May 2015 Blog Posts (121)

Singer attacks Concert Drone , pays the price

       Another reminder of the dangers of using drones  by air brained guy like the above. This time flying a machine in close proximity and unprotected blades. He is lucky it didn't slice his fingers off!…


Added by Sandy Sound on May 31, 2015 at 11:00pm — 21 Comments

Drone stuck on 115,000-volt power line

"Watching Saturday’s events unfold, Jones said he knew the job must have cost City Light “quite a bit of money” because there were eight line workers and a fleet of trucks and service vehicles. But when he asked workers what it was costing, he didn’t expect $35,000.

“That is a staggering sum of money — all for the benefit of the liberty to fly some toy around in…


Added by John Githens on May 31, 2015 at 6:26am — 16 Comments

How to update FS-i6/TGY-i6 with Arduino

Hey all, I just updated my transmitter without needing any extra cable, just using my Arduino Nano 

Note: This has been tested with Arduino Nano v3.0, but should work with any Arduino board using ATmega328 like Arduino Mini and Uno. I've also tryed with Arduino Mega, but it doesn't work, seems to work only with ATmega328.

Connections Setup:

  • Connect Arduino RESET pin and…

Added by MrWinnfield on May 30, 2015 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Google’s Cyber Drone Crashed

From Bloomberg:

The unmanned Solara 50 fell to the ground shortly after takeoff on May 1 and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, Keith Holloway, an agency spokesman, said in an…


Added by Thorsten on May 30, 2015 at 7:41am — 3 Comments

Canada drone regulations change in 2016

TC now consults on proposed changes to UAV safety regulations.

In 2016, Transport Canada intends to introduce regulatory requirements for UAVs 25kgs or less that are operated within visual line-of-sight. The proposed regulatory amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) are intended to ensure the safe and reliable operation of UAVs in Canadian airspace.…


Added by Bertrand Duchiron on May 29, 2015 at 9:27am — 3 Comments

FPV Racing

I just want to let you know about our FPV racing community at FPV racing is a new sport that combines high-tech drones with high-speed racing. It's a lot of fun and extremely addictive.

On our website you can create a profile, join a racing team, create a build (or check out…


Added by FPVRACING.TV on May 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Manned Y6

In under a year, the team of flight enthusiasts at Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd., a state-owned applied research institute in Hungary, has taken the concept of a personal flight tricopter from the drawing board to its first manned flight at Miskolc Airfield in northeast Hungary on March 7.

On the manned flight, the Flike (think…


Added by Joe Renteria on May 29, 2015 at 8:30am — 19 Comments

GoPro drone to launch in the first half of 2016

Not much info yet but at least we know the launch date:

Woodman also revealed the company is working on a quadcopter — or drone, as they’re more commonly known. He declined to share any details about its design and pricing, but it’s slated to launch in the first half of 2016 and will be aimed at…


Added by Greg Dronsky on May 28, 2015 at 1:48am — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
Drone highlights from Mary Meeker's famed 2015 "State of the Internet" presentation

Every year famed Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Mary Meeker gives a "State of the Internet" presentation, which highlights stats and analysis on what she considers the most important technology trends of the year. This year, drones figured prominently. Here are…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2015 at 11:17pm — 3 Comments

Introducing the Sprite Payload Developer Kit (PDK)

We're not quite halfway through our campaign, and we are absolutely delighted by the enthusiasm Sprite is getting!  Thank you to ALL of you for your interest and support!

Today we're introducing a new Reward, the Sprite Payload Developer Kit, to make it easier for everyone to make Sprite do what you want it to do...whatever that is.  Want to…


Added by Ascent AeroSystems on May 27, 2015 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

New drone funds to facilitate commercial development

New startup funds SkyFund and Commercial Drone Fund are launching to help advance businesses seeking to develop in the commercial drone space, from hardware to data services.  

You can read more about it…


Added by Greg Crutsinger on May 27, 2015 at 8:53am — 1 Comment

Introducing CloudFoil: Full airfoil CFD simulations in the cloud

This is an idea I've had for a long time and finally found time to build it. CloudFoil allows you to check your Xfoil results against high-fidelity full RANS CFD simulations in minutes. Because the simulations run in the cloud, simulations can be kicked off from any device including your laptop, tablet, or phone. I believe CloudFoil sports the best user…


Added by Blucraft on May 27, 2015 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

T3 Back to the Future

Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our gentlemens (ladies are allowed just none have ever entered) competition the T3 challenge.

Back then just flying way points was hard and all this gear was expensive. Ardupilots were made at Sparkfun in batches that ran out…


Added by Gary Mortimer on May 27, 2015 at 8:00am — 179 Comments

Lokkisaari - gull island

A friend asked me if I could help him and his fellow birders of Lokkisaari ry out and take some aerial images of a bird reserve they are maintaining. Of course, I was happy to help!

Those guys are doing an…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on May 27, 2015 at 7:57am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
New Buzzfeed lab will focus on drones, journalism (with 3DR)

From Buzzfeed, an announcement of an exciting new lab that will focus on technology (including drones) and journalism. I'm one of the advisors. 

Late this summer, BuzzFeed is launching a new lab in its San Francisco office, dedicated to coming up…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2015 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

New to drone photography - A must see Infographic

A visual reference to all things drone photography

There are many different fields in which drone photography can be used. In one of our last posts we talk about some of those uses, you can check that post out here.…


Added by Alexander Mora on May 26, 2015 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Using the Intel Edison as a Smart Camera Controller

For the past few weeks I have been working on a way to integrate better cameras into our mapping platforms. Our platforms are based around the APM: Copter and APM: Plane software and use 3DRs Pixhawk autopilots to control the vehicles. While the Pixhawk provides for a sime way to do survey missions, the next step towards advancing this area is to…

Added by Jaime Machuca on May 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — 44 Comments

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up, ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Resolution is  80 × 60 active pixels so I guess its to low res for a pilot camera at night.  At least prices are coming down

FLIR Lepton® is a revolutionary longwave infrared (LWIR) imager that is ten times less expensive than…


Added by Edgar Scott on May 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

Final LOHAN spaceplane test mission codenamed PRATCHETT

We're gearing up for the final avionics test flight of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project, and have dubbed the mission PRATCHETT ("Planes Reactive Airborne Tests Checking Heuristically for Extreme Technological Tantrums") in honour of the late Discworld author Sir Terry.



Added by Lester Haines on May 26, 2015 at 1:39am — 2 Comments

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