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Mike Isted commented on Mike Isted's blog post First Flight: Intel Realsense D435 on Jetson TX2 UAV
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Mike Isted commented on Mike Isted's blog post First Flight: Intel Realsense D435 on Jetson TX2 UAV
"Yes, the Teraranger is just used for altitude control.  I have also found the Benewake TFMini…"
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Welcome to DIY Drones!

Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.

This community is the birthplace of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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First Flight: Intel Realsense D435 on Jetson TX2 UAV

Posted by Mike Isted on April 22, 2018 at 10:40am 3 Comments

I have just posted the latest in a series of posts outlining a further step in the evolution of the GroundHog hexacopter into a multi-role UAV.  It is based on a Pixhawk flight controller with a Jetson TX2 companion computer.  It has now been fitted with an Intel RealSense D435 depthcam and this weekend…


Battery-Free HD Video Streaming

Posted by Greg Dronsky on April 20, 2018 at 8:42am 0 Comments

What is Battery-Free HD Video Streaming?

Video streaming has traditionally been considered an extremely power-hungry operation. Existing approaches optimize the camera and communication modules individually to minimize their power consumption. However, designing a video streaming device requires…


Test results on indoor positioning technologies

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2018 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

Very interesting results from the Microsoft indoor localization competition. Basically my two favorite…


New Primer on Drones in Construction

Posted by Colin Snow on April 18, 2018 at 11:46am 1 Comment

We just released the Quick Start Guide to Drones in Construction. This report is the first in a new series of free white papers, intended to provide a complete…


New! Online Training on Humanitarian Drone Missions

Posted by Patrick Meier on April 18, 2018 at 7:01am 0 Comments

We're pleased to announce the launch of the WeRobotics Online Training Institute and our first course on Drones in Humanitarian Action. We'd be very grateful for your help in forwarding this new opportunity to your contacts. …


China Telecom joins Huawei to complete flight test of 5G UAV

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on April 17, 2018 at 6:35pm 0 Comments

China Telecom joins Huawei to complete flight test of 5G UAV Recently, China Telecom and Huawei companies in Shenzhen to complete the 5G unmanned aerial vehicle test and patrol business demonstration. This is the first in China based on End-to-end 5G network of professional unmanned aerial vehicle test…


Agricultural Drones

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on April 17, 2018 at 1:50am 0 Comments

"Flying go, positions, 1, 2, 3 ... Off!

"Along with the Municipal Agricultural Bureau Total agronomists tianchong command, 30 plant protection unmanned aerial vehicle instantaneous from the ground, the blue sky white clouds, a frame unmanned aerial vehicle hover in the green wheat field…


Flight endurance test with a Li-ion battery

Posted by Hugues on April 15, 2018 at 10:00am 2 Comments

We test fly a 4S3P battery (build video here : ) on the sub-kilogram Ardupilot folding drone (build video here: )

Li-Ion battery cells are 18650GA cells (3400 mAh) able to provide 10A current…


Hybrid Gas Generator For UAV (ONLY 1.5 KG! SOON ON SALE)

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on April 14, 2018 at 4:50pm 4 Comments

This is our new generator, designed for medium payload drones, his weight is 1.5 kg, with a power output of 1300 watts.

There are an integrated cooling system and…


Hands on review of new LIDARs, from $1,000 solid-state 3D to $5 1D range finder

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2018 at 3:06pm 3 Comments

I've been doing hands-on reviews of new LIDAR units over at our sister site, DIY Robocars. If you're interested in LIDAR, check them out there:




Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Drone Training – The Beginning or the End? – Part 2

Aleks Kowalski – Consortiq Does future regulation spell the end for drone training? In the first article of this series, we looked at the background to where we are today and that commercial and economic drivers, from both industry and government, demand drones to be operated beyond existing legislative capabilities. In the next 2 articles, […]

DeTect HARRIER™ Ground Based Sense-and-Avoid Radar Installed at the Rozas Aerodrome in Spain

System to provide real-time beyond visual line-of-sight for unmanned aircraft and drone operations Panama City, FL April 17, 2018: DeTect, Inc. ( announced today that it has completed commissioning of a HARRIER GGround-BasedSense-and-Avoid (GBSAA) radar at the Rozas Aerodrome in Lugo, Spain. The system, supplied to Babcock Mission Critical Services España, will provide beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) […]

Little Arms Studios Partners with Skip Fredricks to Bring Cinematic Training Modules to its Zephyr Drone Simulator

 Little Arms Studios, a leading developer of professional-grade simulation solutions, announced it has joined forces with renowned Hollywood cinematographer Skip Fredricks to launch an updated version of its Zephyr Drone Simulator that includes the basics of drone cinematography. The two-time Emmy nominated content producer and certified drone instructor has brought his unique instructional perspective to a series […]

DJI Announce Reduced Prices for Enterprise Range

Price update includes the Matrice 200, Matrice 210, Matrice 210 RTK and Zenmuse Z30. DJI has today announced reduced prices of a number of products throughout the DJI Enterprise range. Drone operators can now access the Matrice 200, Matrice 210, Matrice 210 RTK and Zenmuse Z30 at rates significantly cheaper than previously quoted. The announcement […]

3W-International remains unaffected by 3W-Modellmotoren’s filing for bankruptcy

The executive management of 3W-Modellmotoren GmbH, which acted as production service provider for 3W-International GmbH, filed for bankruptcy during the past week. For this reason, Karsten Schudt, managing director of 3W-International GmbH, is making a statement that the leading engine supplier for UASs is covered concerning this development. “Both companies were independent of one another. […]

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