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Really fine RPAS filming

I think the trouble with an awful lot of multirotor footage is that its all about the multirotor footage. I see way too many zoom climbs, reveals and drone films XYZ from above its just dull. I have a feeling the general viewing public is also getting used to it so for late arrivals they are going to have to work hard to get noticed.

This short…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on October 3, 2014 at 11:00am — 19 Comments

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…

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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…

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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

After…

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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…

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

Whoop whoop live air traffic overlaid on Mission Planner

Mark Colwell made a post on G+ last night about this, Mark is one of the folks that if he says something you listen. I immediately grabbed some Beta updates and realised no aircraft would be coming past me before bed time, blast. Well its morning O clock now and the first aircraft out of Durban is on its way. In fact it rather shows the holes in airfields shown…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on August 7, 2014 at 10:30pm — 62 Comments

3D Prints of work

I thought this was pretty cute, well done to boot

Shooting by the company Photos aériennes / post processing and 3D printing by Drones Imaging.

This photorealistic and geographically accurate 3D model was obtained using …

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Added by Gary Mortimer on July 29, 2014 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

T3 Wimbledon Drone Delivery Challenge (NBNG)

For some spurious story board reason that I have not padded out properly Wimbledon has ball delivery issues!

The T3 task this time is to deliver as many tennis balls as possible using only one 5000 maH battery, to both power the plane and autopilot. Fly between two virtual…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on July 7, 2014 at 4:30am — 51 Comments

Stunning 3D from Pix4D

Added by Gary Mortimer on June 25, 2014 at 12:41am — No Comments

Amazing 3D pen skills

Added by Gary Mortimer on June 23, 2014 at 11:14pm — 4 Comments

Consumer Drones: The View from Above

Added by Gary Mortimer on June 19, 2014 at 6:40am — 1 Comment

Chris Anderson speaking at sUSB Expo 14

We are already getting ready for next year and already have a list of speakers. Watch http://www.susbexpo.com for more

Added by Gary Mortimer on June 17, 2014 at 3:42am — 2 Comments

Trent has started his cross USA trip.

I have the utmost respect for this young man, he is everything we should be around here. The true spirit of DIYD. I have followed him with great interest since he started the journey towards the cross country flight. Its worth reminding ourselves of where he was at in 2011.…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on June 15, 2014 at 11:18pm — 14 Comments

An insight into insurance requirements for the USA

This might be dull as dishwater for some but if commercial use in the USA is your end game then you will need to know about insurance.

Added by Gary Mortimer on June 14, 2014 at 2:07am — 3 Comments

Brain not frame

I don't think I need to add much to this. Perhaps handles ought to become standard though.

Added by Gary Mortimer on May 26, 2014 at 10:55pm — 17 Comments

Autonomous Quadrotor Flight Based On Google's Project Tango

Now here we go! Project Tango and UPenn whats not to like. Its always interesting to note that the Asctec machines are in nearly every cutting edge video. I always call that out because they are such nice people that just carry on in a confused market.

Parrot scored with the product placement there ;-)

Added by Gary Mortimer on May 23, 2014 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

The official Bebop video

I don't think I have to add much more in the way of a post. The exploded diagram of the platform at the end of the video says it all.

Added by Gary Mortimer on May 12, 2014 at 1:19pm — 39 Comments

One for Rob L :- An Immersive Look At Water | The Making Of Watermark

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and director Jennifer Baichwal give us an inside look into the making of their cinematic feat, Watermark. The documentary was shot using groundbreaking 5K ultra high definition photography and aerial technology and explores mankind's complicated relationship with water, using a diverse set of stories that challenge how easily…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on May 11, 2014 at 1:55am — 3 Comments

sUSBExpo day 1 streaming live now.

The show has started and you are very welcome to watch! Jim Williams from the FAA after lunch is in charge of airspace integration at the FAA might be worth watching ;-) Questions from the floor so far have been pretty cutting. Chris Anderson speaks tomorrow.…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on May 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Don't mess with Texas Equusearch

Gene and Trappys lawyer Brendan Schulman will be talking to Patrick on todays sUAS News podcast at 1330 PST.  Call in to ask any questions. It will be available to download from the link below after the show as well.…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on April 22, 2014 at 12:53pm — 17 Comments

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