November 2015 Blog Posts (105)

Time to clear up some FAA Section 333 Myth's & Misconceptions

For those unclear about the FAA Section 333 Exemption Process, Adam from Aeroworks Productions, LLC. answers some of the common questions and provides additional information about operating as a commercial operator.

Added by AKRCGUY on November 17, 2015 at 4:11pm — 9 Comments

An efficient VTOL fixed wing/rotary wing that does not need a rotor head.

Hello all,

I am working on a VTOL concept and thought I would post it here.  I hope to get as much feedback as possible from anyone who has any.  The depicted airframe is the simplest embodiment that would be capable of both rotary and fixed wing flight.  Alternative versions could look very much like a conventional helicopter having a stationary…

Added by Joe Renteria on November 17, 2015 at 3:00pm — 23 Comments

agBOT challenge

No FAA to worry about on this one, I would like to think DIYD members could or even should win this....

Mission Statement

Identify and commercialize innovative agriculture husbandry technologies that improve work processes, as well as modernize observation technologies and intervention methods.

The Race…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 17, 2015 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in

New announcement from BirdsEyeView:

BirdsEyeView Aerobotics is proud to introduce AvA: Advanced VTOL Autonomy for the FireFLY6.  AvA is the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 16, 2015 at 11:40am — 60 Comments

3D Robotics
A few stats on crowdfunded drone projects that I backed

It bears repeating: Drones Are Hard. Above are some stats on the projects I've backed. I don't regret funding any of them, since I like encouraging these sorts of projects and I learn a lot from their updates. When a crowdfunding project I've backed actually shows up, I'm amazed (I call this being "Kickstartled") and then usually a bit disappointed that it isn't as…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — 38 Comments

Autonomous RiverBot(TM) Goes 15 Meters Deep

From Hack a Day by Al Williams

If you want to make a submersible robot (or, really, any robot) you can either design it for a specific mission, or you can try to make it general purpose. The researchers at the Cura Oceanus Foundation opted for the latter approach with…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on November 15, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
LATAS: Advanced geofences and airpace safety on 3D Robotics platforms from Precision Hawk

The Precision Hawk LATAS technology, which works with Pixhawk and APM-based drones to create static and dynamic geofences to respond to "airspace intrusions" around drones, will be field tested with the FAA this week. From …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Don't use GPS for odometry!

Very interesting research that shows that the statistical errors build up with GPS in a way that exaggerates distance traveled. Counterintuitive!

Have you had a suspicion that your GPS app is overestimating the distance…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2015 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

VR Goliath Framework : Integration of APM + ROS + SLAM and Payload managment by Virtualrobotix Lab

The future is here after over two years of work can be said to have developed in the laboratories of Laser Navigation and thanks to the support of the network of laboratories Virtualrobotix drone technology of tomorrow.

A short video of a recent test test of our system of autonomous flight, mapping and advanced management of the payload.

In the video you…


Added by Roberto Navoni on November 15, 2015 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
IBM Research teaches IRIS+ how to play ping-pong

Impressive work from Jae-Eun Park and the computer vision team at IBM Research.

More details will appear in:

A testing platform for on-drone computation

W. Zhou, D. Nair, O. Gunawan, T. van Kessel, H. F. Hamann

IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, New York City, USA…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2015 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

+100km flight on a charge with a Techpod

The mission planner indicates that I got to 120km.    Seems reasonable, flying speed was about 14 m/sec for two hours and 25 minutes.  That is about 120km.

Here is the KML…


Added by DavidJames on November 14, 2015 at 4:00pm — 20 Comments

Submarine Quadrotor

 Here's a video from one of our recent tests of our GTQ-Cormorant: a submarine and quadrotor hybrid.

We use an air pump/solenoid system to move air between the clear, water-tight pressure hull and an external air bladder for depth…


Added by DB on November 14, 2015 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Compact quadcopter with foldable frame and gimbal

Hello everyone. Long story short we are a small group of enthusiasts, who started to develop drones, payloads and accessories. Why we decided to do so? Because everything that were our there on the market was either too expensive or couldn’t satisfy our needs. We started with simple hobby equipment available online. Simple, but already tested before us. Because we…

Added by Jacob Cereteli on November 13, 2015 at 4:17am — 4 Comments

AGL measurement in conservation wetlands and over water using a laser altimeter

Drones have become an important tool for conservation work and we have seen them applied in game counting in Kenya, seal monitoring in the Arctic and for anti-poaching work in Southern Africa. One area of particular interest is in getting accurate size measurements of animals without direct human contact. LightWare has been assisting conservation groups with…


Added by Laser Developer on November 13, 2015 at 3:09am — 10 Comments

Deep Drone: A Flying Object Detector with caffe, dronekit, and zeromq

About a year and a half ago I saw Jetpac’s video of their Spotter app and I remember thinking at the time that it would be so cool to get this flying on a drone. Some poking got me a little towards that goal but its not until the past week that I sat down and rewrote the…


Added by Dirk Gorissen on November 12, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Google Earth API: One more month to live

A public service message from the Google Earth blog. This is the API used by many ground stations, and DJI in particular has ended support for their GCS as a result. GCSs such as Mission Planner and APM Planner can use alternative map…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 12, 2015 at 2:31pm — 8 Comments

Kickstarters' Zano in trouble

I am another one of the 12,000 suckers! Oh well...

To quote Chris Anderson: "DRONING IS HARD"


Added by Jimmy Oliver on November 11, 2015 at 9:30am — 30 Comments

From Culpeper to Copenhagen: A Week in Transatlantic Humanitarian UAV Trainings

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On a wide, flat western Virginia field, home to the Culpeper Barnstormers radio controlled aircraft club, a bright white DJI Phantom 3 hovers in the afternoon sun like some oversized insect from the future. One of our colleagues…


Added by Andrew Schroeder on November 11, 2015 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

NVIDIA's TX1 SoC now comes on a credit-card sized module

NVIDIA's press release states that "Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks -- computer software that can learn to recognize objects or interpret…


Added by Thomas Stone on November 11, 2015 at 12:45am — 280 Comments

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