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Dronecode Unconference in Beijing next week

I'm delighted to announce that we're going to be having our first Chinese Dronecode unconference next in Beijing next Thursday, April 28th. I'll be in Beijing speaking at the big GMIC conference and we thought it would be fun to meet up with Dronecode developers at the same time. 

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 2:47pm — 5 Comments

Fantastic work on visualizing camera paths with 3DR Solos

From the video: 

Generating Dynamically Feasible Trajectories for Quadrotor Cameras

Mike Roberts, Pat Hanrahan

SIGGRAPH 2016



Abstract: When designing trajectories for quadrotor cameras, it is important that the trajectories respect the dynamics and physical limits of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

New Google Project Wing video

Slightly evolved airframe form factor

Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2016 at 10:49pm — 7 Comments

Augmented reality, custom geofencing, smart "rewind" and more in new 3DR Solo software

Just announced at NAB:

The latest stream of cutting-edge software from 3DR includes augmented reality, interactive scene awareness and new Smart Shots, and it will dramatically enhance the aerial filming experience and all-around safety of drone…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2016 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Intel gives sneak peak of drone development board

At a developer conference in China last week, Intel gave a sneak peak of its forthcoming drone and robotics development boards. The drone board, called Aero, is designed to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight board (Intel, like Qualcomm, is a member of Dronecode and the Intel team has ported to the APM code…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 5:17pm — 21 Comments

Using a Solo for river restoration and forest research

From the Freshwater Trust:

The Freshwater Trust has partnered with Portland State University’s…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 5:08pm — No Comments

State of ROS 2.0

One of the priorities of Dronecode is to integrate with other open source software communities, include Linux as the lower (OS) side and ROS at the applications layer. Dronecode is part of the Linux Foundation and the Open Source Robotics Foundation, which makes ROS, is part of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Simulation of 8 lb drone being ingested by a jet engine

Suffice to say it doesn't end well, for drone or engine. Why did the researchers use an 8-lb drone, when the typical drone weighs less than half that?  The researcher responded:

"This is the drone size that one European country has sanctioned for their postal services to deliver packages to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2016 at 6:10pm — 15 Comments

DIY Drones at 77,000 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 a 77,000!

There were approximately 1.4 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 45,000 page views a day on average). It took us…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2016 at 7:56am — 3 Comments

PX4 Update & Obstacle Avoidance Talk at Dronecode Unconference

By Lorenz Meier

(crossposted from here with permission)

Due to public demand the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2016 at 6:14pm — 3 Comments

Anyone remember UNAV?

Way back in 2007, when I was getting started with UAVs, the only autopilot available for less than $15,000 was the UNAV PicoPilot.  I got one, stuck it in a plane (see above), and decided I could do better for less. Thus the open source ArduPilot project and the rest is history.  

On a whim, I…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — 23 Comments

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

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