I Heart Robotics has a great report from the recent IROS conference on the latest from Ascending Technologies, which make the most popular multicopters used in academia. Not open source and outside of the price range of most in this community, but excellent…Continue
My daughter has a history project to do on the Ford Model T and the origins of the production line. Given that…Continue
Another good non-military use for drones, reported in Fast Company:
Brazil's environmental police are deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to monitor the country's vast forest for illegal logging,…Continue
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From the Google Earth blog, an update of the community-created flight simulator plug-in to GE. Not quite ready for hardware-in-the-loop simulation yet, but it's getting there!
The latest version (.07) includes some nice…
I'm not sure if I've posted on this before, but last September the White House Office of Science and Technology policy commissioned a great report on DIY Drones and the rest of the amateur/civilian UAV movement. It's full of terrific ideas for non-military uses for UAVs, and is…Continue
As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. We're now at more than 19,000 registered members. We had another month of more than a million page views. It just took us six weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member per hour.
Thanks as always to all the community…Continue
We had a great time at the East Bay Maker Faire today, with Jason demoing autonomous ArduCopter functionality to constant crowds. Once the throng thinned out, he started doing stunts like this one, where he drags the ArduCopter away from home and lets it find its way back, terrain following the whole way, and then throws it away like a Frisbee and watches…
If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can meet the ArduCopter team and see demos tomorrow at the East Bay Maker Faire in Oakland. Jason Short and I will be giving a presentation at 12:00 on the main stage. Quads will fly! Come by and say hi…Continue
CNN did an episode on DIY Drones today. Good shots from the back of 3D Robotics, including clips of Jeff Taylor and Gigio Romero (Udrones) flying ArduPlane and…
The German effects studio OMStudios must really trust their custom RC Octocopter--the super high-def RED camera they're lifting costs $40,0000.
I'm going to be in London on Oct 13th and 14th for the Wired UK conference (where there will be an ArduCopter demo--thanks to those coming to do that). For those who can't make it to the conference, I'm hosting a meetup dinner at 7:00pm on Thurs, Oct 13th…Continue
The cool black 3DR ArduCopter kit is now available with motors/ESCs and props included for $295. Or get it with full APM autopilot electronics (including GPS and magnetometer) for…Continue
From Flight Global:
At least 100 teams from around China and the world entered vehicles to compete for roughlyUS$378,000 in prizes. It is possible that the event included the…
What's going on in China now is very impressive. From SUASNews:
It's thought at least 100 teams took part in the AVIC Cup…
From this week's New Yorker