Calling all Drone enthusiasts: help design ‘safe-to-fly’ app

We are glad to publish the following press release by Newcastle University

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Drone enthusiasts are being urged to help design a new ‘safe-to-fly’ app idea, created for flyers to share their favourite sites all over the world. The creators are looking to crowdsource input and opinions to help them progress the idea, with the design stage set to start next month.

A self made quadcopter in search for the right and safe spot to fly
A self made quadcopter in search for the right and safe spot to fly

An increasing number of consumer multirotor aircraft, UAVs or drones are being bought and flown around the world. However, there is some confusion over how and where you can legally fly drones, with both manufacturers and airspace regulators keen to educate people on this issue. Users need to be aware of any prohibitions or local laws; in the UK, for example, you can’t fly over or within 150 metres of congested areas or within 50 metres of people, vehicles or structures of buildings not under your control with a camera drone.

Once it is built, the app will allow flyers to share appropriate and legal sites they have found for flying, wherever they are in the world. This will enable drone users to find easily accessible public right of ways for taking off from, beautiful scenery in open airspace and large, unobstructed areas perfect for flying.

The idea is being hosted on AppMovement.com, a new service released by Newcastle University, which enables anyone to propose, design and develop a mobile application. No previous experience is required in app design, with the site aiming to make the process fun and simple. People can get their friends and fellow enthusiasts involved in supporting the concept and promoting the idea, which is then automatically generated by the AppMovement service and released on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Simon Newton, the creator behind the idea, commented: “The drone app will help hobbyists around the world find safe and legal places to fly, by bringing together the different experiences of drone users. It is important to show the world that we don’t all buzz airports, peep into windows or fly like reckless kids!

“We’ve had great support for the idea so far and the development will be starting soon. However in order to make this free app a success, we need a good user base with plenty of people interacting with the app. This is a great opportunity for drone lovers to be part of the development of an exciting new app, set to enhance the flying experience.”

To take part in the done app’s design phase, you must register your support at https://app-movement.com/8xvy

An overview on the DJI Phantom Plus

I am very glad to publish the following article by Ben Stuart, Webmaster of Ready Quadcopters. Make sure you pay a visit to this beautiful and informative web site by clicking the logo below!

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The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus is a fantastic machine. Whether you are looking to get into photography or just looking to fly something awesome, then this is the machine for you! It’s great for beginners as well as advanced flyers, just make sure you are someplace that won’t hurt anyone.

While this machine is very cool, we highly recommend you start with something smaller like the Hubsan X4 when learning how to orient yourself with a quadcopter. Even if you have flown model airplanes before, this is something completely different. The Hubsan X4 will give you a cheap flying lesson so you don’t have to experiment on your $1200 DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus.

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Continue reading An overview on the DJI Phantom Plus

Drone Data X Conference – Santa Cruz – 1st May 2015

I am glad to publish the following press release about the Drone Data X Conference.

Check out the Official Drone Data X Conference Website

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The Drone Data X Conference is an event taking place where some of the best minds in UAV technology can meet and share ideas, learn about the merging of big data and drone technology. The event is capped of with guided activities such as Kitesurfing, Mountain Biking, and Surfing in beautiful Santa Cruz, California.

Unlike a traditional conference, the speakers, investors and CEOs will enjoy a weekend together to discuss strategy, learn from each other and build relationships. Continue reading Drone Data X Conference – Santa Cruz – 1st May 2015

Skysense Debuts Charging Pad for Parrot Bebop Drone at CES 2015

I am glad to publish the following press release from SkySense:

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Berlin, January 2, 2015.

Charging drone batteries by having to disconnect them is now a thing of the past. The Skysense Charging Pad makes charging batteries as easy and landing on the charging station. Enabling remotely managed flights and fully automated missions. Pre­orders with a shipping date of February 2015, are now being taken at http://skysense.de/pre­order.

Skysense charging pad for parrot drone
Skysense charging pad for parrot drone

 

The response that Skysense has received from early customers and the global UAV community has been very strong and Skysense has partnered with many innovative companies in the drone industry.

Parrot's Beebop drone charging on a Skysense pad
Parrot’s Beebop drone charging on a Skysense pad

Continue reading Skysense Debuts Charging Pad for Parrot Bebop Drone at CES 2015

UgCS ground station software goes commercial

I am glad to publish the following release by SPH Engineering. Click on the image below to visit their web site:

UGCS web site
UGCS web site

Also check out this video, in which the software is used together with 3D Robotics multirotors:

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SPH Engineering is pleased to announce that UgCS is now out of Beta stage and is available for purchase.

Our work for nearly two years have resulted in UgCS version 2.1 Which now we have tested to be exceeding or having abilities at least on par with native mission planning software of supported vehicles.

UGCS ground station software
UGCS ground station software version 2.1

Currently we support vehicles equipped with following autopilots: MikroKopter, Ardupilot APM/Pixhawk, DJI Naza-M(Phantom 2)/Wookong-M/A2, ARDrone, Microdrones. Our skilled engineers can add support to additional autopilot by request in less than 3 months including field tests. Continue reading UgCS ground station software goes commercial

Some notes on my Quadlugs 480 mm setup

Yesterday was a nice day out flying with the quadlugs 480mm, equipped with an SJ4000 camera, Immersion RC transmitter and Skylark OSD. It really adds another dimension to be able to know in real time, from the OSD, the GPS position, time of flight, battery voltage, altitude. All this information provides a different level of control while flying the quad.

I found particularly valuable to know how hight and how far from me the quad was, exactly.

I’d like to share a couple of shots of the quad here. A usual, you can click on the pictures to access the full sizes (which sometimes take a while to load, thanks for your patience :) )

Check out the Quadlugs website to see the latest models, several came out since my first quadlugs build a few months ago.

Quadlugs 480mm with SJ4000 camera
Quadlugs 480mm with SJ4000 camera

Continue reading Some notes on my Quadlugs 480 mm setup

Skysense Launching Charging Pad for Drones and partnering with DroneDeploy to enable remote operations & automation

I am glad to share here some great information from Skysense about their unique “Charging Pad” for drones and partnership with other players in the drone industry.

Skysense drone charging pad
Skysense drone charging pad

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We are officially launching the Skysense Charging Pad, a remote-controlled charger for drones that fixes the last mile of drones automation by allowing you to manage flights remotely and deploy fully autonomous missions: Continue reading Skysense Launching Charging Pad for Drones and partnering with DroneDeploy to enable remote operations & automation

Acro Naze 32 flight control board images

In this post, just a little photogallery with images of the AcroNaze32 flight control board. I ordered a few during the last months and each time they came into different colors (red, black, the last batch was white). Actually the white board on the photos below is the full Naze32 version with barometer rather than the Acro version.

Serbia-Albania football match stopped because of DJI Phantom hovering over the stadium with Albania flag

A Serbia-Albania football match was stopped when a DJI Phantom appeared carrying an Albania flag. A player manages to catch the flag and apparently (not fully clear from the video) take down the phantom.

DJI Phantom hovers in stadium during Serbia Albania football game
DJI Phantom hovers in stadium during Serbia Albania football game

Here’s the video:

Stay tuned on the Personal Drones blog for the latest multirotor and quadcopter news!

Chris Anderson launches the DoneCode Foundation

Here’s the welcome post by Chris Anderson that announces the birth of the Dronecode Foundation, in partnership with the Linux Foundation.

Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics
Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics

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Welcome to the Dronecode Project

I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with the Linux Foundation to create the new Dronecode Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together the leading open source UAV software projects under the professional management and leadership of one of the world’s foremost open innovation organizations. Continue reading Chris Anderson launches the DoneCode Foundation

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