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Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! 

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

Drone delivery is not a new concept; it has existed for over a decade, especially in health care. A company called Zipline has been doing medical deliveries in Africa, long before Amazon came into the picture with its Prime Air service.

Another startup called Matternet ran its first trial of medical drone delivery in Haiti back in 2012, during one of the worst earthquakes known to man. In fact, the use of drones in healthcare has received the lion’s share of attention, due to the fact that it is a commercial as well as a public health opportunity.

Why do drones have a promising future in medical delivery?

Using drones might not yet be practical from an overall logistics point of view since traditional vehicles remain more effective than drones. But when considering the delivery of time-critical medical payloads like blood samples, organs, emergency aids, vaccines,…

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3D Robotics

It’s now been a couple weeks since Nvidia released its new Jetson Xavier NX board, a $399 big brother to the Jetson Nano (and successor to the TX2) with 5-10 times the compute performance of the Nano (and 10-15x the performance of a RaspberryPi 4) along with twice as much memory (8 Gb). It comes with a similar carrier board as the Nano, with the same Raspberry Pi GPIO pins, but includes built-in Wifi/BT and a SSD card slot, which is a big improvement over the Nano.

How well does it suit DIY Robocars such as Donkeycar? Well, there are pluses and minuses:

Pros:

  • All that computing power means that you run deeper learning models with multiple camera at full resolution. You can’t beat it for performance.
  • It also means that you can do your training on-car, rather than having to…
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Fully Autonomous Drones Lead to Continuous Improvement of Inventory Operations in Very Narrow Aisles

 

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“Innovation, thought leadership and resourcefulness. Status quo is never good enough. We must always do better than yesterday — more with less, faster, more efficient.”

Core Value @ Romark Logistics, USA

With ‘Continuous Improvement’ as one of its seven core values, Romark Logistics (Romark) has become a pioneer in the supply chain and logistics sector since 1954. As a top third-party logistics and cold-chain provider in North America, Romark services leading food, beverage, pharmaceutical,…

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SokilLink Software Suite is a complete solution for unmanned vehicle operation. It runs on both ground and on-board PCs and delivers most required features for modern drones. The software allows users to control their drones in manual mode, observe real time digital video from on-board cameras with telemetry displayed on top, control the cameras using exposed APIs.

The solution is extremely flexible thus it allows to customize each feature and easily add new ones. For example, a vehicle can carry more that one camera, making it more suitable for professional operations, when an operator should be able to see UAV flight direction and observable object at the same time.

It also comes with powerful logging and monitoring features which are very helpful for hardware development, performance monitoring and troubleshooting

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FlytBase, Inc. announces the launch of a Preferred Partner Program designed exclusively for drone system integrators, solution providers and drone hardware OEMs. With the mission of helping enterprises automate and scale their drone operations, FlytNow has successfully matured into a commercial-grade solution for managing remote, autonomous drone flights in real-time.

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As a cloud-connected and hardware-agnostic SaaS offering, FlytNow enables quick, easy, remote deployment of drone fleets over a 4G/LTE/5G/WiFi network. Via a single, customized and intuitive web-based dashboard, users can view ultra-low-latency, HD video streams, and telemetry information at a command and control center located far away.

The partnership program is intended to create business value by serving customers in targeted geographies and sectors. By improving operational efficiency and…

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"In the second WW, the Germans were using fuel injection in their aircraft. However, it is not a must for high altitude flying. Getting more oxygen into an internal combustion engine is the real problem at high altitudes."
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Struktur3D replied to Struktur3D's discussion Laser Cutting Services in Canada
"Thanks, Chris! Actually the discussions with Ponoko are ongoing. The rub is they don't carry the 1/16" hard balsa wood required for my project above and there may be some issue with the size of my parts. But there are parts which fit their line of m…"
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Otherwise a google search shows lots of laser cutting services in Toronto etc"
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Hi Folks -- returning here after a long absence, and I'm getting a project geared up.  I'm looking for a laser cutting service based in Canada. An outfit where I can send a DXF (or equivalent) as illustrated below, they supply quality balsa and/or a…
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It is essential to lock and track the target that you are trying to monitor when you are conducting an aerial surveillance task through the fixed-wing plane or VTOL because your camera can quickly lose the target if it is not tracked. Luckily more a…
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Hello, everyone, I have a question fo those that have build their own platform from scratch, given a set altitude that I want to mainly fly in with a given power system. How do I find which airfoil would work best for the altitude I want to fly in a…
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Andrew Murphy commented on Utsav Chopra's blog post Medicine from the Sky – How FlytNow Can Power a Medical Delivery System Using Drones
"Hi there, you should update the photo at the top or your post. That nano talon couldn’t feasibly carry an object the size of that “medical bag.”"
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Laser Cutting Services in Canada

Hi Folks -- returning here after a long absence, and I'm getting a project geared up.  I'm looking for a laser cutting service based in Canada. An outfit where I can send a DXF (or equivalent) as illustrated below, they supply quality balsa and/or aero ply and ship the cut parts back.  Anybody have any specific recommendation in that regard? The closer to Calgary, Alberta the better, but anywhere in Canada is acceptable so as to avoid cross border charges. Thanks very much! ~TCG

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3 Replies · Reply by UAV Skies 11 hours ago

How to design my own platform

Hello, everyone, I have a question fo those that have build their own platform from scratch, given a set altitude that I want to mainly fly in with a given power system. How do I find which airfoil would work best for the altitude I want to fly in and is there a formula to calculate the optimal numbers of chords in the wing design? Those are a few of the questions I have. Any books or text recommendations are welcomed.

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ANAFI FPV (or ANAFI Thermal) propeller guards ?

Dear Friends,I apologise for being quite off topic but as you probably already know, the ordinary propeller guards for the “ordinary” Parrot ANAFI drone are not compatibile with the ANAFI FPV (or ANAFI Thermal) as the relevant legs are different.Could anybody pls provide me link or email address for good and reliable ANAFI FPV (or ANAFI Thermal) propeller guards ?[Unfortunately RMUS Parrot Anafi Thermal Propeller Guards are ONLY sold within USA :-((( ]Many Thanks and best regards 🙂 Giorgio

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Looking for interview participants for research on drone use in tropical forests

Hello all,My name is Ben and I am PhD researcher from the UK. To outline my work very briefly, I am conducting research into the use of drones in tropical forest conservation and ecology, with a focus on the potential socio-cultural impacts that such technologies may have on different forest stakeholders. As part of this I am interviewing various drone practitioners to gain insights into how they conduct missions/research and their perspectives on how drones are perceived by such communities.…

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DIY 350mm quadcopter

Hello and thank you for allow me to share my experiences with you. I am selecting my components and it's my first quadcopter. After some research I have the following components:Frame 330mm: (160g)Propellers 8045Motor 2212 1400kv (192g)ESC 30Amp Readytosky (100g)Flight Controller Naze 32 (10g)Power distribution board Blusky with XT60 (10g)Battery 11.1v 3s 30c(191g)Flysky FSi6S with iA6B After complete the same calculus in this tutorial...the flight time is 13 minutes and I think that is very…

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4 Replies · Reply by Ian Turner on Tuesday

Arduheli on 3DR Solo cube?

Can someone please confirm that Arduheli can be installed on 3DR Solo Cube without issues? Since they can be bought for cheap and are small and compact I'm looking at getting one for hobby project.Before you ask, yes, I'm aware of all the hardware issues with the cube. Used to work professionally with the stuff.

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Low Profile Camera Car; Concept & Advice Request

Hello all. I've been operating quadcopters (and a hexacopter!) for a couple of years now for my company, and lately I've encountered a new challenge that such vehicles are not capable of performing.I have arrays of photovoltaics that have serial numbers on the underside that I need to locate. The process of doing so manually would involve physically detaching and lifting each module, a process that would likely take many hours, if not days, depending on the site.I am conceptualizing a wheeled…

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