February 2016 Blog Posts (73)

Emlid Reach for placing GCP

We have been using the L1 only Reach GPS from EMLID for about 2 months. We were first attracted to the fact that it claimed that it was going to be integrated to Pixhawk and would then, via a system of magic, give us centimeter accurate geotagged images, eliminating the need for ground control forever.

While we wait for that to become a reality, we have tried out the Reach as a replacement to our normal survey…


Added by Luke Wijnberg on February 29, 2016 at 5:30am — 20 Comments

ArduCopter 3.2.1 and AntennaTracker 0.7.2 on MEGAPIRATE!

It's a solution that you can build and upload the last APM 3.2.1 code for MEGAPIRATE BOARDS and AVR atmega2560 GENERICS BOARD with I2C bus communication.

As you know, megapirate team stop building APM and the last code was 3.1.5 version, we are desired work and port the last AVR APM 3.2.1 to this board, megapirate and AVR boards with atmega 2560 and…


Added by hiroshi takey on February 29, 2016 at 3:40am — 45 Comments

Remote piloting predicted to drive employment growth...

A report released last Friday by the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) contains some pretty interesting reading, particularly for those of us involved in the RC community.

The report, ‘…

Added by Paul Williamson on February 28, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
ArduSub, the underwater version of ArduPilot, now live

Good news from Blue Robotics: they've crossed the final(?) frontier and ArduPilot is now underwater. Welcome ArduSub! (In historic progression since the founding of the project it was Plane, Copter, Rover, Boat and now Sub) 



Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2016 at 11:30am — 31 Comments

At DIAGO 2016

Each year, the Association of Technical Diagnostics of the Czech Republic organizes the DIAGO2016 conference, which took place this year in the spa town of Luhačovice in the HARMONIE I hotel.…


Added by Workswell on February 28, 2016 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

New Raspberry Pi 3 with 64-bit cores and built-in Wi-Fi and BLE

New Raspberry Pi 3 is about to be announced, it will bring 64-bit 1.2Ghz cores and Wi-Fi connectivity. It is surely an exciting update for Navio2 and we can’t wait to get it into the air.



It is expected that the new processor will be similar to…


Added by Emlid on February 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — 44 Comments

A new chapter in ArduPilot development

The ArduPilot…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on February 26, 2016 at 11:30pm — 96 Comments

3D Robotics
Swarming demo with Solos from Accelerated Dynamics

More great Solo work from the London-based team at Accelerated Dynamics

Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2016 at 11:40pm — 31 Comments

Autopilot needs survey

We have put together a survey to capture information about what professional users are looking for in an autopilot.
Please fill out this survey for all of the vehicle types you would like to fit an autopilot into.…

Added by Craig Elder on February 25, 2016 at 10:21am — 33 Comments

Building, flying and crashing a large QuadPlane

Not all of the adventures that CanberraUAV have with experimental aircraft go as well as we might hope. This is the story of our recent build of a large QuadPlane and how the flight ended in a crash.

As part of our efforts in developing aircraft for the…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on February 25, 2016 at 1:00am — 81 Comments

Circuit simulator and PCB design software - EasyEDA

EasyEDA is a free, zero- install, cloud-based EDA tool, designed to give electrical engineers, educators, engineering students and electronics hobbyists an Easier EDA Experience. It is easy to use circuit design, circuit simulator and PCB design that runs in your web browser.

Features of EasyEDA:…


Added by Flfeather on February 24, 2016 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

BAT-SAFE for lipo charging

BAT-SAFE is a low cost safety device developed by Tom Mast, aircraft design engineer. It's easy to use, and literally put a lid on the dangers of malfunctioning batteries. They just released a Kickstarter campaign. It has the potential to become a standard to people that use lipo batteries and want some piece of…


Added by Mike Binder on February 24, 2016 at 7:06am — 27 Comments

3D Robotics
Save the date for Sparkfun's AVC 2016

Just a teaser for now. Looks like no aerial category again this year, but ArduRover teams should get ready for another year of domination. And if you're feeling brave, they're teasing this, too:…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2016 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

First affordable USB thrust stand available now!

We are now shipping the RCbenchmark Series 1520. It measures overall efficiency, current, thrust, voltage, and motor speed. The device communicates with our…


Added by Charles Blouin on February 22, 2016 at 4:50pm — 47 Comments

UgCS - A Safe Platform For Unmanned Flights


It is well known that drones, along with other aircraft, possess a certain safety risk when operated. This…


Added by Kristaps Brass on February 22, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments

3D Robotics
ADS-B for Dronecode-based platforms (Solo, Pixhawk etc)

From uAvionix

uAvionix Corporation, the leader in unmanned ADS-B technology and Dronecode, the nonprofit organization developing a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), today announced a plan to collaborate on advanced development in ADS-B ‘sense…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2016 at 3:30pm — 26 Comments

Worldwide communications for your UAV - using satellites

Cobham have recently released their "Aviator 200 UAV" - a satellite datalink system specifically made for small UAV's.

Although you'll likely need deep pockets to afford one, it shows that the satellite communications industry has realised there is a market for small UAV's that require beyond-line-of-sight communications. As more manufacturers come onboard the…


Added by Stephen Dade on February 20, 2016 at 9:04pm — 10 Comments

Ardupilot Flight Controller with on-chip OSD

Since my main interest is FPV, and I use an OSD, I was interested originally to make  a vector graphics replacement for MinimOSD. Here is the original diydrones discussion .  Though that worked well, I next decided to incorporate…


Added by Andy Little on February 20, 2016 at 4:58pm — 11 Comments

DronePilot - Position hold controller

We all love drones, and we love to just buy one and go outside and make it fly by itself, this is great. But what is actually going on inside the drone?

In this post I'm going to explain a bit how a loiter controller works, with the difference is that I'll show my controller, share the python code and that I'm using a motion capture…


Added by Aldo Vargas on February 20, 2016 at 1:00pm — 12 Comments

Low cost L1+L2 GNSS RTK receiver for Drones. North RTKite receiver.

Dear friends, I would like to introduce you the RTKite GNSS RTK L1+L2 module receiver.


Designed specifically for Pro and Semi-pro UAV, Robotics and Industrial applications, it connects directly to the…


Added by Bernardo Espinosa on February 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — 82 Comments

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