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Introducing droneCFD -- Simplifying OpenFoam simulations of small fixed wing aircraft

I would like to introduce to the DiyDrones community. The purpose of droneCFD is to reduce the complexity of running Openfoam CFD simulations on small unmanned aircraft geometries. To do this, droneCFD uses the OpenFoam…


Added by Chris Paulson on October 15, 2014 at 3:35pm — 5 Comments - 2 years, still online - It's a database for RC components: brushless motors, servos, ESCs etc

I added a lot of new features (some features still in development), rewrote largest part of code.

You can help me to make best and largest…


Added by Alexander Novikov on October 15, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

SenseFly Ebee head impact test

Danish Aviation Systems recently made a head impact test with eBee drone and upload the results today. 

Interesting video, from the description:

DAS have today conducted a human crash test to see what the effects of an eBee hitting a human direct in the head.

please see the link…


Added by Postal on October 15, 2014 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

Dudes with Drones

Jordi Muñoz (left), Brandon Basso (center), and Chris Anderson (right) at 3D Robotics’ office in Berkeley, California, with one of the company’s Iris quadcopters, which sell for $750 and are aimed at recreational videographers. (All photos by Chris McPherson). …


Added by X-Winder on October 15, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments

Safety First Before Flying Your Drone Outside

Fly Your Drone Safely

Before flying your drone outside, you must familiarize yourself with your country’s current regulations (find these via Google).

The Boring but Essential…


Added by on October 15, 2014 at 6:24am — 1 Comment

Serbia and Albania game abandoned after drone invasion sparks brawl

(CNN) -- Ethnic tensions in the Balkans and an incident involving a drone led to the abandonment of a major European international football game Tuesday.

Serbia's European Championship qualifying match with Albania…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on October 14, 2014 at 5:54pm — 12 Comments

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APM powers copter+rover volcano monitoring research

Congrats to Randy Mackay and the APM:Copter team, whose collaboration with Tohoku University was discussed in…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Pulsar 3.0 and APM 2.6 for FPV soaring

I got this amazing glider from

My main goal was to use this glider for  soaring using FPV .

On board I use APM 2.6 During the flight I use 3 modes

Manual - Fly by Wire -B  - RTH.

Soaring abilites of Glider Pulsar is excellent !!

Radio: Futaba Mz 14   72 Mhz ( for long distance control )

Video equipment  5,8Ghz Tx 400ma

Please take a look video…


Added by Alex on October 14, 2014 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Footbal match stoped because of a quadcopter

Someone flew on the football field with a DJI Phantom, with a national flag attached to it. One of the footballers managed to catch the flag. Take a look at the situation. What do you think about it? Will it have an impact on our community?

Added by Greg Dronsky on October 14, 2014 at 3:27pm — 19 Comments

UAV 270-m "RTL" Success

I did not plan on testing "RTL" this flight however when I swamped my RC TX it worked flawlessly, now time switch up the video TX. A lopass filter was used however I assume it is the culprit. The wind picked up to 15-20 knots right before this flight and I called it a day. Looking forward to getting this back up in the air after the weather system moves…


Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 14, 2014 at 1:26pm — 3 Comments

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3DR Announces the Official Launch of New Mapping Platforms

3DR is proud to officially announce today’s launch of its new Mapping Platforms, the fixed-wing Aero-M and the copter X8-M.…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on October 14, 2014 at 7:48am — 26 Comments

APM:Bird or FlappyPlane ?

Dr Kabuta builds smart mechanical birds.  You can buy one of his frame design and follow him on…


Added by Benoit Pereira da Silva on October 13, 2014 at 11:40pm — 9 Comments

3DR Releases the New Aero-M & X-8M Mapping Platforms

3DR’s Aero-M and X8-M are fully automated and intelligent tools: drone mapping platforms for easy, fast and accurate aerial data acquisition that will enable you to take informed and targeted action. They provide a level…


Added by AKRCGUY on October 13, 2014 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Three Part 2M Flying Wing

Two wings are ready for flying with APM 2.5. Below, some more pictures with different views:

Three Part 2M Flying Wing easy to assemble fins are also removable:…


Added by Ahmed Rehan on October 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Ultra-fast charging batteries that can be 70% recharged in 2 minutes and longer lifespan of over 20 years

I'm sure we would benefit from this technology, specially in the lifespan of our batteries.

"Scientists have developed a new Li Ion battery that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only 2 minutes. The battery will also have a longer lifespan of over 20 years. Expected to be the next big thing in battery…


Added by Ruwan on October 13, 2014 at 11:57am — 4 Comments

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Introducing the Dronecode Foundation

I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with the Linux Foundation to create the new Dronecode Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together the leading open source UAV software projects under the professional…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The DroneCode Project just launched

Dronecode Project to advance development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, DroneDeploy, Intel, jDrones, Laser Navigation (Virtualrobotix), Qualcomm Technologies, SkyWard, Squadrone System, Walkera and Yuneec among founding members.

Read more at…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on October 13, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

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Insurance company petitions FAA to use drones

From Fast Company:

One of America’s largest insurance companies has an unorthodox proposal: using unmanned aircraft to speed up insurance claim…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2014 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

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DroneDeploy Co-Pilot

I recently had the opportunity to set up a vehicle with the DroneDeploy Co-Pilot.

The integration was two very simple connections to the Pixhawk.  1) A 6pin to 6pin DF13 cable from the Co-Pilot to Telem2…


Added by John C. on October 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — 19 Comments

Towards an Open Source Linux autopilot for drones

Some of you might have read the work that Siddharth, Andrew, Philip and myself (supported by many others) have been doing over the last months with APM in Linux through the BeaglePilot project. We are happy to share with…


Added by Víctor Mayoral on October 12, 2014 at 7:28pm — 14 Comments

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