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Flying stick bi-copter

From Hackaday:

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.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2019 at 8:10pm — No Comments

New Draco development platform for Dronecode/PX4 with Realsense sensors

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2019 at 2:47pm — 2 Comments

DIY Drones now at 90,000 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 90,000 members!

A few observations on this milestone:

  • It took 12 years to get to 90k members. It's a marathon, not a sprint
  • Although this is a zero-person operation (it runs itself,…
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Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2019 at 6:17pm — 4 Comments

Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 9, 2019 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

QGroundControl 3.5 released

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:

  • Overall
    • Added Airmap integration to QGC. OSX build only.
    • Bumped settings version…
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 20, 2019 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

Is it a rocket? A ducted fan-copter? Both?

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2019 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Ion drive drone -- NO moving parts!

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2018 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

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 of the flights (click on date link to see all the data…

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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 members, blog posts and otherwise respond to questions and…

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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 places around the world, and people are still left trying to…

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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. 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…

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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’, has come up with a bicopter kit. Yes, there are a lot of…

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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 moderators who approve new members, blog posts and otherwise respond to questions and keep…

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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 Hackaday:

LoRa has been…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 5, 2018 at 6:00pm — 4 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

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