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Swarming with Solos and ROS

I've posted a bunch of teaser videos of the Solo swarming we do often at 3DR, but have not yet posted instructions on how to do it yourself -- I was just waiting for the team to document the steps. Well good news: now they have!

The above video (sorry for the shaky camera -- we were excited) shows a fun exercise in in using the Solo drones…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2016 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

"Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter

I've backed it. Similar concept to what we're doing at go-kart scale, but without the GPS and other big-car stuff. On Kickstarter now

Formula Pi is an exciting new race series…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2016 at 9:21pm — 2 Comments

First Pixhawk-based drone company to IPO

AgEagle, which makes a Pixhawk-powered plane for agriculture inspection (see above; full video below), is going public on NASDAQ. From sUASNews:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 18, 2016 at 11:47am — 2 Comments

Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced

Full disclosure: I was one of the judges. Too many great entries -- it was hard to pick a winner. From Popular Science:

Zelator, by Alexey Medvedev of Omsk, Russia, which won first place…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 15, 2016 at 3:34pm — 33 Comments

Using the new geofencing feature with the 3DR Solo

Here's a primer on custom geofencing with Solo, which has never been easier. It has just been released in the new 3DR Solo app for iOS and will be coming to Android…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 5, 2016 at 6:00pm — 18 Comments

DIY Drones at 79,000 members -- time to move to a new platform?

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 79,000!

Despite the site being on-and-off down for nearly a week over the past two month as you can see on the right side of the traffic graph…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 5, 2016 at 3:00pm — 29 Comments

Smart RTL comes to PX4

When it's time for a drone to fly itself home, we for years settled for a a straight line back, "as the crow flies". That's obviously inadequate, since there could easily be a tree or large building in the way. So 3DR improved that with Solo, with the "Rewind" feature, which finds the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2016 at 9:15pm — 9 Comments

BAE wants to grow drones in vats

From BAE, the ultimate DIY Drone:

Ahead of this years' Farnborough International Airshow, engineers and scientists at BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow have outlined their current thinking about military…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2016 at 8:24pm — 4 Comments

ADS-B now supported in beta 3.4 APM software for copter and planes

Native support for the uAvionix PingX ADS-B receiver is now available in beta of the 3.4 code for Copter, Plane and Helicopter.  Below is the procedure for loading the firmware on your Pixhawk/APM autopilot to visualize ADS-B compliant…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2016 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments

July 4th sale on 3DR Solo: $479 without gimbal, $599 with gimbal

Just for the next day -- get it while you can!

 

Comes with the latest 2.4 software with such features as Smart Rewind RTL, Panos,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2016 at 3:55pm — 47 Comments

Raspberry Pi-based AI autopilot beats human top gun in simulated dogfight

From the University of Cincinnati:

Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2016 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course preview

All you ArduRover fans out there, this is your chance to once again show your skills at AVC. It's September 17 this year. Here's the new Sparkfun announcement post:

This year, SparkFun’s …

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 27, 2016 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Google creates its own laws of robotics

From Fast Company:

In his famous Robot series of stories and novels, Isaac Asimov created the fictional Laws of Robotics, which read:

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2016 at 4:35pm — 10 Comments

Real-time data analysis tool for PX4

MAVGAnalysis is a new tool from the PX4 team to give real-time data analytics without overcomplicating a GCS. From the repository:

This JavaFx based tool enables PX4 Users to record and analyse data published via UDP during flight or…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2016 at 1:55am — 7 Comments

AP-Manager switches between two Pixhawks for safety, redunancy

AP-Manager is a board available now that allows switching between two Pixhawks or APM autopilots:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2016 at 6:53pm — 18 Comments

Biggest Solo software update ever: adds Rewind, Augmented Reality, Pano and more

Rewind and Return to Me

With the press of a button, Solo will retrace its exact path for the last 60 feet of your flight (this distance will be user-definable in the app) to ensure it avoids obstacles on its way back home. And with the new “return to me” feature, Solo will come home to wherever you stand with your controller…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 17, 2016 at 12:30pm — 27 Comments

Radiolink SE100 GPS module for Pixhawk

Anybody know anything about this one? It's $35 from Roboshop:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 14, 2016 at 12:44pm — 14 Comments

Judging starts this week on the $100,000 Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge

There were an amazing 425 entries to the Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge, and this week judging begins to select the winners (I'm…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 11, 2016 at 8:05am — 5 Comments

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