I just thought I would put a very small and short Thank You and send my Sympathies to the crew, family and friends of the Virgin Galactic test flight that crashed earlier today, killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot. I know I can not do much but say thanks to you publicly.
I know that this site is not directly related to space flight (commercial or otherwise) but…Continue
They're raising $10,000. From the Kickstarter project listing:
We will be using specially designed and equipped UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in order to probe the tornado…
I have been working on and off towards a VTOL aircraft for a few years now. All of this work has been kept off of the record, but I had the very first successful VTOL Flight and transition with this aircraft yesterday and am very excited to share these results. This method of VTOL is not a new concept, and was mainly inspired by X-planes of the past and the more…Continue
There is a lot at stake, much is riding on the regulation that is forthcoming. We have limited time left on the clock to shape our economic future and the unmanned technologies operating environment.
We have given the existing advocacy program six years, and unfortunately we have very little to show. That is not to be…Continue
The latest version of ArduCopter (3.2 -rc11 and above) has several new and improved mission commands and features that make the automated capture of spherical panoramas fairly straightforward. These include a “Command-Yaw” relative command, the Do-Jump command, and an increase in the maximum number of Mission commands (waypoints) for Pixhawk users to 718. It is now…Continue
As I wasn't able to flash the newer…Continue
This educative video shows how a quadcopter is born, and of course its maiden flight.
I had to built a quad with some parts we order from hobbyking, so, I took my camera, put it in a tripod, read some…Continue
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GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World
Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The event was held in Reno, Nevada,…Continue
CBS This Morning reports that NYPD is planning ways to disable drones. While this reports focuses on weaponized drones I think NYPDs actions effect anyone flying in NYC.
Watch out if you are tempted to look over the wall at the ball game. The FAA have issued a NOTAM that no doubt event operators will enforce on their behalf. It brings model aircraft and RPAS within a NOTAM previously enacted post 9/11 for full sized aircraft.
What does it mean, if your flying field is within 3nm of major sporting events you should not be…Continue
In general, copters need at least two props, one for lift and the other to cancel out angular momentum, either as a tail rotor or coaxial main rotors. But U Penn have shown that with the right configuration, you can fly a copter with just one motor and prop. From IEEE Spectrum,…Continue
We did some more IRIS+ testing this past weekend using the Pebble watch and "Follow Me" mode. Here is the video-
Today we were having a discussion about aircraft control via different flight modes. Personally would prefer to change the way input happened when controlling the UAV directly, so that the input is more intuitive in nature. I have seen allot of really well designed controllers recently however little that changes…Continue
Hi there, I updated the blog I wrote last week which showed how to make a cheap ($50) wireless fpv monitor. This week, I updated to show how to add droidplanner to this setup, and for me it cost zero extra cost. Should cost you about a dollar to make if you're inventive. (Total cost $51)
Update is at the bottom of the blog article. I'd be glad to hear of anyone…Continue
This quadcopter can deliver life preservers a full minute faster than a human lifeguard
From Popular Science 2013:
The Pars Aerial…Continue
First Ascent Scout Drone - Video Update
A few weeks ago I posted a short write up on a compact, autonomous drone I was helping to develop:…Continue
"Brown reports that the entire video was done in one continuous shoot, and that it took 50 or 60 tries to get the final…