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Autonomous Exploration and Mapping in Darkness

We would like to share two of our recent and ongoing results related to autonomous exploration and mapping in darkness. As opposed to approaches that rely on localization based on LiDAR systems, the videos below rely on visual-inertial localization with LEDs illuminating the scene appropriately. For the first case, visible-spectrum cameras are…


Added by Kostas Alexis on March 7, 2017 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

The differences between the various Skywalker series

There are many videos of Skywalker series in Youtube, including Skywalker 1680, Skywalker 1720, Skywalker 1800, Skywalker 1880, Skywalker 1900. There are still some customer misunderstood the model of Skywalker, therefore I think this is good platform to figure out and understand these aircrafts…


Added by Ellen Zhu on March 7, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

F5J based UAV platform

Just got an Optimus F5J glider and converting it to an FPV/UAV platform.

Done some 3D designs in hope of finishing it before Summer.

Optimus build progress

Added by Mark on March 6, 2017 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Generic Flight controller mixing

Once upon a time RC control of an aircraft consisted of a Transmitter with a single button. Your aircraft had a rudder only. Hit the button once to go left, twice to go right.

Increasingly RC transmitters offered more functionality with different mixing facilities and modern transmitter software such as open TX offer very flexible…


Added by Andy Little on March 6, 2017 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

UAV Challenge - Medical Express 2018

Sponsors and Organisers

Here we go again!

Same place, same time in 2018, and mostly the same rules!

The main differences to last years event are:

  • 3 separate prizes depending on level of achievement
    • $25,000 for completing the mission with the highest points 
    • $25,000 for using type 2 autonomy (now being redefined as "no controller/user interference, but with constant comms link to controller)
    •  $25,000 to avoid Dynamic No Fly Zones (details…

Added by JB on March 5, 2017 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Universal Adapter for DJI Gimbals

We would like to share with you a project we've been working on at SPH Engineering. We have developed an adapter that makes it possible to connect and use DJI gimbals / camera systems with virtually any other drone or autopilot.

It was designed as a part of our tethered drone system AirMast…


Added by Kristaps Brass on March 4, 2017 at 2:30pm — 16 Comments

Gopro controlled over RC link

GoPro_RC_Remote_v01_02_20170301.zipHi everyone!

I'd like to share a little project I have been working on, perhaps it…


Added by EvH on March 4, 2017 at 9:42am — 6 Comments

Why the Drone Network of Tomorrow is Farther Away than You Think

Airspace integration and management solutions for drones continue to garner new investment, but most options are based on fairytale scenarios and raise more questions than answers.

I’ve been doing research on the commercial drone industry since early 2012, and it never ceases to amaze…


Added by Colin Snow on March 3, 2017 at 11:49am — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Analyzing Parrot's latest financial report

Parrot is the only publicly-listed consumer/commercial drone company, so their quarterly and annual financial reports are one of the few places to get accurate and up-to-date numbers on how the drone industry is really doing. They published their Q4 2016 and full-year 2016 financials…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2017 at 8:30am — 21 Comments

Make a software programmable fuse out of a 3DR BEC

Most power supplies these days have overcurrent protection, but for those of us too poor for anything besides a Mastech & who were left with an ancient, unused 3DR BEC after the world…

Added by Jack Crossfire on March 2, 2017 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Post 2. MAAXX-Europe. The Groundhog Hardware

The Groundhog was at least twice as big and probably three time as heavy as many other competitors.  Why?  Because it is built for endurance (flight time 35mins+) and also because it's what I have as my development platform.  It normally flies outdoors of course...

Ah, so that means no…


Added by Mike Isted on March 2, 2017 at 3:34pm — 3 Comments

Eli Drone Nest

Our Drone nest is the newest project what have we worked past year.

We have come a long way with our small crew.

Eli Drone Nest can hold up to 5 Batteries, what will charge and what will be in storage is going to be the…


Added by Margus on March 2, 2017 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

UAV control using Novint Falcon haptic device

In the last two months I was exploring an idea of using a haptic device to control a multirotor. Here is the video I made showing the system working in simulation:

The setup

For the simulation I used Px4 SITL running with jMAVSim. For interfacing with Px4 I'm using mavos + two…


Added by Mateusz Sadowski on March 1, 2017 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Calling student programmers: Google and Ardupilot 2017 Summer of Code

Great news for the open source  community and the greater world of autopilots: On February 27th was selected as a participating 2017 Google Summer of Code organization.

Sponsored by Google, GSOC is a unique program matching open source organizations and students interested…


Added by Olivier on March 1, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments

UgCS Used By Drone Pilots in 159 Countries!

UgCS has been developed for more than 4 years and it is used in 159 countries - a fact that motivates us to continue improvement of UgCS. Although our Customer team would be glad to travel to 159 countries, but understanding, that we can’t meet all UgCS users in person - we…


Added by Kristaps Brass on March 1, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

RTF Low Cost Professional Photogrammetry Drone, with GNSS RTK module, PPK, CORS and Ground RTK Support

Hello friends!

We are introducing the new Professional Protogrammetry Quadcopter Harfang RTK. This is a Ready to Fly Drone, aimed to Professional users with a Low Price point and High End features. Flies 30+ minutes and complies with "light weight" standards! 

Based on the familiar Pixhawk Autopilot, a mainframe made by France's Lab4Drone and broadly used Spain's North RTKite GNSS RTK receiver, the Harfang…


Added by Bernardo Espinosa on March 1, 2017 at 6:30am — 14 Comments

Circuit Board for DIY Arduino Micro-quadcopter

In this project, I will go through the process of designing and making a flight controller board from scratch for a micro-quadcopter. This board will be based on the ATMega328 microcontroller and will be used to control four coreless DC motors. The whole PCB making process from…


Added by Flfeather on February 28, 2017 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Computer Vision for UAS Search and Rescue using Navio2

From Navio2 Project Shares:

This multi-rotor UAS will be used in search and rescue operations using object recognition to find a target and deliver a payload,…


Added by Dmitriy Ershov on February 28, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Movidius neural network USB stick plugs into almost anything

fathomnew From TechCrunch. It works on Raspberry Pi!

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnershipMovidius is making…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

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