November 2015 Blog Posts (104)

OneDrone.ONE - Modular Drone System

I'm happy to present a project which occupied quite a lot of our time in the last year. We didn't plan to go public yet, but after I saw couple of days ago that colleagues from BoxBotix are working on pretty similar concept, we decided to present some initial info to diydrones community.

OneDrone.ONE is modular system, which fills the gap in the segment of…


Added by on November 30, 2015 at 1:29pm — 11 Comments

ROSimple: Programming APMrover through blocks

Continuing our work in simplifying the use of drones and robots for any public, we are delighted to announce that we have started adding support for APM based vehicles in…


Added by Iñigo Muguruza on November 30, 2015 at 2:37am — 4 Comments

Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the …


Added by Greg Dronsky on November 29, 2015 at 1:21pm — 47 Comments

Launch Party!

For those of you in the Fort Collins area, we will be having a Launch party on Dec 2nd at the Shop.  We go live with our Kickstarter the morning of Dec 1st so figured we would have a small party to celebrate.

More info and RSVP here please.…


Added by Coby on November 29, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

New Modular Cameras - Olympus AIR (A01) and Vivitar IU680

image of Olympus AIR A01

The latest trend in camera products - modular cameras - is good news for us as drone users.

With Sony releasing products such as the QX100 and QX1 it seemed like high quality alternatives to the gopro we're becoming available.

Now with Olympus and soon Vivitar being the latest companies to add their own modular camera to the list, it looks like 2016 will be an interesting year for modular camera technology.

Here is a…


Added by Jethro Hazelhurst on November 29, 2015 at 4:00am — 16 Comments

DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS!

We are glad to announce that DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS desktop mission planning software. This works through our Android app UgCS for DJI available now on Google Play. The app connects to DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 remote the same way DJI native app does. What is different is that, once your laptop and Android device are…


Added by Kristaps Brass on November 28, 2015 at 1:24am — 10 Comments

OpenLRSng: Brotronics Broversity RX, the Missing Manual

If you're doing long range, and you're using ardupilot, you probably are using or want to be using the open source OpenLRSng.

The most interesting OpenLRSng receiver I found was the "Brotronics Broversity RX", but its documentation was minimal, so I wrote some and made a demo video:…


Added by Marc MERLIN on November 27, 2015 at 11:00pm — 16 Comments

Biomechanical simulation of dung beetles

I design it to carry Relief goods to disaster city while hurtling the desert for long periods.

« explanation »

 - Fore legs decide traveling direction.

 - Mid legs which is most close to the centroid take most traction and load.

 - Hind legs are auxiliary legs for moving the left and right legs…


Added by Yutaca Sawai on November 27, 2015 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

Professional carbon fiber frame - 2

Hi all~

This is the second episode. The first episode is here:

We decided to make it ... more colorful :) Just to be clear, all figures here are still CG, the…


Added by Yang Wang on November 26, 2015 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

Elle0 and Paparazzi UAV

Today marks the release of the Elle0 autopilot. The folks over atbv1bitsquared have been working long and hard on this new Paparazzi autopilot. It was their goal to make it as affordable as possible without compromising on the power and memory needed to run…

Added by earthpatrol on November 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 29 Comments

Composite Bearingless Hub Part 1

Picture above is first prototype of fiberglass bearingless hub design.  The idea of this design is to allow flapping and twisting (pitching) of the rotor, but have limited flex in lead/lag. 

This rotor hub is 24" long and 4" wide in the center.  Was made with Qty 10 - 24" x 2" strips of 6 oz plain weave fiberglass cloth.  Bonded with Fiberglast…


Added by Randy Sonnicksen on November 26, 2015 at 10:34am — 5 Comments

Erle Robotics "blanco" for Erle-Brain 2.0

Following our previous iteration, and after receiving feedback from the community our team is glad to present "blanco" Debian Jessie image from Erle Robotics. This image valid for Erle-Brain 2 chances include:

  • Matplotlib…

Added by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Raspberry Pi Zero launched, towards < 60$ Linux autopilots?

Announced a new Raspberry:

Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi…

Added by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 2:00am — 48 Comments

3D Robotics
RTK GPS with ArduCopter 3.4

A teaser from Michael Oborne, showing impressive precision. Using a Septentrio asterx-m and a HX-CH4601A. Full details coming soon to the APM wiki

Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2015 at 5:08pm — 44 Comments

Introducing the E386 Mapping Drone

Our goal at Event 38 is to build products that make aerial data collection for mapping as easy as possible. For a while now, our team has been focused on creating a better autonomous landing solution. At the moment, recovery of a fixed-wing drone requires either a large area…


Added by Jeff Taylor on November 25, 2015 at 1:00pm — 23 Comments

Professional carbon fiber frame

Hi all~

My friend and I are working on an (hopefully) industrial grade carbon fiber quad frame (X4 and X8). We would like to share the progress with the community, and we would really appreciate your feedback:)

The designed frame size is 1050mm with 28 inch blades, but since the arms are switchable, it can be extended or shrunk to a…


Added by Yang Wang on November 25, 2015 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

LightWare announces Black Friday deals

LightWare is delighted to announce their participation in Black Friday 2015, with significant discounts offered on selected laser rangefinder products. 

You can look forward to the following deals:

  • OSLRF-01 (9m) proximity sensor                   – 20% discount
  • SF02/F (50 m) proximity sensor                     – 20%…

Added by Nadia Nilsen on November 25, 2015 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
APM support for ADS-B air-traffic control receiver now in beta

This is very encouraging:

ADS-B is an air traffic surveillance technology that enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and other pilots without the need for conventional radar.

This article explains how to attach and…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 24, 2015 at 3:29pm — 30 Comments

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