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3D Robotics
Food Fight: In Syria, Drones with a New Mission

Cross-posted from the 3DR blog.

This past March, Mark Jacobsen (pictured above holding an Ed Ansley Peace Drone prototype), a PhD candidate in Political Science at…

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Added by Roger Sollenberger on October 23, 2014 at 6:39pm — 5 Comments

WARNING :FTDI Drivers Are Killing Fake Chips(windows update)

I was reading back through the posts on Hackaday.com today and discovered this article.

From the page:

The FTDI FT232 chip is found in thousands of electronic baubles, from Arduinos to test equipment, and more than a few bits of…

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Added by Dez Socks on October 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Tecscorp announces two online courses on Drones

On Oct 10th,   Tecscorp™ and FIA Foundation announced that they have teamed up to offer the firsts two Online course on design, development and deploy of Drones, that students can earn exclusively through the  Online Course delivery format and and completely in Spanish.

 “The…

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Added by Ronald Messino on October 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments


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New VR Gimbal 4 is coming New Hardware design and a lot of new feature: STM32F4, Nuttx , SD Card , Mavlink support , imu and potentiometer managment.

Dear Friend ,

after a lot of month to work and 1 year of experience on VR Gimbal firmware now we are at release 1.20 I'm very happy to present a new revision of product. 

VR micro Gimbal 4.0

In the video you can see the early preview of new product . VR micro Gimbal 4 derived from Brain 5 platform , it's based on Nuttx 7 O.S. support SD card for real…

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Added by Roberto Navoni on October 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Professional dual frequency RC TX

CAM Costruzioni Aero Meccaniche, an Italian firm devoted to the development of innovative products for the next generation of RPAS is proud to introduce a professional radio control system for high end multirotors. CAM is a member of Zefiro Innovazione Srl, an industrial cluster based on Tassignano airport near the…

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Added by Luca Mariotti on October 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

A policy initiative on opening the market for remotely piloted aircraft systems Questionnaire

European Union is doing a questionnaire about the use of "drones".

More information here: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/consultations/2014-civil-drones_en.htm

Consultation period: 14/08/2014 – 24/10/2014 - END…

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Added by Rui Costa on October 23, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

The drone revolution by the numbers (infographic)

Who is the drone hobbyist today? Where on earth do they fly the most? Which devices are the most popular? At what price? What about "dronies"? How drones could make you save money, get a job or even save lives?



The answers are gathered in this brand new…

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Added by edupin on October 23, 2014 at 5:39am — No Comments


3D Robotics
UAVs with artificial muscles

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm — 4 Comments

Flying an Unmanned Aircraft - Transport Canada

Transport Canada rolled this out yesterday.  

Expects you to follow these basic Do’s and Don’ts or else there will be fines involved.

Do

  • Only fly your aircraft…
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Added by LHardy on October 22, 2014 at 6:01pm — 4 Comments


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DIY Drones at 59,000 members!

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Drone for the Masses

 



A drone for everyone? It's about time.

Anura Pocket Drone is currently on KickStarter.…



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Added by Jason Lam on October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Dedicating a page to the Pixhawk

-3dr Pixhawk- Page Link

Each time I integrate the pixhawk into a platform I am impressed with the ease and prowess to which it performs. Working with it often I had put together a single page for…

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Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Vibration Mitigation Blocks- VMB1

Vibration is the bane of multirotors, and needed something that I could produce very inexpensively in small quantities for quadcopter builds and other robotic applications. This is what I came up with that I could cut on demand on the waterjet.

I have used zip ties, nylon screws and traditional bolts with nylock nuts to secure them in a frame, and were very impressed with the operation, if…

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Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 9:25am — 12 Comments

DIY Ghetto 5.8g wireless monitor project

Hello, I decided to make a guide for people who wish to make a neat budget wireless fpv monitor. I figure that it costs less than half the amount to make your own than to buy an off the shelf monitor. And besides, it is fun to hack and be creative. You also learn some valuable skills.

Here we…

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Added by benbojangles on October 22, 2014 at 5:29am — 7 Comments

Finally got to fly in restricted airspace!

We finally got to take our helicopter into restricted airspace a couple weeks ago, where our pilot got out of the cockpit for the first time! (We always fly with a pilot onboard when operating in normal airspace) This video shows formation flight, sideways flight, and landing and takeoff on a moving platform. Later flights we did a 5…

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Added by Phillip Jones on October 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

DroneDeploy launches real-time mapping

DroneDeploy is launching the first drone software capable of creating orthorectified maps in real-time. Farmers, surveyors and search and rescue teams typically had to wait for 4-6 hours for maps to be created out of drone imagery, but now can start making decisions with data as it’s collected…

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Added by Jono on October 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Redesigning multirotor ESC's

It's been quiet on my front, but that was because I was redesigning ESC's (for multirotors and AP's).



Most of the ESC's for multirotor use the SimonK firmware on a relatively simple Atmel microcontroller. There's a single control wire running from the autopilot to the ESC, which is a signal…

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Added by Gerard Toonstra on October 21, 2014 at 6:18am — 48 Comments

PrecisionHawk Joins 3DR And Other Industry Leaders As Members of Small UAV Coalition

PrecisionHawk, an information delivery company that uses a small, lightweight UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data, announced…

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Added by Lia Reich on October 20, 2014 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

Meet the T1000, 1+hr flight times w/ 1kg payload

I would like to introduce the DIYD community to my project, the T1000.  This is a tandem rotor helicopter based on T-Rex 450 parts, with custom 425mm asymmetrical blades.  The initial goal for the project (in 2011) was to have a fpv platform that could fly for over 1/2 hour.  I now think we can now achieve a 1+hr flight…

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Added by Sean Skirvin on October 19, 2014 at 11:33pm — 21 Comments

Applied Aeronautics - Albatross Design Contest

As we are rapidly approaching the official release of the Albatross line of aircraft, we thought there would be no better way of saying thank you than by giving away a free airframe to someone in the community. As such we have decided a design contest is in order for the best paint scheme, with the winning…

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Added by Applied Aeronautics on October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — 46 Comments

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