The DC Area Drone User Group held a guided kit build and build party at Nova Labs on January 12 in what we think is the largest flying robot build event ever held in the area, although we're not sure what the second largest such event would be. Approximately 20 people attended in person and an additional 10 people signed up to attend via Google Hangouts. The kit build was led by brilliant roboticist and educator Christopher Vo, who taught and guided the group an epic 13 hours straight.

DC DUG is also excited for a packed agenda of events in February including:

  • Flight training for beginners with games for more advanced flyers. A case of beer will be awarded to the person who can pop the most balloons with their drone flying autonomously.
  • talk with the General Counsel of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems who will discuss what you can and can't legally do with a small UAV and what we expect to see with FAA regulations between now and 2015.
  • An event with Director of GRASP Labs Vijay Kumar. You may know him from his TED Talk with quadcopters playing the James Bond Theme. This event is being co-hosted with partner Meetup DC Robotics Group.

The DC Area Drone User Group is an association devoted to promoting the use of flying robots for artistic, humanitarian, and recreational purposes. We are always looking for new members to become part of our community so if you are in the area please consider joining through our Meetup page and attending some of our events.


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  • Wow, I had my reserve drill this past weekend, would have love to have gone.

  • Scott,  We'd love to have you as part of our community. To get involved go to http://www.meetup.com/DC-Area-Drone-User-Group/ and click on the Join Us! button you see on the right side of the screen.  I hope to see you at a future event. 

  • Awesome. I live in Frederick MD (DC area), I'd love to get involved- how do I do that?
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