DIY Drones at 74,000 members!

By Thomas J Coyle III It’s customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it’s a big 74,000!!!! There were approximately 1.3 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 43,000 page views a day on average). It took […]

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Pebble time smartwatch used to remote control your APM:copter

By Hugues Hi, The project’s idea is to use my newly received (thx Santa) Pebble time smartwatch to send commands to a drone from your wrist, via a telemetry (mavlink). Accesorily, the objective is also to play with dronekit (mavlink communcation library) and SITL (APM vehicles/drones simulation tool). As a summary, Pebble runs an HTTP […]

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You Are Now Required To Register Your Drone

By John Wheeler Whether you agree with the FAA’s requirement to register your drone if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) so you can fly it outdoors for fun as a hobby this is now the law as of 12/21/2015. I would rather ensure my drones are registered rather than face the possibility […]

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Arduino Controlled Drag Rudder For Flying Wings

By Larry Baraniuk Drag rudders are very useful for yaw stabilization on flying wings. Especially for anyone who is trying to design a flying wing with no vertical fins. I decided to design controller that’s totally dedicated to controlling drag rudders. The following video shows the drag rudders in operation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOgDC6Mki0A Source: DIY Drones

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Check out Hover, the must have app for drone pilots!

By Dan Held Hey Flyers, If you don’t already have your “go-to” mobile app for no-fly zones, flight logs, news, or weather, I encourage you to check out Hover. Available for free on iOS and Android, it provides all the tools you need to navigate the airspace safely and legally. Over 42,000 recreational and commercial […]

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Fly any VTOL Geometry with PX4

By PX4 The PX4 flight stack has an unique architecture: It uses a single codebase and mission logic for all vehicle types. This allows us to easily support VTOL vehicles of any kind: Tailsitters with just two rotors, Tiltrotors and quad planes [INSTRUCTIONS TO BUILD YOUR OWN HERE]. This has been flying great since summer […]

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Quickie review of the XPlusOne VTOL aircraft (tl;dr avoid for now)

By Chris Anderson I was a Kickstarter backer of the XPlusOne VTOL aircraft, and I was able to get it for $199 as an early backer. Now it’s sold at the regular price of $1,549 for the version I have, which has no autonomy (it’s got a simple MultiWii controller board), or for $2,199 for […]

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What will the Commercial Drone Industry look like in 2016?

By Rosalie (@rosalieinc) 2015 was a big year for Commercial Drones. Drones were used in so many innovative ways! A few examples include: GE using drones to inspect the power grid The first drone delivery approved by the FAA has taken place Researchers using drones to monitor killer whales as El Niño threatens food source […]

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2015 DIY Drones year in review: it was a big one!

By Chris Anderson 2015 was a year of remarkable progress in the consumer drone world, and not least here. As is customary, these are some of the highlights of the year on the DIY Drones and APM software development community. APM: Copter 3.3 released after the most exhaustive beta-testing process we’ve ever done (5,100 comments […]

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Glimpse of what Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight board will enable next year

By Chris Anderson Qualcomm, a 3DR investor, has released a sneak peek of what it will be showing at CES next week. 3DR will be also displaying in the Qualcomm booth. Draw your own conclusions 😉 From the Verge: “We believe that, with this chip, we can cut the price of the average 4K camera […]

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Flying Robot Commander & Paparazzi UAV

By earthpatrol Being a product of the 1960’s and a fan of science fiction films/series like Star Trek, Lost in Space, 2001: Space Odyssey, Space 1999, Silent Running, the idea of having a control surface full of multi-colored buttons seemed a natural approach for managing flying aircraft. Last week, I decided to design a web […]

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Idiot’s Guide to DroneKit-Python: A Journey to WHOZ CHILLIN

By Daniel McKinnon As always, this post is mirrored on my personal blog with a little nicer formatting at ddmckinnon.com. Ever since I moved to Berkeley and started at 3DR, I dreamed of developing an app that ran on-board Solo that would let me see who was chillin’ on my roof deck 2,200 feet from […]

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Media panics over drone flying near Obama motorcade

By Patrick Duffy “Drone Buzzes President Barack Obama’s Motorcade in Hawaii” Link here Some guy, who received a drone for Christmas happens to be flying when Obama drives by, and the media goes WILD. But they ignore the hundreds of cars on the same highway that are a much higher risk to the president. It’s […]

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Horten Batwing Drone

By Larry Baraniuk I’ve always been fascinated with the Horten brothers flying wing designs and their Bell Lift Distribution wing design.. Using X-plane Planemaker and XFLR5 analysis software has helped in determining the right amount of wing twist. I also developed an Arduino controlled drag rudder system to help stabilize a flying wing . Ultimately […]

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PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi Zero

By Víctor Mayoral Following up with the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) series that was started a while ago, I’m happy to announce the PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi. This autopilot shield allows anyone to create ready-to-fly autopilots with support for Dronecode’s APM flight stack priced at only 69 €. The shield […]

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RTK Loiter / RTL Testing with AC 3.2.1 and NS-HP-5

By Oliver Huang Holidays Greetings! There is much interest in seeing demo of our $50 pre-order NS-HP RTK receiver on a quadcopter, so we tested last week on a less windy day (with up to 4.5mph wind). A compass module and 5Hz version of NS-HP RTK receiver replaced the original GPS and compass inside the […]

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Snickerdoodle NASA CFS and RTEMS

By Monroe King Wow! All I can start off with about Snickerdoodle is BAM! In your face computing power! This is what the next generation of DIY Drones and Robotics looks like! All I can say is AWESOME! This product is so new and so innovative it’s unbelievable! Guy’s I’ve been doing research lately looking […]

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BeastTX – Let’s redefine the way to fly!

By Martin von Kameke Merry Christmas and a happy new year! We are almost ready to start with our all-in-one solution, the BeastTX, at Kickstarter. At the same time we introduce a new productline for automated flights. The D.O.C (Drone Operation Controller) is not a simple remote-control. It combines the groundstation, remote-control, video-transmission and mobility […]

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PX4 1.1 release + Android support for QGroundControl

By Chris Anderson Congrats to the Dronecode/PX4 team for a series of new releases. The PX4 1.1 code is now out with these new features: Switch to CMake build system Significant improvements in the user model / interaction (requires QGroundControl v2.8.0 or newer, using a daily build is recommended) Full VTOL support for all three […]

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The economics of drone delivery

By Chris Anderson Does drone delivery make economic sense? The answer, in this good analysis at Flexport by Dan Wang, is that it certain limited conditions with the right combination of market density or poor existing infrastructure, it might. Excerpt: Drone deliveries look like the future: unmanned quadcopters rapidly delivering packages to our doors, eliminating […]

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Dronecode membership grows almost 3x this year

By Chris Anderson We’re adding Dronecode members faster than we can update the website 😉 We’ll be at nearly 50 companies by the end of the year, a three-fold increase since this time last year. Great work is being done by the PX4 and APM teams, and integration with ROS is already paying dividends. The […]

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WORKSWELL AIRVISION – thermal imaging system for drones

By Drone thermal camera Workswell AIRvision system is a comprehensive solution that gives “airial” thermography completely new possibilities. Control of the system, measurement capabilities and ease of use are the same as in handheld thermal imagers. Except that in this case is the controlled camera a few hundred meters from the user, and everything can […]

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Latest stats on US drone imports and falling prices

By Chris Anderson It’s hard to get accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on the drone industry, but Quartz has done an admirable job of looking at the US government import data: There is no comprehensive way to track the precise volume and value of drones imported to the US. Consumer drones are hard to track […]

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Cleaned up MinimOSD code, saved some bit, added real rotation switching

By Marc MERLIN I had to hack on the code to fix rotation switching, and added instructions for others who want to build themselves since it took me a little bit to figure it out. If you are using Plane, can you test this build to make sure I didn’t break anything while removing dead […]

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Paparazzi UAV Release: v5.8 Stable

By earthpatrol Season Greetings, Just in time for the holidays we are happy to announce the release of Paparazzi v5.8_stable. Check out the v5.8 branch from git to stay on this stable branch (which as usual will get some important fixes backported) or use the master branch to follow the latest development. With contributions from […]

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DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS!

By Kristaps Brass We are glad to announce that DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS desktop mission planning software. This works through our Android app UgCS for DJI available now on Google Play. The app connects to DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 remote the same way DJI native app […]

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OpenLRSng: Brotronics Broversity RX, the Missing Manual

By Marc MERLIN If you’re doing long range, and you’re using ardupilot, you probably are using or want to be using the open source OpenLRSng. The most interesting OpenLRSng receiver I found was the “Brotronics Broversity RX”, but its documentation was minimal, so I wrote some and made a demo video: http://marc.merlins.org/perso/rc/post_2015-11-14_Brotronics-Broversity-RX_-the-Missing-Manual.html Source: DIY Drones

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Biomechanical simulation of dung beetles

By Yutaca Sawai I design it to carry Relief goods to disaster city while hurtling the desert for long periods. ” explanation » – Fore legs decide traveling direction. – Mid legs which is most close to the centroid take most traction and load. – Hind legs are auxiliary legs for moving the left and […]

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Elle0 and Paparazzi UAV

By earthpatrol Today marks the release of the Elle0 autopilot. The folks over atbv1bitsquared have been working long and hard on this new Paparazzi autopilot. It was their goal to make it as affordable as possible without compromising on the power and memory needed to run Paparazzi. Elle0 features a very powerful 32bit ARM Cortex […]

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Composite Bearingless Hub Part 1

By Randy Sonnicksen Picture above is first prototype of fiberglass bearingless hub design. The idea of this design is to allow flapping and twisting (pitching) of the rotor, but have limited flex in lead/lag. This rotor hub is 24″ long and 4″ wide in the center. Was made with Qty 10 – 24″ x 2″ […]

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Erle Robotics “blanco” for Erle-Brain 2.0

By Víctor Mayoral Following our previous iteration, and after receiving feedback from the community our team is glad to present “blanco” Debian Jessie image from Erle Robotics. This image valid for Erle-Brain 2 chances include: Matplotlib installed MAVProxy (docs) Dronekit 2.0.0rc8 (dronekit page) WiFi boot time upgrades Added scripts for switching vehicles in Desktop Added […]

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Raspberry Pi Zero launched, towards < 60$ Linux autopilots?

By Víctor Mayoral Announced a new Raspberry: Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring: A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1) […]

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Introducing the E386 Mapping Drone

By Jeff Taylor Our goal at Event 38 is to build products that make aerial data collection for mapping as easy as possible. For a while now, our team has been focused on creating a better autonomous landing solution. At the moment, recovery of a fixed-wing drone requires either a large area for autonomous landings […]

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LightWare announces Black Friday deals

By Nadia Nilsen LightWare is delighted to announce their participation in Black Friday 2015, with significant discounts offered on selected laser rangefinder products. You can look forward to the following deals: OSLRF-01 (9m) proximity sensor – 20% discount SF02/F (50 m) proximity sensor – 20% discount SF30/B (50 m) accelerated UAV altimeter – 20% discount […]

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APM support for ADS-B air-traffic control receiver now in beta

By Chris Anderson This is very encouraging: ADS-B is an air traffic surveillance technology that enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and other pilots without the need for conventional radar. This article explains how to attach and configure a MAVLink based ADS-B receiver by uAvionix called PING™. Please visit their website […]

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