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3D Robotics
Towards ROS-native drones

From Victor Mayoral:

Announcing alpha support for the PX4 flight stack in a path towards drones that speak ROS natively.

The drones field is an interesting one to analyze from a robotics perspective. While…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2016 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Why I Think the Prosumer Drone Will Never Die

Innovations will flourish on drones that target the prosumer market for a long time



Added by Colin Snow on October 26, 2016 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

Burning Man in 4K resolution (day) and 2.7K (sunset/night) from a HK Sky Eye with pixhawk and ardupilot

A lot of work went into building this plane, adding redundancies and safeties, as well as fitting 3 cameras, and the result was well worth it. Big thanks to the ardupilot team, nightghost for his OSD firmware, and all the other folks who wrote some of the software the 5 computer/microcontrollers that were in the plane (not counting those on the camera or VTX):

Day Video (4K): …


Added by Marc MERLIN on October 26, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

sUAS News Guide, Q3 update

Another quarter of the year has flown by (yes, I just did that) and there is no shortage of new drones milling about the skies of this blue marble.

Q3 Update – October 2016 –

Gary, Editor of sUAS News, recently mentioned that in his neck of…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 26, 2016 at 2:20am — No Comments

An autonomous fixed-wing following another autonomous one

We have presented this video to the kids during our open days a couple of weeks ago at ENAC, Toulouse. It is just one application of a guidance algorithm that we have developed and later implemented in Paparazzi. I was actually surprised about the performance since the planes only exchange information once per second (even we allow some…


Added by Hector Garcia de Marina on October 25, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Parrot Bebop 2 RTK over WiFi using paparazzi uav

Using Paparazzi UAV and a Stock Parrot Bebop 2 with its ublox M8N GNSS chip replace by a M8P we managed to stream the RTCM3 stream over WiFi to the drone from our groundstation. The groundstation was connected to a ublox M8P operating in base station mode. The video demonstrates the bebop doing a pure GPS navigation task, sonar nor optical-flow were…


Added by wvtud on October 25, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Using Microsoft Azure cloud to make a face-finding, voice controlled drone

Very nice use of the Microsoft Azure cloud AI APIs to make a AR.Drone do some pretty magic stuff. Excerpt from the full O'Reilly post, which has the…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2016 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
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

3D Robotics
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 — 2 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 — 2 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 — 6 Comments

Seagull #MAP-X from Seagull UAV !



Added by Rone Scholz-Nielsen on October 20, 2016 at 4:30pm — 14 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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