Late last month drone company Matternet demoed a first, a precise and fully automated drone…Continue
In case you missed it, some great news items in the last couple weeks, from the Ardupilot development powerhouse:
- Release of Copter 3.5
- The Solo lives on
Copter 3.5 is a major release with an extensive list of new features and improvements, including support for visual odometry, obstacle avoidance, RTK…Continue
Great video from Ardupilot Development Team member Jaime Machuca, on working towards an upcoming Maker Faire in San Francisco's Bay area. The Ardupilot event is sponsored by Intel.
More information on the project is available…Continue
Added by Olivier on May 9, 2017 at 11:11am — No Comments
Every year Google proposes to fund students for the summer with its GSoC program, where open source organizations and students are announced through a highly selective process. This year was the first time Ardupilot applied as its own entity, and Google just granted it four student positions. No doubt due in part to the high number of student proposals submitted to…Continue
In which a 1.7m flying wing VTOL transitions to forward flight with ... oops ... reversed elevons. As the transition starts the quad motors are active and compensate for the reversed elevons. Once the transition is completed the quad motors stop and ... the flying wing, now flying like a plane, flips 180 degrees quasi instantly due to the reversed elevons. The VTOL…Continue
Ardupilot developer and Mission Planner author Michael Oborne gave a talk at the Ardupilot 2017 Unconference about little known features of Mission Planner. A video of the talk is available, with Michael discussing items including APSync, FFT (Fast Fourier…Continue
Added by Olivier on March 27, 2017 at 8:04pm — No Comments
The Ardupilot Development Team held an "un-conference" (aimed at developers) in Canberra, Australia last month. The conference included several talks, along with flying in the field.
Ardupilot developers present included well-known Plane, Copter and Rover leads Andrew Tridgell, Randy Mackay and Grant Morphett, and developers Paul Risenborough…Continue
Great news for the open source community and the greater world of autopilots: On February 27th Ardupilot.org was selected as a participating 2017 Google Summer of Code organization.
Sponsored by Google, GSOC is a unique program matching open source organizations and students interested in participating in open source development.
Added by Olivier on March 1, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments
From Rusty and Jacob of ArduSub:
Hello everyone, Rusty here at Blue Robotics. We're pleased to announce that the ArduSub project has merged with Ardupilot!This is a momentous occasion for the ArduSub project, with our two main developers, Jacob and Rusty, both becoming members of the…Continue
Added by Olivier on February 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
From Tridge at Ardupilot.org:
We just finished the ArduPilot Developer meetup in Canberra, Australia. Randy [Lead Arducopter developer] will be posting videos from the talks when he gets back to Japan, but meanwhile here is a nice video by Darrell Burkey of some of the activities over the weekend. ...…Continue
Added by Olivier on February 20, 2017 at 1:48pm — No Comments
The AddictionX is a popular model plane allowing for spectacular high precision acrobatics. In addition to more common barrel rolls and vertical loops, its extremely light wing loading and high motor thrust to weight ratio provides expert flyers with…Continue
An eye opening and entertaining post over at ardupilot.org from developer Grant Morphett:
"Some of you may be wondering how much real world testing us developers really do. Well the answer is we try to test as much as we can. We especially try to test the limits our boundary conditions that most people won't test because they like their vehicles in…Continue
And a great picture of the winner of the Airbus/Local Motors Cargo Drone challenge, a quadplane, prior to its successful maiden flight running Arduplane. (More information about it here earlier on this forum, and …Continue
Great feature coming up soon in Ardupilot's Copter 3.5. And congrats to the contribution of the month winner!
Many were skeptical after the first video, including me. Yet my skepticism lost some ground when I looked further into the capabilities of Jetcatusa micro turbines. A few weeks ago after that first flight, he announced an upcoming major public demo later in April, when interviewed by a French magazine ...
To my knowledge the first time a "major" news publication picks this up ...
From the 3/11/16 Edition of Newsweek Magazine:
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony in November on whether and how to regulate unmanned vehicles. This drone did not testify.
Great application leveraging DJI's SDK and IOS/Android vision processing. Just signed up as a beta tester.
After Randy's pioneering work with his balloon finder on Pixhawk, can't wait for something similarly integrated with Dronecode, OpenCV, ROS ...
A very interesting post over at the Phantom Pilot forum.
I had my first ever bonafide flyaway about 6 weeks ago. I had my theories, bought $1,000 in replacement parts, rebuilt and moved on. Then it happened again.
This time, however, I had a data logger attached to the Phantom, a custom made miniature "black box"…