Gary Mortimer's Blog – September 2014 Archive (4)

Congratulations Canberra UAV, stunning Outback Challenge win

Ardupilot for the win! APM lead developer Andrew ("Tridge") Tridgell's CanberraUAV team with a 3D Robotics Pixhawk autopilot completed all the challenges and scored an impressive victory in this premier UAV competition. 

Congratulations to Canberra UAV and indeed all the teams that found and rescued Joe. Everybody that qualified deserves a round…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — 33 Comments

Hollywood given the green light

Its all worryingly simple. 

Write manuals, get an N number for your airframe apply for a COA and the pilot needs a PPL.

What took them so long!

In their applications, the firms said the operators will hold private pilot certificates, keep the UAS within line of sight at all times and restrict flights to the “sterile area” on the set.  In…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 25, 2014 at 1:05pm — 19 Comments

Drones Get Waiver to Search for Missing Texas Woman Christina Morris

Well done to Gene Robinson one of the first DIYD members. He has been pushing for this for years and it looks like the sun is rising on SAR RPAS in the USA.

Missing woman’s family hopeful as drones take to the sky

Brittany Feagans



Added by Gary Mortimer on September 13, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

LiDAR for $7999!

Many folks are going to be horrified at that price, but I look at it as less than autopilots cost back in the day. I think these will fly off the shelf for professional end users. Moores law seems not to apply to unmanned aviation, its too slow.

“Velodyne’s LiDAR Puck has the potential to be truly transformational, an enabling technology for a vast…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 3, 2014 at 11:17am — 17 Comments

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