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3D Robotics
3DR Labs :: Oculus Rift FPV with head tracking

Our all-star interns have been brewing up some cool devices this summer at 3DR. Three words: Oculus Rift FPV.  

We have the Oculus communicating through the Mission Planner as a joystick input, driving…


Added by Brandon Basso on July 30, 2013 at 2:30pm — 19 Comments

Stereoscopic FPV flying

This is a video I found of 3D video recording, but it got me thinking about 3D FPV flying. Especially with Team Blacksheep kind-of flying, close to the ground or obstacles like trees, surely stereo viewing must add a lot and help determine distances. Is anyone doing this and is it worthwhile? Haven't got my Fat Sharks that long yet, but start thinking how it must…


Added by Stefan78 on July 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Cracker Barrel Does TED

Patrick from sUAS News recently had a spot at TEDx Sacramento. All part of our ongoing effort to change public misconceptions about our industry, and to highlight beneficial applications of non-militarized systems. While some folks practice their…

Added by Gary Mortimer on July 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

A more complete video of an autonomous flight

Filmed an end-to-end flight using my Panasonic GH3 on a tripod showing my Mac ground station (running Parallels) and using a GoPro HD Hero3 BE on the copter. The GoPro was just velcro'd to the copter frame, which is obviously not ideal. But these are just initial flight tests, so I'm not concerned with video quality. I'm so excited about the prospects for this kind of semi-guided…


Added by Steve Maller on July 30, 2013 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

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Aeromapper X5 (APM-powered mapping drone) covered in Gizmag

Congrats to Aeromau on this great coverage from Gizmag!

While we’re seeing an increasing amount of aerial mapping being performed by …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments

SteadiDrone USA up and running!






Hi All-

Steve Marolt from SteadiDrone USA with an update. Wanted to let you all know that…


Added by Steve-SteadiDrone USA (dealer) on July 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Vacation Flying. How Long Before Everyone Does It?

While preparing for our vacation in North Carolina, I packed my lightweight inexpensive HD camera quad, hoping to get some interesting video and still shots.…


Added by HeliStorm on July 29, 2013 at 11:27pm — 10 Comments

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Lifeline Drones creating drones for medical deliveries in disaster areas

From the Lifeline Drones website:

Lifeline Drones is a cost effective and scalable series of custom designed networked 3-D printed drones.

With a payload of 3 kilograms, the drones can carry lab samples and medications to…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2013 at 9:47pm — 24 Comments

Airframe Wing Project

PX31 is a 44inch large wing with a payload of 150g-200g using a external pod its one of the earlier models I used as demonstrator mainly as a simple FPV drone

One of the highlights is its structure. Likewise this wing takes a lot of beating…


Added by CliffN on July 29, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Northrop Grumman sponsors high school students studying UAV's

Northrop Grumman Corporation  is sponsoring a team of high school students from Dickson College who are competing in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Outback Challenge 2013, aimed at promoting UAVs and demonstrating their vehicles in civilian applications.

As part of the UAV Challenge…


Added by Andrew Moss on July 29, 2013 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Techpod High Altitude Flight Test tested the vertical limit of the Techpod in open ocean and 30-40 km per hour wind conditions. We were aiming to reach 1 km above sea level. But the motor gave up at 700 m, from where the APM guided the Techpod down extremely well. During an attempted manual landing (on Stabilize mode), it crashed into a mangrove tree with damage only to the motor…


Added by lianpinkoh on July 29, 2013 at 8:07am — 13 Comments

Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy

The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule.

A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 29, 2013 at 6:58am — 13 Comments

Marine Conservation Drones went to Glover's Reef in Belize upon the invitation of the Belize Fisheries Department and Wildlife Conservation Society. We explored the use of our drones for supporting enforcement of marine conservation areas.

Glover's Reef is about 50 km offshore with winds of 30-40 km per hour. We flew a modified version…


Added by lianpinkoh on July 29, 2013 at 5:18am — 5 Comments


I just got a 3DR quad with APM2.5+ with GPS, and I was itching to try out the mission planner and its ability to program a mission with GPS. Here's a video of my first successful flight!

I'm a pretty experienced multirotor guy with an xproheli xp2 and a Cinestar 8, but these are flown the old fashioned way. :-)

Added by Steve Maller on July 28, 2013 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Ghetto fpv Quadcopter

  1. Ok, so in my last post, I wrote about making a video recording quadcopter using an 808 #16 keychain camera and a cheap toy quadcopter, the …

Added by benbojangles on July 28, 2013 at 8:00pm — 23 Comments

Arducopter 3.0.1 Large Heli Demo

I just did a quick demo video to show Arducopter 3.0.1 flying a large electric heli.  This is my new GreyHawk Maxi development frame.  Loosely based on TRex 550 mechanics, stretched to 700 size, and with a direct drive tail rotor motor.  The DD Tail gets rid of a lot of unreliable, noisy, vibrating geartrain.  The heli is very smooth and you can…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on July 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — 24 Comments

First flight with the GoPro attached


I'm pleased to report that after an initial successful flight at Easter I have my plane back in the air (helped by finding somewhere in London to fly it), this time with the full weight of the GoPro and corresponding ballast attached.

Its a stock EasyStar with added CF in the wing spars and up the tail to strengthen it, with the addition of APM2.5+3DR and a GoPro hung at the root of the port wing. To balance some lead shot is in the starboard wing towards…


Added by Chris Austin on July 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

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Drone Journalism leader on the absurdity of anti-drone legislation

Scott Pham, from the Missouri Drones Journalism Program, has a great piece in Mashable about his sobering experience in the state legislature trying to fight misinformation about drone…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2013 at 12:24pm — 6 Comments

About my ride from the sUSB EXPO

So I catch a Sidecar ride after the fantastic sUSB EXPO, and the driver and I are chatting about civilian drones. He totally gets the good things that can be done for agriculture,…


Added by John Githens on July 28, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Drone humour hour

My god they reproduce

Is it bad doctor ?

Added by Hugues on July 28, 2013 at 7:15am — 13 Comments

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