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Minneapolis, Minnesota Fly Club Group

http://diydrones.com/group/minneapolis-minnesota-fly-club Feel Free To Join!!

*** This Group's Main Focus is to Help Assist in Any Way in the Development of…

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Added by Joshua Johnson on March 31, 2013 at 12:55pm — 7 Comments


3D Robotics
Congratulations to Adrian Mescalchini, winner of the "New DIY Drones Banner" competition

We have a winner! Adrian Mescalchini is the victor of our "Design a New Banner" competition, and his work is now gracing the top of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2013 at 12:30pm — 24 Comments

Octa V maiden

Our target is to have a multicopter

  • to capture smooth video --> choose to make a flying steadycam
  • to have redundancy for safety--> choose an octa / 8 motor configuration.

V-frame was chosen over X-frame due to better fit with with steadycam.

Arducopter works fine - we have noticed 2 bugs with…

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Added by heikki.tukiainen on March 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments


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RFDuino Wireless Arduino Platform

I've just stumbled across this RFDuino Kickstarter project with only 4 days left to run. …
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Added by Bill Bonney on March 31, 2013 at 7:54am — 2 Comments

Another example of how to conduct commercial drone ops

Videos posted online of multicopter crashes including the one of the DJI S800 crashing in a stadium in Brazil and the aerobot crashing in the CBD of Auckland NZ make the public and safety regulators concerned about drone operations.  Every drone crash posted online is a hit to our community, whereas every…

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Added by Sam Short on March 31, 2013 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

UAV swarm

I thought I would post some information about some research I have done.

This video shows a simulation of UAVs swarming with an advanced control algorithms.

Seven UAVs are shown, which find a source of fumes or aerosols by measuring the…

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Added by Armin Strobel on March 30, 2013 at 5:42pm — 5 Comments

Today I tried my quadcopter, but I didn't like it...

I finally have found some time and good weather conditions to try my new quadcopter.

Unfortunately, it was absolutely not like I thought it would.

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Added by M.S. IBN SEDDIK on March 30, 2013 at 11:30am — 22 Comments


3D Robotics
Treasure trove of swarm robotics research

From Hackaday. How many of these would be aplicable to UAVs?

The above video just one of many demonstrations from…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2013 at 10:11am — 1 Comment


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Civilian drones in crosshairs amid privacy worries

 

WASHINGTON — It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future, aerial drones will be part of everyday life in the U.S.

Far from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists overseas, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help police departments find missing…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 30, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments


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Some details on the AllwaysInnovating MeCam

Earlier this year there was some discussion of the AllwaysInnovating Mecam.  Here's some more details, which make the unit very interesting.

The MeCam is based on the Always Innovating Cortex-A9 SoC Module which can run from 1.0GHz to 1.5GHz depending on the configuration. It's the world smallest module available on the market that offers GHz…

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Added by Mark Harrison on March 29, 2013 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

USNews article on Fighting Walrus Radio

As usual the press has lots of questions about the legality of drones, and Jason Koebler in, my opinion, wrote a very factual unbiased…

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Added by Bryan Galusha on March 29, 2013 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
First solar powered copter?

Very nice engineering proof of concept from this team at Queen Mary University in London. Hasn't flown yet, but the airframe design is done. 

(via sUAS News)

Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2013 at 10:59am — 6 Comments


3D Robotics
Business Week on DIY Drones

There's a really good piece in this week's Business Week (print, web and Ipad, shown) about DIY Drones. 

Here's how it begins:

The Federal Aviation…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2013 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

Future farmers fly drones



According to popular Swedish newspaper 'Dagens nyheter':

Drone associated today with the battlefield but in the future it over the…

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Added by Dimitar Kolev on March 29, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

A new publication : Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

The Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (JUVS) is a new quarterly, electronic-only publication that is now accepting papers; the inaugural issue is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2013. Developed in partnership with Unmanned Systems Canada (USC-STC) and with support from the Kenneth M Molson Foundation, JUVS is an exciting…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 29, 2013 at 2:53am — No Comments


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New GPS devices for ArduCopter/ArduPlane/ArduRover use

ArduCopter / ArduRover / ArduPlane specific GPS devices with uBlox NEO6 modules are here...

Finally they are here. We have been testing and developing these GPS devices over 4 months and now they are available on jDrones store. These modules are optimized for ArduCopter and…

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Added by Jani Hirvinen on March 28, 2013 at 9:56pm — 17 Comments

Quadcopter Workshop

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Over the last 4 weeks in Canberra (Australia) I've been a running a build-and-fly-your-own-quadcopter workshop, based on the APM.

We had a dozen excited people attend the workshop and all were successfully able to build their quadcopters. The flying lessons were mostly successful - we only had a 25% crash rate (mostly broken arms, easily…

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Added by Stephen Dade on March 28, 2013 at 6:51pm — 11 Comments

APM 2.5 Sea Air and Land Vehicle Concept Part 1

Concept Overview

Concept Drawing/Rough Draft Sketch…

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Added by Joshua Johnson on March 28, 2013 at 3:05pm — 11 Comments


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Humm this all looks familiar inside

An ADS B receiver with extra bits I see the future.... this unit for manned aircraft launched today in the USA. Flying with ADS B probably will be a requirement and it looks like most of the parts are in place…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on March 28, 2013 at 1:38pm — 4 Comments


3D Robotics
Festo to fly "BionicOpter" at Hannover

From Design Engineering:

Building on the work of last year’s bionic creation, the Smart Bird, Festo announced that it will literally launch its latest creation, the BionicOpter, at Hannover Messe in April.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2013 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

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