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DIY Drones at 58,000 members!


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on September 27, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Scout X4 - Follow Me Quadcopter from Walkera

As many of you might already be familiar with, Walkera has recently been using a variation of the Ardupilot platform in their recent multicopters.  But I think that the latest release, the Scout X4 seems to be using all the cool features of arducopter such as follow me, and…


Added by on September 27, 2014 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

SF10/C laser altimeter

They're getting smaller, lighter and now also cheaper. The SF10/C, short range (0-25m) laser altimeter for multicopters and small UAVs is now in production. Suitable for low level hovering control, auto landing and collision…


Added by Laser Developer on September 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
A wearable quadcopter

Via Intel's "Make it Wearable" contest, meet Nixie, a quadcopter that you wear like a bracelet. At the press of a button, it unfolds, captures your dronie and returns, to be strapped to your wrist again

Added by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2014 at 10:18pm — 9 Comments

VR ESC 2.0 Tech Preview

Hello everyone,

after some years of absence from the portfolio of the esc VR, I present the new design.

We made choices very conservative to have 27 and 50 amp ESC from 4s to 6s ... we are doing tests and validations necessary because this is a very delicate component.

Here are the first photos and video of the first test.…


Added by Roberto Navoni on September 26, 2014 at 2:14pm — 16 Comments

Thermal Imaging Camera Competition (FLIR ONE vs SEEK Thermal)

Hey guys i have been keeping an eye on the thermal imaging market trends.  Recently FLIR launched their new thermal imaging camera for the iphone 5!!  Thermal cameras traditionally sell for thousands of dollars for even an entry level unit but with the introduction of the FLIR ONE thermal camera these prices are…


Added by Brian Martin on September 26, 2014 at 1:21pm — 18 Comments

Drones at UC Berkeley: Structural Health Monitoring (Part 2 of 2)

This is part two of a two part series where we expand on our Master's projects at UC Berkeley. Sponsored by 3D Robotics Research & Development, and working with the Cyber Physical Cloud Computing research group, we looked into possible commercial applications of drone technology and worked on a few sub-projects that we felt would help or enable companies developing products around drones.…


Added by Sunil Shah on September 26, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Zubax GNSS positioning module - GPS/GLONASS + Compass + Barometer + CAN

Hi everyone,

Today we present our first product - Zubax GNSS. It is a high-performance open source positioning module for outdoor environments with doubly redundant UAVCAN bus interface. It's the right choice for any UAV or robotic application where safety, positioning accuracy and cost efficiency are paramount.

Being UAVCAN-interfaced, Zubax GNSS can be used out…


Added by Zubax Robotics on September 26, 2014 at 12:43pm — 19 Comments

Trabajos técnicos con UAV en España (UAV technical work in Spain.).

Some of our latest work in Spain, photogrammetry for surveying work in archeology, classical topography and microtopography for the study of erosion phenomena in soils, and studies with near-infrared camera on riparian forests. The flights were performed with UAV-Mentor3 (fixed wing) and multicóptero (rotary wing).…


Added by Habitat Estudios Ambientales s.l on September 26, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Exciting news from the Applied Aeronautics Team!

First off, we want to thank the great DIYDrones, Amateur UAV, and RC community. Without your guys input and support, a project like this wouldn't be possible.

The Albatross airframe has undergone many aerodynamic, structural, and aesthetic changes. Most recent changes include, reduced airframe…


Added by Applied Aeronautics on September 26, 2014 at 12:10am — 24 Comments

Congratulations Canberra UAV, stunning Outback Challenge win

Ardupilot for the win! APM lead developer Andrew ("Tridge") Tridgell's CanberraUAV team with a 3D Robotics Pixhawk autopilot completed all the challenges and scored an impressive victory in this premier UAV competition. 

Congratulations to Canberra UAV and indeed all the teams…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — 32 Comments

Drones at UC Berkeley: Real-time Image Processing (Part 1 of 2)

A team of four Master's students from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research departments at UC…


Added by Sunil Shah on September 25, 2014 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Hollywood given the green light

Its all worryingly simple. 

Write manuals, get an N number for your airframe apply for a COA and the pilot needs a PPL.

What took them so long!

In their applications, the firms said the operators will hold private pilot certificates, keep the UAS within line of sight at all times and restrict flights to the “sterile area” on the set.  In…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 25, 2014 at 1:05pm — 19 Comments

Testing a small thermal imaging camera

I got my hands on a small thermal imaging camera for testing purposes.

I installed it on my hexacopter and took it out for a flight this evening.

Ttechnical data:

resolution: 384 x 288

50 Hz

8 - 14 um spectral range

analog video out

uncooled sensor

I am looking forward to test the new model (second…


Added by Felix Meissner on September 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 29 Comments

Commercial UAS Market Opportunities: Do defense avionics and electronics suppliers have a head start?

This post also appears in The Market section of sUAS News.

As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares new guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the U.S. national airspace, startups and…


Added by Colin Snow on September 25, 2014 at 9:50am — 5 Comments

Movie Makers Said to Win U.S. Approval for Using Drones

The government plans to grant waivers to seven movie and television companies to use small unmanned aircraft in filmmaking, the first permits for commercial…


Added by X-Winder on September 25, 2014 at 8:52am — 11 Comments

Portable ground station - upgraded with antenna tracker


i'd like to share my latest development, this is for testing further AntennaTracker code developments.

The current part is an upgrade to my Portable…


Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on September 25, 2014 at 7:34am — 5 Comments

Aerial mapping and surveillance of agricultural fields at Aarhus University

These Bormatec MAJA and Cam-FLyer Q will be used for inspection, mapping, aerial images and surveillance at Aarhus University, Denmark at the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture in Foulum. Aarhus University, Foulum

Both planes have now been assembled and ready for manual flight, waiting for components like GPS, telemetry, autopilot and different sensors ordered from 3DR. The smaller…


Added by Søren Møller Dath on September 25, 2014 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

3DR Pixhawk with a Black Mamba wrapped around it...

Mamba UAV-p 370 RTF

Vibration Isolation, wire routing…


Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on September 24, 2014 at 2:15pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
CanberraUAV daily reports from the Outback Challenge

For those following the Outback Challenge UAV competition, check out the CanberraUAV site, which is doing a good job of daily reports. This is the home team of APM:Plane lead developer Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell, the legendary gentleman on the…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2014 at 10:27am — 19 Comments

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