April 2015 Blog Posts (131)

New 3D FPV Camera - in the DEVELOPMENT process

Hello everyone! In 2014 we released the 3D FPV camera The BlackBird and then I published my …


Added by Egor_FPV3DCam on April 30, 2015 at 7:36am — 11 Comments

Introducing Sprite - The world's most portable and rugged unmanned aerial vehicle.

Introducing Sprite™

The world's most portable and rugged unmanned aerial vehicle.

Bring it.  To Life.  All new website is live now at www.ascentaerosystems.com.  Follow us on Twitter at AscentUAS for more details on the Kickstarter campaign coming in May.

Added by Ascent AeroSystems on April 30, 2015 at 4:00am — 21 Comments

Geolocation Simulation

I put together a little geolocation simulation. This one is really simple but its simple to illustrate basic concepts and the biggest sources of error (other than GPS error) in geolocation. This simulation is setup to model an aircraft flying toward a specific target and continually tracking that target, building up an estimate of the target's position. Here is the simulation result for radial error vs slant range to target. Each line represents a different amount of…


Added by William Thompson on April 29, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Solo is not so Solo (alone) as digital integrated drone in apm world :) Virtualrobotix Alter Ego project is alive ...

In last months virtualrobotix lab work hard on a "secret alter ego project" our target was add low cost companion computer and add advanced functionality to our Flight Conrol and other mavlink compatible design .

During last…


Added by Roberto Navoni on April 29, 2015 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

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Enrollment climbing in college drone training programs

From Ars Technica:

On the night of May 4, 2007, a tornado classified as a 5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale reached the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Within 20 minutes, the storm ravaged 95 percent of the city’s…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2015 at 12:42pm — 3 Comments

sUSB Expo 2015, just about to start

As ever we will be live streaming on our YouTube channel if the web allows it. Things should kick off at 0900 Pacific (ish)(you know what we are like))…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 29, 2015 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Water resistance Zubax GNSS (GPS Glonas receiver)

We here at NicaDrone are testing out a new vacuum polyurethane conformal coating application method that should provide excellent water resistance for the GNSS and the Electro permanent magnet.

Here is the test video for the GNSS, the EPM test will happen over the next few days.

All Zubax GNSS are shipping with the enhanced conformal coating as of…


Added by Andreas Jochum on April 29, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

An autopilot in the sky - Project SensePod

I’ve been experimenting with a small analysis package I originally called the SIXPack (Scientific X-Pander Pack). The idea is to have a module you can slap on to (almost) any drone. The module contains a microcontroller and storage device, and can house one or several sensors ie: gas, light, air sensors or…


Added by Jesper Andersen on April 29, 2015 at 6:02am — 2 Comments

"Stunning" drone shots of lava in Hawaiian national parks

Getting tasered in national parks is probably not the best promotional use of drones.…


Added by Greg Crutsinger on April 28, 2015 at 9:30pm — 15 Comments

Fully integrated ground control station

I've mentioned on a couple of posts over the last few months that we've been hard at work developing a fully integrated ground control station and gave it the first public airing at Skytech in London last week. It is built around the patented Wing control device to enable both manual piloting and mission planner…


Added by Sam Worthington on April 28, 2015 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Ex-Nasa man to plant one billion trees a year using drones

A drone start-up is going to counter industrial scale deforestation using industrial scale reforestation.…


Added by Greg Dronsky on April 28, 2015 at 7:07am — 4 Comments

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Construction drone company uses Pixhawk-powered tech

Construction drone company using Pixhawk-powered technology gets a nice write-up in…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

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Yet another "PhoneDrone" concept hits Kickstarter

Ah, the idea of using a phone as an actual drone controller. We keep coming back to that one every year or so, dating all the way back to my first cellphone autopilot (using Windows CE!) in 2007, to the…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Ferndale Michigan Drone Ban Defeated!


I am happy to report that a proposed 'drone' ban was unanimously defeated after a strong…


Added by Jonathan Hair on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment


Just wanted to thank you for being active users and let you know what you can meet with us and see UgCS 2.4 preview at AUVSI Expo next week.

Please be welcome at our booth #3144


UgCS Team

Added by Janis Kuze on April 27, 2015 at 12:47pm — 3 Comments

CamMan, a special camera controller

Here is the new member of our growing family of modules for our scalable ground control system. Sorry for the low quality photos, but we hardly ever have time to take decent pictures before the gear leaves the workshop. You can see the other modules at…


Added by Azjeg on April 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

How was your weekend?

We're launching our all-new website later this week!

In the meantime, here's a video of some of our weekend...

Added by Ascent AeroSystems on April 27, 2015 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

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Perceptiv Labs image-tracking upgrade for IRIS+ now taking preorders

Perceptive Labs is now taking pre-orders for SHIFT, which uses computer vision to do optical tracking. It supports Pixhawk, the IRIS+ and the DJI Phantom.…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

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Really moving BBC video on the Syria Airlift project, using APM drones to deliver aid

Regardless of your views on Middle East conflict, everyone in this community should feel very proud after watching this video, showing APM-powered planes used for humanitarian aid. Mark Jacobsen at the Syria Airlift Project is inspiring, and I personally will be backing his work.  

The power to…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

3D printed week-end goodie: Adjustable COG battery mount


To make center of gravity (COG) 's tuning easier when attaching your battery on its ship, here is a quick and simple 3D printed sliding battery mount system.

Bottom plate is fixed to your plane (copter), battery is placed on the sliding tray. Sliding tray…


Added by Hugues on April 25, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

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