April 2016 Blog Posts (105)

3D Robotics
First Pixhawk-powered drone in the Smithsonian museum

Congratulations to Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered delivery drone is now on its way to the Smithsonian museum.

Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2016 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Evolution of the RC car exercise coach

It's been a long journey from the G-Buggy

to the failed balancer

to the…


Added by Jack Crossfire on April 30, 2016 at 6:58pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Pixhawk-compatible telemetry on your RC transmitter display

Cool new product from Anysense that works with all 3DR flight controllers: 

AnySense Pro turns your Radio Control into a real-time telemetry system with no costs for additional hardware, such as a GPS sensor, voltage module or vario.Additionally all data will also be saved on the storage card of your remote control. With the right tools, you can easily visualise the…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2016 at 11:54am — 5 Comments

Drone Workshop also works in China

Here is Shanghai Mushroom Maker Space, funded by DFRobot and Intel. This maker space wins lots of competition.

They certainly good at drone. At the end of January, a drone workshop started in here.

There was seven high school students…


Added by Stone Bai on April 30, 2016 at 11:46am — No Comments

Is Deep Learning the future of UAV vision?

A few weeks ago Chris Anderson shared a post about the efforts of bringing obstacle avoidance to PX4. This efforts are based on Simultaneous Location And Mapping  (building a map of the world in real time) and Path Planning -- For the sake of conciseness i will call this approach SLAMAP.


I want to offer some thoughts on why this might not be a very promising approach, and propose an alternative that i think…


Added by Carles Gelada on April 30, 2016 at 9:30am — 27 Comments

APM:Plane double release 3.5.3 and 3.6.0beta1

As mentioned on the 3.5.2 release discussion we have decided to do a 3.5.3 release to fix a couple of important bugs found by users in 3.5.2.

The main motivation for the release is a problem with flying without a compass enabled. If you fly 3.5.2 with MAG_ENABLE=0 or no compass attached then there is a risk that the EKF2 attitude estimator may become unstable before…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on April 30, 2016 at 1:16am — 30 Comments

3D Robotics
Standing room only at Dronecode Beijing

There was only room for 400 people, so the others had to wait outside and watch the livestream. Thousands participated online. APM/Pixhawk/PX4 are huge in China. What a success!

More details …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2016 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more

If you got a chance to see the big 3DR area at NAB in Las Vegas last week, you'll have seen the new cameras and accessories for Solo first-hand (along with the new software features such as sense-and-avoid and smart rewind announced earlier). But here's a quick…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 28, 2016 at 4:31pm — 16 Comments

Drone Post Flight - from your web browser!

This is a web-based application that allows you to upload your flight .log file and review the flight in 3D directly in your web browser!  Feel free to register and start uploading and exploring your flights!



Added by DroneRanger on April 27, 2016 at 12:37pm — 10 Comments

Some new I2C devices from AUAV Co.

Hi guys,

AUAV Co. team is proud to announce two new useful gadgets - an I2C AIRSPEED sensor and 3.3/5V UNIVERSAL I2C HUB.…


Added by Nick Arsov on April 27, 2016 at 5:13am — 17 Comments

Hybrid FPV racer

In Airnamics we wanted to do something just for fun and make an FPV racer that is a cross between a multi rotor and a fixed wing. It opens up completely new performance capabilities because you can use the…

Added by Marko Thaler on April 27, 2016 at 2:30am — 23 Comments

Workswell WIRIS - photovoltaics power plant inspection

About aerial photovoltaics power plant inspection

Most of the mentioned defects result in the occurrence of hot places, known as hot spots. This is where there is an increased recombination of electrons and holes. Energy released during this process is radiated into the space as heat. These spots report excessive heating and…


Added by Workswell on April 26, 2016 at 11:39am — 4 Comments

Sub One Kilo project


In Belgium, our local "FAA", the so called "DGTA" (as painful as in the US) has just passed last week a law regulating the use of drones. They defined a number of categories among which the "all-up-weight" of the ship is a criterion. Among the categories, a ship under a kilogram does not require a pilot certification nor all of the…


Added by Hugues on April 26, 2016 at 11:36am — 16 Comments

Insights from New Market Research on Drones Sales

This post will also appear in sUAS News ‘The Market’ and is a follow up to a previous DIY Drones post: New Research on Drone Buying Experience.


We just released “Drones in the Channel: 2016 Market…


Added by Colin Snow on April 25, 2016 at 9:11pm — 9 Comments

New Raspberry Pi camera

Raspberrypi released a new camera module today. It is an update of 8 megapixels over the previous 5 megapixels. It is interesting that the module is an IMX219PQ sensor by Sony,…


Added by benbojangles on April 25, 2016 at 10:30am — 24 Comments

3D printed addon set for DJI F550

I using DJI Flame Wheel frames as workhorse for my experiments with drones. They are really robust, cheap and lightweight. Lack of room for modules is the only problem with them.

So I implemented 3rd floor board to mount FMC and companion computer over battery and bottom mount for Tarot FY680 landing gears. All STL files are published at Thingiverse

Also bottom mount could be modified to…


Added by Dmitry Prokhorov on April 25, 2016 at 3:13am — 4 Comments

Do you need a nice LRS 433MHz antenna? Do it yourself!


just wanted to share the results of measuring the performance of the 5 different antennas working on 433MHz, dedicated for my LRS.

The LRS I test, is my own variation of OpenLRSng, where the key is to have the ability of controlling the plane and receiving the data from the plane (from it's APM + receiver status) using the same link.

I'm focused now on the HW part of the project and I'm investigating the 5 different antennas:



Added by Jacek Szostak on April 25, 2016 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

K-1: Introduction and Preliminary Design



          I am creating this blog to document the building of my first full-scale unmanned aerial system. As an aspiring aerospace engineer, I am seeking a practical, hands-on building experience that surpasses kit-model building…


Added by Alex Frye on April 24, 2016 at 7:22pm — 4 Comments

The PEUGEOT DRONE FILM FESTIVAL starts in Germany - International Drone Film Festival with grand final in Italy November 2016

  • The french car manufacturer PEUGEOT launches in Germany a drone film festival with european destinations.
  • Together with the german branch of DJI INNOVATIONS and the Tuscany Resort CASTELFALFI the PEUGEOT DRONE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 will honor the best drones films in four categories.
  • Three best contributions of each category will be invited…

Added by Mark Thiele on April 24, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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