March 2014 Blog Posts (152)

A 60 min flying Quad with HD FPV + Hybrid Linux Flight controller

Been some time since I've posted anything, since I've been working on this really big dream project of mine, a quadcopter which can fly for around 60 mins , provide a HD video downlink and have a really powerful flight controller.

I had to consider many things to acheive my goal, especially :



Added by Kabir on March 26, 2014 at 4:30am — 31 Comments

Humanitarians Using Drones/UAVs for Post Disaster Recovery in the Philippines


I recently connected with senseFly's Adam Klaptocz who founded the non-profit group DroneAdventures to promote humanitarian uses of UAVs. I first came…


Added by Patrick Meier on March 26, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Rescue helicopter's near-miss with drone in Australia

Here is an article on Gizmodo Australia which referenced an article in an …


Added by Nic on March 26, 2014 at 3:43am — 20 Comments

Change Agents: Chris Anderson's drone dream takes flight

(I don't you think you launch them like an Easystar Chris)

Marco Della Cava USA Today

BERKELEY, Calif. — The flight plan of Chris Anderson's life is filled with funky layovers. Punk rocker. Physicist. Magazine editor. Book author. Geek dad.

But all those stops were just formative detours on the journey to his current…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 26, 2014 at 2:15am — 10 Comments

A Review of 3D Printing Services: Shapeways, 3D Hubs and Makerbot In-Store Printing (for PX4 and Pixhawk mounts)

This review compares three 3D printing services available to me in the New York City area, all of them local and two of them able to ship. I had them all print a set of anti-vibration mounts for the awesome PX4 and Pixhawk flight controllers from 3D Robotics. The cost of the service and the quality of the output differed more than I expected, and…


Added by lloydm on March 25, 2014 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Facebook buys Occulus VR for $2 billion

Not quite the $15 billion they spent on Whatsapp last month, but still more than the $1.1 billion they spent on Instagram.  The speculation is for grand universes of virtual reality news feeds, virtual reality sharing of private UAV flights, but…


Added by Jack Crossfire on March 25, 2014 at 5:12pm — 13 Comments

Brushless gimbals are so outdated : try live "Body control technology" to stabilize your camera (Drone's humor hour)

I bet 3DRobotics could never produce those! That's what I'd call perfect gimbal stabilization technology : no soldering required, no battery and it flies.

Added by Hugues on March 25, 2014 at 1:01pm — 6 Comments

Freedom X4 - Our own FPV South African FPV quad !

We finally got everything super stable. This video was taken with the following equipment installed on our Freedom X4 frame:

- Naza Controller

- Dragon link - Long distance

- Tarrot Gimbal System

- GoPro 3 Black Edition Camera

- iOSD (For flight information)

- Lost and Find


Few pictures of our new…


Added by Willie Prinsloo on March 25, 2014 at 11:28am — 6 Comments

Mini octo V1 and V2

Hey guys, throughout my time working with multirotors i have never seen a mini Octocopter, i have teen tonnes of min quads and a few Hex but no octos??? So I decided to build my own, this tiny beasty has 8 1534KV 53gram motors.

I could have gone smaller and gone for micro octo, but i wanted to be able to use 4s and 3s and these were the smallest motors that offered…


Added by Jared Reabow on March 25, 2014 at 5:30am — 13 Comments

MAVBoard Indiegogo Ending Soon

Hey all, I just wanted to remind everyone the MAVBoard Indiegogo Campaign is ending in less than 5 days. It is just shy of half way meeting its goal, but its a flex funding campaign, so everyone will get their boards regardless. But if you would like one in the initial batch, now is the time to…


Added by Mike Machado on March 24, 2014 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Rover for Testing Systems the Ground

Hello everyone from the Aerial Vista Challenge Team. We have been trucking along on out competition UAV.  We are real happy with the progress and we are getting all knids of stuff in from sponsors.  This week we received our Arsov AUAV3 and in a couple of weeks we should be getting our AUAV X-1 Autopilots in.  We will really be talking about those a lot in the near future.  I…


Added by Toby Lankford on March 24, 2014 at 9:45am — 9 Comments

From 2D to 3D

Hi i´ve been working for a while doing photogrammetry test, and basiclly building the learning curve of me and my workmates.

What i want to share with diydrones community is a very cool process that we completed last week, and is the following:

1)photograph acquisition…


Added by Andreas on March 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

Grassroots Drones/UAVs for Disaster Response in the Philippines


I was recently introduced to a new initiative that seeks to empower grassroots communities to deploy their own low-cost xUAVs. The purpose of this initiative? To support locally-led disaster response efforts and in so doing transfer math, science and engineering skills to local communities. The "x" in xUAV refers to expendable. The initiative is a partnership between California State University…


Added by Patrick Meier on March 24, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Workshop on UAV-mapping technology in Lima, Peru

In the framework of the VlIR-UOS-North-South-South initiative aimed at capacity building for developing countries, Latin-American and African Universities participate in a 7 day workshop on UAV-technology, currently being held in Lima, Peru. In this workshop organized by University Nacional la Molina, researchers from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba and Ethiopia…


Added by Dries Raymaekers on March 23, 2014 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

Getting to 100km, with a big help from GEB 8043125.

Today we decided to finally get out of the office and go fly !

I wanted to test a new pack which has been sitting on my desk for a while, a 14.8V 4s4p 24400mAh. 

This is a different type of lipo , with a energy density of 262 Wh/kg. 

Simply, this battery has an energy density which is x 1.62 of regular lipo (160 Wh/kg), which can help you get long flight…


Added by vova reznik on March 23, 2014 at 9:00pm — 41 Comments

A twoview 3D reconstruction

Click for big!

In the last post just two days ago, I talked about the fundamental matrix and a homography which allowed 2D images to be warped in such a way that they overlap. That technique works a bit better if you take the photos from the same…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on March 23, 2014 at 6:11pm — 4 Comments

Trappy talks flying, regulation, and starting a business

Trappy, this one's for you!

Jeff Bezos at Amazon hasn't done it. Nor has Fred Smith at FedEx or Scott Davis at UPS. No American CEO has persuaded Washington to relax its chokehold on commercial drone use in the United States. But this month a 29-year-old Austrian entrepreneur living here in Asia broke Washington's drone…


Added by Mark Harrison on March 23, 2014 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

NCR18650B - Flight Testing

Last week I did some bench testing on the NCR18650B Lithium Ion cells, and the results were very promising, showing twice the energy density as a LiPo. This week I wanted to get the packs out of the lab and in the air on the Raptor 100 for some real life testing.

First I tested what…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 22, 2014 at 5:06am — 24 Comments

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