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Why the Drone Network of Tomorrow is Farther Away than You Think

Airspace integration and management solutions for drones continue to garner new investment, but most options are based on fairytale scenarios and raise more questions than answers.

I’ve been doing research on the commercial drone industry since early 2012, and it never ceases to amaze…

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Added by Colin Snow on March 3, 2017 at 11:49am — 3 Comments


3D Robotics
Analyzing Parrot's latest financial report

Parrot is the only publicly-listed consumer/commercial drone company, so their quarterly and annual financial reports are one of the few places to get accurate and up-to-date numbers on how the drone industry is really doing. They published their Q4 2016 and full-year 2016 financials…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2017 at 8:30am — 21 Comments

Make a software programmable fuse out of a 3DR BEC

Most power supplies these days have overcurrent protection, but for those of us too poor for anything besides a Mastech & who were left with an ancient, unused 3DR BEC after the world…
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Added by Jack Crossfire on March 2, 2017 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Post 2. MAAXX-Europe. The Groundhog Hardware

The Groundhog was at least twice as big and probably three time as heavy as many other competitors.  Why?  Because it is built for endurance (flight time 35mins+) and also because it's what I have as my development platform.  It normally flies outdoors of course...

Ah, so that means no…

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Added by Mike Isted on March 2, 2017 at 3:34pm — 3 Comments

Eli Drone Nest

Our Drone nest is the newest project what have we worked past year.

We have come a long way with our small crew.

Eli Drone Nest can hold up to 5 Batteries, what will charge and what will be in storage is going to be the…

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Added by Margus on March 2, 2017 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

UAV control using Novint Falcon haptic device

In the last two months I was exploring an idea of using a haptic device to control a multirotor. Here is the video I made showing the system working in simulation:

The setup

For the simulation I used Px4 SITL running with jMAVSim. For interfacing with Px4 I'm using mavos + two…

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Added by Mateusz Sadowski on March 1, 2017 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Calling student programmers: Google and Ardupilot 2017 Summer of Code

Great news for the open source  community and the greater world of autopilots: On February 27th Ardupilot.org was selected as a participating 2017 Google Summer of Code organization.

Sponsored by Google, GSOC is a unique program matching open source organizations and students interested…

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Added by Olivier on March 1, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments

UgCS Used By Drone Pilots in 159 Countries!



UgCS has been developed for more than 4 years and it is used in 159 countries - a fact that motivates us to continue improvement of UgCS. Although our Customer team would be glad to travel to 159 countries, but understanding, that we can’t meet all UgCS users in person - we…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 1, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

RTF Low Cost Professional Photogrammetry Drone, with GNSS RTK module, PPK, CORS and Ground RTK Support

Hello friends!

We are introducing the new Professional Protogrammetry Quadcopter Harfang RTK. This is a Ready to Fly Drone, aimed to Professional users with a Low Price point and High End features. Flies 30+ minutes and complies with "light weight" standards! 

Based on the familiar Pixhawk Autopilot, a mainframe made by France's Lab4Drone and broadly used Spain's North RTKite GNSS RTK receiver, the Harfang…

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Added by Bernardo Espinosa on March 1, 2017 at 6:30am — 14 Comments

Circuit Board for DIY Arduino Micro-quadcopter

In this project, I will go through the process of designing and making a flight controller board from scratch for a micro-quadcopter. This board will be based on the ATMega328 microcontroller and will be used to control four coreless DC motors. The whole PCB making process from…

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Added by Flfeather on February 28, 2017 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Computer Vision for UAS Search and Rescue using Navio2

From Navio2 Project Shares:

This multi-rotor UAS will be used in search and rescue operations using object recognition to find a target and deliver a payload,…

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Added by Dmitriy Ershov on February 28, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
Movidius neural network USB stick plugs into almost anything

fathomnew From TechCrunch. It works on Raspberry Pi!

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnershipMovidius is making…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Post 1. MAAXX-Europe 2017 Autonomous UAV Competition.

The Challenge

I recently entered the first MAAXX-Europe competition to be held at the University of the West of England (UWE).  On the surface it's a simple challenge in which UAVs must follow an oval circuit of one red line,…

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Added by Mike Isted on February 27, 2017 at 3:08pm — 2 Comments

UAVSA Membership Problems

I signed up to the UAVSA association a while back. I have not benefited by this resource and have tried to cancel for 6 months. I have not been successful.

Here is the membership page.…

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Added by Jimmy Oliver on February 27, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments


3D Robotics
Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

Parrot's Disco flying with Paparazzi UAV system

This is the video our first flight of the Disco from Parrot using the Paparazzi UAV system. Most of the drivers where already available, except for the PWM output on Linux-based autopilot. Many thanks to the ArduPilot community and especially Andrew Tridgell for his help and tips to…

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Added by Gautier Hattenberger on February 24, 2017 at 3:02pm — 7 Comments

Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

This is my first post in a series called "FlightZoomer 3 Feature Previews".

One of the coolest features for the next release of my FlightZoomer apps is a terrain elevation map and a vertical situation display. The look&feel of these features strongly borrow from the VSD (vertical situation display) and the TERRAIN display of the…

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Added by Martin Rüedi on February 23, 2017 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

ArduSub + Ardupilot is Official!

From Rusty and Jacob of ArduSub:

Hello everyone, Rusty here at Blue Robotics. We're pleased to announce that the ArduSub project has merged with Ardupilot!This is a momentous occasion for the ArduSub…

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Added by Olivier on February 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Event38 integrates Emlid Reach and starts providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution.

Event38 now offers Emlid Reach upgrade to its vast fleet of UAVs aimed on providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution. Reach PPK enabled system is able to deliver centimeter-level accurate 3D models without use of ground control…

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Added by Emlid on February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Tilt rotor/SLT hybrid

Separate lift/thrust systems are growing fast in popularity, to the point that there are already a variety of commercially available systems.  They seem to be the future and continually get better.  Thanks to our developers, Ardupilot has some great features like holding position with forward thrust and is becoming very…

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Added by Joe Renteria on February 21, 2017 at 10:46am — 6 Comments

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