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3D Robotics
Some tips on picking frequencies

I've just added this page of tips on choosing radio frequencies to the manual. Corrections/suggestions?


Some tips on picking wireless frequencies

Wireless can be…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 29, 2012 at 12:00am — 16 Comments

Two-Stage Copter

This video was just posted by EndOfDays, a well known figure in the photo/video multicopter scene.

And for the record, let me just say that some people have WAY to much free time. :)

Added by John Arne Birkeland on December 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

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Micro UAV can be launched from aircraft flare tubes

More cool stuff from MIT's AeroAstro lab.

Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2012 at 4:37pm — 2 Comments

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Quad autonomously landing on a recharging station

Cool stuff from MIT's AeroAstro…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2012 at 4:36pm — 3 Comments

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Amateur drone video leads to shutdown of polluting factory

Congrats to Gary Mortimer, whose sUASNews site broke this story:

The long arm of the law has finally caught up with the operators of the Columbia Packing Company.

In …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2012 at 11:49am — 6 Comments

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3D printed UAV models

This has been out there for a while, but I don't think we've posted on it here yet. It's an art piece (with a bit of a political message), but still very nicely done. From the…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2012 at 11:41am — No Comments

KULeuven materials engineering students design multicopters

For their "Problemsolving and design" project, 2nd year engineeringstudents of the Katholic university of Leuven (Belgium) designed and built multicopters out of the departments waste materials stream.  The electronics were given and the focus of the project was on frame materials and design.  Therefore they only got a limited budget of 20€ for the…


Added by u4eake on December 28, 2012 at 7:04am — No Comments

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New APM 2.5+ packs, year-end sale of RTF ArduCopters, ArduPlane!

Good news for those who wanted the APM 2.5+ with side pins (best for multicopters): they're now available fully assembled in the enclosure, with the usual GPS and Power Module (shown). No more connector soldering…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2012 at 6:00pm — 30 Comments

Upgrade to APM 2.5 or PX4?

OK, so I've got something of a dilemma... I want to upgrade my APM board as I'm still using APM1 with the analogue sensors, but I don't know if I should go with the AMP2.5 or with the PX4?

I was going to buy a new APM2.5 but I can't seem to find any that haven't already been pre-assembled or have been…


Added by Jesse on December 27, 2012 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Xmas flight in the Dominican Republic

Las Galeras Xmas 2012 from Cyril on Vimeo.

I thought I could share this little video from Las Galeras, Dominican Republic. I had to reinvent a landing gear after a crash, and found a pretty good temporary fix using 4 flexitubes and cable ties, works like…


Added by cirilo on December 27, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

A small mount board to use APM 2 with KK/MWC frames

Too many type of frames is KK or MWC. So if you want mount APM2 in these frames. It's a trouble things. 

Try this small board ^_^…


Added by wnqwang on December 27, 2012 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

FAA approved Santa this year.

Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on December 27, 2012 at 4:54am — 9 Comments

99 cent Ublox Container

Found a neat little plastic box at "The Container Store" for 99 cents.  Fits the UBlox LEA 6H in width and height perfectly.  May need to stuff a foam spacer on the length wise side.  Just tried it in the backyard and the GPS got a fix in about 30 seconds - the plastic cover is not adversely affecting the…


Added by John OBrien on December 26, 2012 at 11:06pm — 3 Comments

New mystery machines arrives to jDrones

New machines are arriving to jDrones office. 

What is it, we will se in following weeks. But as a hint there are some details that we can share now for it:

- It's 3.000 Kg heavy

- It's 2.7m tall, 1 meter wide and 2.8 meters long



Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 26, 2012 at 10:54pm — 45 Comments

Japanes security firm introduces Quad UAV

SECOM is Japanese home & business security services provider.

They are introducing Quad UAV to support their business.

The security UAV is based on Ascending Technologies GmbH by

SECOM will provide this UAV as rental…


Added by Jiro Hattori on December 26, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

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New York Times on the rise of domestic drones

Nothing particularly new in the argument (drones will require new privacy regulations), but it's notable that the New York Times has recognized that domestic drones are going to be a big new industry. Op-ed here. This is the way it starts:

The Dawning of Domestic Drones



Added by Chris Anderson on December 26, 2012 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

Brushless Direct Drive Camera Gimbal - good progress

Hi! I just want to inform you that there is a very good progress in the german forum here:

and here:…


Added by Crashpilot1000 on December 26, 2012 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

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"A New Definition of Drones" -- NPR radio piece focusing on 3DR

NPR just posted a good story (web and radio) on our efforts to demilitarize drones. There are some photos of the 3DR team at work, too. Here how it starts. 

 — When you…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 26, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Hokuyo Laser Range Finder needs a home

I received a 2D laser range finder from the good people at Hokuyo more than 1 year ago.  My plan was to try to use it to improve ArduCopter's…


Added by Randy on December 25, 2012 at 9:32pm — 21 Comments

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