All Blog Posts Tagged 'UAV' (268)

First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest


From the SUAS Feed

Earlier this week a pilot from Idaho was preparing to begin a spray run through a field. Barely visible ahead of him was a small stationary object. He decided it must be a kite since a bird would not remain motionless. As he neared the object, it rapidly shot straight up.…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — 38 Comments

The Importance Of Flying A Basic System, How To Progress In UAV

This article is written for all levels of pilots to follow as a guideline in your flying progression. With the many choices that UAV pilots have today for vehicle configurations, flight management and equipment it is important to remember that your vehicle can be dangerous and expensive if not…


Added by Rob Thompson on June 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 17 Comments

CAD Drones Engineering Summer School 2014 - LIVE Sessions -

Hello DIY Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson from CAD Drones, LLC.  I'm here to share with you a FREE LIVE Education Podcast that will be shared on Youtube front page of, and has a "dedicated forum for…


Added by Joshua Johnson on June 9, 2014 at 2:45am — 4 Comments

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The Tale of BeaglePilot: The world’s first Linux-based autopilot

The history:

The BeaglePilot project started three years ago, when Víctor Mayoral Vilches (DIY page), researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology and co-founder of…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on June 4, 2014 at 4:00pm — 22 Comments

Lidar for the Masses?

I will start out by saying that I am in no way associated with this product or its developers or retailers.  I just ran across this while researching for another project.  It looks very exciting and very affordable price for the claimed capabilities.  Late last year while I was in researching for…


Added by Toby Lankford on June 2, 2014 at 3:30am — 10 Comments

Successful test of the Cheerson CX-20 (APM + Arducoper firmware inside)

I have successfully tested the Cheerson CX-20 Auto-Pathfinder (also called the Quanum NOVA). This quadcopter uses an APM v2.52 with the ArduCopter v3.1.2 already installed. It fly very well and all the Arducopter features are working very well....

Above, a video during the maiden flight of the CX-20 has been taken with a  GoPro 3 "Black Edition" mounted on the anti-jello mounting…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 29, 2014 at 2:13am — 37 Comments

Luftfotos24 releases first UAS product line

Luftfotos24 presents the first UAS product line "Beast series”. The system allows everyone to take aerial pictures, research, Orthophotos, aerial surveying and precision farming.

The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operates completely autonomous. The autopilot is based on the well known…


Added by Martin von Kameke on May 15, 2014 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

This weekend: 3d printed UAV STL files

This weekend STL files of Barcelona 3D printed UAV will be uploaded for all of you!

I have been upgrading vertical tail in order to increase control power factor and preparing some information for the slicer process and assembly.

Sorry for the delay.

Brief explanation of this UAV with English…


Added by Jonatan Domenech on May 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 22 Comments

Barcelona 3D printed UAV

Hi UAVers!

I would like to show you the new Barcelona 100% 3D printed UAV.…


Added by Jonatan Domenech on May 11, 2014 at 12:00pm — 27 Comments

Drone Operator Fined After Almost Hitting NYC Pedestrian

"Zablidowsky was accused by the FAA of flying in restricted airspace without obtaining permission from controllers and operating the drone in a “careless or reckless manner.”

The airspace designation above that part of New York is the same as for flights using nearby airports, including LaGuardia…


Added by John Githens on May 3, 2014 at 9:35am — 8 Comments

Airspeed, angle of attack, sideslip and flight path vector estimated in real time on APM!

We have been working for some time on a way to estimate and display important flight parameters such as angle of attack, estimated airspeed (on UAVs that do not have Pitot tubes), side slip angle or flight path vector (FPV) using a simple, robust dynamical model of the UAV and a computational method that is both fast and has computational time guarantees.…


Added by Christian Claudel on April 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — 27 Comments

Using drones to protect young deer in Germany

As published by The Guardian (link to the full story is here):

"A German wildlife rescue project is deploying small aerial drones to find young deer hiding in…


Added by John Githens on April 28, 2014 at 8:14am — 5 Comments

The Business of Drones: A Tale of Two Cities

This post looks at who will dominate the lucrative civilian drones market - the giant defense contractors or the small innovative start-ups.

The year was 1775.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of…


Added by Colin Snow on April 25, 2014 at 9:53am — 7 Comments


Hi all! Just wanted to share a project I have been involved with since last September. I was the TA for a class of students at Purdue University and we collaborated with students from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech to create an almost entirely additive manufactured UAV for agricultural surveying. Boeing funded the program through their education wing and Stratasys was a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge help with printing our aircraft. 

Wingspan is 89" from winglet to…


Added by Eli Cohen on April 22, 2014 at 7:00pm — 43 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

Rover for Testing Systems the Ground

Hello everyone from the Aerial Vista Challenge Team. We have been trucking along on out competition UAV.  We are real happy with the progress and we are getting all knids of stuff in from sponsors.  This week we received our Arsov AUAV3 and in a couple of weeks we should be getting our AUAV X-1 Autopilots in.…


Added by Toby Lankford on March 24, 2014 at 9:45am — 9 Comments

Another epic drone Game Drive (Flight)

We were asked to do some field testing for the Investec Rhino Life Line with Dr Will Faulds. Thought I'd share some of the footage. Only in Africa! :)

Using APM2.6, Tarot T810, Alexmos BGC (soon to be upgrade to 3 axis) and the trusty GoPro.

Added by Wesley Versfeld on March 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Robots In The Sky

Consider participating in a new crowdsouced mapping project. Robots In The…


Added by Matt Wallhead on March 11, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Quaternion AHRS with uPilot32


Here is a video ( of a new implementation of an AHRS algorithm, thanks to Seb Madgwick and Fabio Vareseno works.

Source code is available on the website

Feel free to…


Added by VGR-Systems on February 27, 2014 at 11:13am — 9 Comments

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