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Just a glimpse of the daily Dronecode flight testing

Just another day at the Dronecode flight testing line. Want to see the logs? They're all here, including 3D replay…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

What we're doing at our sister site, DIY Robocars (crazy fast autonomous car racing)

Ten years ago, when I started this site, we were solving some hard technical problems in aerial robotics (such as getting drones to actually fly without crashing!). Now those problems are largely solved (and many of us went on to found companies that today use drone data, rather than making drones themselves), my inner geek took me to the next set… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 21, 2018 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

DIY Drones now at 89,000 members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 89,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 17, 2018 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Drone with ground-penetrating radar for mine detection

From Hackaday:

Most civilized nations ban the use of landmines because they kill indiscriminately, and for years after they are planted. However, they are still used in many…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 10:33pm — 1 Comment

OpenMV, my favorite computer vision module, now even faster and better

Long ago, it was hard to do computer vision -- like PhD hard. Then, about ten years ago, it started to get easier with the OpenCV libraries, which did most of the hard work for you. But even that needed you to program and build a toolchain and it really only ran well on beefy PCs. But about two years ago, a series of small, cheap computer vision modules…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2018 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

Thrust-vectoring monocopter

From Hackaday (this was actually posted by a community member first, but accidentally got deleted.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2018 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Pixhawk-based navigation using ADS-B transponders instead of GPS

From the University of Washington:

Drones use GPS to find their way without a pilot. But GPS signals can be easily blocked by tall skyscrapers or…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2018 at 9:15pm — 3 Comments

Bicopter build

From Hackaday:

RCExplorer, or [David], or just ‘The Swede’, …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2018 at 8:03am — 2 Comments

Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon

Via Hackster.io. From the YouTube description:

The goal of this project was to drop a glider from the edge of space using a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

DIY Drones now at 88,000+ members

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 88,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

Using LoRa radios for long-range RC

This one is a bit of a dangerous hack, since LoRa is not as reliable as regular RC, but if you've got an autopilot handling regular drone control, using LoRa to send commands might make sense. 

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 5, 2018 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

ETH open sources aggressive quadcopter code

From Davide Scarmuzza at ETH: "We are releasing our full quadrotor control framework as open-source. This framework has been used for the past 6 years in my lab. It has served as the basis in over 500 public live demonstrations over 50…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2018 at 1:48pm — 4 Comments

US military team releases Dronecode-based app to fly DJI drones with QGC

From Mark Jacobsen: "Rosetta Drone is an Android app that wraps the DJI SDK in Mavlink. It allows you to fly a DJI drone with a Mavlink-based ground control station like QGroundControl.

Rosetta Drone was brought to you by…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 3, 2018 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Dronecode meetup/open house in Berkeley next Monday

Next Monday we're hosting a Dronecode meetup after a full day of code sprinting on the forthcoming Dronecode SDK iOS API.

Come meet members of the Dronecode dev team, including developers from 3DR, Yuneec, PX4, Intel, Airmap, ARM and others for an evening of drink, food, demos, music…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2018 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Test results on indoor positioning technologies

Very interesting results from the Microsoft indoor localization competition. Basically my two…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2018 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Hands on review of new LIDARs, from $1,000 solid-state 3D to $5 1D range finder

I've been doing hands-on reviews of new LIDAR units over at our sister site, DIY Robocars. If you're interested in LIDAR, check them out there:

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2018 at 3:06pm — 3 Comments

Cool landscape photography with a 3DR Solo and high-powered lights

Really interesting technique from Reuben Wu of the band Ladytron, who uses a 3DR Solo carrying bright lights to illuminate landscapes in ways that otherwise wouldn't be possible. 

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2018 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

Indoor positioning with OpenMV cam

A cool project from Kaz Kojima uses an OpenMV cam to track a drone, like a poor man's Vicon system:

openMV+ESP32

Screen shot of opemMV…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 5, 2018 at 7:40pm — 4 Comments

Background on the amazing Intel drone swarm demo at the Olympics

Here's some background on the amazing Intel drone displays at the Olympics. 

Wired article here

Intel video:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2018 at 4:24pm — 5 Comments

Training a drone using OpenAI gym and ROS

From this post by Ricardo…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 9, 2018 at 8:37am — No Comments

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