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Final Sparkfun AVC 2016 recap video -- Power Wheels and autonomous Power Wheels

From Sparkfun:

Let’s savor our final look back at AVC 2016: It’s time for the final recap video for the Power Racing Series and Autonomous Power Racing Series events! If you enjoy watching full-grown adults in costumes strap themselves to souped-up Power Wheels…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

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The flying umbrella project

That's a tough controls problem! From Popular Science:

The sight of flying umbrellas, changing altitude with a fluttering rhythm, looks more like an animated Disney scene than graduate work by a…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 9:21am — No Comments

Autonomous mission and package delivery with RTK GPS AsteRx-m UAS

Hi all,

We are testing the RTK GPS receiver from Septentrio, the AsteRX-m UAS with ArduCopter 3.4. The GPS can be used to land accurate as shown in the first part of our video. The land location was logged and loaded into the waypoint file in Mission Planner. In the second part we show an autonomous transportation of a…


Added by Stijn Debecker on October 24, 2016 at 7:37am — No Comments

APM:Plane 3.7.1 released and 3.8.0 beta nearly ready for testing

New plane releases from

Development is really hotting up for fixed wing and quadplanes! I've just released 3.7.1 and I plan on releasing the first beta of the major 3.8.0 release in the next…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on October 23, 2016 at 1:37am — 4 Comments

Lightest, smallest, most affordable thermal camera for UAVs

Hi all, 

just wanted to show off our new thermal camera for UAVs. 

Lighter than a GoPro this dual thermal setup features Flir Lepton sensor and a reference RGB camera. It is the smallest and most affordable drone thermal camera made specifically for airborne use. Plug-and-play with any analog video…


Added by Ivan Stamatovski on October 21, 2016 at 9:26am — 7 Comments

SidePilot App - Version 1.1 (Formerly iMavlink)

Hi! Version 1.1 was just released of SidePilot, the iOS Groundstation app for Arducopter and PX4 (formerly called iMavlink).

New features include: 

  • New Name!
  • Easy PID Tuning using sliders
  • Calibrate Radio trims
  • Increased PX4 Support
  • Set Flight Modes
  • Arrow that points towards your drone for easily locating it

Other Features:

  • GPS Location of…

Added by Tom on October 20, 2016 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Seagull #MAP-X from Seagull UAV !



Added by Rone Scholz-Nielsen on October 20, 2016 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

3D printed FPV racer - 170 mm size - Rev3


after uploading my initial design, I got several feedbacks. So I tried some configurations, and finally came up with this Rev3 design. The major difference is that the video TX antenna is between camera and…


Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on October 20, 2016 at 8:15am — 4 Comments

Is DIY Dead?

I remember a time a few years back where we DIYer's where leading the way in drone advancement, It was here where I  was first presented with an autopilot, Before that It never even crossed my mind that commercialy affordable autopilots would ever be available. Since then There has been a huge advace in the technology, both from us diyer's and comercialy.

Im not really electronicly…


Added by luke cooke on October 19, 2016 at 12:00pm — 50 Comments

A high performance FPV soarer, the SkyHook Discovery

The SkyHook Discovery.

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to have been given one of the first prototypes as I helped in the design of the plane.

More info from :…


Added by Andy Little on October 18, 2016 at 4:45am — 25 Comments

How to: Compile ArduPilot on Windows 10 with Ubuntu Bash.

Hello everyone!

Since Windows 10 has Ubuntu as his new partner, I have been using the new Ubuntu bash for compile the ArduPilot code. Before this, a Virtual Machine was needed if you wanted to join Linux with Windows; for all is known that this way is a bit frustrating when you want to get…


Added by Dario Lindo Andres on October 18, 2016 at 3:30am — 14 Comments

CanberraUAV Outback Challenge 2016 Debrief

I have finally written up an article on our successful Outback Challenge 2016 entry

The members of CanberraUAV are home from the Outback Challenge and life is starting to return to…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on October 16, 2016 at 11:17pm — 13 Comments

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DIY Drones at 81,000 members (and Ning update)

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 81,000 members!

This year our hosting network, Ning, has been through a lot, including horrible performance issues in the first part of the year that…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2016 at 8:53am — 5 Comments

Monocopter Concept

Hey everyone, I would love to get your opinions on this concept...

I am working on a rotary wing design, and this is a monocopter version of it.  It has only two moving parts, the two propellers.  The two props drive the wing around an avionics hub while also controlling the pitch of the wing…


Added by Joe Renteria on October 15, 2016 at 6:20pm — 7 Comments

3D printed FPV racer - 170 mm size

Hi, I'd like to share my latest design. After successfully finished my printer, wanted to design something fun and useful so decided on building an FPV racer which is quite popular nowadays.

Basically I was inspired by the Jellybean X nano…


Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on October 15, 2016 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

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Airbus Cargo Drone using Dronecode/PX4 stack

Team prepares quarter-scale drone for takeoff.

From the Local Motors blog, a report from the first bench testing of the 1/4 scale prototype of the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge winner, which will debut at the Commercial…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2016 at 12:30pm — 31 Comments

Towards ROS-native drones

Originally published in…


Added by Víctor Mayoral on October 14, 2016 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

Solve Rover UGV another Autonomous Unmmaned Ground Rover

Friends, I'm creating a DIY rover process on the blog with all the step by step guide and process.. I hope you like it... 

Solve Rover Project…


Added by Hernan Gabriel on October 13, 2016 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

LEGO® Mini Drone with NAZE32 motors and Brusless motors

Hi everyone, I am the maker of the very first LEGO drone which I initially used an APM flight controller.  Later I got with my friend Nick and we made our first Kickstarter with a full sized drone. But since then the FAA started requiring registration and for kids it was a little too much. Also since then there has been a lot of other LEGO based mini quads. The problems with all the ones I have seen so far was they were all brushed motors, 1-2 min flight times and worse,…


Added by Edgar Scott on October 13, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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