August 2015 Blog Posts (94)

ODROID + Flip32 Mini Quadcopter, Part II: Mounting and Flying the ODROID

In my previous post I had built and flown this little 250mm quad with the Flip32 flight controller on board.  I was waiting for the arrival of a tiny level-shifter I'd ordered from Sparkfun, to…


Added by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2015 at 11:37pm — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone

Just went live on Indiegogo:

Maneuverable and customisable

The ERIDA drone constantly tracks where you are and follows you automatically keeping the camera…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2015 at 10:05pm — 11 Comments

Automatic Woody crop and forest plantation inventory and statistic data extraction with GIS and drone (UAV) technology

Usage of small dimensions RPAS ( drones ) has a real and practical benefit on forest, environment and agriculture management. Drones can obtain Digital Surface Models and pseudo-NDVI orthomosaics that can be manipulated by Geographic Information Systems (hereinafter GIS) allowing professional and rigorous studies along with technically supported decisions.

We provide here an example of woody crop inventory done with our drones and GIS…


Added by Jesus A on August 31, 2015 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Seeking student and maker short film entries for FRiFF (drone film festival)

The Flying Robot international Film Festival, an open competitive film festival focused on drone-based cinema, is seeking short film submissions (<5 minutes). Of particular interest to the DIY Drones community, we're looking for more entries in the Student Film, I Made That and Drones for Good categories.

Student Film - If you're a student and have a drone related…


Added by Eddie Codel on August 31, 2015 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Pixhawk Prizes for Pronto Pair :- T3 Back to the Future Winners

Back in 2009 we ran our first pylon style race in a figure eight pattern. It was won by an Easystar using a paparazzi autopilot in a fraction over 49 seconds for a single lap.

This time we asked contestants to complete 5 laps and Dawid Preller flew a blistering time of 221 seconds. That's 44 and a tiny bit seconds a lap including launch…


Added by Gary Mortimer on August 31, 2015 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments Helps you price out your Multirotor Build and Share it with Others

RotorBuilds is a new application that allows multirotor DIYers to price out their build and share the finished product with others.  As you add each part to your build the total price is updated in real time to give you an idea of your total build cost before and after completion.  It offers an…


Added by WhiffleX on August 31, 2015 at 8:11am — 2 Comments

An awesome day at CMAC

Anyone who has been involved in aeromodelling for a while dreams of having one of those days when everything works right. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it sure is nice!

CanberraUAV had one of those days yesterday. It was a wonderful sunny winters day at our …


Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 30, 2015 at 10:30pm — 40 Comments

3D Robotics
New stats on commercial drones in the US

Thanks to sUAS News, here are the latest stats on commercial drone registrations in the US based on tail numbers, which actually tracks drone units and is a better indicator than Section 333 exemptions, which do not specify how many drones are…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2015 at 7:44pm — 7 Comments

Hover - #1 app for Drone pilots adds International airports to no-fly zone maps!

International airport no-fly zone maps are now available! Of course detailed US, UK, and Korean maps are still up and running as well :) :)

Hover - an app for Drone Enthusiasts

Hover Features (iOS &…


Added by Dan Held on August 29, 2015 at 12:44pm — 2 Comments

Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA


The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing.

More as we get it but this is what…


Added by Gary Mortimer on August 28, 2015 at 9:30pm — 45 Comments

Stop California Bad Drone Law

I have started a petition to stop the newest California drone law. Please consider signing so safe operators can continue flying and innovating. Thank you.

Sign The…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on August 28, 2015 at 5:00pm — 27 Comments

3D Robotics
Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm — 24 Comments

3D Robotics
Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which is clean, clear and works much better on mobile.

On the…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm — 15 Comments

Screen shot of our new iPad app

We flew our remote hexacopter on Cape Cod from over 60 miles away over a cellular connection using only this iPad interface. Beautiful day for a flight. Actual screen shot from the flight.

Added by Ted Morgan on August 27, 2015 at 11:59am — 12 Comments

Erle Robotics in the top 30 robotic startups worldwide

Hello everyone,

Erle Robotics is happy to announce that has been selected by RoboHub as one of the 30 most…


Added by Iñigo Muguruza on August 27, 2015 at 8:02am — No Comments

Fotokite Phi Tethered Quadrotor on IndieGoGo

Looks really interesting! I like the fact that it gives accountability as to who is using it, seems relatively safe given the prop guards and the flexible props, and at least there won't be any flyaways! This was done by some guys that worked in ETH Zurich's lab.

Here's the IndieGoGo link.…


Added by healthyfatboy on August 27, 2015 at 5:37am — 6 Comments

Theoretical analysis of obstacle detection using LIDAR

Small LIDAR (scanning laser) systems can be used for obstacle detection and SLAM from a moving drone. Whilst more work is still needed on the integration of the data from these sensors into the flight software, the theoretical performance can be evaluated based on the specifications of the laser and the mechanical movement.

Ideally, we would like…


Added by Laser Developer on August 27, 2015 at 4:42am — 6 Comments

First in the line.

Over the past few years my company has been experimenting with various types of UAV hardware. We have developed six versions of drones using off the shelf air frames and have tested several types of flight controllers.

 Each has had its pro's and cons and a lot of data has been collected in the past 24 months. We have built UAV's for customers providing custom built aircraft for everything from professional…


Added by Aaron Chadd on August 27, 2015 at 3:42am — 7 Comments

Raptor UAS setting records to support Search & Rescue

Raptor UAS has partnered with Horizon Energy Systems and Northern Colorado Search & Rescue to attempt to set loiter endurance and a distance record using commercially available fuel cell and a small UAV to fly over the North Sea powered by hydrogen gas. Raptor UAS has started a Kick Starter campaign to help fund this Project. We will be using a Raptor E1 and a Horizon Energy Systems fuel cell to fly from Scotland to Norway. A portion of the funds raised will be…


Added by NOCO Search and Rescue on August 27, 2015 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

New patented tilted coaxial VTOL



Added by VGR-Systems on August 26, 2015 at 9:53pm — 24 Comments

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