September 2016 Blog Posts (65)

FlytSIM - 3D simulator for Drones - Now on Cloud


FlytSIM is a 3D simulator that helps in the development and testing of commercial drone applications using the FlytBase platform. FlytSIM is now available on cloud and can be accessed through your web browser.


Development of commercial drone…


Added by Pradeep Gaidhani on September 30, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments

iMavlink - iOS Ground Control for ArduCopter/PX4 Drones

Hi!As some may know, I have been working on a new iOS based GCS called iMavlink. I have just released the version 1.0 of the app! 

As you can see, the app is has a clean and simple UI, with many features.


  • GPS Location of drone
  • Set, edit and delete waypoints
  • Arm/Disarm
  • Display VFR information such as altitude, yaw, pitch and roll.
  • Voice alerts for mode changes and other important…

Added by Tom on September 30, 2016 at 9:00am — 5 Comments


I just wanted to share a little tool I made. FPVr Tech,

which lists the latest fpv racing & quadcopter products scraped from over 45 different shops all in one place.

I was basically sick & tired of trying to look through loads of sites to see whats new on the market, so decided to built a tool that could scrape the data for me, since I lunched the site around 6 months ago, I found it amazingly…


Added by Marty on September 30, 2016 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

AI-powered drone inspections unveiled by Aerialtronics, Neurala and NVIDIA

One of the world’s first automated inspections by an intelligent drone with deep learning capabilities was demonstrated at the GPU Technology Conference Europe today by Aerialtronics, a Dutch manufacturer of technologically advanced drones, Neurala, a pioneer in deep learning software, and NVIDIA®, the world leader in…


Added by Patrick Poirier on September 29, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

WestCoastUAV at the 2016 UAV Challenge - short write up

The UAV Outback Challenge medical express mission was set in 2014 to send a drone out to a stranded farmer, retrieve a blood sample for urgent analysis and return back to base.

See out blog to find out how we went .... …


Added by Stephen Gloor on September 29, 2016 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy

From IEEE Spectrum:

Just a few weeks ago, we posted about some incredible research from Vijay Kumar’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania …


Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2016 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Parrot Disco Teardown

After flying the Disco a bit too low at sea in a bit too gusty weather (to see if I could intercept it from a boat), it ended up on the water. This gave me the perfect excuse to take the seemingly dry and fully functional plane apart. Enjoy!…


Added by Fredrik Falkman on September 28, 2016 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
From Hackaday: A history of drones

Out of respect for a great job, a verbatim history on drones from Hackaday:

In the early 1930s, Reginald Denny, an English actor living in Los Angeles, stumbled upon a young boy flying a rubber band-powered airplane. After attempting to help the boy by adjusting the rubber and control surfaces, the plane spun into the ground. Denny promised he…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2016 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Skysense Wins NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge 2016

I'm thrilled to announce that Skysense was awarded the 1st prize in the "business" section of the NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge 2016, offering an innovative Open Source remote control of drones, with multiple commercial applications.

Skysense Planner is web-based, runs in the cloud and allows you manage remote fleets of…


Added by Michele Dallachiesa on September 26, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Space Invaders with drones

The seat-on-rails alone looks super fun

Added by Chris Anderson on September 25, 2016 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Antenna Tracking - Initial Testing

I know that antenna tracking is nothing new, but I had to share my excitement in getting mine built and working!  My inner-nerd celebrated at the sound of the servo motors coming to life for the first time and I have been trying to perfect the pointing ever since.

My basic approach was to designate a position in the software…


Added by DroneRanger on September 25, 2016 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

DEF CON 23 - Robinson and Mitchell - Knocking my neighbors kids cruddy drone offline

Very interesting talk from the DefCon conference about attacking drones.

Added by Stefan Gofferje on September 25, 2016 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

190 size FPV racer build & review from GEP


A 190 size FPV racer kit review from the GEP brand (so called ZX5 model). What's different about the previous FPV racers build I did before is a X frame while my former builds were always made with a classical H frame.

X frames have an advantage over H frames in that they are more symetrical (useful in FPV racing) and they twist…


Added by Hugues on September 24, 2016 at 10:52am — 2 Comments

"Ardupilot": how to land a fixed-wing drone when TX or RX fails, using only the telemetry

Unfortunately these things can happen, and you've to know how to best manage, not to be caught unprepared.…


Added by Marco Robustini on September 24, 2016 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

Introducing the AUAV X2.1 Flight Controller

The AUAV X2.1 is all about lessons learned. The X2 was a very successful board but there was still room for improvement. Following the PixRacer project we had time to invest into making the X2 the high quality PixHawk replacement we intended it to be. Major changes include: updated IMU sensors, power supply has been redesigned, headers have been laid out more…


Added by Phillip Kocmoud on September 23, 2016 at 10:36am — 68 Comments

DJI Inspire 1 thermal Gimbal


Dual Sensor IR + EO Thermal gimbal for DJI Inspire 1/Pro with 16MP Daylight and Flir Thermal IR camera support. Onboard video recording, geotagging system combined with advanced control unit and real time digital video transmission through DJI GO…


Added by fabio de matteis on September 23, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Academic research on how and when open sourcing software works best

Experts agree that best practice is a process known as open-sourcing – a form of crowd-sourcing that brings together software development leaders, external developers and stakeholders in an open and democratic process.

When managed well, open-sourcing results in a product everybody wants to use - perhaps more importantly, it results in a community that is…


Added by Paul Williamson on September 23, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Demo of Pozyx non-GPS (ultrawideband) positioning system

I was one of the backers of the Pozyx ultrawideband positioning system Kickstarter campaign, and after a pretty bumpy start (although they shipped the product, the…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Lego kit makes DIY drones easier for kids

What's interesting about the new Flybrix kit ($149) is that it has an original Arduino-based flight controller. Pretty hard core code (Kalman filters and such) so that might be a little gnarly for younger kids, but the frame looks fun to put together. 

Flybrix Kits come…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

Sense and Avoid for Drones is No Easy Feat

But development is vibrant, and you’ll see it work first in prosumer drones


“Sense and avoid” for drones is a popular topic in the press right now, but the phrase can mean different things in different contexts and for different people. To clarify, there is a difference between solving the problem of “sense” and solving…


Added by Colin Snow on September 22, 2016 at 12:38pm — 6 Comments

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