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Parrot Bebop 2 : The new Parrot racing drone ?

Parrot unveiled the Bebop 2, new version of its drone out a year ago. The strange flying machine provides several new features, including enhanced autonomy.…


Added by Karl Truemann on November 18, 2015 at 1:00pm — 19 Comments

Successful flight test of gas+electric VTOL UAV: HYBRiX

This is the crazy project that kept us busy lately at Quaternium: a hybrid electric+gas multirotor with range extender, inspired by Hybrid cars, such as BMWi3.

Our goal is to overcome the endurance limitations of an electric multicopter, while keeping the multirotor platform we are so enthusiastic about. This VTOL UAV has 2.5 hr estimated flight time with payload, and around 4 hours endurance…


Added by Jose Luis Cortes on November 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — 33 Comments

Time to clear up some FAA Section 333 Myth's & Misconceptions

For those unclear about the FAA Section 333 Exemption Process, Adam from Aeroworks Productions, LLC. answers some of the common questions and provides additional information about operating as a commercial operator.

Added by AKRCGUY on November 17, 2015 at 4:11pm — 9 Comments

An efficient VTOL fixed wing/rotary wing that does not need a rotor head.

Hello all,

I am working on a VTOL concept and thought I would post it here.  I hope to get as much feedback as possible from anyone who has any.  The depicted airframe is the simplest embodiment that would be capable of both rotary and fixed wing flight.  Alternative versions could look very…

Added by Joe Renteria on November 17, 2015 at 3:00pm — 22 Comments

agBOT challenge

No FAA to worry about on this one, I would like to think DIYD members could or even should win this....

Mission Statement

Identify and commercialize innovative agriculture husbandry technologies that improve work processes, as well as modernize observation…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 17, 2015 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in

New announcement from BirdsEyeView:

BirdsEyeView Aerobotics is proud to introduce AvA: Advanced VTOL Autonomy for the FireFLY6.  AvA is the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 16, 2015 at 11:40am — 32 Comments

3D Robotics
A few stats on crowdfunded drone projects that I backed

It bears repeating: Drones Are Hard. Above are some stats on the projects I've backed. I don't regret funding any of them, since I like encouraging these sorts of projects and I learn a lot from their updates. When a crowdfunding project I've backed actually shows up, I'm amazed (I…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — 39 Comments

Autonomous RiverBot(TM) Goes 15 Meters Deep

From Hack a Day by Al Williams

If you want to make a submersible robot (or, really, any robot) you can either design it for a specific mission, or you can try to make it general purpose. The researchers at the Cura Oceanus Foundation opted for the latter approach with…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on November 15, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
LATAS: Advanced geofences and airpace safety on 3D Robotics platforms from Precision Hawk

The Precision Hawk LATAS technology, which works with Pixhawk and APM-based drones to create static and dynamic geofences to respond to "airspace intrusions" around drones, will be field tested with the FAA this week. From …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Don't use GPS for odometry!

Very interesting research that shows that the statistical errors build up with GPS in a way that exaggerates distance traveled. Counterintuitive!

Have you had…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

VR Goliath Framework : Integration of APM + ROS + SLAM and Payload managment by Virtualrobotix Lab

The future is here after over two years of work can be said to have developed in the laboratories of Laser Navigation and thanks to the support of the network of laboratories Virtualrobotix drone technology of tomorrow.

A short video of a recent test test of our system of autonomous flight, mapping and advanced management of the payload.

In the video you…


Added by Roberto Navoni on November 15, 2015 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
IBM Research teaches IRIS+ how to play ping-pong

Impressive work from Jae-Eun Park and the computer vision team at IBM Research.

More details will appear in:

A testing platform for on-drone computation

W. Zhou, D. Nair, O. Gunawan, T. van Kessel, H. F. Hamann

IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, New York City, USA…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2015 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

+100km flight on a charge with a Techpod

The mission planner indicates that I got to 120km.    Seems reasonable, flying speed was about 14 m/sec for two hours and 25 minutes.  That is about 120km.

Here is the KML…


Added by DavidJames on November 14, 2015 at 4:00pm — 20 Comments

Submarine Quadrotor

 Here's a video from one of our recent tests of our GTQ-Cormorant: a submarine and quadrotor hybrid.

We use an air pump/solenoid system to move air between the clear, water-tight pressure hull and an external air bladder for depth…


Added by DB on November 14, 2015 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Compact quadcopter with foldable frame and gimbal

Hello everyone. Long story short we are a small group of enthusiasts, who started to develop drones, payloads and accessories. Why we decided to do so? Because everything that were our there on the market was either too expensive or couldn’t satisfy our needs. We started with simple hobby equipment…

Added by Jacob Cereteli on November 13, 2015 at 4:17am — 4 Comments

AGL measurement in conservation wetlands and over water using a laser altimeter

Drones have become an important tool for conservation work and we have seen them applied in game counting in Kenya, seal monitoring in the Arctic and for anti-poaching work in Southern Africa. One area of particular interest is in getting accurate size measurements of animals without direct human…


Added by Laser Developer on November 13, 2015 at 3:09am — 6 Comments

Deep Drone: A Flying Object Detector with caffe, dronekit, and zeromq

About a year and a half ago I saw Jetpac’s video of their Spotter app and I remember thinking at the time that it would be so cool to get this flying on a drone. Some poking got me a little towards that goal but its not until the past week that I sat down and rewrote the…


Added by Dirk Gorissen on November 12, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Google Earth API: One more month to live

A public service message from the Google Earth blog. This is the API used by many ground stations, and DJI in particular has ended support for their GCS as a result. GCSs such…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 12, 2015 at 2:31pm — 8 Comments

Kickstarters' Zano in trouble

I am another one of the 12,000 suckers! Oh well...

To quote Chris Anderson: "DRONING IS HARD"



Added by Jimmy Oliver on November 11, 2015 at 9:30am — 30 Comments

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