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Coordinated docking of copter and rover

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2014 at 7:48pm — No Comments

3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition

We've been working on this for a while, but I'm delighted the news is finally out. From USA Today:

Amazon recently banded together with several makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 17, 2014 at 7:08am — 11 Comments

OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 14, 2014 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment

What UAVs can learn from manned aircraft

Here's a very interesting article on Medium from a Marc Ausman, a pilot, on what the lessons in FAA regulation of manned aircraft suggest about the right path for unmanned ones.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 11, 2014 at 1:31pm — 19 Comments

Amazing new post-processing video stabilization technique from Microsoft Research

It doesn't just do image processing, but actually computes the trajectory of the camera in post and calculates a shake-free video from that. Really impressive work from Microsoft Research, which they call "Hyperlapse" (because it is a combination of time lapse and hyperpath…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2014 at 9:51pm — 10 Comments

Peter Diamandis on the future of drones

Peter Diamandis, the co-founder of the X-Prize organization, Singularity University and a bunch of other impressive projects, has a newsletter on future trends. His most recent is on drones, and it's well worth…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Biomechanical simulations of bats, insects

Yutaca Sawai does awesome mechanical simulations of flying animals. Someday this will be useful for drones.

Here's another one:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2014 at 9:09pm — 2 Comments

LA Times: "Drone maps show views of the world, disaster areas, no-fly zones"

We've covered most of these already here (and our Droneshare uses the MapBox No-fly Zone data), but good to see mainstream press picking up on the potential of collaborative drone mapping projects.  Here's the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2014 at 3:53pm — 3 Comments

Drone with rotating WiFi antenna can create airborne hotspot

From Gizmag:

Researchers from the University of North Texas (UNT) have demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of supplying Wi-Fi to disaster-struck areas with a range of up to 5 km (3.1…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2014 at 9:33pm — 18 Comments

Pixhawk-based VTOL aircraft code now available

Bart Theys from the awesome vertiKUL team at University of Leuven that has been posted on here and …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2014 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Cool Pixhawk-based VTOL aircraft

Excellent project from the University of Leuven, using Pixhawk in a VTOL design:

Meet VertiKUL, a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 5, 2014 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Gorgeous Pixhawk-based "Journalist" copter

Here's Journalist, a lovely new folding camera copter from Germany (use Google Translate for English, or see the English one-pagerhere). Pixhawk or APM-based. The build quality looks outstanding (it's probably not cheap, however) and the form factor seems perfect for this kind of camera. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — 18 Comments

Hummingbirds still have an edge on microdrones in efficiency

From the BBC:

When it comes to flight, nature just has the edge on engineers.

This is according to a study comparing hummingbirds with one of the world's most advanced…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 2, 2014 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Presentations from Precision Aerial Ag Show now available

Lots of good talks from this show, from a month ago. Both video and presentations are available here

Screenshot of talks below:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 2, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

FAA issues guidelines to its field inspectors, advising them to educate before taking enforcement action

Good news, I think. Last week the FAA issued a National Policy Notice (N8900.268) to its field inspectors, directing them to counsel and educate UAV…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 2, 2014 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

ArduRover-based ocean-going kayak!

From our friends at the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center at UC San Diego, an APM-based ocean-going kayak! (it uses a variation of the ArduRover…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2014 at 10:07pm — 24 Comments

Sucessful first trials of Swiss Pixhawk-based entry for Outback Challenge

This a gorgeous aircraft and the autonomous flight and image processing to detect "Outback Joe" is already working, as you'll see at 2:34. 

Here's more about the Swiss Fang team:

This is the website of Team Swiss Fang, the swiss competition entry to the …
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Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2014 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

MAVLink to ROS generator

For those of you interested in ROS and APM-based drones, you'll be interested to see this new MAVLink generator for ROS which will allow ROS to communicate more easily with MAVLink-based…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2014 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Drone CAD 3D model collection at Sketchfab

Sketchfab is my favorite place to store and view 3D models. Now it's even better, with a curated collection of drone models. Check out the Amazon Prime Air model above,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2014 at 9:51pm — 4 Comments

Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm — 18 Comments

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