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100% saturated mapping for obstacle sense-and-avoid

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At the recent InterDrone Expo in Las Vegas we were overwhelmed by interest in our latest sense-and-avoid technology using the SF40 laser scanner. It runs with 100% data saturation and I have discussed the theory behind this device …


Added by Laser Developer on September 23, 2015 at 3:17am — 8 Comments

Bearingless Rotor

My rotor hub design continues to evolve as I learn more about the complex forces and motions of a rotor system.

One of my goals of this project was to keep it simple.  Ideally as simple mechanically as a small electric quad, but as discussed in a previous post, that is not the desired approach, so I'm…


Added by Randy Sonnicksen on September 22, 2015 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Drones Are Becoming the Oil Industry's Guardian Angels

The Boomerang

As petroleum has become harder to find, it's become increasingly costly and dangerous to extract. Could aerial data-collection bots create a new boom in fossil fuels?…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on September 22, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Erle-Spider assembly

Recently, at Erle-Robotics, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to offer our latest drone: Erle-Spider.

As DIY community, lots of us enjoys building, out of…


Added by Iñigo Muguruza on September 22, 2015 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

Vision-Based Detection of Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Vision-based detection of micro unmanned aerial vehicles indoors and outdoors, no tracking yet.. Although the results are presented for a single quadrotor, the approach is generalizable. Not present in the video, but a distance estimator is also integrated to the system and tested indoors. Its giving a median error around 20 cm. Details are at …


Added by Fatih Gokce on September 21, 2015 at 2:15pm — 9 Comments

DIY Drones at 71,000 members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a big 71,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.4 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 47,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 31 days…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on September 21, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

59 Go decisions for Medical Express Deliverable 1

The UAV Challenge Technical Committee can report that they have completed their deliberations regarding the Deliverable 1 (D1) technical reports from the 2016 Medical Express teams. In total, 59 teams were given a Go decision and progress to the next phase of the competition. Well done to…


Added by Mark Omo on September 21, 2015 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Silicon Valley Startup, FreeSkies, Unveils a Simple and Safe Way to Fly Your Drone

FreeSkies CoPilot app will offer DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 owners an intuitive way to visualize and plan flight paths in 3D, enabling commercial drone pilots and hobbyists to safely and reliably capture high quality video.  …


Added by FreeSkies on September 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Testing the new mapping plane, MAV79

The 3rd plane to be added to my fleet of mappers. I took it for a mission and flew for 34 mins before landing, wonderfully stable slow flight characteristics, mission speed set at 10m/s though it will still perform well at 8m/s. Based on a Buffalo FX79 with a Pixhawk FC running the 3.3.0 firmware, equiped wit digital airspeed sensor and dual GPS…


Added by David White on September 20, 2015 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Montana's Bridger Cup drone race showcases Montana's drone industry

BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Drones raced and crashed at the first annual Bridger Cup drone flying competition Saturday. It was all good fun but the technology that powers drones can make them a lot more than toys. Tech giants like Amazon are looking to drones to change the way they deliver to customers.

Big Sky UAV CEO, Pepper Petersen, said, "The reason Amazon wants to deliver packages with drones isn't because they like drones or…


Added by Pepper Petersen on September 19, 2015 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Worlds Largest UAV Quadcopter was built in the 1960s

Just thought it would be cool to show that quadcopters have been around since the 60's.  

Piasecki Aircraft made 2,000 lb quadcopter in the 1960's.  Not sure if it flew without tether, but still crazy.

Added by Michael Duffy on September 19, 2015 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

Tilted Contra-Rotating System / Vertical Frame

Here you can see the first "flying" prototype of TCRS UAV.

PID tuning need to be refined to have a smoother flight and video.

The frame is 3D printed

Lipo 3S 4400mAh ;

Maxxprod CR2816 with 2 x 20 A controller ;

2x Futaba S3155 digital servos ;

Custom flight controller (see…


Added by VGR-Systems on September 19, 2015 at 1:50am — 11 Comments

Full function mission control station with fold-up telemetry head

A "wearable" UAV/FPV GCS with a twist

Here's an update to our handheld (or rather body worn) modular commercial/civilian UAV GCS, an all-in-one FPV system with a fully functional integrated PC telemetry head. This is something that we've had in the works for some time now,…


Added by Azjeg on September 18, 2015 at 3:37pm — 12 Comments

MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) Analysis of the APM 2.6+

I am participating in the UAV Outback Challenge and wanted to calculate the MTBF of the APM 2.6+ for use as a standalone fail safe device. 

MTBF is a standard measurement of failure rate in the Engineering world, it is normally represented in Hours, or failures per Million Hours. …


Added by Mark Omo on September 18, 2015 at 10:32am — 17 Comments

Drone configurator : simulate your drone configuration

Today I'm proud to introduce you Drone Configurator.

I designed this tool to help people choose their drone parts by :

- Simulating their configuration and giving them easy to understand indicators like…


Added by Gotleg on September 18, 2015 at 6:00am — 33 Comments

Droneport will enable drone deliveries of urgent supplies in Rwanda

The Droneport is slated to begin as a pilot project in 2016

From gizmag

 SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

Foster + Partners has drawn upon its considerable experience designing airports to conceive a Droneport for Rwanda. Gimmicky-sounding name notwithstanding, the ambitious project could save lives if…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on September 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Comms Network for Multiple UAVs! West Coast UAV in the 2016 Outback Challenge

Team West Coast UAV achieved one of our major milestones during testing on the weekend, controlling multiple UAVs through a multi-point comms network suitable for the 2016 Outback Challenge. 

One of the main challenges for our mission will be establishing reliable communications between our ground station and the retrieval aircraft when it lands at a distance of over 10 km away. To solve…


Added by Ben Dellar on September 16, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

This winter in St. Petersburg will host an exhibition of smart solutions #SmartEXPO

The eve of the New 2016, in St. Petersburg will host an #SmartEXPO exhibition, dedicated to the automation of residential and working environment, as well as current and future technologies.

To visitors will be presented solutions and components of "smart…


Added by Smart EXPO on September 16, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

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