Clever! As the poster says, "This is a prototype, soon to be available at www.cxndesigns.com"
One of the differences between APM 2.0 and APM 2.5 is that on APM 2.5 there is no daughterboard covering the barometric pressure sensor. So what? Well, if you've got your APM 2.5 in an enclosure of some sort, it's no big deal (the official enclosures will be out in a few weeks and will be included with APM 2.5 orders then;…Continue
The $179 "Care Package" version of the new videogame comes with a "MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone" (whatever that is). News here.
This is the same game…Continue
If you've played with the Syma 107, you'll know that it's an amazingly stable, fun and cheap ($16!) toy helicopter. Maybe a good platform for a micro UAV? Possibly, but you'll need to be able to hack into its control signals first. Kerry Wong to the…Continue
Dev Team member Pat Hickey, who works at Galois, let us know about this cool opportunity to work on advanced UAV software work and the ArduPlane/ArduCopter 32-bit evolution.
If you're looking to get into the UAV industry and have the software skills (and are…Continue
The uDrones RTF ArduPlane, which is a very good deal at $599, now comes with the new APM 2.5. You can add telemetry and FPV video options, too. Just add your own RC and LiPo and you're ready to go. …Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2012 at 10:34pm — No Comments
One of the common mods that popped up on the internet were ways of extending the range on the AR Drone. It normally uses a local Wi-Fi connection to your phone or tablet for control and video signals. Many found this quite…
You've probably noticed that Michael Oborne seems to be improving and enhancing the Mission Planner every day, judging by the frequent autoupdates. And you wouldn't be far off from the truth! We don't post a changelog with every update (it's too many to keep up with), but if you're curious, you can always see them in the…Continue
When [Matt] started building his multirotor helicopter, he was far too involved with building his craft than worrying about small details like how to actually control his…
Every year, the Gartner IT consultancy releases its famous "hype curve", which shows where it thinks various emerging technologies are in the usual cycle of swings between overheated expectations, backlashes and ultimate practical application. They…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
From BoingBoing, news of a new organization that uses some of the same open source principles we use here, but for manned aircraft:
"MakerPlane is an open…Continue
If you're like me and crash a lot (I'm a terrible pilot), bent motor shafts are a weekly curse. There's no good way to straighten them, so I have to replace the entire motor. That's expensive, and requires a lot of soldering of wires and remounting motors. So good news: now you can just replace the bent part, leaving the…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on August 14, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
One of the biggest commercial opportunities for robotics is agriculture, which I find endlessly fascinating (probably because I know nothing about farming!). This isn't exactly drone-related (although lots of farmers are using drones for everything from multispectral imaging to crop-spraying), but Forbes has a…Continue
Some new small-scale UAVs from Lockheed Martin, plus the latest in blimp with huge radar arrays and onboard power generation. Always interesting to see the standardization on Xbox-style controllers for the little ones.
From the MIT press release:
MIT’s Robust Robotics Group — which fielded the team that won the last AUVSI contest — has set itself…
I love my Walkera Ladybird nanocopter, which costs $129 and is incredibly fun to fly. But now you can get a clone…Continue