David's Blog (8)

$100 off Agisoft PhotoScan Pro until the end of October

I have seen a few people mention Agisoft PhotoScan Pro on the on the various forums here. For those thinking about purchasing this excellent piece of stitching/photogrammetry software, now would be the time...Field of View has it on sale for $100 off until the end of October (so $3,399.00 USD). Here is the link for more information …


Added by David on October 12, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

APM 2.0 Attitude Accuracy

I am wondering if anybody has been able to do any sort of characterization of the attitude estimation accuracy of the APM 2.0. I asked on the Blog Post 'Great lecture on the Outback Challenge by APM developer Andrew Tridgell' what type of direct geo-referencing…


Added by David on April 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Simple project/mission ideas for a sophomore level mechanical engineering design class

Hello all, I have been a member of this community and active in the UAS industry for some time. I am currently teaching a 2 credit sophomore level mechanical engineering design class at a 4 year university where the students typically make devices to compete in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student competition. This year the competition is a relay…


Added by David on November 8, 2011 at 3:28pm — 4 Comments

FAA sUAS NPRM publication date pushed back...again

If anyone thought the FAA could not move any slower on producing rules for sUAS...they were wrong. The last publication goal date was 11/17/2011...now the new proposed publication date is 01/06/2012 according to the Department of Transportation's website.…


Added by David on August 24, 2011 at 10:23pm — 4 Comments

sUAS rule update

I have been a little mystified when or if the FAA is going to produce a set of sUAS rules, especially with some of the language in the looming FAA re-authorization bill. And when the FAA pushes its NPRM deadline back several times because of "Unanticipated issues requiring further analysis" it does not exactly instill confidence. Well today as an attendee of the UAS Summit in…


Added by David on June 2, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Cheap CNC opportunity

I just wanted to post this here to let the DIY Drones community aware of this limited time opportunity to procure a complete small scale CNC kit for $390 or an assembled version for $520 on kickstarter.com. This opportunity ends MONDAY JAN 10, 11:59PM EST. I am not associated with this project but I think it is pretty neat what the MyDIYcnc.com owner Stephen McGloughlin is trying… Continue

Added by David on January 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 21 Comments

UAV mapping systems that surveyors like too

My father, who is a county land surveyor, pointed this article out to me. Looks like a neat system.

"asked our readers to select the one they believed would have the most impact on the surveying and mapping professions.

The results are in. Out of a total of 697 votes, the Gatewing X100 Unmanned Airborne Vehicle is the winner with 48 percent of the votes"…


Added by David on December 2, 2010 at 9:53am — 14 Comments

University of North Dakota, UAV Outback Challenge 2010

I know this setup is not all DIY, but I thought I would share what the University of North Dakota, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering (UASE) team has been working hard on to compete in the 2010 UAV Outback Challenge. Hope you… Continue

Added by David on August 18, 2010 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

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