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How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs

This is a quick demo of how we vibration-test our next-gen autopilots at 3D Robotics labs. Two big bass speakers are programmed to generate vibrations at a range of frequencies, and the autopilots are mounted on a structure that's driven by them in two dimensions. We then measure the output from the autopilots to look for aliasing and harmonics, which helps us design the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene

From the Associated Press:

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 15, 2014 at 10:06am — 49 Comments

Gumstix releases PX4-compatible Linux flight controller board

Thanks to Chris Crews in the forums, a new AeroCore from Gumstix.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2014 at 4:51pm — 22 Comments

Google buys Titan Aerospace (solar powered, high-altitude drones)

From TechCrunch:

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2014 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones

From IEEE Spectrum:

Gene Robinson of Wimberly, Texas, is a licensed pilot and also flies radio-controlled model airplanes—not an unusual combination. About a decade ago, he realized that a model aircraft outfitted to take aerial photos could be enormously useful in locating people who have gone missing—perhaps because they’ve been…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 1:10pm — 20 Comments

Insanely big multicopter (?) lifts off

No video, sadly. From Gizmag:

Following on from driving tests that wound up in December last year, the Black…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 12:39pm — 20 Comments

Long-range (40 mile!) RC control project

From Hackaday:

Long range wireless control of a project is always a challenge. [Mike] and his team were looking to …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 12:36pm — 10 Comments

Ground robot tracks and controls air robot

Nice work! Jump ahead to 0:41 for the good stuff. From the video description:

In this video we demonstrate the capabilities of our monocular pose tracking system. It consists of infrared LEDs on the quadrotor and an infrared camera on the arm of a ground robot. Since we know the positions of the LEDs on the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 8, 2014 at 10:40pm — 7 Comments

Concept video for the ultimate drone service

We're not far from all this being possible (although legal or advisable is a whole other matter):…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 8, 2014 at 8:03pm — 8 Comments

Free Online Class on 'Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots'

Here's a very interesting (if challenging) online course that you can audit for free. It starts May 6th. I liked this bit:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2014 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Great demo of drone mapping using Mapbox and Pix4D with a 3D Robotics Aero



From the Mapbox blog. The images below are…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 18 Comments

Flocking drones fall into line by themselves

From Slate:

Swarming in the evening sky over a field, 10 quadcopters were instructed to form a circle. They are designed to communicate with one another to fly cooperatively, like birds in a flock, and they fell into line, each knowing its neighbor's position. The technology is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2014 at 3:47pm — 10 Comments

Just $1,000 to go (in one day) to get real lasers with LIDAR-Lite!

The cool LIDAR-Lite rangefinder project hit their base goal and are now just $1,000 away from their stretch goal of $75,000. If they hit that they'll switch the LEDs in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2014 at 11:30am — 37 Comments

Facebook buying solar drone maker

A few weeks ago it was rumored that Facebook would buy Titan Aerospace for long-duration solar-powered drones to provide Internet access in the developing world. Today, however, the company announced that it was actually…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2014 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Control a fleet of drones with Salesforce

This is a very cool hack by Reid Carlberg, using two Parrot AR.Drones, three Raspberry Pis and the Salesforce1 Mobile App. See the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 21, 2014 at 12:38pm — 7 Comments

PocketDrone ends Kickstarter campaign with nearly $1 million raised

Congrats to AirDroids, who's PocketDrone Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $1 million. Delighted to see another APM platform company hit it big! From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 6:34pm — 14 Comments

Great Smithsonian article on Conservation Drones and Falcon UAV anti-poaching work

Congrats to Conservation Drones and Falcon UAV for the great coverage in Smithsonian Mag!

The forest…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 6:28pm — 4 Comments

Update on drone insurance

Good piece on the beginnings of a market to ensure drone operators, from DroneReport. Excerpts:

There is no federal…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

ABC Denver News: "Drone drifts away in skies over Denver; owner posts 'missing' flyers around city"

Worth watching the video of the ABC Denver news report of a drone flyaway (it was a Storm Drone 6 with a DJI Naza controller).  A screenshot of DIY Drones makes an appearance ;-) I can't embed the video, but you can watch it …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 11, 2014 at 6:35pm — 34 Comments

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