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Introducing an "app store" for drones based in ROS

Erle Robotics, Canonical and the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) have partnered to bring an "app store" for drones that will use the Robot Operative…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on January 20, 2015 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service

Last summer, with the help of the DIY Drones community, Agribotix set out to discover how drones could be used to help growers make better decisions. Some of you followed the journey…

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Added by Tom McKinnon on January 19, 2015 at 12:37pm — 11 Comments

UgCS integration with ADS-B and 3D Robotics Arducopter

Today we again sucessfully flew Arducopter with ADS-B transmitter. Flight was detected on Flightradar24.com along with other aircraft.

Our Arducopter has formal and legal ICAO registration and probably is first in its class in the world to get formal ICAO ID.

We used microADS-B…

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Added by Janis Kuze on January 19, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Drones in the media - Sorting the wheat from the chaff

Dear Amelia,

I noticed this article on The Epoch Time and was concerned by what I saw. Please note - I am an experienced drone enthusiast and the statements…

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Added by Quadzimodo on January 19, 2015 at 8:16am — 8 Comments

KENYA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY FINALLY SPOKE

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority finally broke the silence about the use of UAVs in the Kenyan airspace. This was probably provoked a couple of drone articles and incidences that have been published recently. Just recently, a writer for a local daily wrote…

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Added by Chris Onyando on January 19, 2015 at 5:35am — 3 Comments

Vertex VTOL UAV Development Blog: Wing extension upgrade for long-range flights

A few weeks ago we announced the Vertex: a hybrid UAV platform that seeks to provide the ultimate flight experience and versatility by combining the characteristics…

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Added by ComQuestVentures on January 18, 2015 at 6:30pm — 11 Comments

Andruav - Multiple Drones Multiple GCS Interconnectivity

This is my fourth article about Andruav. In the past few articles I talked about:

1- What is Andruav then I focused on the telemetry features in Andruav.

2- Andruav as a…

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Added by MHefny on January 18, 2015 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments

DJI Phantom 2 Flir Tau 2 Thermal Camera with Brushless Gimbal install

I recently had an inspection that required the use of a thermal camera to inspect a solar panel field for failed units. I have numerous thermal imagers, but most too big or too bulky to be used on a multi. The tau series is impressive for its size, but it is not the most plug and play camera on the…

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Added by Patrick on January 18, 2015 at 12:30pm — 13 Comments

SmartAP Autopilot now has its own Configurator

SmartAP Autopilot now has its own Configurator, this is a desktop application which helps to configure SmartAP board easily and prepare the vehicle for the first flight just in 10 minutes! The design is very clean and intuitive, while the capabilities are very flexible. Check out the video tutorial on system configuration…

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Added by Kirill on January 18, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

PX4 Flight Stack ROS 3D Software in the Loop Simulation (SITL)

This is a preview of the upcoming high fidelity simulation capabilities and native ROS / Linux port of the PX4 flight stack. It includes simulated cameras, inertial sensors, flight physics and even sensors like laser rangefinders. The same software running during software in the loop simulation can also be executed on a Linux computer for live flight, and leverages the…

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Added by PX4 on January 18, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The MultiSpek opens a new horizon in aerial survey

Repeatable, accurate, and consistent data collection for mapping, scouting, and searching is the next frontier in drone technologies.  The MultiSpek is a highly modified version of the GoPro Hero4 which unlocks the capability of professional level mutlispectral aerial survey in the world’s leader in ultra compact rugged cameras.  The GoPro’s ability to survive crashes and thrive in the harshest conditions has allowed innovators and entrepreneurs to push the envelope of…
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Added by MultiSpek on January 18, 2015 at 12:00am — 11 Comments

Spectrum DX9 2 Switches 1 TX channel 6 Flight Modes

Spectrum DX9 2 Switches 1 TX channel 6 Flight Modes

Well I was doing some looking around and could not find any posts on setting up a Spectrum DX9 to get 1TX channel 6 flight Modes.



So this is what I came up with.



I started by setting a 2 position switch as…

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Added by Hank Danico on January 17, 2015 at 1:26pm — 3 Comments

Multirotor testing device first prototype

This is a tryout prototype of a multirotor testing device. Someone else built it for me actually who normally works with doors and heavier stuff, so it got bulky in the end and the rings gain too much momentum to be anything comparable to a multirotor this size. All connection points are regular bearings: inner…

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Added by Gerard Toonstra on January 17, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments


3D Robotics
Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid

I was curious how well LIDAR-Lite, which is just a laser range finder out of the box, would work as a full sweeping LIDAR unit, so I set up this demo unit. The unit updates at 100Hz, so to detect a 10cm object (like a telephone pole) within a 5m arc at 10m distance (with 2x oversampling), I calculate that you need to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 36 Comments

Communication standard for UAS - Open source project

More and more communication on UAV become important, not only between the UAV and the GCS, also between UAV and UAV. A nice way for communication between systems is IP based internet technology. This will also be increased on UAS. To use internet based communication has also some benefits regarding…

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Added by Martin Keydel on January 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments


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More unfortunate publicity?

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the federal government Friday to release what he dubs "much-needed rules" for the use of unmanned drones in light of two recent instances of drones encroaching into Westchester County Airport airspace.

Full article here…

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Added by Sgt Ric on January 16, 2015 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

PIXHAWK, QU4D X, BATELEUR, PHOTOSCAN, VIRTUAL SURVEY TOOLS

An example of the new geo-spatial products and virtual surveying and planning tools which we can bring to the farmer's kitchen table today - safely, harmlessly and economically, over and over again. All thanks to small UAVs - the new personal mapping systems. Thanks to the tremendous contributions from the DIY Drone community, small enterprises can now offer new cost saving…

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Added by Walter Volkmann on January 16, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Flying with Linux at LinuxConf 2015

Ardupilot developer Andrew Tridgell has presented 'Flying with Linux' at LinuxConf 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  During his presentation Tridge connected to the running autopilot software of a plane being flown in Canberra Australia…

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Added by Darrell Burkey on January 15, 2015 at 7:30pm — 21 Comments

Micro APM Hardware "Just make it smaller.."

Just seen our friends over at HobbyKing have released some new hardware focused toward the mini guys

Micro APM 2.7 (above)…

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Added by hector hind on January 15, 2015 at 5:00pm — 22 Comments

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