Category Archives: DIY drones and kits

Man shoots down neighbor’s drone, says wife felt like it was watching her

Aaron Hernandez, the owner of the drone, which was outfitted with a camera, said Tuesday he was flying his $1,200 remote-controlled quadcopter, which he got as a Christmas present last year, at his father’s home in a rural area off La. 936 early Monday evening when his neighbor shot it, disabling it at first, leaving it hovering in the sky.

Hernandez said he ran over to his neighbor’s property, saying he wouldn’t fly the drone again, but the neighbor, Derek Vidrine, blasted it out of the sky.

Hernandez said he had his 7-year-old niece with him at the time and the incident frightened her. He called the Sheriff’s Office.


Embry-Riddle Hosts sUAS Challenge at Oshkosh 2015

OSH2015-Aviation-Gateway-Park620xThe sUAS Challenge is open to participants ages 10 and up, with a maximum of 15 competitors each day registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Each day’s challenge will be held separately at the drone cage at Aviation Gateway Park, beginning with an afternoon operators’ meeting followed by competition from 3p.m. to 5p.m. There will be qualification flying followed by an elimination bracket for the final four competitors each day.

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“little black box” for object avoidance from startup Percepto

Percepto-on-a-PhantomPercepto, an Israeli startup is developing, among other things,  hardware and software that drones can use to handle computer vision processes such as obstacle avoidance.

“I now understand that this is, like, the missing piece in the drone puzzle that does not really exist in the commercial space. It only exists in the military space,” Percepto cofounder and chief executive Dor Abuhasira told VentureBeat in an interview.

There are other object avoidance systems in the works, but most of them don’t include a camera.  People have expressed interest in Percepto’s approach and backed the Indiegogo campaign.  Percepto will likely gain appeal among developers when the startup makes its software available for free under an open-source license later this year.

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Lumenier TX5G25 Mini 25mW 5.8GHz FPV Transmitter with Raceband

lumenier-tx5g25-raceband-300x300The Lumenier TX5G25 Mini 25mW 5.8GHz 32CH FPV video transmitter is the perfect VTX for FPV racing! The lower 25mW transmission power means more pilots can fly together without overpowering each other on close frequencies.  It allows more racers flying at the same time on the same band and its fully compatible with FatShark and ImmersionRC receivers. It also features an on-board microphone to transmit audio to your receiver.

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Skyworks announces DIY drones you can build in 30 minutes

diyYou only need an allen wrench and some patience to build an Eedu. It takes about 30 minutes to put the drone together.

“We want to take the complexity of robotics out of it, but still get the gratification of putting a drone together.”

The more established drone companies are also saying their newest products are “platforms.” Both DJI and 3D Robotics have developer platforms for their high-end drones, but the drone hardware is still limited to cameras with propellers. The Eedu base model doesn’t come with a camera.

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Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones

transponderGoogle’s quest to introduce small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into low altitude airspace within a “few years” has driven the company to launch an unexpected foray into the avionics market, says Dave Vos, head of the Internet company’s Project Wing.

Two companies have recently unveiled automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) transceivers for general aviation priced under $2,000.  The price will have to drop dramatically before they are widely adopted.

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