May 2017 Blog Posts (42)

Using Fireworks on Drones

Hi, guys,

Recently we were conducting pyrotechnics tests on drones for the purpose of using them drone shows.

We shot some video footage of the pyrotechnics tests and thought you guys might have an interest in seeing some drones shoot fireworks. Using UgCS DDC (Drone Dance Controller) it would be possible to control multiple drones equipped with light…


Added by Kristaps Brass on May 31, 2017 at 6:02am — 3 Comments

The Wearable Groundstation

Have a look at the wearable groundstation, that I have built as cockpit for my Boeing 787-like drones avionics suite FlightZoomer...

The wearable groundstation has these features:

  • A solid carrying bracket allows to put on the whole groundstation without neckstrap
  • Perfect symbiosis between man and…

Added by Martin Rüedi on May 30, 2017 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

How to Build a Mobile App for Your Drone

Gone are the days where drones were used only for taking pictures and videos. Nowadays, you can perform a variety of meaningful tasks using your drone. Drones are starting to automate tasks in many industries like agriculture, construction, photography, disaster management and real estate. Knowing how to build your own custom application, goes a long way in helping you…


Added by Prasad Tambekar on May 30, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

Meet CargoCopter: our latest generation of high-speed, long-range drones

At KU Leuven we have been developing a new generation of drones to double the speed and range of conventional multi-rotor drones.

For quite some years already, multi-rotor drones are the preferred type of drone for typically applications…


Added by Bart Theys on May 29, 2017 at 3:00pm — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
Test stats for next Dronecode/PX4 code release

This week the Dronecode/PX4 team will release its biggest and best update, version 1.6. You can see a glimpse of the testing that went into it with our public test log server here

Along with all the automated code and flight simulator testing, there are more than 100 hours of real-world…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Comparing two low-cost scanning Lidars

Excerpted from a new post at our DIY Robocars sister site

It’s now possible to buy small scanning 2D Lidars for less than $400 these days,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 28, 2017 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

SidePilot - Version 1.22 - iOS GCS for APM, PX4 and 3DR Solo

Hi! Version 1.22 was just released of SidePilot, the iOS Groundstation app for Arducopter (Inlcuding 3DR Solo) and PX4

New features include:

  • Save video to camera roll (Using 3DR Solo)
  • Better Fullscreen video
  • Dedicated Shots button
  • Offline Waypoints
  • Timestamp for dataflash logs
  • More waypoint options (Camera & Servo trigger)
  • Shots! Our version of smart shots, now available…

Added by Tom on May 27, 2017 at 9:47pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Using voice to command a drone by translating any GPS location to three unique words

An Australian IT services company combined an Amazon Alexa and a service called "what3words" that translates GPS addresses into three unique words to create a MAVLink-compatible drone that can be commanded entirely by voice. The video can't be embedded, so see it …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2017 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Microdrones md4-200

We have reached the ninth week in of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software.

This week we put the Microdrones md4-200 to the test by running it through our photogrammetry route and analysing flight precision. For results, see…


Added by Kristaps Brass on May 25, 2017 at 7:15am — 2 Comments

How to preflash Tattu blheli_s ESC


TATTU BLHeli_S 30A Esc is NEW ARRIVAL designed for superior performance in FPV Racing.

Suppot regular 1-2ms pulse width input, as well as Oneshot125(125-250us),Oneshot42 (41.7-83.3us) ,…


Added by Flora Lai on May 24, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Lovely story about a poor kid in rural China who sells exquisite models of Chinese planes for almost no profit

These aren't drones per se, but I can help but post this story by Owen Churchill in Sixthtone, which exemplifies the DIY spirit. 

CHONGQING, Southwest China — Dismembered remote-controlled airplanes lie strewn across an…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2017 at 7:22am — 10 Comments

Skywalker X8 Catapult Launch &Parachute Landing

At present, we use the following configuration that suitable to doing outdoor work. We start to sell the whole set now.

Take off:…


Added by Ellen Zhu on May 24, 2017 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Police Drone Camera Zoom Lens 18X 4K

Improving upon the series of drone camera zoom lenses by Walkera for Police use, the all-new 18X 4K increases the speed, performance and optical quality while maintaining all of the functionality made for the integrated 3-axis…


Added by noeL on May 23, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

3D Printed Halbach array Motor. 600W, over 80% efficiency!

Not satisfied with the specs of off-the-shelf brushless DC motors? Looking to up the difficulty level on your next quadcopter build? Or perhaps you just define “DIY”…


Added by Alexandre Mainardi (Nuvem UAV) on May 23, 2017 at 6:39am — 12 Comments

Groundhog Autonomous UAV - Going faster with sunglasses

The Groundhog is being developed to line-follow at low altitude and higher speeds.  This video is of the field testing taking the speed up to 1.75 m/s.  It also explains why the Groundhog now sports sunglasses.

The Track

An oval of 50mm red webbing, bends of radius approx 3m and straights of approx 15m. Testing took…


Added by Mike Isted on May 22, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Emlid Raspbian for Raspberry Pi and Navio+/Navio2

Hovering Navio2-powered hexa to keep you reading

We’ve recently released a new…


Added by Emlid on May 19, 2017 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.

Should you be in America and come across this man you should probably buy him a beer. He fought the FAA and won. Their mucking about with 336 was not viewed well by the courts,…


Added by Gary Mortimer on May 19, 2017 at 11:19am — 11 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Lockheed Martin Indago


This is the eighth part of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software.

This week it’s finally time to put the Lockheed Martin Indago professional drone to the test. See the video below for flight…


Added by Kristaps Brass on May 18, 2017 at 11:37pm — 1 Comment

Pneumatic catapult launcher for 40+ kg drones

I know some people have been keeping an eye on our progress. Now we would like to announce something new. Pneumatic catapult launcher for drones 40+ kg. Its been something new to us and took some time, but we are super happy with what we achieved. Now our PD-1 UAS has even more cool features. :) 

Added by Jacob Cereteli on May 18, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Follow-me with dynamic obstacle avoidance

From New Atlas, a writeup on new research from ETH and MIT:

Thanks to new research from MIT and ETH Zurich, however, it may soon be possible for drones to autonomously follow along with an actor, keeping their face framed "just right" the whole time –…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments

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