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3D Robotics
$40,000 prize for algorithm to do change detection on aerial imagery

This is a really important problem to solve; hope someone does! From Popular Mechanics:…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 5, 2016 at 6:01pm — 9 Comments

Angled aluminum motor shims for 450 frame

Hi I'm new to this, but awhile back I designed some shims to tilt the motors 17 degrees. I machined them out of 6061 Al and they bolt to the motor then bolt to the frame. Here's some pics too of them installed. I just wanted to get some feedback on them and see if it's worth making more. I'm also thinking about…


Added by Jonathan on May 5, 2016 at 1:41pm — 8 Comments

Precision geotagging images using Emlid Reach, Canon S100, CHDK, KAP script and RTKlib – Proof of concept

We have been using a Canon S100 running CHDK and KAP script for mapping and modelling using Pix4d for a while, and thought it might be useful to share the results of some testing of the possibility of…


Added by Charlie on May 5, 2016 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

А new technology of UAV-based thermal surveying by Geoscan

Previously, it was hardly possible to automatically align thermal images into a mosaic. Low contrast values of some frames caused the errors of automatic images alignment within the mosaic. Now, a new technology uses both thermal and visible spectrum camera images for alignment is…


Added by Petr Pletnyakov on May 5, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
New Solo chute system released at AUVSI

New parachute for Solo released from Parazero. From Ars Technica:

To ensure that…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2016 at 2:32pm — 6 Comments

Airstring. Easy to install, small footprint, GSM Telemetry

We have developed a small GSM telemetry module that connects easily to a Pixhawk FC.

I think the cellular network and IP based telemetry is the way to go for most prosumer/commercial drones. It allows you to forget about transmitting power, frequency, antenna polarization, etc.

We are designing…


Added by Jose Alberto Soler on May 4, 2016 at 11:39am — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio

Pharos matches a dynamic directional (beam shaping) radio on the air with another on the ground, with the two tracking each other for multi-mile range for video and telemetry. Coming to Kickstarter in 2-3…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2016 at 11:08am — 60 Comments

Minimum Size Hexacopter

We saw that manned flying bicycle last week. Let's see something small.

This is already mass production…


Added by Stone Bai on May 4, 2016 at 10:25am — No Comments

3D Robotics
HK releases Quanum FollowMe drone

The APM-based Quanum line from HobbyKing now has a cool new addition: a FollowMe copter with GPS armband and watch…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2016 at 9:23am — 21 Comments

FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements

Speaking today at a conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for …


Added by Gary Mortimer on May 4, 2016 at 7:41am — 14 Comments

Ardupilot Initiative Created to Provide Professional ArduPilot Services

ArduPilot has a long and successful history dating back to 2009 and has become a world leader in autonomous vehicle control for all types of aircraft, rovers, underwater vehicles and even some things that touch the edges of space.…


Added by Falcon Unmanned on May 4, 2016 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Introducing Fpv.Red - A HD FPV video system that doesn't fear latency or range

Hello everyone,

I would like to briefly introduce a product that has been in development for more than a year now and is planned to enter production this summer. It's a low latency, long range, glass-to-glass video transmission system.

Remarkable features are a long range operating distance (7 kilometres…


Added by cedivad on May 4, 2016 at 5:00am — 29 Comments

Design a romantic and interesting PCB



Have you ever tried to design a romantic PCB for your lover or an interesting PCB for your children or friends on special day? Why not? PCB also could be an amazing gift which comes from your creativity. Here I’d like to share a romantic and practical PCB to you.


This is my PCB…


Added by Vicos Shi on May 3, 2016 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

GPS-denied Position-hold w/ 3DR Solo

15 Minutes of Vision-based position-hold with 3DR Solo: This is the first iteration of a vision-based position hold controller. This initial…


Added by Thomas Stone on May 3, 2016 at 10:54am — 10 Comments

Affordable PTZ sensor for surveillance and inspection

Working on this project need suggestion ..

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is there any requirement of such payload?

any technical suggestion?

what should be the price?

ESP-I:  Estimated price:700$

The EPS-I is a self stabilizing two-axis PTZ drone /UAV camera that is used to achieve extremely…


Added by pritam on May 3, 2016 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame

Congrats to Palo Alto-based uAvionix, who raised $5m in Series A funding from Andy Rubin's Playground Global VC fund for its…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2016 at 9:30am — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
Analysis of UK "drone vs plane" incidents and the media hysteria over them

Hackaday has a good piece that analyzes some of the UK's "drone close to aircraft" incidents and finds them wanting, to say nothing of the media coverage of them.…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2016 at 7:40am — 1 Comment

2.2 km: Aerial Hover Board


Many were skeptical after the first video, including me.  Yet  my skepticism lost some ground when I looked further into the capabilities of Jetcatusa micro turbines.  A few weeks ago after that first flight, he announced an upcoming major public demo later in April, when interviewed by a French magazine ... 

Well, he…


Added by Olivier on May 1, 2016 at 11:15pm — 20 Comments

Mantis280 3d printed folding drone with gimbal in test

Xrotors is developing a 3D printable folding drone. If you missed my first post please check from following link:

or you can visit for more info. 

These days I have been testing gimbal version of the…


Added by on May 1, 2016 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

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