In many ways the GoPro is an ideal camera for drones: small, light, rugged, decent resolution, and not too expensive. The show stopper is the fisheye…
From the AP:
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to…
Our friends at Adafruit hint at a future when their Christmas shipping deadlines might be even later than FedEx allows ;-)
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From an interview with the Guardian newspaper (UK). [UPDATE: This is actually a repost from April. Sorry about that!]
The use of cheap, miniature "everyman" …
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Getting big and gearing up for Iris and Pixhawk production runs! Look for a Pixhawk release announcement in the next day or two (shipping should start next week) and Iris will follow a week or so later. They're going to be…Continue
Great news from the AMA: The FAA has clarified its rules (which were assumed but not confirmed) that private use of drones over their own property is allowed…Continue
In the wake of the Amazon announcement, here's an interesting new concept from our friends at SkyCatch and others: "air highways", which are designated drone zones that would potentially allow their introduction before the FAA is comfortable with…Continue
A Senate committee will hold a hearing early next year to explore the potential economic impact…
IEEE Spectrum has a very sensible opinion piece in their latest issue, arguing that small drones should not be treated like big drones and deserve a new approach…Continue
Drone's-eye view: The train stopped after the driver spotted the drone lying on the tracks.
This guy was lucky to get his quadcopter back. Key sentence: "Mr Prescott, who was in Sydney as part of the support crew for US singer Rihanna's Australia tour, says he was testing new equipment on his drone when he lost control of it. He says he never intended for it to fly into the bridge."
Good New York Times round-up of recent examples and some of the policy issues presented by "drone journalism". Excerpt:
We've posted on The Register's cool APM-powered spaceplane project before, but here's a great update on the latest progress from the DIY 3D…Continue
You may have seen the rendered concept video of a life-preserver dropping drone from this Iranian team before. Now they've built a real prototype. From Gizmag:
Over the course of four days in August…
Building your own quadcopter is an expensive and delicate ordeal. Only after you navigate a slew of different project builds do you feel confident enough to…
Great news from the UK tech news site, The Register, which is conducting an ambitious project to create and launch their own space plane, guided by APM. The latest trial, involving dropping the autonomous glider from a balloon at 30,000m (101,000 ft), …Continue
This concept from Sandia National Labs could be used for stealth one-way missions. From Wired:
Thus far, Sandia has built and conducted limited testing on conceptual hardware, designating it a “mature concept.” Next on the list is to…
Variable-pitch props allow for amazing 3D performance with fixed-wing aircraft, as this video demonstrates. But they also require real skill to fly. How hard would it be to use APM to automate these sort of acrobatics? Or even just do VTOL takeoff and landings?