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Autonomous hovering control of PG400 using only Web camera

Hello there, here we would like to share a recent experimental result on our autonomous flight control system of quadcopter using only web camera and color marker recognitions.

We belong to control engineering research lab., Department of mechanical engineering, Saga University, Japan.

Our laboratory collaborate…


Added by Kazuya Sato on June 18, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Helical turn controls

First of all, thanks to Peter Hollands, who produced the above picture of a helical flight trajectory from one of his HILSIM test flights of the latest version of fixed wing flight controls for the open source MatrixPilot project, also known as the…


Added by William Premerlani on June 18, 2015 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments


We recently tested our Structure from Motion (SfM) and Virtual Surveying approach in a road survey scenario. The only significant manual work in the field was to survey ground control and check points. Image acquisition (with a Pixhawk equipped quad copter and a 24Mp camera) as well as SfM processsing was a highly…


Added by Walter Volkmann on June 18, 2015 at 4:52pm — 4 Comments

High speed scanning laser weighs just 75g and measures over 100m

We've been working on a laser scanner that is light enough to be carried by a small drone. Click on the image above to see a short video of the scanning action. This prototype is based on the SF30/C and an extremely lightweight motor drive. Four slip rings are carrying power, alarm and an analog image that is updating at 2000 readings per second. The unit gives saturated laser coverage to detect even narrow…


Added by Laser Developer on June 18, 2015 at 8:15am — 23 Comments

Mako Flying wing + Arduplane 3.3

Been having a lot of fun with the Mako wing & Arduplane (APM), here's a short video of the build & some FPV flying. Really happy to see Tridge keep APM support in 3.3!

Params: …


Added by Raph on June 18, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Modifying an IRIS+ to spray paint

From Hackaday:

KATSU, Dan Moore, and Adafruit’s Becky Stern are trying to perfect a flying can of spraypaint, and they’ve met with some success and surely many broken…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 18, 2015 at 6:41am — 8 Comments

Introducing DRONE.BO Technologies


We are introducing PRO-X1 Drone. It's a drone made for work, with a full ABS 3D printed, CNC aluminium and Carbon Fiber frame parts and structure.

Development, Design and  high quality manufacture from Bolivia to the world. The flight controller is an ATMEGA 2560 with a Multiwii code modification. Comes with a Ublox customized GPS, Tarot 2D Gimbal and 5.8 Ghz FPV TX/RX 200mw.

PRO-X1 is an OpenHardware Drone and OpenSource under Creative…


Added by hiroshi takey on June 18, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
A look at the Solo gimbal development process

Hi everyone,

(We wrote a post on the 3DR blog about the gimbal development - check it out if you are interested to get some insight into how it is going. I'm also posting the same content from the post over here at DIYD.)

Inside 3DR: A look at the gimbal development proces

At 3DR we are big believers in…


Added by Jeevan Kalanithi on June 17, 2015 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

New ACSP3 current/voltage sensor with dual interface

Hi guys,

I and Phil Kocmoud are proud to announce the new ACSP3 - current/voltage sensor with analog and I2C interface.

Here are some device features:

  • Vin max = 42VDC ( 10S )
  • Ishunt current = 90A
  • Vout = 5.4V
  • Ioutmax = 2.25A with 3A burst
  • Ultra low…

Added by Nick Arsov on June 17, 2015 at 6:30am — 28 Comments

Review: The First Ever Course on Humanitarian Drones


The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) promotes the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian settings. To this end, the Network's mission includes training the first generation of Humanitarian UAV experts. This explains why I teamed up with VIVES…


Added by Patrick Meier on June 17, 2015 at 5:46am — 2 Comments

PRATCHETT soars to 31,000m for Pixhawk test flight

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project is in good shape following last Saturday's PRATCHETT avionics test flight, named in honour of the late Discworld author Sir Terry.…


Added by Lester Haines on June 17, 2015 at 3:20am — 8 Comments

6 Mode for Futaba T8J

Futaba T8J is a reliable and economical 8 channel computer radio. I'm using it exclusively for all my UAV, both plane and multirotor. Normally I only use 3 mode for all my UAV build. For Plane, mode 1 is FBWA, mode 2 is Auto and mode 3 is RTL. For multirotor,…


Added by keeyen pang on June 17, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Nod controller supports 3DR drones

The innovative new Nod controller supports 3DR, DJI and Parrot drones…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 16, 2015 at 11:31pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
The Weekly Drone Download: Google and Microsoft want to use drones to save lives; a zero-gravity quad; the world’s smallest gimbal; too many sharks

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Question of the Week

This week, the global “Drones for Good” competition, hosted…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on June 16, 2015 at 1:38pm — 4 Comments

“Conversion of Neural Network models into State-Space models for model based control design”

The objective of this research is to implement an artificial neural network into a closed-loop model based control law that requires a state space model. Model based control laws are strongly preferred due to the existence of…


Added by Kode sai susheel praneeth on June 16, 2015 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

3D FPV camera The BlackBird 2 - stereoscopic video from onboard the RC cars 1:16

3D FPV camera The BlackBird 2 is small, but very cool flight a stereo camera, which will give you a completely new experience from the management of radio-controlled model!

Camera The BlackBird 2 functions:

• 3D video SIDE BY SIDE (Fat Shar HD, Sony HMZ, Carl Zeiss…


Added by Egor_FPV3DCam on June 16, 2015 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Video Interview with one of the pilots of the Google Project Wing (Delivery Drone) Prototype

Josh and Alex talk with one of the pilots of the Google Project Wing (Delivery Drone) Prototype and learn more about it!

More details:…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on June 16, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Invalidating Amazon's Drone Mapping Patent

Back in May Chris posted a news item about Amazon's drone based delivery system patent which got some attention but most people missed …


Added by Nathan Rae on June 16, 2015 at 3:30am — 11 Comments

Three hour forty three minute fuel cell flight

Montreal, Canada: EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leading developer of advanced PEM fuel cell systems, recently demonstrated the world’s longest multirotor UAV flight, flying for a record 3 hours, 43 minutes and 48 seconds, improving upon its previous world record of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 46 seconds from March 16 th, 2015.

This demonstration was performed to…


Added by Gary Mortimer on June 16, 2015 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

Learning ROS series

Post updated to include new videos.

The Robot Operative System (ROS) is an open-source, framework for robot application development maintained by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).

A ROS system is comprised of a number of independent nodes, each…


Added by Víctor Mayoral on June 16, 2015 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

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