May 2016 Blog Posts (76)

HackflightSim: A simple quacopter flight simulator using actual C++ firmware

In earlier posts I wrote about  PyQuadSim, a Python-based flight simualator built on top of the Virtual Robot Experimentation Platform (V-REP). Although PyQuadSim enabled some pretty cool projects, it relied on a…


Added by Simon D. Levy on May 31, 2016 at 7:22pm — No Comments

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Naval research group launches 30 Pixhawk-powered drones

Another great swarming demo from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Not a new record of planes in the sky (which is 50), but an impressive launch rate of nine drones in nine seconds. All Pixhawk-powered Skywalker X8s.…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2016 at 5:15pm — 4 Comments

Compass calibration progress with geodesic sections in Ardupilot

The Ardupilot flight stack has an embedded compass calibrator, which has the advantage of providing a consistent behavior across different GCSs. Another good point of the internal calibrator when comparing to the algorithms implemented in the…


Added by Gustavo José de Sousa on May 31, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Introducing the 3rd Dronestagram & National Geographic International Drone Photo Contest

After two successful editions with over 7000 photos published, amazing winning pictures and a huge international press coverage, we're launching the 3rd Dronestagram's photo contest, a new way of seeing the world and let your captures be one of the best aerial shots around the…


Added by edupin on May 31, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

Copter-3.4 beta testing starts

Copter-3.4-rc1 has been released for beta testing and can be downloaded using the Mission Planner's Install Firmware screen's beta firmware link.  Some of the changes since Copter-3.3.3 are listed below.

1) EKF2 allows "boat mode" (attitude initialisation without gyro calibration)

2) …


Added by Randy on May 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — 25 Comments

The R&D Capability of Drone Manufacturers (Yuneec)

The drone industry is booming right now.  Drone manufacturers are either making it on their own, or joining with others to fight for a bigger market share. In this industry, customers don’t just care about the current products that are out on the market. They desire a brand that stays ahead of the curve, able to create and define the industry’s technology with never-before-seen innovations. Let’s have a look at several of the biggest brand names and their R&D…


Added by Doctor Drone on May 30, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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PXFmini (Dronecode on RaspberryPi Zero) on Hackaday

I've been using my RasperryPi's more and more with Dronecode software, including with the fantastic Navio2 autopilot shield and the slightly more basic Erle 2. I've also got Erle's new…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2016 at 10:59pm — 13 Comments

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Pix4DCapture now supports 3DR Solo

Great news for Solo owners: the impressive Pix4DCapture app for iOS and Android is now available for the 3DR Solo. 


Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2016 at 3:53pm — 8 Comments

SmartAP 4 and other products available!

Sky-Drones has recently announced the release of SmartAP 4 - the latest generation autopilot. Now, SmartAP 4 and other products are available for purchase in online store. All SmartAP products are based on custom hardware and software…


Added by Kirill on May 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Is our Hobby Doomed?

If you care about our hobby at all, we need to put pressure on the FAA about drone flyers like Casey Neistat.

Added by AKRCGUY on May 26, 2016 at 5:29am — 66 Comments

Quanum V52 Ground Control System - HobbyKing

Wow this is amazing! pity Im left handed!

Imagine flying your MR with this!

Ground Station…


Added by Jason Wise on May 26, 2016 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

Flying Robot Commander and GSA #1

Global Synchronized Autonomy #1 is rapidly approaching and with it, the need to safely manage the flight of multiple autonomous aircraft. Over the past few months, I've been fine tuning a distributed, browser based, UAV control system that I call the…


Added by earthpatrol on May 25, 2016 at 10:54pm — 2 Comments

Queen B Robotics introduces the Exo360! 5 integrated 4K cameras for the ultimate VR experience

The Exo360 brings together the latest in drone and VR technology for the ultimate immersive experience. With 5 integrated 4K cameras, the Exo360 offers an uninterrupted 360 video for use with your VR headsets. The footage can be viewed in real-time or uploaded to YouTube or Facebook360 upon landing.

The drone can capture video in both…


Added by Chris on May 25, 2016 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

Fiilex AL250 Intelligent Aerial Light for Solo

Sky light: Dynamic set lighting from virtually any angle. Just pop it up and hover, or use Solo’s smart technology to track with your subject. The light plugs into Solo's accessory bay, so you can even use it at the same time you use your gimbaled GoPro.....…


Added by Greg on May 25, 2016 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

DroneVR App for iOS and Android turns phone into FPV Headset to fly Drones with Google Cardboards or the like

What originally started as a hobby project can now be downloaded for iOS and Android: Our App DroneVR turns an iOS or Android phone into a virtual reality headset for flying drones in FPV cockpit perspective.

Currently the app works with DJI drones such as the Phantom 2 Vision+, the Phantom 3…


Added by Heiko Straulino on May 24, 2016 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge submission phase ended, here are a few highlights

Local Motors had one of their most successful co-creation challenges in the past 40 days with the launch of ACDC (Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge). The challenge started with mostly…


Added by NiMA Asghari on May 23, 2016 at 8:00am — 23 Comments

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DIY Drones at 78,000 members

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 78,000!

Despite the site being on-and-off down for nearly a week this month as you can see on the right side of the traffic graph above  (the fault of Ning, our hosting provider -- you can see the sorry story of their tech…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2016 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

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Risk based autonomous planning in PX4 Sim

This is an example of risk based planning for a flight across a city in the PX4 SITL. The drone avoids flying too close to buildings or through confined spaces where it might loose GPS reception. PX4's Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson is working on bringing this to outdoor flights this summer.

Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2016 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Gasoline helicopter 5hrs flying time (1.5kg payloads)

Hello dear readers. I have for many years engaged in unmanned aerial vehicles. In my experience, at the moment, the most urgent type of this helicopter type aircraft.

Pros, very compact size, a little preparation for the flight. The ability to safely take-off and landing into the wind 15 m / s, we have tested up to 20 m / s. Long flight.

 I want to…


Added by Vadzim Chareuka on May 21, 2016 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

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