Chris Anderson's Blog – July 2015 Archive (33)

Building an APM drone with the Flutter long-range wireless board

The creator of the cool Flutter processor/wireless board (1km range, Arduino compatible) that launched on Kickstarter a couple years ago is now shipping the board. He's also…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2015 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

Bormatec releases new folding drone for Pixhawk

From Bormatec, the Ninox, a great improvement to their original Q folding drone. With a wider nose,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2015 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Autonomous parking with a DIY Arduino/Android RC car

Very cool hack by a university team, using Android and Arduino. From Makezine:

The vehicle is a creation of University of Gothenburg student …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2015 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

SwiftNav Piksi RTK (high accuracy) GPS now supported by Pixhawk/APM

Great news from the SwiftNav team:

Swift and I are proud to announce our first official public release of ArduPilot integration for Piksi! This…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 9, 2015 at 8:51pm — 19 Comments

What do you do with a gun that shoots dead birds at jet engines? (shoot drones at them)

Good article from The Verge about how they GE tests jet engines to ensure that they can withstand bird and hail strikes. The obvious next thing to test is small drones. 

Peebles is home to GE Aviation’s…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 9, 2015 at 11:41am — 6 Comments

Will Google's low-cost ADSB integrate delivery drones into manned airspace?

Good article in DroneLife:

In case they passed you by without notice – and it’s quite likely they did – the May announcements that retail giant Walmart and Silicon Valley technology-disrupter …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 8, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Commercial use of drones in the US skyrocketing

The easier FAA Section 333 process and an overall sense that the US commercial drone regulatory process is heading in the right direction is leading to a boom in applications and approvals. Excerpt from a good Verge…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Omidyar-sponsored DC conference on drones for good

From the New America foundation, an interesting conference in Washington DC  on Wed, July 22. It's backed by the Omidyar Network, which is run by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay.

Clear and secure rights…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

New smartphone-controlled gaming drones (with GPS) on Kickstarter

Impressively tiny given the GPS, autopilot and promised LTE connection option. Virtual FPV racing and indoor/outdoor use. On Kickstarter now:

tobyrich.vegas next to an iPhone 5 and a Samsung tablet tobyrich.vegas next to an iPhone 5 and a Samsung…
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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 8:16am — 2 Comments

Parrot Bebop running APM!

I just got back from Paris, where I was meeting with the Parrot team, who are now part of the DroneCode project. Here's the first glimpse of what they are working on: the APM code running on the Bebop drone! The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2015 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

Database of FAA drone exemptions

From the excellent Center of the Study of the Drone, a searchable spreadsheet with all the current FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial use:

By Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger

Until the Federal Aviation…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:58pm — 9 Comments

Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone

From Hackaday:

A while back, we wrote about the ducted fan, single rotor, VTOL drone that [Armin Strobel] was working on. It wasn’t quite finished then, and hadn’t got off the ground yet. He’s posted an update, and from the looks of it, he’s made tons of progress,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:39pm — 7 Comments

Hackaday Wings, Wheels and Propellers contest

From Hackaday:

Have a project that moves? Then get it entered this week for your chance at one of 15 quadcopters. We’ll award a Crazyflie 2.0 to each of 15…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:11pm — No Comments

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