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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Dronewerx Receives 333 Exemption

Dronewerx Receives 333 Exemption

DRONEWERX®, LLC. an Ohio manufacturer of advanced, high-quality unmanned aircraft systems for the first responder, public safety and infrastructure inspection markets, recently received a 333 Exemption (No. 13630) from the Federal Aviation Administration allowing the company to fly its entire product line of custom systems. One of the aircraft covered under this exemption is the…

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Uganda:- Gov’t to use drones to enhance food security

Uganda:- Gov’t to use drones to enhance food security

By Gerald Tenywa They are more associated with spying, but unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), will soon be deployed in Uganda to help farmers increase agricultural output and enhance food security. A drone is operated using a remote control and flies using propellers. It can be fitted with a knapsack in case the operator…

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4 controversies that will define drones in 2016

2015 was a whirlwind year for drones — consumer drone sales hit records, the FAA called for drone registration, and the commercial drone regulation deadline was missed. We saw drones epically (and dangerously) crash, and we also saw epic innovation in the technology, with everything from improved cameras to quads that are easier to fly than … Continue reading 4 controversies that will define drones in 2016 Read more…

Polytechnique students developing drone run by artificial intelligence

Polytechnique students developing drone run by artificial intelligence

By Sarah Leavitt, CBC News Students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique are hoping their drone will be the first to fly without a GPS or a human at the controls. The team is the only Canadian one still in the running for the top prize at the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). Team Élikos has built a drone that is…

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Springfield test center gets OK for drone projects

Springfield test center gets OK for drone projects

The Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aerial Systems Center in Springfield has received federal permission for projects ranging from scanning for invasive species near Akron to looking for ways to prevent rock slides in southern Ohio. The news comes at a time when interest in using drones for business and other purposes is expanding rapidly. The Federal Aviation…

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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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MRP #058 | Battery Basics for Newbies | Photography Primer Part 1 – Choosing Your Subject and Photo Composition BasicsMRP #058 | Battery Basics for Newbies | Photography Primer Part 1 – Choosing Your Subject and Photo Composition Basics

This week we answer a comment/question from a listener about proper care and use of batteries for a beginner who just got his first multirotor, a Blade Chroma.  We talk about RTF copters and the batteries and chargers that they come with as part of the system as well as knowing the best time to …Read more…

Researchers Advance Autonomous ISR Technology

 The OPISR software and communications subsystem for autonomous vehicles allows unmanned systems to make critical decisions on the fly so that warfighters directly receive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data more efficiently than traditional unmanned systems can provide. Carnegie Mellon’s Crusher vehicle is capable of operating autonomously in a wide range of complex, off-road terrains. Autonomous […]Read more…

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