Bertrand Duchiron's Blog (35)

RockBLOCK Mk2 - Iridium SatComm Module

The RockBLOCK Mk2 allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky and it works far beyond the reach of WiFi and GSM networks. Maybe you want to transmit weather information from mid-ocean? Or use it to control your robot in the middle of the…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on December 11, 2015 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Canada drone regulations change in 2016

TC now consults on proposed changes to UAV safety regulations.

In 2016, Transport Canada intends to introduce regulatory requirements for UAVs 25kgs or less that are operated within visual line-of-sight. The proposed regulatory amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) are intended to ensure the safe and reliable operation of UAVs in Canadian airspace.…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on May 29, 2015 at 9:27am — 3 Comments

Unmanned : Textbook for UAS studies, a short review





Unmanned is the work of Sterling Cripps Chief Operations Officer at the CCUVS ( http://www.ccuvs.com/ ) .

It's a study book for those who want to take either the CCUVS or the pliot training course (…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on April 15, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Chimpanzee knock off a drone with a stick

Added by Bertrand Duchiron on April 14, 2015 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

GNSS Radar - GPS prediction tool

GNSS Radar is a useful tool to predict the number of GPS satellite for a given position and for 24H. It give also a prediction of the H/V/D/GDop, …

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 21, 2015 at 12:09pm — 4 Comments

Reach - High accuracy L1 RTK GNSS

Reach is the next product from Emlid.

It's a RTK L1GNSS board with and IMU powered by an Intel Edison board (using linux - integrated WIFI and BT LE)

The module will be release around April at a price between 140-180$ (TBA).

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  • Intel…
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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 18, 2015 at 8:24am — 15 Comments

Lynxmotion Quadrino Flight Controller (ex Flyingeinstein)

  • ATmega2560, Arduino Compatible Microcontroller 
  • Very small size: 53x53mm (in case) 
  • Integrated Sensors (Gyroscope / Accelerometer / Magnetometer / Barometer) 
  • Built-in GPS Module with External Antenna 
  • Easy Connection for Motor Controller and Radio System 
  • Semi-transparent case to view LED status 
  • MultiWii software compatible 
  • Expansion ports for experimentation (I2C, UART, GPIO)…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 1, 2015 at 1:44pm — 9 Comments

Kickstarter : Low cost 2G/3G board with cheap plan (1$/month for 1Mb)

The Electron is a tiny development kit for creating cellular-connected electronics projects and products. It comes with a SIM card and an affordable data plan for low-bandwidth things.



Imagine a cellular-connected Arduino, but with a…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on February 25, 2015 at 9:31pm — 10 Comments

Cheap IR LIDAR Lite (90$)

This is the LIDAR Lite, a compact high performance optical distance measurement sensor from PulsedLight. The LIDAR Lite is ideal when used in drone, robot, or unmanned vehicle situations where you need a reliable and powerful proximity sensor but don’t possess a lot of space. All you need to communicate with this sensor is a standard I2C or PWM…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on January 23, 2015 at 1:35pm — 19 Comments

Cheap (around 350$) FLIR dev kit for Arduino

The FLiR Dev Kit includes a breakout as well as a Lepton® longwave infrared (LWIR) imager. With this kit you will be able to be able to bring FLiR’s thermal imaging reliability and power to your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any ARM based development tool all in an easy to access breadboard friendly package. All you need to do to get this kit set…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on December 21, 2014 at 9:32am — 16 Comments

Mission Critical AUVSI free publication

Mission Critical is a free quaterly electronic publication published by AUVSI USA.

http://www.auvsi.org/missioncritical

Inside This Issue…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on November 8, 2014 at 1:11pm — 3 Comments

Near miss between a stratospheric balloon and an airplane

@4:00+ there is a close near miss between the stratospheric balloon and the Swissair plane.

It was a french high school project sponsored by the french CNES (Space Agency), all authorizations were delivered by the authorities but sometime is not enough, bad luck.

Added by Bertrand Duchiron on October 12, 2014 at 8:52am — 9 Comments

New course on Creativelive : Aerial and Copter Photography

The class will be broadcast live and for free 9:00am - 4:00pm on October 13.

After, you will have to pay to download it.…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on October 10, 2014 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

New federals requirements for Canadian UAV pilot

Transport Canada just release the new pilots knowledge requirements for operating an UAV <25kg in Line Of Sight (Phase I)

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/publications/page-6557.html

The requirements cover Air law to meteorology,navigation,…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on October 9, 2014 at 9:36am — 13 Comments

Taking Flight: Drone Photography & Video course July 21-22

Aerial photography and videography captures some of the most stunning images out there, but the tools, techniques, and gadgets used to capture the action are often confusing and difficult to master. Join Jeff Foster and special guests for an exciting and highly informative class and get a running start at unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photography.

In this course, you'll…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on July 16, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Navspark announced a new GPS board : FlexGPS

FlexGPS is a small 19mm x 19mm core module with below major functional parts:

SE4150 + Venus822 (A) GPS receiver: Capable of running standard 1Hz ~ 50Hz standard GPS firmware, Arduino programmable up to 10Hz, and running GPS raw measurement firmware up to 20Hz.

FXOS8700CQFS:…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on June 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Free Course on drone photography -Sept 24 2014

Drones, quad copters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) open up a new world of photographic possibilities. Aerial and copter photography gives photographers a bird's eye view of landscapes that would be impossible to shoot any other way. In this course you'll learn what it takes to get started in this…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on May 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A cantenna RADAR kit

A lot of us have already read about the cantenna RADAR from the work of the Dr. Gregory Charvat at the MIT. Now…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on July 1, 2013 at 5:00am — 14 Comments

Eurocopter OPV Optionaly Piloted Vehicle

Eurocopter launched in early April a series of flights for a new rotary-wing solution that will expand the mission capabilities of Eurocopter helicopters.

This unmanned demonstration -- similar to the previous flights-- used a four-dimensional flight plan that was uploaded to the helicopter. After an automatic takeoff, the EC145 flew the…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on April 25, 2013 at 4:33pm — 5 Comments

A new publication : Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

The Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (JUVS) is a new quarterly, electronic-only publication that is now accepting papers; the inaugural issue is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2013. Developed in partnership with Unmanned Systems Canada (USC-STC) and with support from the Kenneth M Molson Foundation, JUVS is an exciting…

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Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 29, 2013 at 2:53am — No Comments

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