November 2016 Blog Posts (57)

USGL Unmanned System Ground Level

Testing my implementation of global virtual airspace for autonomous drone navigation.

1. Grand Canyon, AZ, US

2. Sobótka mountain, S-W Poland (with a few airspace elements in the background)

3. Bellevue, WA, US

Blue net is USGL for symmetric navigation properties based on 10m DEM satellite radar and airborne LIDAR data.

Ground level is generated by obeying a few simple geometric principles that guarantee an automated system with specified…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on November 20, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

2 hours and 5 minutes test flight with maximum takeoff weight

It would probably be more spectacular a test flight of 4 hours but i was very interested in performing this test because it is very near to real use of Hybrix.20. 4 or 4.5 hours are possible for demonstration test but operational flight time is around 3 hours with light payload to 2 hours for heavy payload.

Lately many customers are telling…


Added by jlcortex on November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm — 32 Comments

Skywalker plane battery front cover

Hello everybody,

I post this video showing the battery front cover that I put up to save space on skywalker airframe
to carry more load, I wait for your…

Added by Eric on November 19, 2016 at 6:30am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Detailed Mavic teardown

The level of engineering sophistication here is really impressive. Amazing how fast this industry has matured to smartphone-level professionalism

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2016 at 10:07pm — 6 Comments

Vertigo V.2 - affordable drone zoom gimbal

Hi diydroners!

After a few months filled with hours of work we came up with the new version of affordable drone zoom gimbal solution for all diy users. We call it simply Vertigo V.2. 

We listened to your feedback, which helped us in the biggest way possible, that is why there are lots of improvements laying underneath the new…


Added by Greg Dronsky on November 17, 2016 at 7:00am — 29 Comments

First test of custom RC using Raspberry Pi

Here is the first test of my custom RC that will complement my custom FC and quad.

It uses a Raspberry Pi, 2x 2.4Ghz wifi cards for video streaming, a 433Mhz connection to control the quad and a 5.8Ghz wifi card to send the video to an android phone.

So far I have the hardware done - case, buttons, gimbal, screen etc - and…


Added by JeanLeFlambeur on November 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

NIMBUS - new carbon fiber monocoque racing drone.


      Building a racing drone is always a compromise between low weight and high strength. Today’s typical racing drone design is based on lightweight and strong material – carbon fiber. Usually, it is an open frame made of a number of flat carbon fiber details, connected with bolts and nuts. Obviously, open electronic components are affected by the environment –…


Added by Alex on November 16, 2016 at 12:24pm — 3 Comments

On IoT, Drones, and Cyber Security

UAVs are making their way into the Internet of Things world. Drones are already deployable to distant places. For instance, DroneDeploy integrates telemetry devices into UAVs avionics. This permits to transmit data in real-time. It is possible to plan missions in a web-browser and upload tasks to your…


Added by Yan Roberts on November 15, 2016 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

World's Smallest Cyclocopter

World's Smallest Cyclocopter: 29 grams

Innovative carbon composite rotor blades (0.12 grams each) and pitch links (10 milligrams), sub-millimeter accuracy, custom 1.3-gram autopilot.

Cyclocopters get particularly interesting at very small scales because of their combination of very high maneuverability and…


Added by Collette Gregory on November 15, 2016 at 2:24am — 1 Comment

Osram's Laser Chip for Lidar

4-channel LIDAR laser

Dimensions 8 mm x 5 mm

Peak optical output 85 W at 30 A per channel

Wavelength 905 nm

Pulse length < 5 ns

Operating voltage 24 V

The overall lidar system covers 120 degrees in the horizontal plane, with 0.1 degree of resolution, and 20 degrees in the vertical plane, with 0.5 degree of resolution. In…


Added by Collette Gregory on November 14, 2016 at 3:08am — 41 Comments

3D Robotics
Sharing drone data in Mapbox for fun and profit

I banged my head against a while for a while learning to share drone data in Mapbox and, now that I've got everything figured out, think it is a lot of fun and I thought I would share lessons learned on DIYD. Unfortunately, running JavaScript from within a blog post is non-starter, so you will have to…


Added by Daniel McKinnon on November 13, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
A few photos from the fun DIY autonomous car hackathon today

Huge fun at our Self Racing Cars hackathon today. We'll be having another one in Jan/Feb -- sign up here

The course could only be completed with computer…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 13, 2016 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Congrats to the Aerotenna team for winning sense and avoid competition!

I love this young and smart team, who came out of University of Kansas and are doing very cool work with FPGAs.  From…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2016 at 10:23am — 14 Comments

Aeromapper Talon for wildlife research and precision agriculture

The Ungulate Disease and Damage research project of the National Wildlife Research Center acquires the Aeromapper Talon to test for mapping and precision agriculture

The Ungulate Disease and Damage research project (USDA APHIS division) has selected the Aeromapper Talon for their research on surveying and mapping agricultural areas that have been damaged by wildlife. Among the different payloads offered with the Aeromapper Talon they have chosen…


Added by Mauricio on November 11, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Calling all testers! New ArduPilot sensor drivers

We'd love the diydrones community to jump aboard our testing effort for the new ArduPilot sensor system. See for details

We have just implemented a major upgrade to the ArduPilot sensor drivers for…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on November 10, 2016 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Integrating Low Cost L1+L2 RTK into UAV for Professional Aerial Photogrammetry

Hello! Our Friend Bagus Darmawan from Indokopter (from Indonesia) has made this video where he demonstrates his integration of the North's RTKite GNSS RTK Double Frequency L1+L2 Receiver ( into a Microkopter frame receiving RTCM3.x RTK corrections from a ground Base, a North SmaRTK GNSS receiver (…


Added by Bernardo Espinosa on November 10, 2016 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
New software for Reach RTK

I love both the EMLID Navio 2 autopilot add-on for Raspberry Pi and the Reach RTK GPS. But the latter was a bit hard to use initially, so this news is very welcome: they've now released a major update of their RTK software:

Hello everyone!

After months of work and…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 10, 2016 at 12:09pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Intel's Aero drone development platform coming next month

I'm excited about this, not least because Aero will support the Dronecode stack out of the box. From PC World:

Intel in December will start shipping a fully loaded drone kit to let you do just that, with…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2016 at 7:07pm — 20 Comments

SmartAP RTK released

Sky-Drones is introducing SmartAP RTK, this is a perfect addition to the flight controller when positioning precision really matters, it provides centimeter level accuracy. The system is based on the latest UBlox Neo-M8P chipset and is fully integrated across all SmartAP flight controllers and software. Standard telemetry is used to send…


Added by Kirill on November 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

DroneDeploy: Enterprise Grade or Not?

DroneDeploy’s new App Market fills a need for commercial drone use, but can the data quality measure up for widespread industrial use?


This past week, DroneDeploy introduced its…


Added by Colin Snow on November 9, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

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