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Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Pixhawk with ArduCopter firmware

Hi, We have reached the long-awaited episode in our autopilot precision series in which we finally test Pixhawk. All drones are tested by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software. In this video Pixhawk was mounted on 3DR IRIS platform, the same…

Drone Pilots Are Buying Russian Software to Hack Their Way Past DJI's No Fly Zones

Should drone owners be able to fly their drones wherever and however they want to? This is the question increasingly asked by the consumer drone community as drone giant DJI tightens flying restrictions on its customers. This was th...


2 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Getting down to target weight has been challenging. This version is lighter, stronger, and stiffer than its predecessors. Only airtime and hard landings will show if its good enough. I'm printing in PLA with 60% infill, 0.2mm layers and slow print speeds which seems to give the strongest parts. I'll post photos when its…

Becoming a Land Surveyor-in-Training in three easy steps: How to actually make drone data valuable

2 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

I recently wrote a little post designed to help those coming from a drone background pass the Fundamentals of Surveying exam, which I believe is an essential step to actually getting value out of drone data. Let me know what you think. Agree?…

How do modern open source autopilots compare to aerospace-grade IMUs?

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

I noticed that Digikey is now selling Honeywell's newest aerospace-grade IMUs, which cost $1,328 each (note that's just for the IMU; it's not…

Aeromapper Talon demonstrates BVLOS capabilities by flying 30Km away from operators

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

This time an Aeromapper Talon flew a mission autonomously to a target located 30km away from the operators, while maintaining at all times a strong communications and control link. This demonstrates the great potential for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations for applications such as power line…

Phantom 4 vs dji Spark

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Just a comparison video for the benefit of anyone curious. on a side note, it is strange that DJI has decided to make you connect to the controller via wifi (and has decided to use a stunted mavic controller), i found that you could connect via cable to the dji application via USB because my wifi…

3 difference flight controller types of flying style

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Flight controllers tend to be aimed at different types of flying style: Cinema Flying, Sport Flying and Autonomous Flying. At the same time, there is a massive number of flight controller brands in the market, so it's hard to know which is best. Today I will give some perspective on that.   Flight controller For Cinema Flying Pixhawk PX4 :Integrating…

Intel cancels Edison, Joule boards

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

It was well known that Edison was going to be discontinued this year, but Joule, which was just released, is a surprise. This is bad news for any autopilot board that uses Edison, such as Pixhawk 2.1, which will now have to move to another companion computer. (I'd suggest Raspberry Pi). From …

5.8GHz High Gain Circular Polarized Four Leaf Clover Antenna

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Here's an antenna with high quality but low price ($5/piece), universal usage for all FPV equipment, like fpv googles, fpv transmitters and receivers, fpv monitors, quadcopters, multicopters, drones, etc Features: Small size: 4mm x 1mm...Show More Summary

NASA webinar on drone crash-avoidance technology using APM copters

Is it flattering that NASA uses a 3DR Y6 to teach "crash management" techniques? I'm going with yes! Register here.  ASA’s Langley Research Center is offering a free informational webinar on its  autonomous…

SmartAP 3.2 Pro Available

Sky-Drones announces release of the next generation flight controller - SmartAP 3.2 Pro, the system became even more integrated, powerful and provides extensive set of features. It has 3x-redundant temperature-stabilized IMU, integrated OSD telemetry with…

Testing rig

I built a custom testing rig out of some plywood sticks and these kind of elastic cords:…

Sign Up for the WeRobotics Roster!

WeRobotics is an international NGO dedicated to scaling the positive impact of social good projects through the localization and responsible use of appropriate robotics solutions such as UAVs/drones. We work in multiple…

The main parameters for choosing best drone battery

Here are some tips to help you consider the main parameters for choosing a lipo battery for your drone.  Main parameters Capacity Normally, more capacity is mean more power and more energy. In fact As the battery gets larger, the increase...Show More Summary

Nvidia demos visual navigation on 3DR Iris+

From Nvidia: Most drones would be lost without GPS. Not this one. A drone developed by NVIDIA researchers navigates even the most far-flung, unmapped places using only …

Unboxing / Disassembly / Review of the CUAV V3 autopilot

Unboxing / Disassembly / Review of the CUAV V3 autopilot. We take a look at one of the latest generation autopilot running the Ardupilot software. How is its build quality and functionality ?How does it compare to a Pixhawk autopilo...

New two-motor VTOL from Horizon

This kind of 2-motor vertical take-off plane was a PhD thesis 2 years ago, a TED talk 1 year ago & now it's a $150 toy. From…


The independent development of NAAs resulted in differing regulations from country to country. This required aircraft manufacturers in the past to develop different models for specific NAA requirements (such as the  BAe Jetstream 31 ), and impeded airline travel into foreign jurisdictions. The  Convention on International…

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