Blackout Mini H Quad

Just a photo of my recent rebuild of the Blackout mini h quad (http://www.minihquad.com) for this post. Click on the photo for the full size version!

Blackout Mini H Quad
Blackout Mini H Quad

Main reason of the rebuild was to incorporate the Blackout integrated PCB board with leds.

Blackout integrated PCB with leds
Blackout integrated PCB with leds

And to replace the Open Pilot CCD with an AcroNaze32 which I find to fly better, at least in my hands.

Acro Naze32, "the octopus"
Acro Naze32, “the octopus”

Drone makes unique underground footage in Amsterdam

I am glad to publish the following post by Duco Vaillant
Webmaster and Community manager, Dienst Metro

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For the first time a drone has flown through (part of) the 9.7 km long Noord/Zuidlijn, a new underground North/South subway line that is now under construction in Amsterdam.

The drone, fitted with an HD-camera, flies from the north of Amsterdam under the river IJ, the Central Station and the historic center of Amsterdam.

Underground Drone mission in Amsterdam Metro
Foto Dienst Metro – City of Amsterdam: a drone in the North/South metro tunnel

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Kaizen Kinetics: Affordable Engineering Services launches sister company

I am glad to publish the following press release by Kaizen Kinetics:

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Affordable Engineering Services launches sister company

Kaizen Kinetics

Kaizen Kinetics International (K2I Inc.) is one of North America’s premier unmanned systems companies with headquarters in San Diego, California and manufacturing operations in Vancouver, BC.
Kaizen Kinetics was launched out of the offices of Affordable Engineering Services, on Coronado Island. Continue reading

AUVSI letter to California members

I am glad to publish the following letter that AUVSI sent to it’s California members inviting them to take action in regard to Assembly Bill 1327. You can take action too, even if you are not a member!

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From: Mario Mairena
Date:08/12/2014 12:20 PM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: AB 1327, Adversely Affecting UAS

Dear California AUVSI Member:

As you know, Assembly Bill 1327 is moving expeditiously through the general assembly. AB 1327 was introduced by Reps. Jeff Gorell (R-44th), Steven Bradford (D-62nd) and Bill Quirk (D-20th). This bill regulates the use of unmanned aircraft systems by public agencies and the dissemination and use of any images, data and footage obtained by those systems. AB 1327 was passed by the House on January 29 by a 63-6 vote and on July 1 was read a second time and was ordered to a third reading in the Senate.

AUVSI’s position is that as it is currently written, AB1327 would fundamentally change current search warrant requirements used by law enforcement, which have been established by decades of U.S. Supreme Court case precedent, and they would treat manned and unmanned aircraft differently, although they are capable of gathering the same data. Continue reading

NASA reply letter to an informal “research grant application” involving coca-cola and mentos for building a skyrocket

This reply from NASA to twitter user Jamie DMJ is hilarious and worth a full read. Apparently the user had sent NASA an informal request for money to develop a skyrocket based on the chemical reaction between Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

and mentos.

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that are well known to trigger an “explosive” reaction when mixed, because the small pores on the candy’s surface catalyze the release of carbon dioxide from the soda, check out the following video: Continue reading

Third Person Driving with a Drone feels like driving in a videogame

Check out this very interesting video that features an experiment in which a car is driven by a pilot that views the car and street thanks to a video feed from a drone.

Driving a car "Third Person View", from an aerial perspective thanks to a live video feed from a drone
Driving a car “Third Person View”, from an aerial perspective thanks to a live video feed from a drone

It looks and feels very much like a video game.

The pilot is getting a live video feed from the drone thanks to FPV goggles
The pilot is getting a live video feed from the drone thanks to FPV goggles

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Drone Mapping of Coral Reefs and the Coastal Zone in the Carribean

Nature.org has a great story by Steve Shill, a Senior Scientist for the Caribbean Program, developing methods, tools, and information products for countries seeking to identify high priority conservation areas based on biodiversity value and risk assessments.

The story focuses on his project, carried out with his students, aimed at mapping marine habitats with a self constructed drone, made just for this purpose.

Have a look at this beautiful little bird called “Henri”:

“Henri” is able to take off from and land in the water. Photo: © Tim Calver
Meet “Henri”. Henri is able to take off from and land in the water. Photo: © Tim Calver

“Weighing in at just under 5 pounds, “Henri” (named in honor of the king of Northern Haiti from the early nineteen century) has a tough, floatable KYDEX® frame equipped with a high-def GoPro camera, an GPS enabled-autopilot chip, and other navigation electronics tucked neatly inside an upside-down Tupperware container mounted on top that serves as a perfect waterproof housing.

Henri can be guided manually using remote control or via autonomous mode with a pre-programmed flight path.”

The "Henri" quadcopter drone flies over a red mangrove forest. Photo: © Tim Calver
The “Henri” quadcopter drone flies over a red mangrove forest. Photo: © Tim Calver

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Dronelife Launches droneservicefinder.com, the First Comprehensive Aerial Photography Services Finder Application

A Dronelife Press Release
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Dronelife.com Launches droneservicefinder.com, the First Comprehensive Aerial Photography Services Finder Application for the Burgeoning Commercial Drone Industry

Photo by Michael MK Khor https://www.flickr.com/photos/mk-creatures/
Photo by Michael MK Khor

Online Publisher SAJ Technologies, Inc. today launched droneservicefinder.com, the first comprehensive aerial photography services finder application for the burgeoning commercial drone industry. Continue reading

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