SkyRocket’s SkyViper and its Ardupilotness

Last night Gary had a very interesting and in-depth chat with the team responsible for the new sub-250gram SkyViper $150 GPS equipped camera drone fitted with a custom Ardupilot. From Ardupilot’s side, Dr. Andrew Tridgell (Tridge for those not familiar with his full name) and Luis Vale Gonçalves joined the chat along with Matt Morton from SkyRocket, the manufacturer of the SkyViper. Loretta Alkalay, Gene Robinson … Continue reading SkyRocket’s SkyViper and its Ardupilotness

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Drone delivers water bombs at school athletics event in California

The LA Times is reporting that an athletics event being held at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo on Saturday 13th of May was disrupted by a drone dropping water balloons. According to meet Director Jack Recla several water balloons were dropped and that one hit a spectator in the warm up area. It was also not the first time they had seen the … Continue reading Drone delivers water bombs at school athletics event in California

Drone Stuff This Week 21st March 2017

The one in which we discuss women in the drone industry with Carla Taylor, Rhianna Lakin Loretta Alkalay and Nigel King. Regulars, Bruce Simpson, Gene Robinson, Jonathan Rupprecht as ever chip in. Another one where we went over the hour. 00:52 Martek Marine and their €67M Maritime Drone Contract 03:17 Nigel King, QuestUAV what has changed 05:45 Lily Drone Bankruptcy 07:04 Yuneec Layoffs 07:30 John … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week 21st March 2017

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Drone Stuff This Week – DSTW31

Two technical issues bothered the start of Drone Stuff This Week which lead me to create an international incident. I reported that Jonas Stjernberg was in Norway, he is actually in Finland. Jonas spoke about the Aurora Arctic Drone Hackathon a competition set in harsh weather conditions above the arctic circle. I sense the start of a new Outback Challenge. Loretta unpacks today’s John Taylor hearing. … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week – DSTW31

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Drone Stuff This Week March 7th 2017 DSTW #30

A full DSTW that passed quickly. I will describe what happened here; there are links to events in the timeline in the comments section of the video. Zack Clark, Drone America, and their long distance drone delivery flight and cloud seeding by drone.  Drone America set a new long-distance record for aerial package delivery flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) under beyond line of … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week March 7th 2017 DSTW #30

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Drone Stuff This Week 28th Feb 2017, powerlines, maps and DJI

A busy drone stuff this week (DSTW) that over ran and I blame Bruce from RC Model Reviews. We talk, regulations (as ever), power-lines, detailed maps touch on the new Matrice and quadcopter patents. This is how it played out. Bruce Simpson fought with and won in a war over words with the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. Bruce challenged advice given by CAA … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week 28th Feb 2017, powerlines, maps and DJI

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Drone Stuff This Week 21st February 2017

The one with, AtlantikSolar and their 81-hour solar assisted flight as told by Philipp Oettershagen. A truly amazing accomplishment achieved with relatively low-cost solar cells. We will certainly be getting him back to tell us more on Drone Stuff This Week. Rob Swynnerton from http://www.flyingwings.co.uk and his separate lift thrust (SLT) electric flying wing the Falcon Vertigo. It is controlled by the AirRails system from … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week 21st February 2017

Drone Stuff This Week 14th February 2017

There might be nine million bicycles in Beijing, but this week we saw one thousand drones flying over Guangzhou. Joshua Ziering from http://www.kittyhawk.io, gave a very compelling explanation of their flight logging and drone health monitoring system. The Aerovironment Quantix, what is the software it’s being bundled with? EuroUSC EuroUSC, Bruce Simpson of RC Model Reviews shares his opinion of its investment value. Logos Technologies … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week 14th February 2017

Drone Stuff This Week 7th February 2017

The one in which Simon Wilks from UAVenture talks hybrid VTOLs. Adam Andrews explains how his recent chat with the FAA about waivers went. Bruce mentions his simple rules and his thermal soaring video. Gene pops in fashionably late and sadly tells us about a rescue situation in which FLIR would be no help. UAVenture AirRails saving a fixed wing platform. A better video of … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week 7th February 2017

Drone Stuff This Week 31st January 2017

The one in which we talk about Nevada and flying over private property. Drone Journalism at Poynter. Bruce Simpson from RC Model Reviews and his view of the S800 shadow Flying Wing and Kickstarter Mini Race Wing. Peggy Gilligan to leave the FAA. Waivers and delays. Why you should not post too much information about a flight being investigated. Bruce’s far too sensible rules. Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week 31st January 2017