All Blog Posts (11,696)

Courtship of the drone fireflies: A short movie with flying robots and lights

Drones, lights and nature combine in Drone Courtship, a short movie about a magical encounter between two flying robots set in a forest of centennial trees. A collaboration between Atelier D. Schlaepfer and …


Added by AdrienB on October 8, 2015 at 7:51am — 2 Comments

Long range Laser Altimeter for commercial Drones and Light Aircraft

The SF00 long range laser altimeter

Measurements of the height above ground up to and beyond 250m (820 feet) provide important information to many different types of aircraft. For commercial and military drones…


Added by Laser Developer on October 8, 2015 at 5:43am — 8 Comments

Crawl around our offices with Erle-Spider

As some of you may know, we’ve designed Erle-Spider to deliver an open, low cost and Linux-based robot powered by ROS that hopes to bring robotics to many. To show it to the world…

Added by Víctor Mayoral on October 8, 2015 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Nocturnal Flying Robots Emerge

The passing of the autumnal equinox provides more opportunity to test luminary robots. Over the last few years, at about this time, I find myself deep in lighting experiments for upcoming projects. It's important to test any candidate lighting systems to understand how they might…


Added by earthpatrol on October 7, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Utility for merging mapped areas in Google Earth

One of the great things about using drones to map areas is that you can do the same mapping mission many times, showing change over time. But it's sometimes hard to merge that data into Google Earth for viewing. Thankfully, the team at the Google Earth blog…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 7, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A new board?

Hello after a long time,

I have been working about my previous post in my spare time and i have decided to work on new board to expand my playground.

Now i am working on a sensor board that includes inemo imu module, gps receiver, pressure, humudity and temperature sensors. as…


Added by Alican Kurutepe on October 7, 2015 at 1:43pm — No Comments

In Nepal, a model for using drones for humanitarianism emerges

The Humanitarian UAV Mission I spearheaded in Nepal a couple weeks ago was just…


Added by Patrick Meier on October 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

DIY Mimic - Or how to have fun with IMU and Arduino on ground

I had this idea in mind for a long time now, and when I heard about the Mimic from Freefly, I decided to do it for real. This is also part of some small projects I did about all the ways you can connect an Arduino to your radio transmitter to extend his capabilities.

So let's start with the Mimic, you can see here in action:…


Added by Benoît Courty on October 7, 2015 at 7:32am — 8 Comments

Short Course on Mission-Specific Aircraft Design

Hey guys,

Sam Weiss and I have put together a short, 30 minute course on designing aircraft for specific missions. Would you mind watching these three 10-minute videos and leaving some feedback? We're looking specifically for comments and suggestions of what areas within aircraft design are not well understood or are the most…


Added by Doug Hunsaker on October 7, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace.

The FAA proposes a $1.9 million civil penalty against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago. Between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, SkyPan…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 6, 2015 at 6:30am — 24 Comments

Multi-Point Repeater Aircraft

Finally getting around to posting about our successful test of our Multi-Point Repeater aircraft last August.

Basically we were able to fly a Quad Mission relaying the mavlink data via our repeater aircraft, itself in an autonomous mission 400ft above. Both the Quad…


Added by Warren Eather on October 6, 2015 at 2:00am — 7 Comments

Subscription Based CAD Drones Community Is Now FREE!

We’re excited to announce that our subscription based community is now FREE for anyone to join. All members now have full access to every page and feature free of charge. Now that we are no longer subscription based we will not have the available resources to hire contractors for the needed positions. Our goal is to make CAD,…


Added by Joshua Johnson on October 6, 2015 at 12:33am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Would you like to capture professional quality photos with Solo? Do you like Rube-Goldberg machines?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, then this post is for you.

I've always had a special fondness for the Sony QX-1 and decided to rig up a contraption that would let me…


Added by Daniel McKinnon on October 5, 2015 at 10:50pm — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
The FAA has missed an important deadline and it predicts 1 million drones to be sold this Holiday Season

Hello DIY Drones Community:

I have come up with some interesting articles regarding UAV legislation and projected sales for the upcoming holiday season that might affect the use of drones for regular folk and businesses.

Jason Koebler of wrote an…


Added by Daniel Iglesias on October 5, 2015 at 4:05pm — 5 Comments

MinimOSD support SIDE BY SIDE 3D mode

Hello everyone!

In the market for several years,…


Added by Egor_FPV3DCam on October 5, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Tower v3.2.0 Release

After a couple months of testing by the community, Tower v3.2.0 has been released on the Google Play store for use by the general public!

This release requires the latest…


Added by Fredia Huya-Kouadio on October 5, 2015 at 9:00am — 21 Comments

3D Robotics
Great report on Syria Airlift project, using APM-powered planes for humanitarian aid

From the latest issue of Make Magazine, a great profile of the Syria Airlift project, which is using inexpensive APM:Plane powered aircraft to train refugees to deliver food and medical aid in Syria and other war-torn…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 4, 2015 at 11:21am — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
Amazing Stanford work on adding cinematic camera control to APM-powered drones

An interactive tool for designing quadcopter camera shots

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015


Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2015 at 6:48pm — 5 Comments

Olympus AIR

Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image

I stumble upon this thing today.

Could be a good (great?) camera platform for UAV.

What do you guys think?


More: Google: Olympus Air


Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image



Added by Azhar T. Pangesti on October 2, 2015 at 10:30pm — 13 Comments

Matrixpilot Glider add-on: brakes and auto land demo


MatrixPilot got upgraded with the helical turn method. I changed my code to follow this development.

To add the auto land function, i needed better brake control. After that i created the auto landing script.

The codebase has moved to Git. My code is here:…


Added by GliderUAV on October 2, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments

Monthly Archives











DIY Drones Monthly

Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Pylon Race, is here

© 2015   Created by Chris Anderson.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service