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OpenMV and ArduPilot tracking a colored ball

40 minutes agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

OpenMV is my favorite computer vision camera, and it combines a built-in OpenCV-like machine vision library with a microPython interface, all in one little board for $65. It also speaks MAVLink, so…

Coachella drones take over the music festival with Intel’s newest light show

Coachella this year was about a whole lot more than just flower crowns, rainbow hair and crochet crop tops. The newest addition to Coachella was a whole lot less cliche — drones. Intel sent 300 of its synchronized Shooting Star drones into the night sky between sets of indie pop band The xx and Radiohead. Show More Summary

Say What? Local Laws Could Jail You for Federally Approved Drone Flights

yesterdayHobbies / Drones : UAV Coach

A recent study from Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone reveals numerous instances of conflicting drone legislation between local and federal authorities. Big picture: flying that’s approved by the FAA could still get you in trouble with local authorities, and in some cases even locked up for breaking local laws. Show More Summary

Ranger EX 757-3 Auto Mode Test

Completed a successful "Auto Mode" test today using a simple rectangular circuit.  From the "CTUN" graph you can see the roll and pitch response matches the demand.  The aircraft flew stable and as expected, I also repeated this test using 2 different altitudes verifying throttle, airspeed, and rate of climb in…

Sky Drone FPV 2 - Long Range 1080p FPV Video + Command & Control - now available for USD 299.-

2 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Optimizing our supply chain allowed us to make our Sky Drone FPV 2 system available at a dramatically reduced price, starting from USD…

Drone Jobs Galore with DroneBase

2 days agoHobbies / Drones : UAV Coach

Looking for Work? DroneBase Is Hiring. DroneBase recently started working with one of the largest insurance providers in the U.S. to perform rooftop inspections. But they have a problem: they have too much work. That’s right—DroneBase...Show More Summary

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Phantom 3

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

We have reached the sixth week in our autopilot precision series. In this series we test different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS. So far we have analysed DJI Phantom 4, DJI Naza-M V2, Mikrokopter Quad XL, DJI A2 as well as PX4. This week we take a look…

Hangar Releases Hangar 360, a Free 360 Photo Capture and Stitching App for Drones

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

Hangar, a startup building an automated platform for drones in industry based in Austin, Texas, announced today the release of a free autonomous control app for DJI drones called Hangar 360. Hangar 360 allows drone users to automatically shoot, stitch and share sweeping 360 degree panoramic images. The Hangar 360 app is very easy to

3W-International GmbH Presents the 3W-180 SRE Hybrid Wankel Engine

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

Bad Homburg, Germany, April 20, 2017.  “In the past, many interested parties at trade fairs and congresses have asked us about Wankel engines” recalled Karsten Schudt, managing partner of 3W-International GmbH. For this reason, Schudt and his development team decided to expand the product segment with Wankel engine technology. In doing so, it was clear right

Hydrogen-powered Drone Smashes the High Altitude Barrier for Drone Rescue

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

SHENZHEN, China: Search and rescue is a major humanitarian use for drones, but mountain rescues at high altitude have been largely impossible due to the technology barriers created by the use of lithium batteries. Commercial drone manufacturer MMC has successfully smashed the barriers with the hydrogen-powered HyDrone 1550. MMC’s trained pilots traveled from to Yunnan

More progress...

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Most of the parts have arrived so I've been able to get accurate measurements and start on the airframe, a small tricopter. Materials are carbon tubes & 3D printed PLA. The laws here in Chile are restrictive. You need a license, drone...Show More Summary

Sunset in Atlanta

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

This fast paced short of downtown Atlanta from the sky by @BradfordPopeMcArthur gives just a glimpse of the glamour of the jewel of the south.

Parkour in Spain—An Interview with Giles Campbell Longley, “Extreme Sports” Winner at NYCDFF 2017

5 days agoHobbies / Drones : UAV Coach

We’ve been interviewing winners from this year’s New York City Drone Film Festival over the last several weeks, and it’s been a pleasure to get so many different perspectives on aerial cinematography, and to get such an array of insights into how these directors work. Show More Summary

Trumbull Unmanned Using SimActive for Emergency Response

5 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

Montreal, Canada, April 18th, 2017 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, is pleased to announce that Trumbull Unmanned is using Correlator3D™ as part of their emergency response services. This includes rapid mapping of oil spills and pipeline inspections for large surveys. Show More Summary

Six of the Best and Most Unexpected Uses for a Drone

6 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

The FAA predicts there will be 7 million drones registered in the US by 2020. While over half of the drones flying today belong to hobbyists, the rest are owned by private enterprise and various government agencies.   However, despite their popularity, drones are…

My XJ470 rebuilt

6 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

best viewed with 720p HD settings This winter I rebuilt my XJ470: added a PiZero with a Picam. This PiZero functions as a companion computer with a python dronekit and a WiFi access point enabling a mavlinkbridge. Hence an android tablet, running Tower, can be connected to this WiFi access point for monitoring…

Overview of the 2017 SUSB Expo May 4-6

6 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

The Small Business Unmanned Systems Exposition 2017 is one more week out May 4, 5 th  and 6 th  and this is your limited opportunity to get an edge on your competition in the volatile sUAS…

SmartAP Power Distribution Board

6 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Sky-Drones has recently released SmartAP PDB -  Power Distribution Board for professional aerial systems. It supports up to 14S Batteries (60V input), has integrated current sensor, transfers high power from the battery to ESCs / Motors and generates power supply for the flight controller and other peripherals…

Flying High: Guide to Using Drones to Market Your Real Estate Property

6 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

For a realtor, marketing a real estate property is one of the most difficult things to do in business today. There are thousands of properties for sale in each area and your property is competing with dozens of others. The competition is fiercely brutal, mainly because online listings generate almost all of the leads by prospective

Drones at the Airport: A Case Study

6 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

A drone…in an…airport? A preposterous proposition to most, and to many – especially in the current climate – one that could arouse feelings of apprehension or even fear. And yes, rogue drones, unlicensed and unpoliced, are giving an emerging industry a bad rap – with media coverage that matches. However, if done properly, drone aerial

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