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AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — 37 Comments

Agribotix makes the New York Times

Congrats to our friends at Agribotix (Pixhawk-based ag drones), who were featured in a New York Times piece on deregulation of farming UAV use. Excerpts…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2015 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

APM + Ubuntu + ROS = Elre Copter

Great to see the progress of the Erle Robotics team, who have ported the APM code to Ubuntu and interfaced with ROS to make a great research platform. From the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 8:58pm — 4 Comments

Drones banned on Arctic and Antarctic cruises

From Maritime Executive, via sUAS News:

This week two major…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 11:02am — 8 Comments

XKCD: unlease the drone nets!

Inspired!

Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

"Is Hong Kong a Wild Frontier for Drones?"

From the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's biggest newspaper:

One recent weekend, I was lounging in a Hung Hom hotel's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2015 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

Patent application for Amazon's drone mothership

From Quartz

In a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 9, 2015 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Gumstix announces new micro-UAV APM/P44 compatible dev board

Cool new board from Gumstix, designed from the ground up to run APM/PX4 code.  

Gumstix, Inc., a manufacturer of computers-on-module (COMs),…
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Added by Chris Anderson on May 7, 2015 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off

RenTT writes to let us know that the Chinese APM/Pixhawk developer community is taking off, and there is a new site focused on this called…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 1:49pm — 3 Comments

Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time

If you can ignore the over-the-top music on this video from Top Flight, the MIT spin-off company has some very interesting power technology that can get 100 mile range of one gallon of gas.  More details in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:08pm — 8 Comments

Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM

This new Indiegogo project looks very good, and at $225 Reach is about a quarter of the price of other RTK GPSs. Backed!

What is Reach and what is it for?

Reach is for applications when your standard GPS with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

AirMap, new site to show safe flight zones

From DroneLife:

On Thursday, the team behind NoFlyZone.org launched AirMap, a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 1, 2015 at 6:29am — 3 Comments

Drone parachute project on Kickstarter

On Kickstarter now:

SmartChutes is an intelligent parachute system that has been…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 1, 2015 at 6:22am — 3 Comments

Enrollment climbing in college drone training programs





From Ars Technica:

On the night of May 4, 2007, a tornado classified as a 5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale reached the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Within 20 minutes, the storm ravaged 95 percent of the city’s…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2015 at 12:42pm — 3 Comments

Construction drone company uses Pixhawk-powered tech

Construction drone company using Pixhawk-powered technology gets a nice write-up in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Yet another "PhoneDrone" concept hits Kickstarter

Ah, the idea of using a phone as an actual drone controller. We keep coming back to that one every year or so, dating all the way back to my first cellphone autopilot (using Windows CE!) in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Perceptiv Labs image-tracking upgrade for IRIS+ now taking preorders

Perceptive Labs is now taking pre-orders for SHIFT, which uses computer vision to do optical tracking. It supports Pixhawk, the IRIS+ and the DJI Phantom.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Really moving BBC video on the Syria Airlift project, using APM drones to deliver aid

Regardless of your views on Middle East conflict, everyone in this community should feel very proud after watching this video, showing APM-powered planes used for humanitarian aid. Mark Jacobsen at the Syria Airlift Project is inspiring, and I personally will be backing his work.  

The power to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 15 Comments

New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)

It's like the best of both worlds! APM software with a familiar white GPS puck and nice wasp-waist controller box. Just $98 at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2015 at 11:57am — 71 Comments

A tribute to the hacker origins of MultiWii

Hackaday gives a well-deserved call-out to the creators of the MultiWii project:

With more than five years down the road in this successful hack, [Alexinparis] and his pioneering…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2015 at 8:34pm — 4 Comments

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