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Follow Me Test! Success!

ArduPlane, APM2.6 and Mission Planner come together to make an awesome feature called "Follow Me" where the ground station sends the airplane it's GPS location and the airplane will go to that location, even follow it as it moves!

I tested it today and it performed…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 12, 2014 at 4:54am — 10 Comments

Updated: A closer look at DJI's no-fly zones

A few days ago, I already wrote an article about our "Apple of the drone manufacturers", DJI and it's new no-fly zones. Now it's time to have a little more detailed look at their idea.

What DJI did was introduce no-fly zones of 8km (5 miles) around "major airports". I already noted, that…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on April 12, 2014 at 4:30am — 28 Comments

full flight over Polish designated drone spot...

Just wanted to show you some fpv footage from the latest movie. hope you enjoy :)

Added by Greg Dronsky on April 11, 2014 at 7:34pm — 3 Comments

My First Quadcopter with xtPilot [Setup]

Hi Guys,

Firstly, I want to say thanks to APM2.5 dev team, 3DRobotic, their open source projects that helped me a lot to complete my first drone, include xtPilot -  a modified hardware shown above, original is APM2.5 open hardware project.

(see my previous post -…


Added by Thanh Nguyen on April 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones

From IEEE Spectrum:

Gene Robinson of Wimberly, Texas, is a licensed pilot and also flies radio-controlled model airplanes—not an unusual combination. About a decade ago, he realized that a model aircraft outfitted to take aerial photos could be enormously useful in locating people who have gone missing—perhaps because they’ve been…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 1:10pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
Insanely big multicopter (?) lifts off

No video, sadly. From Gizmag:

Following on from driving tests that wound up in December last year, the Black…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 12:39pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
Long-range (40 mile!) RC control project

From Hackaday:

Long range wireless control of a project is always a challenge. [Mike] and his team were looking to …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 12:36pm — 10 Comments

NMSU and USDA performs UAS Flights in Las Cruces, NM


Neat story. I am the BAT 4 External pilot for the mentioned flights. I am holding the R/C controller: Very interesting study. Take a look.

Video: …


Added by Joseph on April 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

X-UAV Skua

X-UAV has released a new UAV platform called the Skua. I will try and get one for some review.

Wingspan: 2100mm

Length: 1150mm

Flying Weight: 2500g-3000g


Wingload: 45~55g/d㎡


Drive System: 3720…


Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on April 11, 2014 at 6:36am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
3D Robotics Talks Precision Ag

Last month, Brandon Basso, Senior Research and Development Engineer at 3DR, discussed the application of drones in agriculture at the annual Nebraska Crop Consultants Symposium in Las Vegas. Though that symposium name sounds extraordinarily specific, the crop consultants in attendance represented a huge swath…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on April 10, 2014 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Maidened Y6 - what I looked for

Just a bit of a monologue about what I did on my maiden, and I what I looked for before I started flying it properly. Some people just go full sticks right after arming, but I prefer a more cautious approach.

Step 1: All the calibrations done - radio, compass, compassmot, flight modes etc. Importantly, only…


Added by Euan Ramsay on April 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

MIT project hopes to give drones unlimited flight potential

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are at work on a device that would, if approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, give unmanned aerial…


Added by criro1999 on April 10, 2014 at 12:14pm — 8 Comments

Long Range Telemetry Testing

RFD900 Telemetry:

During the USA trip I'll need extra telemetry…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 10, 2014 at 9:28am — 38 Comments

AUAV-X1 - Part IV - some AUAV-X1 board pictures and TPS63061 scopes at different voltages and loads

Hi guys,

Have some pictures of the AUAV-X1 board with connectors - top side and bottom side. Also some scopes applied - input voltage from 4V to 8VDC and different loads - 0.5A and 1A.…


Added by Nick Arsov on April 10, 2014 at 5:50am — 32 Comments

The Official Aerial Vista Challenge Team Video for the 2014 Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

I got a little excited and published the video a little early.  This is the official video for the Aerial Vista Challenge Team.  We are participating in the 2014 Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge.  This is the one that we have submitted for the competition.  Thank you to our sponsors and to Inside Focus Media for creating this video.  We look forward to more…


Added by Toby Lankford on April 10, 2014 at 1:34am — 15 Comments

Robot show

It was packed with unemployed, flat broke programmers.  As far as jobs, there was 1 engineering job at NASA which required many more years of college & had a line of guys wanting to get in.  There is far more talent than demand.  Stock & buyout…


Added by Jack Crossfire on April 9, 2014 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

Low cost version of APM2.5

Hi everybody, I have just finished this low cost version of APM2.5 because it's difficult to buy a original board in my country, so I decided to build my own hardware with two layers PCB :)

I have solved some bugs in hw such as:

I also added a…


Added by Thanh Nguyen on April 9, 2014 at 11:00am — 33 Comments

Beware if you are in Spain

With thanks to Patrick of GrupoAcre in Spain for sending this to us.

Yesterday we came to know (by news) that the Spanish Air Safety Agency (AESA) has suspended “All UAV Operations in Spanish Airspace” and further has declared that all operations, which are not conducted on a “Radio-controlled…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 9, 2014 at 10:34am — 23 Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 7 featuring EMLID Creator of NAVIO

Hello, My next guest will be the creator of the NAVIO board, EMLID. 

We will be airing live on our Google Plus Page today at 16:00 GMT.

If you are in…


Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on April 9, 2014 at 5:19am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Ground robot tracks and controls air robot

Nice work! Jump ahead to 0:41 for the good stuff. From the video description:

In this video we demonstrate the capabilities of our monocular pose tracking system. It consists of infrared LEDs on the quadrotor and an infrared camera on the arm of a ground robot. Since we know the positions of the LEDs on the…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 8, 2014 at 10:40pm — 7 Comments

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