Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2016 Archive (16)

New ROS2 autopilot code for Dronecode/PX4

Great update from Victor Mayoral on ROS 2.0 progress and the further integration of the Dronecode/PX4 stack and ROS

ROS 2.0 native…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2016 at 8:40am — No Comments

Big new APM:Rover release

Great news from the APM:Rover team. That's the code we use for our autonomous go-kart (above)

APM:Rover Release 3.1.0, 22 December 2016

The ArduPilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.1.0 of APM:Rover. This is a…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2016 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

Record pace of Dronecode/PX4 development, plus new NuttX support and performance data

90,000 lines of code in one month! From the PX4 blog:

We have upgraded today to NuttX 7.18 on PX4/master. This is a major upgrade from NuttX 6, which we had been using for…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2016 at 11:54am — 6 Comments

Great mission log from the Schmidt Ocean Institute research team using UAVs for surface monitoring

Scott Brown, Physicist and Engineer, incorporates a hemispheric radiometer inside an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. It took almost three years for these instruments to be customized so they could fit and function properly inside the aircrafts. Love these updates from the crack Schmidt team

“It took half an hour to drill those three holes” sighs Scott Brown, Physicist and Electronic Engineer, looking at the tiny penetrations on top of the UAV. Fiber optic cables now poke out, ready to measure sunlight and send the information to the payload (scientific package)…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New store for ROS-compatible hardware


I'd like to announce a new online store for robots, sensors and components supported by ROS: …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 19, 2016 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

DIY Drones at 82,000 members

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 82,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Measuring airspeed without an airspeed sensor

Interesting post from the FlightGear blog via Curtis Olson:


Air France #447 Air France #447

On June 1, 2009 Air France flight #447 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean.  The subsequent…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2016 at 5:01pm — 25 Comments

WebODM, a easy workflow app for Open Drone Map

From Hackaday:

WebODM allows you to create georeferenced maps, point clouds and textured 3D models from your drone footage. The software is really an integration and workflow…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 11, 2016 at 8:22pm — 2 Comments

New RTF VTOL plane from Horizon

Out now for $250. Anybody have any experience if this can be converted into autonomy with a Pixhawk or similar?



Added by Chris Anderson on December 9, 2016 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware

From The Verge:

Audi, like pretty much every other automaker under the sun, continues to introduce more and more automated driving features for its cars. The next step, says the company, will be machine…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2016 at 11:16pm — 9 Comments

3D printed planes finally get practical

If Gary is convinced, so am I:

A while ago I thought that small 3D printed drones…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2016 at 3:53pm — 17 Comments

MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)

From MIT:

A new system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the first to allow users to design, simulate, and build their own custom drone. Users…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2016 at 12:13pm — 4 Comments

Switchblade nano drone from EPFL

"Morphology plays an important role in behavioural and locomotion strategies of living and artificial systems. There is biological evidence that adaptive morphological changes can not only extend dynamic performances by reducing trade-offs during locomotion, but also provide new functionalities. …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 4, 2016 at 10:59am — 2 Comments

New OpenMV computer vision board, with twice the power

Just announced: the next-generation OpenMV cam with the new M7 processor for twice the power and an even lower price ($55). The original OpenMV is my favorite computer vision processor, and this new one looks even better. Preorders open…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 3, 2016 at 11:19pm — 9 Comments

Pozxy ultrawideband positioning support from ArduCopter

Great news from Randy and the ArduCopter team:

Over the past month or so a few of us have been experimenting with using the Pozyx1 system (based…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2016 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

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