Today I was came aware of the ESPcopter crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The Espcopter is a unique small size mini drone that is a wirelessly networkable, interactive and programmable drone and what’s more Espcopter is suitable for IoT applications you can develop whatever you want to…Continue
Added by CrashingDutchman on June 30, 2017 at 7:03am — No Comments
I'm making these very cheap.
Designing more work related, in this case also fun, uses for drones. 3D printed "attach and go" drop system. Working on version for Phantom 4 next.Continue
INDIANAPOLIS - Ocelleye, LLC, a commercial drone operator in North America announced today the release of its UAV Landing Zone for unmanned aerial systems weighing less than twenty-five pounds. The company prides itself for innovative forward thinking and through its own experience operating multi-rotors saw the need for a safe and effective platform from which…Continue
Added by Greg Sherwin on June 29, 2017 at 4:52am — No Comments
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The usage of drones is on the rise not only in the US but all over the world. They are now used in almost every industry, including real estate. As a professional, you need a drone that can take clear and detailed…Continue
Great day for ArduPilot and CEO of jDrones Mr. Jani Hirvinen.
On last Saturday 24th Jun 2017 on Drone World Congress ArduPilot and Jani was awarded: “In recognition of outstanding contribution to Global UAV Industry” in Shenzhen/China. This is extremely big recognition for the work that we have done under ArduPilot operations in past 7…Continue
Added by Jani Hirvinen on June 28, 2017 at 11:05pm — No Comments
I am new to drones and recently tried flips and rolls, and did it successfully with some tutorials help, so just share my experience here. Welcome to discuss and share your ideas here. The accessories links are attached at the end.
OK, let’s go straight to the point – how to set up the CC3D quadcopter for flips and rolls. Follow my steps, you can get it too. I use a semi self-stabilization, here is how to do:…Continue
Added by Mac Johnson on June 28, 2017 at 11:02pm — No Comments
When I first started to mess around with RTKLIB I've wanted to have a nice UI to do that, while researching it I came across a product from drotek.com which already has a nice UI and I was glad to find its an open source (!!).…
Added by Dror on June 27, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Here's a better photo showing the tail boom linkage - basically a pair of printed gears.
This design has fewer parts than a conventional linkage, less things to break so hopefully more reliable.
There's a 2:1 gearing ratio between the servo and the tail boom. The servo moves +/- 60 degrees which seemed excessive so I traded motion for…Continue
Added by Bob Morley on June 26, 2017 at 10:41am — No Comments
When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (14 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (3 of top twenty). I'm super proud of this having co-founded ArduPilot and now leading Dronecode. Only one commercial autopilot in top twenty --…Continue
The distance between motors is 450mm so obviously the arms need to be cut down.
A PixFalcon goes on top, the GPS/Compass module will either go directly on top of the PixFalcon or have its own mount at the front of the drone.
Target weight is 700 grams & its going to be…
Before choosing the best esc for quadcopter or FPV, you should know some ESC knowledges (Type, Firmware and Key parameters) as below.
A Brushed Motor has a rotating set of wound wire coils which acts as an electromagnet with two poles.
A Brushless Motor uses a permanent…Continue
Printing almost complete 13 hours later.
Not sure about the 'lurid purple' colour, for some reason it was the only filament left at the shop.
This version doesn't have a camera gimbal, I want to see what the all up weight is without any 'extras' and have some fun flying it for a…Continue
Added by Bob Morley on June 24, 2017 at 8:44am — No Comments
For RC/UAV uses, a balsa core laminated with carbon fiber makes an ultra light construction panel with very high stiffness. While you can buy ready made panels (usually expensive), this video shows how easily you can make it yourself with no special tools.
This video does not pretend to show the best way of doing these panels. It is…
We have reached the long-awaited episode in our autopilot precision series in which we finally test Pixhawk. All drones are tested by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software. In this video Pixhawk was mounted on 3DR IRIS platform, the same one used in our PX4 test. Pixhawk was running ArduCopter 3.4.6…
Should drone owners be able to fly their drones wherever and however they want to? This is the question increasingly asked by the consumer drone community as drone giant DJI tightens flying restrictions on its customers.
This was the…Continue
Getting down to target weight has been challenging.
This version is lighter, stronger, and stiffer than its predecessors. Only airtime and hard landings will show if its good enough.
I'm printing in PLA with 60% infill, 0.2mm layers and slow print speeds which seems to give the strongest parts.
I'll post photos when its assembled.
Added by Bob Morley on June 21, 2017 at 11:14am — No Comments
I recently wrote a little post designed to help those coming from a drone background pass the Fundamentals of Surveying exam, which I believe is an essential step to actually getting value out of drone data. Let me know what you think. Agree?…Continue
I noticed that Digikey is now selling Honeywell's newest aerospace-grade IMUs, which cost $1,328 each (note that's just for the IMU; it's not a full autopilot). How do the specs of these aerospace IMUs compare to…Continue
This time an Aeromapper Talon flew a mission autonomously to a target located 30km away from the operators, while maintaining at all times a strong communications and control link. This demonstrates the great potential for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations for applications such as power line and pipeline monitoring, roadways survey, surveillance and wildlife…Continue
Just a comparison video for the benefit of anyone curious.
on a side note, it is strange that DJI has decided to make you connect to the controller via wifi (and has decided to use a stunted mavic controller), i found that you could connect via cable to the dji application via USB because my wifi…Continue