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Blimpduino flies again!

Ten years after this site started with its first project, a robotic blimp called Blimpduino, two long time friends here, Jordi Munoz and Jose Julio, are relaunching it in a new improved form. It's called, unsurprisingly, Blimpduino 2.0, and you can see the progress here

The is new…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2017 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

"MVP" computer vision rover with OpenMV for less than $90

This is the cheapest good computer vision autonomous car you can make — less than $85! It uses the fantastic OpenMV camera, with its easy-to-use software and IDE, as well as a low-cost chassis that is fast…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2017 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Eagles vs Drones (spoiler: Eagles win)

From the Wall Street Journal:

SYDNEY— Daniel Parfitt thought he’d found the perfect drone for a two-day mapping job in a remote patch of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2017 at 5:08pm — 7 Comments

Our DIY Robocars sister community in the news

Jalopnik covers our DIY Robocars sister community. If you're in the Bay Area or one of the other half-dozen areas with these races, join us!  We'll also be competing in the Sparkfun AVC in Denver in October,

Added by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2017 at 7:02am — 5 Comments

Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520

At this weels Interdrone conference Yuneec and Dronecode announced the new DroneCore SDK, which is now shipping on the new Dronecode-based Yuneec H520 commercial…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 10, 2017 at 1:12pm — 6 Comments

Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Introducing OpenSolo!

Big news! Reposting from the 3DR blog. Also see the ArduPilot Team announcement here

When we launched Solo back in 2015, one of its selling points was that it was…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 3, 2017 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Dronecode updates for July: new QGroundControl, FPGA autopilot, PX4 1.6

Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month: 

1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!

● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade

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 85,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2017 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

ArduPilot, PX4 dominate AUVSI drone competition

When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (14 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (3 of top twenty). I'm super proud of this having co-founded…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2017 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

How do modern open source autopilots compare to aerospace-grade IMUs?

I noticed that Digikey is now selling Honeywell's newest aerospace-grade IMUs, which cost $1,328 each (note that's just for the IMU; it's not…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2017 at 10:21am — 36 Comments

Intel cancels Edison, Joule boards

It was well known that Edison was going to be discontinued this year, but Joule, which was just released, is a surprise. This is bad news for any autopilot board that uses Edison, such as Pixhawk 2.1, which will now have to move to another companion computer. (I'd suggest Raspberry Pi). From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2017 at 5:50am — 19 Comments

NASA webinar on drone crash-avoidance technology using APM copters

Is it flattering that NASA uses a 3DR Y6 to teach "crash management" techniques? I'm going with yes! Register here

ASA’s Langley Research Center is offering a free informational webinar on its  autonomous…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 16, 2017 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Nvidia demos visual navigation on 3DR Iris+

From Nvidia: Here's the full paper.

Most drones would be lost without GPS. Not this one.

A drone developed by NVIDIA researchers navigates even the most far-flung,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 13, 2017 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

New two-motor VTOL from Horizon

This kind of 2-motor vertical take-off plane was a PhD thesis 2 years ago, a TED talk 1 year ago & now it's a $150 toy. From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2017 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

Dronecode/PX4 1.6 code released!

From the Dronecode release post:

We’re very excited to announce the release of PX4 v1.6, the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2017 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Updating the "red balloon finder" to use OpenMV cam



Awesome post from Patrick Poirier in the OpenMV forums (OpenMV is my favorite computer vision board, and what I use on our DIY Robocars autonomous…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2017 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Test stats for next Dronecode/PX4 code release

This week the Dronecode/PX4 team will release its biggest and best update, version 1.6. You can see a glimpse of the testing that went into it with our public test log server here

Along with all the automated code and flight…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Comparing two low-cost scanning Lidars

Excerpted from a new post…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 28, 2017 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

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