Congrats to our friends at the Syria Airlift Project, who conducted an experimental project this weekend in Sacramento to train refugees to use Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing drones to deliver supplies into conflict zones. From the video description:
On March 28-29, 2015, Uplift Aeronautics…
From The Guardian
Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …
Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM derivative such as the VR Brain, with the exception of one older (2012) design…Continue
Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)
Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat explains:
Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine. I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and robust-looking design, however!
(representative DIY version shown, not Google's)
"Google’s quest to introduce small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into low altitude airspace within a “few years” has driven the company to launch an unexpected foray into the avionics market, says Dave Vos, head of the Internet company’s Project Wing.
Two companies – L-3 Aviation Products…
Great news from the FAA, and part of an encouraging trend towards a much more progressive regulatory process in the US:
The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process,…
From National Geographic:
A variety of platforms and quadcopters have recently come my way to test, fly and review. I base my reviews on my …
Not a surprise for anyone who has tried dealing with VTOL sporks drones, which are easy to take off but very tricky to land precisely in a wind due to the sail wing. From…Continue
Another clever legal post from Diana Marina Cooper, a lawyer doing some smart writing on the frontiers of robot regulation. FWIW, Canada seems to have confused "autonomous" with "optionally autonomous", which is actually what most modern drones are (they have…Continue
From sUAS News:
To counter the threat of unlawful use of unmanned systems, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, together with the Dutch National Police and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, has selected a number of projects in which concepts are developed that can be used to detect, indentify and/or remove these mobile systems in a…
Oh my. Putting aside the ethics of "unmanned aerial vandalism", I'm a little concerned about the weight of these payloads. I suspect that Tyrone Drone, a modded IRIS+, is a stunt for SWSX rather than a real thing:
TYRONE'S GOT A POSSE. DO…
Another day, another Pixhawk/IRIS+ compatible crowdfunding project! Meet Percepto, now live on Indiegogo:
Our mission is to create a valuable open-source ecosystem, not just a product, to harness the power of a strong developer community…
It's designed to support Pixhawk, which you can see installed here:
From the new…Continue
IEEE Spectrum interviewed the experts, and the answer is that hitting an engine (bird strike to a MD11 shown above) is not as bad as hitting the windshield. Key excerpt:
The drone will hit the leading edge of…
The Panoptes eBumper just went live on Kickstarter. Backed!
eBumper4 helps a pilot avoid obstacles at low speeds. It also provides additional protection against erroneous control inputs and occasional light wind gusts.…
The campaign is off to a good start on Kickstarter. I totally need one of these. APM-powered and appears well designed. Backed!
The Splash Drone is a fully waterproof quad copter, packed with useful features and capable of…