March 2015 Blog Posts (139)

Aerial thermal environmental monitoring with drone

With all the emphases today on energy conservation and the impact of human activities on the environment, we need efficient tools for monitoring such impacts becomes more important than ever. One of that tools is thermal imaging system. Especially then in cooperation with the drone or UAV.

There are a lot of applications of thermal imaging in the area of…


Added by Workswell on March 31, 2015 at 10:04am — 6 Comments

Erle-Brain v1.1: The most complete Linux autopilot

I’m delighted to introduce Erle-Brain v1.1 as the most complete Linux autopilot:


Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 31, 2015 at 8:56am — 8 Comments

Raspiolt : yet Another Rpi cape flight controller WIP, designed in China

 Hi, dear Diydrones members, today I’m happy to demo yet another raspberry based Ardupilot compatible flight controller expansinon board design.



  • Pixhawk compatible Power/GPS module interface
  • Integrated ublox m8n GNSS module
  • CSI camera ribbon compatible PCB profile
  • PX4IO forked project for dedicated PWM…

Added by Jerry Giant on March 31, 2015 at 8:32am — 43 Comments

Duplex mode digital radio algorithmic search system

Hi folks!

I would like to post some autonomous algorithmic bidirectional radio search system production design approximation stuff here.

Please, you are welcome…


Added by Eduard on March 31, 2015 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

Worlds first Drone Sheepdog

SHEP the Drone - Worlds first Drone Sheepdog…


Added by Dave Giles on March 30, 2015 at 7:06pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones

Congrats to our friends at the Syria Airlift Project, who conducted an experimental project this weekend in Sacramento to train refugees to use Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing drones to deliver supplies into conflict zones. From the video description:

On March 28-29, 2015, Uplift Aeronautics…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

Xiaomi Yi: Mobius Killer?

This week we see the release of a new low-cost action cam. Some think it is the next progression of the trusty Mobius camera. I am in the process of performing a written account of the camera and it's features, abilities and performance; also showing how to update the app & firmware to allow more features. 



Added by benbojangles on March 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — 20 Comments

11 Drones t-shirts

We had a fun time creating 11 new drones t-shirts and wanted to share them with you all. You can see the new designs here:

(here are two examples:…


Added by drnes on March 30, 2015 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Quadrotor automatically recovers from failure or aggressive launch, without GPS

Researchers from the Robotics and Perception Group from the University of Zurich, developed a new technology that allows a quadrotor to automatically recover and stabilize from any initial condition without relying on external infrastructure like GPS. The technology allows the quadrotor…


Added by IKE on March 30, 2015 at 11:48am — 10 Comments

Precision Landing w/ Pixhawk Quads: Update and Preview

IR-LOCK has been testing the latest version of our sensor/beacon hardware for precision landing, and the results are great! With an IRIS+, we achieve reliable landings at around 5-30cm from the target beacon.

Our development focus is on the reliability and accuracy of the sensor/beacon hardware, and optimal integration with control systems. One feature of the new beacon design…


Added by Thomas Stone on March 30, 2015 at 11:13am — 29 Comments

3D Robotics
Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder

From The Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 7:28am — 4 Comments

Be careful with LiPos

This fire in my home town is suspected to have been started by a LiPo. (Though that hasn't yet been confirmed by the fire investigation authorities.)

"A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, says Les is a member of the Nelson Model Aero Club."

Thankfully the occupants are both safe, and fully insured, but boy they were lucky to get out alive.…


Added by moglos on March 30, 2015 at 3:24am — 16 Comments

Pictures: Humanitarian UAV Mission to Vanuatu in Response to Cyclone Pam


Above: Aéroport de Port Vila - Bauerfield International Airport. As we land, thousands of uprooted trees could be seen in almost every direction. Below:Massive roots were not enough to save these trees from Cyclone Pam. The devastation reminds us how powerful nature is.




After getting clearance from the Australian Defense Force (ADF), we pack up our UAVs and head over to…


Added by Patrick Meier on March 29, 2015 at 7:33pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM derivative such as the VR Brain, with the exception of one older (2012) design…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

ESC with FOC and sensor - why not

So for a while I was thinking of creating a big ass tilt rotor tricopter with a X8 as a base frame. All good, but which ESC to use? After deciding that I don't really like anything on HobbyKing, I started working on my own. It had to have good quality components, rated for automotive applications (don't want my ESC to fail when flying...), FOC…


Added by Jure M on March 28, 2015 at 1:10pm — 14 Comments

Flrir ps hot Shoe final model.

After updating the firmware of the Flir and using the cayman intaller software the flir is ready for drones.

Using the video out pins of…


Added by Remco Bos on March 28, 2015 at 8:19am — 2 Comments

Europe agrees on regulatory drone framework to move industry forward

During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad agreement on the main principles to guide the regulatory…


Added by IKE on March 28, 2015 at 7:32am — No Comments

First flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+

Hey guys!

Today we’ve made the first flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+.

Navio+ is an autopilot HAT that includes all the necessary sensors: U-blox M8N…


Added by Emlid on March 28, 2015 at 7:00am — 45 Comments

3D Robotics
Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

GeoUAV Workshop, 1-2 October 2015, La Grande Motte, France

GeoUAV is a specialized Workshop in the frame of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015. Dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), it will bring the…


Added by Thorsten on March 27, 2015 at 1:46pm — 2 Comments

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