October 2014 Blog Posts (138)

Thank you to the test pilots. One gave his life, the other injured, on Virgin Galactic failed test flight.

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)…


Added by Alex Wong on October 31, 2014 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Kickstarter for tornado-measuring drones

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2014 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

Out of the Black: SLT VTOL UAV

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…


Added by Joseph Aletky on October 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — 21 Comments

Looking For A More Commercial Focus To Your UAS Advocacy Effort?

Your support is needed!

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…


Added by Patrick Egan on October 31, 2014 at 8:00am — 21 Comments

Using ArduCopter 3.2 Missions for Aerial Panoramas

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…


Added by Phill Simpson on October 29, 2014 at 7:30pm — 22 Comments

Adding External Configuration GPRS Telemetry Module to APM 2.6 or Walkera X350 Pro


As I wasn't able to flash the newer…


Added by Robert Haddad on October 29, 2014 at 3:30pm — 47 Comments

How a quadcopter is born?

How a quadcopter is born? from Aldo Vargas on Vimeo.

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…


Added by Aldo Vargas on October 29, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

Why GIS Might Be the 2nd Largest Commercial Drone Market

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,…


Added by Colin Snow on October 29, 2014 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

CBS This Morning piece about NYPD working on ways to disable drones

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.

Added by Tim on October 29, 2014 at 7:57am — 64 Comments

Final LOHAN test flight hits 27,700m

It's a big thanks very much to our US allies at Edge Research Lab for carrying out the final test flight for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.…


Added by Lester Haines on October 29, 2014 at 1:36am — 4 Comments

New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events

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…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 29, 2014 at 12:55am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Making a helicopter with just one motor/actuator

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,…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2014 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

3DR IRIS+ Follow Me and Auto Mission Demo

We did some more IRIS+ testing this past weekend using the Pebble watch and "Follow Me" mode.  Here is the video-

Added by AKRCGUY on October 28, 2014 at 12:38pm — 8 Comments

Rethinking the RC "Controller TX" - SuperMan FM Continued-

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…


Added by F. C. Bearsch on October 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 47 Comments

Update: DIY Ghetto 5.8g wireless monitor project + Droidplanner

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…


Added by benbojangles on October 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Lifeguard Drone Ready For Mass Production

This quadcopter can deliver life preservers a full minute faster than a human lifeguard

From Popular Science 2013:

The Pars Aerial…


Added by X-Winder on October 28, 2014 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

South Park to take on drone privacy

NEW YORK, October 27, 2014 – Graphic video from an unknown drone is uploaded on the internet on an all-new episode of South Park titled “The Magic…


Added by Mark Harrison on October 28, 2014 at 1:32am — 2 Comments

Scout Drone - Video Update

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:…


Added by Jonathan Meringer on October 27, 2014 at 11:44pm — 26 Comments

Behind the scenes on the OK Go shoot


"Brown reports that the entire video was done in one continuous shoot, and that it took 50 or 60 tries to get the final…


Added by Mark Harrison on October 27, 2014 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Quadcopter drone 'deliberately flown at passenger airliner' over Essex

  • Plane came within 80ft of colliding with drone as it went to land at Southend
  • Pilot of 74-seater airliner said quadcopter was 'very close' to right wing-tip…

Added by Greg on October 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

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