November 2016 Blog Posts (57)

3D Robotics
Some good (painful) physics lessons in trying to put a 360 video rig under a drone

"9 Lessons Learned from Attaching a Super Heavy, Custom Rig to a Quadcopter": A very interesting post from Makezine and how to attach things to drones:

Recently, a company called …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

STM32H7 previews

Next generation STM32. 400 MHz clock. Up to 1Mb RAM. Double precision hardware floating point. There is enough RAM there to start using dynamic loading of code. You can also increase the FLASH using memory mapped QUADSPI

And all at low power consumption they say! Nice!

Added by Andy Little on November 9, 2016 at 2:37am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Details of this weekend's Self Racing Cars hackathon in Berkeley

For those in the SF Bay Area and interested in the DIY autonomous car scene (which I'm also part of), here's the latest on our hackathon this weekend

Self Driving Racers, 

Carl, Joshua and I are looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday (10:00am - 3:00pm) in Berkeley for the meetup/hackathon. Here's some information to help you prepare and otherwise make the most of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Next-generation FPGA flight controllers coming

Interesting preview of a very powerful new autopilot from Aerotenna: 

The Revolutionary SoC Flight Controller…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 9:10pm — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Disney bringing Intel Shooting Stars "drone fireworks" to its parks


The Federal Aviation Administration last week granted Disney a waiver so it can show off its amazing drone skills in the Orlando and Anaheim parks. Not a company known to wait well, it's already …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 7:50pm — 2 Comments

ArduPilot: Copter 3.4.1 released

Hi all

A huge amount of effort has gone into this exciting new release of ArduPilot: Copter 3.4.1.

The new features are mostly described on ArduPilot…


Added by Luis Vale Gonçalves on November 7, 2016 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

First Official Pixhawk 2 Unboxing

Adam from Aeroworks Productions unboxes the new Pixhawk 2 flight controller.

• An integrated, single board / box flight controller.

• Sufficient I/O for most applications without expansion.

• Improved ease


Added by AKRCGUY on November 7, 2016 at 5:21pm — 10 Comments

Water Sample taken via Drone

An alternative approach for collecting water samples.

Added by Eduardo Romero on November 7, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
First rounds of Formula Pi autonomous car races

FormulaPi, the remote RaspberryPi-based racing series has started, and it's proving both very interesting and further evidence that vision-based navigation is hard, even on a well-marked track. 

Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
World's tiniest drone has just one prop

Super impressive control implementation to make this work. From Popular Mechanics:

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 10:47am — No Comments

Pre-order for Precis-BX316

Precis-BX316, the Multi-GNSS, Dual Frequency RTK Board with Dual Antenna for Heading released. Pre-order Now. Check with our sales representatives for details. Key…


Added by Tersus GNSS on November 6, 2016 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Parrot Disco for whale and dolphin survey (and a teardown)

My team and I used the Parrot Disco for a few days of whale and dolphin surveys off the coast of Timor Leste where a cetacean migration event has been going on for the past few weeks. This effort is a partnership between the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility, a University of Adelaide unit I…


Added by lianpinkoh on November 5, 2016 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Guidance algorithm for tracking smooth trajectories


I have written with my friend Yuri Kapitanyuk (the main idea was from him) an algorithm for solving the problem of tracking smooth curves by an unmanned aerial vehicle travelling with a constant airspeed and under a wind disturbance. Basically, if the trajectories are twice differentiable, i.e., they are continuous,…


Added by Hector Garcia de Marina on November 5, 2016 at 8:32am — 12 Comments

Pixhawk 2.1 set to fly off shelves

By Gary Mortimer

From SUAS News

Not just flying, but driving and floating as well. Pixhawk 2.1 running Ardupilot software can be used to command all types of autonomous vehicle.

Shipping has started from Australia and…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on November 4, 2016 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

Introducing a Small and Affordable Radar Sensor for Collision Avoidance

Earlier this week at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas,…


Added by Hongshu Qian on November 3, 2016 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

Local Motors Airbus Cargo Drone-1st Test Flight

Not really much to say, just read the report.…


Added by Andrew Murphy on November 3, 2016 at 1:27pm — 29 Comments

TEDx Talk on Humanitarian Drones

I recently gave a TEDx talk on Humanitarian Drones. Aside from my slip up on triangles vs rectangles (sigh), I hope that talks like this will help get the word out about the very real humanitarian applications of aerial robotics. Here's the short video of the…

Added by Patrick Meier on November 2, 2016 at 10:45am — 6 Comments

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