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Using drones to auto follow exteme sports, snowboarding/sking and moutain biking for a start..

Hi guys, i'm trying to develop a platform that auto follows mountain sports, such as skiing. i first started with ardupilot but found it to unreliable and spent to long tuning, i since switched to zero uav's YS-X6 as the main flight controller. With this FC the main aim of auto follow is achieved, but there is limitations, the main one being the camera controls are not taken into…


Added by tristan price on January 28, 2013 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

DroneMapper Signs Multi-Year Contract With The State of Utah - 1/17/13

January 28th, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has contracted with DroneMapper to provide imagery processing services for the next 5 years.  UDAF collects high resolution imagery for use in conservation planning and management of natural resources. As an example, DroneMapper recently processed an imagery set as part of Utah’s…


Added by JP on January 28, 2013 at 10:00am — 17 Comments

HobbyKing Selling ArduPilot Parts

HobbyKing is now selling much cheaper versions of some 3DR products:


Added by Jonathan Price on January 28, 2013 at 2:00am — 109 Comments

2.9 for FPV

Got the eyes installed!

The camera bracket is attached with the bolt that secures the arm. This is a camera that 3DR sells that operates in low light and normal light and auto adjusts. I am anxious to do some night FPV flying.

I finally felt with 2.9 that I was ready to equip my Ardu-copter for FPV. I flew some test flights just line of sight in a confined area, and checked the stable mode and the loiter mode and the loiter mode was much…


Added by Richard Evans on January 27, 2013 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

Have to share this with you...

sorry for the late info... happened allready in september 2012...

but better now then never :-)


Hi all,

there is more back groundinfo…


Added by Horst Hörtner on January 27, 2013 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

Formation flight with an eagle.

I was testing my Maja in full manual mode this afternoon, an eagle come and join the fun of it. We flew a few round together before I realise that it actually come to defends it's airspace. A few attempt to close in with the plane and lower it's craw ready for a catch. Lucky it didn't success and I have power reserved to escape from situation. 

MY Maja 2.2 M was build as per instruction with some reinforcement. AUW is 2.8kg. A 3S 2200 battery was put in front as…


Added by keeyen pang on January 27, 2013 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

The future of UAVs is...

Some GPS artistic drawings...

 Hehe, just a teaser for my yesterday's tests on VRBRAIN with latest 2.9 firmware! VRBRAIN uses the powerful ARM STM32F4 CPU and runs with the actual 2.9 firmware codebase.…


Added by emile on January 27, 2013 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

Android Ground Station coming along.

Here is my APM2.5 at my apartment in Albuquerque NM. See the 3 waypoints and home position?

Thanks a bunch Kevin!

My android tablet is a Pipo S2 at $122 from…


Added by Earl on January 26, 2013 at 11:30pm — 14 Comments

Bahai Gardens, Haifa, Israel - Aerial Video

This video took a couple of months of planning and getting the appropriate permits.

I'm quite happy with the outcome, Enjoy!


Specs are as follow:

Frame designed by me and CNC'd from G10 (600mm MTM)

Sunnysky V2216-11 (800Kv)

Turnigy Plush 25a ESC's

Paris V4.0…


Added by Jonathan Arad on January 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments Live Assistance via Skype

Skype Account Name:diydroneslive

Newbies Guide to…


Added by Joshua Johnson on January 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

PX4 Flight Mode Switching / Navigation State Machine

We purposefully started from scratch for the PX4 native stack flight mode switching and navigation state machine, and looked at APM/ACM, Mikrokopter, Paparazzi, Asctec, many research systems / papers and some more unlisted opn source systems (this is only for the native PX4 software stack…

Added by PX4 on January 26, 2013 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
"The Private Drone Industry is Like Apple in 1984"

Good article at The Atlantic's Quartz site comparing DJI with 3DR. Sample quote:

The UAV industry is a fairly new one, and right now its main focus is on consumer products. That’s partially…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 11:00pm — 55 Comments

Robot Magazine- Flight controller roundup

*APM 2.5 is a…


Added by Joshua Ott on January 25, 2013 at 10:35pm — 9 Comments

First aerial mapping trial

After a few months of trial and error, I finally figure out the basic of aerial mapping. Blessed with good weather two days ago, I took out my Skywalker 1900, APM 2 equip with Canon S100 to a near by oil palm estate own by a friend. The Skywalker with my current param track extremely well even in strong cross wind condition. 

The total flight time is about 30 minutes from take off to landing covering 320 Ha of land at 300 meter altitude. The cross line distance is…


Added by keeyen pang on January 25, 2013 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
MPAA lobbying FAA to use drones in filmmaking

From Fast Company

New documents reveal that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is pressing the federal government to legalize Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) use in the film industry. In a lobbying disclosure report filed this week, the MPAA…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 6:35pm — 8 Comments

Revealed: who can fly drones in UK airspace

Police aerial surveillance drone

Revealed: who can fly drones in UK airspace

Missile manufacturer, police forces and golf video company among more than 130 groups licensed to use technology…


Added by Alan on January 25, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Newbies Guide to

DroneCafe - The Daily Cup

I hope you enjoy Episode 4 Newbies Guide…


Added by Joshua Johnson on January 25, 2013 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

2.9 + hott-for-ardupilot modules !!WOO!!

I finally rebuilt my ATG-700-AL Hexacopter, and got around to moving my QAV500 over to the Graupner receiver.  Now that both platforms were functional, I decided to get stuck in to 2.9 and hott-for-ardupilot. …


Added by Daniel Chote on January 25, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Yes we are all angels ... a little deeper - the shovel should be washed.

Friday... This week progress. Only photos, any comments.…


Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on January 25, 2013 at 10:10am — 10 Comments

HUGO flight tests with new GPS Decibal readings, Loiter, Stabilise

I started  to document some flights wth HUGO this week . Here is some footage of "loiter" and "stabilise" flight modes.Also took some decibal readings from approx. 10' to 1.5'. The dB level never exceeded 95 dB. This is not a scientific test. I hope to show a comparison with open frame as a control and get some proper testing procedures in place. 

  I have been using a single axis gimbal for FPV ,…


Added by Sean Headrick on January 25, 2013 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

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