Does anybody want to move in next door? We could send drones to each other ad infinitum. :) I cannot confirm if this installation increases/decreases the value of your home. 

This test represents an interesting combination of products and technology from 3DR, APM:CopterSkysense, and IR-LOCK. Previously, each component had been demonstrated separately. .... The only thing missing is a rangefinder to get accurate AGL readings. Precision Landing w/ Solo

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Comment by Mark Omo on February 4, 2016 at 11:35am

Looks great!, I have been looking at doing this for a while, but the price of the skysense pad is just so high

Comment by benbojangles on February 4, 2016 at 11:44am

can you tell me, does the ir-lock have it's own processor? I mean, how is it working alongside with APM/Pixhawk, is the hardware similar to px4flow sensor? Are there any scripts that a SBC + (Non-IR filtered webcam) could incorporate also? Thanks, great innovations.

Comment by Thomas Stone on February 4, 2016 at 12:15pm


Yes, the sensor has its own processing power. But you could also use a SBC w/ a webcam attached, or use the SOLO's SBC. ... We use a modified camera sensor because we need to operate reliably in variable lighting conditions: from bright sunlight to complete darkness. If you have more control over your environment, then the typical machine vision + webcam strategy will serve you well. 

If you are curious about the IR-LOCK system, I would start here.

If you are interested in building a system, I would start here or here

Comment by Randy on February 4, 2016 at 5:45pm

very nice.

The charging pad looks good too.  Not something I'd buy for my own backyard but good for the businesses who will land hundreds of copters on it over it's lifetime.

Comment by Thomas Stone on February 4, 2016 at 6:43pm

C'mon Randy. Everybody should have one of these at their house. :)

I only need approximately 240 installations before I can deliver a letter from Georgia to California. 

It costs about $0.01 to charge Solo. So if we stack 10 letters on Solo, that calculates out to about $0.24 per letter. That's half the price of a stamp! .... I think we are ready to propose this alternative to USPS. :)

Comment by JB on February 4, 2016 at 8:41pm


How many recharges to Australia? You could have floating solar powered barges to land on. ;-)

Alternatively, maybe we should crowdfund a next gen ifax machine and get it to those considering using this for mail services, seeing they don't want to use email for their letters? :-P

Comment by Thomas Stone on February 4, 2016 at 9:14pm

For Australia: We need at least 1,280 installations. :) 

We need to transition to fixed-wing flight over the Bering Strait. And there is a small chance we could instigate World War III. 

... Banks can't solicit credit cards via fax machine. :P We can reduce their advertising costs by half, and they can finance the installations. Win-win

Comment by Daniel Nugent on February 4, 2016 at 9:16pm
Nice job!
Comment by JB on February 4, 2016 at 10:03pm

lol Thomas

It seems you have been reading to many of my posts! ;-)

Why with a 3DR Solo? Go DIY built, Ardupilot developer supported, solar powered quadplane, and cut out the middle man and NOT give your currency to the banks?. De-centralize, diversify and distribute!

There's reason to believe that the only war we should fear is in the minds of men. Ideology of the mob is what rules. That's why advertising lies works so well. :-(


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