July 2015 Blog Posts (106)

3D Robotics
Flying Robot International Film Festival

From the great Eddie Codel, one of the first and best drone videographers, comes this!

The Flying Robot international Film Festival or FRiFF, is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of flying cameras, aka drones. Festival participation is…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2015 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

The Snotbot, another drone for good!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more interesting.      Along comes the Snotbot.    A whale research drone that is being developed by  Ocean Alliance and…


Added by DavidJames on July 30, 2015 at 11:14pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
3DR Aero used to test delivery of blood samples

From Gizmag:

We’ve already heard about drones being used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients in remote locations, but scientists from…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone

From the Verge:

Facebook's shallow V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with communications gear, Aquila only weighs between 880 to 1000 lbs — about a third the weight of a Prius. "When deployed, it will be able…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 1:05pm — 11 Comments

Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery

Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery


What do you guys think of…


Added by Ryan McIntosh on July 30, 2015 at 5:56am — 19 Comments

WiFi Telemetry with Cheap 3$ ESP8266

Hello all,

It's not a new achievement using wifi as Telemetry but this UART to WiFi module has really long range (up to 400 meters), and unbeatable price. Very small form factor (about 2cm x 1.5cm) and light (3 gr). Great for the small sized UAVs. And your Smart Phone or Tablet will become a GCS with no additional hardware. And with module's available GPIOs…


Added by Omer on July 29, 2015 at 7:30am — 52 Comments

Drones: A force for good when flying in the face of disaster (UK Guardian)

Unmanned aircraft can be put to effective use in humanitarian situations, but a code of conduct is needed to make sure they are used safely and efficiently

UK Guardian, July 28, 2015

After typhoon…


Added by Patrick Meier on July 29, 2015 at 4:33am — No Comments

Exploring the secrets of flying wing design with CFD.

The flying wing design I have been working on for some time now has been slowly evolving as I have learned more about aerodynamics and expanded my skill set with modelling tools of various forms.  I have recently completely re-surfaced my design with new aerofoil sections and better, more consistent surface transitions and have been experimentally analysing the results…


Added by Andrew Rabbitt on July 28, 2015 at 9:36pm — 44 Comments

Warehouses logistics and something else

Tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters, etc.

The drone-world is evolving quite fast and nowadays one can see very curious vehicles and configurations that surprisingly (or not) are able to fly properly.

This is due to the possibility that some open source autopilots like Pixhawk or APM offers to develop customized control algorithms for…


Added by DBX Drones on July 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am — 33 Comments

Fun with collision-resistant drones

We wanted to share a fun video we made recently. Our drones can interact with obstacles and humans, which is opening amazing new applications, be it for accessing hard-to-reach places or for having fun with them. 

We achieve that through a passively rotating protective cage an control algorithms that keep the drone stable at all times. More than just a…


Added by AdrienB on July 28, 2015 at 3:41am — 5 Comments

PID Gains explained like never before!

[IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest 2015 Submission]

This is a video introduction to controlling self-driving cars, specifically using PID-control. Special emphasis is placed on how the proportional, integral, and derivative gains affect the performance of the vehicle.



Added by Alexandre Mainardi (Nuvem UAV) on July 27, 2015 at 6:30pm — 11 Comments

Pixhawk + ODROID + MAVLinkAutoPylot

After we demoed a little five-channel "AutoPylot" program on a Naze32 with ODROID companion board, our friends at A2USA, Inc . asked us whether we could do the same for the Pixhawk that they use for flying their big birds.  We started modifying…


Added by Simon D. Levy on July 26, 2015 at 2:31pm — 5 Comments

3D FPV camera The BlackBird 2 and FPV goggles

Today I want to publish a series of pictures on how you can obtain stereoscopic video 3D FPV flight camera The BlackBird 2.

Method 1 - use…


Added by Egor_FPV3DCam on July 26, 2015 at 1:17pm — 3 Comments

Drone postal deliveries begin in Switzerland

Bas-Vully, Switzerland (AFP) July 7, 2015 -…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 26, 2015 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

JALC Boat educational platform to develop aquatic drones

Hello everyone,

I present one of my latest projects, which aims to create an educational platform to develop aquatic robots/drones. Most pieces are designed and printed with 3D Printer.

You can download all parts Thingiverse. …


Added by Jose Antonio Luceño on July 26, 2015 at 5:28am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

APM Planner 2.0.18 Released


The latest release of APM Planner 2.0.18 is out, which has a number of bug fixes and features added.

  • Google Maps API Update
  • Qt 5.4.2 used for OSX version (fixes some UI issues)
  • Camera Config supports up to 16 Channels
  • Serial Port scanning reduced
  • Fixed entering zero in parameters…

Added by Bill Bonney on July 25, 2015 at 2:30pm — 18 Comments

RTK DGPS GPS Comparison

We were running some tests on RTK / DGPS / GPS these two weeks. Thought it might be interesting to share our results in image format, although the accuracy numbers are already well known.

Test setup is as below:…


Added by Oliver Huang on July 25, 2015 at 9:34am — 5 Comments

Visually-Guided Return to Base

This video shows work done this summer by Washington and Lee student Conan Zhao '16. Conan used the PyQuadSim and OpenCV Python packages to create a realistic V-REP…


Added by Simon D. Levy on July 24, 2015 at 7:49pm — 6 Comments

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