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DJI targeting the commercial market again

For a long time DJI has sort of forgotten the commercial market, apart from filmmakers.

With the announcement of the DJI A3, however, it is offering a very compelling product.

Here is a list of features I think are important for the commercial market:

  • Triple redundancy,…

Added by Jose Alberto Soler on April 18, 2016 at 2:00am — 18 Comments

The Perfect UAV Mapping Camera

It’s really strange that there’s been so much development in all other aspects of UAV Mapping, except one – the camera!

Currently most of us are using the Canon S100-120 or Sony Nex7 etc, running custom firmware or tricky wiring and triggers to fire the shutter in flight.



Added by Hein du Plessis on April 18, 2016 at 12:56am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Intel gives sneak peak of drone development board

At a developer conference in China last week, Intel gave a sneak peak of its forthcoming drone and robotics development boards. The drone board, called Aero, is designed to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight board (Intel, like Qualcomm, is a member of Dronecode and the Intel team has ported to the APM code…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 5:17pm — 21 Comments

3D Robotics
Using a Solo for river restoration and forest research

From the Freshwater Trust:

The Freshwater Trust has partnered with Portland State University’s…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 5:08pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
State of ROS 2.0

One of the priorities of Dronecode is to integrate with other open source software communities, include Linux as the lower (OS) side and ROS at the applications layer. Dronecode is part of the Linux Foundation and the Open Source Robotics Foundation, which makes ROS, is part of…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

BBBmini won Third Prize in The SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green IoT Contest

I am happy to announce that my DIY project BBBmini won Third Prize in The SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green IoT Contest. BBBmini is a DIY Cape to put on a…


Added by Mirko Denecke on April 17, 2016 at 12:21pm — 6 Comments

Drone hit British Airways plane approaching Heathrow Airport

Breaking news on BBC.

Could be a first proper strike. Or not.

A plane approaching Heathrow Airport is believed to have hit a drone before it landed safely, the Metropolitan Police have said.

The British Airways flight from Geneva was hit as it approached the London airport at about 12:50…


Added by Greg on April 17, 2016 at 11:20am — 15 Comments

Is drone racing the sport of the future? Interview with Steve "Zoomas" Zoumas

A few weeks ago we got in contact with DRL, the premier drone racing league. They offered to let us ask some questions about drone racing. We spoke to Steve “Zoomas” Zoumas one of the leagues well regarded pilot.

Racing Pilot, Steve “Zoomas” Zoumas

1. What is…


Added by Josh Spires on April 16, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Quick tip 1

As you work on things or change things you will frequently have to disconnect a lot of cables. It can be confusing or a pain to remember exactly where everything connects back in.

Get yourself a pot of nail polish, brightly colored and a pack of toothpicks and use the toothpick to put marks where you need them. In fact, whether you are building quads or repairing your Aston Martin, you should ALWAYS have nail polish and toothpicks in any well stocked toolkit; you'll…


Added by Doug on April 16, 2016 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Join The Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge - $50K First Place Main Award

Airbus Group and Local Motors invite you to be a design hero and contribute to save lives.

Following the launch of its first joint pilot project for the co-creation of the next generation of commercial drones, Airbus Group and Local Motors have officially…


Added by Blackstar on April 16, 2016 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

U-Blox M8P Integration done!



A lot of actors of the L1 low-cost RTK market have been emerging these months. U-Blox plays a relevant role in the miniaturization of GNSS chips for mass-market. Drotek and U-Blox are collaborating in order to produce the most reduced RTK board.


Market has shown that there are clearly two types of customers :…


Added by DROTEK on April 16, 2016 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

RTK Board Integrates with Autopilot (Pixhawk)

(Figure 1 Demonstration of Integration with Pixhawk autopilot)

Precis RTK board can be integrated with autopilots. We use the connection to Pixhawk flight control as an example. A cable is used to connect the COM1 port of Precis RTK board and the GPS port of the Pixhawk (see Figure 1). It is noticed that the GPS port need a…


Added by TersusAdmin on April 15, 2016 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

GoPro announces third-party developer program

Article from ZDNet.

GoPro quietly announced its Developer Program on Tuesday, as it looks to incorporate…


Added by John Arne Birkeland on April 15, 2016 at 1:23am — 1 Comment


I figured I'd type up the instructions for setting up the FlySky FS-I6/Turnigy TGY-I6 flight mode switches for the ardupilot manual.

l'll include a link to the video at the end as well.

You will use a 3 position switch (SWC) and a 2 position switch (in this case, SWD. You…


Added by Doug on April 14, 2016 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

Light Weight Lower Cost Aerial Cinematography Lands in USA

VIENNAApril 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dynamic Perspective GmbH announced today that it has selected ROTOR FX LLC of Los Angeles to be its service, training, repair and warranty center partner in …


Added by ROTOR F/X on April 14, 2016 at 6:13am — 2 Comments

Dragon Link V3 Advance system connect to Mission Planner via Blue Tooth for Dummy.

Until now, the only way to connect APM or Pixhawk via wireless is using radio modem. Well, you can also use blue tooth but the range is very limited. It may be good for set up or so but certainly not flying if you wish to view live data. 

For long range FPV or aerial mapping mission, I use RFD 900 radio…


Added by keeyen pang on April 14, 2016 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

West Coast UAV's Deliverable 2 for the 2016 Medical Express Challenge

West Coast UAV is pleased to have completed the Deliverable 2 Technical Report and submitted this to the competition organisers.

This report details the our UAV systems that will be used the complete the mission and our risk management approach.

The team has put in a lot of work to get to this stage. Our key achievements have…


Added by Ben Dellar on April 13, 2016 at 11:30pm — 11 Comments

Navio autopilot now supports Raspberry Pi 3!

For the last weeks we’ve been working relentlessly on the new revision of our special Raspbian image for Navio autopilot that supports Raspberry Pi 3. The new image works on the following hardware combinations:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 with Navio2
  • Raspberry Pi 3…

Added by Emlid on April 13, 2016 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

High efficiency mapping missions for low budget projects with less than 60 euros equiment

If you're starting in the mapping business and don't or can't afford to invest in more expensive equipment for your plane/copter but have a good Sony Alpha camera (A6000, A5100, A5000, etc) and some Nikon or Canon models, don't want to risk damaging them with risky experiences, you want to make the camera…


Added by Roger Monongo on April 12, 2016 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

XRotors 280 size with folding arm quadcopter design.

I just joined this forum with new id to share some info about this new drone project I started. 

This drone named Mantis280 is a 280 size quadcopter with fold-able arm and modular battery.

Modular battery is specially designed to slide into the body by un-folding the arm and fitted to the main connector thus secure both the battery and rear arms.…


Added by on April 12, 2016 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

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