — 5 Comments

Get ready to gear up for Reno Air Races!... But wait, there is more!

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Its that time of year Again! The time of year when grown men become antsy and giddy, as we did when we were young children during the holidays. Thats right, it is time to get in gear for Reno Air Races! As a long term spectator of the last remaining…


Added by Justin Martin on August 25, 2014 at 8:05pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Drones in The November Man, new Pierce Brosnan film

From Mashable. Watch the video …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

APM:Rover 2.46 released

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 2.46 of APM:Rover. This is a major release with a lot of new features and bug fixes.

This release is based on a lot of development and testing…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 25, 2014 at 3:04pm — 5 Comments

APM:Plane 3.1.0 released

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.1.0 of APM:Plane. This is a major release with a lot of new features and bug fixes.

The biggest change in this release is the addition of automatic terrain following. Terrain following allows the autopilot to guide the aircraft over…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 25, 2014 at 1:54pm — 24 Comments

Small UAV Market Driven by Low Costs & High Production Rate

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), often known as drone is a type of aircraft that flies without a human pilot abroad. These types of vehicles are controlled by onboard computers autonomously or with help of a human-operated…


Added by Steve Stark on August 25, 2014 at 4:55am — 3 Comments

LOHAN spaceplane Kickstarter off to a flying start

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission Kickstarter campaign got off to a flying start over the weekend,…


Added by Lester Haines on August 25, 2014 at 1:06am — No Comments

Drone Delivery: How much would you pay?

In this post I discuss the prospects of consumer product delivery by drones and ask: How much are you willing to pay for the service? There is a survey at the end so you we all can see what the trend is.  I'll post the results later.  PS - this is not sponsored by Amazon.



Added by Colin Snow on August 24, 2014 at 5:16pm — 25 Comments

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