March 2020 Blog Posts (16)

ArduCopter-Sitl for artificial intelligence

This video demonstrates a modified ArduPilot-Gazebo simulation for artificial intelligence (AI). A ROS subscriber is implemented with a AI python script. A human walking actor is added in Gazebo to simulate a human obstacle. More details can be found at my…


Added by andre van calster on March 28, 2020 at 3:37am — 2 Comments

4 Ways Drones Help Authorities & Businesses Fight COVID-19

COVID-19 i.e. the coronavirus disease has been aptly called the Black Swan of 2020 — a global contagion that will disrupt public health and the global economy. With social distancing…


Added by Utsav Chopra on March 26, 2020 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Remote Drone Operations in times of Covid-19

Many commercial drone operations rely on several people in the field: usually a pilot, a payload/camera operator and sometimes additional domain experts depending on the mission type. In times of a pandemic - as we have it with Covid-19 at the moment - you want to avoid people being outside or travel as much as possible. But some drone operations can't be postponed - for example inspection of critical infrastructure, Search & Rescue or curfew enforcement. In this situations staff in the…


Added by on March 25, 2020 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Drone obstacle avoidance in 2003: 264 pixels and 8-bit processors

Figure 1: (left) Foam drone with optical flow sensor mounted under a wing, Summer 2001. (right) Foam drone with optical flow sensors for attempted obstacle avoidance, Summer 2002.

Today it is universally acknowledged that drones operating close to the ground need some sort of obstacle avoidance. What I am about to tell is the story of our own…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on March 19, 2020 at 8:18am — 8 Comments


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The world is entering in a temporal crisis.

Now the colaborative economy and tecnological comunities are more

neded than ever.

 in Spain a big group of makers and experts have created in a few weeks a very neded product in thease days for people wih expecial neds

because is cheap, and fast to build, the proces is almost finishing with the aprovals of Spain health autorities.. you can check that heare..:



Added by Alberto Vila on March 18, 2020 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Using AirSim to train an autonomous racing drone

Very cool research from Microsoft on using their AirSim simulators to train racing drones for the real world:

Humans subconsciously use perception-action loops to do just…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2020 at 11:45am — No Comments

200 meters in the bright African sun

LightWare is delighted to launch our new long range microLiDAR™. The SF30/D is ideal for altitude management above 400 feet. Each SF30/D is range tested in the bright African sun to ensure super performance in the hands of our customers.

The SF30/D laser measurement sensor provides real time, accurate altitude (AGL) measurements…


Added by Nadia Nilsen on March 12, 2020 at 10:50am — No Comments

UAVCAN v1.0 is here


This is a cross-post from the ArduPilot blog.

UAVCAN was first announced six years ago, in early 2014, as an RFC doc published on this website. Over the following few years, it saw adoption in numerous systems – mostly UAV,…


Added by Pavel Kirienko on March 11, 2020 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Building quick-deploy GPS boxes for GCPs

Hello DIY’ers!

I stumbled upon this 2015 post from Gerard Toonstra and am looking to build a similar setup:…


Added by Jerry Wangbichler on March 8, 2020 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Pi-Connect Lite released

The latest version of Pi-Connect Lite board has been released. It's a minor increment over the previous version, with better power switch placement and clearer labels.

It is ideal for anyone wanting a quick and simple way to integrate a Raspberry Pi board with a MAVLink-based flight controller, with a high capacity power supply and Pixhawk-standard…


Added by Stephen Dade on March 4, 2020 at 12:46am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Using a drone to measure the wind

Cool research from Virginia Tech using a 3DR Solo to do wind measurement:

All multirotor drones can be used as wind sensors, providing…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2020 at 10:50am — No Comments

Help Us Solve One of Nature's Greatest Puzzles

Newly emerged virgin honey bee queens become inseminated in flight by multiple male honey bees (drones) in elevated regions called Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs).  These DCAs are areas five to 60 meters above ground and 30 to 200 meters in diameter. They can…


Added by Tom Rearick on March 2, 2020 at 4:11pm — No Comments

5 years of hybrid drone development: 8 hours and 10 minutes.


I would like to share our last challenge. I think it is probably the longest flight with a hybrid gas-electric drone:

In December 2015 we published our first record:…


Added by jlcortex on March 2, 2020 at 1:24pm — 3 Comments

Radar/Laser altimeter for DJI M210/M210V2


we implemented radar/laser altimeter support for DJI M210/M210V2 drones (in addition to previously supported M600/M600Pro/A3).

Set consists of UgCS SkyHub onboard computer, radar or laser altimeter, set of cables and software.

In general, we recommend using a radar altimeter (finally we selected …


Added by Alexey Dobrovolskiy on March 2, 2020 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Microsoft releases Pixhawk-based autonomous soaring drone code

From Microsoft Research:

The past few years have seen tremendous progress in reinforcement learning (RL). From complex games to robotic object manipulation, RL has…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2020 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Artificial insect intelligence and vision for nano drones - how many pixels do you actually need?

(Photo by Dustin Iskandar, CC BY 2.0)

My long-time interest has been in developing insect-type vision for small drones. Properly implemented, I believe that such vision hardware and algorithms will allow small drones to fly safely amidst clutter and obstacles. Of course, I have been following with great interest other approaches to providing…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on March 1, 2020 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

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