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3D Robotics
Latest on first FAA-approved drone delivery trial

From Gizmag, the latest on Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered drones are the first to be approved for drone delivery trials in the US:

One weekend each July, 1,500 people from rural area…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment

Naze32 + Arduino + Buzzer = Krell music!

As shown in this video, I connected the UART of an Acro Naze32 flight controller to an Arduino Mega, and used the pitch values (pitch, get it?) from the IMU to modify the pitch of a buzzer. 

You can download the code for this example from …


Added by Simon D. Levy on July 15, 2015 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

aerobotX | new airship-drone website

Dear DIY Enthusiasts,

the team working on the development of the airship-drone ObliX now has an officially registered logo and name: 



Added by Daniel Wibbing on July 15, 2015 at 12:35pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Hackaday prize nomination for Pixhawk-powered anti-poaching solar drone

From Hackaday:

For his Hackaday Prize project, [tlankford01] is using…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 8:38pm — 8 Comments

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Adding UHF RFID sensors to IRIS+ for aerial farm management

From IEEE Spectrum:

We live in California, and we’re trying to grow some food in a field, but …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 8:33pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
This Week: Drones at Comic-Con; world’s best drone photos; R2D2 finally takes flight; drones help pave new way to the Golden Gate


Each week this newsletter curates (hopefully) some of the most interesting drone stories from around the world. But at 3DR, our mission statement is “Help people see their world from above.” Key word: people.

There are obviously many ways to see our world from above,…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on July 14, 2015 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

HD FPV over cellular w/ proxy server

We have spent the past year developing a system to fly drones over the internet. We now have a hexacopter that can be flown from anywhere in the world using a joystick via APM Planner or Mission Planner (working on an iPad app as well). The latency is below 500 msecs and the video quality is 720p w/ 25fps. Obviously the flying requires the drone to be flown at a location with decent cellular coverage but we have been optimizing the platform to…


Added by Ted Morgan on July 14, 2015 at 8:00am — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
Vibration testing Solo gimbals

Here's a quick glimpse of the current vibration and motion testing of the Solo gimbal in our Shenzen factory. Still on track to start shipping around the end of the month. 

Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
LIDAR-Lite 360-degree mirror scanner

From Trossen Robotics, news of a nice hack turning the one-dimensional LIDAR-Lite laser rangefinder into a proper 360-degree scanning LIDAR unit:

One of our favorite roboticists, r3n33,…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 2:02pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Sparkfun AVC recap video

No aerial category this year, sadly, but the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition rover race was even fiercer, due to the crazy Discombobulator turntable challenge (below). Winners listed here.…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 1:58pm — 4 Comments


FLIR finally releases the new and improved FLIR One for $250!!  The new FLIR One has an automatic calibration shutter and now works with ios and android!  This is a much better form factor over the original FLIR One but in my opinion is still limited by the inherent low 80X60 resolution of the Lepton…


Added by Brian Martin on July 13, 2015 at 10:48am — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Event 38 Bluetooth Bridge for Pixhawk/APM drones combines long-distance wireless and BT compatibility

From the Event 38 blog:

In case you missed it, our Bluetooth Bridge is now back in stock! This is the second version of our…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2015 at 10:26pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Building an APM drone with the Flutter long-range wireless board

The creator of the cool Flutter processor/wireless board (1km range, Arduino compatible) that launched on Kickstarter a couple years ago is…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2015 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

Drone education: A DIY Drone for DIYDrones

As someone who came from robotics to the RC side of drones I discovered that there were many things that I found not that well documented. The learning experience over the last 2/3 years taught myself and my team many things thereby a few weeks ago we decided to launch the …


Added by Víctor Mayoral on July 12, 2015 at 11:44am — 6 Comments

Kalman filter parameter importance

Hi everyone,

I'm working on the BreezeUav project which is open-source autopilot for fixed-wing and multicopter. So far it's possible to fly by using the board we designed based on Atmega 2560 and we currently adapt the code to be executed on ARM Cortex soon.

Anyway today I wanted…


Added by Adrien HADJ-SALAH on July 12, 2015 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Solo mapping with mission planner

For everyone looking to do some basic mapping with solo and mission planner I thought I'd write this post. FYI this post is just shorthand notes I've made and may contain some minor mistakes. The process to map with solo is fairly quick after you get familiar with everything and this post should be able to help guide you through it.  You may need a Alfa APA-M25 dual band 2.4GHz/5GHz 10dBi high gain directional indoor panel antenna with RP-SMA connector and extension cord…


Added by Justin on July 12, 2015 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Opensourcing ESC work

So almost a year ago, I posted about how I started work on a field oriented control ESC:

Redesigning multirotor ESC's

Some people in the comments already said how they made their own or started work on different…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on July 12, 2015 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

The Dronee- Autonomus,Low Cost ,Programmable,Open-source, Open-Design UAV plane.

1 month before, after my Shenzen,China trip, i found out that there is a way to make a drone plane for a very low cost to make it achievable by everyone. After a little bit search on internet, it is clear that people love Raspberry Pi. there are a lot of project on DIY Drone blog with a drone raspberry Pi attached.I decided to make a low cost autonomous airplane that everybody can write code and make applications without spending a lot of money on prototyping,…


Added by Dronee on July 12, 2015 at 2:00am — 30 Comments

MSPPG: Multiwii Serial Protocol Parser Generator

For a final project in a robotics class, I suggested that a few students try implementing their own version of a parser-generator program like pymavlink.  The students built a simple Python-based system in a few days, which parsed JSON message specifications and generated Python code to parse and serialize a simple…


Added by Simon D. Levy on July 11, 2015 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

BBBMINI is now Open Hardware

Just want to tell that the DIY Ardupilot Cape for the BeagleBone Black (BBBmini) is now Open Hardware. You can get the KiCad sources here BBBMINI-PCB. I will not sell the PCBs,…


Added by Mirko Denecke on July 11, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

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