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Road test demo of BX306 GNSS RTK receiver with tree cover & tall buildings

Precis-BX306 is a GNSS RTK board (GPS L1L2/GLONASS G1G2/BDS B1B2) for accurate position. This board offers real-time & cm-level…


Added by Tersus GNSS on May 15, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

A step closer to miniature, survey grade LiDAR

What is the difference between a low cost, hobby grade LiDAR and a much more expensive survey grade LiDAR? The short answer is that there are lots of differences. So the challenge becomes figuring out how to use the latest technology to achieve survey grade performance in a small, low cost…


Added by Laser Developer on May 15, 2017 at 12:19am — 6 Comments

Review, test and setup tutorial of RTK XL GPS from Drotek

This is a quick and short review, setup and tutorial of the RTK XL GPS from uBlox/Drotek.

Test & Setup is done on Ardupilot + Pixhawk, using mission planner as the ground control station.

Note that this product was not provided for review by Drotek and the review is unbiased.

The RTK XL product can be found…


Added by Hugues on May 14, 2017 at 9:46am — 2 Comments

The Groundhog UAV - Curved line following

It's been a few week since tests were conducted of The Groundhog line-following a straight red line.  The Groundhog was an entry in the MAAXX Europe 2017 competition and although it didn't win, the lessons learned are being implemented so that it can be more competitive next year.

Time and…


Added by Mike Isted on May 14, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

VISUO XS809W is a DJI Mavic Pro clone for $40 in china

We had to wait quite a bit, but finally it’s here: the first DJI Mavic Pro clone! It’s called VISUO XS809W and as you can see from the photo, it definitely looks like a Mavic Pro. Obviously it won’t pack the same advanced hardware present on DJI’s drone, so let’s see what we have instead!

The VISUO XS809W is a f…


Added by torben on May 11, 2017 at 8:47pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition

Congrats to Marco Walter, who won the the 2017 RoboMagellan competition at RoboGames with a rover that used Pixhawk + Ardurover + Odroid U3

Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2017 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

Visual Servoing using Drone Gimbal API

While choosing the right camera and streaming the video from a drone to your app has always been a frequently asked question. There we’ve several Drone API and SDK to build awesome apps for your…


Added by Achal Negi on May 11, 2017 at 4:29am — 1 Comment

Skywalker WALL-E 2000 and X2 FPV KIT on Sale

    In order to respond to hobbists's requirement, Skywalker starts to launch KIT version, that is Skywalker WALL-E2000 and Skywalker X2.

    Skywalker WALL-E2000 and Skywalker X2 start to sell KIT version. There are some details under below.  



Added by Ellen Zhu on May 10, 2017 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)

Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:

“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2017 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

On the Road to Maker Faire

Great video from Ardupilot Development Team member Jaime Machuca, on working towards  an upcoming Maker Faire in San Francisco's Bay area. The Ardupilot event is sponsored by Intel.

More  information on the project is available…


Added by Olivier on May 9, 2017 at 11:11am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge

Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soon

Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Tethered drone 8 hour stress-test


Recently we did an endurance test on our AirMast drone. We thought you guys might be interested in seeing the video of it.

In the test the drone was made to hover in the air for 8 hours straight. It was powered from the ground through a lightweight cable. The system…


Added by Kristaps Brass on May 8, 2017 at 10:49am — 3 Comments

Skywalker X5PRO Whole Set

 Skywalker X5PRO is professional aircraft that we intend to design this as whole set. It has whole equipment, including ground station, camera, catapult.…


Added by Ellen Zhu on May 8, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

3D scanning like a pro

Almost any sensor yields more interesting results if mounted on a moving platform. It’s time to mount TOF LIDAR on two precision rotary stages arranged for pan and tilt operation. Rig provides real-time position data along with distance to an obstacle. Using simple math we can calculate position in…


Added by Saulius L. on May 7, 2017 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer

Full review at our sister site, DIY Robocars, here,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 7, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

How does precision GPS work ( DGNSS , RTK , SBAS , PPP ) ?


This is a synthesized basic explanation of how precision GPS methods work:
-Differential GNSS (DGNSS)
-Real Time Kinematics (RTK)
-Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS)
-Precision Point Positionning (PPP)



Added by Hugues on May 6, 2017 at 8:21am — 3 Comments

Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget

This blog will describe how to add thermal imaging to your drone without breaking the bank! The above photo shows my drone with the thermal imaging camera, the FlirOne device, which is an inexpensive, lightweight…


Added by Patrick Duffy on May 6, 2017 at 12:13am — 61 Comments

[Tutorial] Deep Learning on Drones (Part 2/2)

Introduction to Deep Learning on drones

Getting a deep learning program working flawlessly on the desktop is nontrivial, so when that application must run on an individual board computer handling a drone, the duty becomes quite challenging.…


Added by Achal Negi on May 5, 2017 at 2:16am — 1 Comment

Skywalker Show at China Expo 2017

  There are distinguished gathering of Models in China Expo 2017 from April.21-23, including cars. aircrafts, trains and so on, attracted hobbists or dealer from overseas and domestic market. For this event, I believe that the fans have long been waiting to see the exhibition.



Added by Ellen Zhu on May 4, 2017 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Congratulations to accepted Ardupilot students, Google Summer of Code 2017

Every year Google proposes to fund students for the summer with its GSoC program, where open source organizations and students are announced  through a highly selective process. This year was the first time Ardupilot applied as its own entity, and Google just granted it  four student  positions. No…


Added by Olivier on May 4, 2017 at 12:33pm — 4 Comments

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