App helps drone pilots avoid no-fly zones

App helps drone pilots avoid no-fly zones

An app that tells drone owners if they are flying in or near restricted airspace has been created by the UK’s National Air Traffic Control Service. The “drone assist” app gives pilots an interactive map of their surroundings and will warn if they are near airspace used by commercial aircraft. The map also shows if a drone is being flown near places, such as schools, where there could be privacy […]

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Drones To Improve Its Maps

Drones To Improve Its Maps

Apple will need the FAA’s blessing if it wants to use drones to improve its Maps It’s not yet legal to fly over busy roads. Apple wants to fly drones to improve Maps by collecting more up-to-date information about road changes and street signs, according to a Bloomberg report . Right now, however, it’s illegal to fly drones over populated areas and near airports, although the rules are still being […]

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Syma X5C hacked with Quanum Pico FC

Syma X5C hacked with Quanum Pico FC

This video shows me flying a Syma X5C quadcopter, with the factory closed-source flight controller replaced by a Quanum Pico 32-bit brushed FC. I followed the directions in the "Visible Drone" chapter of this excellent new book , but, lacking the eye/hand coordination required to do surface-mount soldering, I used a Quanum Pico instead of the Teensy-based FC shown by the author. A simple 3D-printed mount allowed me to attach […]

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