October 2013 Blog Posts (155)

$65,000 prize for anti-poaching UAV contest winner up for grabs

Is it time for the DIY Drone community to roll up our sleeves and enter a team into this anti-poaching UAV contest?


$65,000 in prizes and an all expenses paid trip for the winning team to the Kruger Park in South Africa for 10 days to fly the design with the real life…


Added by Peter Bell on October 3, 2013 at 6:30pm — 31 Comments

GoPro/Tarot Steady Cam with transmitter

This is the latest creation from Bernie's basement (tm). It is a GoPro based steady cam using a Tarot gimbal for stabilization. It attaches to the carbon core X8 via 2 screws AND can be used as a standalone steadycam device. It is self contained with a…


Added by Bernie Hoffman on October 3, 2013 at 4:31pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
How to open the door at a hipster coffee shop

3D-printed quadcopters are now officially hip.(Sheldon via BoingBoing)

Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

The end for volunteer rescue services' use of Micro UAVs in Europe!

I have recently been quite active regarding the use of Micro UAVs in Search and Rescue here in Finland and I also have been in contact with the EU Commission on this matter.

Here in Finland - as in many European countries - Search and Rescue missions are carried out under the authority of the police but mainly by volunteer organizations, such…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on October 3, 2013 at 5:00am — 23 Comments

Flew the FLIP FPV last week

What a freaking blast after dealing with a crappy flight controller not APM. I put it all together and it worked. I had an audience which was nerve racking but cool at the same time. Theres nothing like escaping ground effects and rising above it. after I got my finger control back I was moving the quad around on its different axsis it was totally a blast. I wasted…


Added by bc6 on October 3, 2013 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

Welcome to Taranis!

"Welcome to Taranis!" And that's exactly what my new $200 radio said to me when I powered it on. Awesome. Over the coming weeks I will post a number of blogs on how to configure the new FrSky Taranis radio for use with your drone.…

Added by Bill Bonney on October 2, 2013 at 10:33pm — 41 Comments

Another Noob pilot wrecking it for the rest of us...


Guys, stop buying and flying quads when you don't know what you are doing.  Especially over crowds or populated areas.  This should be common sense.


RAW video link - http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=9270819…


Added by AKRCGUY on October 2, 2013 at 3:00pm — 119 Comments

Drones + Wine: how developers at 3D Robotics are working with farmers to harvest grapes

Kenwood, Ca. — Something’s up at Kunde Family Vineyards.

Developers at 3D Robotics went to Kunde Family Vineyards, a family-owned vineyard, to test a project that could revolutionize agriculture by providing farmers with on-demand aerial images of their land.

Those images give farmers a bird’s-eye view, allowing…


Added by Sally French on October 2, 2013 at 3:00pm — 13 Comments

Meet NASA's Futuristic Drone Research Lab

By Evan Ackerman

Last week, NASA and AUVSI invited a carefully selected, elite group of media (which obviously included IEEE Spectrum) to take a tour of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems programs at NASA Dryden. The Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) is located approximately in the middle of nowhere, inside…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on October 2, 2013 at 2:02pm — 4 Comments

Trappy's Counsel File Motion To Dismiss

Well it's begun and this case will have an impact on all of you in the USA in one way or another. For those that did not hear about it Trappy is facing a $10,000 dollar fine.

The Complaint alleges that on or about October 17, 2011, Mr. Pirker (a Swiss citizen residing overseas) was the “pilot in command” of a “Ritewing Zephyr powered glider…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 2, 2013 at 11:30am — 88 Comments

Iris to go

The very low cost ruggedized case MAX 505S (complete series) nicely fits the Iris with props unmounted. This is…


Added by PX4 on October 2, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Creating automatic mission plans for aerial surveying

Both Mission Planner and DroidPlanner have recently added features for simplifying aerial survey. These tools help take the guesswork out of mission planning with cameras onboard, taking pictures to be stitched into a mosaic. Rather than manually specifying a grid flight pattern,…


Added by Brandon Basso on October 1, 2013 at 6:00pm — 35 Comments

Autonomous sail boat part two

Things are slowly moving forward.

The status right now is:

  • Boat has done some sea trials. It sails, and it sails better than expected.
  • Windvane is integrated with APM using a separate Arduino nano and I2C to the APM
  • APM installed in boat with GPS, compass and telemetry. Next step is to start logging data for use in for example…

Added by Magnus on October 1, 2013 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Bird's eye view: Smartphone camera mounted on Eagle

Smartphones, it seems, can do anything. When researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits were asked to come up with a camera that could be mounted on an eagle to get a literal bird's-eye view of its life, they too turned to a cell phone.




Added by Usman Qayyum on October 1, 2013 at 2:30am — 7 Comments

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