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Facebook lays out its Internet-connected drone strategy

From Wired:

If companies like Facebook and Google have their way, everyone in the world will have access to the internet within the next few decades. But while these tech giants seem to have all the money,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2014 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Unmanned Parcel Delivery is a reality!

DHL parcel services has started a pilot (and did a successful test) of parcel delivery from the German mainland to one of the small islands off the North-Sea Coast.

Very impressive!! I will leave my personal comments for in the comments section.

Apart from the technical side of this, which have been…

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Added by Stefan78 on September 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 38 Comments


Developer
ARM announces new Cortex M7 core, uses PX4 and 3DR vehicles as use case

Cross-post from my original G+ plus post, based on a The Register article: ARM just announced a new embedded core, the Cortex M7 with up to 400 MHz clock speed. The CPU is in general faster and has…

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Added by Lorenz Meier on September 24, 2014 at 5:30am — 11 Comments

PerthUAV at the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge

Today Perth UAV flew at the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge.  Out of the 20 competitors, 15 were cleared to fly.  1…

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Added by Stephen Gloor on September 24, 2014 at 4:00am — 14 Comments

APM/Pixhawk compact GCS build

This is one of our earlier designs, however, we've built this very version for our APM/Pixhawk user clients. Notable differences are the customary rotary flight mode switch and the aerial video/stills specific line-up of the toggle switches. All direct remote camera functions from zoom, focus/shutter, video start/stop, etc. can be implemented by using the very same line of toggles, which include 2-3 position, SP-DP spring loaded and lopsided spring versions.…

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Added by Azjeg on September 23, 2014 at 10:24am — 19 Comments

UgCS operates two DJI Phantom2 simultaneously

Hi,

Here we filmed some of our test flights staring two DJI Phantom2s. It is bit lengthy but includes both mission setup and full run of it.

Let us know if you have ideas we could test out with our software and fleet of drones!

Enjoy!

UgCS Team

Added by Janis Kuze on September 23, 2014 at 6:57am — 5 Comments


Developer
Small Electric Helicopter 108km/h Auto Flight

Another recent accomplishment with the Helicopter version of Arducopter was this full auto speed run which achieved a top speed of 30 m/s or 108 km/h.  This was done using 3.2 which features improvements to the helicopter flight dynamics code, as well as Spline Waypoints which is a general…

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Added by Rob_Lefebvre on September 22, 2014 at 4:13pm — 30 Comments

"Sparked" short film: The dance between human and machine never looked quite like this



This 5-minute short film featuring quadrotors was produced in collaboration between the entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, researchers at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena, and their spin-off company Verity Studios. Everything you see is real — no CGI, wires, or speed-ups/slow-downs were used in the production of the film.

Read the …

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Added by IKE on September 22, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Small UAV Market by Application expected to worth $1.9 Billion by 2020

According to market research "Small UAV Market by Application (Military, Commercial & Civil, Homeland Security), by Payloads (EO, LiDAR, Laser Designator, Meteorological sensors, Cameras, Telemetry, Autopilot, and NBC detection), by Propulsion System (Hybrid, Hydrogen cell, Solar, Lithium-ion battery), by Geography - Market Forecast and Analysis to 2014…

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Added by Steve Stark on September 22, 2014 at 3:44am — 2 Comments

Carpe Noctem and Fly the Calm Skies

With the arrival of the autumnal equinox here in the Pacific Northwest, it triggers, once again, thoughts about how to keep those flying skills on point. As the amount of daylight decreases and the weather shifts to a cooler/wetter pattern, the window of opportunity for outdoor flight is…

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Added by earthpatrol on September 21, 2014 at 8:50pm — 2 Comments


100KM
Techwing update and maiden

Hey everyone,

 The newly updated techwing design has achieved its maiden flight.…

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Added by wayne garris on September 21, 2014 at 3:25pm — 7 Comments

Our latest GCS build, The Beast

GCS build highlights

  • Intel Core i3-i7 PC hardware for Win7-8 or Linux operating systems, 2-328Gb RAM, 60-256GB SSD, Gigabit LAN, 4 external USB 2.0, optional 3.0, WLAN, etc..
  • Dual 10” 1920x1200 600nit IPS panels with low reflectance gloss or matte surfaces
  • 300-460Whs of fully managed LiFePO4 battery, balanced cells, protected against overcharge, overdischarge and short circuit,
  • external charge and power supply from…
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Added by Azjeg on September 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments


Developer
Arducopter Flies Gas Powered Helicopter

Now we're cooking with gas!

I have just completed a project to build a helicopter with a gasoline engine, controlled by Arducopter (of course!)  This helicopter serves as a test bed for future gas heli development work for a client of mine.  The goal was to prove out that it could be…

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Added by Rob_Lefebvre on September 20, 2014 at 11:20am — 56 Comments

AUAV-X2 ( the revised version of X1 ) is alive

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Added by Nick Arsov on September 20, 2014 at 9:00am — 46 Comments

Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 2)

Continuation of my FX-61 Phantom build configuration. (this part has the BoM at the end)

The other wing is just stock. Look at that horrible stock servo, it’s transparency only serves to taunt me by showing the horrible plastic gears that are dying to eat each other to bits. I would like to…

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Added by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:47am — 8 Comments

Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 1)

This is a description of the configuration of my FX-61 Phantom FPV Flying Wing EPO Airplane 1550mm (PNF) V2

The whole reason…

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Added by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Announcing Aeriality Version 1.1

Aeriality version 1.1 is out now, check it out at www.aeriality.io.

But, first things first, thanks everyone at DIYD for your support. I've had over 100 downloads of the Aeriality software so far, and lots of great interactions…

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Added by Taylor Glenn on September 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — 23 Comments

3DR IRIS gets approved in France by DGAC (french FAA).

After a few weeks of administrative processing it is finally here, the "Attestation de conception de type" (Type certificate) allows the 3DRobotics IRIS to fly legally in France in scenarios S1, S2 and S3. S3 meaning it can fly in urban areas as well !…



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Added by Nicolas on September 19, 2014 at 6:57am — 22 Comments

Vulture 2 spaceplane launch hits Kickstarter target

Our £30k Kickstarter campaign to take our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America…

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Added by Lester Haines on September 19, 2014 at 6:52am — 7 Comments

An Algorithm That Decodes the Surface of the Earth

...Study published last week in the Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, that describes an algorithm that can classify land cover types with minimal nudging from humans.

The problem, from a computational standpoint, is that…

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Added by Greg Dronsky on September 19, 2014 at 2:29am — 1 Comment

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