2014 was an exciting year for the Aerial Vista Challenge with lots of ups and downs but some amazing progress in unmanned capabilities and unmanned systems integration.  First, we are disappointed to have not had any news on a date for the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge that was supposed to happen in November of last year.  We have had no news in the last month and there is nothing scheduled on their website for 2015.  We have been holding back on decimating our data because we needed to for competitive reasons.  However, we have had some great people that came together from all over the world and provided us with some quality equipment to use in order to help the great cause of anti-poaching.  If anyone is interested in helping to get our system in the hands of those fighting poaching, we are open to conversation.

This is the beginning of publishing our work from equipment used, to how we integrated multiple sensing systems and linux computers into our robots for a fully networked system of tactical and strategic aerial robotics.  We owe those that have helped their due and we owe the community the open benefit of our research.  Thank you for being patient with us.  While we are disappointed that there has been no competition that we believed would serve a good cause.  We will be using what we have created for other competitions this year and to combat poaching regardless.  We have made advancements in long endurance solar power systems, hybrid power system integration and seamless smart switching and management.  We have also been able to work with some of the most innovative companies and startups of products that will be changing the face of our community in the next decade.  Thank you again to everyone for being patient and thank you to all who have contributed to our own learning.  This will be picking back up what will be our weekly series on our research till we think we have it all out or the community is sick of us.  Whichever comes first. :)

A brief overview of this series we will be covering:

ODIN (Omniscient Data Interface Network)

LOKI ( Locate Observe Krack Isolate)

PHALANX (Protect Hide Alert Locate Alter Negate with eXtreme tactics)

ICARUS (Internet Connected Aerial Renewable Unmanned System)

HORUS (High definition Optical Robotic Unmanned Survey)

HYDRA (HYbrid Distributed Renewable Auto-switching power block)

We are getting near the end of prototyping of our second generation quad drone called LOKI.  While it is capable of many things, search and rescue are one of the more benign activities that LOKI is capable of performing.  I will give a brief overview of the hardware and next week we will talk about scenarios that have been tested and things we believe we have not achieved yet with this drone tech.


3D printed Airframe and basic hardware:

Spyda DJI Arm compatible 3mm Solid Slotted Body Plates (2)


Spyda DJI body


Spyda Custom DJI arms with integrated landing gear holder.

Custom clear feet for landing gear

Custom Battery Holder

Custom Ubiquiti Bracket

Custom Antenna Holder

Custom Odroid 3 standoffs

Custom AUAV X2 Mount

Custom Spectrum Landing Gear Mount.

Custom Mobius Gimbal


10mm x 4.5 inch carbon fiber tube

M3 x 10mm hex screws

LOKI Electronics

AUAV X2 autipilot

NEO 6H GPS Compass Module

Odroid U3

Ubiquiti Pico Loco M5 stripped and modified

Alfa AWUS036H

Power Distribution Board


Buck/Boost Module

POE injection Module

3s 5000 mah battery single or double

Spektrum Satellite Receiver

20 amp esc (4)

2213 920KV motor (4)

Gimbal Electronics

Alexmos 2 axis BGC

2206 80T 140KV gimbal motor

2212 80T hollow shaft gimbal motor

Mobius Webcam

LOKI Software

ArduCopter firmware



Kali Linux


Various python packages


Ground Control Hardware              

JR9303 with Spektrum Module

Odroid XU3

10 inch Lumineer FPV display

3D printed display bracket

Server Hardware

Odroid XU3 (7)

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