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3D Robotics
Final heat of the FormulaPi autonomous racing league

As you can see from the final round of this season's FormulaPi races, there's still some work to be done to make computer-vision guided cars running on RaspberryPi reliable. But it's a great start (lots of cars completed the course) and I'll be competing in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2016 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Fleetlights - open source guardian drones service

      Direct Line reveals their open source service - drones with Pixhawk and Reach RTK inside equipped with high-powered on-board lights:

While the vast majority of drone projects seem focused on photography, video surveillance or acts of…


Added by Dmitriy Ershov on November 23, 2016 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Helicopter Concept

Hello everyone, I have posted about this idea before in the form of an aircraft which could transition between vertical and horizontal flight.  While I believe it is possible, especially in the form of a flying wing, the response I have received from this site as well as other sources indicates that most…


Added by Joe Renteria on November 22, 2016 at 3:25pm — 15 Comments

Easy Aerial partners with Mouser to deliver autonomous SAR solution

Remotely controlled autonomous drones 

Dear friends, check out our latest project in partnership with Mouser Electronics to build a complete autonomous solution for first responders that uses our XL Pro drones and works over our Global ARC platform ( to…


Added by Ivan Stamatovski on November 21, 2016 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Simulation of a drone/airplane collision

From Hackaday:

Ignore the article, watch the video at the top of the page. The article is about some idiot, likely not even a hacker, who bought a drone somewhere and nearly rammed…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2016 at 1:19pm — 13 Comments

3D printed FPV racer - 170 mm size - Rev3 - Ready to take off!

Hi all.

Finally I received all parts so I assembled the first prototype of my 170 mm FPV racer design (see previous posts for details and STL files).

All-up weight excluding battery and micro GPS is finally 286g.

And HOTT telemetry totally works!!! :)…


Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on November 21, 2016 at 6:33am — 13 Comments

Andruav - Video Streaming Capabilities

Back to Andruav :)

The above video shows how you can use Andruav for streaming video from your Drone(s), and receiving video simultaneously on different types of Andruav-GCS.  

Although the video shows devices in one place, but you  can make the same scenario using devices in…


Added by MHefny on November 20, 2016 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

USGL Unmanned System Ground Level

Testing my implementation of global virtual airspace for autonomous drone navigation.

1. Grand Canyon, AZ, US

2. Sobótka mountain, S-W Poland (with a few airspace elements in the background)

3. Bellevue, WA, US

Blue net is USGL for symmetric navigation properties based on 10m DEM satellite radar and airborne LIDAR data.

Ground level is generated by obeying a few simple geometric principles that guarantee an automated system with specified…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on November 20, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

2 hours and 5 minutes test flight with maximum takeoff weight

It would probably be more spectacular a test flight of 4 hours but i was very interested in performing this test because it is very near to real use of Hybrix.20. 4 or 4.5 hours are possible for demonstration test but operational flight time is around 3 hours with light payload to 2 hours for heavy payload.

Lately many customers are telling…


Added by Jose Luis Cortes on November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm — 32 Comments

Skywalker plane battery front cover

Hello everybody,

I post this video showing the battery front cover that I put up to save space on skywalker airframe
to carry more load, I wait for your…

Added by Eric on November 19, 2016 at 6:30am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Detailed Mavic teardown

The level of engineering sophistication here is really impressive. Amazing how fast this industry has matured to smartphone-level professionalism

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2016 at 10:07pm — 7 Comments

Vertigo V.2 - affordable drone zoom gimbal

Hi diydroners!

After a few months filled with hours of work we came up with the new version of affordable drone zoom gimbal solution for all diy users. We call it simply Vertigo V.2. 

We listened to your feedback, which helped us in the biggest way possible, that is why there are lots of…


Added by Greg Dronsky on November 17, 2016 at 7:00am — 28 Comments

First test of custom RC using Raspberry Pi

Here is the first test of my custom RC that will complement my custom FC and quad.

It uses a Raspberry Pi, 2x 2.4Ghz wifi cards for video streaming, a 433Mhz connection to control the quad and a 5.8Ghz wifi card to send the video to an android phone.

So far I have the hardware done - case, buttons, gimbal, screen etc - and…


Added by JeanLeFlambeur on November 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

NIMBUS - new carbon fiber monocoque racing drone.


      Building a racing drone is always a compromise between low weight and high strength. Today’s typical racing drone design is based on lightweight and strong material – carbon fiber. Usually, it is an open frame made of a number of flat carbon fiber details, connected with bolts and nuts. Obviously,…


Added by Alex on November 16, 2016 at 12:24pm — 4 Comments

On IoT, Drones, and Cyber Security

UAVs are making their way into the Internet of Things world. Drones are already deployable to distant places. For instance, DroneDeploy integrates telemetry devices into UAVs avionics. This permits to transmit data in real-time. It is possible to plan missions…


Added by Yan Roberts on November 15, 2016 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

World's Smallest Cyclocopter

World's Smallest Cyclocopter: 29 grams

Innovative carbon composite rotor blades (0.12 grams each) and pitch links (10 milligrams), sub-millimeter accuracy, custom 1.3-gram autopilot.

Cyclocopters get particularly interesting at very small scales because of their combination of very high maneuverability and…


Added by Collette Gregory on November 15, 2016 at 2:24am — 1 Comment

Osram's Laser Chip for Lidar

4-channel LIDAR laser

Dimensions 8 mm x 5 mm

Peak optical output 85 W at 30 A per channel

Wavelength 905 nm

Pulse length < 5 ns

Operating voltage 24 V

The overall lidar system covers 120 degrees in the horizontal plane, with 0.1 degree of resolution,…


Added by Collette Gregory on November 14, 2016 at 3:08am — 41 Comments

3D Robotics
Sharing drone data in Mapbox for fun and profit

I banged my head against a while for a while learning to share drone data in Mapbox and, now that I've got everything figured out, think it is a lot of fun and I thought I would share lessons learned on DIYD. Unfortunately, running JavaScript from within a blog post is non-starter, so you will have to…


Added by Daniel McKinnon on November 13, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
A few photos from the fun DIY autonomous car hackathon today

Huge fun at our Self Racing Cars hackathon today. We'll be having another one in Jan/Feb -- sign up here. …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 13, 2016 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Congrats to the Aerotenna team for winning sense and avoid competition!

I love this young and smart team, who came out of University of Kansas and are doing very cool work with FPGAs.  From…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2016 at 10:23am — 14 Comments

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