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Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm — 14 Comments

New EKF viewer in Mission Planner/APM:Copter 3.3

Many here may not follow the behind the scenes work of the dev team, but here's one glimpse of a cool new feature for data geeks in APM:Copter 3.3. As you may know, the APM flight code uses an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF), which is a sophisticated way (based on Baysian statistics) to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2015 at 8:44pm — 12 Comments

Sony's VTOL drone first flights

Transitions to and from vertical pretty well!

From Gizmodo:

The drones …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2015 at 3:30pm — 18 Comments

Using unique LED patterns for drone identification

From Mashable:

The rapid rise of amateur-piloted drones has created somewhat of a regulatory nightmare. Countless reports of pilots spotting drones…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Mexican President gives Jordi Munoz top young entrepreneur award

Jordi Munoz, my 3DR co-founder, won Mexico's prestigious young entrepreneur award last week. That's the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, at his left. Super proud of him.

It's solid gold! …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 16, 2015 at 10:09pm — 16 Comments

Maps of US commercial drone use

Commercial Exemptions

Commercial Drone Exemptions

From the Center for the Study of the Drone, maps of FAA Section 333 Exemptions:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 8, 2015 at 10:47am — 4 Comments

APM:Submarine!

From the great Beaglepilot (APM running under Linux on a BeagleBone Black board) team, a tempting glimpse of something cool. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2015 at 8:06pm — 7 Comments

Pixhawk-powered hyperspectral imaging

Congrats to the team at XIMEA, whose Pixhawk-powered X8 was used for the multispectral drone research that made the cover of this journal this month.  …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

AGCO announces crop-mapping edition of 3DR Solo

From Agco, one of the largest agricultural equipment dealers in the US: the SOLO AGCO:

Agco has announced the arrival of the Solo Agco Edition Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 5, 2015 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

NASA prototypes Mars drones with ducted fan Pixhawk-powered Earth drones

From The Verge:

Establishing a permanent base on another planet is going to be insanely difficult, but NASA is hoping to make…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 5, 2015 at 2:47pm — 7 Comments

Pixhawk-powered drone spots insecure Internet-of-Things devices

From Business Insider:

Security researchers have created a flying drone capable of sniffing out devices connecting to the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 5, 2015 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

Flying Robot International Film Festival

From the great Eddie Codel, one of the first and best drone videographers, comes this!

The Flying Robot international Film Festival or FRiFF, is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2015 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

3DR Aero used to test delivery of blood samples

From Gizmag:

We’ve already heard about drones being used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients in remote locations, but scientists from…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone

From the Verge:

Facebook's shallow V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 1:05pm — 11 Comments

Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am — 28 Comments

Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

APM-based swarm reaches 30 simultaneous aircraft in the air

Congrats to Timothy Chung, Michael Day and Michael Clements at the Naval Postgraduate School, whose work on APM-based swarming has now reached 30 aircraft in the air. News …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2015 at 2:28pm — 10 Comments

Methane detection from drones

From a press release:

Within the natural gas industry, gas leak detection is one of the crucial tasks in order to operate safely and economically. The high demand for an easy and cost-efficient method to address this issue led Pergam to the development of the Laser Methane Copter (LMC).…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2015 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

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