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Pixhawk-powered tractor on Hackaday

Congrats to DIYD'er Matt Reimer, whose great Pixhawk-powered autonomous farm vehicles continue to get the attention they deserve. Now on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2016 at 9:25am — 6 Comments

360-degree VR, sense and avoid, tracking and more with Viooa add-on for Solo

The new Viooa smart-camera combines 360-degree optics with an on-board Nvidia processor to add some pretty amazing functionality to Solo. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2016 at 11:18am — 13 Comments

3DR, DJI, Parrot and GoPro announce new alliance

Last week the leading drone manufacturers announced we were leaving the Small UAV Coalition, which was a great start to our regulatory efforts but was not 100% focused on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2016 at 1:10pm — 5 Comments

Zipline raises $18m for drone medical delivery

From USA Today:

Carry cargo that's of live-saving importance, fly long-range fixed-wing aircraft in uncongested skies, and score a government as your first client?

That's the atypical approach being taken…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2016 at 9:16am — 4 Comments

New project to create an Ada-based autopilot

AdaPilot is a new project to create a highly reliable open source autopilot using the Ada language. From the Project Overview:

AdaPilot, started in 2016, is a next-generation…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 2, 2016 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

3D-printed bat drone

From the video description:

A microprocessor-based onboard computer, a 6 DOF IMU sensor package, five DC motors with encoder feedback for flapping and wing articulation (asymmetric wing folding and leg/tail control), power/comm electronics, carbon-fiber frame, 3D printed parts, and silicone based membrane wings -- all at 92…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2016 at 3:25pm — 5 Comments

Amazon patents drone propellers that can say "watch out"

Spotted by The Register:

Amazon has filed a fascinating patent for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2016 at 2:50pm — 12 Comments

NASA using an IRIS+ for methane detection

Love this report from NASA, via Space Daily:

NASA’s Gas-Sniffing Drone Can Spot Methane Leaks More Accurately Than Previous…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments

Great example of 5-axis multipoint cablecam with a Solo

This is a great demo of the new multipoint cablecam feature on Solo, with five-axis splines and smoothed timing on each path. All programmed with a few button presses.  There's simple autonomy and there's Hollywood-turned-into-an-app autonomy -- and this is just a glimpse of what you can do with Dronekit on Solo

Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

3DR, Yuneec and DJI launch UAS notification system with Airmap

From the press release:



AirMap and American Association of Airport Executives Launch UAS Notice System

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2016 at 5:38am — 9 Comments

FAA raises commercial drone altitutude to 400ft

From the FAA press release:

March 29- After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2016 at 9:20pm — 8 Comments

New FAA report predicts "explosive growth" of UAVs

A new report from the US FAA predicts that UAVs will be "the most dynamic sector in aviation". From the press release:

A key portion of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2016 at 10:01pm — 5 Comments

Who knew? This is the Parrot CEO's daughter

Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux (below) is amazing in many ways, but here's one you might not have known. He's the father of Lea Seydoux, the Bond girl in Spectre. The film is just so-so, but she's the best part of it, playing (appropriately) the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2016 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Sparkfun's AVC adds autonomous go-karts -- with helpless human passengers

It's sad that Sparkfun removed the aerial category from the AVC, but the silver lining is that this year they've added an totally insane new category: autonomous go-karts with humans aboard who can't steer.  I love the motto: "Trust your code? Prove it."

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 21, 2016 at 9:47pm — 5 Comments

Painting buildings with drones

From TechInsider:

Florida-based startup Apellix developed a prototype unmanned aerial system that can potentially paint homes or ships, apply chemicals, or pressure wash windows. It's called the "Worker Bee."

Company founder Robert…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 20, 2016 at 8:34am — 4 Comments

Inexpensive time-of-flight sensor for sense and avoid

We've been evaluating this on Pixhawk-based platforms, and it's a performing well. Best used with other sensors, such as cameras, but a lot better than just sonar. 

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 18, 2016 at 1:53pm — 12 Comments

Pixhawk-compatible scanning LIDAR on Kickstarter.

This uses an updated version of the LIDAR-Lite sensor on a rotating mount. $245 is an impressive price -- backed!

From the Kickstarter…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2016 at 11:06am — 21 Comments

Design files for IRIS+ now open source

Good news for IRIS+ fans. We've released the CAD files as STLs, so you can 3D print any replacement parts you need for free, including improved versions of the legs that are 50% lighter and require less support when printing. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 1:30pm — 35 Comments

VTOL plane based on ETH research now coming to market

If you saw Rafaello D'Andrea's amazing TED talk from a few weeks ago, you will have been impressed by how his team solved the problem of controlling VTOL aircraft in the vertical position with just two props (VTOL aircraft are notoriously prone to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

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