The Burning Man Council has announced guidelines for flying RC/UAV models at burning man, with emphasis on FPV vehicles. The guidelines seem well thought out, and might be a good model for other organizations wishing to provide similar guidelines to participants.…Continue
Where most GPS receivers only look at the data coming from the GPS satellites orbiting overhead, the Piksi uses another technique, real-time kinematics (RTK), to determine the receiver’s location with exacting precision. The basic idea behind…
Synopsis: "This talk will be about hobbyist drones. We'll talk about how they are made, the interesting technological innovations that make them possible, and how you can build your own. I'll bring a couple of homemade drones (both…Continue
Added by Mark Harrison on July 15, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments
Well, for a simulated 737 at least. via Hackaday:
[Andrea] didn’t want to dig around with the clunky point-and-click interface in FSX, so he created a virtual autopilot with a 2×16 LCD display and an Arduino to interact and set the most common…
- When will ESCs be readily available with SimonK firmware pre-flashed?
- When will some easily obtainable ESCs support I2C, so that flight controllers can read motor status?
HobbyKing has provided the answer, with the newly introduced AfroESC. It's licensed from both SimonK and timecop.
Here's a clip from the Korean Broadcasting System's "World Today" program on the state of civilian dronism in the USA. 3DRobotics, EastBay RC, and the Roswell Flight Crew make appearances. Protesters, law enforcement officers and lawyers weigh in with their opinions (bad, good, profitable, respectively).
It may be informative if you know…Continue
Eric Cheng has some nice photos and notes of the first SF Drones meeting. The theme was FPV. Robert Seidel gave a presentation on what he's been doing with real time video stabilization and object tracking,…Continue
From another group (populated mainly by photographers interested in aerial photography), here's a link to B & H Photo, selling a GoPro and Phantom in one package.
B & H is one of the largest resellers of photo and video equipment in the US, so it's quite a…Continue
Here's some notes on fiddling with MAVLink. Andreas and I started at the bottom of the stack (the byte stream) and are working our way up. Along the way I filled in a few possible holes in the documentation.…Continue
Here's a relatively good summary of the privacy issues raised in the recent Alameda County (Oakland, CA) public protection committee meeting where the issue of a drone purchase was discussed.
For a long time, drones - unmanned aircraft - were used only by the military. Now local law enforcement wants them for police work such as surveillance…
Added by Mark Harrison on April 4, 2013 at 4:20pm — No Comments
Earlier this year there was some discussion of the AllwaysInnovating Mecam. Here's some more details, which make the unit very interesting.
The MeCam is based on the Always Innovating Cortex-A9 SoC Module which can run from 1.0GHz to 1.5GHz depending on the configuration. It's the world smallest module available on the market that offers GHz…
I just received a note from Lee Felsenstein that he will be speaking today as detailed below. (note: Pacific time). For those not familar, Lee was a member of the Homebrew Computer Club and designer of the Osborne I and many other ground-breaking products.
It should be an interesting talk.
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Interesting legislative activity in the Lone Star State:
A drone, no bigger than a toy airplane, hovered…
Gene Robinson's work with RP Search Services has been covered here before, but there's a nice news story with write-up here. Gene emphasizes the positive use of "unmanned aircraft" (as he prefers to call them), and how he hopes that flight permission will be easier to come…Continue
If you feel you want to take it up a …Continue
Forwarded to me by a friend... no other details. If you know anything about this, follow up in the comments.…Continue
Sean brought an updated Aerotestra Hugo by. Improvements include: