January 2016 Blog Posts (120)


3D Robotics
Text message telemetry with Dronekit

Add a RaspberryPi and a pair of $100 3G modems to Pixhawk and you can have telemetry via text message as far as the cell networks go!  The code, based on Dronekit, is …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 7:47pm — 15 Comments


3D Robotics
The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)

Smarter geofencing features are coming to drones like the 3D Robotics Solo and DJI Phantom series. In both cases, the GPS-driven safety features are driven by a company called AirMap. 

From Wired:

PARKER GYOKERES KNOWS what he’s…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 3:43pm — 15 Comments

International UAV TURKEY Competition

TUBITAK, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, is organizing an international UAV competition, UAV TURKEY between 21-25 September 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. …

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Added by Cengiz Karaagac on January 31, 2016 at 11:42am — 3 Comments

Why are some ESC's only rated to 3s or 4s Lipos ?

Here is a bench test I have done to find out if a 2s to 4s Afro ESC's can run on 6s.

ESC’s  and…

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Added by Reuben on January 30, 2016 at 8:51pm — 16 Comments

Six Trends Driving the Commercial Drone Market in 2016 and Beyond

This post also appears in sUAS News ‘The Market

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“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – attributed to Yogi Berra

I was recently asked in an interview to discuss four or five trends that I see as…

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Added by Colin Snow on January 30, 2016 at 11:13am — 5 Comments

New Dutch Drone Racing community

Hi Dutchies on DIY drones!

We want to invite you to our new Drone Racing related community, we hope to help the sport grow by supporting it online and offline with events and races to come!

Hope to see you soon as a member on http://www.droneracers.nl

Kind…

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Added by Matt on January 30, 2016 at 4:00am — 2 Comments


Developer
APM:Plane 3.5.0 released

The ArduPilot development team is proud to announce the release of the 3.5.0 version of APM:Plane. There have only been a few small changes since the 3.5.0beta1 release 3 weeks ago.

The key changes since 3.5.0beta1 are:

  • addition of better camera trigger logging
  • fixes to override…
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Added by Andrew Tridgell on January 29, 2016 at 8:07pm — 71 Comments

The SF11/C laser altimeter - awesome performance for $249

With a range in excess of 100m and able to measure over water, the SF11/C is the most cost effective laser altimeter for drones on the market today. Compatibility with Pixhawk and derivative flight controllers and its multiple interfaces including serial, I2C, analog and USB make the SF11/C the easiest plug-and-play solution for altitude holding, terrain following and safe…

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Added by Laser Developer on January 29, 2016 at 4:20am — 139 Comments

Autonomous Exploration and Inspection Using Flying Robots

Hi all, 

We recently released this video on autonomous exploration and inspection. Have a look!

Summary: 

The robot employs its visual-inertial navigation system in order to localize itself in the environment and simultaneously map it and 3D reconstruct it. Based on the newly proposed "Receding Horizon Next-Best-View…

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Added by Kostas Alexis on January 28, 2016 at 10:53pm — 11 Comments


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Unboxing the Connex Mini

Unboxing Amimon's Connex Mini, the lightest (60grams) zero latency full HD video link.

Won't be long until we see full HD streamed FPV racing! 

Added by Hai Tran on January 28, 2016 at 7:13pm — 9 Comments

UgCS as a viable alternative to DJI Ground Station

Worried about losing possibility of flight planning for DJI on PC? At the beginning of this year DJI will discontinue their PC mission planning software Ground Station due to Google discontinuing their Google Earth API. Along with that, there has been a recall of DJI 900 MHz radio links.

 

UgCS…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on January 28, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments


3D Robotics
Last-sell for many legacy 3DR product

Hello everyone,

 

As you know, 3DR released Solo nearly a year ago and since then has been firmly focused on extending its capabilities. While many of our legacy products, including IRIS+ and X8+,…

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Added by Andy Jensen on January 28, 2016 at 4:00pm — 106 Comments

DroneKit for STEM education; coming to a school near you

A great example from the folks at Beaumont college of what DroneKit opens up for…

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Added by Greg Crutsinger on January 28, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Preparing Auto Missions Using Python

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A sample mission created using python

Too long, didn't read: For complex autonomous flights, create missions using python instead of…

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Added by unnamed idea on January 28, 2016 at 2:39am — 14 Comments

Ardupilot 2.5 Artwork

Ardupilot 2.5… vintage, open-source artwork for the wall.…

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Added by Greg Crutsinger on January 27, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Drone Racing League - Public Debut

Happy to share the public launch of something I helped to create! It is really exciting and encouraging to see my concept come to life in the hands of Nick Horbaczewski and the DRL Team with the public launch today of The Drone Racing League ! Can't wait to see how far they take it this year!



Www.thedroneracingleague.com…

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Added by Dan Kanes on January 26, 2016 at 11:30am — 17 Comments

Galileo arrived with recent FW update for u-blox 8 series users

Finally, we can use 5 more SAT's for GNSS. Fresh news from u-blox>

Thalwil, Switzerland - January 26, 2016 - u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announces the release of a new firmware, FW 3.01, for its u-blox M8 concurrent multi-GNSS platform.



u-blox M8 FW 3.01 now also supports…

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Added by Gabor H on January 26, 2016 at 3:00am — 43 Comments

Drone Flight Area Control

Drone Flight Area Control is a scalable drone management system which allows users to efficiently delegate tasks to fleets of varied UAVs, that was built for Hack Arizona and won best overall, best in software and third in…

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Added by Mark Omo on January 25, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Improving motor and propeller performance: theory and application (part1)

As promised, here is part 1 of our series on motor and propeller theory. Part 1 covers the coil magnet model, Kirchhoff's law for a motor, Back EMF, Kv, Kt, and motor efficiency.

By the end of the first video, you should really understand why is a motor is inefficient and the relation between electrical power, heat and mechanical power. The motor model is…

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Added by Charles Blouin on January 25, 2016 at 4:27pm — 17 Comments

SmartAP 3.0 Pro Flight Controller

SmartAP 3.0 Pro Autopilot is the high-level flight control system for multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with the capability of fully autonomous flight including take off, waypoints flight and landing. The hardware core is powered by STM32F4 microcontroller from STMicroelectronics, 9-axis Inertial Measurement…

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Added by Kirill on January 25, 2016 at 3:13pm — 78 Comments

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