David Anders's Blog (13)

Clip the wings of drone cowboys?

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today:

"The chief executive of the US consumer drone maker 3D Robotics wants the cowboys who have tarnished the name of the hobby to have their wings clipped.

Chris Anderson, the co-founder and chief executive of…

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Added by David Anders on September 7, 2015 at 3:30am — 22 Comments

Woman snapped sunbaking by real estate drone

In one hot off the press...

A BOARD showing a G-string-clad woman has been removed after she became the accidental attraction in a real estate advertising campaign for a house sale in Victoria, Australia.

An ambitious agent enlisted a drone to take an aerial photograph of the property, which includes a sweeping…

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Added by David Anders on November 17, 2014 at 1:47am — 35 Comments

Drones in the sky - technological marvel or threat to privacy?

Do drones pose a threat to our privacy, or are they just the fruits of innovative technology with benefits for governments and industry?…

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Added by David Anders on February 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Scientists flap to the future with 'insect' drone

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dutch scientists have developed the world's smallest autonomous flapping drone, a dragonfly-like beast with 3D vision that could revolutionise our experience of everything from pop concerts to…

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Added by David Anders on February 24, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

UAE develops delivery drones to improve government services

DUBAI // Aerial drones could be used to deliver vital documents and medicines within a year.

Two prototypes of the small, unmanned craft were unveiled at the Government Summit on Monday.

“What these things are best suited for is delivery of small, light value things that are time…

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Added by David Anders on February 11, 2014 at 1:02am — 12 Comments

3DR Quad - Speed and Lift Test

Hey all,

UAV Test Flight - Speed and Lift from David Anders on Vimeo.

Yesterday a group of us headed out for our regular Melbourne catch-up.  This time I was out to test just how fast I could get my 3DR quad to move and…

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Added by David Anders on June 16, 2013 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

GPS Locator and UAV Rescue

So I've been toying with a number of devices that will act as a great low cost GPS Tracker that I could place on any UAV.  The key points for me were that it was lightweight, battery independent of the UAV, robust enough to survive a hard landing [read crash] and give you the location when you wanted it.

I started off modifying a smart phone that worked fine, but the…

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Added by David Anders on June 1, 2013 at 1:34am — 29 Comments

Arducopter success & safety message

Hey all,

With the recent comments on the latest arducopter build and some hesitation to upgrade, I decided to head out and put it through its' paces.  Or in layman's speak, thrash the quad and see what happens.  The day was beautiful and sunny, with a moderate breeze of 30km/h.

I flipped through stabilise, altitude hold and loiter with no problems.  Handling was a…

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Added by David Anders on April 21, 2013 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Third DIYDrones.com Melbourne group meet!

Hi all,

Just thought I would share with all that we had our third DIYDrones.com Melbourne group meet on Sunday 24 March 2013. 

Try full screen. No music?  Click here https://vimeo.com/63156767 - it's much better! (:

After having a really successful second meet where all…

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Added by David Anders on April 2, 2013 at 5:51am — 6 Comments

Quad copter altitude test (up to 100m [300ft])

Hey all,

The weather conditions were very favourable this morning, so I took advantage and did a couple of technical flights.  The one featured here was to see how stable I could fly at altitude.  As you'll see in the video, it was quite stable on the way up, peaking and holding at 100 metres with some amazing views of Melbourne,…

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Added by David Anders on March 3, 2013 at 3:08am — 14 Comments

First city in the US to pass an anti-drone resolution

Hi folks,

I just saw this on /. and couldn't believe it.  Has it received much press elsewhere?

"According to an Al-Jazeera report, 'Charlottesville, Virginia is the first city in the United States to pass an anti-drone…

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Added by David Anders on February 6, 2013 at 10:39pm — 4 Comments

First DIYDrones.com Melbourne group meet

Hi all,

Just thought I would share with all that we had the first DIYDrones.com Melbourne group meet last Saturday.  Attended by 6 people, with 5 quads and a heli all getting a good fly.  It was great to meet everyone and see the variations on a theme with the quads.  There was a nasty breeze that gusted quite strong, so flying conditions weren't ideal, but there was still…

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Added by David Anders on January 17, 2013 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

External ARM and GPS LED kit for safety

So after receiving the protective case for the APM it was very difficult to see the GPS and ARM lights as a number of people have said. 

So in just a short time (probably 30 minutes), I put together some external LEDs (orange for ARM and blue for GPS) and encased it in a protective case.  The GPS LED is receiving the signal from A6 and the ARM LED is receiving the signal from A4.

The LEDs are 10mm, the case is 57mm wide and 27mm tall and fits quite easily on…

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Added by David Anders on January 11, 2013 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

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