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RTK GPS with ArduCopter 3.4

A teaser from Michael Oborne, showing impressive precision. Using a Septentrio asterx-m and a HX-CH4601A. Full details coming soon to the APM wiki

Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2015 at 5:08pm — 42 Comments

Oklahoma State students create flying weather station with IRISs

Just look at these things! Go http://unmanned.okstate.edu/!

Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

APM support for ADS-B air-traffic control receiver now in beta

This is very encouraging:

ADS-B is an air traffic surveillance technology that enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and other pilots without the need for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 24, 2015 at 3:29pm — 24 Comments

New Solo software update adds full GoPro settings control, many other improvements

From the 3DR blog:

Comprehensive GoPro control has arrived in the Solo App! In addition to other feature improvements, version 1.3 brings you in-flight access to GoPro…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 24, 2015 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

Hobbyking releasing new RC radio specifically for APM/Pixhawk

COMING SOON - Quanum i8 APM/PixHawk radio system

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COMING SOON - Quanum i8 APM/PixHawk radio system

The Quanum i8 Radio was developed specifically for APM/PixHawk users. The dial has pre-set PWM positions that can be assigned by the user via Mission Planner software. Along with 2 sliders for gimbal control and 8 channels in total the Quanum i8 is a groundbreaking radio and the first radio system in the market developed specifically for Ardupilot users. The included receiver is also…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2015 at 12:15pm — 26 Comments

Pixhawk-powered precision navigation wins Robotic Film Festival

Congrats to the PRENAV team, who were one of the winners of the Flying Robot Film Festival with the above video, which shows their precision navigation technology running with Pixhawk. Impressive!

Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2015 at 11:44pm — 13 Comments

VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in

New announcement from BirdsEyeView:

BirdsEyeView Aerobotics is proud to introduce AvA: Advanced VTOL Autonomy for the FireFLY6.  AvA is the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 16, 2015 at 11:40am — 34 Comments

A few stats on crowdfunded drone projects that I backed

It bears repeating: Drones Are Hard. Above are some stats on the projects I've backed. I don't regret funding any of them, since I like encouraging these sorts of projects and I learn a lot from their updates. When a crowdfunding project I've backed actually shows up, I'm amazed (I…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — 39 Comments

LATAS: Advanced geofences and airpace safety on 3D Robotics platforms from Precision Hawk

The Precision Hawk LATAS technology, which works with Pixhawk and APM-based drones to create static and dynamic geofences to respond to "airspace intrusions" around drones, will be field tested with the FAA this week. From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

Don't use GPS for odometry!

Very interesting research that shows that the statistical errors build up with GPS in a way that exaggerates distance traveled. Counterintuitive!

Have you had…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

IBM Research teaches IRIS+ how to play ping-pong

Impressive work from Jae-Eun Park and the computer vision team at IBM Research.

More details will appear in:

A testing platform for on-drone computation

W. Zhou, D. Nair, O. Gunawan, T. van Kessel, H. F. Hamann

IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, New York City, USA…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2015 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Google Earth API: One more month to live

A public service message from the Google Earth blog. This is the API used by many ground stations, and DJI in particular has ended support for their GCS as a result. GCSs such…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 12, 2015 at 2:31pm — 8 Comments

Proof that you can get a research grant for anything with the word "drones"

Words fail me. But not Hackaday:

At first we thought it was awesome, then we thought it was ridiculous, and now we’re pretty much settled on “ridiculawesome”.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 6, 2015 at 11:57pm — 9 Comments

Robot Dragonfly, RIP

Three years ago, it was the biggest campaign in Indiegogo's history, having raised $1.14 million. Today, the Robot Dragonfly project is officially dead, having never overcome…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 6, 2015 at 9:14pm — 24 Comments

Solo’s “Black Box”: What flight logs are and what they mean for you

Cross-posted from the 3DR…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Pixhawk/APM compatible Wifi radio



Want to do mission planning or setup with …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 4, 2015 at 10:30am — 31 Comments

50% off clearance sale at 3DR

We're clearing out many of our DIY items, so we're pricing them to move.

50% off everything in our …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2015 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

New: Dronecode Probe

From Pavel Kirienko: 
NicaDrone has just released the first batch of DroneCode Probe - open source, open hardware JTAG/SWD debugger and USB/UART adapter compatible with the hardware maintained by DroneCode and suitable for UAV and robotic projects in…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2015 at 4:41pm — 6 Comments

UK Police: FPV is "an offense"

From Wired

Police attempting to make an arrest for "negligent" use of drones have been instructed not to attempt to land the craft themselves -- in case they…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2015 at 4:01pm — 10 Comments

3DR's evolution from micro to mass

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As many of you know, Jordi Munoz and I founded 3DR in 2009 as a way to help get drone technology into the hands of the masses.  And it certainly has reached the masses—these days, there’s never a day without many drone stories being published, and interest only continues to grow.

3DR continues to grow and evolve.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2015 at 1:00pm — 40 Comments

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