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DIY Drones at 75,000 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 a big 75,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.4 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 45,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 30…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 3, 2016 at 1:54pm — 35 Comments

Autopilot needs survey

We have put together a survey to capture information about what professional users are looking for in an autopilot.
Please fill out this survey for all of the vehicle types you would like to fit an autopilot into.…

Added by Craig Elder on February 2, 2016 at 12:33pm — 31 Comments

Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!

I just saw this on our local news and was surprised nobody else had posted it here yet.

Easily the truly stupidest idea I have ever seen - Dutch Police train Eagle to take down drone.

Better than the UnAmerican Eagle in the Our Man Flint Movies (that dates me a bit I'm…


Added by Gary McCray on February 1, 2016 at 6:56pm — 36 Comments

Drone Schools in China

Drone schools are spreading in China. The pilot licenses will open doors to piloting jobs. More than 10,000 new pilots are needed this year across all industries in China: agriculture, logistics, film production, law enforcement, police. …


Added by Katrina Rosen on February 1, 2016 at 11:50am — 3 Comments

PX4 VTOL Update

PX4 has been supporting tailsitters [video], tilt rotors [video] and…


Added by PX4 on February 1, 2016 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

"PX4 VTOL" - Full automatic mission with multiple transitions

In this video you can see a full automatic mission with the "PX4 VTOL" firmware, installed on a single Pixhawk.

The current…


Added by Marco Robustini on February 1, 2016 at 5:30am — 23 Comments

3D Robotics
Text message telemetry with Dronekit

Add a RaspberryPi and a pair of $100 3G modems to Pixhawk and you can have telemetry via text message as far as the cell networks go!  The code, based on Dronekit, is …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 7:47pm — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)

Smarter geofencing features are coming to drones like the 3D Robotics Solo and DJI Phantom series. In both cases, the GPS-driven safety features are driven by a company called AirMap. 

From Wired:



Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 3:43pm — 15 Comments

International UAV TURKEY Competition

TUBITAK, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, is organizing an international UAV competition, UAV TURKEY between 21-25 September 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. …


Added by Cengiz Karaagac on January 31, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

Why are some ESC's only rated to 3s or 4s Lipos ?

Here is a bench test I have done to find out if a 2s to 4s Afro ESC's can run on 6s.

ESC’s  and…


Added by Reuben on January 30, 2016 at 8:51pm — 13 Comments

Six Trends Driving the Commercial Drone Market in 2016 and Beyond

This post also appears in sUAS News ‘The Market


“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – attributed to Yogi Berra

I was recently asked in an interview to discuss four or five trends that I see as…


Added by Colin Snow on January 30, 2016 at 11:13am — 5 Comments

New Dutch Drone Racing community

Hi Dutchies on DIY drones!

We want to invite you to our new Drone Racing related community, we hope to help the sport grow by supporting it online and offline with events and races to come!

Hope to see you soon as a member on



Added by Matt on January 30, 2016 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

APM:Plane 3.5.0 released

The ArduPilot development team is proud to announce the release of the 3.5.0 version of APM:Plane. There have only been a few small changes since the 3.5.0beta1 release 3 weeks ago.

The key changes since 3.5.0beta1 are:

  • addition of better camera trigger logging
  • fixes to override…

Added by Andrew Tridgell on January 29, 2016 at 8:07pm — 40 Comments

The SF11/C laser altimeter - awesome performance for $249

With a range in excess of 100m and able to measure over water, the SF11/C is the most cost effective laser altimeter for drones on the market today. Compatibility with Pixhawk and derivative flight controllers and its multiple interfaces including serial, I2C, analog and USB make the SF11/C the easiest plug-and-play solution for altitude holding, terrain following and safe…


Added by Laser Developer on January 29, 2016 at 4:20am — 21 Comments

Autonomous Exploration and Inspection Using Flying Robots

Hi all, 

We recently released this video on autonomous exploration and inspection. Have a look!


The robot employs its visual-inertial navigation system in order to localize itself in the environment and simultaneously map it and 3D reconstruct it. Based on the newly proposed "Receding Horizon Next-Best-View…


Added by Kostas Alexis on January 28, 2016 at 10:53pm — 11 Comments

Unboxing the Connex Mini

Unboxing Amimon's Connex Mini, the lightest (60grams) zero latency full HD video link.

Won't be long until we see full HD streamed FPV racing! 

Added by Hai Tran on January 28, 2016 at 7:13pm — 9 Comments

UgCS as a viable alternative to DJI Ground Station

Worried about losing possibility of flight planning for DJI on PC? At the beginning of this year DJI will discontinue their PC mission planning software Ground Station due to Google discontinuing their Google Earth API. Along with that, there has been a recall of DJI 900 MHz radio links.




Added by Kristaps Brass on January 28, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Last-sell for many legacy 3DR product

Hello everyone,


As you know, 3DR released Solo nearly a year ago and since then has been firmly focused on extending its capabilities. While many of our legacy products, including IRIS+ and X8+,…


Added by Andy Jensen on January 28, 2016 at 4:00pm — 108 Comments

DroneKit for STEM education; coming to a school near you

A great example from the folks at Beaumont college of what DroneKit opens up for…


Added by Greg Crutsinger on January 28, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Grand View research reveals the global UAV Payload Market size will reach $6.34 billion

The new report published by Grand View research reveals the global UAV Payload Market size will reach $6.34 billion by 2022. Drones are gradually becoming popular in the commercial sector as well in the military sector. …


Added by Katrina Rosen on January 28, 2016 at 9:39am — 4 Comments

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