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The star of "The Aviator" are these huge model airplanes built by a drone company

CNBC's Jerry Cobb interviews Joe Bock about the models he designed and built for the movie The Aviator. The Hughes H1 Racer, The Hughes XF11, and legendary Spruce Goose airplanes originally built by Howard Hughes. Aero Telemetry designed, built, and flew these amazing airplanes for the Academy Award winning movie The Aviator.

Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

More analysis of forthcoming FAA rules

This one is from Greg McNeal, another regulatory law expert



Inadvertently Posted FAA Document Provides Insights Into Forthcoming Drone Regulations



The FAA may be poised to release regulations that…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

Analysis of leaked FAA rulemaking preview

Diana Marina Cooper, a tech lawyer, has posted this analysis of the FAA draft rulemaking document that was posted earlier …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

One-hour scratch Arducopter build

From Hackaday:

[marhar] was pretty confident in his quadcopter building skills when he made a bet to build and fly a quadcopter in just one hour! This is a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 9:17am — 5 Comments

First Pixhawk-powered drone to get FAA commercial use approval

Congrats to Event 38, whose Pixhawk/APM-powered aircraft was granted a FAA Section 333 approval!
From Droneyard:
Pravia, llc …
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2015 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments

Wired: "Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones"

We have a standing policy here at DIY Drones of no discussion of weaponizing drones, but the White House incident was so important and this Wired article so illuminating that I'm going to make an exception this time. From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 6, 2015 at 6:16pm — 32 Comments

Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"

The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd

From Gizmodo:

You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2015 at 9:24pm — 29 Comments

Sony shows smartwatch drone control

From Postcapes:

The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2015 at 11:53am — 3 Comments

IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — 22 Comments

Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 16 Comments

Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid

I was curious how well LIDAR-Lite, which is just a laser range finder out of the box, would work as a full sweeping LIDAR unit, so I set up this demo unit. The unit updates at 100Hz, so to detect a 10cm object (like a telephone pole) within a 5m arc at 10m distance (with 2x oversampling), I calculate that you need to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 37 Comments

FAA study finds trained pilots *worse* at operating drones

Very interesting…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2015 at 7:00pm — 18 Comments

X PlusOne VTOL Kickstarter success

Congrats to the X PlusOne team on the conclusion of their successful Kickstarter campaign, having raised nearly three times their goal!  The Pixhawk-based…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

OpenDroneMap adds image processing

Via Christian Ledermann:

OpenDroneMap, which previously would just create point clouds from drone images, now also produces:

* Meshes!

*…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2015 at 1:27pm — 7 Comments

Qualcomm getting serious about drones

Qualcomm is a member of the Dronecode Foundation and has ported the APM code to the Snapdragon platform. Now, at CES, they're showing the first glimpse of their work:

Qualcomm Research is building the core technologies to enable both rolling and flying autonomous robots. We are demonstrating our state-of-the-art computing…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2015 at 1:22pm — 5 Comments

Walkera's new APM-powered copters are proud members of the Dronecode Foundation

Greg has already mentioned the new APM-powered Walkera H6, shown above, which they'll be showing at CES. But one other thing I wanted to highlight is that how well they're working with the open source community on this and their other products. As they proudly note in their…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2015 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Using APM to help indigenous people monitor the rainforest in Guyana

Via BoingBoing, a heart-warming story (and not just because it was all APM!): 

The folks at Digital Democracy worked with the Wapichana people…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2015 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Gumstix releases new APM/PX4-based Linux autopilot board

From Linuxgizmos:

Gumstix announced a gen-2 micro-areal vehicle (MAV) controller based on its tiny gumstick-sized Overo COMs, and customizable via a free online design…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2015 at 11:08am — 8 Comments

AVC 2015 announced

Sparkfun just announced some details on the 2015 Autononomous Vehicle Competition. Key details

  • Sat, June 20
  • At the new Sparkfun HQ, not the reservoir where it was held for the past two years
  • Aerial is copter-only -- no planes
  • There will be a "no GPS" bonus, because GPS…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

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