November 2016 Blog Posts (56)

3D Robotics
Visualizing autopilot behavior with Flight Gear

Great post from Curtis Olson, the lead developer of FlightGear and a long-time autopilot developer, on using simulators to do sophisticated autopilot analysis.

Blending real video with synthetic data yields a…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2016 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Indoor drone localization with HTC Vive Lighthouse

Very cool hack, as reported by Hackaday:

The HTC Vive’s Lighthouse localization system is one of the cleverest things we’ve seen in a while. It uses a synchronization flash followed by a swept beam to tell any device that can see the lights…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Forced to publish 2016 ESNC contest entry: Stratos Shuttle – looking for sponsors or investors

Hi All,

Being very experienced avionics designer with significant operational drone experience including stratospheric airdrop, I have tried to contact Polish space3ac fund asking for funding. I was blocked on facebook march 2016 after asking the first question by coordinator who knew me as being whistleblower.

You can find entire entry under the link describing the idea:…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on November 30, 2016 at 9:30am — 27 Comments

Talking Pixhawk 2.1 and RTK with Philip Rowse

It's in the title really. ;-)

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 30, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Drone pilot catches a moron polluting forrest, forces him to remove his garbage!

Hi Guys!

I have an uplifting video for you today! :) Look at that brave drone pilot catching this nasty forrest polluter, near the capitol of Poland.

Disturbed and frightened by this new amazing technology ;), polluter rushes to pick up his garbage, puts it back on his car and drives away. Actually, he probably is afraid that…


Added by Greg Dronsky on November 30, 2016 at 5:09am — 1 Comment

Static and Kinematic Datasets for Post-processing

Hi there,

Two sample datasets (in Tersus binary format) for static and kinematic scenarios are logged with Precis-BX305 GNSS RTK Board (GPS…


Added by Tersus GNSS on November 30, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

[mRo] The new DIY store

Hello everyone, we are back!

Let me introduce myself, some of you might remember me as the cofounder of 3D Robotics/3DR. Since then, a particular and well-selected team of people from 3DR San Diego and 3DR TJ and I are pleased to announce we are continuing to develop legacy & new products for you.

Be patient with us, we are just engaging…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 29, 2016 at 3:00pm — 17 Comments

Agriculture Drone Market driven by Increasing automation in the agriculture process

Zion Research has published a new report titled “Agriculture Drone Market (Fixed Wing, Rotary Blade, Hybrid, Data Management, Imaging Software, and Data Analysis) for Field mapping, Variable Rate Application (VRA), Crop Scouting, Crop Spraying, Livestock, Agriculture Photography and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, Size, Share,…


Added by Allan Leonetti on November 29, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Visual obstacle avoidance with Centeye and Crazyflie

Geoff Barrows at Centeye has been working for many years on his small, low-cost vision chips and they're really starting to get good. See the above video for visual obstacle avoidance on the Crazyflie nano-drone platform. Sadly you can't buy these boards (Geoff mostly does custom engineering for defense industry clients), but maybe we can convince him…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2016 at 12:17pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Indoor swarming using ultrawideband positioning

The great Bitcraze team in Sweden who created the Crazyflie nano drones have now added an ultrawideband indoor positioning system called Loco Position (it uses the same Decawave chip as the Pozyx system that I use). They're still bringing it up, but have just hit a milestone: swarming!…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments

FPV Chrono Racing app -- record times from your races (open source code)

I'm a teacher at high school and I try to tempt my students to the world of Drone!

I studied the beautiful DroneKit framework for talking with my students on this argument. Immediately they tried to develop some little Apps. Here one, that takes the time on laps when you fly with your racing drones (FPV CHRONO RACING).  You can download it …


Added by Emanuele Tonucci on November 28, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

Let's start Black Friday now

Don’t miss out our best deal for Black Friday! Offer is valid all over the weekend and Cyber Monday.



To get the discount go to our shop and use coupon code “black” during checkout to save 85USD on Reach RTK kit or “friday” to save 34USD on Navio2 autopilot.

Please note that coupon codes cannot be combined with…


Added by Emlid on November 24, 2016 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Final heat of the FormulaPi autonomous racing league

As you can see from the final round of this season's FormulaPi races, there's still some work to be done to make computer-vision guided cars running on RaspberryPi reliable. But it's a great start (lots of cars completed the course) and I'll be competing in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2016 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Fleetlights - open source guardian drones service

      Direct Line reveals their open source service - drones with Pixhawk and Reach RTK inside equipped with high-powered on-board lights:

While the vast majority of drone projects seem focused on photography, video surveillance or acts of war – Direct Line insurance has been investing in new…


Added by Dmitriy Ershov on November 23, 2016 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Helicopter Concept

Hello everyone, I have posted about this idea before in the form of an aircraft which could transition between vertical and horizontal flight.  While I believe it is possible, especially in the form of a flying wing, the response I have received from this site as well as other sources indicates that most observers have serious doubts.

I have decided to focus on…


Added by Joe Renteria on November 22, 2016 at 3:25pm — 16 Comments

Easy Aerial partners with Mouser to deliver autonomous SAR solution

Remotely controlled autonomous drones 

Dear friends, check out our latest project in partnership with Mouser Electronics to build a complete autonomous solution for first responders that uses our XL Pro drones and works over our Global ARC platform ( to…


Added by Ivan Stamatovski on November 21, 2016 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Simulation of a drone/airplane collision

From Hackaday:

Ignore the article, watch the video at the top of the page. The article is about some idiot, likely not even a hacker, who bought a drone somewhere and nearly rammed…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2016 at 1:19pm — 13 Comments

3D printed FPV racer - 170 mm size - Rev3 - Ready to take off!

Hi all.

Finally I received all parts so I assembled the first prototype of my 170 mm FPV racer design (see previous posts for details and STL files).

All-up weight excluding battery and micro GPS is finally 286g.

And HOTT telemetry totally works!!! :)

* * * * * UPDATE * * * * *



Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on November 21, 2016 at 6:33am — 11 Comments

Andruav - Video Streaming Capabilities

Back to Andruav :)

The above video shows how you can use Andruav for streaming video from your Drone(s), and receiving video simultaneously on different types of Andruav-GCS.  

Although the video shows devices in one place, but you  can make the same scenario using devices in…


Added by MHefny on November 20, 2016 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

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

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