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25° Thermal Camera Cores for Drones

Hi Everyone,

Good news for small drones, New FLIR Lepton 25° camera cores just arrived. 

If you have read this post before , I have tested our new camera design with 50° version of Lepton and…


Added by Melih Karakelle on March 25, 2015 at 12:32pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones

(representative DIY version shown, not Google's)

"Google’s quest to introduce small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into low altitude airspace within a “few years” has driven the company to launch an unexpected foray into the avionics market, says Dave Vos, head of the Internet…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 1:30am — 20 Comments

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FAA issues blanket approval for commercial drone use under 200ft for Section 333 holders

Great news from the FAA, and part of an encouraging trend towards a much more progressive regulatory process in the US:

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process,…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 24, 2015 at 1:09pm — 9 Comments

Teleoperating drones with ROS and Computer Vision

Erle Robotics continue working towards improving ROS support and creating packages that people can use to build applications.…


Added by Alejandro Hérnández Cordero on March 24, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

DIY Drones at 65,000 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 65,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.5 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 50,000 page views a day on average). It…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 24, 2015 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Cheap and accurate close range positional tracker with SteamVR

Drones may take advantage in more than one way of the virtual reality buzz. Valve announced its Lighthouse positional tracking solution along with the HTC Vive, and more details are emerging about the inner working of the system. You can see above the…


Added by Charles Blouin on March 23, 2015 at 10:27pm — 3 Comments

Hobbyking 500mw telemetry 433/915

Hobbyking has done it again and have gone that step further.

500mw telemetry modules for amp/px4 and pixhawk is a reality.


• Interchangeable air and ground 433MHz modules

• Micro-USB port

• 6-position Molex…


Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on March 23, 2015 at 4:19am — 27 Comments

Hybrid Power Could Help Drone Delivery Take Off

A prototype hybrid quadcopter can fly several times farther than conventional battery-powered ones.


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 22, 2015 at 11:30am — 29 Comments

GNSS Radar - GPS prediction tool

GNSS Radar is a useful tool to predict the number of GPS satellite for a given position and for 24H. It give also a prediction of the H/V/D/GDop, …


Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 21, 2015 at 12:09pm — 4 Comments

Flight Monitoring Via Smart Watch

Hi Diydrones Community,

We just started to develop flight monitoring app for smart watches, We are aiming to have important features like when battery is critic watch will vibrate and warn the user, on the other hand drone pilots can voice command to change flight modes…


Added by Mustafa TULU on March 21, 2015 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

UAV Challenge Medical Express rules have been released.

The UAV Challenge Medical Express rules have been released.

PDF here:

Site: …


Added by JB on March 21, 2015 at 3:30am — 57 Comments


UAV Forecast provides a comprehensive forecast of flying conditions by combining weather data, visible GPS satellites, and solar flare (Kp) activity. It's completely free! Visit the new site here:



Added by lloydm on March 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
Good National Geographic review of the IRIS+

From National Geographic:

A variety of platforms and quadcopters have recently come my way to test, fly and review. I base my reviews on my …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments

Kiel Like Total pressure probe

Within this post we will examine a basic design approach for the Kiel probe sizing. This probe is intended for total pressure measurement,…


Added by Jose.L.Jr on March 20, 2015 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

iDroneCtrl 1.3.0: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

Hi everyone! I've got another update to iDroneCtrl ground station for iPhone and iPad. Along with our Apple MFi approved iDroneLink™ lighting accessory you can control your personal drone from your iPhone or iPad over the same long…


Added by Andy Brown on March 20, 2015 at 11:50am — 4 Comments

New Drone Service Tests Commercial Usage Laws in Canada

This just popped up on a Canadian Commercial Operator Facebook group and we're discussing the implications and legal…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on March 20, 2015 at 8:58am — 19 Comments

Aeroquad with Pixhawk working to perfection

 Aeroquad with pixhawk,3dr radios,3dr gps/mag,teensey 3.1 for telemetry to taranis.Using 3.2 firmware with stock pid's.I completed 4 autonomous missions using mission planner(GCS) and all 4 were flawless!Love the aeroquad setup.picture…


Added by Larry A Amati on March 19, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Using UAVs and NIR photography in conservation land cover classification

I've recently finished a research project using UAVs to classify land cover types on British upland heath. I'm using an APM controlled hexacopter (H550) carrying a Canon Powershot S95 modified for NIR photography. I've successfully surveyed and classified around 15 hectares in 10 minutes. Using image analysis…


Added by Mark Williams on March 19, 2015 at 8:53am — 14 Comments

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