November 2015 Blog Posts (105)

3D Robotics
New Solo software update adds full GoPro settings control, many other improvements

From the 3DR blog:

Comprehensive GoPro control has arrived in the Solo App! In addition to other feature improvements, version 1.3 brings you in-flight access to GoPro camera settings. In the last release (1.2.1) you got the ability to toggle between…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 24, 2015 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

Can you believe this is the first time we've seen this combo?

Nothing too groundbreaking here other than the post production treatment.  Just a really fun use of quadcopters and sound effects for the holiday weekend.  A little stabilization and post work can go a long way on some GoPro footage.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Added by robert mcintosh on November 24, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Affordable RTK Capable GPS Receiver

We are pleased to announce availability of NS-HP, a $50 RTK-capable high performance GPS receiver. At 2 / 4 / 5 / 8 / 10 / 20 / 25 / 40 / 50 Hz update rate, NS-HP is a high-performance GPS receiver suitable for traditional GPS applications. At 1Hz update rate, NS-HP can accept RTCM 3.x message type 1002, 1004, 1005, and 1006, or SkyTraq raw measurement data from a base station to perform carrier phase RTK processing, achieving centimeter-level accuracy relative…


Added by Oliver Huang on November 24, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FPGA Quadcopter Demonstration

7 seconds demo (w/ sound):

34 second demo (no sound):

Demonstration of an FPGA-based Quadcopter that uses the Mango board based on my Kickstarter campaign (…


Added by Lloyd Emokpae, Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Free Map Processing on DroneDeploy

Hi All. We wanted to share a useful tool for those creating drone maps and 3D models. We've just launched a free tier, made for the DIY community, enabling you to upload any exif-tagged drone imagery and get back high resolution data.  It's simple - just upload and forget.

We've actually processed a lot of data (1 Million acres!) over the last couple of…


Added by Mike Winn on November 23, 2015 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments

Using a 3g/4g internet connection and two mobile phones

For the fun of it we made an Android app allowing a sender phone and a receiver phone to act as a remote control. The reciever phone is connected to a Polulo Maestro servo card with Usb Host.

It work pretty fine actually.

We use some nice piece of communication software (from another project) enabeling mobilphones to communicate peer to peer…


Added by Leif Auke on November 22, 2015 at 2:30pm — 25 Comments

BBRover Off Road

We have finished up the BBRover, BBCopter and BBPlane.  I also created a YouTube channel for BoxBotix.  Hope to go live with small Kickstarter next weekend.  Yes, yet another drone Kickstarter.

There are plenty of…


Added by Coby on November 22, 2015 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

Aerial platform using quadrotors as rotating thrust generators

Multirotors are underactuated, thus controlling interaction with the environment such as aerial manipulation has some problems. However, although these problem can be addressed using multi-DOF actuators or some novel control techniques, multirotors suffer from short flight time and limited…


Added by Jaeyoung Lim on November 21, 2015 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Hobbyking releasing new RC radio specifically for APM/Pixhawk

COMING SOON - Quanum i8 APM/PixHawk radio system


COMING SOON - Quanum i8 APM/PixHawk radio system

The Quanum i8 Radio was developed specifically for APM/PixHawk users. The dial has pre-set PWM positions that can be assigned by the user via Mission Planner software. Along with 2 sliders for gimbal control and 8 channels in total the Quanum i8 is a groundbreaking radio and the first radio system in the market developed specifically for Ardupilot users. The included receiver is also…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2015 at 12:15pm — 25 Comments

3D modelling with Pix4D or AutoDesk reCap 360



I want to share my experience with 3d modelling an archaeological structure called "Midas Monument" located at Yazılıkaya, Turkey. It was relatively an easy task, if you have right hardware and software. And I want to thank to for…


Added by Omer on November 21, 2015 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Pixhawk-powered precision navigation wins Robotic Film Festival

Congrats to the PRENAV team, who were one of the winners of the Flying Robot Film Festival with the above video, which shows their precision navigation technology running with Pixhawk. Impressive!

Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2015 at 11:44pm — 13 Comments

TinyEKF: Lightweight C/C++ Extended Kalman Filter for microcontrollers

Having received many positive emails about my Extended Kalman Filter Tutorial, I wanted to see whether I could write my own general-purpose EKF from scratch, suitable for running on a microcontroller like Arduino, Teensy, and the STM32 platform used on today's popular flight controllers (Pixhawk, Naze, CC3D).  I…


Added by Simon D. Levy on November 20, 2015 at 11:43am — 40 Comments

Density and Total Air Temperature

NOTE : Experimental. To avoid formulas visualization issues we've setup a free Newsletter. Once subscribed you will receive a pdf with the article.

Air density \(\rho\) is a common case of measurement derived from air…


Added by JLJu on November 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

DIY Linux autopilot - cool for cats... and geeks

I want to share with you the tremendous fun I'm having with the BBBmini DIY ArduPilot project, which I discovered during the summer. Hopefully, I can demonstrate what a sexy DIY Linux Autopilot for around 100 bucks looks like and convince you why Linux autopilots are cooler than a cat playing the piano.


For some background, …


Added by Linus on November 20, 2015 at 6:00am — 13 Comments

UgCS 2.6 release and desktop mission planning for DJI

We are proud to announce the release of a new major version of UgCS – 2.6.

The new version features many important improvements over previous versions. The main highlights are:

- You can now plan and execute missions in UgCS with DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 by using UgCS desktop version together with our Android app “UgCS for DJI” available on…


Added by Kristaps Brass on November 20, 2015 at 4:30am — 13 Comments

360 degree stereo vision and obstacle avoidance on a Crazyflie nano quadrotor

(More info and full post here)

I've been experimenting with putting 360 degree vision, including stereo vision, onto a Crazyflie nano quadrotor to assist with flight in near-Earth and indoor environments. Four stereo boards, each holding two image sensor chips and lenses, together see in all directions except up and down. We developed the image sensor chips…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on November 19, 2015 at 4:28pm — 19 Comments

V2 of the Medical express rules posted (and other info)

The UAV Challenge Technical Committee today announced that the venue for the 2016 UAV Challenge Medical Express competition will be Dalby, Queensland, Australia. The Base for the event will be the Dalby Model Aero Club (DMAC). A rules update was also launched today, with Version 2 of the rules now available on the Medical Express Page. A…


Added by Mark Omo on November 18, 2015 at 9:36pm — 17 Comments

Paparazzi UAV + Bebop 2 = Open Source Awesome!

For those that would like to turn their soon-to-be-purchased Bebop 2's into robots, PaparazziUAV now runs on the Bebop 2. More details in this post: Parrot Bebop 2…


Added by earthpatrol on November 18, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Parrot Bebop 2 : The new Parrot racing drone ?

Parrot unveiled the Bebop 2, new version of its drone out a year ago. The strange flying machine provides several new features, including enhanced autonomy.…


Added by Karl Truemann on November 18, 2015 at 1:00pm — 21 Comments

Successful flight test of hybrid gas+electric VTOL UAV: HYBRiX

This is the crazy project that kept us busy lately at Quaternium: a hybrid electric+gas multirotor with range extender, inspired by Hybrid cars, such as BMWi3.

Our goal is to overcome the endurance limitations of an electric multicopter, while keeping the multirotor platform we are so enthusiastic about. This VTOL UAV has 2.5 hr estimated flight time with payload, and around 4 hours endurance…


Added by jlcortex on November 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — 49 Comments

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