From the video description:
A microprocessor-based onboard computer, a 6 DOF IMU sensor package, five DC motors with encoder feedback for flapping and wing articulation (asymmetric wing folding and leg/tail control), power/comm electronics, carbon-fiber frame, 3D printed parts, and silicone based membrane wings -- all at 92…
Spotted by The Register:
Amazon has filed a fascinating patent for automated aerial vehicle (AAV) technology.
The invention has two aspects,…
Love this report from NASA, via Space Daily:
NASA’s Gas-Sniffing Drone Can Spot Methane Leaks More Accurately Than Previous Instruments
As part of a project to improve safety in the energy…
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This is a great demo of the new multipoint cablecam feature on Solo, with five-axis splines and smoothed timing on each path. All programmed with a few button presses. There's simple autonomy and there's Hollywood-turned-into-an-app autonomy -- and this is just a glimpse of what you can do with Dronekit on Solo.
From the press release:
From the FAA press release:
March 29- After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude…
A key portion of the forecast focuses on projections for the growth in the use of…
Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux (below) is amazing in many ways, but here's one you might not have known. He's the father of Lea Seydoux, the Bond girl in Spectre. The film is just so-so, but she's the best part of it, playing (appropriately) the daughter of a genius computer expert who is creating a global…Continue
It's sad that Sparkfun removed the aerial category from the AVC, but the silver lining is that this year they've added an totally insane new category: autonomous go-karts with humans aboard who can't steer. I love the motto: "Trust your code? Prove it."
From the announcement…Continue
Florida-based startup Apellix developed a prototype unmanned aerial system that can potentially paint homes or ships, apply chemicals, or pressure wash windows. It's called the "Worker Bee."
Company founder Robert…
We've been evaluating this on Pixhawk-based platforms, and it's a performing well. Best used with other sensors, such as cameras, but a lot better than just sonar.
From the summary:
This uses an updated version of the LIDAR-Lite sensor on a rotating mount. $245 is an impressive price -- backed!
From the Kickstarter campaign:
We wanted a scanning LiDAR for our projects and couldn’t find anything that was powerful…
Good news for IRIS+ fans. We've released the CAD files as STLs, so you can 3D print any replacement parts you need for free, including improved versions of the legs that are 50% lighter and require less support when printing.
Our friends at…Continue
If you saw Rafaello D'Andrea's amazing TED talk from a few weeks ago, you will have been impressed by how his team solved the problem of controlling VTOL aircraft in the vertical position with just two props (VTOL aircraft are notoriously prone to wind disturbance when lending in vertical mode). Now that…Continue
3DR has just released an update to the Solo app on iOS and Android that adds a new GoPro Burst camera mode as well as improved FollowMe functionality (see below). This continues a monthly feature/performance update schedule that is adding a ton of new funtionality. Next month's software update will dramatically improve GPS performance and reduce lock time, along with adding the…Continue
Very interesting new research from George Mason University on the risks to people of drone collision, based on wildlife strike data:
In December 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a new…
From the ParaZero press release:
TEL AVIV, Israel – March, 2016 – ParaZero, a startup that has developed a safety solution for all aerial systems such as UAVs and drones, publicly unveiled its…
One of the great things about this community is that it's very active but still keeps high standards of civility and a good signal-to-noise ratio. This doesn't happen by accident, but is rather due to a great cast of moderators who approve new members (keeping spammers out) and review all posts on the front page to ensure that they're high quality.
In case you've missed this, HobbyKing is now selling a RC transmitter designed for APM/Pixhawk, with all the flight modes mapped to knob settings with mode LED indicators. Just $58!