Tuesday, April 8, 2014

US Navy fine tunes seafaring laser weapon and unmanned robocopters (video)inside

That electromagnetic railgun is cool and all, but it's not the Navy's only wargadget in progress. Apparently, the Armed Forces branch has also been working tirelessly to improve its ship-mounted lasers and autonomous helicopters since we'd last heard about them. The new laser prototype, in particular, is a beefed-up version of what we saw in 2013. It's capable of firing high-energy beams for $1 per shot, providing ships a low-cost alternative to weapons that require expensive ammunition. Within the past months, Navy engineers have consolidated the weapon's controls, so a single person can target, track and fire at threats like unmanned aircraft and attack boats using only a video game-like controller. The Navy wants to deploy this cost-effective death ray this summer aboard the same ship its predecessor occupied (the USS Ponce in the Gulf Sea), but it's still going through some final-stage adjustments.

On the other hand, a Navy helicopter with unmanned flight capability just finished two rounds of testing that proves it's surprisingly easy to use. In fact, a Marine was able to program a flight on its controller (a tablet) after only 15 minutes of training. Aside from being able to fly without a pilot, the choppers can also automatically detect and avoid obstacles such as telephone wires, as well as take the safest paths in inclement weather. These "robocopters" will be used chiefly to deliver supplies to the front lines, since resupply vessels frequently get targeted by enemies. Yes, they're like Amazon's delivery drones on a bigger, more serious scale. Even Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder compared the two: "We're talking the same concept here," he said, "the difference is, we're bringing our customer, the Marine, 5,000 pounds of ammo and water instead." The Navy didn't mention when the autonomous choppers are being deployed, so for now, you'll have to make do with the flight demo below.

[Image credit: John F. Williams for Office of Naval Research/Flickr]

Monday, April 7, 2014

DJI's latest drone has a built-in air traffic controller.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/6/5587852/dji-phantom-2-vision-plus-drone-quadrocopter-announced-price.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Former CEO. Colin Ginn VS dji

DJI video

http://blog.eightrotors.ca/2014/01/25/the-dji-injunction-developing-story/

Thursday, January 9, 2014

http://news.yahoo.com/personal-drones-launch-skies-155358284.html

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Drone Debate, pbs.org rise of the drones!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/afghanistan-pakistan/top-u-s-officials-weigh-in-as-drone-debate-escalates/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/rise-of-the-drones.html


Monday, December 9, 2013

Crash proof drones, and paper air plane into a flying drone News

Turn a regular paper plane into a smartphone-controlled drone

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/29/5156774/samsung-top-ad-spenders-but-message-isnt-getting-across-efficiently


Quadrocopter drone recovers from failures without skipping a beat (video)

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/08/quadrocopter-drone-recovers-from-failures/?ncid=rss_truncated

Friday, November 8, 2013

My geek show Raptor 140 and Raptor 100 ARFs FOR SALE!

MYGEEKSHOW Store:Raptor 140

http://store.mygeekshow.com

Video:http://youtu.be/5keZeiYnIZw?a

https://twitter.com/mygeekshow/status/439900927756341248

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Battlefield Drones

http://news.yahoo.com/palm-size-drones-buzz-over-battlefield-173334014.html

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

DJI Smashes the Competition with its Multirotor


September 9th, 2013 - Today as I was browsing my Facebook account aimlessly my eyeballs came across a little post from DJI. It read “We’re happy to announce a change to the price of the Phantom!” My first thought was “Oh no, please no — now we’re going to have even more irresponsible people buying these ready to fly (RTF) QuadCopters and operating them without regard for persons or property on the ground.” Then I thought about a little similar looking copter recently released by Walkera in the beginning of August. I tried to remember the price for that little beast. The copter is the Walkera QR X350 and it is priced at $449 in a RTF configuration similar to that of the DJI Phantom. It is one of three potential competitors out there at the moment for DJI’s Phantom. The other two are the Blade 350 QX priced at $469, and the IdeaFly Apollo, priced at $569. Up until today, all were priced below the DJI Phantom’s going rate of $679. How does DJI welcome new entrants to the Market? By crushing the competition with a drastic price cut. DJI dropped the price of the Phantom from the original $679 by $200 to $479. In my personal opinion, that is going to pretty much take Walkera’s, IdeaFly’s, and Horizon Hobbies’ entrants out of the picture. For those that were on the fence between purchasing one of these little white plastic abominations, the choice has just been made even easier. There’s no longer any need to spend an extra $200 or so. Now if you want to procure the QuadCopter with the larger user base and longer list of available accessories the price is much more reasonable. So will people experiment with the new kids on the block or just go with a solution that is already proven to some extent? DJI knows the answer to that question. Smart business move, right? Market share is everything. Or is it? Well…if I purchased a DJI Phantom a month ago or even a week ago for $679, I’d be one pretty pissed off camper right now. But hold on, DJI cares about all you past suckers (customers) out there. They want to make you happy if you’re someone who purchased a Phantom before September 9th, 2013. They’re not going to leave you hanging in the prop wash. DJI is offering those unlucky saps that purchased a Phantom before September 9th a credit voucher of $150!!! Great right? Well, it doesn’t equal the $200 price drop, but it’s something. Something is better than nothing, so now at least you can spend that money on something else that’s useful. Wrong. The voucher is only good if you use it to purchase the brand new DJI Phantom II or Phantom Vision. It seems to me that DJI doesn’t think its current customers are too intelligent. They also seem to think that if you purchase a DJI product it must mean that you’d like to shackled with a ball and chain so that you’ll keep purchasing DJI products. If I had personally purchased a Phantom before September 9th, I wouldn’t be too happy with DJI right now. I’d also have no desire to use my $150 voucher to purchase a new, improved Phantom that they’ll probably just cut the price of in a few months. Customers like to trust the companies they purchase products from, and moves like this cause consumers to quickly lose trust and feel taken. Nice Job DJI. DJI’s official release can be read here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Drone Crashlanding Accident NYC

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4795488/drone-crash-landing-accident-new-york

Friday, September 27, 2013

3DR robotics News

 by 
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013 — 3D Robotics, the leading open Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company, today announced a $30 million Series B financing round. The round was co-led by Foundry Group, a new investor, and existing investor True Ventures, along with participation from existing investors O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and SK Ventures. As part of this round,  Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group will join the 3D Robotics board of directors.
This round of funding augments a late-2012 Series A round led by True Ventures and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. It will enable 3D Robotics to mainstream aerial robotics and surveying, making advanced UAV technology affordable and easy to use for its worldwide customer base of businesses and individuals. Working with its large community of users and open source developers, 3D Robotics has created the industry’s leading open UAV platform, APM, and is now extending that to a new generation of autopilots, software and ready-to-fly multicopter and fixed-wing UAVs.
As part of this funding round 3D Robotics will expand its development and deployment of advanced UAV applications, with a focus on agricultural crop mapping and other commercial aerial survey technology. “The opportunity to bring ‘big data’ to agriculture through low-cost automated aerial crop surveys could be a game-changer for both farming and the UAV industry alike,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics. “Adding UAVs to the precision agriculture toolkit of a 21st Century farmer gives them the power to use imaging data to not only increase yield, but decrease water use and the chemical load in both food and environment.”
Starting in 2015, AUVSI, the UAV industry trade group, estimates that the first three years of integration of commercial drones into the national airspace will create more than 70,000 jobs in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion.  International prospects are much larger.  ”We’re building out a world-wide sales, service and support model that will help us build long-term relationships with local resellers that can in-turn support their local community requirements for mapping and imaging,” said John Cherbini, 3D Robotics VP of Sales.
3D Robotics also recently announced Iris, the company’s first ready-to-fly, fully-autonomous quadcopter for the consumer market.  The lightweight vehicle can conduct hands-off missions and record high definition aerial video, bringing pro-level UAV features at an unprecedented sub-$1,000 price. Iris is now shipping to developers, with consumer sales to begin in November.
In conjunction with Iris, 3D Robotics has extended its exclusive relationship with the PX4 team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), one of the world’s leading UAV research institutions. In collaboration with ETH, 3D Robotics has announced its most powerful autopilot to date, Pixhawk, which will ship in October.  Pixhawk is a new 32-bit open autopilot platform designed for improved ease of use and reliability while offering unprecedented safety features compared to existing solutions.
3D Robotics’ mission is to deliver reliable, easy-to-use autonomous navigation and sensing solutions to customers using land, sea or air based vehicles.  3D Robotics’ open UAV technology, which is in use by tens of thousands of customers already, delivers pro-level aerial robotics features at consumer-level prices to bring UAV applications to mainstream markets.
3D Robotics is a privately-held North American company with offices in Berkeley, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
For more information on the company visit: http://www.3drobotics.com

How 3D Robotics is building for America's drone-filled future

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/27/4776692/3d-robotics-chris-anderson-explains-the-next-step-for-his-drone-empire

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Drone Hunting! Shoot down Permits Issued in States



Drone hunters: Why are Americans lining up to shoot down drones?

News reports about government spying – including the use of drones in the US – are worrying many Americans. In protest, one tiny Colorado town is issuing "drone hunting" license.


A small drone helicopter operated by a paparazzi records singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter (not seen) as she rides the Cyclone rollercoaster while filming a music video on Coney Island in New York August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
 
President Obama says the US government doesn’t spy on ordinary Americans with aerial drones or any other technology.
But in the tiny Colorado prairie town of Deer Trail (pop. 500), residents aren’t taking the most powerful man on earth at his word. Instead, they’ve invented a new pastime: drone hunting. And there’s lots of interest. Over 1,000 people have already applied for the novelty license, though the town won’t actually vote on the proposal until Oct. 8.
It’s a half-serious initiative intended as a symbolic protest against what many in the town, and around the country, see as an emerging and increasingly sinister American surveillance state. At the very least, the $25 licenses could raise some revenue for Deer Trail, a rickety plains outpost in a state being considered by the Obama administration for experimental use of civilian drones.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a stern warning that it’s against federal law to shoot down unmanned drones. "Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability,” the agency warned this week.
Concern about excessive domestic spying is politically ubiquitous. But the prospect of Western states being used to experiment with domestic drones by everyone from police to ranchers hit particularly hard in rural America. Those are the kinds of places where people proudly wear T-shirts that proclaim “I’m a right wing extremist” – a tongue-in-cheek reference to something a Justice Department report warned about several years ago.
The American West, too, is where the “black helicopter” conspiracy theories caught fire in the 1990s.
In its second term, the Obama administration has faced allegations ranging from political targeting by the IRS to revelations that the National Security Agency is trolling millions of phone calls in search of suspicious “pairings” of phone numbers that could hint at terrorist connections.
While attitudes have become more critical in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks about the NSA spying program, a majority of Americans still, by a slim margin, support such initiatives, and believe they contribute to national security.
But Republicans, especially, have become far more suspicious of such programs since 2006, when only 26 percent of GOP voters said the press should be reporting on covert surveillance programs; today 43 percent of Republicans think the press should report on secret counter-terror programs.
But while there are legitimate domestic terrorism threats in the US, the question of whom the federal spy complex may target for surveillance is what concerns most critics, giving rise to a new sort of surveillance anxiety, even amid assurances from Obama that, “We don’t have a domestic spying program.”
The problem for many Americans, of course, is trusting the government when it says it can responsibly peer at phone records and Internet traffic while not stepping on the American constitutional guarantee against warrantless searches.
“If spying is narrowly construed to mean, say, warrantless wiretaps on Americans, then it's apparently true that there's no domestic spying program,” David Graham wrote in the Atlantic. “But it's also not really true, and it suggests a sort of smirking contempt on the president's part for his interlocutors, and citizens.”
That suspicion has certainly found an outlet on the Colorado prairie.
Kim Oldfield, the town clerk in Deer Trail, has just started throwing drone-hunting application envelopes in a pile after she received 983 checks worth $19,000. The local who came up with the idea, Phillip Steel, has been privately selling novelty licenses, the proceeds from which he says he’s sharing with the town.
Steel told the Associated Press he dreamed up the drone hunter idea after reading newspaper accounts of domestic spying efforts originating with the National Security Agency.
"Do we really want to become a surveillance society? That's what I find really repugnant," Steel told the AP.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Drones Gone WILD!

http://news.yahoo.com/star-trek-goes-where-no-ad-has-gone-before-152728232.html


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Civil Aviation Authority

Please use companies that have a CAA permission for aerial work!
Posted by HexCam on December 17, 2012
Posted in: Equipment.  Tagged: aerial film, aerial photography, BNUC-S, CAA, civil aviation authority, hexacopter, multirotor, norwich, octocopter, oktocopter, quadcopter, quadracopter, quadricopter, UAV.  Leave a Comment
I’m always aware that there are a few other companies about who provide similar aerial photography services to those that HexCam provide. That is the great thing about operating in a new, exciting, growing industry.

As a result you will find competitors who are cheaper and more expensive (mostly more expensive!). You may well choose one of our competitors for reasons such as they are cheaper, closer, have cameras more suitable for your needs etc. and that is fair enough! We accept that and welcome it as it gives us something to aim at.

However, if you are paying someone to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (a radio-controlled helicopter, plane or any other RC aircraft) can I please ask one thing? Please, please, please check that the company you choose has an up-to-date permission for aerial work from the Civil Aviation Authority for the aircraft they are going to use. They should be able to make the certificate available to you on request. If they don’t have it, it means they are not authorised to operate commercially in UK airspace. The CAA permission for aerial work also means that their pilots have demonstrated a level of flying competence, knowledge of UK airspace and that they know the limitations on their flying. Companies that have achieved their permissions recently may also be able to show you their BNUC-S qualification which is the new standard to achieve CAA approval.

Most insurance companies will now only issue insurance if the permission for aerial work is provided so if a company or individual haven’t got one they are unlikely to be insured for public liability.

Some might try to tell you that their aircraft doesn’t need a permission but it doesn’t matter how small the aircraft is, if they are flying for any kind of direct or indirect financial gain they must have a permission for aerial work.

Our industry, as it stands now, with a number of people moving away from a “hobbyist” approach, is very young. The CAA is really leading the world in the way it has allowed unmanned aircraft to begin to be integrated properly into UK airspace. Help us to keep it that way by only using approved companies and individuals so that the industry isn’t set back by people operating outside the legislation. If people make sure they ask then people operating outside the legislation will begin to realise that they either need to come on board or choose a different career, either way it ensures a safer, better regulated, professional industry.



Parts Kits Accessories,Gimbal




My goal on this flight was to do a 2km FPV flight without the need of a FPV ground station and long range TX module , i'm only Using my video goggles with built in 5.8ghz vRX using only cloverleaf antennas on the goggles and the quad 400mw 5.8ghz vTX .

FPV equipment list:

BOSCAM " Foxtech AIO " video goggles with built in 5.8ghz vRX 
Foxtech 5.8ghz 400mw vTX
Foxtech DV-01 5.8ghz DVR
RP-SMA cloverleaf antennas
Foxtech Cyclops OSD on Hoverthings Flip-FPV


THESE ARE BAD ASS AWESOME:


RV JET: http://www.rangevideo.com/docs/pr_rvjet_2.11.2013.pdf


The new 5.8G 400mw 8CH video transmitter is ready.
with compact sized and amazing high output (27db),
this transmitter is nice choice for long range FPV with reduced weight.
or short range FPV on a smaller plane.
New tx module greatly reduced unnecessary heat generation and improved efficiency.
We are offering a 6% discount on this amazing VTX now.


Product link:
http://www.foxtechfpv.com/58g-400mw-...ter-p-544.html

Gimbal:http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo=goodspic.dwt&goodsid=872



Just in... looks to be of good quality aluminium but comes without the driver circuitry.
It will be for sale on the 8/April and costs $95.99.
http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo=goods_details.dwt&goodsid=872&productname=
Great!





This transmitter is compatible with all our 5.8G VRX like RC305, RC805 , AIO goggles and 5.8G DVR DV01.
http://www.foxtechfpv.com/foxtech-58g-8ch-receiver-p-181.html
http://www.foxtechfpv.com/new-8ch-digit-display-58g-video-receiver-p-296.html
http://www.foxtechfpv.com/wireless-8ch-58g-dvrdv01-p-408.html
http://www.foxtechfpv.com/allinone-fpv-goggles-matte-black-with-new-shade-p-258.html 

Specs:

• RP-SMA Antenna Connector with supplied 5.8GHz ‘Rubber-duck’ antenna.
• Operating Frequencies: 

CH1: 5705 CH2:5685

CH3:5665 CH4:5645

CH5:5885 CH6:5905

CH7:5925 CH8:5945


• Can be used together with All 2.4GHz radios like
Spektrum, Futaba, JR and other R/C radios!
• Can share power with 3S lipo power battery.
• Weight: 25 grams without antenna
• Size: 43 x 24mm
• Input voltage range: 7 - 16 v
• Input power: 2.2W

Content of the package:
1 x 400mW 5.8Ghz VTX
1 x 5.8GHz 2 dBi omidirectional antenna
1 x Connector and cable set






FlyCam Blackboard

Plane Insane RC


160 Degree MP FPV Camera


5.8g 200mw FPV Wireless AV&TX SET



FlYING HOBBY HONG KONG 

Multirotor S-802 DSLR CAPABLE



DJI FLAME WHEEL F550 HEXACOPTER ARF KIT + MOTORS, ESC & PROPELLERS


From EBay 

STO S-802 Octocopter Super Combo w/ Control Board Built-in Gimbal for SLR camera


FPV MODEL GREAT STUFF




HEX FRAME



F550 landing gear

F550 kit


F450 combo kit




F330&F450&F550 KITS S800 FRAMES



LEDs




DAMPER GIMBAL







BOOM BLOCKS:





metal motor mounts



COMBAT WING KITS



HOBBYKING TX/RX



MULTIROTORS AND HELICOPTERS:CENTURY HELI









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S-802

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Tarot Iron Man 1000&1100mm Frames:

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F550 Landing SKIDS and Camera Gimbals: Must GET FOR ANY flame wheel F550 FLYERS!


Example Setup:

If Your Build Needs 30A ESC’s SimonK esc’s Ge them from Here: http://rcmanchild.com/simonk-30a-escs.html

I bought this GoPro Hero3 cam here:
http://globe-flight.de great shop – reliable and fast!

Link to Gelpad (Vibration dampening):


To enable GoPro app support you have to do a firmware update of your GoPro3:


and here you get the GoPro app:


View this GoPro 3 Slowmo testvid:


DJI F550, Flame Wheel.
DJI Naza.
DJI GPS.
1038 Carbon Fiber Propeller CW&CCW.
AeroXCraft, Landing gear. “Link Above”========|
Tiger Motor 2814-10. (770Kv).
RMRC-700XV 700TVL ATR CCD (PAL).
600mW 5.8GHz A/V Transmitter.
Spektrum DX8.
Zippy, 5800mah, 30C, 4S.
GoPro, HD Hero 2.
AR8000 X, (Telemetri)
5.8 GHz Cloverleaf Whip Antenna (RHCP) (Single, Right Angle).

Skyrig NANO SWEET!

Our Nano model was designed with one idea in mind:
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The rig is build with a very thin carbon structure around the lightest fisheye camera available: the Gopro Hero HD.

The fully charged Skyrig NANO with batteries, the motor and the Gopro HD camera weights only 170g !

It is a very simple and robust design that works with 2 aaa batteries (ideal when you’re in the field with no charger).

The system rotates automatically at an adjustable speed and the wide 170° fisheye lens does the rest.

Used along with a small 1.6 m3 Helikite blimp, the NANO will offer a fully functional 360×170°
aerial panorama system at unbeatable price range.

Skyrigs NANO



SWEET FRAME:
Motors:
FPV STUFF:
FRAME:
Octocopter s802:
F550
F450 Combo
FatShark FPV
RCRUS
Motor:
Underbody LED LIGHTS:
CAMERA:
GoPro
Team BLACKSHEEP
ADDICTIVE RC
RC-Drones
FOXTECH FPV
DIY DRONES
Brushless Motor
RTF QUAD
Boom Blocks Parts
4in1 3.5mm Bullet Connector Plug
Motor Mount 28mm Motors
Plane Insane RC:Combat Wing Kits
NTM Motor:
Century Heli
Frames&RTF KITS:
OFM Only Flying Machines Multirotors
KK Multicopter
6061 Hexacopter KITS,FRAME
RCFLYER
Quadcopter Control Board
AerialMediaPro
Yellow LED Round
Canopy
AeroXcraft GoPro Gimbal
Hexacopter



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http://www.jdrones.com. ALL YOUR MULTIROTOR NEEDS! look at the store on this site!





EastBay RC: http://eastbay-rc.com



http://www.flyduino.com http://www.quadframe.com
http://www.hoverflytech.com/ Very Cool Exspensive UAV’s.
http://www.sccmas.org/ MY RC FLYING Club Location.
Great Website for Newbie’s http://www.hobbyking.com Great Affordable Parts!
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KITS/Parts: