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3D Robotics
Switchblade nano drone from EPFL

"Morphology plays an important role in behavioural and locomotion strategies of living and artificial systems. There is biological evidence that adaptive morphological changes can not only extend dynamic performances by reducing trade-offs during locomotion, but also provide new functionalities. …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 4, 2016 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

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New OpenMV computer vision board, with twice the power

Just announced: the next-generation OpenMV cam with the new M7 processor for twice the power and an even lower price ($55). The original OpenMV is my favorite computer vision processor, and this new one looks even better.…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 3, 2016 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

Local Motors/Airbus VTOL UAV takes to the skies!

Hey everyone, 

I wanted to announce the successful first forward flight with the Local Motors/Airbus VTOL UAV. Powered by a Pixhawk 1 with Arduplane 3.7.1, weighing in at 54.85lbs!

I was called in three weeks ago to help them design, build,…


Added by Joseph Aletky on December 3, 2016 at 2:14pm — 14 Comments

Wireless Power Solution for Drones

Our team of world-class engineers continues working on wireless power technology, and we aim to deliver industrial solution next year – to provide safe and efficient high-power long distance wireless power transmission, and deploy wireless power networks for drones in cities across the globe.

We are glad to present new video of the drone…


Added by Dmitry Skotnikov on December 2, 2016 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

Can AeroVironment Compete in the Commercial Drone Market?

AeroVironment’s new drone and cloud-based analytics platform squarely targets the commercial sector, but are they targeting the wrong vertical, too late in the game?


Earlier this month, the military and tactical unmanned aircraft systems…


Added by Colin Snow on December 2, 2016 at 12:10pm — 2 Comments

The Most Comprehensive Study on Drones in Humanitarian Action

In August 2015, the Swiss humanitarian organization FSD kindly hired me as a consultant to work on the EU-ECHO funded Drones in Humanitarian Action program. I had the pleasure of working closely with FSD and team during the past 16 months. Today represents the culmination of a lot of hard work by many dedicated individuals. Today we’re launching our comprehensive report on “Drones in Humanitarian…


Added by Patrick Meier on December 2, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

SOLO Mapper production Batch

Hello guys,

You probably know that we’ve developed the Mapper version of the SOLO which includes a Sony Qx1 (APS-C sensor, 20 Megapixels) and an automatic geotagging feature. Designed for technical work and compatible with mission planner / Tower (video below)


link to the webpage

Our next…


Added by Nicolas on December 2, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Event 38 starts Reach RTK equipped mapping drones delivery

I've just seen cool tests from Jeff Taylor and his Event 38. They integrated Emlid's Reach in E384/E386 mapping drones and verified processed data accuracy using data from Trimble R6 Model4. 

With the Emlid Reach RTK GPS Receivers now available, we’ve been conducting tests to determine their accuracy and working on the integration into the E384 and…


Added by Dmitriy Ershov on December 1, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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Pozxy ultrawideband positioning support from ArduCopter

Great news from Randy and the ArduCopter team:

Over the past month or so a few of us have been experimenting with using the …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2016 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Skywalker EVE-2000 Madien Flight Video sharing

    Today, I will share skywalker EVE-2000 Madien Flight Video to you. It is really good for hand casting, some hobbists are fond of installing landing gear. That looks really great, which protects propeller from damaging. However, he choose propeller is not good, because it is too narrow. He'd better use our company's propeller, which is wider than his, ensure strong drag that make better effieciency.



Added by Ellen Zhu on December 1, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

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Visualizing autopilot behavior with Flight Gear

Great post from Curtis Olson, the lead developer of FlightGear and a long-time autopilot developer, on using simulators to do sophisticated autopilot analysis.

Blending real video with synthetic data yields a…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2016 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

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Indoor drone localization with HTC Vive Lighthouse

Very cool hack, as reported by Hackaday:

The HTC Vive’s Lighthouse localization system is one of the cleverest things we’ve seen in a while. It uses a synchronization flash followed by a swept beam to tell any device that can see the lights…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Forced to publish 2016 ESNC contest entry: Stratos Shuttle – looking for sponsors or investors

Hi All,

Being very experienced avionics designer with significant operational drone experience including stratospheric airdrop, I have tried to contact Polish space3ac fund asking for funding. I was blocked on facebook march 2016 after asking the first question by coordinator who knew me as being whistleblower.

You can find entire entry under the link describing the idea:…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on November 30, 2016 at 9:30am — 24 Comments

Talking Pixhawk 2.1 and RTK with Philip Rowse

It's in the title really. ;-)

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 30, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Drone pilot catches a moron polluting forrest, forces him to remove his garbage!

Hi Guys!

I have an uplifting video for you today! :) Look at that brave drone pilot catching this nasty forrest polluter, near the capitol of Poland.

Disturbed and frightened by this new amazing technology ;), polluter rushes to pick up his garbage, puts it back on his car and drives away. Actually, he probably is afraid that…


Added by Greg Dronsky on November 30, 2016 at 5:09am — 1 Comment

Static and Kinematic Datasets for Post-processing

Hi there,

Two sample datasets (in Tersus binary format) for static and…


Added by TersusAdmin on November 30, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

[mRo] The new DIY store

Hello everyone, we are back!

Let me introduce myself, some of you might remember me as the cofounder of 3D Robotics/3DR. Since then, a particular and well-selected team of people from 3DR San Diego and 3DR TJ and I are pleased to announce we are continuing to develop legacy & new products for…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 29, 2016 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Agriculture Drone Market driven by Increasing automation in the agriculture process

Zion Research has published a new report titled “Agriculture Drone Market (Fixed Wing, Rotary Blade, Hybrid, Data Management, Imaging Software, and Data Analysis) for Field mapping, Variable Rate Application (VRA), Crop Scouting, Crop Spraying, Livestock, Agriculture Photography and Other Applications: Global…


Added by Allan Leonetti on November 29, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Visual obstacle avoidance with Centeye and Crazyflie

Geoff Barrows at Centeye has been working for many years on his small, low-cost vision chips and they're really starting to get good. See the above video for visual obstacle avoidance on the Crazyflie nano-drone platform. Sadly you can't buy these boards (Geoff mostly does custom engineering for defense industry clients), but maybe we can convince him…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2016 at 12:17pm — 4 Comments

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Indoor swarming using ultrawideband positioning

The great Bitcraze team in Sweden who created the Crazyflie nano drones have now added an ultrawideband indoor positioning system called Loco Position (it uses the same Decawave chip as the Pozyx system that I use). They're still bringing it up, but have just hit a milestone: swarming!…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments

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