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Brushless Motor Dynamometer from RCbenchmark

RCbenchmark dynamometer website

Please comment and send feedback below. A few months ago, I posted here asking if you would be interested in a dynamometer. I received quite a lot of comments. My colleague and I had the idea of a dynamometer for brushless motor after working over one month…


Added by Charles Blouin on August 26, 2015 at 1:21pm — 12 Comments

Open Ocean test run

Just a quick update on the research platform. I launched it on its final shakedown cruise into the ocean off the Central California Coast. Once out in the ocean, it completed a 30 mile circuit (15 miles straight out to sea, 15 miles back).

One reason for the final test is the addition of AIS for…


Added by PacificBots on August 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
New EKF viewer in Mission Planner/APM:Copter 3.3

Many here may not follow the behind the scenes work of the dev team, but here's one glimpse of a cool new feature for data geeks in APM:Copter 3.3. As you may know, the APM flight code uses an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF), which is a sophisticated way (based on Baysian statistics) to…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2015 at 8:44pm — 14 Comments

3DR X8+ | DroneKit | Vision System | Part 2

Hello diydrones community :)

For those who are interested:  Part 1.

It has been 3 weeks now since I published…


Added by dronebohne on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Report: Documents reveal nearly 700 close calls between drones and planes

From Mashable

By Chris Perkins

If for some reason you think the lack of drone regulation in the U.S. isn't a problem, read this.



Added by Thomas J Coyle III on August 25, 2015 at 6:30am — 24 Comments

3D Robotics
Sony's VTOL drone first flights

Transitions to and from vertical pretty well!

From Gizmodo:

The drones …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2015 at 3:30pm — 18 Comments

Nica Drones Mag Lifter EPM688 Next Steps

My Partner and I have retrofitted a 3DR's IRIS with a designed cradle for the lifter. It has worked fine with the Pixhawk Controller, 8 Channel PPM Encoder, and 8 Channel Tx/Rx. Here is a link to the lifter-

Currently, it engages the…


Added by Harjit Sethi on August 24, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Flying from computer

As a by-product of a research I’m working on right now, I’m showing this videos of me controlling a multirotor from a computer. Its done in different multirotor platforms, two flight controllers, Pixhawk and MultiWii.

So, the basic idea is to send data to the companion computer and then the companion computer will use it to several purposes.…


Added by Aldo Vargas on August 24, 2015 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

Genuine custom designed APM powered UAVs in Spain - droning

Hi all,

We would like to share with you our company "droning" ( devoted to create and operate professional UAVs. 

Our team has been around diydrones for some years now and we all share our passion…


Added by Jesus A on August 23, 2015 at 3:56pm — 17 Comments

A new AUTOBOTS was born!

It's an PRO-X1 Customized!

PRO-X1 is an OpenhHardware drone designed, developed and manufactured by

This one has a Multiwii mod. performed software to this…


Added by hiroshi takey on August 23, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Using 3DR SOLO for Archaeology class

Almost a year ago we had the chance to present one of the most magical uses of drones at SEAC 2014 Materiality of the sky. Combining Photogrammetry from small UAS, Surveying, Sky-Celestial body Simulators and Archaeoastronomy we managed to calculate the exact age and day that an ancient temple was…


Added by James on August 23, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Early Dynamic Test Result of Single-Frequency RTK

Antenna: Harxon HX-CSX601A

Receiver: SkyTraq GPS/BD RTK receiver

Baseline: 1.7Km

Max Speed: 81.2Km/hr

Blue point: single solution

Yellow point: float solution

Green point: fixed solution

RTK is well known for land survey and automated precision farming applications,…


Added by Oliver Huang on August 22, 2015 at 6:25pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Using unique LED patterns for drone identification

From Mashable:

The rapid rise of amateur-piloted drones has created somewhat of a regulatory nightmare. Countless reports of pilots spotting drones…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

VR Thermal Inspector : Robotic Thermal Imaging Camera. ( Preview )

Mechanical Enclosure.

New Thermal…


Added by Roberto Navoni on August 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Get in contact with a drone (literally)


These are my lasts experiments in body interaction with drones.

The quadcopter flies without battery, connected directly to a power supply.

All strings that hold the drone pass by its center of gravity for keep it balanced.

The drone is a multiwii-based flone controlled by gyro/accel of the smartphone with the…


Added by lot on August 22, 2015 at 8:14am — 3 Comments

A public display of irresponsibility by a major newspaper

The Orange County Register has just published a slide show of  50 aerial shots taken over Orange County, California from an unspecified quadcopter. While they are beautiful and very nicely done, quite a few are counter to FAA guidelines. Some are just downright boneheaded (Flying over freeways? Really??).

There are a number of…


Added by Tom Mahood on August 21, 2015 at 6:54pm — 25 Comments

Ground Control Stations - Studying a redesign


I'm investigating the UI of many GCS to propose some improvements and I'd like to here the opinion from people who really use this kind of interface. I've started a discussion about that and now I'd like to gather more details.

So, if you can help me,…


Added by Beatriz on August 21, 2015 at 2:48pm — 3 Comments

Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming

By Stephen Mann

What an outrageous proposal. How dare you propose drone hobbyists be licensed before they start flying?

This is the only way to save the hobby of personal drone flight. It’s the only way to protect the hobby from overreaching, confusing, conflicting…


Added by Brendan Jacobs on August 21, 2015 at 9:00am — 33 Comments

Finally, video stabilization software that actually works!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share with you all the news that our video stabilization software is now live and ready for download! 

We set out a few years ago to transform the very time-consuming and difficult stabilization technique that I was developing into an automated piece of software.  To say it's been a lot of work would be a huge understatement.  But…


Added by robert mcintosh on August 21, 2015 at 8:00am — 31 Comments

3D Robotics
Announcing the Latest Solo App Update: About version 1.1.0

We’re happy to announce the release of the latest and greatest update of the Solo app, for both iOS and Android—release 1.1.0. While this update isn’t necessary for Solo to work, it is necessary for the Solo Gimbal to work. And don’t forget: In order to unlock full access to your GoPro through the…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on August 21, 2015 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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