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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 — 16 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 — 6 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

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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 — 13 Comments

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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 — 4 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 — 13 Comments

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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

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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 — 12 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

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3DR's Iris+ selected as top drone of 2015 by GeekSnack

Hi DIY drones community,

I just wanted to share this list of top five drones of 2015 made by the website

At the top of the list is 3DR's own and…


Added by Daniel Iglesias on October 2, 2015 at 9:53am — 3 Comments

3DR SOLO approved by DGAC "french FAA"!

A quick recap of what is allowed in france :

We have been working for a few months to demonstrate to the DGAC that the SOLO was safe enough to be used for commercial operations. We had previously gotten the first type certificates for …


Added by Nicolas on October 2, 2015 at 1:16am — 4 Comments

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Army researchers testing swarms of APM-powered drones

From Defense Systems:

The Army is experimenting with using swarms of small, inexpensive drones in battlefield missions—as much as anything because of the potential threat they could pose to U.S. forces.

Members of the Targets Management Office with Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2015 at 6:41pm — 13 Comments

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First 3DR Podcast: A conversation with Chris Anderson

This is the first episode of our new Life After Gravity podcast series. Every other week we’ll deliver conversations with leading thinkers and personalities from the drone world and beyond. We’ll start close to home: This week I speak with 3DR CEO Chris…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on October 1, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

More than meets the eye: a bit about caution and credibility

One reason I constantly check DIYdrones throughout the day is the tenancy to have well-written and informative blog posts on the front page, as opposed to some of the "hype machine news" found elsewhere, though we get our share as well. 

This blog post is really…


Added by MarioSpeedwagon on October 1, 2015 at 12:18pm — 20 Comments

TankCopter on Indiegogo


I would like to ask you for little help in making this drone real, if you could support the project that would be amazing, if you cannot help financially, but you would still like to be part of it, please share the campaign!

Link to the campaign: …


Added by Mielnikus on October 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Experiments in Autonomy

Sometimes a flight experiment gone awry exposes a set of behaviors that directly correlate to previous design choices. It's a moment of validation based on developing systems with the expectation that they will fail. The video below is an example of one of these moments.

During one my daily…


Added by earthpatrol on September 30, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Our new Pixhawk based KickStarter project

Easy Drone XL Pro is on KickStarter

Hi, just wanted to let you know that we are back on KickStarter to fund our newest and largest drone - the XL Pro! Please check out our campaign and pledge a dollar if you like what we are doing.

Also, we are counting on you to share and spread the word!

Yours truly, …


Added by Ivan Stamatovski on September 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Users feedback report around GCS software investigation

I'm sharing with you the results from an online survey we did here some weeks ago.

Please, let us know what you think…


Added by Beatriz on September 30, 2015 at 10:47am — 7 Comments

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