Chris Anderson's Blog – November 2013 Archive (15)

"Small Drones Deserve Sensible Regulation"

IEEE Spectrum has a very sensible opinion piece in their latest issue, arguing that small drones should not be treated like big drones and deserve a new…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2013 at 11:38am — 9 Comments

"Train driver flummoxed after drone hits Sydney Harbour Bridge"

The train stopped after the driver spotted the drone lying on the tracks.

Drone's-eye view: The train stopped after the driver spotted the drone lying on the tracks.

This guy was lucky to get his quadcopter back. Key sentence: "Mr Prescott, who was in Sydney as part of the support crew for US singer Rihanna's Australia tour, says he was testing new equipment on his drone when he lost control of it. He says he never intended for it to fly into the bridge."

From the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2013 at 11:45pm — 9 Comments

New York Times on "drone journalism"

Good New York Times round-up of recent examples and some of the policy issues presented by "drone journalism".…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 24, 2013 at 9:53pm — 29 Comments

Update on LOHAN: APM-powered 3D-printed spaceplane

We've posted on The Register's cool APM-powered spaceplane project before, but here's a great update on the latest progress from the DIY 3D…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Lifeguard drone goes from concept to prototype

You may have seen the rendered concept video of a life-preserver dropping drone from this Iranian team before. Now they've built a real prototype. From Gizmag:

Over the course of four days in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2013 at 11:54am — 10 Comments

Another cool hack of a toy quadcopter

From Hackaday:

Building your own quadcopter is an expensive and delicate ordeal. Only after you navigate a slew of different project builds do you feel confident enough to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2013 at 11:50am — 3 Comments

APM-powered space plane has successful autonomous return from 100,000 ft

Great news from the UK tech news site, The Register, which is conducting an ambitious project to create and launch their own space plane, guided by APM. The latest trial, involving dropping the autonomous glider from a balloon at 30,000m (101,000 ft), …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2013 at 8:00am — 19 Comments

Sandia concept transfomer drone would fly, swim and roll

This concept from Sandia National Labs could be used for stealth one-way missions. From Wired:

Thus far, Sandia has built and conducted limited testing on conceptual hardware, designating it a “mature concept.” Next on the list is to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 16, 2013 at 5:17pm — 11 Comments

How hard would it be to automated a variable-pitch 3D aircraft?

Variable-pitch props allow for amazing 3D performance with fixed-wing aircraft, as this video demonstrates. But they also require real skill to fly. How hard would it be to use APM to automate these sort of acrobatics? Or even just do VTOL takeoff and landings?

(from …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2013 at 5:13pm — 14 Comments

Researchers say "Triquad" is more efficient than a quad

Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum reports on new research that suggests that a large central rotor (like a helicopter) combined with with three smaller control rotors is a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 13, 2013 at 3:53pm — 20 Comments

Ryan Calo see signs of privacy reasonableness in FAA's UAV plan

Ryan Calo, a legal expert who is one of the best analysts of UAV policy issues, has looked at the FAA's new roadmap for civilian drone use from a privacy perspective and is pretty impressed. His full essay is in Forbes, but here is the key…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

First civilian drone missions off an aircraft carrier (new vid)!

Here's a new video from our flights from the USS Hornet at the Nerd Night science festival last week. We think this is the first time a civilian drone has taken off and landed on an aircraft carrier (albeit a retired one).

These were all fully-autonomous missions, from takeoff…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2013 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Drones taking off in Hollywood

Pierce Brosnan and Selma Hayek, filmed in Malibu for the forthcoming film How To Make Love Like An Englishman.

From the Mail Online:

According to a recent report in …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 6, 2013 at 10:28pm — 18 Comments

Quadcopter can fly, float or roll

Report from IROS from IEEE Spectrum:

MUWA or "Multi-field Universal Wheel for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2013 at 5:21am — 7 Comments

Using drones to spot "apple scab" infections

Looks like this University of New Hampshire ag research team is using an APM-powered ArduCopter for their research into the use of drones to spot crop disease. Excerpt from the Modern Farmer article:

“When you…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2013 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

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