February 2014 Blog Posts (161)

Make accurate, realistic 3D Models with aerial photos from your UAV!

A video showing 3D models made with images from a Go Pro camera mounted on a DJI Phantom. Photos were uploaded to Autodesk's Photo on Recap 360, and the cloud service automatically created accurate 3D models and point clouds with textures. The basic process: 

  1. Set the Go Pro Camera to timelapse photo mode
  2. Fly around the object to get pictures from…
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Added by Dennis Martin on February 28, 2014 at 6:52pm — 16 Comments


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Drone Cargo Ships Will Make the Real World Work Like the Internet

By Marcus Wohlsen

Rolls Royce is moving toward a world where a single tap on a smartphone could set a massive cargo ship in motion half a world away.

As reported by…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 28, 2014 at 6:17pm — 9 Comments

EPM Cargo Gripper V2 Setup Instructions, Auto Mission and manual RC....

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Hello all,

I just finished up the instructions let me know what you guy think!

click this link if you don't like the formatting :)

http://planner.ardupilot.com/wiki/common-electro-permanent-magnet-gripper-v2-x/…

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Added by ctech4285 on February 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Accident opens eyes to future

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/farming/293307/accident-opens-eyes-future

While riding a bike about 15 months ago, spatial analyst Neill Glover was hit by a car and seriously injured. While recovering, he had plenty of time to think about work. That is where his drone came in.

He bought a…

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Added by criro1999 on February 28, 2014 at 11:47am — 2 Comments

Farewell flash sale for the RTF Quad

If you've been waiting for the right opportunity to start or expand your drone reserve, now's the time.

Next week, we'll be bidding a…

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Added by Sue Rosenstock on February 28, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

imagine this under your drone.

This is what i am wishing for this year

Capturing all of life. 360Fly. from 360Fly on Vimeo.

The unique lens design captures 360° horizontal x 240° vertical making it the widest viewing camera in the world.

The small form factor and…

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Added by Christian Behrens-Thomsen on February 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Drones Exercise for Smuggling into W-Va Prison

"says in a news release that criminals and their cohorts are increasingly using drones to drop contraband like tobacco, drugs and cellphones into prisons."

Drones to make appearance at W.Va. prison exercise

Added by X-Winder on February 28, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

No solder method for defective 3.3V regulator for APM

Discovered a method to provide an alternative 3.3V for powering the onboard Baro, Accelerometer, Compass when the built in 3.3V regulator TPS79133 fails.

I documented the details and equipment required here…

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Added by Franklin Neo on February 27, 2014 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Announcing MAVBoard Indiegogo Campaign

I have finally got the MAVBoard to a state where I am ready to take pre orders via Indiegogo! After several revisions of the boards, I am quite happy with them and would like to take pre orders so I…

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Added by Mike Machado on February 27, 2014 at 6:58pm — 25 Comments

Controlling Radio Frequency Interference

RFI is often a very frustrating problem but the following information may be of help. You may have RFI and be unaware of it and following these precautions might increase your range.

If possible keep your wire/cable runs away from transmitters, coax and antennas. Never group coax cable together with wiring runs. Use shielding for your wiring runs and if possible grounded metal enclosures for sensitive electronics. Be sure your coax…

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Added by Geoffrey Preston on February 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Quaternion AHRS with uPilot32

 

Here is a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnAL1ygwNg8) of a new implementation of an AHRS algorithm, thanks to Seb Madgwick and Fabio Vareseno works.

Source code is available on the website http://vgrsystems.free.fr/?page_id=79

Feel free to…

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Added by VGR-Systems on February 27, 2014 at 11:13am — 9 Comments

UAV's and shark spotting - a case study

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James Masterton has been experimenting with UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) off the Perth coastline to see if they might help spot sharks. Here he shares his experiences and provides some clues as to what now needs to be done if UAVs could be part of the…

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Added by Simon on February 27, 2014 at 12:00am — 21 Comments


3D Robotics
Quadcopter swarming modeled after pigeon formations

From NPR:

Can drones, the small unmanned aircraft that are at the forefront of fields from warfare to commercial delivery systems, fly without human intervention? A team of Hungarian researchers answers yes, having created 10 drones that self-organize as they move through the air.

The team based its…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2014 at 11:36pm — 5 Comments


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Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

Interesting press release from the FAA

Quoting from http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=76240 :

February 26–There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about unmanned aircraft system (UAS) regulations. Here are some common myths and the corresponding facts.



Myth #1: The FAA…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 26, 2014 at 9:30pm — 20 Comments

DroneMapper Global UAV Hot Spots HeatMap

A great heatmap showing the global UAV hot spots! The data is a random sampling of 30,000 geo-tagged images from our database. Pretty cool!…

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Added by JP on February 26, 2014 at 8:00pm — 10 Comments


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EastBay RC Guide to PID Controllers, Part 2: The Math and the Code

Part 2 of the EastBay RC Guide to PID Controllers.

Building on the intuitive model presented in part 1, we take a look at the mathematical model and write a PID control loop based on that model. Hang in there if you're unfamiliar with the math... it turns out to be pretty straight-forward code in the end!

Like part 1, this is a first take. Your…

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Added by Mark Harrison on February 26, 2014 at 5:51pm — 4 Comments


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Drones in the sky - technological marvel or threat to privacy?

Do drones pose a threat to our privacy, or are they just the fruits of innovative technology with benefits for governments and industry?…

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Added by David Anders on February 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments


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Eye eye whats this then

Interesting article at IEEE all about 3DR but it was the flying wing that caught my eye, along with a very relaxed image of Jordi.…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 26, 2014 at 1:27pm — 5 Comments

Drone Build Party and Aerial Sports Meetup in SF, Sat. March 1st

Game of Drones is hosting a UAV build party and aerial sports meetup this Sat, March 1st in San Fransico, from 6-10 PM.  

It's completely free, and fun for the whole family.  Everyone is encouraged to come, whether you're already a drone flyer or just fly-curious.  This event will focus on our…

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Added by Marque Cornblatt on February 26, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Aerial VIsta Challenge Team Design Concept

Hello Everyone!!  As many of you know, we have been entered into the 2014 Wildlife Conservation Challenge.  We are in the process of submitting our initial design concept.  Before I get into that, I would like to thank our sponsors that are making this possible.  RVJET has provided the RVJET airframes.…

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Added by Toby Lankford on February 26, 2014 at 7:34am — 14 Comments

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