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70 Drone Companies to Watch in 2017

6 hours agoHobbies / Drones : UAV Coach

While it’s impossible to track each and every drone company in such a fast-moving industry, we’ve done our best to highlight the biggest players and to give you a sense of who is doing what in the drone industry. Make sure to bookmark...Show More Summary

Key features of Droiko

20 hours agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Ready to use gaming drone, just take it out of the box and start playing. No assembly no soldering required. Laser + IR marker and proximity weapons. Double coaxial propellers for higher stability and longer flight times. Swashplate mechanism to allow for movements in every…

Drone Mistakes, Mishaps and Misfortunes: We Always Break our Toys

20 hours agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

We’re making drone mistakes everywhere. We’ve only had our grubby little paws on drones for a short amount of time and we’re already royally F-ing it up! Like a monkey being handed an Xbox, people are in awe of their flying eye in t...

Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top

Hello everyone!  For the past few months we were looking for a more convenient way to launch our PD-1 fixed-wing UAV (MTOW is 40 kg). Since runway takeoff and landing requires pretty serious and long training for the operator and any pneumatic launchers that will work with our UAV are expensive (from $30000 USD (actually we couldn't…

DJI Mavic Pro vs. Autel X-Star Premium: which is better?

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about which drone to buy for travelers. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. I’m getting a drone. Mavic Pro or the X-Star Premium? I travel a lot and will take it with me....Show More Summary

A Spanish startup develops a laser battle toy drone

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

Droiko is an innovative toy drone developed by a 26 years old engineer from Alicante, Spain. His intention is to show the general public what drone racing is about, because the main goal of Cactus Robotics startup is to make these little unmanned vehicles a reference in competitive and cooperative gaming. Droiko’s main feature is

Did Lily Robotics Close Because They’re Being Sued? The Story Behind the Company that Folded Despite $34 Million in Pre-Sales

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : UAV Coach

At one time, Lily Robotics was one of the darlings of the drone industry. Back in 2015, Forbes wrote a short, glowing article about an sUAS camera drone that sounded a little magical, a lot amazing, and the good feeling presented in that article had generally persisted from that point on. Show More Summary

Cable-free flight simulator with Spektrum DSM satellite + Arduino

3 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

This video shows me flying our homebrew "Hackflight Sim" quadcopter flight simulator using a Spektrum DX8 receiver without a cable. The DX8 is talking to a…

Call for members!

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

The Great Lakes UAS user group is seeking members! The purpose of the Great Lakes UAS user group is to facilitate communication among individuals and businesses in the…

Mapping solution with low cost fixed wing airframe

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Hello, I offer for sale a low cost solution to do mapping with different camera that can be easily placed in the airframe thanks to the battery front cover. The other advantages are easy connections between the airframe and the wings or the elevator for quick and safe assembly / disassembly. I hope…

Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events. There are three tracks: 1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:…

7 Ways to Make Money with Aerial Thermography

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : UAV Coach

As commercial applications for drones continue to grow at an exponential rate, it can sometimes feel hard to keep track of them all. If you fly a drone commercially and own your own company, you may have started your business by offering aerial photography and/or videography to real estate businesses, or maybe surveying to construction companies. Show More Summary

What is UTM? AirMap Interview with Matt Koskela

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : Drone Blog

UTM, or unmanned traffic management, is one of the key enablers of the drone economy. But what is it? How does it work? Read this interview with AirMap’s Vice President of Product, Matt Koskela, to find out. Let’s start with the basics. What is UTM? “UTM” refers to two things. First, UTM stands for “Unmanned Traffic

Why is my drone’s LCD so dark? And what is DJI CrystalSky?

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about drone LCD brightness and DJI’s CrystalSky monitor. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. Hey Drone Girl, I am new to the drone world. I am hoping to incorporate the aerial photography into my roofing consulting business. Show More Summary

Multi-UAV flights for simultaneous meteorological measurements

4 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

At the end of 2015, our UAV research lab at the French Civil Aviation University took part to an atmospheric research project with Meteo-France (CNRS-GAME and ENM) teams at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan (in the south of France).…

Flight Envelope Protection System with Pixhawk and Odroid

5 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Our research group (Ofer Eldad, Andrew Alexander, and Christian Claudel) at the University of Texas at Austin  has implemented a supervisory control algorithm we developed to protect the flight envelope with either human control or autopilot.  Our test platform is the Bormatec Maja shown below:…

Autonomously fly to a location and deliver a package (Ardupilot Copter 3.5)

5 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Great feature coming up soon in Ardupilot's Copter 3.5. And congrats to the contribution of the month winner! ... Congratulations to Peter Barker for winning the "Best Contribution of the Month" for Dec 2016 for his…

Evolution of our prototypes. PART 3

5 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

Link of our Droiko on Kickstarter:  Kickstarter Droiko  Checkpoints latest…

5 Years of an enthusiastic project in an instant, Defiance Pro - built for FPV :)

5 days agoHobbies / Drones : DIY Drones

     Hi guyz, just wanted to share my latest work with you and conclude the Defiance fpv airframe development series. Frankly it's been a bumpy road till here but I wouldn't change a bit.  In 2012 I kinda got obsessed with fpv and quadcopter designs so I started…

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