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AirbotServices fixed wing - wing extensions testing

AirbotServices fixed wing is based on the well known XUAV Talon EPO frame. This plane has a standard wingspan of 1720mm . Although its wings are quite wide (total wing surface is 60 dm2 -…


Added by Hugues on September 16, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

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Disaster aid drone project wins $10,000 award

Congrats to APM:Plane user Charles Devaney, who just shared the Drone Social Innovation Award! From Robohub:

The first winners of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Reno Air Races - Drone Zone

This past week I was luckily involved with the first ever Drone Zone/UAV Challenge that was part of the annual National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. The contestants where flying quads and hexacopters raging from micro to around 700mm in size. There were three events. Weight lifting, obstacle…


Added by Rob Dunbar on September 15, 2014 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Payloader max has its first public demo

Good news!

Got the "Payloader Max" out for a public demo at the weekend, and it worked well! This is it dropping a 2.5kg load in a Swisspost box. Unfortunately, the full ramp up to a 5kg load run was halted when...

Bad news!



Added by Euan Ramsay on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

Our sincere thannks to UgCS Beta testers

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who have registered and downloaded our software for Beta testing!

This month we have more than 550 guys who have downloaded our Beta version of software.

Majority of you are from DIYDrones community!

Thank you and keep…


Added by Janis Kuze on September 15, 2014 at 5:41am — No Comments

The astounding athletic power of quadcopters on TED

I saw this on TED way back when and found it astonishing. Amazing what you can do with the right code. The 3 quads working together catching a ball and returning it to the narrator is quite stunning.  



Added by Johann van de Venter on September 15, 2014 at 4:08am — 5 Comments

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LA Times: Drones set to transform agriculture

Congrats to Ryan Kunde of DRNK Wines, whose agricultural research with drones made the LA Times this weekend. He's using 3DR Y6s and Aeros:…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

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Review of John Cale concert with drones: Cale more interesting than the drones

From the Guardian:

Striped tin cans buzz through the air like android wasps. A cube draped in tube lights – part jellyfish, part…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

PX34-A refit (update 2)

OK Got the New Armin style wing on.

Compare to the Original EPS wing core thats 80g the Armin style wing is 130g , its 50g heavier for a wing of equivalent

but the results is better stiffer than the EPS wing core resulting in more Responsive Flying and stability . even on moderate winds.

First flight with the new wing.

Note: done 1 day before the Storm and the winds are picking up. .…


Added by CliffN on September 14, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The First Low Orbit Atmospheric Satellite ever Built in the World

In a tiny country, with very limited resources at Quarkson we have just built the first SkyOrbiter (Extreme Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) capable of flying around the world and who knows in the near future spread internet access to two thirds of the world's population that currently are not…


Added by Miguel Angelo on September 14, 2014 at 1:24am — 10 Comments

Drones Get Waiver to Search for Missing Texas Woman Christina Morris

Well done to Gene Robinson one of the first DIYD members. He has been pushing for this for years and it looks like the sun is rising on SAR RPAS in the USA.

Missing woman’s family hopeful as drones take to the sky

Brittany Feagans



Added by Gary Mortimer on September 13, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Oculus Rift DK2 with MavLink head tracking and HUD, first steps (OVRPilot part 1)

This is the first post in what I hope to be a series of posts on exploring the possibilities in using the Oculus Rift alongside a UAV. The plan in the long run is to create a GCS for the Oculus Rift or other HMDs that gives you a feeling of actually sitting up in the air being able to look…


Added by Nils Högberg on September 13, 2014 at 3:56pm — 8 Comments

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Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo

It looks like they've still got a lot of work to do to make this Pocketcopter a reality, but it's a cool idea (I've backed it):

How does the Pocketcopter work?



Added by Chris Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 12:20pm — 44 Comments

Seawalker- A Student-Built Heavily Modified Skywalker-Seaplane

Water wasn't supposed to have touched the lenses- we had a nice little retract built in, but that's all useless when you forget to use it:) Take-off was fully manual to prevent FBWA from attempting to correct the roll and cause uneven drag on the floats leading to out-of-control spins. The current camera is a HD19+ from Boscam, and will be converted to support NIR…


Added by Georgie xu on September 13, 2014 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

The IMU drone in Connected Rider: telemetry system for Motocross by Red Bull

Now that Tony Cairoli can fully enjoy about the newly conquered eighth world title in Motocross, Red Bull can reveal some details that have contributed to the success. Here's one: about a year ago, the team of the hugely popular energy drink has involved our Team to create a…

Added by Roberto Navoni on September 12, 2014 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Two invites available to the Vulture 2 spaceplane New Mexico launch

Thanks to our magnificent US allies at Edge Research Lab, we're able to offer a couple of exclusive ringside seats to the forthcoming launch of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator…


Added by Lester Haines on September 12, 2014 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

An AutoPilot in the Clouds - part 2

In part 2 of this blog, I take closer look at the communication protocol, range guard and state machine of the autopilot. As with part 1, this blog post is for those who think developing drone software is interesting and would like to…


Added by Jesper Andersen on September 12, 2014 at 5:05am — 3 Comments

APM:Plane 3.1.1 released

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.1.1 of APM:Plane. This is primarily a bugfix release with a small number of new features.

The main bug fixed in this release is a bug that could affect saving parameters and mission items in the FRAM/eeprom storage of…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on September 11, 2014 at 6:55pm — 13 Comments

FireFLY6 + Pixhawk + APM = Awesome Autonomy

APM addicts will be happy to hear that we've been working hard to integrate the Pixhawk as a hover controller for the FireFLY6.  Our testing is now coming to a close and we expect to soon list the Pixhawk running APM:Copter as a confirmed hover…


Added by BirdsEyeView Aerobotics on September 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

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Recent Solar Flare

This CME has the potential to trigger significant geomagnetic activity when it reaches Earth's magnetic field during the mid-to-late hours of Sept. 12th. NOAA forecasters estimate an almost-80% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Sept. 12-13.

May want to watch that HDOP this…


Added by John C. on September 11, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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