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In the USA.... Be careful after Monday

Of course, you are always careful you are a DIYD member.

We are all aware of Part 107 coming in next Monday. The very simple test that will allow folks to fly commercially. Less is being said about Part 101, the bit that affects all other model aircraft fliers. If after Monday you don't…


Added by Gary Mortimer on August 26, 2016 at 11:05pm — 2 Comments

Compass Calibration Redesign

Hello, everyone,

My team had been working on improvements on UX and interface of GCSs. You can read about our research on Beatriz Palmeiro's blog.

We would like to share with you some of the work we've…


Added by Barbara Prestes on August 26, 2016 at 6:38pm — 3 Comments

VR Rover : ArduRover + VR Brain 5.2 + Companion Computer + Velodyne Puck Lite. Outdoor autonomous navigation without GPS.

VR Rover :

APM Rover on VR Brain 5.2 + Companion Computer + ROS and Slam mapping the navigation in outdoor done without GPS but the feedback is aligned with Geo Map because we use the GPS offset and Mag offset as starting point ...

Today was our first test without gps and it work fine ... The rover need some hardware patch and fine…


Added by Roberto Navoni on August 26, 2016 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Raspberry PI 0 as DVB-S encoder and trasmitter no additional hardware. by Evariste

Interesting OpenSource project that use only a simple RaspberryPI 0 as DVB-S transmitter + RTL-SDR dongle  as receiver. 

This is less expensive DVB-S trasmitter ever developed. 

All the project is by Evariste he is a great developer and member of HAM Radio community ... now we are working togheter to a…


Added by Roberto Navoni on August 26, 2016 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

SF 11 Laser altimeter, an useful tool for agriculture purpose

Last year I was searching how to fly at safe low altitude to take the higher resolution photos that possible, to identify weeds and insects in crops and trying to know if a laser altimeter can do the task, first I bought a Lidar lite but looks unstable over rought terrain perhaps bad installed or configured and no more support to ask, but, in the…


Added by Cala on August 25, 2016 at 2:30pm — 14 Comments

FrSky Telemetry To DroidPlanner Mavlink through external Bluetooth

Here at Airborne Projects we have been hard at work with new ways to bring MAVLink telemetry to the ground without extra parts. Specifically we are working on an Antenna Tracker that needs information about the whereabouts of the Drone, but this is for another post.…


Added by Paulo Neves on August 25, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

AeroPoints: new smart ground control points for easy survey grade drone data

Hi all,

At PropellerAero we think it is too hard and expensive for commercial drone operators to capture survey grade data - we needed a solution which was separate from drone or camera, and didn't require expensive GNSS rovers out on site.

Today we are launching our new AeroPoints - easy to identify ground control targets with built-in PPK to capture very accurate (~2cm in X,Y, 3cm in Z) positions to georeference your aerial surveys.…

AeroPoint ground control point by Propeller


Added by Rory San Miguel on August 24, 2016 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
PX4 running on Parrot Bebop

Support for the Parrot Bebop has been added by the ETH team so it can be used more in research and testing. More details here

Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 10:25pm — 4 Comments

New anode doubles battery energy density - For "some drones" this November

You may have seen reports about SolidEnergy's batteries that use a new type of Li-metal anode which enables a doubling of the energy density of lithium batteries. I looked into it some more and found their first market is going to be drone batteries, this November. The article says "some drones" will be able to use this battery…


Added by Dale Greer on August 24, 2016 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

INF Jupiter JM-1 Flight Controller

$799, available here


MAVLink Compatible Protocol

Can be used with Mission Planner, Qgroundcontrol, UgCS (v2.10)

Free 50 waypoint navigation…


Added by Ryan Vu on August 24, 2016 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things

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 a 80,000! 

There has been a huge amount of change in the drone market since this started as a hobby scratchpad for me back in 2007. We helped…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

How To Move The Entire Route In UgCS

Hey, DIYDrones community,

We've had the request to implement a feature that allows moving the entire UgCS route.

This feature is coming, however, in the meanwhile, we have developed a script that allows you to move the entire route with ease.

The script is…


Added by Kristaps Brass on August 24, 2016 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

The Thinnest 4K Drone In The World: A Film of Wingsland S6

Wingsland just unveiled its new mini smart drone S6. This video is the official film of Wingsland S6. Only 26.8mm thick, it is the thinnest drone right now. Portable and light, it can be carried anywhere. Air battle, FLYING Emoji and search light! Check more features at …


Added by Alansone on August 23, 2016 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here

Nine years and 80,000 members ago, we started with this

That first Lego Mindstorms autopilot was feeble, sure, but it was also…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 23, 2016 at 9:55pm — 19 Comments

Heavy lift X8 and sprayer system

Hello everyone, I have received some questions in another thread regarding my large X8 build and I wanted to take a minute and share a project that my company has been working on for the last 18 months. We have put together a heavy lift X8 multicopter as well as a sprayer system for…

Added by Brian Riskas on August 23, 2016 at 7:03pm — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Navigating the byzantine FAA Part 107 exam registration process

As always, this post is mirrored over on my website with the rest of my musings on drones at

I am as excited as anyone in the commercial drone field for the passage of…


Added by Daniel McKinnon on August 22, 2016 at 2:00pm — 21 Comments

Ardupilot API port to atmega328p.

This is a most focused development for beginner APM developers to understand how…


Added by hiroshi takey on August 22, 2016 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

S6: New flagship drone from WINGSLAND TECHNOLOGY.

WINGSLAND, a Chinese drone company,  has just taken the wraps off the S6 in a successful launch event on August 18, Beijing, China.


First time to look at S6, the most notable things are the 4 foldable motor arms and an ultra-thin body design. Its size is roughly the same as an iPhone 6 Plus. Featuring a 13MP low distortion camera, S6 becomes world’s thinnest 4K drone an it  weights only 230g include battery and is only 28.6mm thick.

There are…


Added by Alansone on August 21, 2016 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

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