January 2015 Blog Posts (126)

3D Robotics
Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"

The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd

From Gizmodo:

You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2015 at 9:24pm — 28 Comments

DIY Drones at 63,000 members!


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 31, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Small Drones accelerate and improve stockpile reporting for mines and earth work supervision.

Not only are they the safest, quickest method of quickly taking a snapshot of an entire highly dynamic site, they significantly reduce surveying costs. Adding powerful structure from motion (SfM) software and virtual survey tools to the equation means no boots on the ground and no need for interrupting any operations.

Added by Walter Volkmann on January 31, 2015 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

What happened at the AMA Expo?

I’ve been a card carrying member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for over a decade, when my first plane was a 2-channel toy with a turning radius of Texas from a hobby store. Today that humble start has grown into a whole collection of Warbirds, 3D planes, EDF jets, Helicopters and of course the Multirotors. I’ve always meant to go to the AMA Expo held every…


Added by Iain Butler on January 31, 2015 at 1:36am — No Comments

Navio+ and Odroid-C1: the most powerful Linux autopilot



Some time ago we’ve released a new version of our Linux autopilot - Navio+. Main new feature is that Navio+ supports HAT standard and is compatible with Raspberry Pi models A+,B+ and also with……


Added by Emlid on January 30, 2015 at 8:30am — 37 Comments

Angle of Attack Wind Vanes

 BasicAirData Air Data Boom
Triggered by some chat around the net I post here some material about mechanical wind vanes design. 
Angle of attack measurement by means of wind vanes will be…

Added by JLJu on January 30, 2015 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

Photogrammetry by Habitat-Serea thanks to APM 2.6 and Pikhawk

Results photogrammetric flight fixed wing UAV and multicopter with APM2.6 And PIKHAWK Agisoft processed and later work with GIS.

Habitat team fixed wing, rotary wing, ground station, traker pach antenna for video and Moxon antenna for telemetry.…


Added by Habitat Estudios Ambientales s.l on January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Sony shows smartwatch drone control

From Postcapes:

The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio…

Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2015 at 11:53am — 3 Comments

FPV + Oculus Rift Kickstarter

Hey all, keen on Full HD, head tracking FPV with a wide FOV?

We are currently working on a project for a Raspberry Pi + Oculus Rift based FPV solution. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Full HD video feed
  • Head tracking built in from day one
  • Wide FOV on the high quality Oculus Rift display
  • No significant head tracking latency…

Added by Fly Like a Bird Team on January 28, 2015 at 10:46pm — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely causes a fatal accident -- indeed, there may be no record of one with standard…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — 21 Comments

Is it a hobby or not?

I have been posting here for a couple years. Back when it consisted of a lot less drone and a lot more DIY. So please refrain from making silly comments like,"Do you know the name of the site you just posted on?"

Now that that's taken care of. You may have noticed the Commander in Chief told the FAA yesterday to do their job. That made me  think. Not that I don't have this thought at least once a week. What happens if we lose our hobby what will I do?



Added by Jake Wells on January 28, 2015 at 7:27pm — 17 Comments

Can Your Frame Do This

There has been some question on the strength of a 3d printed quadcopter I had some wonders myself as to just how strong it was so I put this little test together not bad for a frame that weighs 636 grams…


Added by Todd Urban on January 28, 2015 at 2:30pm — 30 Comments

DJI to release mandatory firmware update

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am — 30 Comments

Vulture 2 spaceplane HIL simulation

We've been quietly beavering away at hardware-in-the-loop simulations for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, and Pixhawk wrangler Linus Penzlien has finally got the aircraft to land itself at a virtual Spaceport America.

The HIL work involves ArduPilot controlling an X-Plane model created…


Added by Lester Haines on January 28, 2015 at 6:28am — 2 Comments

Thanks for a great first week!

It's been just over a week since we launched, and we've had an INCREDIBLE response to Mach-Up - the free, web-based design tool.

We've had over 2,000 visitors and now have over 600 registered users. Amazing. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support!

(If you missed it, you can check it out at …


Added by Blucraft on January 28, 2015 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

The A to Z of UAVs

For the Full list visit: A to Z of UAVs

Added by UAV Vision on January 27, 2015 at 11:46pm — 3 Comments

ardurover Latency and Tracking problem using joystick mode in mission planner

We are tring to build a FPV Rover combining a logitech racing wheel with an RC Car for an FPV platform.

However we are having some problems with the latency and tracking of the steering wheel input. 

- I have checked the RC inputs using MAVlink and checked that the rc override was working fine

(The racing wheels seem to be in sync with the rc…


Added by 404Warehouse on January 27, 2015 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

5 Ways Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

This month, the…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 27, 2015 at 5:42pm — 2 Comments

Adventure Time

I'm currently in the void between uni and full time work, so naturally I have a lot of time to go out and fly! I will be travelling to some pretty spectacular places over the following weeks to practice my cinematography. To keep up, follow my …


Added by Lach Kilby on January 27, 2015 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Review: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ vs. 3DR IRIS+

Compared key features of each drone, including flight time, technology features, ease of getting started, camera systems, and price. 

Full review here: http://drnes.com/blogs/fresh/16458097-head-to-head-3dr-iris-vs-dji-phantom-2-vision…


Added by drnes on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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