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RAPTOR: Measuring the Flows in Rivers with UAVs

Drones provide an “eye in the sky” which can be very useful for water scientists. Many water bodies are often surrounded by difficult terrain, making it…


Added by Thomas Stone on May 4, 2015 at 6:40am — 3 Comments

Humanitarian Drone Missions in Nepal: Early Observations

There are at the very least 7 humanitarian UAV teams operating in Nepal. We know this since these teams voluntarily chose to liaise with the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators). In…


Added by Patrick Meier on May 4, 2015 at 3:05am — 2 Comments

6S mini copter project

This is a work in progress.

It's a rather quadcopter conventional but with a few tweaks.

The goal of this project is to make a small, transportable, waterproof, sturdy quadcopter that can carry go-pros and similar cameras.

Here's where we are so far:

  • 3D printed,…

Added by Rob on May 3, 2015 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Multi-Vehicle testing with APM:Copter, Tracker and Mission Planner

For some tasks (like Search and Rescue and mapping) what you can do with one vehicle, you can probably do faster with multiple vehicles.  To test how well it works in practice I tested…


Added by Randy on May 3, 2015 at 8:21pm — 13 Comments

The uNode

A distributed and scalable autopilot architecture is attractive to me due to space and sensor positioning demands on my airframes.  The existing range of autopilots simply doesn't fit.  The uNode (microNode) is the result of my desperate attempts to fix this.  uNode is a very cutdown…


Added by Matthew Coleman on May 3, 2015 at 4:35pm — 22 Comments

Cheerson CX 10 - Surprising build quality!

I finally got around to writing a review for this little drone I've had for a few months now. I bought it for about $17 and it still seems to be flying even after it got slightly chewed by my dog (pictures taken before that happened!). It's a pretty cool drone.. and pretty safe to fly too. I can't envision much going wrong unless if you lack common sense and fly it into a group of people/ animals. It's great for learning the ropes for any new flyers - …


Added by NIck Dragolea on May 3, 2015 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Part 2 My Parts List for Giant DIY Octocopter

Part2 Parts List for Giant DIY Octocopter


I still need to buy batteries 4 6S 25C 16000mah batteries and 16 18x6.5 CF propellers, I don't want to be in the middle of nowhere without spares. I will run 2 6S 16000mah batteries or more.The batteries $370 each propellers $100 per pair from…


Added by Ron Joly on May 3, 2015 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

DIY Giant Octocopter Build designed for Magnetometer work in the Mineral Exploration Industry

  Part 1 .. DIY Giant Octocopter Build designed for Magnetometer Surveying


Here is my first attempt at building an octocopter. I will post images as I build it.

I built a budget 960mm hexacopter in my spare time last year while working for uranium, copper and…


Added by Ron Joly on May 3, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

33 Percent of Online Shoppers Would Welcome Drone Deliveries

Drone Deliveries

Consumer research specialists eDigitalResearch asked 2,040 UK online shoppers in January 2015 for their views on drone deliveries.

They discovered that 33 percent of online shoppers would…


Added by on May 2, 2015 at 4:21pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off

RenTT writes to let us know that the Chinese APM/Pixhawk developer community is taking off, and there is a new site focused on this called…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 1:49pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time

If you can ignore the over-the-top music on this video from Top Flight, the MIT spin-off company has some very interesting power technology that can get 100 mile range of one gallon of gas.  More details in…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:08pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM

This new Indiegogo project looks very good, and at $225 Reach is about a quarter of the price of other RTK GPSs. Backed!

What is Reach and what is it for?

Reach is for applications when your standard GPS with…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

OLH-360 - 3DPrinted - APM - Mini Octocopter

This week I tested my (almost) finished mini octocopter wich is build on a 3D printed frame. 

Motor to motor is 360mm. Max 5 inch prop can be mounted on 18xx or 22xx motors.

Flightcontroller: APM 2.5

FPV: 700TVL sony cam / 5.8GHZ 25mw / MinimOSD

Telemetry: Lantronix B/G WIFI module

RC: 40mhz…


Added by Wipo on May 2, 2015 at 5:53am — No Comments

NASA UAV VTOL successfull forward flight

Hopefully (as against expectations) they will produce and sell the airframe for us the hobbyist ;)

NASA GL-10 takeoff

A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and…


Added by Paul Meier on May 2, 2015 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

A new patent pending VTOL

A new patent pending VTOL

ARcopter from …


Added by Colugo on May 1, 2015 at 10:25pm — 15 Comments

DIY Angle of Attack Wind Vanes - Part 3

Follow up of this article on wind vanes.

You find…


Added by Jose.L.Jr on May 1, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New X-100 High performance AHRS with GPS

High performance product , featuring vibration-rejecting gyroscopes. It sets the industry standard for reliable MEMS based INS’s, AHRS’s, VRU’s and IMU’s pioneering as an convenient alternative for cost effective system.…


Added by federico lolli on May 1, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Reach: affordable centimeter-level precise RTK GPS on Indiegogo

Hi all!

We are glad to announce the start of crowdfunding campaign for Reach -…


Added by Emlid on May 1, 2015 at 7:18am — 24 Comments

3D Robotics
AirMap, new site to show safe flight zones

From DroneLife:

On Thursday, the team behind launched AirMap, a…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 1, 2015 at 6:29am — 3 Comments

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