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3D Robotics
Amazing Stanford work on adding cinematic camera control to APM-powered drones

An interactive tool for designing quadcopter camera shots

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015


Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2015 at 6:48pm — 2 Comments

Olympus AIR

Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image

I stumble upon this thing today.

Could be a good (great?) camera platform for UAV.

What do you guys think?


More: Google: Olympus Air


Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image



Added by Azhar T. Pangesti on October 2, 2015 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

Matrixpilot Glider add-on: brakes and auto land demo


MatrixPilot got upgraded with the helical turn method. I changed my code to follow this development.

To add the auto land function, i needed better brake control. After that i created the auto landing script.

The codebase has moved to Git. My code is here:…


Added by GliderUAV on October 2, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments

3D Robotics
3DR's Iris+ selected as top drone of 2015 by GeekSnack

Hi DIY drones community,

I just wanted to share this list of top five drones of 2015 made by the website

At the top of the list is 3DR's own and…


Added by Daniel Iglesias on October 2, 2015 at 9:53am — 3 Comments

3DR SOLO approved by DGAC "french FAA"!

A quick recap of what is allowed in france :

We have been working for a few months to demonstrate to the DGAC that the SOLO was safe enough to be used for commercial operations. We had previously gotten the first type certificates for …


Added by Nicolas on October 2, 2015 at 1:16am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Army researchers testing swarms of APM-powered drones

From Defense Systems:

The Army is experimenting with using swarms of small, inexpensive drones in battlefield missions—as much as anything because of the potential threat they could pose to U.S. forces.

Members of the Targets Management Office with Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2015 at 6:41pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
First 3DR Podcast: A conversation with Chris Anderson

This is the first episode of our new Life After Gravity podcast series. Every other week we’ll deliver conversations with leading thinkers and personalities from the drone world and beyond. We’ll start close to home: This week I speak with 3DR CEO Chris…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on October 1, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

More than meets the eye: a bit about caution and credibility

One reason I constantly check DIYdrones throughout the day is the tenancy to have well-written and informative blog posts on the front page, as opposed to some of the "hype machine news" found elsewhere, though we get our share as well. 

This blog post is really…


Added by MarioSpeedwagon on October 1, 2015 at 12:18pm — 17 Comments

TankCopter on Indiegogo


I would like to ask you for little help in making this drone real, if you could support the project that would be amazing, if you cannot help financially, but you would still like to be part of it, please share the campaign!

Link to the campaign: …


Added by Mielnikus on October 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Experiments in Autonomy

Sometimes a flight experiment gone awry exposes a set of behaviors that directly correlate to previous design choices. It's a moment of validation based on developing systems with the expectation that they will fail. The video below is an example of one of these moments.

During one my daily…


Added by earthpatrol on September 30, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Our new Pixhawk based KickStarter project

Easy Drone XL Pro is on KickStarter

Hi, just wanted to let you know that we are back on KickStarter to fund our newest and largest drone - the XL Pro! Please check out our campaign and pledge a dollar if you like what we are doing.

Also, we are counting on you to share and spread the word!

Yours truly, …


Added by Ivan Stamatovski on September 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Users feedback report around GCS software investigation

I'm sharing with you the results from an online survey we did here some weeks ago.

Please, let us know what you think…


Added by Beatriz on September 30, 2015 at 10:47am — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Startup focusing on swarming drones with APM/Pixhawk

Queen Bee Photo: Sarah Gerber Left to right: Queen B Robotics’ Akshay Jain, Chris Blower and Sahil Juneja at their WeWork office in downtown Berkeley. Photo: Sarah Gerber

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2015 at 9:46pm — 3 Comments

How to avoid pitfalls when using taper and twist

Hey guys,

Just put together a quick video to show the effects of taper ratio and twist and how they interact. Turns out using rules of thumb in this area can be detrimental. I have used similar rules of thumb in the past, but thought it was high time to walk through some rigorous calculations to see what's best.

Hope it's…


Added by Doug Hunsaker on September 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
3DR launches teaser for short film series "Life After Gravity"

Hey DIY Drones community,

I just wanted to share this video with you. It's a teaser for the new upcoming original sci-fi series "Life After Gravity" which was shot entirely with 3DR's Solo and GoPro to showcase their filmmaking capabilities.

Life After Gravity will debut next week on our YouTube channel and the next 6 episodes will be…


Added by Daniel Iglesias on September 29, 2015 at 10:34am — 10 Comments

Copter-3.3 ready for wider use

After months of testing by the beta-testing team, Copter-3.3 is ready for wider use.  Similar to the Copter-3.2 release this is a "soft launch" meaning that for the next couple of weeks, we are asking users to load the new version using the Mission Planner's "Beta firmwares" link…


Added by Randy on September 28, 2015 at 7:18pm — 74 Comments

Free Android App for UAV's

New app available for UAV pilots.

This app contains over 46,000 airports around the world which can be displayed quickly and easily when flying RC models. When flying RC/UAV's commercially, these areas are considered "No Fly Zones" based on your geographic…


Added by Paul on September 28, 2015 at 6:14pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
New Communications Specialist in 3DR Tijuana

Hello DIY Drones Community! I am Daniel Iglesias, 3DR's the new Communications Specialist down at the Tijuana plant (where a lot of the magic happens). I am thrilled to join this awesome team of brilliant minds that work together to bring you the finest products.

Here in Tijuana we assemble a lot of pieces used in our products like the Pixhawk, PMs, etc. as well as UAVs like the Iris and Areo. We also run tests like the Pixhawk jig test to ensure the top quality of…


Added by Daniel Iglesias on September 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Micro Drone of the Future

I've been looking at micro drones lately and I'm now sure it is likely that the future of the drone is the tiny drone much like this mechanical dragonfly.

With the use of very tiny piezoelectric actuators that draw very little current I believe it is now possible to create these very tiny flying…


Added by Monroe King on September 28, 2015 at 1:07pm — 21 Comments

Airfoil Analysis

  Which airfoil shape is the best?

My name is Patrick Hanley and I am new to DIY drone.  My background is in aerodynamics.  I received my SM & Ph.D. degrees from MIT.  I worked as a professor at U of Connecticut teaching…


Added by Patrick Hanley on September 28, 2015 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

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