January 2017 Blog Posts (63)

Which one has the highest range: VTOL, helicopter, multi-rotor (or flying squirrel?)

With the increasing interest in the use of multi-rotor UAVs for long range applications such as pipeline inspection, large-area mapping, transporting packages or even people, the question arises: “how far can they fly?”.  

In this post I’ll present a theoretical approach, an experiment and a conclusion to answer this question. Let’s start with some basic theory that can be used for all flying things. The distance d that a UAV can cover, flying at a constant…


Added by Bart Theys on January 12, 2017 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
Lily closes down

Sorry to see them go. They had a great idea and worked really hard to get it right, but ran out of time and money. …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2017 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

3D printed tray for Graupner MZ-24

Hi again, this is my custom designed tray for my Graupner MZ-24. My goal was to build a small tray that can be removed easy without any tools and small enough to be put next to my transmitter in my bag. I think I succeed... :)

Suggested print settings:

  • 0,2 mm layer height
  • 3 layers all around (top, bottom, perimeters)
  • 40% infill, 3D…

Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on January 11, 2017 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

FA-18 Releases 103 Perdix Micro-Drones

Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California. 

  • Propellers: 2.6 in    
  • Body: 6.5 in    
  • Wing span: 11.8 in    
  • Weight: 290 g    
  • Endurance: >20 min  …

Added by noeL on January 10, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
German university team wins first place at IMAV with Pixhawk-powered copters

Congrats to the AKAMAV team for the victory and great writeup (via Hackaday)!

The AKAMAV is the proud winner of the IMAV 2016 Outdoor Challange. In this…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 10, 2017 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Swarming underwater ROV

What a great application for small ROV 

Added by Eduardo Romero on January 10, 2017 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

DJI is changing the game for Precision Mapping

Cool and informative video of DJI releasing their new GS Pro feature. DJI’s Ground Station Pro makes it easy to plan complex flight missions while automatically collecting images for precision mapping. 

Added by Andrew Schuh on January 10, 2017 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

3DR Solo now with RTK !

First of all, Happy New Year Community ... We wish you a Happy flight year ! 

Good news for Solo owners, we just released 2 versions of Solo GPS to replace your factory GNSS. One with u-blox NEO-M8N or NEO-M8T and one with u-blox NEO-M8P…


Added by DROTEK on January 9, 2017 at 5:00am — 14 Comments

Evolution of our prototypes. PART 2

Link of our Droiko on Kickstarter: Kickstarter Droiko

If you have any doubt, comment in the box below.

Another picture from our first fully functional prototype. We used rubber bands to hold the battery.…


Added by Cactus Robotics on January 9, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

FPV tour of Namibia

Hein is a long time friend on DIY Drones.

Just want to show his work to you.

Hein.... I did not finished my Skywalker but obviously you did.

These pictures are awesome. Thank you!


Added by EsdTechnik on January 7, 2017 at 8:44pm — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
Pixhawk-powered submarine shown at CES

From TTRobotics

Hydrodynamic Design

With professional hydrodynamic design, SEADRAGON can be freely in the water, underwater hover or free exploration can be easily implemented. The main compartment is…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2017 at 5:32pm — 7 Comments

Pixhawk-powered 5kg payload/1hour flight time hexacopter and 5-lens camera system

Tanizon Tech, a Chinese company focused on UAV solutions for photogrammetry and precise agriculture, was established in 2016 by a group of scientists as well as drone zealots.

Their 3-step vision is to promote civilian drone to become:

  • Carrier of high-spatial/temporal resolution data service;…

Added by Xiangyu Li on January 7, 2017 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Volta extends from drones to autonomous cars

Our friends at Volta robotics have extended their MAVLink-compatible autopilot series to autonomous cars. This is what they demonstrated at CES this week:

Product Description

LEAD TIME: 60 days (due to post-CES orders peak) + 2…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2017 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

3D printed FPV racer - 170 mm size - Rev5 - Final Design

Hi guys, let me introduce the final version of my 3D printed FPV racer. Since the last blog entry I made some further small modifications according to my experiences. All files can be downloaded from the…


Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on January 6, 2017 at 9:35am — No Comments

3D Robotics
New: QGroundControl 3.1 adds surveys and improved geofencing

Great news from Don Lake

Announcing the release of QGroundControl V3.1. Notable changes in this release:

- Survey mission support

- GeoFence Support in Plan View

- Rally Point support in Plan View (ArduPilot only)

- ArduPilot onboard…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2017 at 8:33am — 12 Comments

Advanced Aerials, Inc. - UAV Pioneers Bringing Ideas to Life

It is the beginning of 2017 and drones, and their related technology, are coming off an explosive year of growth in both popularity and innovation.  The FAA estimates that 2.5 million consumer drones were unwrapped during the past holiday season.  To further prove the popularity growth, the FAA also announced that there are currently more drones registered through their registration program than there are registered manned aircraft!  Today’s consumer drones are now capable…


Added by Kevin McCarthy on January 5, 2017 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Parrot/Pix4D Climate Innovation Grant - Deadline Jan. 31st

 Parrot/Pix4D Climate Innovation Grant Deadline of Jan. 31st

Grant Guidelines

To submit you application, go to at edu.parrot.com/climate 

Background – The overarching goal of…


Added by Greg Crutsinger on January 4, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Evolution of our prototypes. PART 1

On the right our very first prototype, on the left our latest protoype.…


Added by Cactus Robotics on January 4, 2017 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

RC Blimp Drone Autopilot

The autopilot on the blimp is enabled whenever the hardcore 80s music is playing

RC Blimp with Rapsberry Pi +Navio2 and autopilot algorithm written in Go: 

True Story Follows

A few years ago I worked on an …


Added by Dmitriy Ershov on January 4, 2017 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Episode of Drone Dish Featuring Top Hawaii Drone Pilot

Episode of Drone Dish profiles Ryan De Seixas, one of the top aerial videographers in Hawaii,  

Drone Dish Profile of Ryan de Seixas

Added by Mike Israel on January 3, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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