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3 Reasons Why It’s Better to Fly With Skyvuze Technologies!

Many exciting developments are underway in regards to drones and drone insurance. At the forefront of these innovative offerings stands Skyvuze Technologies. UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are not the only thing that our agency has launched recently. We are constantly working around the clock to provide the most efficient offerings in the entire drone…


Added by Alexander Sheard on May 20, 2016 at 3:44pm — 1 Comment

Introducing WaterStrider on Kickstarter—Make Confident Takeoffs & Landings Anywhere

Greetings to the DIY Drones community!

My name is Adam Morrison, and I'm one of the co-founders of DroneRafts LLC. I wanted to introduce you all to our new and exciting product called WaterStrider. Since the early fall of last year, our team has been totally dedicated to developing and bringing to market an accessory for drones that allows effortless takeoffs and landings anywhere you want to go with your drone. This…


Added by Adam Morrison on May 20, 2016 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Streaming raspi camera video to Tower video widget

I am reporting how to stream Raspberry pi camera video to Tower video widget. 

On the last weekend, I attended a drone meeting. I brought my IRIS which was given from my friend. It flew well and I was very satisfied with my first flight. In the meeting, other people brought their brand…


Added by Kaizu on May 20, 2016 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

NVIDIA Jetson TX1 carrier boards overview

Hey DIY-selfers!

NVIDIA Jetson TX1 is a system-on-module with impressive processing capabilities.

To get a glance of how powerful it is just take a look at the numbers in the description from NVIDIA:

“It's built around the revolutionary NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture with…


Added by Alexandru Evian on May 20, 2016 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Serious Fun

[ Peter Barker, Andrew (Tridge) Tridgell and Leonard Hall analyzing flight logs ]

Take three software developers, a bunch of flying robots, a windy day, some

coffee and mix. What you will get is a fun day of exciting flying just as



Added by Darrell Burkey on May 19, 2016 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
Teaching rovers to powerslide with ROS

Very interesting research from Georgia Tech, using a RC truck running ROS and a Nvidia graphics board. From IEEE Spectrum:



Added by Chris Anderson on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Mapping Rural Australia

[ Walgett, New South Wales - Australia ]

Around here doing mapping with a Skywalker X8 isn't exactly news. Still, it's exciting when you finally figure it all out yourself and get to enjoy the fun of watching the plane fly over while taking hundreds of photos. A big thank you to…


Added by Darrell Burkey on May 19, 2016 at 3:30am — 8 Comments

3DR Solo Host Connector

To transmit sensor data in real time over the Solo's Wi-Fi channel, InterMet Systems built a custom USB connector that lets any device access the aircraft's accessory processor bay.  We designed it for our …


Added by Fred Clowney on May 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Rockefeller Foundation Funds Humanitarian Drones Startup


Our world is experiencing an unprecedented shift from manually controlled technologies to increasingly intelligent and autonomous systems powered by artificial intelligence (AI). I believe that this radical shift in both efficiency and productivity can have significant positive social impact when it is channeled responsibly, locally and sustainably.…


Added by Patrick Meier on May 18, 2016 at 5:03am — 3 Comments

Airstring is live on Kickstarter

We introduced Airstring to this community some weeks ago and we received a lot of feedback which has gone into the campaign and into the project itself.

Today we announce that the Airstring project is live on Kickstarter and you can reserve your own Airstring module to connect your drone to the…


Added by Jose Alberto Soler on May 18, 2016 at 2:00am — 26 Comments

Runcam 2 gimbal more prototype

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Hi all. 

I recently updated the runcam2 gimbal for my quadcopter design.

To see the previous design, check here …


Added by on May 18, 2016 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

130mm quad with simple C++ firmware, Part II: The firmware

This is a follow-up to yesterday's post.  As promised, I wanted to provide some information about the C++ firmware running on this little quadcopter.

Following in the Baseflight / Cleanflight / Raceflight / Betaflight naming tradition of the 32-bit Multwii lineage, I call this firmware…


Added by Simon D. Levy on May 17, 2016 at 4:25pm — 4 Comments

130mm quad with simple C++ firmware, Part I: The Build

I wanted to try my hand at a true "DIY" project, designing and building my own micro quadcotper frame and writing my own firmware in C++.  In this post I will describe the frame and build; in my next post I will talk about the firmware.

Excluding stuff I had lying around the shop, (heat-shrink tubing, EC-3 connectors, velcro, cable ties, etc.) the cost came to just under $170:

  • 3D-printed…

Added by Simon D. Levy on May 16, 2016 at 7:46pm — 11 Comments

Tower v3.2.1 Release

After several months of development and testing, Tower v3.2.1 is finally ready for release to the wider community!

This release is significant as it marks the transition…


Added by Fredia Huya-Kouadio on May 16, 2016 at 4:34pm — 18 Comments

STM32F1 Flash Memory

This video shows me checking the size of the flash RAM (memory) on an MRC Naze32 (ARM STM32F103) flight controller from MultiRC. Because I am loading my own firmware onto the board, I have to short the bootloader pins on the board, via some male jumper wires I soldered on.

These inexpensive FCs with onboard flash RAM are sold for use with the Blackbox logging feature in Cleanflight, but I wanted to…


Added by Simon D. Levy on May 16, 2016 at 10:16am — 3 Comments

Review & test of Gearbest's Pixhawk and comparison with 3DR's Pixhawk

Recent 3DR's move not to sell DIY components & parts anymore, pushes hobbyists and prosumers to diversify their supplier's sources.  Like many others in the community, my issue is to find an "as good quality as 3DR" alternative for a Pixhawk board.  I started looking around for possible 3DR Pixhawk replacement candidates, with a quality I can…


Added by Hugues on May 16, 2016 at 8:27am — 32 Comments

Trajectory controller using a companion computer and a naze32

I want to show the progression I have done with my DronePilot framework, and in this video I'm showing how to do a trajectory controller.

I want to start by saying what I'm using to make this work:

  • Motion capture laboratory (optitrack)
  • Normal quadcopter 
  • Companion computer (raspberry pis and…

Added by Aldo Vargas on May 14, 2016 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

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