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3D Robotics
Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Parrot's Disco flying with Paparazzi UAV system

This is the video our first flight of the Disco from Parrot using the Paparazzi UAV system. Most of the drivers where already available, except for the PWM output on Linux-based autopilot. Many thanks to the ArduPilot community and especially Andrew Tridgell for his help and tips to…


Added by Gautier Hattenberger on February 24, 2017 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

This is my first post in a series called "FlightZoomer 3 Feature Previews".

One of the coolest features for the next release of my FlightZoomer apps is a terrain elevation map and a vertical situation display. The look&feel of these features strongly borrow from the VSD (vertical situation display) and the TERRAIN display of the…


Added by Martin Rüedi on February 23, 2017 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

ArduSub + Ardupilot is Official!

From Rusty and Jacob of ArduSub:

Hello everyone, Rusty here at Blue Robotics. We're pleased to announce that the ArduSub project has merged with Ardupilot!This is a momentous occasion for the ArduSub…


Added by Olivier on February 22, 2017 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Event38 integrates Emlid Reach and starts providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution.

Event38 now offers Emlid Reach upgrade to its vast fleet of UAVs aimed on providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution. Reach PPK enabled system is able to deliver centimeter-level accurate 3D models without use of ground control…


Added by Emlid on February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Tilt rotor/SLT hybrid

Separate lift/thrust systems are growing fast in popularity, to the point that there are already a variety of commercially available systems.  They seem to be the future and continually get better.  Thanks to our developers, Ardupilot has some great features like holding position with forward thrust and is becoming very…


Added by Joe Renteria on February 21, 2017 at 10:46am — 6 Comments

Lots of fun at the ArduPilot Developer Meetup in Canberra

From Tridge at

We just finished the ArduPilot Developer meetup in Canberra, Australia. Randy [Lead Arducopter developer] will be posting videos from the talks when he gets back to Japan, but meanwhile here is a nice video by Darrell Burkey of some of the activities over the…


Added by Olivier on February 20, 2017 at 1:48pm — No Comments

DIY LiDAR scanner using the LW20 and a digital servo

Making a small, low cost laser scanner for sense-and-avoid applications has been a objective of mine for several years. What makes this project challenging is the cost and complexity associated with motors and their drivers to provide the motion, position encoders to provide accurate aiming…


Added by Laser Developer on February 20, 2017 at 6:23am — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
Full rover simulation now added to Dronecode/PX4

The Dronecode/PX4 stack has supported rovers for a long time, but now it's getting a proper simulator for them, too. This addition adds a full rover simulation for SITL and Gazebo. The physical config will follow this week for a Traxxas…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2017 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Circle formations of fixed-wings in Paparazzi

We have recently developed and tested a formation control algorithm for fixed-wings in Paparazzi. The position of an arbitrary number of vehicles can be controlled in a circular path. In fact, we are not restricting ourselves to circles but to any closed orbit, such as ellipses, thanks to the …


Added by Hector Garcia de Marina on February 19, 2017 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Search and Rescue Smart Drone Project

I am currently working on a search and rescue drone for National Parks that uses machine learning to detect missing people from a 3DR Solo.  If you are interested, please check out our website, I would love to hear feedback from fellow drone enthusiasts!  ARI is an unmanned aerial…


Added by Isabella Domi on February 18, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Miniature "stealth" phone GCS, maybe the smallest usable ever...

I promised a while ago that we're going to show you some simpler gear than our high-end client builds or series production stations. Well, this is one of them.…


Added by Azjeg on February 18, 2017 at 8:43am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc.…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm — 6 Comments

Zero-baseline test of GNSS receivers

A zero-baseline test of 4 GNSS receivers (Precis-BX305 incl.) was conducted by Daniel Tampubolon from Institute Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia. …


Added by Tersus GNSS on February 15, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Montana joins states with drone hysteria by promoting bad drone law

The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony on a bill that would apply a civil fine against anyone flying a drone less than 500 ft over private property.
It's a dangerous step towards outlawing drones altogether, and could hobble our growing UAS industry in Montana.
Here's the text of the bill…

Added by Pepper Petersen on February 15, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk

Very cool! From the project repo:

AirSim is a simulator for drones (and soon other vehicles) built on Unreal Engine. It is open-source, cross platform and supports hardware-in-loop with popular flight controllers such as Pixhawk for physically and visually…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Full PX4 Support for E-flite Convergence

After our Christmas experiment of getting the E-flite Convergence flying autonomous missions with PX4 we’ve now gone one step further and implemented a rate controlled acrobatics mode in fixed-wing. This allows you to fly the Convergence in the same 2 modes which the original flight controller…


Added by Andreas Antener on February 13, 2017 at 12:36am — 15 Comments

Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region of…


Added by Patrick Meier on February 13, 2017 at 12:16am — 6 Comments

3D Precision Plane Acrobatics with Ardupilot

The AddictionX is a popular model plane allowing for spectacular high precision acrobatics. In addition to more common barrel rolls and vertical loops, its extremely light  wing loading and…


Added by Olivier on February 12, 2017 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

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