March 2014 Blog Posts (152)

Finally test flown my drone

After a few days off I managed to spend some time throwing the last bits on my airframe to get a test flight done. Would have happened earlier but I blew a 3.3vdc regulator on my apm board which I had to replace. 


So far looking good just need to tidy up and then put the FPV on.

Added by Tamas King on March 31, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

6 flight modes with 5-way selector switch and one safety toggle switch


2014-03-31 Transistor value changed to make the 5-way selector steps linear.


Im professional pilot and are drilled to allways think more stebs forward and allso to let the tecnologi help us humans from doing stupid things. We are almost always self-blame for accidents and mistakes made,…


Added by mskogmo on March 31, 2014 at 1:36pm — 3 Comments

Pixhawk TBS Disco and APM powered Twinstar FPV

Hi guys,

I recently bought Pixhak AP and finally calibrated it on TBS Disco. It fly's really stable and reliable. The Twinstar is flying with APM 2.5 and same thing here, 6km fpv is a pure plesure.

Also wanted to show you our designated spot for drone flying and testing in Warsaw, Poland. Do you have a place where officials let you fly your drones? You hear…


Added by Greg Dronsky on March 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Flocking drones fall into line by themselves

From Slate:

Swarming in the evening sky over a field, 10 quadcopters were instructed to form a circle. They are designed to communicate with one another to fly cooperatively, like birds in a flock, and they fell into line, each knowing its neighbor's position. The technology is…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2014 at 3:47pm — 10 Comments

DIY Drones at 51,000 Members!


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 30, 2014 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

RoboNurse 2.0


Hello, my name is Carlos Orozco, and I am a  High School student. My partner and I competed at the Greater San Diego Science Fair this March obtaining a 3rd place, we developed a robot that can assist senior citizens and/or medicine users in a way that the administration of their medicine can be controlled by an autonomous…


Added by Carlos Orozco on March 29, 2014 at 8:05pm — 3 Comments

APM Planner 2.0.8 release with Linux builds available

We now have a new update to APM Planner. The major achievement is we now have prebuilt linux builds avaiable for debian and Ubuntu flavours.


Functional features include log downloading over MAVLink (no need to go to the Terminal anymore) and…


Added by Bill Bonney on March 29, 2014 at 7:30pm — 16 Comments

VR Tiger Shark X8 RTF + VR Gimbal fly test doing by Emile last week

This is the final configuration of VR Tiger Shark X8  RTF  :

The drone is designed and produced in our lab . The material use in Tiger Shark are Carbon…


Added by Roberto Navoni on March 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Just $1,000 to go (in one day) to get real lasers with LIDAR-Lite!

The cool LIDAR-Lite rangefinder project hit their base goal and are now just $1,000 away from their stretch goal of $75,000. If they hit that they'll switch the LEDs in…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2014 at 11:30am — 31 Comments

NAVIO: Raspberry Pi autopilot

Hi guys!

Want to share what we have been working on lately, it is an autopilot shield for Raspberry PI. It is called Navio and has everything what you will usually find on an autopilot platform. A powerful platform like Raspberry gives many opportunities like streaming video, 3g,wi-fi, ethernet connectivity and possibility to run computation intensive algorithms like Kalman…


Added by Emlid on March 29, 2014 at 8:30am — 63 Comments

From twoview to a complete sparse 3D point cloud

Continuing on from the last post on this subject, here's a complete sparse point cloud generated from some 40 images. In the twoview case it became apparent that you can triangulate points from 2 images. In a two-view match you sometimes get inaccurate or incorrect matches, which…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on March 28, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Philippine Disaster Relief Mapping

In the wake of the strongest typhoon in recorded history, Swift Radioplanes LLC of Prescott, AZ recently returned from the Philippines, where they created aerial maps of the extensive damage as part of an open-source project. Shortly before Christmas, the team packed two of their Lynx Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on March 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments


The EigenCAM app is an imaging and analysis software specifically designed for multi-spectral imaging applications to extract as much information as possible from the images. Promising…


Added by Nuno on March 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Visually stabilizing a Crazyflie, including in the dark

I've been working on adding visual stabilization to a Crazyflie nano quadrotor. I had two goals- First is to achieve the same type of hover that we demonstrated several years ago on an eFlite 'mCX. Second is to do so in extremely low light levels including in the dark,…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on March 28, 2014 at 6:44am — 10 Comments

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Facebook buying solar drone maker

A few weeks ago it was rumored that Facebook would buy Titan Aerospace for long-duration solar-powered drones to provide Internet access in the developing world. Today, however, the company announced that it was actually buying Ascenta, a small British firm that does the same thing (or perhaps…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2014 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Get a College Degree in "Drone"


The FAA has picked Nevada as one of six unmanned aerial systems (UAS) testing sites.

UNLV College of Engineering's Dean Dr. Rama Venkat said the university's professors and students will help lead the way in research, testing and development.

"We first of all need to integrate them into the air…


Added by X-Winder on March 27, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Survey GCP (Ground Control Point) Android tool

On the first release of Droidplanner I introduced a tool to help with the placement of Ground Control Points (visual markers placed on the field for aerial photogrammetry purposes). But on …


Added by Arthur Benemann on March 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

DIY in AUVSI (Get out your vote!!!)

I know there are many in the DIY community who also do UAV/UAS work as their profession and are members of AUVSI.  I cast my ballot this morning and the leadership is still very top heavy in Defense Corporations and Mega Corps.  This year we do have a chance to have our DIY and small business voice represented with two people who are up for…


Added by cmiser on March 26, 2014 at 10:31am — 3 Comments

The drone explorer: Breathtaking footage of Alaska's ice caves captured by quadcopter

The ice caves of Alaska are virtually impenetrable for most explorers - but for a drone,  they are easy to get in (and out) of.

A team of filmmakers took their quadcopter to a remote series of…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 26, 2014 at 8:24am — 11 Comments

Command and Control Architecture for the Wildlife Challenge RVJET

Hey guys, this is a proposed hardware architecture for the UAS.  It is preliminary and more to show what we can do for documentation and how we might layout our systems.  This is just the command and control system.  There are some things to figure out like camera connections, controller layout, etc.  I think we will have to diagram our…


Added by Toby Lankford on March 26, 2014 at 7:36am — 9 Comments

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