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FAA issues notice clarifying legal model aircraft use, bans FPV goggles?

Here's the reg. On a quick read, it appears that the FAA is taking a hard line on drones in commercial faming and FPV flight with googles. Only Hobby and Recreation is allowed without a COA…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — 131 Comments

New in the 3DR store: Bluetooth for APM/Pixhawk!

We're going to be standardizing on built-in Bluetooth for all 3DR vehicles and autopilots in the future, but you don't have to wait for that -- you can use Bluetooth right now with this nifty Bluetooth add-on kit ($24.99). It's…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 22, 2014 at 10:00pm — 38 Comments

DIY Drones teams dominate Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Congratulations to Leonard Hall, whose incredibly fast ArduCopter (shown above) won the Sparkfun AVC copter category, and Philip Rowse, whose ArduPlane did the same in fixed wing. In rovers, my own ArduRover came…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2014 at 11:39pm — 53 Comments

Drones now banned in all US National Parks

From Gizmodo:

The National Parks Service just announced a sweeping ban on drones.…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2014 at 11:12am — 49 Comments

DroneCon 2014 underway

DroneCon 2014 is now underway at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Although it's not live-streamed, the videos will be on YouTube in a few days. Here's the order of events. …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2014 at 9:29am — 12 Comments

IRIS LEDs and prop guards!

Adafruit has just posted a great tutorial on adding prop guards and cool LEDs to IRIS:

UFO Drones

This summer light up the night sky and fly safe with your drone. In this…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2014 at 9:07am — 5 Comments

Copter autonomously following car -- 13-year old has best project of the year!

Jonathan Buckley and his 13-year-old son Kaden (and friend Jack) just had the most epic day using the new and improved ArduCopter Follow-Me mode to have a 3DR Y6 follow a car (carrying an Android tablet). Have you ever seen a better father-son project??

Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2014 at 11:09pm — 4 Comments

Amazon hires Washington DC lobbyist for drone program

From Politico:

Online retailer Amazon has brought on a major K Street firm to lobby on its proposed drone delivery program.

Amazon Prime Air…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 18, 2014 at 10:57pm — 1 Comment

EasyDrone Kickstarter project hits its goal, offers stretch goal of Pixhawk upgrade

Congrats to the EasyDrone team, who hit their $20,000 goal on Kickstarter. Now they've offered a stretch goal of upgrading everyone from APM to a Pixhawk autopilot if they hit $30,000 in…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 16, 2014 at 2:23pm — 3 Comments

Airdog: Yet another Follow-Me copter on Kickstarter!

Given that this is the third Follow-Me announcement of the day, AirDog's claim to be the "world's first" auto-follow action sports drone may not be quite accurate ;-) But the tracking bracelet looks very interesting. They're raising $200,000…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2014 at 11:37pm — 21 Comments

First Arduino radar shield

With a smaller antenna, they seem perfect for small drones.

From Hackaday:

The very first fully operational radar Arduino shield…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Hexo+ Follow-Me copter launches on Kickstarter (another ArduCopter adopter!)

Just as we launch the Follow Me feature, there's an amazing copter and wrist-tracker combination launching on Kickstarter that uses the feature to astounding effect. It's called Hexo+ and I'm totally getting one:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

UAV Systems Association launches

This new association just launched. Looks very interesting! Note in particular the Safe Flight system that they're developing, which is much needed. From The UAV Systems Association:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2014 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter

I just got a Quanum Nova, which is a fantastic APM-powered copter that in many way outperforms the DJI Phantom for less than $300.  Although it's capable of…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 14, 2014 at 9:30pm — 17 Comments

DIY Drones at 54,000 members!

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 54,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.8 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 63,000 page views a day on average). It…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 13, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

AVC (and DroneCon) just around the corner!

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reminder from our friends at Sparkfun. And don't forget that DroneCon will be the day before (Friday the 20th) just a few minutes away at CU Boulder.  Looking forward to seeing you all at both of these!

Hello AVC Fans! As you know, the SparkFun Autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2014 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

IDEO-designed quadcopter with 3G wireless on Kickstarter

The Verge reports:

Fatdoor's plan is to allow neighbors with drones to synchronize their flight paths and…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 7:00am — 17 Comments

Project Tango 3D mapping with 3DR Iris

Just a glimpse of a cool project we're doing with Brandon Hurd at OLogic and ETH Zurich using Google's Project Tango 3D-scanning phones with a drone, in this case a 3D Robotics Iris. …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Glimpse of the creative potential of new ArduCopter 3.2 Spline feature

ArduCopter 3.2, which is now in beta testing, has an awesome new spline navigation feature, which creates smooth curves between waypoints (thanks to David Dewey, with help from Leonard Hall and Randy Mackay). One advantage of this is that you get really smooth camera angles, as the copter gracefully turns and points itself at the designated Region of Interest.…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 6, 2014 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

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