In preparation for the upcoming real sea-trials, Boeing’s unmanned helicopter (based on a modified MD530F ‘little bird’) successfully landed on a moving platform towed by a truck. The project is under contract by the French armaments agency (DGA) and major…
Make Magazine has a great new special issue on kits, which includes an interview with me on all the lessons on what not to do that I learned in the early days of DIY Drones (before we started 3D Robotics to do it right).
Here's a short excerpt from the long interview and…Continue
From a Time blog post on the photographer:
New York photographer Jamie Chung spent two and a half weeks shooting the Hummingbird—among a handful of other inventions, including the artificial leaf and a $100,000 razor—for the…
An important point…Continue
Wave glider robots await launch from San Francisco in this first expedition blog post in Google Earth.
From the Google Earth blog:
Join a journey of discovery virtually in …
Hackaday brings news of a cool and easy way to visualize your PCBs, which is a weak point in Eagle:
"It's a software package called EagleUp that will import your Eagle CAD PCB designs into Google SketchUp. It bridges…
Arduino 023 is now available here. It looks like it's just a maintenance release before the big 1.0 release
* Added .inf files for R3 boards.
* Updated to optiboot 4.4.
* Included combined firmwares for…Continue
Good 30-min program with a set of interviews with people doing everything from bird monitoring to search and rescue in Colorado. Aircraft range from a 4ft Cessna model to a Draganflier. Includes some interesting observations on crazy…Continue
From IEEE Spectrum:
The International Micro Aerial Vehicle Conference/Competition took place back in September, and unfortunately, we couldn't make it…
Two and half years ago, we started the T3 (Trust Time Trial) Contest here at DIY Drones. The idea was simple: give people a mission to accomplish, on their own field and on their own time. They would record the telemetry, and submit a KML file with the result (we "trust" that it hasn't been faked). We…Continue
I was in San Diego on Thursday to speak at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems Interoperability Conference and to do a Bloomberg TV segment on 3D Robotics/DIY Drones. This was a good opportunity to tour the new factory, which is now in its own 10,000 square foot building with 15 full-time employees. (3D Robotics…Continue
From Hackaday(needless to say, this design isn't quite right for UAV use, since the battery wouldn't be needed, but it's close:
Here are the guts of [Lukasz's] infrared camera…
Here's one of my favorite stories about the power of community. In May this year, it was reported here that Chinese companies were making and selling APM clones, and had even translated the manual into Chinese. People wanted to know what we were going to do to stop this "piracy", but I pointed out that such derivative designs were both…Continue