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Finals of the FormulaPi autonomous car race

Love this -- it's both thrilling and charmingly shambolic at the same time.  FormulaPi was the model for our DIYRobocar race/hack series of events.  The race starts at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 27, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Tiny new uBlox GPS for drones

u‑blox has announced the launch of the ZOE‑M8G, an ultra‑compact GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2017 at 2:12pm — 4 Comments

Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars

It's been almost a decade since I launched DIY Drones (March 2007) and we've both grown hugely as a community and an industry in the intervening years. Drones work great, they're cheap and widely available, and both the the Dronecode and ArduPilot development communities that got their start here…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

NASA simulates Phantom airflow

From NASA:

For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.

At NASA’s Ames Research Center in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2017 at 2:32pm — 13 Comments

Lily closes down

Sorry to see them go. They had a great idea and worked really hard to get it right, but ran out of time and money. …



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Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2017 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

German university team wins first place at IMAV with Pixhawk-powered copters

Congrats to the AKAMAV team for the victory and great writeup (via Hackaday)!

The AKAMAV is the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 10, 2017 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Pixhawk-powered submarine shown at CES

From TTRobotics

Hydrodynamic Design

With professional hydrodynamic design, SEADRAGON can be freely in the water, underwater hover or free exploration can be easily implemented. The main compartment is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2017 at 5:32pm — 7 Comments

Volta extends from drones to autonomous cars

Our friends at Volta robotics have extended their MAVLink-compatible autopilot series to autonomous cars. This is what they demonstrated at CES this week:

Product Description

LEAD TIME: 60 days (due to post-CES orders peak) + 2…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2017 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

New: QGroundControl 3.1 adds surveys and improved geofencing

Great news from Don Lake

Announcing the release of QGroundControl V3.1. Notable changes in this release:

- Survey mission support

- GeoFence Support in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2017 at 8:33am — 12 Comments

Pixhawk-powered ornithopter

Displaying both manual and autonomous modes. Wow!

Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 11:42am — 12 Comments

New ROS2 autopilot code for Dronecode/PX4

Great update from Victor Mayoral on ROS 2.0 progress and the further integration of the Dronecode/PX4 stack and ROS

ROS 2.0 native…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2016 at 8:40am — No Comments

Big new APM:Rover release

Great news from the APM:Rover team. That's the code we use for our autonomous go-kart (above)

APM:Rover Release 3.1.0, 22 December 2016

The ArduPilot development team is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2016 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

Record pace of Dronecode/PX4 development, plus new NuttX support and performance data

90,000 lines of code in one month! From the PX4 blog:

We have upgraded today to NuttX 7.18 on …

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2016 at 11:54am — 6 Comments

Great mission log from the Schmidt Ocean Institute research team using UAVs for surface monitoring

Scott Brown, Physicist and Engineer, incorporates a hemispheric radiometer inside an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. It took almost three years for these instruments to be customized so they could fit and function properly inside the aircrafts. Love these updates from the crack Schmidt team

“It took half an hour to drill those three holes” sighs Scott Brown, Physicist and Electronic Engineer, looking at the tiny penetrations on top of the UAV. Fiber optic cables now poke out, ready to measure sunlight and send the information to the payload (scientific package)…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New store for ROS-compatible hardware

From ROS.org

I'd like to announce a new online store for robots, sensors and components supported by…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 19, 2016 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

DIY Drones at 82,000 members

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 82,000 members!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Measuring airspeed without an airspeed sensor



Interesting post from the FlightGear blog via Curtis Olson:

Motivation

Air France #447 Air France #447

On June 1, 2009 Air France flight #447 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean.  The subsequent…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2016 at 5:01pm — 26 Comments

WebODM, a easy workflow app for Open Drone Map

From Hackaday:

WebODM allows you to create georeferenced maps, point clouds and textured 3D models from your drone footage.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 11, 2016 at 8:22pm — 2 Comments

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