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We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here

Nine years and 80,000 members ago, we started with this

That first Lego Mindstorms autopilot was feeble, sure, but it was also…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 23, 2016 at 9:55pm — 1 Comment

Tickets now on sale for Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Even if you don't plan to bring an autonomous rover to Sparkfun's AVC in Boulder, Colorado on Sept 17, you can still register as a spectator to see the racing. Tickets are now on sale …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 17, 2016 at 10:34am — No Comments

Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software

Today at the Intel Developer Forum, CEO Brian Krzanichannounced both the company's Aero drone development board and a full ready-to-fly drone based on Aer on the company's RealSense…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 16, 2016 at 8:00pm — 37 Comments

u-blox & PX4 RTK integration on M8P GPS module

This video shows work in progress done jointly by u-blox (an ETH spinoff) and PX4 (an ETH open source autopilot) to leverage the latest u-blox RTK hardware on the PX4 flight stack. No additional hardware is required, the RTCM correction data is forwarded straight from the ground control station via MAVLink (over Wifi)

Added by Chris Anderson on August 15, 2016 at 12:26pm — 2 Comments

Inexpensive laser time-of-flight sensor with 2m range

Small, cheap ($13) laser ranger finder with 2m range and less noise than sonar. Sign me up!

The VL53L0X from ST Microelectronics is a time-of-flight ranging system integrated into a compact module. This…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2016 at 3:11pm — 41 Comments

Pixhawk-powered quadplane doing drug delivery in Madagascar

Nice looking bird! Pixhawk/APM powered, at least last time I checked. From Newatlas (fromerly Gizmag)

Many of the remote villages in the Ifanadiana district of Madagascar aren't linked to the outside…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Last week to register for Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition

A reminder from Sparkfun:

We are one week away from closing registration for all autonomous competitions in this year’s AVC, which includes both the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 8, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Great article on the use of drones to combat poaching

Long but worth it, Backchannel has a comprehensive update on drones used to combat poaching on land and sea. One interesting data…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 8, 2016 at 7:52am — 11 Comments

NavStick FlytPod now on Indiegogo

I've been using this one in beta for a few months and I'm really impressed. Now it's available to everyone on Indiegogo. FlytPod  combines PX4 and ROS in a very easy-to-use SDK,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2016 at 7:44pm — 18 Comments

LIDAR on a chip

From IEEE Spectrum:

Lidar systems measure how far away each pixel in a 3D space is from the emitting device, as well as the direction to that pixel,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2016 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

QGroundControl 3.0 released

From the APM discussion group:

We are happy to announce the release of QGroundControl 3.0. QGroundControl provides full flight control, mission planning and configuration for ArduPilot or PX4 Pro powered vehicles. It is available for Windows, Linux, OS X, as well as Android devices (tablet and phone). Also with the release of QGC 3.0 comes beta availability of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

From NBC's Today show: Microsoft using 3DR Solos to fight Zika in Texas

Cool report this morning from NBC's Today Show: Microsoft's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2016 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

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 — 10 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

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