February 2017 Blog Posts (46)

Circuit Board for DIY Arduino Micro-quadcopter

In this project, I will go through the process of designing and making a flight controller board from scratch for a micro-quadcopter. This board will be based on the ATMega328 microcontroller and will be used to control four coreless DC motors. The whole PCB making process from designing of the schematic to gerber viewing is…


Added by Flfeather on February 28, 2017 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Computer Vision for UAS Search and Rescue using Navio2

From Navio2 Project Shares:

This multi-rotor UAS will be used in search and rescue operations using object recognition to find a target and deliver a payload, e.g. to help an injured climber on traditionally inaccessible terrain needing…


Added by Dmitriy Ershov on February 28, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Movidius neural network USB stick plugs into almost anything

fathomnew From TechCrunch. It works on Raspberry Pi!

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnershipMovidius is making…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Post 1. MAAXX-Europe 2017 Autonomous UAV Competition.

The Challenge

I recently entered the first MAAXX-Europe competition to be held at the University of the West of England (UWE).  On the surface it's a simple challenge in which UAVs must follow an oval circuit of one red line, around 20m by 6m.  However, this proved to be anything but simple and…


Added by Mike Isted on February 27, 2017 at 3:08pm — 2 Comments

UAVSA Membership Problems

I signed up to the UAVSA association a while back. I have not benefited by this resource and have tried to cancel for 6 months. I have not been successful.

Here is the membership page.


It has been this…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on February 27, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is growing exponentially -- this is just a glimpse of what's coming this…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

Parrot's Disco flying with Paparazzi UAV system

This is the video our first flight of the Disco from Parrot using the Paparazzi UAV system. Most of the drivers where already available, except for the PWM output on Linux-based autopilot. Many thanks to the ArduPilot community and especially Andrew Tridgell for his help and tips to…


Added by Gautier Hattenberger on February 24, 2017 at 3:02pm — 7 Comments

Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

This is my first post in a series called "FlightZoomer 3 Feature Previews".

One of the coolest features for the next release of my FlightZoomer apps is a terrain elevation map and a vertical situation display. The look&feel of these features strongly borrow from the VSD (vertical situation display) and the TERRAIN display of the…


Added by Martin Rüedi on February 23, 2017 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

ArduSub + Ardupilot is Official!

From Rusty and Jacob of ArduSub:

Hello everyone, Rusty here at Blue Robotics. We're pleased to announce that the ArduSub project has merged with Ardupilot!This is a momentous occasion for the ArduSub project, with our two main developers, Jacob and Rusty, both becoming members of the…


Added by Olivier on February 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Event38 integrates Emlid Reach and starts providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution.

Event38 now offers Emlid Reach upgrade to its vast fleet of UAVs aimed on providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution. Reach PPK enabled system is able to deliver centimeter-level accurate 3D models without use of ground control points.



Added by Emlid on February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Tilt rotor/SLT hybrid

Separate lift/thrust systems are growing fast in popularity, to the point that there are already a variety of commercially available systems.  They seem to be the future and continually get better.  Thanks to our developers, Ardupilot has some great features like holding position with forward thrust and is becoming very good at leveraging the benefits of an SLT system.  These…


Added by Joe Renteria on February 21, 2017 at 10:46am — 6 Comments

Lots of fun at the ArduPilot Developer Meetup in Canberra

From Tridge at Ardupilot.org:

We just finished the ArduPilot Developer meetup in Canberra, Australia. Randy [Lead Arducopter developer] will be posting videos from the talks when he gets back to Japan, but meanwhile here is a nice video by Darrell Burkey of some of the activities over the weekend. ...…


Added by Olivier on February 20, 2017 at 1:48pm — No Comments

DIY LiDAR scanner using the LW20 and a digital servo

Making a small, low cost laser scanner for sense-and-avoid applications has been a objective of mine for several years. What makes this project challenging is the cost and complexity associated with motors and their drivers to provide the motion, position encoders to provide accurate aiming information and slip rings to pass the signals through the…


Added by Laser Developer on February 20, 2017 at 6:23am — 17 Comments

3D Robotics
Full rover simulation now added to Dronecode/PX4

The Dronecode/PX4 stack has supported rovers for a long time, but now it's getting a proper simulator for them, too. This addition adds a full rover simulation for SITL and Gazebo. The physical config will follow this week for a Traxxas Stampede.

Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2017 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Circle formations of fixed-wings in Paparazzi

We have recently developed and tested a formation control algorithm for fixed-wings in Paparazzi. The position of an arbitrary number of vehicles can be controlled in a circular path. In fact, we are not restricting ourselves to circles but to any closed orbit, such as ellipses, thanks to the …


Added by Hector Garcia de Marina on February 19, 2017 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Search and Rescue Smart Drone Project

I am currently working on a search and rescue drone for National Parks that uses machine learning to detect missing people from a 3DR Solo.  If you are interested, please check out our website, I would love to hear feedback from fellow drone enthusiasts!  ARI is an unmanned aerial system capable of detecting people from aerial video data during the initial…


Added by Isabella Domi on February 18, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Miniature "stealth" phone GCS, maybe the smallest usable ever...

I promised a while ago that we're going to show you some simpler gear than our high-end client builds or series production stations. Well, this is one of them.

A smartphone and a self-powered snap-on telemetry modem. You may ask what the point is in…


Added by Azjeg on February 18, 2017 at 8:43am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is seeking proposed solutions that enable scalable, autonomous drone usage in…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm — 7 Comments

Zero-baseline test of GNSS receivers

A zero-baseline test of 4 GNSS receivers (Precis-BX305 incl.) was conducted by Daniel Tampubolon from Institute Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia. He used zero-baseline test in order to…


Added by Tersus GNSS on February 15, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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