Chris Anderson's Blog – July 2014 Archive (30)

ESA does another copter-rover drop, this time with awesomely over-the-top music

Remember a year ago when Randy used an ArduCopter to autonomously drop a rover on a freakin' volcano? Good times. 

Well, now the European Space Agency has done the same thing, but this time time they have ridiculous music, a massive budget and a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 19 Comments

Head of the Consumer Electronics Association: Free the drones now!

From an op-ed in the Washington Post by Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association. Good to see leaders in the overall technology industry recognizing the commercial potential of civilian…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 5, 2014 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Update on Fotokite, the tethered cameracopter

Robohub has a good update on Fotokite, which uses a copter-on-a-string approach to Follow-me:

Although I am amazed with UAVs and their versatility, I must admit that having a flying…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2014 at 12:58pm — 8 Comments

Hexo+ makes it to $1 million on Kickstarter

Congrats to the Hexo+ team, which is the first of the Kickstarter Follow-me projects (all based on Pixhawk/PX4) to make it to $1 million!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2014 at 3:57pm — 23 Comments

FAA will miss 2015 commercial drone use rules, says audit

No surprise, but good to have it confirmed by the Inspector General. From The Verge:

The Federal Aviation Administration likely won't be ready to let commercial…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 10:10pm — 15 Comments

Autonomous ball drone bounces off anything

From Motherboard:

An article in the Journal of Field Robotics describes the first tests of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments

Thriving South African drone community under threat from regs

Video from SteadiDrone, whose APM-powered QU4D we fly all the time and love

Robohub has a good report on South African drone community,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:52pm — 8 Comments

Agricultural mapping with the Penguin UAV and Pixhawk

ben Boughtan has a great post on Ag Maps Online about his experience using Pixhawk and a Penguin UAV for crop mapping: …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:45pm — 8 Comments

Sparkfun AVC 2014 wrapup video

Sparkfun did a great job with the Autonomous Vehicle Competition this year, and this wrapup video is no exception. The first half is the rovers, the second is the aerial competition. You'll recognize many DIY Drones stars in it!

Final scores are here

Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

David Beckham doesn't like drones ;-)

Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 2:20pm — 2 Comments

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