January 2017 Blog Posts (63)

3D Robotics
Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:

2) A white-line track for 1/10th scale cars, which is designed…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

Droiko checkpoint smart mesh

Link to our Droiko on Kickstarter: Kickstarter Droiko…


Added by Cactus Robotics on January 19, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Multi-UAV flights for simultaneous meteorological measurements

At the end of 2015, our UAV research lab at the French Civil Aviation University took part to an atmospheric research project with Meteo-France (CNRS-GAME and ENM) teams at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan (in the south of France).

This project, named…


Added by Gautier Hattenberger on January 19, 2017 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

Flight Envelope Protection System with Pixhawk and Odroid

Our research group (Ofer Eldad, Andrew Alexander, and Christian Claudel) at the University of Texas at Austin  has implemented a supervisory control algorithm we developed to protect the flight envelope with either human control or autopilot. 

Our test platform is the Bormatec Maja shown below:

The basic idea of the supervised control…


Added by Ofer Eldad on January 18, 2017 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Autonomously fly to a location and deliver a package (Ardupilot Copter 3.5)

Great feature coming up soon in Ardupilot's Copter 3.5. And congrats to the contribution of the month winner!


Congratulations to Peter Barker for winning the "Best Contribution of the Month" for Dec 2016 for his Package Place Feature…


Added by Olivier on January 18, 2017 at 11:18am — 3 Comments

Evolution of our prototypes. PART 3

Link of our Droiko on Kickstarter: Kickstarter Droiko 

Checkpoints latest prototypes.…


Added by Cactus Robotics on January 18, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

5 Years of an enthusiastic project in an instant, Defiance Pro - built for FPV :)


   Hi guyz, just wanted to share my latest work with you and conclude the Defiance fpv airframe development series.

Frankly it's been a bumpy road till here but I wouldn't change a bit. 

In 2012 I kinda got obsessed with fpv and quadcopter designs so I started reading, learning and drawing few ideas, going on and off the…


Added by Dragan on January 18, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Limited Edition Clear Thrusters from Blue Robotics



Added by Rustom Jehangir on January 17, 2017 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Zuppa Autopilot: Flying Experience

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return "…


Added by Kiran Prakash on January 17, 2017 at 10:13am — 6 Comments

RTK GPS based landing: test results

Lately, a lot of companies have commercialized their own RTK GPS receiver. On this blog I will provide information about accurate landings based on an AsteRX-m UAS receiver which works on L1 and L2 frequency.

I’ve tested landings with an f450 DJI frame with the following setup:

  • 11 inch props
  • 5000 mAh battery
  • Total weight:…

Added by Stijn Debecker on January 17, 2017 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars

It's been almost a decade since I launched DIY Drones (March 2007) and we've both grown hugely as a community and an industry in the intervening years. Drones work great, they're cheap and widely available, and both the the Dronecode and ArduPilot development communities that got their start here are doing amazing work to advance the technology, which is now at pro/aerospace…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Comparing Precis© RTK Systems: BX305, BX316 and TX204

The chart below compares the key specs of the Precis RTK Systems.



Added by Tersus GNSS on January 15, 2017 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Architect turns a disused Bull Fighting Ring into the Drone Hub of the Future

An architect studying at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, has today released details of a design for the drone transportation hub of the future.  This project is unique for two reasons - the first is that the design repurposes a disused bullfighting ring from the early 1900s, and the second is that he has released the design and associated models to the community for comment, modification and…


Added by Cowper on January 15, 2017 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Second generation of thermal imaging camera WIRIS

In the coming days it will be one year from the date the company Workswell launched a revolutionary thermal imaging camera for drones Workswell WIRIS. And today after one year.... we would like to introduce you a second generation of Workswell WIRIS with a lot of new features.


Workswell WIRIS 2nd gen is…


Added by Workswell on January 14, 2017 at 5:26am — 8 Comments

Andruav 12,193 km RC Car Demo

This could be a record breaking. The above video shows a demo with Andruav to actually control a RC Car from LA in Cairo using Andruav, the distance is 12,193km 7576 miles between the driver in LA & the car in Cairo.

The demo was done in my home, and the car is pretty fast, so a caution was required when controlling it…


Added by MHefny on January 13, 2017 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Interesting bird style landing "the perching drone"

I read this on the newspaper today and i think this is one interesting genius way to land a UAV (the bird style). 

Researchers combined a morphing wing drone and machine learning algorithms to create a system that lets the machine perform perched landings on the ground. The fixed wing aircraft also has the ability to land in small or confine places, which deliver aid in disasters

These researchers from the University of Bristol and BMT Defence Services did a great job :-D well done!

The article you can read it here …


Added by Stanley Anak Suab on January 12, 2017 at 9:15pm — 2 Comments

Who remembers Piksi, Colin and Fergus make Forbes 30 under 30

Swift Navigation, the San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology that will power a world of autonomous vehicles, is proud to announce that two of its co-founders, Fergus Noble…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 12, 2017 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
NASA simulates Phantom airflow

From NASA:

For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.

At NASA’s Ames Research Center in…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2017 at 2:32pm — 13 Comments

Agribotix partners with senseFly for end-to-end ag drone & data processing solution

Agribotix has partnered with senseFly to offer a new combined solution for professional agriculture users. This solution combines the eBee SQ drone, Sequoia sensor and Agribotix FarmLens data processing technologies to make collecting and analyzing aerial agricultural data easier than ever.  The eBee fixed-wing drone allows several times more coverage, per…


Added by Tom McKinnon on January 12, 2017 at 12:03pm — No Comments

PC tablet based sUAS GCS

Here  is another take on our wearable control tray format, this time with an embedded Win tablet PC that does it all for you. It has the same footprint as our previous trays (e.g. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/fold-up-gcs-with-android-telemetry), but this one has more of a…


Added by Azjeg on January 12, 2017 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

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