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Our Vulture 2 spaceplane roars into X-Plane

We're very much obliged to Billy Bargagliotti of Memphis, Tennessee, for putting together an X-Plane model of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.…


Added by Lester Haines on July 23, 2014 at 3:16am — 1 Comment

Amateur drone pilot finds man missing for three days

Apparel-company owner David Lesh found a missing elderly man in a bean field Saturday using a camera-equipped drone.

When Virginia resident Guillermo DeVenecia went missing last Wednesday, police and searchers were dispatched to find the 82-year-old man, who suffers from dementia and hearing…


Added by Bob on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am — 24 Comments

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Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm — 17 Comments

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Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

Yet another Flight Control Board

Encouraged by the success of my previous custom board (Version 2), which happily carries my quad in the air (maiden flight) with some advanced features like self-stabilization, course lock, control loop operating at 400 Hz, etc., I decided to jump on a more ambitious project - the board with more sensors, more ports, etc.

In summary, the new board (Version 3) has the following…


Added by Alex Zarenin on July 22, 2014 at 9:30pm — 18 Comments

The issues with current multirotors and how we want to fix them

Hi everyone! My name is Jonathan Parrott, and I’m with Stephen Dade and James. We are all members of the CanberraUAV non for profit organisation from Australia and between us have been involved with “drones” for over 13 years between us.

We love multirotors, and have bought and/or built A LOT of them between us, only to be let down by one thing or another. Lazy and unsafe design compromises, poor build quality, substandard…


Added by UASys on July 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

The big 3 without editing

With so many unemployed programmers, it was only a matter of time before someone would try to free the bits & upload some videos. We'll see how long this lasts until the indy movie studios crush the rebellion. These videos covered what currently are the 3 mane copters, in a rare appearance without any editing.

Collinn was a lot more down to Earth than…


Added by Jack Crossfire on July 22, 2014 at 6:38pm — 6 Comments

RPAS Logger Lite for Android – Another logbook for your UAV’s

In the interests of sharing .... RPAS Logger Lite for Android – Another logbook for your UAV’s

RPAS Logger Lite is built to support all companies and pilots flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) as a hobby or for commercial activities to establish a safety culture and also record the…


Added by Howard Addison on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

New Hampshire Rapid Assessment Technologies Summer Mapping Challenge UPDATE

We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in NH-RATs Summer Mapping Challenge to attend our first meetup scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday August 1st, 2014 at Kingman Farm located in Madbury, NH.

A tentative agenda is included below:…


Added by Matt Wallhead on July 22, 2014 at 1:15pm — 3 Comments

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Drones at the Robot Film Festival: IRIS Wins a Botsker!

This weekend, 3DR and the filmmakers behind the movie Sugar Mountain screened a short film at the Robot Film Festival in San Francisco, and took home the…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on July 22, 2014 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

Common Misconceptions About Humanitarian UAVs


Superficial conversations on the challenges and opportunities of using UAVs in humanitarian settings reveal just how many misconceptions remain on the topic. This is admittedly due to the fact that humanitarian UAVs are a relatively recent innovation. There are of course legitimate and serious concerns around the use of UAVs…


Added by Patrick Meier on July 22, 2014 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

ObliX: multirotor-blimp-drone

I am very excited to present ObliX to you! ObliX is my multirotor-blimp-drone idea, which will hopefully combine the flight time endurance of a blimp with the agile dynamics of a quadcopter.

The largest dimension of this hybrid-blimp would measure about 3 m and the lifting force of the helium volume would be close to 3 kg.

Starting to build ObliX, I decided to make a development blog about it. To be able to present and discuss…


Added by Daniel Wibbing on July 22, 2014 at 8:18am — 20 Comments

DroneLogbook on iPad

iPad version of DroneLogbook is available today.

You can now manage all your data : flights, drones, equipments and…


Added by Yves Jusot on July 22, 2014 at 6:31am — 9 Comments

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Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm — 4 Comments

Phantom of the Operator: Discussing the Future of Drones with DJI’s Eric Cheng

Chances are, you have seen a DJI Phantom.

bilton-drone-videoSixteenByNine600 Whenever a local news station picks up a story about a local police chief or real estate agent using a drone, it’s almost always a…


Added by Alan Phillips on July 21, 2014 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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CreativeLive Aerial Video course on-air now (free for a limited time)

This CreativeLive online video course, featuring top experts, is live and open to all today from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST.  It will cost money after that, so if you want a free taste now check it out …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

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Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)

Time Magazine makes a good point about why the new generation of drone pilots are getting in trouble in a way the previous RC hobbyists didn't:

Learning to build and fly R/C aircraft was once a time-consuming, arduous process, factors that kept the hobby from spreading. Now, new technology like user-friendly quadcopter designs, equipped with smaller, high-powered…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 22 Comments

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Nice Hexo+ press

Nice press for the Hexo+ team from Canadian TV after their $1.3 million Kickstarter campaign. They used Iris to prototype their platform.

MONTREAL -- Like a…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it

I've never owned a quadcopter, but have often thought of getting one. I work in the remote robotics industry and have been a fan of quadcopters, FPV and personal "drones" for years. That may change, though, if what I experienced yesterday is what we can expect in the future.

My wife and I were at…


Added by bigkahuna on July 21, 2014 at 8:00am — 58 Comments

levelling the fighting ground

A few months ago we were invited by a Non Government Organisation to fly at a hill resort. They are exploring the possibility to use drone equipped with camera or Gopro to monitor the status of the forest reserve.    


Until recently, in the name of development and some “Unknown” reason, a lot of pristine forest has…


Added by keeyen pang on July 21, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

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