Thomas Stone
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GPS-denied Position-hold w/ 3DR Solo

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 10:54am 14 Comments

15 Minutes of Vision-based position-hold with 3DR Solo: This is the first iteration of a vision-based position hold controller. This initial…


Solo Smart Drone Lands Smartly: PART 2

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 9:18am 21 Comments

Our precision landing Solo is flying great! :) This test rig has an IR-LOCK sensor (via I2C), an SF/10A…


Precision Landing with Accuracy Management

Posted on March 3, 2016 at 9:00am 9 Comments

I was inspired by the recent solar-powered launch system announcement to share some recent precision landing development work.…


Recharge your drone at my place

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:02am 9 Comments

Does anybody want to move in next door? We could send drones to each other ad infinitum. :) I cannot confirm if this installation increases/decreases the value of your home. 

This test represents an interesting combination of products and technology from 3DR,…


Copter Localization w/ IR Landmark

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 9:27am 18 Comments

The video shows localization data collected during a short flight over an IR marker, which is used to estimate the relative location of the copter with respect to the visual landmark. Note that this was a manually flown flight, but the ultimate goal is automation. Detecting visual landmarks/features is a fundamental task in many forms of…


NVIDIA's TX1 SoC now comes on a credit-card sized module

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 12:45am 280 Comments

NVIDIA's press release states that "Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks -- computer software that can learn to recognize objects or interpret…


Jetson TK1 Promo Offer

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 10:30am 36 Comments

I am not an employee of NVIDIA or Make. :) But I am using this promo as an opportunity to see if anyone has made progress on getting the Jetson TK1 airborne.

The Jetson was released over a year ago. The community support has…


Automated Precision Landing on a (stationary) Boat

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 9:37am 2 Comments

How many copters did we sink? :) Check the video above. The development of Precision Landing hardware and software has progressed since our last blog post. The existing controls code has been added to master in APM:Copter (i.e., V3.4-dev). The two demo videos included in this post were produced with a modified version of APM:Copter V3.3 (similar to the master code).…


SOLO Smart Drone lands smartly :)

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 12:10pm 8 Comments

Warning: I think this voids your warranty. :) We integrated an IR-LOCK sensor with a 3DR SOLO. This project was mostly for fun, so don't read too much into the flight performance shown in the video. We only had one test session, and we didn't tune any parameters. 

You might notice that the flight…


Safe Landings in Tight Spaces

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 7:27am 8 Comments

Landing on your back porch? In close proximity to trees? And near your grandmother? :) 

We produced documentation regarding the 'Precision Landing' developments (link). The primary intent of this development is to enable more industrial use-cases for multi-copters, namely, fully automated systems with auto…


Profile Information

About Me:
>Founder of IR-LOCK
>Developer of IR tracking technology for Drones and DIY Robotics.
>Researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
>UAV reliability research, especially, non-destructive testing (NDT) for complex-shaped, 3D printed parts.
>Tracking tools for UAV automation.

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 4:52pm on November 11, 2015, sade TAB said…

Hi Thomas, I saw your videos. Your like a god in drones, would you please take a look at my question at :


At 9:35pm on November 11, 2015, Thomas Stone said…

Thank you for the undeserved compliment. :) 

You can control missions with your laptop. If you read through the wiki, I am pretty sure you will find what you are looking for.

You can connect to your laptop with a 3DR Radio.

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