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Fold-up GCS with Android Telemetry

A flexible mission control kit

Thanks to the abundant comments from our friends and the ever growing requirements of our clients, we've been double busy working on some new GCS models for small series and batch production. One of the new models – or rather new versions – is this little kit, which caters for a long list of customer demands collected during the earlier production cycles and in this design phase. The primary goal of this exercise was to…

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Added by Azjeg on September 21, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments


3D Robotics
Delft VTOL project uses helicopter-style main rotor for effeciency

From NewAtlas:

We have seen a few different takes on Vertical TakeOff and Landing (VTOL) drones over the last few years. The idea behind such approaches is to harness the typically longer range and greater payload capacity of fixed-wing…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2016 at 11:30am — 31 Comments


Parrot
APM Setup Guide for Parrot Disco

Compliments to Tridge and team for the great documentation in the Setup Guide for Disco should folks want to load APM.

I'm excited to see what the community…

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Added by Greg Crutsinger on September 19, 2016 at 3:51pm — 4 Comments

GET distant wireless power solution for drone industry

Our company GET (Global Energy Transmission) has built and successfully tested the world’s first prototype hardware that can wirelessly power heavy drones over long distances. The prototype shows, that we can build a cell-tower like power network for drones, so that drones can safely grab enough energy in seconds to fly payloads across the…

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Added by Dmitry Skotnikov on September 19, 2016 at 1:02pm — 14 Comments

TinyRTK Drone Edition - Fully integrated RTK module with u-blox NEO-M8P

 

u-blox NEO-M8P is the smallest high precision RTK GNSS (Real Time Kinematics) module available on the market and TINY RTK is the first global solution for u-blox NEO-M8P. The RTK algorithms are pre-integrated into the module. As a result, size and weight are…

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Added by DROTEK on September 19, 2016 at 12:25pm — 13 Comments

The Good Drone: New book out

A new volume, The Good Drone, has just been published with Routledge, edited by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at…

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Added by Kristin Sandvik on September 19, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Creating a Mesh Network With Drones



Operating in remote areas can present challenges in communications. In areas with weak or non-existing communication networks, large changes in elevation or obstacles, one must look for other purposes of establishing communications. Where there are no towers, drones can be used to set up temporary…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on September 19, 2016 at 11:11am — 3 Comments

Climb-Glide: Improving the range of fixed-wing, electric UAVs

A climb-glide routine can potentially yield a useful increase in range compared with the same airframe/propeller/motor combination operating straight-and-level at best range speed point or best endurance point respectively.

Let me explain briefly with graphs of the results how I have…

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Added by Andrew Rabbitt on September 18, 2016 at 12:56am — 22 Comments

RTK on Arducopter in Loiter Mode

Watch how Tersus GPS RTK works on Arducopter in Loiter Mode.

Great work from…

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Added by TersusAdmin on September 17, 2016 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments


3D Robotics
Wirelessly powered quadcopter

There have been a lot of quadcopters that get power wirelessly with lasers, but this is the first one I've seen at small scale that uses radio. From Hackaday:

[Sam M] wrote in with a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2016 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments


3D Robotics
Training autonomous cars with Grand Theft Auto

This is super cool -- training with scaleable simulations is the future of robotic AI.  From Hackaday:

For all the complexity involved in driving, it becomes second nature to respond to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Worlds Smallest Pixhawk Powered Quadplane: SUAVX Nano VTOL UAV

Yesterday Was the first successful transition flight of my Nano Quadplane.  After limited success a few years ago with two separate pixhawks on the VTOL Anaconda, I decided it wasn't feasible to use multiple…

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Added by Joseph Aletky on September 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

How to get an accurate map in your ground station

How often do you need to make repeatable flights in areas for which Google or other map provider data is outdated? It’s a typical scenario for flying a drone in rapidly changing areas such as construction sites, quarries, mines, disaster areas etc.…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on September 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
Lidar Lite back with V3 after Garmin aquisition

[Updated with more info] Glad to see that the Pulsed Light team, which joined Garmin earlier this year, are back with a new version of the Lidar Light range finder. Not many details yet, but it's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 18 Comments


3D Robotics
OSRF (ROS) gets Toyota funding, creates for-profit arm

The Open Source Robotics Foundation (a member of Dronecode) is getting investment from Toyota Research to expand the development of both open source and proprietary applications of ROS. From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2016 at 8:52am — 4 Comments

Adorable mini-bike drives itself with the aid of a Raspberry Pi+NAVIO2

Recently I've stumbled upon a very nice master's project on vice.com:

It looks cooler than Google’s …

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Added by Dmitriy Ershov on September 15, 2016 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

UAVCAN status update

Greetings, my fellow humans.

In this update I will briefly review the current state and the near future of UAVCAN. For those unfamiliar, UAVCAN is a lightweight CAN bus protocol designed for reliable communication in aerospace and robotic applications. It aims to provide standardized and unified communications at…

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Added by Zubax Robotics on September 14, 2016 at 4:33am — 6 Comments


300km
Anatomy of a 425km Flight

On the weekend I did a 425km flight with my Vigilant C1.

Setting a new distance record is something I’ve been slowly working towards ever since flying 301km with the Cyclops EPO plane in 2014 

John…

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Added by moglos on September 13, 2016 at 6:32pm — 33 Comments

TINY RTK : The world smallest precision GPS ... and the cheapest

 

Ultra precise positioning at low cost and reduced form factor.

We just release TINY RTK, the world smallest RTK GPS based on u-blox NEO-M8P.…

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Added by DROTEK on September 12, 2016 at 10:17am — 34 Comments

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