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Wind and Thermal Assistant

I would like to present 2 new functionality implemented in the PitLab FPV System to increase safety and performance of long range FPV flight.We call it wind assistant and thermal assistant.

The Wind Assistant is used to measure wind speed and direction at current altitude,…


Added by Pitlab on July 23, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Updated Rules for New Zealand

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The CAA…


Added by Jason Wise on July 23, 2015 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

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Methane detection from drones

From a press release:

Within the natural gas industry, gas leak detection is one of the crucial tasks in order to operate safely and economically. The high demand for an easy and cost-efficient method to address this issue led Pergam to the development of the Laser Methane Copter (LMC).…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2015 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

DIY Flying Robots

In the spirit of DIY Drones, here's a short clip of two HooperFly flying robots flying a tandem autonomous mission lift-off to landing. One is a hexacopter and the other a quadcopter, each outfitted with a…


Added by earthpatrol on July 23, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

Kickstarter Campaign for the Kahone 3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro Hero 3 & 4

Our Kickstarter campaign will launch in August 2015 and we would greatly appreciate your support. In this campaign we will be raising funds for two of our current products. The first product is the Kahone…


Added by Karl Mahoney on July 22, 2015 at 9:38am — 11 Comments

Test city for driverless cars

The University of Michigan made a city to test Rovers.  If anyone is going to drive an ArduPilot powered rover there LET ME KNOW!  :-)…


Added by Grant Morphett on July 21, 2015 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Search and Rescue using drones to SAVE LIVES

Northern Colorado Search and Rescue is using modern technology to help save lives.

"This program will contribute to our long term stability through our ability to conduct search and rescue missions, assist with documentation of accidents and crime scenes, conduct damage assessments after major disasters, assist wild land fire crews with fire surveillance and mission planning, documentation of structural fire scenes for training purposes, and any other need of local…


Added by NOCO Search and Rescue on July 21, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Developing Guidelines for Humanitarian Drone Missions


The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) recently organized a 3-day…


Added by Patrick Meier on July 21, 2015 at 3:53am — 4 Comments

Mexico from UAV

Three new demo datasets from Mexico are available to view in Sputnik GIS.

Three areas in Sinaloa, Mexico where captured with GeoScan drones during demonstration flights:

  • Topolobampo
  • Maviri Beach
  • El Fuerte

To view datasets please download…


Added by Dmitry Rykovanov on July 20, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

SmartAP has its own Ground Control Station - SmartAP GCS

SmartAP Autopilot is getting its own Ground Control Station, it's called SmartAP GCS. This software package includes mission planning interface and built-in configuration tool. 

The general features are:

Flexible and user-friendly…


Added by Kirill on July 20, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

ODROID + Naze32 autopylot

This video shows an ODROID U-3 single-board computer running a Python program that talks to a an AcroNaze32 flight controller (FC) over USB. The Python program uses MSPPG, our Multiwii Serial Protocol Parser Generator library, to serialize up/down/up/down MSP_SET_RAW_RC messages to the FC. By polling the incoming R/C receiver channels…


Added by Simon D. Levy on July 19, 2015 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

DIY Drones at 69,000 members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 69,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.4 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 47,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 30 days to add…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 19, 2015 at 2:24pm — 3 Comments

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Onboard video of Flirtey's history drone delivery

This is onboard video of the first FAA-approved drone delivery trial. Actual package dropping starts at 2:35.


Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2015 at 8:07am — 3 Comments

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App teaches drone programming to kids

The app is called Tynker and it works with the Parrot Rolling Spider drones:

This is a quick start guide to…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 18, 2015 at 12:28pm — 4 Comments

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Smartphone-powered drone

Every few years, someone creates another smartphone-based autopilot (I did my first back in 2007!). And because smartphones get better each year, so do the smartphone autopilots. They haven't yet been  as good as dedicated autopilots (which increasingly use the same…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2015 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

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More on the RFID+Iris farm monitoring project

From Hackaday:

Imagine you’re a farmer trying to grow a crop under drought conditions. Up-to-the-minute data on soil moisture can help you to decide where and when to…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2015 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

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Flirtey's drone delivery trial a sucess

The Wall Street Journal reports on Flirtey's FAA-approved drone delivery trial (Pixhawk-powered hexacopter):


Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2015 at 8:48pm — 7 Comments

DGPS with NMEA messages for DroPix flight controller + Intel Edison

We are currently working on a DGPS solution for UAVs to improve precision up to centimeter levels. Our architecture is the following, we use two Ublox GPS with raw data activated, one for the base station, the other one for the rover. The rover GPS is connected to the Intel Edison breakout board that also receives the base station GPS signal through a telemetry (for the moment, we are also focusing on a 2G/3G/4G solution that would remove all range problems). Then, the Intel Edison runs the…


Added by Kevin Lopez Alvarez on July 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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