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Crowfunding Update, Four Years Later

Four years ago, Chris Anderson posted a list of delayed Kickstarter campaigns. I was intrigued by this list and came back to it a few times over the years. 2014 and 2015 was the peak of the drone hype.

Unsurprisingly, most crowdfunding campaigns were late. Surprisingly, however, most (10 out…

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Added by Charles Blouin on August 27, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Challenges in Designing a User-Contributed Motor and Propeller Database

I will discuss the challenges of designing this database. Searching for the right propulsion components for a UAV is tough. There is not much data available, and what is available from suppliers is not standardized or reliable.…

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Added by Charles Blouin on March 15, 2019 at 8:36pm — 8 Comments

Pacific Drone Challenge

The Pacific Drone Challenge, inspired by the Xprize, has the goal of pushing the boundaries of what is possible with civilian drones. You have to do it for your name in the history books as there is no financial prize. Could…

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Added by Charles Blouin on January 16, 2018 at 2:29pm — 10 Comments

Thrust Stand for Large Motors

My colleague and I received a lot of help from the DIYDrones community two years ago when we launched the Series 1580 with our company RCbenchmark. We had just finished our masters in robotics. After a lot of work, we are now releasing the Series 1780, a dyno to test motors and propellers producing up to 25 kgf of thrust.

Although this…

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Added by Charles Blouin on October 26, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Otus Tracker by RCbenchmark: a more affordable motion-capture system for drone development.

Almost a year ago, I posted here about how VR technology could help control and perform research on UAVs in an indoor environment and at a more affordable cost. Currently, the most advanced indoor UAV research lab in the …

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Added by Charles Blouin on September 10, 2017 at 1:45pm — 3 Comments

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