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3D Robotics
Legendary Java creator James Gosling at "Friday Funday" 3DR open house

Every Friday afternoon we have an open house/fly-in at 3D Robotics Berkeley, and this Friday we were honored to be joined by famed Java creator James Gosling, who is now with Liquid Robotics.…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

FlightBots Interview with Award-Winning Aerial Photographer Brent Foster

Brent Foster is one of Canada’s leading aerial photographers.

He is also passionate about helping others to discover and practice aerial photography and cinematography.

We approached Brent about answering questions about how he got started, what equipment he uses, and what are the best first…


Added by on July 20, 2014 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Free UAV Photography and Video course

Hey guys, I just wanted to let everyone know that Jeff Foster is teaming to produce the following 2-day course on UAV photography and video. They'll be shooting live from Treasure Island, California!…


Added by Topher Kelly on July 20, 2014 at 12:13pm — 6 Comments

Are you still "puffing" LiPos?

This is a compendium of information on LiPos.  At this point in the UAV/multicopter game users should not be damaging their LiPos. That is just giving away money to the battery manufacturers. A few simple rules will help the LiPo last a long time. 


Please feel free to add or correct…


Added by thomas Butler on July 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

Maps Made Easy

     If you have experience making maps from aerial photographs, you know it takes effort. 

When I stumbled upon another UAV-related kickstarter, Mapping with…


Added by Michael Pursifull on July 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

ArduAnalysis Excel Macro for Plotting Flight Logs

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Hey Folks,

A little while back we at Falcon Unmanned developed a tool that we like for doing data analysis on a flight.…


Added by cmiser on July 20, 2014 at 9:08am — 6 Comments

Christmas in July

I recently received 2 products I'm excited to try out:

$30 FPV goggle from Hobbyking __Link


$100 Car starting battery/ground station power …


Added by Daniel Lukonis on July 20, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Quadcopter build using APM2 flight controller

Recently I started to get interested in the Arduino open source micro-controller project. I bought an amazing little sensor board from ebay called the GY-80 which has 10DOF (degrees of freedom) and can be bought for £10.

The GY-80 IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) has 10 (plus temperature)…


Added by Clive Gregory on July 20, 2014 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

OpenFPV Update 1 - Modular telemetry with JS and HTML5 (VIDEO)

Hey guys,

a long time passed since the last update from OpenFPV.

Thank's to the community for the great feedback and special thanks to all people around the world who wrote me feedback mails, joined the project or donated money. I really appreciate your interest about the project.

It was…


Added by Tilman Griesel on July 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — 40 Comments

3D Robotics
Congrats to the Airdog team for breaking $1 million on Kickstarter!

With six days still to go, Airdog has now passed $1 million on Kickstarter. So exciting to see if they'll end up ahead or behind…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2014 at 12:29pm — 7 Comments

The FAA's Cease-And-Desist Orders to Drone Pilots Are Bogus, Appeals Court Rules

July 18, 2014 // 04:47 PM EST

Flying drones for search-and-rescue purposes is legal, and all the cease-and-desist orders the government has sent drone pilots are…


Added by BluSky1 on July 19, 2014 at 5:00am — 13 Comments

techwing gets winglets and slots

Hey everyone,

 I wanted to post an update on the work I have been doing on the techwing design.

The new design is scaled up some to a 40 inch WS. It also includes real Grantz type winglets, a longer tip cord and fixed LE slots.

Flat plate:…


Added by wayne garris on July 18, 2014 at 9:49pm — 22 Comments

Three Arducopter with one transmitter

One Arducopter is funny, but three Copters (at the same time) are Fun^3.

Everything controlled by one transmitter. Realized with some mixers and flight phases. I can control each one individually or all together.

Perfect Loiter with Arducopter 3.1.5 on APM 2.6.


Added by Fabian Briese on July 18, 2014 at 4:05pm — 18 Comments

The Raspberry Fly

Finally got around to building my first quadcopter after talking about it for way to long. Great experience, but of course it did take a lot of online research to gather all the necessary bits of information. I decided to collect that information on my website in the hopes that other budding UAV enthusiast could…


Added by Peder Raatz-Pedersen on July 18, 2014 at 8:01am — 8 Comments

Vulture 2 spaceplane mission recruits top-notch Pixhawk brain surgeon

We at the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission are delighted to welcome on board Linus Penzlien, well known to DIY Droners*, and who'll be lending a hand crafting custom mission…


Added by Lester Haines on July 18, 2014 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Soon availible... Redundancy for autopilots

The requirements for the operation of unmanned aircrafts for commercial and semi-professional purposes have changed fundamentally in the past years in Europe and worldwide.

The regulations will get even more strictly in the future.

Depending on the application, the weight, the…


Added by Robert Hoermann on July 18, 2014 at 2:00am — 18 Comments

FAA approves drones to monitor wildfires in Washington state

A ScanEagle drone launches at Boeing’s test facility in eastern Oregon. (Boeing photo)

In the event wildfires break out in Washington state this year, the Department of Natural Resources…


Added by Tearig on July 17, 2014 at 7:56pm — 4 Comments

How NASA is Building a Highway in the Sky

When Jeff Bezos appeared on 60 Minutes and showed the world the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery system, a lot of skeptics called it a publicity stunt and said such technology was a very long way off, if it ever materialized at all. It…


Added by Andrew on July 17, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Congressman who oversees FAA being investigated by FAA for wedding drone photography

Well this is a delightful bit of irony. 

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) decided to capture the excitement of his June 21 wedding day on video using a drone, even though the commercial use of remotely controlled vehicles is still restricted by the FAA, which Maloney oversees on the House Transportation and Infrastructure…


Added by Pedals2Paddles on July 17, 2014 at 6:59am — 15 Comments

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