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New APM-powered ready-to-fly FPV plane

This looks like a good deal from Nitro Planes: a EasyStar-style camera plane with APM already installed, ready to go for $469, or with RC for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2014 at 5:37pm — 7 Comments

ESA does another copter-rover drop, this time with awesomely over-the-top music

Remember a year ago when Randy used an ArduCopter to autonomously drop a rover on a freakin' volcano? Good times. 

Well, now the European Space Agency has done the same thing, but this time time they have ridiculous music, a massive budget and a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 20 Comments

Head of the Consumer Electronics Association: Free the drones now!

From an op-ed in the Washington Post by Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association. Good to see leaders in the overall technology industry…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 5, 2014 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Update on Fotokite, the tethered cameracopter

Robohub has a good update on Fotokite, which uses a copter-on-a-string approach to Follow-me:

Although I am…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2014 at 12:58pm — 8 Comments

Hexo+ makes it to $1 million on Kickstarter

Congrats to the Hexo+ team, which is the first of the Kickstarter Follow-me projects (all based on Pixhawk/PX4) to make it to $1 million!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2014 at 3:57pm — 23 Comments

FAA will miss 2015 commercial drone use rules, says audit

No surprise, but good to have it confirmed by the Inspector General. From The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 10:10pm — 15 Comments

Autonomous ball drone bounces off anything

From Motherboard:

An article in the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments

Thriving South African drone community under threat from regs

Video from SteadiDrone, whose APM-powered QU4D we fly all the time and love

Robohub has a good report on South African drone community,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:52pm — 8 Comments

Agricultural mapping with the Penguin UAV and Pixhawk

ben Boughtan has a great post on Ag Maps Online about his experience using Pixhawk and a Penguin UAV for crop mapping: …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:45pm — 10 Comments

Sparkfun AVC 2014 wrapup video

Sparkfun did a great job with the Autonomous Vehicle Competition this year, and this wrapup video is no exception. The first half is the rovers, the second is the aerial competition. You'll recognize many DIY Drones stars in it!

Final scores are here

Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

David Beckham doesn't like drones ;-)

Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 2:20pm — 2 Comments

Tutorial on 3D image capture by drone

Great post from Kean Walmsley at Autodesk on using ArduCopter for 3D capture:

I’ve been getting very interested in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Epic crashes (and some pretty cool robot racing) in the SparkFun AVC rover heats

Highlights (and lowlights) from all three heats of the PBR class of the 2014 Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle competition. Won by my "Driving Miss Dizzy" ArduRover, thanks to Tridge and Tom Coyle for coaching and code. Thrills, spills and some very close calls!

Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 6:35pm — 12 Comments

Wall Street Journal: "Drone Dogfight: Big Defense Firms vs The Techies"

Good piece on the front page of the Wall Street Journal business section today. I'm quoted in it: 

The big aerospace companies "are the [computer]…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 3:56pm — 19 Comments

How to do one-button 3D mapping with the new DroidPlanner

DroidPlanner has just been updated with an incredible feature that comes very close to "one-button 3D mapping" with ArduCopter. Here's a quick tutorial on how to use it to create a mission that autonomously takes…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2014 at 10:30pm — 35 Comments

Minature (sorta) phased-array radar for drone sense-and-avoid

From GCN (via Dronereport). Although the prototype is relatively big now, the researchers plan to reduce it to 4…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2014 at 8:00pm — 13 Comments

Testing laser rangefinders with ArduPlane

Andrew Tridgell has been testing laser rangefinder with ArduPlane, for more precise autolanding. Here's his report:

Testing the SF/02 laser rangefinder on a Pixhawk on my Meridian. Worked very nicely! Some…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2014 at 8:55pm — 14 Comments

Jordi Munoz makes Inc Mag's "35 Coolest Entrepreneurs under 35"

I love the subhead of this piece, from Inc Magazine's annual "35 coolest entrepreneurs under 35" list: "Jordi Muñoz launched 3D Robotics with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2014 at 1:14pm — 7 Comments

Are drones restricted in your state? This map will show you.

Great interactive map of drone legislation from Marketwatch. Clickable version is at the link below:

As the federal government decides how to regulate drones in the U.S., states are moving on their own. Check out the status of drone legislation in your state …

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2014 at 8:26am — 7 Comments

AMA response blasts FAA

Wow. The AMA response to the new FAA rules is scorching: 

States AMA President Bob Brown, “The FAA interpretive rule effectively negates Congress’ intentions, and is contrary to the law. Section 336(a) of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 45 Comments

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