January 2017 Blog Posts (63)

3D Robotics
Instructions for a sub-$100 autonomous rover using computer vision

This project uses RaspberryPi and the Pi camera in a cloud robotics architecture (most processing is done on a laptop over WiFi) and is based on the ForumulaPi code and OpenCV. It costs less than $100 and can perform the full Udacity Self Driving Car challenge (thanks to offboarding most processing to the laptop). Full instructions are …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 30, 2017 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Great simulator of our DIY Robocars track

We have a monthly autonomous car hack/race day at a funky old warehouse in Oakland, but in-between races the teams need to training their neural networks. How? With this simulator!

From the video…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2017 at 4:20pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Finals of the FormulaPi autonomous car race

Love this -- it's both thrilling and charmingly shambolic at the same time.  FormulaPi was the model for our DIYRobocar race/hack series of events.  The race starts at…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 27, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Nice Post about Ardupilot on Open Source Electronics Blog

And a great picture of the winner of the Airbus/Local Motors Cargo Drone challenge, a quadplane, prior to its successful maiden flight running Arduplane. (More information about it here  earlier on this forum, and  …


Added by Olivier on January 26, 2017 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

Emlid Reach RS: field-ready RTK GNSS receiver for only $699

Hey everyone!

Emlid team is proud to present Reach RS - ruggedized, battery-powered RTK GNSS receiver. It enables centimeter accurate positioning for survey, mapping, agriculture and drones once again changing our perception of the equipment cost.…


Added by Emlid on January 26, 2017 at 12:23pm — 4 Comments

Logging Event Mark (Precis-BX316) - Demo

With event mark, Precis-BX316 can support camera shutter synchronization, which is useful for aerial mapping and drone-related applications. More details, click here

Added by Tersus GNSS on January 26, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Top 10 Myth's & Misconceptions about FAA Part 107

Now that the Section 333 is getting close to phasing out for most, Adam from Aeroworks talks about the Top 10 myth's and misconceptions about operating as a Part 107 Remote Pilot.

Added by AKRCGUY on January 26, 2017 at 6:27am — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
Tiny new uBlox GPS for drones

u‑blox has announced the launch of the ZOE‑M8G, an ultra‑compact GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver module, specially designed for markets where small size, minimal…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2017 at 2:12pm — 4 Comments

Bosch launches smallest high performance barometric pressure sensor

Bosch Sensortec is the market leader in barometric pressure sensors with more than 1 billion shipped products. The BMP380 is a very small, low-power and low-noise 24 bit absolute barometric pressure sensor. BMP380 is specifically designed and ideally suited for a wide range of altitude tracking applications. The new BMP380 offers outstanding design flexibility, providing a single package solution that can be easily integrated into a multitude of existing and upcoming…


Added by Rui Costa on January 25, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

MiniRaceWing - Fly Fast, Stay Low

A friend of mine and myself are avid FPV pilots. We have developed a fast, agile and easy to transport FPV plane with a twist: It is crash resistant and extremely fun to fly.

Besides our initial use case people have come up with different ideas of how to…


Added by Markus on January 25, 2017 at 4:17am — 9 Comments

LightWare launches the LW20 LiDAR

LightWare is proud to present the LW20, the smallest and lightest commercially available LiDAR in the world.

Please visit our website for full specifications: LightWare - LW20…


Added by Nadia Nilsen on January 25, 2017 at 1:46am — 28 Comments

3D printed FPV racer - 170 mm size - Rev7 - More improvements

Hi, since my last blog entry I made some more changes on my design. 

Key features:

  • Video TX antenna is positioned at the end of the main body to improve signal strength during fast flights
  • GPS hollow in the top part is replaced by a…

Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on January 24, 2017 at 11:50pm — 1 Comment

ArduPilot on the CL84 TiltWing VTOL

ArduPilot now supports TiltWing VTOL aircraft! First test flights done earlier today in Canberra

We did the first test flights of the…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on January 24, 2017 at 11:30pm — 13 Comments

Ranger EX 757-3

Update:  The local weather is improving and looks like tomorrow will be the maiden flight, really looking forward to its first flight.  The field I have selected is grass, and I have increased the main gear size to 4.5", which I…


Added by Marc Halcomb on January 24, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments

Initial Parameter Settings

For my maiden flight, takeoff and initial tests will be in the FBWA mode.  Followed by switching between FBWA and Manual to get the trim correct. 

Initial Parameter Settings:

Some basic gain/dampening factors for the first flight, except for…


Added by Marc Halcomb on January 24, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Key features of Droiko

  • Ready to use gaming drone, just take it out of the box and start playing. No assembly no soldering required.
  • Laser + IR marker and proximity weapons.
  • Double coaxial propellers for higher stability and longer flight times.
  • Swashplate mechanism to allow for movements in every direction.
  • Fly it using your smartphone or any standard RC…

Added by Cactus Robotics on January 22, 2017 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

Drone Mistakes, Mishaps and Misfortunes: We Always Break our Toys

We’re making drone mistakes everywhere. We’ve only had our grubby little paws on drones for a short amount of time and we’re already royally F-ing it up! Like a monkey being handed an Xbox, people are in awe of their flying eye in…


Added by Nate Sinisgalli on January 22, 2017 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top

Hello everyone! 

For the past few months we were looking for a more convenient way to launch our PD-1 fixed-wing UAV (MTOW is 40 kg). Since runway takeoff and landing requires pretty serious and long training for the operator and any pneumatic launchers that will work with our UAV are expensive (from $30000 USD (actually we couldn't…


Added by Jacob Cereteli on January 21, 2017 at 3:48pm — 11 Comments

Cable-free flight simulator with Spektrum DSM satellite + Arduino

This video shows me flying our homebrew "Hackflight Sim" quadcopter flight simulator using a Spektrum DX8 receiver without a cable. The DX8 is talking to a…


Added by Simon D. Levy on January 19, 2017 at 2:30pm — 17 Comments

Mapping solution with low cost fixed wing airframe


I offer for sale a low cost solution to do mapping with different camera that can be easily placed in the airframe thanks to the battery front cover. The other advantages are easy connections between the airframe and the wings or the elevator for quick and safe assembly / disassembly.

I hope that my solution will catch your attention and allow you to…


Added by Eric on January 19, 2017 at 11:44am — 14 Comments

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