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Remotely controlled, fully autonomous aerial system

Hi guys, check out the second episode of our show with Grant Imahara from Mythbusters sponsored by Mouser and Intel. 

In this episode we go more in-depth into the electronics and systems developed specifically for this project. You will see our proprietary mechanical design for centering the drone and placing it on top of the…

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Added by Ivan Stamatovski on December 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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New RTF VTOL plane from Horizon

Out now for $250. Anybody have any experience if this can be converted into autonomy with a Pixhawk or similar?…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 9, 2016 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Free Drone Mapping, Stitching, Orthomosaic and DEM Generation Software

DroneMapper is very pleased to announce that RAPID for DJI is available for download and testing on limited imagery data sets at no cost to the user. RAPID will provide scaled DEMs and orthomosaics using up to 75 images for a scene. Results are available in near real…

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Added by JP on December 9, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

RTK GNSS module build

I just realized this is the very first blog I ever wrote :) 

RTK GNSS is an interesting topic for many quadrotor diyers like myself. It can provide stable sub meter coordinates which is very attractive for autonomous quadrotor flights. Initially, I tried RTKLIB on windows platform, and the result is pretty encouraging. However, I cannot imagine to have a windows running computer on a quad. Intel edison is another option for me: reasonably priced, small enough, and…

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Added by YC on December 9, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Community project: Autonomous Mower with Navio2 running ROS

It's always such a pleasure to find new projects with Navio2 and Reach RTK GNSS  in project category on our community…

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Added by Emlid on December 9, 2016 at 7:30am — 2 Comments


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Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware

From The Verge:

Audi, like pretty much every other automaker under the sun, continues to introduce more and more automated driving features for its cars. The next step, says the company, will be machine…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2016 at 11:16pm — 9 Comments

1Bitsy & Black Magic Probe - open-source JTAG/SWD debugger with built in GDB server and STM32 eval board

Some of you might be familiar with the Black Magic Probe, but some might not. As you know most UAV autopilots these days use one of the many STM32 microcontrollers. They are based on the ARM Cortex-M core family. Most of the boards also have either a JTAG or at least…

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Added by Piotr Esden-Tempski on December 6, 2016 at 5:31pm — 4 Comments


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3D printed planes finally get practical

If Gary is convinced, so am I:

A while ago I thought that small 3D printed drones…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2016 at 3:53pm — 14 Comments

Parrot/Pix4D announce 2017 Climate Innovation Grant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJw9KC7ut0A

It is amazing to see how fast our industry is advancing. Reliable, repeatable data collection is no longer the challenge it once was. Through the efforts of many of you on this…

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Added by John C. on December 6, 2016 at 10:37am — 4 Comments

Hover Bike/Bicopter - New multirotor configuration

Hello everyone.  I have been working on a "hoverbike" configuration, and got a small but decent prototype up and running recently.  Thought I would share.

It is 3d printed, about 6 inches long.  It is modified from the initial print, which didn't give the dual tail rotors enough leverage to…

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Added by Joe Renteria on December 6, 2016 at 10:10am — 6 Comments

Autonomous 60KM flight of the DeltaQuad VTOL

We are currently on the 5th prototype of the DeltaQuad VTOL and today we have put it through its paces with a 60KM autonomous flight. Over at DronesLab we have been working on this machine for more than a year and are in the final stages before releasing it to market. Above is a sneak preview.

The 60KM flight was planned after settling on…

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Added by sander on December 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments


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MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)

From MIT:

A new system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the first to allow users to design, simulate, and build their own custom drone. Users…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2016 at 12:13pm — 4 Comments

Nimbus racing drone – full body carbon fiber monocoque on INDIEGOGO

Hi all!

We are glad to announce the start of crowdfunding campaign for Nimbus – racing drone with full carbon fiber monocoque body.

Please support us at: …

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Added by Alex on December 5, 2016 at 3:56am — 6 Comments

Skywalker X5-PRO Professional Mapping Survey FPV Plane

Hello! I am sales from Skywalker Technology Co., Ltd. 

Recently, we launch new professional mapping survey aircraft, Skywalker X5-PRO. Now, let me take eye feast about this aircraft.…

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Added by Ellen Zhu on December 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 21 Comments

Sony FDR X3000 4K Action Cam

Hi All, Sony has actually given us something to think about.

http://www.sony.com/electronics/actioncam/fdr-x3000-body-kit

The Sony FDR X3000 Action Cam has 4K resolution, but for our use, the BOSS…

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Added by Gary McCray on December 4, 2016 at 8:52pm — 9 Comments

Syma X5C hacked with Quanum Pico FC

This video shows me flying a Syma X5C quadcopter, with the factory closed-source flight controller replaced by a Quanum Pico 32-bit brushed FC.  I followed the directions in the "Visible Drone" chapter of this excellent new …

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Added by Simon D. Levy on December 4, 2016 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments


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Switchblade nano drone from EPFL

"Morphology plays an important role in behavioural and locomotion strategies of living and artificial systems. There is biological evidence that adaptive morphological changes can not only extend dynamic performances by reducing trade-offs during locomotion, but also provide new functionalities. …



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Added by Chris Anderson on December 4, 2016 at 10:59am — 2 Comments


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New OpenMV computer vision board, with twice the power

Just announced: the next-generation OpenMV cam with the new M7 processor for twice the power and an even lower price ($55). The original OpenMV is my favorite computer vision processor, and this new one looks even better.…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 3, 2016 at 11:19pm — 6 Comments

Local Motors/Airbus VTOL UAV takes to the skies!

Hey everyone, 

I wanted to announce the successful first forward flight with the Local Motors/Airbus VTOL UAV. Powered by a Pixhawk 1 with Arduplane 3.7.1, weighing in at 54.85lbs!

I was called in three weeks ago to help them design, build,…

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Added by Joseph Aletky on December 3, 2016 at 2:14pm — 21 Comments

Wireless Power Solution for Drones

Our team of world-class engineers continues working on wireless power technology, and we aim to deliver industrial solution next year – to provide safe and efficient high-power long distance wireless power transmission, and deploy wireless power networks for drones in cities across the globe.

We are glad to present new video of the drone…

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Added by Dmitry Skotnikov on December 2, 2016 at 12:11pm — 3 Comments

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