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Down on the farm with drones

Patrick Egan

There are bushels of folks out there now spending money and putting time in finding niches for unmanned systems that already exist. You may be saying, isn’t that what we should be doing? Possibly, but first we have to understand that the idea of carrying sensors on aircraft is not revolutionary, it has been going on for years. Drones too,…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 29, 2013 at 10:08pm — 7 Comments

The Next Decade of American Airspace with Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wired and now CEO of 3-D Robotics, talks with The Atlantic's James Fallows about the role of drones for civilian uses. This program is part of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 conference presented by The Atlantic and UC San Diego. (#25784)…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 22, 2013 at 4:31am — 9 Comments

Behold part of the future Flextrotor flies from autonomous boat.

I can't get enough of this platform

The aircraft is Aerovel’s 20-kg Flexrotor, which combines VTOL and small footprint with Hawaii-to-West Coast range. The carrier is a 4-metre skiff equipped to launch, retrieve, and service…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 20, 2013 at 9:15am — 12 Comments

Trappy's Counsel File Motion To Dismiss

Well it's begun and this case will have an impact on all of you in the USA in one way or another. For those that did not hear about it Trappy is facing a $10,000 dollar fine.

The Complaint alleges that on or about October 17, 2011, Mr. Pirker (a Swiss citizen residing overseas) was the “pilot in command” of a “Ritewing Zephyr powered glider…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 2, 2013 at 11:30am — 88 Comments

The new forums need YOU!

By now everybody must be aware of the excellent new wiki's that the team has been putting hours of work into and really doing a fine job of it. You might have also seen the Community drop down menu at the top of the page at under that you will see a links to here and …


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 28, 2013 at 11:20pm — 44 Comments

3D Robotics Announces $30 Million Series B Financing


SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013 — 3D Robotics, the leading open Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company, today announced a $30 million Series B financing round.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 26, 2013 at 1:12pm — 17 Comments

Well its Friday and this is cool

Sorry if you have seen this before, I have been watching this one and don't think it has come up here much. No doubt for all sorts of reasons variable pitch will become popular. The aerobatics are just the half of it.

If you…


Added by Gary Mortimer on August 30, 2013 at 1:30am — 18 Comments

Civilian Drones the Documentary

Upcoming Documentary Civilian Drones highlights The Human Toll while the U.S. NAS Integration Effort Stagnates.

The documentary produced by MahaPix Studios is sure to raise eyebrows as it exposes the viewer to the lifesaving potential of small unmanned systems. Beyond the hypothetical, the film reveals the incredible potential of unmanned technology when…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 31, 2013 at 12:15pm — 9 Comments

Cracker Barrel Does TED

Patrick from sUAS News recently had a spot at TEDx Sacramento. All part of our ongoing effort to change public misconceptions about our industry, and to highlight beneficial applications of non-militarized systems. While some folks practice their presentations for months the Cracker Barrel and Patrick were last…

Added by Gary Mortimer on July 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Drone show attendees flock to new $700 model

3D Robotics gave a sneak preview of a comparatively cheap consumer drone at an unmanned aircraft convention in San Francisco this week.

The company's new quadcopter, or four-rotor helicopter, can be controlled from a tablet running an Android flight system or other similar app. The…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 27, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

sUSB Expo live streaming soon.

(Chris Anderson is the third speaker in this clip)

Kicking off at 0900 Pacific the…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 25, 2013 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

T3 Season 2, The Model

Its T3 time again but first I have started tagging people that have entered T3 in the past on their member icons its a very small recognition for their valuable contributions which have driven APM forward faster than it might have without the competition. They have not only put their equipment on the line discovering new ways of doing things but countless hours…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 11, 2013 at 4:30am — 196 Comments

My new favorite multirotor video

I love this video clip, hands down the best I have seen to date from a multirotor. Can you guess I am a little bored of endless reveals and pans ;-) No bits of an airframe in shot, no GoPro distortion and filming exactly what they want it to. Brilliant! Watch in HD !…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 6, 2013 at 4:22am — 16 Comments

Speaking of Drones

A chance to hear Chris and other movers and shakers speak, coming up later this month in San Francisco. The 3DR team will be there with try and fly platforms as well. Yes this is a shameless sUAS News conference plug. All things being equal video should be available on G+ as it happens.

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, as the industry…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 2, 2013 at 5:07pm — 2 Comments

AVC 2013

Starting very shortly, 0900 Mountain AVC 2013.

Chris Anderson and co are there to be covered in glory having flown an autonomous take off then out over water to drop a tennis ball on a spit of land, fly under a hoop and finally land all without the aid of a net.

What could possibly go wrong.

Live stream here …


Added by Gary Mortimer on June 8, 2013 at 8:00am — 51 Comments

Hunter arrested


MBABANE – Private Investigator Hunter Shongwe has been arrested for using a spy aircraft without a valid licence or permit.

The gadget operates as a ‘floating’ camera and takes pictures of people and places without raising suspicion.  The owner of such an aircraft…


Added by Gary Mortimer on May 4, 2013 at 7:14am — 8 Comments

T3 Qube results

This T3 round was really quite the thing. As such everybody gets a prize! Chris assures me that the 3DR T shirts are very cool. So far he has failed to produce an image of a bumpy jumper person wearing one…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 20, 2013 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Hyundai Flying Car

Not sure I have picked the right named  rotor number for this one. I called it a hexadecagon. 

A chap said of an ultralight pilot that I knew after flying over a large body of water (Irish Sea) in a very very dodgy aircraft. "Balls the size of melons and a brain the size of a pea" 

I don't think I would have sat in this, especially…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 20, 2013 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

SteadiDrone QU4D Fighting Walrus Modifications

Patrick spoke with with Bryan Galusha at the recent Robotics block party and he had something to share with sUAS News.

We are excited to announce the Fighting Walrus fully-integrated RTF airframe!  This ready-to-fly airframe incorporates the features what our customers wanted most:

1.  Streaming 1080p video

2.Manual control with the iOS device



Added by Gary Mortimer on April 17, 2013 at 11:00am — 49 Comments

Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

One wonders what Eric Schmidt’s opinion is of the Google staff that we know using the technology. Perhaps the technology is just dandy in their hands?  The issue of regulation does need to be addressed in the USA. As ever though the shuffling of chairs and meetings to organize meetings seem to top of the agenda for the FAA.

The BBC reports:- The…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 13, 2013 at 7:14am — 30 Comments

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