Fixed-wing planes and helicopters are no longer the darling of the RC world. Even quadcopters and other multirotors are starting to look old hat, as the community looks to ever more outrageous designs.…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2019 at 8:10pm — No Comments
Features and benefits
• Modular parts
o Easy-to-replace powertrain. No more soldering hassles.
• Fully assembled and ready-to-fly
o Avoid the headache and uncertainty of building a drone from scratch. Draco-R is fully assembled, tested, and ready to fly, right out of the…
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 90,000 members!
A few observations on this milestone:
As an industry, we had high hopes for the use of drones in anti-poaching efforts. But in hot climates everything looks hot to airborne thermal cameras and fleet logistics are crippling. Dogs work much better. Here's a…Continue
Congrats to the QGroundControl team who have just released version 3.5 of my fave GCS. Along with a lot of bug fixes, these are the new features:
I dunno which it is, but it's really DIY and interesting, and that's all that counts. From Hackaday:
Quadcopters are familiar, and remote control planes are old hat at this point. However, compact lightweight power…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2019 at 8:17pm — No Comments
From Ars Technica. I played with ion drives a long time ago, but never got anything this large to lift. Great work!
The Johnson Indoor Track at MIT probably won't go down in history in the same way as…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments
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
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 members, blog posts and otherwise respond to questions and…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on October 17, 2018 at 10:42pm — No Comments
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 places around the world, and people are still left trying to…Continue
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…Continue
From Hackaday (this was actually posted by a community member first, but accidentally got deleted. Sorry)
We’re not entirely sure what to call this one. It’s got the usual trappings of a drone, but with only a single rotor it…Continue
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…Continue
RCExplorer, or [David], or just ‘The Swede’, has come up with a bicopter kit. Yes, there are a lot of…Continue
Via Hackster.io. From the YouTube description:
The goal of this project was to drop a glider from the edge of space using a…Continue
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 moderators who approve new members, blog posts and otherwise respond to questions and keep…Continue
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.
LoRa has been…Continue
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…Continue