Burning Man : Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Hello fellow RC pilots and hobbyists! Black Rock City has a very crowded airspace, so we want you to be aware of some of the things you might encounter in the air above the city. There is a very busy airport, skydivers, long blinky strands of balloons, and many artworks that may extend up into the airspace above the city. Below are some fresh guidelines put together by a few volunteer RC pilots and fellow Burners who want to encourage the safe and responsible use of radio control unmanned aerial vehicles (RC/UAV) on the playa.
List of rules here.
phenoptix’s Adafruit NeoPixel Ring quadcopter experiment
Flying Golden Gate Park – DIY Drones.
The accuracy of the flight path is stunning and a testament to the new inertial system developed by Randy and the Arducopter team. Looking at the path in Google earth, I can see cm accuracy in XY. Amazing! Also the transition between waypoints has a nice flow. The Yaw transition however was not very good. It’s quite sudden and jerky between waypoints. I am considering a patch to use acceleration and deceleration of Yaw to give a smoother feel for the GoPro camera.
When Journalism Becomes a Game of Drones.
In just five years from now, 7,500 licensed unmanned aircrafts — commonly known as drones — will fly the skies above United States soil. By 2030, there will be 30,000.
However, these numbers are conservative. At this very moment, the popular drone hobbyist community DIY Drones boasts 40,000 members. Drones are not the technology of some unknown future. They are a fact of our lives.
That is why, when I received a request to attend a state legislative hearing for a bill to virtually ban all drone flight in the state, the whole thing felt a little ridiculous.
My colleagues and I started the Missouri Drone Journalism Program late last year to figure out if and how journalists could tell compelling stories with these small, unmanned flying vehicles.
DJI RELEASED WOOKONG-M FIRMWARE 5.24 via Chris Anderson. This is in the feature update list for the firmware update -
Flight Functions are restricted within the radius of 15Km from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
This is pretty intense and may end up being big news, this is perhaps the first commercial/consumer UAV/drone company restricting where your can fly a drone, in the firmware itself? The next questions who will be the first USA companies that does this (and for what locations) and will it matter if the firmware is open-source?
Dronestagram – Share your best aerial pictures viewed from a drone.
GOT A DRONE ? Share your best aerial pictures and let’s build a world map of our Earth with a bird’s eye view. All DJI Phantom, AR.Drone owners an others welcome and sign up to upload your first picture!
This is a great idea, next up DroneTube, Vimeodrone…
The Niagara Falls filmed from a DJI Phantom with a GoPro Hero 3.
Drone Enthusiasts Use Open Source Hardware To Drive Innovation @ NPR.
One drone-maker in Silicon Valley has a vision: iPhones with wings populating the sky, collecting data about everything. And to get there, he’s enlisting tens of thousands of his fellow drone enthusiasts. His civilian drone company is open source — a business model that’s completely contrary to the military’s model of proprietary secrets.
Pictured above, a preview of a page from our upcoming coloring book, R IS FOR ROBOTS.
Underwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast @ WSJ.com.
The next army of unmanned drones are scurrying beneath the ocean’s surface. Hundreds of small camera-equipped robots developed by a range of companies are sending video and other data to laptop and tablet screens above. What began as a niche industry for wealthy hobbyists has matured into a fast-growing market catering to a wide variety of industries and government agencies.