July 2013 Blog Posts (201)


3D Robotics
"UAVs Go to College"

An article in Popular Mechanics on the rise of UAV programs in American universities. 

Excerpt:

A growing number of American…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2013 at 9:54pm — 5 Comments


3D Robotics
Drone U: "Will Agriculture be the New Killer App for Drones?"

Here's the latest installment of the "Drone U" podcast from the New America Foundation. I've listened to the whole…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2013 at 8:10pm — 6 Comments

The end of my quad

Sadly, my little quad has been lost in Davey Jones' Locker, I fear. I thought I'd try a longer programmed flight, and I didn't account for what would happen if the TX and/or the telemetry radio lost signal. At least that's my theory. I thought it would execute RTL, but it appears it didn't. A couple minutes into the flight (when I lost sight of it beyond some trees (but over the water), the telemetry radio stopped tracking. I went out to the beach and looked around, but the…

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Added by Steve Maller on July 31, 2013 at 3:30pm — 36 Comments

Zero Occupancy Vehicles

Given the positive response to this recent blog post, we arranged with CafePress to offer a few ZOV-labeled products. Use…

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Added by John Githens on July 31, 2013 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

Flight time test

 

I was curious what kind of flight times I might expect from the little 3DR quad, so I tried an experiment today. I used a little LiPo alarm (super useful!), and flew it with a combination of a pre-programmed route (a couple minutes) and just a little random flying around. I had the GoPro Hero3 BE slung underneath with a simple velcro mount (super jello!). Here's a video…

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Added by Steve Maller on July 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


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Civilian Drones the Documentary

Upcoming Documentary Civilian Drones highlights The Human Toll while the U.S. NAS Integration Effort Stagnates.

The documentary produced by MahaPix Studios is sure to raise eyebrows as it exposes the viewer to the lifesaving potential of small unmanned systems. Beyond the hypothetical, the film reveals the incredible potential of unmanned technology when…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on July 31, 2013 at 12:15pm — 9 Comments

FPV camera test : Mobius, #808 V2 FPV, Gopro Hero 2

Hi DIY,

I'm part of a (french) website on heli's, drones and so on. Just want to be clear with that. And we release a review between Modius, #808 FPV and GoPro 2. …



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Added by laurent khong on July 31, 2013 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

DroneHire.org - International directory of commercial drone / UAV operators.

Hi everyone

I just launched a new website at www.dronehire.org, to help connect commercial drone operators with clients.

The site is very much a work in progress, so I would really appreciate any suggestions on how it…

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Added by Drone Hire on July 31, 2013 at 3:00am — 20 Comments

Epic FPV - Caesarea Maritima

I finally got around to editing the footage I got at Caesarea Maritima:

Specs of the copter are as follow:

Frame designed by me and CNC'd from G10 (600mm MTM)

Sunnysky V2216-11 (800Kv)

Turnigy Plush 25a ESC's

Paris V4.0 with an ebay IMU (L3G4200D+ADXL345+BMP085+HMC5883L) and multiwiicopter.com GPS

DragonLink…

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Added by Jonathan Arad on July 31, 2013 at 1:20am — 6 Comments

Mobius Action Cam Footage on a custom mini H quad.

Very impressive HD video footage from my friend's Panya's custom home made mini H quad with the new Mobius Action Camera - from the makers of the original Keychain Cam. Using wooden arms and Simonk'd 12Amp HK-BS ESCs and myrcmart's 2400KV ZMR motors with a multiwii lite FC, this little H frame is a wonderful video and FPV platform. In the video you can see my ZMR…

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Added by weelian soh on July 30, 2013 at 7:41pm — 3 Comments

Flight of the External HDD





all Aluminum Frame

was telling my brother if this was a good idea.... made from an old External HDD case. nearly 2KG AUW

the HDD case was from my cousin...

 

one 950KV from emax and three 850kv from Jdrone in the pic is a 9x45 prop but will upgrade it to 10x45prop due to under power.

will post the vid as soon its maiden



and if your talking about balance its just 100kv difference & the flight…

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Added by CliffN on July 30, 2013 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments


3D Robotics
Remote controlled FULL SIZE cars

This isn't a drone, but wow: FPV cars, with remote human operators!

From Gizmag:

Researchers at Germany’s Technische Universität München (TUM) are...developing remote-control cars that could…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2013 at 5:58pm — 5 Comments

3D Printed Quad Video

I have had my 3D printed quad finished for a while now.  I have been working on a 3D printed tricopter, anti-vibration mounts, gimbals and some other fun stuff.  I finally buckled down and put a short video together of some print time-lapses and some videos of the quad in the air.  She flies very well with an old kk Blackboard but I would like to add an APM or a Naza onto it.…

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Added by Mike Bristol on July 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments


3D Robotics
3DR Labs :: Oculus Rift FPV with head tracking

Our all-star interns have been brewing up some cool devices this summer at 3DR. Three words: Oculus Rift FPV.  

We have the Oculus communicating through the Mission Planner as a joystick input, driving…

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Added by Brandon Basso on July 30, 2013 at 2:30pm — 19 Comments

Stereoscopic FPV flying

This is a video I found of 3D video recording, but it got me thinking about 3D FPV flying. Especially with Team Blacksheep kind-of flying, close to the ground or obstacles like trees, surely stereo viewing must add a lot and help determine distances. Is anyone doing this and is it worthwhile? Haven't got my Fat Sharks that long yet, but start thinking how it must…

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Added by Stefan78 on July 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments


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Cracker Barrel Does TED

Patrick from sUAS News recently had a spot at TEDx Sacramento. All part of our ongoing effort to change public misconceptions about our industry, and to highlight beneficial applications of non-militarized systems. While some folks practice their…
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Added by Gary Mortimer on July 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

A more complete video of an autonomous flight

Filmed an end-to-end flight using my Panasonic GH3 on a tripod showing my Mac ground station (running Parallels) and using a GoPro HD Hero3 BE on the copter. The GoPro was just velcro'd to the copter frame, which is obviously not ideal. But these are just initial flight tests, so I'm not concerned with video quality. I'm so excited about the prospects for this kind of semi-guided…

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Added by Steve Maller on July 30, 2013 at 9:00am — 12 Comments


3D Robotics
Aeromapper X5 (APM-powered mapping drone) covered in Gizmag

Congrats to Aeromau on this great coverage from Gizmag!

While we’re seeing an increasing amount of aerial mapping being performed by …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments

SteadiDrone USA up and running!

 

 

 

 

USA

 
Hi All-

Steve Marolt from SteadiDrone USA with an update. Wanted to let you all know that…

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Added by Steve-SteadiDrone USA (dealer) on July 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Vacation Flying. How Long Before Everyone Does It?

While preparing for our vacation in North Carolina, I packed my lightweight inexpensive HD camera quad, hoping to get some interesting video and still shots.…

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Added by HeliStorm on July 29, 2013 at 11:27pm — 10 Comments

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