October 2016 Blog Posts (68)

PX4 Sapog, Zubax Orel, Zubax GNSS 2 status update

This post announces recent noteworthy developments in some of our projects.

The observations we made since the announcement of Zubax Orel 20 (a Sapog-driven ESC) led us to believe that people tend to have serious misconceptions about power capabilities of ESC. A possible reason for that is the abundance of Chinese low-quality ESC that tend to have…


Added by Zubax Robotics on October 31, 2016 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

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Erle Robotics (makers of Elre Brain and PXFmini) acquired by Acutronic

Congrats to Victor Mayoral and the rest of the Erle team for a successful acquisition by Acutronic.  From Victor's story on the company's beginnings and latest deal: 

How two brothers turned a 3K€ robotics startup…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2016 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

[DEVELOPERS] - URUS Documentation conference published

Hi folks, sorry about delay publishing URUS system source code, for people interested and to know how it's will work with ardupilot, there is a recently documentation with descriptive images explaining the URUS structure system and URUS Protocol.

This document was used in a conference at EMI University and UAGRM Bolivia's statal university.



Added by hiroshi takey on October 31, 2016 at 1:44am — 3 Comments

Tuffwing integrates Reach RTK, gets 4cm precision without GCP

3D map georeferenced with Reach GPS data.

Tuffwing, a manufacturer of affordable aerial mapping systems recently performed integration of Reach RTK to enable making precision maps…


Added by Emlid on October 31, 2016 at 12:53am — 4 Comments

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GoPro Karma teardown

Interesting glimpse of the single-board design. Impressive that he get it back together again afterwards!

Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2016 at 8:11pm — 2 Comments

Flight Demo of Matrix Pilot 5.0

This is a flight demo of the recently released MatrixPilot 5.0flying the helical Turn algorithms by William…


Added by Pete Hollands on October 30, 2016 at 10:07am — 12 Comments

Drones are not ready for the mass consumer market

Unreliable. Dangerous. Unpredictable spinning knives. Accidents waiting to happen.

Imagine selling a lawn mower with no protection for the spinning blades. 

Class actions must surely follow against the manufacturers.

Added by Pete Hollands on October 29, 2016 at 11:40pm — 25 Comments

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Using AI to design a drone frame

This render from Fusion 360 features the Hooligan 1000, with an additional thruster and rotors set at 30-degree pitch for optimal thrust. The final design may change based on the results of Autodesk Dreamcatcher. / Credit: Eli D'Elia, Autodesk

From Core77:

Someday in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 29, 2016 at 9:09am — 14 Comments

Hobbyking web site update makes it harder to find what you are looking for.

HobbyKing has recently updated their web site making it more difficult to hone in what you are looking for. I was trying to see what was available for 4s lipos, but it was so convoluted that I became frustrated and gave up. Before the web site update it was a simple task to filter 4s lipos and have a long list of what was available shown on the page to see what was available. Now you have to use several…


Added by Bill Isenberger on October 28, 2016 at 6:29pm — 5 Comments

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New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini


The wait is over! We are proud to introduce the next generation 3DR autopilot, Pixhawk Mini. Pixhawk Mini is an upgraded Pixhawk designed in collaboration with HobbyKing and optimized to run the…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2016 at 8:48pm — 155 Comments

Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation

On-demand aviation has the potential to radically improve urban mobility, giving people back time lost in their daily commutes. Uber is close to the commute pain that citizens in cities around the world feel. We view helping to solve this problem as core to our mission and…


Added by Patrick Poirier on October 27, 2016 at 10:24am — 7 Comments

Autonomous Boat to Cross the Atlantic Ocean

Over the last few months, I have been busy building a fully autonomous sailboat that attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

It was initially launched from Newfoundland heading towards Ireland. Although the initial attempt was not successful, I've gained a lot of extremely valuable experience, and I am going to build another, more capable boat. You…


Added by Andy Osusky on October 27, 2016 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

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Towards ROS-native drones

From Victor Mayoral:

Announcing alpha support for the PX4 flight stack in a path towards drones that speak ROS natively.

The drones field is an interesting one to analyze from a robotics perspective. While…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2016 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

Why I Think the Prosumer Drone Will Never Die

Innovations will flourish on drones that target the prosumer market for a long time


In the 1980…


Added by Colin Snow on October 26, 2016 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

Burning Man in 4K resolution (day) and 2.7K (sunset/night) from a HK Sky Eye with pixhawk and ardupilot

A lot of work went into building this plane, adding redundancies and safeties, as well as fitting 3 cameras, and the result was well worth it. Big thanks to the ardupilot team, nightghost for his OSD firmware, and all the other folks who wrote some of the software the 5 computer/microcontrollers that were in the plane (not counting those on the camera or VTX):

Day Video (4K): …


Added by Marc MERLIN on October 26, 2016 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

sUAS News Guide, Q3 update

Another quarter of the year has flown by (yes, I just did that) and there is no shortage of new drones milling about the skies of this blue marble.

Q3 Update – October 2016 – https://joom.ag/OEsQ

Gary, Editor of sUAS News, recently mentioned that in his neck of…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 26, 2016 at 2:20am — No Comments

An autonomous fixed-wing following another autonomous one

We have presented this video to the kids during our open days a couple of weeks ago at ENAC, Toulouse. It is just one application of a guidance algorithm that we have developed and later implemented in Paparazzi. I was actually surprised about the performance since the planes only exchange information once per second (even we allow some…


Added by Hector Garcia de Marina on October 25, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Parrot Bebop 2 RTK over WiFi using paparazzi uav

Using Paparazzi UAV and a Stock Parrot Bebop 2 with its ublox M8N GNSS chip replace by a M8P we managed to stream the RTCM3 stream over WiFi to the drone from our groundstation. The groundstation was connected to a ublox M8P operating in base station mode. The video demonstrates the bebop doing a pure GPS navigation task, sonar nor optical-flow were…


Added by wvtud on October 25, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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Using Microsoft Azure cloud to make a face-finding, voice controlled drone

Very nice use of the Microsoft Azure cloud AI APIs to make a AR.Drone do some pretty magic stuff. Excerpt from the full O'Reilly post, which has the full details and code:

The …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2016 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

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Final Sparkfun AVC 2016 recap video -- Power Wheels and autonomous Power Wheels

From Sparkfun:

Let’s savor our final look back at AVC 2016: It’s time for the final recap video for the Power Racing Series and Autonomous Power Racing Series events! If you enjoy watching full-grown adults in costumes strap themselves to souped-up Power Wheels…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

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