Drone footage shows a huge pod of dolphins

Drone footage shows a huge pod of dolphins

Spectacular drone footage has emerged showing a huge pod of dolphins swimming off the shores of a popular beach. Steve Maxwell captured the pod of about 40 dolphins cruising between Avalon Beach and Whale Beach in Sydney’s north. The licensed drone pilot stumbled upon the majestic scenes while photographing surfers in the area, reports Daily Telegraph. Mr Maxwell quickly decided to focus on capturing the marine mammals, who can be […]

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SmartAP 4 is coming soon

SmartAP 4 is coming soon

Sky-Drones.com unveils SmartAP 4 Autopilot – the latest generation flight control system for multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles of various configurations and sizes aimed at the wide range of applications. The main feature of the system is the capability of fully autonomous flight including take off, waypoints flight, landing and much more. The core is based on powerful 32-bit microcontroller ST Microelectronics® STM32F4 and 9-axis Inertial Measurement Unit. The latest UBlox® […]

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PX4 Update & Obstacle Avoidance Talk at Dronecode Unconference

PX4 Update & Obstacle Avoidance Talk at Dronecode Unconference

Due to public demand the slides for the PX4 Update talk ELC 2016 are now online and as they lack the narrative, this post details most of the content. The PX4 project has gone a long way since its humble beginnings in 2008. While it was originally focused on open hardware (Pixhawk) and flight control (PX4) and produced a communication protocol (MAVLink) and ground control station (QGroundControl) “by accident” to […]

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Improving Microwave Line of Site analysis with Unmanned Aircraft

Improving Microwave Line of Site analysis with Unmanned Aircraft

One of the quickest ways to expand a network over a vast territory is by using microwave frequency transmission. In the absence of fiber or T1 connection, a microwave engineer must establish a path with a viable donor. A line of site (LOS) test utilizing a climbing crew has been the current standard to establish a flash test. The costs of climbing crews are expensive and the data is reduced […]

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DARPA Tech Looks to Avoid Drone-Plane Collisions

DARPA Tech Looks to Avoid Drone-Plane Collisions

The Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System is installed on aircraft and drones to limit the chances of a crash. At this point, many drones are operated by your average hobbyist, so it should come as no surprise that researchers have documented more than 200 near-collisions between drones and planes. But what if the drone could detect and avoid an oncoming aircraft? DARPA is on the case, and has successfully tested […]

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Australian UAV’s Comments on CASA’s Proposed Sub 2kg Drone Amendments

Australian UAV’s Comments on CASA’s Proposed Sub 2kg Drone Amendments

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), has recently announced amendments to the regulations governing the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, more commonly known as drones). Australian UAV is of the opinion these amendments need further consideration for their potential safety impacts, as they threaten to increase the risk of serious accidents. Such an outcome would be a setback to our industry at a time when it is beginning to […]

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