June 2014 Blog Posts (193)

DJI Phantom flies through fireworks and over crowd. Brave or Foolish?

*** The original video contained a close flyover at long range of a large crowd at Soundest 2014. Since posting the original link here en edited version of it has been reposted just showing the fireworks. I hope this shows that there is some recognition that at the very minimum some of the flight was not well thought out and that in future the pilot will hopefully not make… Continue

Added by Alex Wong on June 30, 2014 at 3:52pm — 56 Comments

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Latest DroneCon recap video: Jono Millin, “An Overview of DroneDeploy”

Apologies for the back-to-back posts, but we wanted to give you the next talk in our DroneCon 2014 recap: Jono Millin’s overview of DroneDeploy.

Reminder that DroneCon.org is nigh, where you’ll be able to access the 2014 program and sign up for the latest on DC2015, as well…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on June 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

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3D Robotics resumes shipments to 44 countries!

We’re thrilled to announce that, as of today, 3D Robotics will be resuming exports of our autopilots and RTF vehicles to 44 countries! Those countries are:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan,…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on June 30, 2014 at 3:00pm — 21 Comments

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Tutorial on 3D image capture by drone

Great post from Kean Walmsley at Autodesk on using ArduCopter for 3D capture:

I’ve been getting very interested in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Share your drone

New platform to share your drones!

Create and upload your multirotor, heli, airplane and share it with the rest of the world.

This platform can be used by all type of drones (not only drones equiped with a multiwii FC board).

Easy to use:

You only need to upload your aircraft one time to this new platform. From there you or others can share it via Google,…


Added by Wipo on June 30, 2014 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

SF10/A Laser Altimeter - range 60m, weight 31g

SF10/A Laser Altimeter - no compromises.

The SF10/A is our latest generation of laser altimeters designed for fixed wing and multicopter UAVs. This uncompromising design has evolved from our high accuracy SF01 series with dramatically lower weight (31g) and…


Added by Laser Developer on June 30, 2014 at 8:00am — 19 Comments

Busy Day At The Kenosha Harbor

Tug Boats, Quadcopters, Jet boots, Cranes, Speed Boats, you name it, it was there. Sunny Friday and no winds may for some nice aerial filming. Here is a sample of what we shot on location in Kenosha WI.

Gear used- DJI Phantom 2 with GoPro Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal, 5.8Ghz FPV system.

Added by AKRCGUY on June 29, 2014 at 8:42pm — 1 Comment

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Epic crashes (and some pretty cool robot racing) in the SparkFun AVC rover heats

Highlights (and lowlights) from all three heats of the PBR class of the 2014 Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle competition. Won by my "Driving Miss Dizzy" ArduRover, thanks to Tridge and Tom Coyle for coaching and code. Thrills, spills and some very close calls!

Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 6:35pm — 11 Comments

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Wall Street Journal: "Drone Dogfight: Big Defense Firms vs The Techies"

Good piece on the front page of the Wall Street Journal business section today. I'm quoted in it: 

The big aerospace companies "are the [computer] mainframes of this industry…We're the personal computers," said former Wired magazine…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 3:56pm — 19 Comments

That Toy Is Now a Drone, Says the FAA


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on June 28, 2014 at 3:04pm — 14 Comments

New 1 at a time ESC calibration method for PX4 or Pixhawk

One of the Problems with the PX4 / Pixhawk is that it uses a PPM-Sum receiver which when so configured may not work at all for the normal receiver based method of one at a time ESC programming.

And especially so for 4 in 1 ESCs.

The one at a time method I have developed uses the Wikis normal all at a time method that goes through the Pixhawk to the ESC…


Added by Gary McCray on June 28, 2014 at 2:47pm — 4 Comments

the Hollywood Reporter covers the dispute over use of UAVs in Film and Television

The Hollywood Reporter contributing editor Carolyn Giardina covers the continuing dispute over the use of UAV technology in filmmaking.

This Article Showcases a few different Viewpoints on the Issue, and I think it is important and topical to bring this matter to the attention of the general populace…


Added by Dan Kanes on June 27, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

National DUGN Drone Conference: The Future of Civilian Drone Use

Welcome to our first National level Drone User Group Conference! Through our meetup page you will be able to pre-register and therefore assure your space at the conference. This is a family friendly event so feel free to bring the kids and keep reading for options to bring your own drone! Along with your registration you can enjoy the entire museum at your leisure. First…


Added by Chad Frazer on June 27, 2014 at 6:05pm — No Comments

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DroneCon Talks on YouTube, Website Coming Soon!

Thanks to everyone who made DroneCon 2014 such a rich and entertaining experience! Over the coming days we’ll be posting videos of this year’s DroneCon talks, so that those of you who couldn’t make it can still access the material, and those who attended can revisit it. We’ll also soon be rolling out www.dronecon.org, so that these…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on June 27, 2014 at 9:55am — 6 Comments

SmartAP 2.0 Beta release

It took almost two years of research, development and thorough testing in order to bring the next generation flight control system. Welcome SmartAP 2.0 - multirotor UAV autopilot with the capability of fully autonomous flight including takeoff and landing. The official beta release of the system is launched! More info at…


Added by Kirill on June 27, 2014 at 2:30am — 8 Comments

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How to do one-button 3D mapping with the new DroidPlanner

DroidPlanner has just been updated with an incredible feature that comes very close to "one-button 3D mapping" with ArduCopter. Here's a quick tutorial on how to use it to create a mission that autonomously takes off, circles a building taking pictures of it and lands,…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2014 at 10:30pm — 37 Comments

Please Sign This Change.org Petition to the FAA (You Can't Take the Sky From Me!)

Hello everyone. I have been active on this forum for over a year now, and have had the opportunity to discuss my slow, but steady progress in the RC multi-rotor hobby. I had previously flown RC helicopters; and planes before that.

Recently, I started working with local public service groups, consulting them about the potential uses of UAS in disaster…


Added by HeliStorm on June 26, 2014 at 9:14pm — 8 Comments

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Minature (sorta) phased-array radar for drone sense-and-avoid

From GCN (via Dronereport). Although the prototype is relatively big now, the researchers plan to reduce it to 4 ounces. It is, however, very expensive…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2014 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

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