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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…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2015 at 8:34pm — 2 Comments

A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB

The crowds for one of the demos of the new LIDAR/Optical flow position hold. Works great and SO much better than sonar, since it can handle any surface, indoors and out. The same tech can be used for precision landing on designated markers.

You get a prize if you can beat our team at ping…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2015 at 8:00pm — 19 Comments

Full Solo launch video

Epic job by the 3DR video team. They got their Ridley Scott on ;-)

Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2015 at 10:51pm — 26 Comments

Dronecode Conference presentations posted

On March 23rd in San Jose, we had the first DroneCode conference, as part of the Embedded Linus Conference. Above is just the first meeting of official DroneCode members (mostly…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2015 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

BBC replaces Top Gear with "Airheads", a DIY Drones show

From the Guardian (via sUAS News):

A new drone-building series called Airheads is due to air on Sunday nights on BBC2 in the key …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Masters Golf coverage by drone

masters 16th hole

Augusta National – Masters Tournament 16th hole as seen by a drone

From HookedOnGolf:

Over the last couple of years now I’ve gotten deep into aerial photos and videos via unmanned aerial vehicles, known by most as drones.  I’ve build some aerial video/photo “ships” and am loving the angles and views I can capture of golf…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The long road to a robot dragonfly

Those of you who backed the Robot Dragonfly on Indiegogo back in 2012 may not have received anything yet, but you have had the experience of watching the team learn just how hard it is to make a flapping-wing drone. It's nearly two years late and still a long way to go, but at least they have…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2015 at 4:42pm — 7 Comments

FAA: We won't ask people to take down YouTube drone videos

Remember when a regional FAA inspector told a guy to take down his YouTube drone video? As we expected, that was a whoops. The FAA has now…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2015 at 2:55pm — 4 Comments

The latest on insect-inspired optical flow navigation from The Economist

We've been using optical flow boards for a long time, and you'll soon see it become standard equipment on 3DR gear, but that's just for simple functions such as "station-keeping" without GPS and improved landing and terrain…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Integrating drones with Maya video camera/effects control

A very interesting proof of concept on the integration of Pixhawk-powered drones with the Hollywood-standard Maya software. This point is to both integrate real drone video with CG and ultimately export Maya camera paths as drone waypoint missions, as shown in the PaperDrone project. From…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 2, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones

Congrats to our friends at the Syria Airlift Project, who conducted an experimental project this weekend in Sacramento to train refugees to use Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing drones to deliver supplies into conflict zones. From the video description:

On March 28-29, 2015, Uplift Aeronautics…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder

From The Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 7:28am — 4 Comments

Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…

Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am — 17 Comments

Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am — 1 Comment

First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am — 18 Comments

Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones

(representative DIY version shown, not Google's)

"Google’s quest to introduce small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into low altitude airspace within a “few years” has driven the company to launch an unexpected foray into the avionics market, says Dave Vos, head of the Internet…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 1:30am — 22 Comments

FAA issues blanket approval for commercial drone use under 200ft for Section 333 holders

Great news from the FAA, and part of an encouraging trend towards a much more progressive regulatory process in the US:

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process,…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 24, 2015 at 1:09pm — 10 Comments

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