A couple startup companies are trying to create a new market for wind energy from "kites", which are really tethered UAVs flying circular patterns. Energy is generated by the props, which drive motors to act as turbines. The two are Makani Power, which is funded by Google, and…Continue
Somehow I missed this when it came out in December, but NASA is running a competition for low-cost, energy-efficient autonomously-pilot passenger vehicles, which would take off and land from small "pocket airports" in neighborhoods. NASA is hoping for a winner of the autonomous challenge by 2015.
Gizmag has the…Continue
I know this is a military drone, which we don't cover here, but I was taken by the screen shots of the ground control center of the X-47B, which had its first flight a few weeks ago. HappyKillmore--yours looks way better!
The video has also been re-released with a new rock…Continue
We've now got more than 40 retailers and distributors selling 3D Robotics gear around the world, in addition to the main store here. You may want to shop at one near you, both to save on shipping and support local robotics companies.
If you want to become a 3D Robotics distributor, please email email@example.com for…Continue
If you admired Festo's lovely RC airfish but didn't have a zillion dollars to spend on one, no fear: you'll soon be able to buy a toy version, called AirSwimmers. Just begging to be made autonomous! A good use for your old Blimpduino boards...
As we've mentioned before, our long term plan for ArduPilot includes it being compatible with Willow Garage's Robot Operating System as a "ROS Node", which is to say that it can communicate with ground computers running ROS for things like swarming and multi-UAV control. The Willow Garage team is supporting this, too, and…Continue
I keep breaking my ArduCopter arches, so rather than order replacements, I just laser cut my own through Ponoko. I've uploaded the design, so you can do it too. Select 3mm clear acrylic, P1 size. It should cost $8.20 plus shipping for the four arches shown above. Note that these…Continue
Our Bay Area UAV Fliers group is up and running (we had a flight/meetup today), and I'm sure there are others. I'm going to make this page a collection of all the local DIY Drones groups, and link to it from the Members tab in the menus above.
So please start a Google Group for your…Continue
One of the top requests we get at DIY Drones is for ready-to-fly autopilots and UAVs. Lots of people aren't comfortable soldering, loading software and otherwise configuring electronics. Others don't have the time to learn the ropes. And everyone wants to avoid the risk of possibly getting it wrong and ruining electronics in the process.
All understandable. But…Continue
Hexacopter version or ArduPiratesNG code with GPS position and altitude hold, and ultrasonics low altitude hold.
Gary at sUAS news has an important story on what looks like the first blanket permission to use sUAS (in this case, a RC multicopter with a camera) by a law enforcement agency in the US:
Mesa County, Colorado— Recently the…
After last weekend's fun San Francisco-area fly-in, I've had a number of requests to set up a local mailing lists for people who would like to get together for similar meetups. So I've set up a Google Group for the…Continue